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Nut Brown Ale - Climax Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2002

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by Wegomlegging:
Photo of Wegomlegging
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like a big jug 'o beer to make daddy happy. Was your average appearing nut brown ale, a little darker than some of the generic examples. Head wasn't all that great, took some effort to get it out. Not a fan of the aromas here, not unappealing but not particulary good either. Taste was where it counted, and that was pretty good. Nice nutty brown-ness, if I can say such a thing. These styles are hard to pull off without being wimpy or too harsh, and I'd say Climax did it well. Glad they didn't take the easy way out and dry hop the bejeebus out of it like so many others. Slight sweetness, and that "micro-brew flavor" that I know so many beer drinkers are familiar with...that "I just had a few pints at that micro-brewery" flavor that we all know and love. Mouthfeel...well, it's beer. Overall I'd like to have a few of these again (pints, not sure I can down a few growlers) so give it a shot...a nice break from the garden variety hop soda (insert catchy name here).

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler. It seems quite fresh - I've had this beer at the brewery and on draft at beer festivals and it's just as I remember it. It pours a clear russet brown with bright crimson and auburn highlights. The light tan and densely foamy head comes up massive, at least 2" tall, and holds exceptionally well. It keeps a creamy collar and thin surface covering throughout most of the glass, and leaves some very nice lace. Obviously well brewed. The nose is welcoming with a toasty malt that's laced with some soft chocolate. The body is medium with a median carbonation that caresses the tongue and enhances it's spicy character. The flavor first expresses the toasted - borderline chocolate - and caramel malt showcased in the aroma. As it warms it reveals a mild raisin-like fruitiness and then some earthy and spicy hop flavors at the swallow (similar to Styrian Goldings). Bitterness is moderate. It finishes dry with a mild malt note, some residual dried-fruitiness, and a gently lingering hop flavor and bitterness. This beer has alot of finesse with a very delicate balance. It maintains character throughout as the spicy hops keep it from becoming dull or overly malty. A very nice beer that should be equally welcome during any season of the year. Kudos!

Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Poured an extremely dark brown with half-finger off-white head and plenty of lace

Smell - Like pretty much any good EBA, a lot of nuts, nuts, and more nuts

Taste - Nuts, with hints of caramel, toffee, and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium carbonation

Drinkability - This is a good beer for a party, I def am consuming this at my friend's New Years Eve Party

Overall - Tied with Sam Smith's for best nut brown ale

Photo of Samp01
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a large tan head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some sweet nutty aroma and light fruity tones. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, some hazelnut, cacao with some hops. Palate is medium to full body, with a creamy, thick and kind of sticky mouth feel. Finish is sweet caramel malts a bit of cacao flavor with some nice hazelnut and ending with a nice nutty aftertaste with some nice hops balance. Overall a nice brew.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.41/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear brown with an exceedingly thick head and lasting lace. It's aroma is plain, mainly yeasty malt. The flavor is toasty with nuts only in the finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy. Climax Nut Brown Ale is a one dimensional beer. Not recommended.

Photo of Proteus93
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of these big growler bottles, and the price was right! After seeing how well they tend to score on average, I was intrigued by the brewery.

A: Looks unfiltered? It's rather murky looking, and it's certainly not chillhaze. A modest little head, leaving just a little collar - though that is quite consistent all the way down.

S: A soft, nutty malt scent. There's a touch of a cola-lie aroma in there that seems a touch odd, but nothing too bad at all.

T: A nice, caramel malt flavour - sweet, and not quite as nutty as the aroma might suggest. It has quite a sweet little edge to it... it was suggested around the table that it was "saucy," and I can see that but I enjoy it quite a bit.

M + D: Quite a rich body, really. I wouldn't have expected something quite as full, and I could have gone for it a little lighter and enjoyed, but good nonetheless. At a table of 6, I have gone back to it 3 times for a little more and quite enjoyed it.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are slightly sweet aromas of caramel and nuts in the nose.
T: The taste is nutty with notes of caramel. It also has a bit of sweetness with notes of chocolate.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with not much perceptible carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make a good accompaniment to a burger.

Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first ever Climax ... ;-) beer that is. What a tasty treat. Why have I never heard of this brewery before?

