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Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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84
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280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | 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:
A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 06-29-2006)
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Photo of PhilMiller
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

PhilMiller, May 13, 2014
Photo of Musky
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a nice tight foamy head that laced graciously down the glass as it was consumed. Had quite a bit of hop character for nut brown, it almost seemed as I was tasting a dark pale ale. It did not have the malt to backup the hops. Besides that it was a delicious beer to the last drop. Much prefer their porter or stout.

Musky, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date, ordered at Green Owl Tavern in Madison, Wisconsin and poured into a glass 3/15/2014.

App- Clear dark brown body, one finger white head with fair retention, lots of lacing. Looks like a fairly average brown ale.

Smell- Caramel, nutty, a touch of earthiness. Simple, strong and to the point.

Flavour- Very sweet, a touch bit too sweet for what I prefer out of a brown ale. Caramel, toffee, Wermer's butterscotch and candied sugar. Nothing here that can cut the sweetness at all. It's fine and more than drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied but not quite watery. Good carbonation. Sweet finish that is neither resinous nor dry.

Overall- Decent, overly sweet brown ale that doesn't bring a lot else other than sweetness to the table.

Stevedore, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of TubaDan
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

TubaDan, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

brother_kenneth, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I have fond memories of Madison. ...That doesn't have any bearing here, I'm just sayin'. Anyway, this stuff pours a surprisingly swampy sienna topped by a finger of lightly-sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted wheat bread, honey, oats, a sprinkle of dirt, and a vague notion of even vaguer fruits wafting in the breeze somehow, as though they were spirits of their former, earthly selves. The taste brings in more of the same, that odd fruit sensation remaining, but even more ephemeral, like the memory of the above description. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent little brown ale, nothing to write home about, and, unfortunately, with things like Moose Drool and Sam Smith out there, probably nothing I'm likely to see again (though I wouldn't shun it if handed to me somewhere).

TMoney2591, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of scaliasux
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

scaliasux, Jan 22, 2013
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.

cokes, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Duff27
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brown color with a big near two-inch light tan head. Fine floating sediment. Good head retention and lacing. Looks very nice in a pint glass.

S- Very faint. Bready?

T- Real nice malt backbone...roasty and nutty. Nothing overpowering in the taste. A certain sweetness left on my lips.

M- Mouth-filling and creamy, medium mouthfeel. Low on biting carbonation per style guidelines.

D/O- Slight lack of taste makes for "mad" drinkability. This one was kind of all over the place as far as my individual ratings went. On the plus side, Mad Town Nut Brown looks great and goods down either whereas the aroma aspect and taste leaves some to be desired. Would recommend to brown/session ale fans.

Duff27, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't find this beer to be all that nutty...it was decent and lightly toffee-ish, but not particularly nutty nor was it overwhelmingly flavorful. Still, this was far from a bad beer, and I think I would rate it above average.

This beer pured a nice red color with a tan head. Aroma was a bit of light caramel but was not overly odoriferous. Flavor was a bit light and a bit of toffee and caramel. Body was light and there was not a tremendous amount of mouthfeel. Not bad, and recommended, but far from spectacular.

BeerBelcher, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of barnzy78
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date even though the label leaves a space for something to be imprinted. New to the Chicago area, I've had some of their stuff in the past and enjoyed thoroughly.
L - cloudy brown ale capped with a thinner ivory head
S - caramel, bread, chocolate, yeast
T - brown malt, nutty, bready, caramel, spicy earthy hops
F - creamy and smooth mouth feel. Fairly clean finish.
O - good nut brown ale here. Nothing exceptional, but definitely drinkable.

barnzy78, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looked like a slight leathery color. Nice look!

S: I couldn't really pick out one scent in there. But there was a touch of hop flavor and of course some nuttiness that was appealing. Not sure if the mystery scent was molasses, candi sugar?

T: It was nutty, malty, smooth. All things you'd want from a good nutbrown!

Not being the biggest fan of Nutbrowns, this is the one I buy when I'm in the mood for one! And it's local which is great!

madtowndmb1, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Atron67
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a pretty hazy amber brown with a light red hue. had a fluffier tannish head that settled pretty quickly to a thin film.

S- smells pretty malty, a nice nutty flavor on the bottom, but is not that strong

T- pretty light creamy flavor, only a light nutty flavor, but still pretty solid maltiness of nice complexity.

M- creamy body, light carbonation, pretty nice

D- pretty good but not all that great, drinkable

Atron67, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of blackearth
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of PlacementSix
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

PlacementSix, Sunday at 06:19 PM
Photo of Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear auburn body. Thin and dense beige head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is nutty and malty (toffee). Flavor is nicely rounded, if not inspired. Nutty and malty flavor with ghostly notes of roast. Mellow and agreeble in flavor and body. Decent enough beer.

Bighuge, Nov 24, 2009
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.

pat61, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

richkrull, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Alex_Weinard
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Alex_Weinard, May 16, 2014
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jmccraney, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Bonna
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Bonna, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

enelson, Aug 17, 2013
Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.