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Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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84
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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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 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 bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of MynamesRickJames
5/5  rDev +35.1%

MynamesRickJames, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of panders07
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

panders07, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of alostplot
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

alostplot, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of scootercrabb
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

scootercrabb, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of emwild12
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

emwild12, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of hotdogtornados
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

hotdogtornados, Mar 20, 2014
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 chet1215
4/5  rDev +8.1%

chet1215, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

krome, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of msambita
5/5  rDev +35.1%

msambita, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of smbslt
4/5  rDev +8.1%

smbslt, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

onlymurderers, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of tipabu
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

tipabu, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Schwartzi
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Schwartzi, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of BeerDazed
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

BeerDazed, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of matjack85
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

matjack85, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of EmptyPockets
4/5  rDev +8.1%

EmptyPockets, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Mismanagement
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Mismanagement, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

jimmygord, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

thinwhiteduke, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

NicholasOfMKE, Feb 17, 2014
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
Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.