Appearance: Served a dark brown rust color yet translucent, with a big tan head that stays frothy.

Smell: It has a unique aroma that is classically toasted malt but surprisingly hot, with pepper cloves and a hint of tobacco scents. The woody attribute is offset by some coffee, nut and toffee, in the nose.

Taste: The taste follows the smell. Toasted caramel and malts lead with a smokey nut attribute, fruit and coffee to follow, and a hint of English hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but light in the mouth creating the effect of a full feel that is remarkably light in the stomach and therefore easy drinking.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sessionable easy Brown Ale. And boy would I love to carry a Climax Brown Nut and Cream Ale into a party =) LOL!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served, the beer has a brown color with reddish highlights and has a ½” light tan or off white head that begins to recede soon leaving no lacing sticking to the glass. Sipping for the early part of the beer leaves some modest lacing that slides back down to the liquid. By about mid-way through the beer the head has disappeared completely and there isn’t even a ring of bubbles around the glass.

Smell: The aromas include toasted and nutty caramel malt with hints of chocolate, coffee and lightly spicy hops.

Taste: The flavors include some lightly sweet caramel malt to provide a definite initial sweetness that blends nicely with the nutty flavor and a tobacco-like earthiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with reasonable but moderate carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins with the nutty, tobacco like character and ends with a gentle, lightly spiced bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This was drinkable enough that I could easily have a second, in fact I did. This is a subtle, nicely balanced beer with an interesting mix of flavors that I quite enjoyed. My overall impression is of a well made nut brown ale that could stimulate me to much more frequent exploration of this style.

Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured mahogony brown with reddish highlights around edges with a thin, but well-retained off-white head that left some lacing.
The smell was nutty. Chocolate and caramel with a touch of hops.
The taste was of toasted nuts, with chocolate and some caramel that gave it a rich body. A touch of hops was mixed in. It had a touch of an alcohol finish. The taste was notibly well-balanced.
It was extremely smooth. It left a clean, but tasty and rich, flavor in the mouth. It went down so smoothly that I could not help but have another. A marvelously delicious and smooth brew.

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 30 Oct 2010.

The head was nonexistent other than a ring of bubbles hugging the edge of the glass. Color was a cocoa-brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and Alex Hall was saying that there was zero carbonation when he initially tapped it. The taste was malty with a slight nuttiness on the tongue. Finish was mild, slightly sweet and a pleasant way to spend part of the afternoon with my beer compadres.

Photo of mikeg67
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Office. Deep mahogany color. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, with hints of molasses and nuts. Medium crisp body. Flavor of dark fruits, nuts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Finish is medium lasting and balanced between chocolate malt bitterness and fruity, caramel sweetness. One of my favorite browns. Once finished a growler by myself.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet nuttiness, and a hint of caramel. In the taste, nutty and a small sticky caramel like flavor. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, sticky caramel and dry nuttiness in the aftertaste. Sticky sweet and a nice dryness, not too shabby for an English brown ale.

Photo of Dantes
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Package: 64oz. growler. $6.99 at Bottle King; $8.25 at Artisan.

Presentation: ~18oz. in an Imperial pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: Caramel-brown translucent body with a few ruddy glints. Medium-gauge bubbles flow consistently. Despite a vigorous pour into a rinsed glass, this didn’t generate much of a head; even less than the other Climax brews I’ve tried.

Smell: This expressed a somewhat subdued aroma, with some hints of toasted malts, coffee, and roasted nuts. Drier on the nose than the recently sampled Finger Lakes Nut Brown.

Taste: This is a nut brown ale more reminiscent of Newcastle than the Finger Lakes.or the Samuel Smiths. Although the toasted malts were apparent, they were drier and more astringent than in the richer examples. The expected fruitiness and burnt sugar elements were not as upfront as I would prefer. However, this did a good job expressing the classic nutty profile and Fuggles hops of an English-style nut brown ale. There were also faint elements of bitterish coffee and a metallic sourness. This medium-bodied ale had a moderate, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Again, Climax really captures the texture of a draught beer. The carbonation lasts through the growler, but is soft, and gentle; carrying the flavor and improving the body of the beer.

