Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

Not Rated.
Madtown NutbrownMadtown Nutbrown

Educational use only; do not reuse.

93 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 93
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 93 | Hads: 335
Photo of ZAP
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

 343 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 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 Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 771 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 cokes
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 926 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

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted caramel, a little nutty and some toffee. Tastes of toasted malts, lighter nuttiness, and caramel. Thinner body with lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 7/23/07

 293 characters

Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

 730 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 vette2006c5r
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color, with a small tan head. The smell was weak, but had some maltyness. The taste was malty, no nut flavor as the name implies, and a bit light for a brown ale. There could have been more flavor, but easy to drink. Overall not a bad beer, but not a good beer either.

 297 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

 925 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 brdc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Orange brown in color, it has a small light tan head that does not hold very well, leaving little lacing on its way down.
Aroma, just like the taste is pleasant but not complex; malts, mostly caramel, in a light to medium bodied brew. Decent, easy to drink, but nothing special here.

 325 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at the Argus.

Appearance: Welcoming orange-brown with ruby hues. Big off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts dominate, chocolate, nuts, apple butter, biscuits, toast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great full-bodied caramel flavors but otherwise a bit of a let down. I want big dry-roasted nuttiness in a nut brown and this beer lacks that. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy but lends itself to much towards sweetness and isn’t dry enough. Some minor nut, toast, and chocolate flavors are present.

Drinkability: Ok, but not my cup of tea.

 566 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

 521 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 Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

 327 characters

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was somehat underwhelming. pours a mostly clear ruby brown but with no head to speak of. toffee, roasted nuts, caramel, and rum in the nose. suprisingly thin malts in the taste. almost no residual sugars. some bitterness in the finish but mostly astringent, like cold tea. minimal carbonation. perhaps this one was a bit past it's prime even though i purchased it a few months ago and it's been in the fridge ever since.

 425 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 biggred1
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wildman Joe for grabbing me some beer in Wisconsin!

Poured from a stubby brown bottle with some kind of date code that is smeared off of the bottle. A good looking beer for sure. Clear chestnut brown with a few floaties that lead me to think this one could be a tad past it's prime and a massive khaki head that settles slowly to soft peaks. Roasted almonds and barley in the aroma..nice. Roasty and malty flavors with pecan-like nuttiness and plenty of rich malt that is well balanced with mild floral hoppiness. Medium lean bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. A tasty brew.

 593 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 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 deebo
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a ruddy brown color and murky not clear. A tan pillowy head that quickly breaks down into a film.
S-nutty malt goodness. No hop or yeast presence.
T-much like the taste. Sweet and nutty. Not much else
M-Medium bodied and carbonated
O-a plain brown ale. Tastes more like an English version. Not much character here but drinkable

 331 characters

Photo of botham
4.24/5  rDev +14%
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!

 920 characters

Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.