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Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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80
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 11-21-2011)
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Photo of SNUZ
1.48/5  rDev -58%
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
Photo of jaredtuk
2/5  rDev -43.2%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of fredmugs
2/5  rDev -43.2%

fredmugs, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of CheapHysterics
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.

CheapHysterics, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of brewsadedotcom
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle from South Hills Market District

A: Pours with a think half inch head that fades quickly. Clear amber color.

S: Aroma has notes of walnuts, coffee and caramel

T: The presence of the roasted malt is not as pronounced as other brown ales I've had. The spices leave a sweet almost tangy aftertaste.

M: Body is much thinner than expected.

O: I'm a big fan of Penn Brewery so it pains me to say that I did not like this at all. Seems to be just a mediocre brown ale with some christmas spices thrown in. Would not purchase again.

brewsadedotcom, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of JustinM
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

JustinM, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

ShanePB, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Brown120
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Brown120, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Aosemidey
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Aosemidey, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
Photo of brendaniel
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

brendaniel, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2013-01-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear dark mahogany with a 2-finger tan head that fades to 1/3-finger very quickly leaving very good lacing.

S - Date nut bread, maple syrup, nuts. Very sweet smelling.

T - Tastes like a diet soda version of date nut bread. There's also some banana, citrus and even a little pine. The finish reminds me of what your mouth tastes like after stopping chewing gum, in this case, date nut gum (if such a thing existed). It tastes artificial. The bottle says "Natural Flavors Added".

M - Medium body and carbonation. The substantial, smooth feel seems appropriate to date-nuttiness aspect of the beer.

O - Not my cup of tea. It's not bad but not my idea of a brown ale / winter warmer. Can't get past the artificial taste so I'll not be seeking this one out again. Interestingly, my wife liked this a LOT more than me so she finished the other half of the bottle.

Tucquan, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of misternebbie
2.92/5  rDev -17%

misternebbie, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of hustlesworth
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

part of the penn brewing "gourmet selection" 12-pack

A- pours a clear reddish amber with orange highlights. the creamy beige head is dense and sticky and kills it with christmas lace.

S- as expected, a nutty spiced holiday aroma. hazelnuts, pecan, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, and maybe the faintest dash of cinnamon. brown sugar and toffee caramel malt, and minute hop earthiness. worried about this one because the bottle clearly states "natural flavors added" and "contains no nuts". hope what i'm smelling isn't artificial hazelnut syrup or something.

T- yep, tastes like a nut roll. tastes EXACTLY like a holiday nut roll. and since i know there wasn't a nut roll in the mash, i'm feeling weird. hazelnut, pecan, walnut, candied orange peel, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, and pepper. even some pine and brown sugar. there's an earthy assertive hoppiness (thank goodness) to contrast the sweetness of the flavorings and the malt. cocoa and coffee malt notes hold their own as well.

MF- the artificial taste and aroma carry over to an artificial feel, just like leinenkugel's fireside. which was BLECH. funny diet soda feeling body and understated carbonation. unpleasant cheek feel.

D- glad to have tried it due to my sincere respect for penn brewery, but the whole thing is a little off in my opinion. maybe next year take a tip from great lakes or thirsty dog when making a spiced ale. i'll give the other bottle away to a less than cheerful family member.

hustlesworth, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.8%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

tap

Pours a mostly hazy dark brown, minimal head.

Hints of clove and brown sugar in the nose with some mild bitterness.

Bland taste, flat caramel malts and not much else.

Medium body with minimal carbonation.

An otherwise appealing offering that falls short in the single most important area: taste. I like the idea of this beer and hope they try it again, but I'd be lying if I said this year's version was worth having, or at least this particular batch.

Cylinsier, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

dtx00, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Adkins721
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Adkins721, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of DES8888
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DES8888, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

bigfnjoe, Dec 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

ZEB89, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

TGERUS, Jan 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

skaboom420, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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
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Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.