Drinkability: A good, if not stellar drinking beer. Does not quite have the body of the Newcastle or Samuel Smith’s, nor the sweetness and complexity of a Finger Lakes or Sam Smith’s.

I’ve been working my way through the Climax offerings, and they have all been decent efforts. So far, my favorite is the ESB, followed by the Cream Ale. Like the IPA, the Nut Brown is a bit sharp and thin in comparison to its peers. Perhaps it is the handling, although the growlers are made of thick, nearly opaque brown glass. I’m not a big fan of the Newcastle in bottles either, as it can be thin and sourish, while being very nice on draught. My recent forays back into Nut Brown Ale have really spurred me on to try or re-try some of the other BA top-rated browns.

Backwash: Although I would love to shout the praises of a brew from my state, it is hard to justify the work required to seek this out or the relative expense compared to something like Samuel Smith’s.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: big caramel, hints of chocolate, and a general roasted and earthy tones rise easily out of the glass.

Taste: toasted bread, caramel, and roasted nuts are up front. Hints of chocolate and a fruit sweetness linger in the background. Bitterness provides nice balancing and a mild earthiness finish it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short but the flavors last a few seconds before fading.

Drinkability: superb session ale. This one is solid and well balanced. Great afternoon beer for watching football games.

Photo of WonderWoman
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While watching the World Cup at a bar I had this tasty beer.
It poured a dark mahogany with little head.
Smelt of caramel and molasses and notes figs.
I tasted some sweet malt along with caramel and dates. It finished with a slight hoppy kick.
It was smooth with dancing carbonation when swallowed.
I liked this brown nut ale, I would order it again

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-opaque, reddish brown beer with a fluffy off-white head. Retention is excellent, lacing is creamy and sticky.

Lightly nutty aroma with bready malt predominant. The flavor is quite nice; bready and biscuity malt, touches of toasted nuts, and mild, faintly bitter hops. Very traditional and tasty; not a big beer by any standard and sometimes that's a good thing.

Good carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel, nutty and just the tiniest bit metallic in the finish. Definitely a good example of the style.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(re-review - 12 oz bottle serving - from 22 Dec 2012)

Nice to see Climax has seemingly abandoned the disastrous growlers. This 12 oz offering pours with generous creamy foam atop a crystal-clear, chestnut brown liquor. Soapy-floral hops (and yeast phenols?) are quite potent on the nose, with an undercurrent of chocolate malt and caramel that slowly emerges as well as some roasted peanut shell. Chocolate and graham cracker malt flavors are immediately apparent, blending fairly well with some fruity, almost bubblegum esters and a generous portion of floral-citrus hoppiness that threatens to nearly scrub out the malt foundation with its vibrancy and pleasingly brief bitterness. Getting some of that peanut shell thing in the aftertaste as well. It drinks quite dry, dropping off quick with not much residual flavor or palate sensation. Easy to knock back a few.

This is closer to what I remember having on draft years ago. It would drink like a pretty nice English brown if it wasn't for the higher, American-style degree of hopping. Kind of curious how it would taste with them toned down. Once again, glad to see Climax has the bottling line up and running.

(original review - from 11 Oct 2010 - 3.0, 2.5, 3.5, 4.0, 3.0 - 3.23 total score)

I had this on tap awhile back and thought it was pretty darn good. I don't know, however, about getting this, or any of their beers, actually, in the growler. A couple of the growlers previously (of various style) were spoiled and this one seemed on the verge - or maybe it's just a characteristic of their brews, as I've had their ESB out of the growler and it's damn good.

Anyway, where I'm taking notice on quality is the kalamata olive / vinegar notes present front and center in the nose and taste. Off-putting, yes, but not ruinous. Further down you go in the growler and this seems to fade, leaving some of the subtle chocolatey, roasty elements to come to the fore. Nice, light-medium dry bitterness on the tongue. Faint caramel notes at the end. Head pours alright, small, but it doesn't hold up long. Mellow carbonation, body borders on thin. We find a little sediment at the bottom - appears to be powdered grain maybe.

Really, what the olive thing might be a combination of is the hops and malts used against the mineral content or treatment of the water. It's actually a strange quality that threads throughout all their beers I've had to this point. Works for some, detracts from the rest.

