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Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 06-29-2006

A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.
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Ratings: 303 | Reviews: 91
Reviews by MikeAAL:
Photo of MikeAAL
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like brown ales so i thought I would try this one. Also, it's made in Wisconsin.

Appearance, it has a tan head. I had to pour really hard to get a one finger head. Brown, thick body. Barely any lacing.

Smells sweet, malty, nutty, some caramel and some roasted malts.

Very sweet. A lot of malt flavor and some nutty character. It tastes a lot like it smells.

Medium/light mouthfeel. Not as light as Newcastle. Lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of blackearth
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of deebo
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Big caramel nose with a hint of chocolate
Pours slightly hazy medium brown under a thin off-white head.
The palate begins with mildly sweet light caramel flavors and then finishes dry with a touch of chocolate.
This is a refreshing medium body, medium to medium low carbonation session beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. A thin layer of retention leaves a nice cascade of lacing behind. The aroma smells like cocoa, bread, roasted nuts, some citrus, and earthy hops.

The taste is a smooth blend of toasted malts, caramel sweetness, some nutty bitterness, and a bit of a prominant hop in the backend. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a creamy and mellow feel.

Not bad. While the aroma and flavors were pretty tight for the style, I wish that they could have been a bit more assertive and the overall feel could had been just a touch beefier to help support them better. This was my first beer from Ale Asylum and I look forward to better selections from them down the road.

Photo of dhannes
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Memorial Union last evening in a plastic cup.

A=Nice, warm brown with 1/2" ecru head that lasted about a half minute.

S=Slight hint of malt.

T=Impressive; this is my first tasting of a brown ale in years and, as expected, it reminded me of a bit more roasted and malty than an amber, but not quite as much body as a stout or porter. Slightly sweet, definite caramel malt presence.

M=Very nice--very low carbonation, combined with lighter body and touch of sweetness made this a great session beer.

0=Nice option when wanting more than one, but you want the experience of a darker beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber tone, unexpected for a Brown Ale. Good level of foam, a thick ring of lacing coats the glass, with a skim over the top. No visible carbonation, yet it's felt on the palate.

Cereal grain dominates the aroma, with a mild sourness that nearly reaches foulness.

Grape-nuts comes to mind, so there must be a good amount of barley in this. There's a nutty sweetness, with a sour apple tang that i'm guessing is from the yeast. Tastes good, but it feels muddled and could use more definition. One pint was enough, doesn't seem much like a session ale.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.5% ABV, no date.

A - Pouring clear dark bronzed walnut in color, Madtown Nut Brown forms a thin bone colored head. Dots of lace speckle the glass in rings but the fleeting head disappears rather quickly.

S - Madtown Nut Brown has a openly nutty aroma with toasted biscuit and caramel sweetness trailing. As the beer warms hints of woody maple and a fine layer of earthy hops make their way in on the back end with raisin and dark cherry emerging as the beer warms.

T - A blend of dry nuttiness opens the flavor profile with a follow up of equally dry toasted amber malts and a dollop of caramel sweetness. Wood shavings present earthy tones which compliment the nuttiness along the finish.

M - Madtown Nut Brown starts smooth and lush with a round malt mouthfeel but dries out quickly in conjunction with the carbonated finish. The entry brings some needed balance to the dry, nutty ale.

O - Nut-rich and earthy, the dry toasted notes seem to overwhelm the sweetness of this beer for a significant balance shift to the "nutty" side. Madtown is certainly not a bad beer, by any standards, it's just not my cup of tea when it comes to brown ales; the sweetness hides providing minimal balance and it's dryness becomes cloying.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured smoothly, but no head. Color is an amber-rust, and there is a fine sediment swirling within.

S-Toasted malt, a touch of toasted mixed nuts, light hint of caramel, and something resembling freshly brewed black tea.

T-Prickly carbonation dominates the attack, which yields to toasted malty mid-palate and hints of caramel with hazelnut, and the finish is mostly clean with lingering sweet toast. I think I'm also picking up a tinge of hops, which is confirmed by a mini-belch.

