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Nut Brown Ale - Mountaineer Brewing Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountaineer Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.11% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Born from the traditions of England, this flavorful ale has the balance that the Queen could be proud of. Our Nut Brown is bronze in color with a velvety smooth taste and subtle chocolate note. Lower alcohol content and subtle hoppiness makes it the perfect beer to enjoy during the day, night or whenever you desire a great ale.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 03-13-2006)
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Reviews by Pharkle:
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nut brown in every way. Nutty color, smell, and taste, with nice chocolate and toffe flavors reminiscent of a Heath bar. Rich and satisfying, sweet but not cloying. Good bitterness to balance the sweet, and almost no hop aroma. A good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:16:31 | More by Pharkle
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Photo of 2beerdogs


2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

05-10-2012 04:28:30 | More by 2beerdogs
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

01-30-2012 08:02:05 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear, orange-brown with light carbonation, very little white foam and a very thin ring of lacing.

smell: a malty, semisweet scent with chocolate and slightly toasty undertones standing out, complemented by a slight bitter sensation tickling the nose.

taste: begins clean and fresh, with mellow maltiness developing through the middle and finish, with a very light but noticeable chocolate flavor; the hops become present towards the finish, with a lingering that is more crisp than bitter.

drinkability: mellow yet with sufficient character, ingredients are fresh and well-complemented, definitely a beer that you can enjoy many of in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:50:12 | More by weller1js
Photo of Schmidts


3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle dark brown starts with about a 3/4 inch tan head that slowly leaves.
Smell is of Sweet Malts and Molasses,nuts and Caramel.
Taste is of sweet Malts and Caramel with hints of Coffee very nice finish with just a touch of Bitterness, slight nut flavor just enough.
Very smooth and refreshing in your mouth easy to drink and leaves a good flavor in your mouth that says have another one.

Overall I have to give this one a 4.0

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 18:14:45 | More by Schmidts
Photo of joepais


3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Santa Adam for this brew. I poured it into a pint glass and was greeted with a finger worth of tan head that faded away to nothing. The body of brew was dark brown in color. Big old malt sweetness in the nose with a light touch of molasses. The flavor was more of the same finishing with a light roast bitter. The only pitfall with this brown was the mouthfeel was a little light for me but it did have good carbonation to it.
I think if the brewery works on the mouthfeel they have a stellar brew. It was a easy to drink brown, and I would drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 20:34:13 | More by joepais
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West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown, hardly any head and no lacing.

S- Faint smell of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

T- Roasteds malts, caramel, almond, chocolate on the back end. Must admit, the taste was much better than expected after the bland appearance. However overall, a little thin for me.

M- Good, foamy, goes down easy.

D- This is a dark beer that I could easily drink more than one of. Overall, a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 00:09:35 | More by Treyliff
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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours brown with some orange hues with a small tan head that leaves no residual lacing.

S. Chocolate and caramel.

T. Chocolate with caramel and sweet malt.

M. Fairly thin with a high level of carbonation.

D. A decent, but not great. It should also be noted that the first bottle of the six pack was infected; it had an interesting sour cherry brown ale flavor going on, but it clearly wasn't intentional.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 04:53:22 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a large, foamy tanned head that dissipates quickly and bubbles up a lot, and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar smells, molasses, caramel, and some light nut.

Taste: Beginjs with a light sugary sweetness, finishing with light bitterness and lots of nut flavors.

Mouthfeel: Lighter, somewhat watery body with light carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: A decent beer- nothing spectacular, but definitely drinkable and pleasant. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 20:36:49 | More by Mosstrooper
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this at Ashebrooke in Morgantown. It pours a very dark brown with some off-white head. The smell is of nuts and the taste is very roasty, slightly chocolatey, but still predominantly nutty. Mouthfeel is medium dry and its a drinkable beer for those who love nuts.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 14:06:48 | More by tjd112
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty foam.

Smell: caramel and a hint of nuttiness produced a light aroma.

Taste: toffee, a bit of fruit sweetess, roasted nuts, and a mild bitterness creates a decent flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Comes off a little thin overall.

