Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 321
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 44 | 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: 90 | Hads: 321
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 kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -22%

From notes on 11/9/13

Nutty earthy taste. Maybe some caramel in there too. Dark brown color. Creamy white head. Ok beer. One of my least favorites from ale asylum. (164 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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! (445 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A fairly agitated pour give me three finders of sandy-colored head with lots of small bubbles, sitting on top of a orangish-amber, pretty clear beer with a little active carb gathering on the bottom of the glass. The head is fading fast, but is getting a nice creamy looking top. A second pour reveals what I didn't read....unfiltered, and it shows. Still looks pretty nice though, and since they declare it to be unfiltered, I declare it looks good.

S: Nutty Malt, sort of smells like Peanut Butter. No hops that I can detect. It's not very strong at all, and not very complex. It just smells the way it smells.

T: Hmm, taste is very interesting. Same nutty, peanut butter malt taste with no hops, but there is another taste. A yeasty taste that I'm not sure I like...Yeah I don't know. It doesn't taste bad, but that yeast just doesn't add anything to the beer. It tastes sort of thin and bland.

M: As I said, it seems thin. There isn't over carbonation which can be a problem with thin beers IMO, but just simply thin and average.

D: Well, most beers that are just average are still pretty drinkable. I dunno, I don't think I'd go back to this one, but I'd do it before a lot of others. Simple average. (1,212 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty into a standard pint.

Pours a deep mahogany with a huge three finger, rocky head that leaves a thick veil of lace, and sticks around half-way through the beer.

Aroma is dark roasted malt that grabs you by the collar and tells you whats up. Hops are earthy and lush giving a nice balance to the malt.

Flavor is nutty, heavily roasted malt. There is a nice deep roasted character to the malt that gives the most of the beers flavor. The hop flavor is muted but there, lending a nice balance to the hop bombiness of the beer. The malt is almost burnt tasting, but there is an unmistakable sweetness there that I really dig.

Mouth is lush and thick, perfect for the style.

I thiink the first time I tried this beer on tap, I was a little off-put byt he strong hop flavors. Well, give this one a little time in the bottle and when the hop oils mellow out, LOOK OUT. This is one of the only lighter ABV beers I can say gets better with age. (969 characters)

Photo of Atron67
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (423 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 WJVII
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Reviewed from notes*
Poured on tap into a pint glass this brew had a nice acorn color with about a 3/4 inch white head. Once settled there was a nice cap with good lacing down the sides. There was a mild bitter smell with a backbone of nutty tones. Nothing was overly noticeable with the smell of this brew and that followed suit with the taste. This was a thin beer with mild carbonation and only a slight nutty flavor. Some hints of roasted malts in the aftertaste. This was a forgettable beer. Not great, but ok...with the prices there were better choices to make in the AA line-up. (586 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice white head with tight bubbles that lasted for awhile. Looks ok in the glass with a mud brown color. But for me, the smell isn't all that pleasant. Some solid malt but the spiceness of the hop doesn't compliment for me. Overly sweet malt has a thin mouthfeel and not a lot of additional depth to it, though the aftertaset isn't bad. This beer just doesn't do it for me though reading some of the reviews online, I seem to be in the minority on this one. Oh well. I would pass it buy for every other Ale Asylum beer I've tried. (530 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured smoothly, but no head. Color is an amber-rust, and there is a fine sediment swirling within.

S-Toasted malt, a touch of toasted mixed nuts, light hint of caramel, and something resembling freshly brewed black tea.

T-Prickly carbonation dominates the attack, which yields to toasted malty mid-palate and hints of caramel with hazelnut, and the finish is mostly clean with lingering sweet toast. I think I'm also picking up a tinge of hops, which is confirmed by a mini-belch.

M-This stuff is too frail to carry its flavors through. The light, watery body, coupled with fairly liberal carbonation, drowns out some of the flavors, and if you drink it quickly, the prickly carbonation carries over the entire tongue and doesn't fade until just before rounding out the tonsils. It's got the taste of a decent beer, and the texture of a flaccid handshake.

D-The least satisfying collection from this brewery I've yet had. The overall taste is enjoyable, and it's fairly smooth, but the lightness doesn't do justice to the flavors, and the ale has no equilibrium. (1,072 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From what I recall from my sampler tray....

A: A nice brown-red color, rather clear, with a thin white head.