M-This stuff is too frail to carry its flavors through. The light, watery body, coupled with fairly liberal carbonation, drowns out some of the flavors, and if you drink it quickly, the prickly carbonation carries over the entire tongue and doesn't fade until just before rounding out the tonsils. It's got the taste of a decent beer, and the texture of a flaccid handshake.

D-The least satisfying collection from this brewery I've yet had. The overall taste is enjoyable, and it's fairly smooth, but the lightness doesn't do justice to the flavors, and the ale has no equilibrium.

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Reddish Orange with some haze. Some visible sediment and visible carbonation. Pours with a thin creamy head.
(S) Pronounced hop aroma with slight yeasty and caramel notes.
(T) Crisp, slight bitter nose but then fades into a nice, creamy and nutty finish.
(M) Crisp at first, then smooths out. Not too heavy in the body.
(D) A well brewed nut brown. I'd have another.

Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium-dark brown. Looks a little hazy. Short off white head with little persistence.

Smell - Sweet medium roasted malts. Caramel, toffee, raisin. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste - Principally sweet medium roasted malt. Light sweet toast, chocolate, coffee flavors. A little bitterness and a little watery. Light citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Smells like its going to taste better. Not awful, but not worth looking for.

Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown color with a 2-finger tan head. The head retention only lasted about a minute and didn't leave much lacing, but it did leave a thin layer of cream on top that remained throughout the session.

Caramel, other malts, and chocolate smell.

This tastes pretty good. It's on the sweet side, which would be expected from a beer with 7 malts in it. Lots of caramel, nuttiness, roasted malts, and chocolate flavor. Not much in the hops department though.

Smooth and creamy but not too thick. Actually light to medium in body with low carbonation.

This is the first beer I've ever tried from this brewery and I'm already a fan. This was a really good nut brown ale.

Photo of Slyjoker87
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out as a darkish brown color with a slight head that receded moderately.

S - Smells faintly of carmel with a hint of nuttiness or perhaps a little chocolate savoriness?

T - Tastes wonderfully rich. The carmel notes are not overpowering , and the same can be said of the maltiness and nuttiness.

M - Not overly carbonated, which is a plus. The smooth and creamy feel of this beer is exactly what you want.

O - A very drinkable beer which pairs together the carmel and nut flavors very well. It doesn't leave too much of a lingering flavor, but that helps with the overall drinkability because of how smooth it feels as it is going down. The sweetness is also not overly demanding and thus it goes on the top of the list.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wildman Joe for grabbing me some beer in Wisconsin!

Poured from a stubby brown bottle with some kind of date code that is smeared off of the bottle. A good looking beer for sure. Clear chestnut brown with a few floaties that lead me to think this one could be a tad past it's prime and a massive khaki head that settles slowly to soft peaks. Roasted almonds and barley in the aroma..nice. Roasty and malty flavors with pecan-like nuttiness and plenty of rich malt that is well balanced with mild floral hoppiness. Medium lean bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. A tasty brew.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

can't believe this is only the 50th review of this beer. I'll start off by saying this is just another one of the great offerings provided by Ale Asylum.

A: agressive pour yields 2-finger head (wanted to get a good whiff) of a gorgeous creamy beige color. Beer pours a light brown color when not backlit, then turns a deep scarlet when held to light.
Leaving plenty of lacing, since I finally learned how to clean a glass properly.

S: Smell really is well balanced between sweet caramel malts, pecans, and a tinge of alcohol.

T: Much like the smell, only add a tinge of hops at the end, before it yields to the sweet aftertaste. Very well balanced.

M: feels just a little light to me. Not that I really care...

D:...because this is a really good american nut brown. Easy drinker due to great balance, light mouthfeel, middle-of-the-road ABV.

Another winner from AleAsylum...you'd have to be in an asylum to not try this Madtown nut brown.

Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a pint glass
I also had this on tap and enjoyed it so much I picked up a 6 pack on the way out of Mad Town.
Look is a light brown with a tan head that reduces to a nice thin cap.
Smell is very nutty.
Taste is sweet and nutty very little if any bitterness.
Feel is maybe a little on the thin side and yet creamy.
Drink a mild but smooth drinkable beer.

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Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.