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Nut Roll Ale - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of brewsadedotcom
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of nukem5
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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