Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 41 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown ales are mostly not an exciting category, and this one on-tap at the brewery is no exception. It was however beter than average for the style because of its rich malt and creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet. Light brown colour with creamy head. It looks like its on nitro, which it is not.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber tone, unexpected for a Brown Ale. Good level of foam, a thick ring of lacing coats the glass, with a skim over the top. No visible carbonation, yet it's felt on the palate.

Cereal grain dominates the aroma, with a mild sourness that nearly reaches foulness.

Grape-nuts comes to mind, so there must be a good amount of barley in this. There's a nutty sweetness, with a sour apple tang that i'm guessing is from the yeast. Tastes good, but it feels muddled and could use more definition. One pint was enough, doesn't seem much like a session ale.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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).

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color. Light shines through easily. Small head...rim bubbles only. No lace.

Mild aroma of weak coffee and darker malts.

Sweet and toasty flavor. There's a good hop presence, especially for this style. Moderate to thin body with a high carbonation.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacy to follow. The nose is malty, with some nice caramel notes. The taste is malty, sweet, with some caramel notes. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher, enjoyable.

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.

Photo of Duff27
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.5% ABV, no date.

A - Pouring clear dark bronzed walnut in color, Madtown Nut Brown forms a thin bone colored head. Dots of lace speckle the glass in rings but the fleeting head disappears rather quickly.

S - Madtown Nut Brown has a openly nutty aroma with toasted biscuit and caramel sweetness trailing. As the beer warms hints of woody maple and a fine layer of earthy hops make their way in on the back end with raisin and dark cherry emerging as the beer warms.

T - A blend of dry nuttiness opens the flavor profile with a follow up of equally dry toasted amber malts and a dollop of caramel sweetness. Wood shavings present earthy tones which compliment the nuttiness along the finish.

M - Madtown Nut Brown starts smooth and lush with a round malt mouthfeel but dries out quickly in conjunction with the carbonated finish. The entry brings some needed balance to the dry, nutty ale.

O - Nut-rich and earthy, the dry toasted notes seem to overwhelm the sweetness of this beer for a significant balance shift to the "nutty" side. Madtown is certainly not a bad beer, by any standards, it's just not my cup of tea when it comes to brown ales; the sweetness hides providing minimal balance and it's dryness becomes cloying.

Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.37/5  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.

Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.