1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Nut Roll AleNut Roll Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

86 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 11-21-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SNUZ:
Photo of SNUZ
1.48/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A- who cares?

S- weak musky

T- Terrible!!!

M- Cant focus on this due to the horrid taste

O- Could only bring myself to sip twice. Never again!! Good thing I have this Reuben and potato salad to mask what I just tasted! I predict tis keg will take a long time to kick, and wont come from people requesting seconds.

SNUZ, Jan 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jmshulk
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jmshulk, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of frenchblood21
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance- Deep red in color, almost brown. Cream colored head that goes away as soon as you're down pouring.

Smell- I get sweet bread and nuts right away. Vanilla frosting and malty hops comes through. Really quite remarkable.

Taste- Tastes just like it smells. It is a mystery to me how Penn Brewing can make a beer taste just like a holiday dessert.

Mouthfeel- My bottle was very flat. It had almost no carbonation at all. Thin and without much body.

Overall- A great beer to try once a year. I am still in amazement at how this beer taste just like a nut roll.

frenchblood21, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Adkins1203, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

LXIXME, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.2/5  rDev +19%

geodonnokepyo, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

WoodBrew, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Tessa
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Tessa, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

dexterk1, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

dtx00, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some spices. Taste is spices, mainly cinnamon, some nuttiness, not bad, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent and unique beer.

tone77, May 04, 2013
Photo of CheapHysterics
2.41/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Normally I at least like stuff from Penn Brewery. Sometimes I love it - St. Nikalous Bock and Penn Gold, for example. Nut Roll Ale was an unpleasant surprise.

A - Nice brown color but almost no head from a rough pour. What little foam there was disappeared quickly.

S - Vanilla, sweet fruit, and a bit of dark malts. Didn't get any of the "nutty aroma" advertised on the bottle.

T - Tastes like it smells, but in a bad way. Nowhere near enough hops to balance the sweetness. The vanilla, even though I don't think it's artificially flavored, it tastes kinda artificial with a chemically/medicinal note on the finish that is just off.

M - Body is decent but the carbonation was prickly in a soda pop kinda way.

O - With so many great winter and holiday beers out there, this one is absolutely not worth trying. Avoid it.

CheapHysterics, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Adkins721
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Adkins721, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of vwbus7
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that rapidly dissipated, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of nutty malts and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the spicy flavors are prominent and include notes of cinnamon and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking beer for the holidays that has an interesting mix of spices and isn't as heavy compared to the typical winter warmers.

metter98, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a winter mix 12 pack.

Pours a dark amber color, approaching brown color, thinnish head that fades fast, not too much lacing on the glass.

Smell is kind of like a tootsie roll, pleasant yet disgusting at the same time haha, a sugary caramel sweetness envelopes the aroma and makes me think this is diabetes in a bottle.

Tastes is not super sweet as anticipated yet the tootsie roll caramel flavors definitely take the forefront, vanilla extract, not as nutty as you would think, medium to high carbonation, body seems a bit thin though.

deltatauhobbit, May 05, 2012
Photo of DES8888
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

DES8888, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of JustinM
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

JustinM, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jjd315
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

jjd315, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

ShanePB, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of lisahope27
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

lisahope27, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TonyY
4/5  rDev +13.3%

TonyY, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at my local mixed six place, Beer Nutz.

A - Looks decent enough. A nice dark amber brown with a red hue and a half inch of creamy head. Noticed the "not brewed with nuts" on the label

S - Well it does have some distinct nut smell, subtle pecans and walnuts meets some vanilla, brown sugar, and some bread malts.

T - As hustlesworth stated its very artificial in flavor (obviously since no real nuts were used). I get a nice sweet body, nuts and vanilla, and the finish with a bread malt. I don't get much hops so it drinks like a balanced brown ale.

M - Light to medium and has a bit of creaminess to it. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall with only a slight pet peeve that it's artificially flavored I see no reason to hate the ale. Maybe a touch more spice and this would be a staple in my fridge but I wouldn't pass up a glass if I was ever at the brewery.

DrDemento456, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Scott_Thomas
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Scott_Thomas, Feb 01, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.