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Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 326
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a wispy tan head. Some lacing sticks.
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The smell is of caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts and a hint of cocoa.

The taste is of caramel, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. The malty sweetness in balanced by mild roast and subtle earthy tones in the finish.

It is malty smooth and creamy. Very pleasant smoothness and aftertaste.

It hits the style on the head. A rich malty smooth that is sweet, but balanced. Caramel-ish, nutty, slightly chocolaty with a smooth texture. I had a second bottle with leftovers from Thanksgiving, and it went well with the free-range turkey and the gravy! (610 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tea brown color, a nice head, good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Brown bread, caramel, nuts and a hint of chocolate

Taste: The elements in the aroma appear on the palate, but there is a stronger sense of nuts and chocolate on the finish than I picked up when I smelled the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I generally find brown ales pretty boring but the flavors here caught my attention; that's about as good as it gets with this style (508 characters)

Photo of MikeAAL
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of TCMike
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (551 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a semi-clear brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of milk chocolate, caramel, and a firm nuttiness. The taste is nuttier, and has more caramel than the aroma, and only had a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice brown ale. I could happily drink this again. (412 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with an off white head. Lacing is decent all the way through. Mild aroma of creamy carmel, with just a hint of aroma hops. Taste is very good creamy and carmel dominate the flavors. Mouthfeel and drinkability is excellent, smooth creamy feel and very well carbonated, I will definately be drinking this one again. (338 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent brown with a moderately thick tan head that reduces pretty fast.

Nutty malt scent with a cocoa note.

A nutty malt taste as well with a chocolate milk presence. Nice light roast all the way into the aftertaste.

Just a touch thin. Mostly smooth.

A really nice example of a brown ale. No problem drinking several of these. Another good brew from Ale Asylum. (378 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light tobacco brown with lots of suspended particles and a thin beige head that retains slightly without lacing.

S: Malt, coffee, hops, bready, some caramel sweetness.

T: Malts and bready tastes are most prominent. Some hoppy bitterness.

M: Good carbonation bite, malt toasty, and a fair aftertaste. (306 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as an orange brown color with a tan colored head on top. The retention was decent, the lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer is lightly roasted and sweet smelling, plenty of malt on the nose. The taste of the beer is malty as well with a decent roasted flavor as well, not bitter at all. The mouthfeel is creamy, nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall it's a very good beer in my opinion. Worth checking out. (427 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/03/12 notes. On tap at Bellenie's

a - Pours a hazy, amber brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, sweet dark fruits, fruity malts, toasted and roasted malts, and some light cocoa. Very nice.

t - Tastes of nuts, roasted malts, toasted malts, bread, sweet dark fruits, cream, light floral hops, earthy notes, and cocoa.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a really good brown ale. I liked their porter a twinge better but very nice and easy to drink, with a lot of nuts and malts to it. Worth checking out. (609 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown colored body. The head has some real nice stamina and is light tan in color.

S - Roasted and toasted malts with a hint of cocoa.

T - malty flavor having a noticeable nut taste.

M - Easy texture with no coarse feel to note.

~ This is a good brown ale and one that any of you brown ale fans out there should give a try. This Madison brewery has a knack for brewing some quality brew. (404 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

It pours a dark brown color with a minimal head. The smell is malty with a nutty coffee tone. The taste is a mix of coffee and chocolate. Very malty and rich. It has a nice full mouthfeel. The carbonation is low so it goes down really smooth. I will be picking up a sixer of this next time out. (328 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed brown with a thin creme head. Flavor is kind of slightly sweet with nut tones and wood tones as well. Slight tangy edge, but it doesn't overshadow the slightly sweet nutty tone that is there. Feel is smooth on liquid. Quite easy to drink. Bump up the nuts and bring down the tangy just a wee bit and I am happier. (336 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Madison, so probably pretty fresh; no date on bottle.

A: Light brown in color, more garnet when held to light, thin head is quick to dissipate.

S&T: First smell is of spicy hops, but that is quickly replaced by chocolaty roasty malt and never noticed again in my 12 oz. Taste is sweet, chocolate with a sleight caramel complement.

Easy drinking beer, maybe for desert, as the sweetness may not be something I want more of in any sitting.

Overall, a nice brown ale. In retrospect, taste reminds me of Fat Tire. (528 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy brown with a slight tan head. Toasty nutty scents. Toasty malt with a littl nuttiness to it with slight carbonation and pretty thin body. Overall it's a pretty good beer. (180 characters)

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

Medium-dark brown with a slight head.

Vague caramel nutty smell.

Caramel, toffee, and roasted notes. On par for the style, fairly flavorful.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This wasn't anything revolutionary, but was well-balanced and an easy drinker. Simple and enjoyable. (279 characters)

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

Pint glass

It didn't really make the greatest head, not the most aromatic beer. Smells like it tastes kind of caramel in taste color and smell. Its really a pretty good beer and is something that I think that I could make. Nice mouthfeel and its nice to drink. Not stunning but certainly not bad. Its something good to drink. (326 characters)

Photo of DeeMented
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

Color was a dark amber, slightly hazy, with about a quarter inch of cream-colored head. The head faded rapidly, leaving almost no lacing.

The smell was sweet, like caramel and malt, but it was hard to really pick out any aromas other than "sweet".

It felt a little watery in the mouth, but was carbonated well enough to feel creamy at the back of the throat.

The taste was sweet and malty, with a very slight (too slight?) nutty taste. It finished with a light hop bitterness, followed by a lingering caramel taste. The hop finish grew more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Overall, a good, easily drinkable brown ale. (674 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint glass . I'd say this beer was more of an English style brown ale. Nutty flavor, slightly sweet. Fuller body. (150 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mad Town Nut Brown

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. This was served chilled.

A) An amber/brown brew with a slight haze, perhaps a chill haze. I noticed some sediment as well. There was not much head generated on the pour. An off white collar remained during consumption.

S) A light roast aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness. Definitely nutty, as the name implied. The aroma became more sweet as this warmed up.

T) A pleasingly malty brew. Light roast, hinting at a bit of coffee. A milk chocolate bar with macadamia nuts or perhaps almonds. Pretty sweet but enough bitterness for balance.

M) Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth enough, and easy to put back. Nice aftertaste.

O) Brown Ales don't get a whole lot of love, but this is a good one. It's quite flavorful, and easy to drink. Glad to recommend this brew. (854 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, frothy, slightly tan head that collapses nicely leaving lacing along the glass. Floral hops and and sweet, slightly roasted malt combine in the head, with the hops dominating. Deep burnt umber color is stunning to look at. Starts with a nice, slightly toasty, ever-so-slightly sweet malt, a nice rise in hop bitterness which is very floral and a touch grainy. As the bitterness peaks at a low-medium level, the finish begins, which is a mix of that roasted malt and the lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, not bad at all. EASILY one of the better brown ales I've had. Again, I am reconsidering this category. Brown ales tend to be a miss, but when they hit, they are very, very solid.
This is a nice balance of floral hops, medium-low bitterness, and a touch of a slightly roasted malt. It's not too bitter, not too sweet, but a great all-around brew. (866 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee, nutty almonds and burnt toast, musty grains and leafy green finish.

T - Much like the nose, caramel and toffee, toasted bread, musty hops and leafy green notes linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - A tasty brown ale, worth a try and well worth picking up. (389 characters)

Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.