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Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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)
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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

InspectorBob, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

woodychandler, May 25, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

LXIXME, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

ShanePB, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

WoodBrew, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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 ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

ZEB89, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Darkmagus82, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

thecheapies, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

BMMillsy, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +12.7%

hollywood_15063, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Morey, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
2/5  rDev -43.7%

fredmugs, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
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 bigfnjoe
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

bigfnjoe, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Durandal_777, May 27, 2014
Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

BigBry, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

randylangford, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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
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Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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