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Mad Town Nut Brown - Ale Asylum

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Mad Town Nut BrownMad Town Nut Brown

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 06-29-2006)
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Reviews by BasementBer:
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Another solid design on this bottle, the grave diggers and the face with moustache in the moon.

A: Amber to brown coloration with decent lacing. Cloudy and slighty higher in carbonation.

S: Nutty malts with a sweet caramel aroma as required by the style.

T: Sweet malts in the nose followed by waffle syrup and hints of bittering in the finish.

M: washes well and doesnt leave much jazz on the tounge. just easy drinkin sweet brown.

O: great beer with rich malt character, not a must have for the style but bashes a newcastle over the head and buries it.

01-22-2012 02:55:45 | More by BasementBer
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.88/5  rDev -22.2%

Served in a pint glass at the Argus.

Appearance: Welcoming orange-brown with ruby hues. Big off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts dominate, chocolate, nuts, apple butter, biscuits, toast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great full-bodied caramel flavors but otherwise a bit of a let down. I want big dry-roasted nuttiness in a nut brown and this beer lacks that. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy but lends itself to much towards sweetness and isn’t dry enough. Some minor nut, toast, and chocolate flavors are present.

Drinkability: Ok, but not my cup of tea.

11-17-2006 17:00:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of blackearth


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Poured a very dark ruby red body with an off white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is of sweet toffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with flavors of brown sugar and a very sweet finish. Decent drinkability.

11-27-2009 16:35:32 | More by blackearth
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

12oz stubby bottle. Pours into my glass a ruddy brown with a small bubbly white head that quickly fades to nothing. A bit of fine particulate in the glass as well. Aromas begin with caramel and a light toasted graininess. A slight nuttiness is there along with some dark fruit and a very mellow hop aroma in the background.

First sip brings a slightly toasty, almost bready caramel maltiness that flows across with some nutty flavors as well. A mild fruitiness comes through in the middle, flows down clean and finishes with just a touch of hops. A smooth brew but it just ends up boring me a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy from the fast moving carbonation. It's somewhere between light and medium bodied making it easy to drink. Overall, it's an easy drinking brown that just seems to be a little lacking in the flavor department to me. Nothing really grabs me in and makes me want to come back to this one.

11-20-2007 01:09:24 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Chadster1975

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-21-2012 05:52:33 | More by Chadster1975
Photo of deebo


2.98/5  rDev -19.5%

A-a ruddy brown color and murky not clear. A tan pillowy head that quickly breaks down into a film.
S-nutty malt goodness. No hop or yeast presence.
T-much like the taste. Sweet and nutty. Not much else
M-Medium bodied and carbonated
O-a plain brown ale. Tastes more like an English version. Not much character here but drinkable

02-22-2013 02:17:13 | More by deebo
Photo of bpfrush


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-14-2011 15:37:11 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-16-2011 01:15:49 | More by tyleeis
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-17-2013 22:20:58 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of cmwilliq


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-27-2014 00:47:19 | More by cmwilliq
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.33/5  rDev +17%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy warm brown body with a creamy off-white head that last and last. There is no sign of carbonation except for a bubble or two rising to the surface.

S- There is a nice blended smell of toasted malt with hints of caramel, biscuit and honey malts that has a distinct nutty smell.

T- This beer has a smooth nice pot caramel flavor with a hint of chocolate malt and a dry biscuit note that is very soft that creates a good nuttiness in this beer. There is a nice light citrus finish to the hops that has a good bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture in the finish.

D-This beer is a work of art. Must nut brown ales are very bad and the malts taste watered down and stale but this beer has fresh flavors with an actual dry nutty note. Good complexity but very easy to drink.

06-29-2006 23:06:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-10-2012 16:59:18 | More by richkrull
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-16-2014 03:49:15 | More by Alex_Weinard
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-25-2013 23:21:21 | More by InVinoVeritas
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-17-2014 04:25:53 | More by Sara_erickson89
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

01-21-2013 21:05:25 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Photo of cokes


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

Dark orange-tinted tan with a sturdy rise of beige foam.
Nose of cocoa powder with a growing contingent of orangey hops as it sits.
Tastewise, it begins with a bran-like sense of grain, sprinkled with brown sugar. Traces of cocoa. It goes semi-flaccid in the middle, with only some vague lingering toasty sweetness lapping up against a light sour apple yeastiness. Hopping carries a fair amount of reedy bitterness, which carries through with a dried grass and tea flavor, along with a closing yelp of citrus.
It's medium-light in body, with a sluggish carbonation. It's not refreshing enough to be a quaffer nor meaty enough to stand on its own as a warmer.
It's not a terrible stab at a brown ale, but there are things here that don't quite mesh. It's easily the weakest link in Ale Asylum's bottled line. I'd vote to bench this and put Big Slick Stout in mass production...or Sticky McDoogle...or, really, anything else.

03-11-2008 07:56:36 | More by cokes
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Brown ales are mostly not an exciting category, and this one on-tap at the brewery is no exception. It was however beter than average for the style because of its rich malt and creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet. Light brown colour with creamy head. It looks like its on nitro, which it is not.

09-08-2011 23:23:32 | More by Sammy
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Roughly poured into an Imperial pint glass, Mad Town Nut Brown raises a massive head of frothy ivory-colored foam that holds throughout almost the entire glass and leaves walls of thin, scabrous lace that eventually erode into shotgun blasts of tiny spots. Seemingly bottle-conditioned, it has a yeasty haze within its chestnut and orange-ruby robe.

The nose is pretty straightforwardly cocoaish, toasty-nutty, and lightly fruity with soft red berries.

In the mouth it's delicately smooth and then just slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation and medium-light body.

As suggested by the aroma, cocoa, nuts, and soft berries definitely do appear in the flavor. It's softly sweet; gently malty with a dusty cocoa-ish and golden caramel side; and fruity with summer berries. The two sides balance nicely, and a subtle accent of grassy hops helps to round it along with a firm, underlying bitterness.

Sweetness may hinder its drinkability a bit, but it's quite welcoming and accessible. Nicely done!

01-10-2007 02:15:32 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of dirtylou


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

on tap at the brewery

appearance: served in an ale asylum pint glass...mahogany body with strong amber highlights, light beige head, fair lacing

smell: nutty, buttery, sweet malt...a lot of nut brown's have a minimal nose but this beer exceeds the average

taste: toasted bread, sweet lightly toasted malt, buttery feel, nutty throughout, a little earthy, sweet apple. For me its an above average brown but i'm just not overwhelmed by the style/this effort

mouthfeel: medium body, average carbonation, creamy and slick

drinkability: good

08-19-2006 22:37:03 | More by dirtylou
Photo of WoodBrew


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

I was not "mad" about the Madtown Nutbrown. Definitely di not rank in my top ten for brown ales. The beer pour a nice brownish amber with ok head that did not lace. The scent carried earthy and malt aromas but nothing out of control. The taste was more like a watered caramel coffee. The mouthfeel was light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was just ok....definitely worth a try.

08-13-2013 02:16:02 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of nickd717


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee.

Medium brown in color, fairly clear with a light beige head.

The aroma is nice and nutty, pretty spot-on for what I expect of this style.

Great complex nut flavor, with hazelnuts and chestnuts standing out along with a good toffee presence.

Medium-bodied with a decently smooth mouthfeel.

Overall very good for the style.

08-26-2011 15:20:57 | More by nickd717
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-25-2012 02:11:12 | More by FlyntFlossie
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-03-2013 03:07:05 | More by jmccraney
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

04-12-2014 04:36:13 | More by MynamesRickJames
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Mad Town Nut Brown from Ale Asylum
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