On tap, this is a different animal. Hard to know how fresh the growler version really is.

Photo of porter17
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good solid beer that does not disappoint. A darkish hue in the head, the aroma was nice and pleasant but not overpowering. The mouthfeel was good but nothing to write home about. The beer is very tasty. A good drinking beer but perhaps best in the colder months.

Photo of Mick
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown in color. Nice aroma, malty slightly nutty. Malty and fresh hop flavor with a light coffee and nutty tone. Definitely the right amount of hops. It develops this products flavor nicely. Overall very friendly to the taste buds. A pleasure to quaff.

Photo of EPseja
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At this point, I am about halfway through drinking a full growler of this during Superbowl 2005. Served just slightly warmer than fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Poured smoothly with a full inch of creamy light tan head. I was impressed with this considering that growlers tend to be undercarbonated to the point where the head formation is spotty at best. Burnt orange, malty hazel in color. Weedy lace clings to the glass throughout the course of the pint.

Smell: Slight nutiness, round maltiness. Very slight floral notes (most likely from the hops), reminiscent of lavender. Pleasant and understated. NIce for this style.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice maltiness up front and across the palette with a flavorful hazelnutty essence. Moderate carbonation at best which is par for the course from a growler (and a definite plus for drinkability), with not much else to bolster the mouthfeel. Well rounded hops in the middle and in the finish. Quickly diminishing aftertaste that leaves you raising the pint to your lips for another swig.

An excellent session drinking brown ale and an excellent value! This beer is a very good tribiute to this style. And... as an added bonus, makes a great conversation piece when you walk into a party with beer in a jug.

Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color. poured with a huge off white head that very slowly reduced and left thick, foamy sheets on the glass. Earthy toasted malt, sweet chocolate aromas with a hint of nuts. On the thicker side of medium bodied with rich carbonation that provides a smooth feel and a crisp finish. Toasted and chocolate malt flavors up front that lead to a floral hop bittterness in the middle. Toasted malt and floral hops introduce light roasted coffee flavors at the finish. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering bitter coffe-like aftertaste.

Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at TJ's drinkery.
Served as a nvery deep brown colored beer with moderate ttannish head.
Smell is loaded with roasted malt, caramel, and toffee.
Taste is superb. There are the strong flavors of the roasted malt, lots of toffee and caramel, touches of coffee and chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit.
Finishes with a nice sweetness from the malt.
An excellent beer. Would be great to session.
My first beer from Climax. I need to try more.

Photo of ATPete
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled... today.

A transparent amber/brown color, very attractive. Sweet nutty malts in the nose. Malty goodness in the mouth with perfect balance, notes of chocolate linger on the palate long after the quaff. Malt all the way, you can taste the quality here. The tell tale Climax body is in effect and full of flavor, amazing drinkability. This is it for brown ales in my opinion.

Photo of Foxman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It came to me a rusty red, bordering on brown, clear and fairly carbonated. A beefy finger of light tan head shrank slowly to pips of floating froth. Some frills of lacing graced the glass.

The aroma was of well-toasted malt, sweet and grainy, with lighter hints of coffee and chocolate. There was also a general nutty impression mated with a distant air of flowery hops.

Upon sipping, there was a roasted malt semi-sweetness carrying parcels of hazelnut and medium coffee, soon drying to a flatter note of mildly bitter hops. A vague, woody character hit the middle but drifted soon to a brief but notable acrid ash assault. The finish was the lingering bitterness of barely-burnt caramel and British-style hops. It started and ended well, but the middle ground clearly missed a step, poignantly enough, unfortunately to be memorable.

Light bodied, it was considerably more thin than the style and elements should have let it be, washing away with just a vague bitter palate memory left behind.

As mentioned, it started nicely enough, promising more than it delivered at crunch time, before finishing a bit more pleasantly. The nuttiness was mellow and rounded, a nice feature, but the missteps were still a bit to overcome. At first glance it would be considered drinkable, and it's not a real displeasure to do so, but there are other routes one can take that might deliver more, and more enjoyably so. I'm a Climax fan, but this one won't be a do-over.

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Nut Brown Ale from Climax Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.