Drinkability: easy to consume this beer, especially with the lighter mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 00:37:20 | More by Gavage
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer whose flavor is its best feature. Pours a clear brown with a short lived soda fizz head. Aromas are toasty and bit cocoa-ish. Tastes very good, with lots of milk chocolate notes sweetening the toasty malts. Chocolate lingers nice and long on the finish. The body is sadly lacking and feels watery. The flavor is good enough that I would consider buying another pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:54:30 | More by droomyster
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3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I'm not familiar with the Mountaineer Nut (tee hee). Must be a WV thing. This guy pours a clear ruby-burnt sienna (now there's a mouthful of a color) topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises burnt toffee, coffee, greens, wood (you heard me, generic wood), and what seems like faint floral notes. The taste holds notes of walnuts, greens, flowers, and woody toffee. It's all pretty tame and forest-y, almost chalky at times, and not good enough to really rise above the level of "average". The body is medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a decent brown, but nothing to write home about...even from WV itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 05:40:44 | More by TMoney2591
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4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I thought this beer was a very smooth and tasty beer. I am not sure what other beer I could compare it too except maybe Bass Ale. It is a pretty well rounded beer but might be just a little bit too lite for me.
Just seems like it might be missing a little bit of a body and some other flavor notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 13:15:18 | More by mountaineer99
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3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Alex for sharing this West Virginian brew with me.

A – It pours a nice brown hue; very clear. It's topped with an eggshell-colored finger of foam.

S – The smell is very toasty and nutty. Pretty damn good.

T – The taste is a follow-up on the nose; quite bright, toasty-bready, with notes of roasted chestnuts and small chocolate and toffee nuances.

M – On the refreshing side of medium-bodied.

D – Perusing the reviews, I feel that people are being too harsh towards this beer. Its not amazing, but how many straightforward EBA are? The brew is right-on for the style: mild, slightly sweet, unobtrusive, fully sessionable

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 06:22:29 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thorpe429 for this one - a bottled offering from the only production brewery in West Virginia. Served in a pint glass.

A - Well - it looks alright. Pours with a few fingers of quick-dissipating foam that leaves a thin ring and some light haze. A transparent light cola body with lots of tiny bubbles fills out this category.

S - Smells like cola - sarsaparilla and vanilla I think, mixed with a touch of molasses. There's also some brown sugar too. Very sweet, and not as bad as I expected.

T - The taste is very bready, with notes of toffee, cocoa, and nuts. It actually tastes a lot like some bocks I've had. Pretty average, and largely inoffensive.

M - Body is a little watery - I'm guessing this is pretty low in the ABV department. The body is a touch grainy, but the carbonation is thankfully mild and soft. The residual feel is a little sticky.

D - Nothing wrong with this beer, other than the fact that there are countless better ones. If I was stuck in the backwoods in West Virginia I'd be more excited about it I suppose. A pretty inoffensive way to knock off a challenging state.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:29:00 | More by MasterSki
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3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium brown color with some amber that shows around the edges. Very clear. The tan head is medium sized and doesn't really stick around for too long. Some lacing stays behind in the glass. Not bad overall.

S - Aroma is mild. It starts with a combination of caramel and faint nuttiness. Metallic in the middle. I do believe there is a note of dark bread on the tail end. Once again, mild. Pretty average overall though.

T - Flavor pretty much fits square within the style. Caramel stands out inn front with a quick punch of roasted nuts that quickly follows. It's sweet and sugary in the middle. Alcohol shows up on the tail end but it's hard to pick up if you aren't looking for it.

M - Lighter bodied with a lighter carbonation level. Finish is a little sweet and doesn't hang around at all. It's not bad bot not really that good either.

D - Drinkability is pretty good (given the scores for the other categories). This one seems to be a decent representation of the style. It does disappear quickly. I'm guessing there is a low abv here which could make it a brew to be enjoyed for an entire session. complexity does not seem to be here but it's worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 03:40:39 | More by csmiley
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North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amber/brown in color. Nice finger off-white head that slowly falls to a thick film crowning the beer. Looks promising.
Smells like toasted malts. Maybe a faint nuttiness in the aroma. Smells pretty good, I just wish the aroma was stronger.
Taste and mouthfeel are light and bland. While not a bad beer it is lacking in complexity and body. Faint toasted flavor. With some caramel. Just a small hint of the nuttiness on the back-end. This beer is a bit watery and seriously lacking in body.
It's not a bad beer but I wouldn't call it a good one either.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 03:58:10 | More by wcudwight
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3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a fluffy one finger eggshell white head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving little lacing. The brew is a clear ruby red/brown color.

S - Slight scent of caramelized malts...also seems like I'm getting some brown sugar. Not a highly aromatic brew.

T & M - Not much to the taste of this one either...pretty much the same thing I smelled in the nose, sweet caramelized malt with some nuttiness. This brew seems really watered down, not very robust. No hop presence to speak of.

D - I'm sure the ABV is low, probably around 5%. This is one of those beers you could drink all day long on a Summer day, but not one you would get for any sort of complexity or for flavors sake. I would drink it over a macro, but certainly wouldn't recommend it to my friends. It did accomplish helping me cross another state off my beer list though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 04:47:12 | More by drizzam
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3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark amber body with a medium brown head that fades fast after starting at a modest half inch.

S - Soapy aroma but not much else.

