Mad Town Nut Brown - Ale Asylum
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4.8/5 rDev +29.7%
To be completely honest this is the beer that really got me into beer and will always be one of my favorites. Alright onto the review.
Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with nice tan foam. A little cloudy as with all AA beers due to the lack of filtering.
Smell: Right away the beer tells you that you're about to taste something malty and complex. I cannot pick out any scent from hops but that's not what this beer is about.
Taste: The beer advertises the use of seven different malts, and here's the thing you can taste all of them. For such an easy drinking beer this is really overflowing with malt flavor. Each sip gives further information about the complexity of this beer. It hits all of the characteristics of malt flavors. You get sweet/caramel, bready, toasty, and chocolaty flavors with even a little venture into roasty flavors. From time to time I even notice some hop presence (if I want to look for it). It even leaves a nice aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Really good level of carbonation and body. Just enough to stand up to the complex flavors without making the beer unnecessarily heavy. Smooth, sturdy, and surprisingly drinkable.
I absolutely love this beer. The best compliment I can give it is that in no occasion would I not want to be drinking one. If you can find it it's even better on tap, and unfairly good when dispensed at the brewery.
02-26-2012 06:05:15 | More by Natetoad
4.58/5 rDev +23.8%
Had this on on tap at the brewery. When poured it looks like nothing special but the taste offers a lot for a saturated beer style. Nice and hoppy at first sip, but the malts really come through at the back end. Very strong flavor for a brown ale while still being mellow. Easy to drink, but gets filling after a while. Nice beer to have sitting around in the winter.
03-07-2009 01:58:22 | More by delmarnate
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
A - very clear brown/amber, nice head. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle needs to be avoided to achieve the clarity, though.
S - bready, caramel with a little toastiness.
T - Solid malt presence throughout with well-balanced hop bitterness on the finish.
M - Moderate fullness and smooth.
D - Very smooth and drinkable. Could throw back a few without hardly noticing.
Overall - Despite my general preference for scottish-style ales, this brown has seen more glass time than the Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch I bought at the same time. It's inspiring me (along with New Glarus' Fat Squirrel) to brew a brown next.
09-29-2010 02:17:16 | More by sfran
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Poured from a 12 ounce shorty into a standard pint.
Pours a deep mahogany with a huge three finger, rocky head that leaves a thick veil of lace, and sticks around half-way through the beer.
Aroma is dark roasted malt that grabs you by the collar and tells you whats up. Hops are earthy and lush giving a nice balance to the malt.
Flavor is nutty, heavily roasted malt. There is a nice deep roasted character to the malt that gives the most of the beers flavor. The hop flavor is muted but there, lending a nice balance to the hop bombiness of the beer. The malt is almost burnt tasting, but there is an unmistakable sweetness there that I really dig.
Mouth is lush and thick, perfect for the style.
I thiink the first time I tried this beer on tap, I was a little off-put byt he strong hop flavors. Well, give this one a little time in the bottle and when the hop oils mellow out, LOOK OUT. This is one of the only lighter ABV beers I can say gets better with age.
02-18-2009 00:32:14 | More by wheatyweiss
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Great tasting American Brown Ale....a unique aroma with a toffee like smell....also perhaps some dark berries and a good dose of sweet cocoa powder (think hot chocolate mix)...the taste is a nice blend of the toffee and cocoa....some nuttiness as well....a muddied texture which is fine...low carbonation....highly flavorful and easy drinking.
12-23-2009 05:45:21 | More by ZAP
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
Appearance: Striking ruby orange with straw hues, with low visibility. Patchy suds cover after a brief 1/4 inch head, and some light lacing on the side of the glass. Medium viscosity.
Aroma: Chocolate malts, a little caramel and some hints of straw. Light biscuit finish.
Taste: This is probably one of the most flavorsome browns I've had in a while. Caramel and orange malts, with a nice yeasty thread to it all. Earthy edge to the bitterness, which is nutty rather than peppery or too fruity. Fresh biscuit finish.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and little sweetness makes for easy drinking. Nice malt aftertaste.
Drinkability: Great session brown, but one that has plenty of flavor. Full-bodied, with a great balance of nuts, fruits and chocolate. Simply awesome.
07-24-2006 04:34:36 | More by expatsteve
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
Man, this is a good beer! Poured with a nice light tan head and some lace. Hazy brown color. Very nutty characteristics. Absolutely a session beer. Malty and light hop. Not too sweet. Great mouthfeel. Quite satisfying. Finish is a bit dry at first, then slightly sweet.
08-24-2007 00:34:12 | More by drpimento
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
4.33/5 rDev +17%
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.
08-14-2011 15:30:52 | More by dhannes
4.31/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
02-26-2014 07:33:28 | More by matjack85
Mad Town Nut Brown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.