Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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Reviews by frenchblood21:
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2012 00:58:10 | More by frenchblood21
More User Reviews:
3.59/5 rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I don't know why everyone treats this beer so unfavorably. I tried basically every winter beer this year (2013-14) and this was one of my favorites. Call me biased because it's from my hometown but this can hold its ground next to the more aggressive beers of the season. It's got the subtle spices that you'd want in a winter beer but it doesn't brag. The relatively low alcohol content doesn't make it much of a sipper but Pittsburgh winters have the mildness to match. Overall, I'm glad I found this in a variety pack but I would probably not buy a whole case of it.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 03:16:59 | More by Beer_Store_Guy
3.76/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavies of a big sweet vanilla and chocolate smell. Mixed with these are some roasted malt aromas with a good deal of nutty aromas mixed within. Overall it has a delicious sweet chocolate bar smell overall
Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong roasted malt flavor with a sweetness of caramel and a light vanilla mixed in. As the flavor advances, some chocolate begins coming to the tongue. It starts out of a sweeter milk chocolate flavor with it transitioning to a more semi-sweet flavor later on. A nutty flavor starts developing more in the middle of the taste, starting out of a lightly roasted almond flavor and becoming slightly more bitter and potent as the flavor moves to the end. With the advent of the chocolate and the nut that comes into the taste and takes it to its end, one is left with a still rather sweet, but nicely balanced chocolate and nutty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. A little thicker of a body and lower carbonation level may have suited the brew slightly better, but overall it was rather decent.
Overall – A pretty easy drinking nut-brown ale with a good deal of a chocolate presence. Rather tasty overall.
Serving type: on-tap
12-18-2013 02:33:09 | More by Darkmagus82
2.41/5 rDev -31.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 03:37:33 | More by CheapHysterics
Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.