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Mad Town Nut Brown - Ale Asylum

Mad Town Nut BrownMad Town Nut Brown

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%


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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Natetoad

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:05:15 | More by Natetoad
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delmarnate

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 01:58:22 | More by delmarnate
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sfran

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:17:16 | More by sfran
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:32:14 | More by wheatyweiss
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 05:45:21 | More by ZAP
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2006 04:34:36 | More by expatsteve
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 00:34:12 | More by drpimento
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 23:06:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 15:30:52 | More by dhannes
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matjack85

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 07:33:28 | More by matjack85
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botham

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a rich copper brown color with a single finger of light tan head that has decent retention and no lacings. typical brown in the nose.

aroma is of rich caramel malts, toffee, and a nutty base with faint roasted malts. very rich and complete in the nose with a well proportioned profile.

taste is of light caramel and toffee with a nutty note and a very smooth character. the flavors are inseperable. very well put together with a fresh and flavorful profile. as the brew warms a bit the nutty character comes forth.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and velvety smooth. this is a quintessential nut brown. very smooth finish and satisfying on the palate.

drinkability is solid. very fresh and satisfying nut brown with a very drinkable aura. the brew works on all levels: drinkable, well proportioned, nicely concentrated and delicious. another great brew from Ale Asylum. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:12:06 | More by botham
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Tone

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brown color with a lighter amber along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of nuts, sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, and slight toffee. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, nut, toffee, cream, slight hops, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a really good brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:17:30 | More by Tone
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgundy/brown color with a small, tan foamy head. It left very thin rings of soapy lace.

S - It smelled very nutty and malty. There was a slight floral aroma.

T - It tasted of tons of sweet caramel. It was very nutty with a malty backbone. It had a slight bitter hop kick.

M - It was sharp, crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A great nut brown ale. I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:05:49 | More by zeff80
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:55:45 | More by BasementBer
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 21:13:10 | More by AmberMan22
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 02:15:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $8.

This American brown ale pours a dark brown color with a slight scent of hops. It has a slight hops taste as well but a more overpowering nutty flavor that reminded me of pecans. For being a more flavorful beer it drank rather smooth. Definetly a must try!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 05:22:52 | More by Lemke10
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange with a considerable amount of coral red when backlit. I love this color. Frankly, the beer looks more like a barleywine than the stated style. The head is an attractive shade of golden beige and is more thickly creamy than one usually sees on a brown ale. I'm impressed.

The nose is very nice as well. For once, a nut brown that's both beautifully nutty (sugared pecans) and powerfully brown malty. I don't know what seven malts Ale Asylum used, but they chose well. They also added a significant amount of the more heavily toasted varieties if the nose is any indication. There's also a hint of butterscotchiness that adds even more depth.

Madtown Nut Brown is a classic example of an American brown ale. I could even see it as an English brown ale for whatever that's worth. The malt backbone isn't huge, but it provides an amazing amount of deliciousness. I taste toasted brown bread slathered with apple butter and caramel, then sprinked with crushed, oven-toasted pecans.

Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw. If more malt was used, this would be a beer to be reckoned with. A little more sweetness and a more mouthfilling creaminess would put it into select company as far as I'm concerned. I'm fine with the slightly peppy carbonation since it settles down by mid-bottle.

I've heard good things about Ale Asylum. I wish I could have made it to the brewpub on my most recent trip to Madison, but I was able to locate a few bottles to ease the disappointment. If Madtown Nut Brown is representative, I'm even more excited about drinking the rest of their offerings than I was previously. This is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 13:33:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Thanby

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey/amber with a nice tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells just like the name, a nice malty scent with some nuttiness and some hops in the background. First taste reveals a wonderfully light but flavorful malt with some roasted almonds and a very mild banana flavor in the background, followed by a milder hop note and a fairly clean finish. Very easy to drink and somewhat lighter-bodied, this brew is surprisingly refreshing and very much fits Ale Asylums solid full-malt style. A perfect beer to enjoy while out on the town in Madison.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:29:55 | More by Thanby
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 18:53:33 | More by dbtoe
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown color, , slim head...

Sweetness in the nose, plenty caramel, with cocoa and nut tones...malt-alicious!

On the tongue, more of the same, but dry-ish....nutty and chocolatey.
Smoothness reigns here. And flavor is in abundance. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and the sweetness is tempered with light hops at each sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 02:18:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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ssinger

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is essentially everything I want in a nutbrown ale. Nutty, check. Malty, check. Carmel, check. Smooth, check. Poured a deep amber color and smelled somewhat like an nutty amber. I'm from Milwaukee and have been loving everything out of the Ale Asylum of Madison. It's great to see some brewerys outside of New Glarus make a good name for themselves in Wisconsin. We're known for our watered down sh*t beers, but brewerys like this will definitely help to change that.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:04:22 | More by ssinger
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Slyjoker87

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 04:54:19 | More by Slyjoker87
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TCMike

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Produced a small beige head. Beer color is a non-translucent orangy/brown.

The aroma was of malts, caramel, and biscuit.

Taste was similar, but with a nutty taste. Just a hint of hop bitterness. It had a creamy, medium mouth-feel. Low-medium carbonation.

Nice brown. Easy drinking. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 19:38:09 | More by TCMike
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown, like all of Ale Asylums great creations it is extremely unfiltered like it should be!

smells very much like nuts, almonds, caramel, toffee with a slight roasty charachter

Taste is almonds, caramel, slight burnt coffee?, with a good roasty quality, no hops to be found here.

Mouthfeel is medium cabonations, medium-thin body as to be expected for the style and Abv.

It is a great Nut brown, while not my favorite style by any stretch it is still one I have around for just throwin a few back and with meals as Browns tend to go the best with food IMO.

New Glarus is not making Fat squriell this year but that is ok because we have this, good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:19:24 | More by nickapalooza86
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Mad Town Nut Brown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.