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Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Nut Roll AleNut Roll Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%


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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 21:31:17 | More by SNUZ
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CheapHysterics

Pennsylvania

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
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brewsadedotcom

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 18:22:43 | More by brewsadedotcom
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 21:16:13 | More by Tucquan
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hustlesworth

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:27:06 | More by hustlesworth
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 22:19:31 | More by Cylinsier
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:23:13 | More by deltatauhobbit
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:10:57 | More by metter98
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 14:15:17 | More by tone77
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-murky brown with a lack of head

S-dark grains and adjunct malts. Some nuttiness. Medium strength. Some winter spices.

T-comes in with a decent taste of sweet chocolate and well that's more and less it. It has decent strength, but not much boldness and there's nothing else to it. Artificial tasting. Lack of after-taste

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-it doesn't taste bad, but it's pretty boring. It's really not much like a nut roll, only has a slight hint of nut really. Almost adjunct tasting. Easy drinking though and not disgusting.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:36:25 | More by AdamBear
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade side by side with other Penn stuff. Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy white head. Sweet cinnamon candy aroma, a bit of toffee and caramel. Flavor is a bit of cinnamon on top of what seems to be that cream cheese icing flavor that I didn’t expect. A bit of nuttiness in there as well. Medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation. This is a neat beer and seems like it would be good for the holiday times. Just like it is described.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:25:57 | More by BMMillsy
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Beer_Store_Guy

Pennsylvania

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
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:13:42 | More by DrDemento456
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark coffee color with reddish hues and some nice lacing. Also great foam cap on top light tan in color 1/2 inch thick.

S: Aroma is nutty and sweet with a caramel note in the mix.

T: Taste is also nutty and sweet brown sugar nutmeg clove ginger all the spices in my Grandmothers nut roll of long ago, very good and definitely holiday.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium body with a decent carbonation level.

O: Overall great to have as desert after that big holiday meal, but wound not want to drink more than 2 in a sitting, odd but good.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:43:18 | More by nukem5
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nut Roll Ale
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

12 oz bottle. Nice clear brown ale. Aroma of sugary malt, fresh bread and some spices. In the taste, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, nutty notes, kind of like a holiday nut roll. Bready, faint buttered biscuit notes and lots of brown sugar, chocolate malts and very little bitterness. Faint cinnamon like spices. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty holiday brew from Penn, and certainly a welcome addition to the winter mixed case. Penn is branching out with this one, and its a pretty good experiment.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:59:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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
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frenchblood21

Ohio

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
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.