Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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4.24/5 rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Now, as much as I would like to give the previous reviewer credit for providing this to me, my local in-person trader, tone77 was not a part of the process. Instead, it came from my neighbor's singles cooler and once more, I had to wait for the picture to be approved before popping the cap. Out of season?!? Well, which season is it now? It sure as s**t does not feel like Spring!
From the bottle: "Winter Ale"; "Nut Brown Ale Malt Beverage with Natural Flavors Added"; "Contains No Nuts".
No nuts?!? What?!? I feel like a nut right about now! I will never forget the spirited debate in class many years ago over crunchy vs. smooth peanut butter. Finally, one student blurted out, "For me, it's gotta be crunchy! I love the feel of nuts in my mouth!" I had to leave the room as educators are NOT supposed to laugh at anything students say. The room erupted at that point.
My pour resulted in a finger of thick, light-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with seemingly good clarity given the low level of light penetration that I was able to generate. I REALLY need an SRM chart if anyone has an extra! Nose was characteristically sugary sweet as befits the style, but with a slight grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium but the sweetness was cut with a cinnamon spiciness. Would they have spiced this beer for the holidays? If so, high kudos! Loads of sticky lacing began to appear as I drank through it. Finish was slightly spicy with a definite cinnamon stick flavor. How brilliant is that? I have always liked their St. Nicklaus Bock in the Winter, but this would be great with the Old Lady by the fire.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 20:53:26 | More by woodychandler
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
First year for this winter seasonal. Penn Nut Roll Ale. Got 'er in a pint glass.
Translucent mahogany brown color. Couldn't get much head off the pour, so a linger of foam sits on the surface.
Smells of sweet roast and spices. A little nutty, like a poppyseed roll. Caramelized sugar, like baklava, with that candied nut smell wafting. Malty and very sweet in the nose for a brown ale.
Very nice! Hearty sweet flavors of candied walnut, brown sugar, graham cracker crust, molasses, and delectable sweet English malts. A little bit of chocolate and hazelnut liqueur. This is what I'm looking for in a winter brown ale.
Drinks a little choppy with some side-cheek carbonation bristling effect. Subtly warming with gentle festive spice.
I always get my fair share of St. Nick Bock, but I like having this second option this time of year. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2012 04:35:35 | More by thecheapies
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
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
Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.