T - That's nutty. It has a medium roasted malt flavor immediately followed by a blast of nut. There's a finish of mild hops that have a nutty accent.

M - The feel is coarse and difficult to get down. I think the flavors would be more enjoyable if the feel was more comfortable.

~ I appreciate the flavors here in the Nut Brown Ale. However, the sacrifices made to get there I don't believe are worth it.

(My thanks to drizzam for giving me the chance to crack this nut.)

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 21:59:28 | More by cdkrenz
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3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ratebeers hopscotch for sending me a bottle to cross WV off the state list.

A: Pours a nice nutty brown with tones of amber showing through. Nice solid one finger off white head that shows little retention. Some spotty lace noted.

S: Nice sweet aromas. Mostly caramel with some brown sugar and hazelnuts.

T: Simple. Sweet malt up front, caramel mostly with light nutty toffee notes. No real hop flavors noted.

M: On the thinner side. A bit watery not only in body but in taste as well.

D: It would be sessionable if it was your cup of tea. Just a so so beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 17:40:13 | More by tpd975
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3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with a white foam head and some prickle. Refreshing nose is nicely balanced with the hops and the malt both revealing their presence. The attack is creamy and smooth with a clean flavor that has the feel of malt, but not so much the flavor. There is a little bit of a nut flavor at the finish. The aftertaste is nutty. Pretty straightforward beer. I am glad I picked it up at the gas station on the way through West Virginia. I probably should have bought some other beers as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 14:19:13 | More by Ragingbull
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a tan fizzy head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is a reddish brown color and completely clear, resembling cranberry-apple juice.

Smell: Strong chocolate and coffee, some nutty malt, and a roasted character.

Taste: Some citrus, chocolate, roasted nuts, metallic, pretty watery flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium-low carbonation, a little watery, not much going on.

Overall: Good drinkability, the flavors are pretty mild and the mouthfeel resembles water. Overall this is a very light flavor and feeling beer, not what I expected after smelling it. The aroma is great and full of character.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:47:26 | More by natasharai
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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a brown ale fan per se but someone brought me this back from WV.

I had a bottle several months ago when I only drank Macros and I thought it was horrible. I put it away for a rainy day and brought it back out and actually enjoyed it now that I have tried many different styles.

Poured from bottle to a pub glass. Nice color, not exactly brown had some different hues of red or ruby in it. As close to no head on as I have ever seen giving it the appearance of being flat. Almost disappointing.

Smell was good, a little underwhelming, but nutty indicating there would be some flavor.

Taster was decent. Gave you something to think about. You could taster the hint of nut and the alchohol was very light, very hidden but it had a good beer taste but for but not quite enough.

Mouthfeel was slick due to it being a little watery. I think they tried to make this an anytime beer and if so they did a pretty good job.

Drinkability, if you like it, it is extremely drinkable. I had one with no effect (and I am a light weight) and did not have an overwhelming desire for more but would have drank another if I felt like it.

Watery but tasty, overall a very average beer but one that I will have again because I think the taste could grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 12:24:33 | More by tjwarren
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2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Here's my West Virginia rating, poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark but still transparent ruby chestnut-hued beer, capped by one-finger of fast-fading, light tan head. The collar of foam is thin but persistent, and a thin dusting remains on top of this one throughout. Medium-sized and spritzy carbonation is well-dispersed and relatively plentiful in the attractively-colored body. Lacing is incredibly runny, hardly

Aroma: Sweet, and very nutty, sort of like hazelnut or pecan extract or oil rather than actual nuts, but that's alright. It's backed up by a sweet, dark corn syrupy molasses note, perhaps some faint cocoa and lighter caramel notes. What it really smells like is a cheap Waffle House pecan pie, and as a Georgia native I don't mind that too much.

Taste: Blek. Very sour, perhaps the bottle's bad. A tart, almost citrusy note dominates the backing beer, which itself probably tastes about like what you'd expect - caramel and molasses, slight nutty extract, a slight bitterness. I have to assume that that sour note isn't intentional, though I could be wrong.

Mouthfeel: A relatively thin body with reasonably plentiful carbonation, leading to a slightly uneven, spritzy, "light" bodied beer - the sort of feel that works better with the kind of beer you'd expect to have that sour note as a proper dominant note, though not with a nut brown ale. Take from that what you will.

Drinkability: Decidedly average, though I expected it to be. It's largely just a straightforward, simplistic, slightly inauthentic brew, with the exception of that funky sour note. The abv% couldn't be too high - 5%, maybe, based both upon the style, the taste, and the fact that it was brewed in West Virginia - which enhances the drinkability somewhat, but only so much. Worth it to knock out the state, but not for much else.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:49:00 | More by CrellMoset
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Nut Brown Ale from Mountaineer Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.