S: Aroma is moderately malty, caramel sweetness, a little nutty, and perhaps a hint of chocolate, was hoping for a bit more.

T: Medium-low bitterness with a nice malt complexity. The malt taste was a lot like the aroma, again I would have appreciated a little more malt flavor, more nutty, more bittersweetness, but certainly not complaining.

M: A velvety smooth beer with medium-low carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: Pretty good drinkability. It might sound odd, but I think the drinkability may have been higher if the smell and taste were bumped a notch. It is easy to drink, but I'd prefer a bit more going on.

Overall: Like all the beers at the Ale Asylum, get it. A good beer, maybe could be jacked up a little. (841 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 scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Very turbid brown body is poured. Light brown, creamy head.

S- Caramel mixed with a little booze and a little nut.

T- Sweet caramel, with a bit of a nuttiness to the flavor as well.

M- Slight creaminess. Carbonation isn't very noticeable. Finish is smooth and sweet.

O- I'd like more from the body of this beer, for some reason, and I think the taste could be a little bolder. (421 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown, like all of Ale Asylums great creations it is extremely unfiltered like it should be!

smells very much like nuts, almonds, caramel, toffee with a slight roasty charachter

Taste is almonds, caramel, slight burnt coffee?, with a good roasty quality, no hops to be found here.

Mouthfeel is medium cabonations, medium-thin body as to be expected for the style and Abv.

It is a great Nut brown, while not my favorite style by any stretch it is still one I have around for just throwin a few back and with meals as Browns tend to go the best with food IMO.

New Glarus is not making Fat squriell this year but that is ok because we have this, good stuff! (678 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 dhannes
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Memorial Union last evening in a plastic cup.

A=Nice, warm brown with 1/2" ecru head that lasted about a half minute.

S=Slight hint of malt.

T=Impressive; this is my first tasting of a brown ale in years and, as expected, it reminded me of a bit more roasted and malty than an amber, but not quite as much body as a stout or porter. Slightly sweet, definite caramel malt presence.

M=Very nice--very low carbonation, combined with lighter body and touch of sweetness made this a great session beer.

0=Nice option when wanting more than one, but you want the experience of a darker beer. (611 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark copper brown color with orange highlights and a medium cream-colored head.

Aroma is easily detected. Lots of caramel, butter, and toast. Something roasted, maybe pecans, but not as much as the label would have suggested.

Flavor is largely butter-roasted pecans. Sweetened with caramel. Sounds good, but it doesn't quite hit on target. Ends with a small citrus hops bitterness that seems a bit out of place. It is nice and mellow. I think I should get another 6 or 20 to get a better feel for the beer.

Mouthful is medium yet thick, smooth, and quite creamy.

Drinkability is good.

Very flavorful. I found the nuttiness drowned out by the creamy butter and caramel. I'm just not sure about the flavors melding together well, or being top notch individually to begin with. This is also their first attempt at bottling, so I will definitely try it on tap next time. (897 characters)

Photo of blackearth
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (257 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 AmberMan22
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

can't believe this is only the 50th review of this beer. I'll start off by saying this is just another one of the great offerings provided by Ale Asylum.

A: agressive pour yields 2-finger head (wanted to get a good whiff) of a gorgeous creamy beige color. Beer pours a light brown color when not backlit, then turns a deep scarlet when held to light.
Leaving plenty of lacing, since I finally learned how to clean a glass properly.

S: Smell really is well balanced between sweet caramel malts, pecans, and a tinge of alcohol.

T: Much like the smell, only add a tinge of hops at the end, before it yields to the sweet aftertaste. Very well balanced.

M: feels just a little light to me. Not that I really care...

D:...because this is a really good american nut brown. Easy drinker due to great balance, light mouthfeel, middle-of-the-road ABV.

Another winner from AleAsylum...you'd have to be in an asylum to not try this Madtown nut brown. (945 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Trig's grocer. The best by date on this one is blank/has been wiped clean, so I'm not sure how long it's been around. Poured right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy brown/iced tea with golden edges where the light hits. Three fingers of dense head stick around for a good while, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malts hit the nose first, with some more very subtle walnut and chocolate notes present. Not particularly assertive.

T: Smooth bread and caramel malt at the front--on the sweeter side. There's a bit of an acidic/tart build in the middle that helps to keep the sweet down, with the malts continuing to play center stage. I'm getting just a bit of nuttiness--it registers more buttery than nutty, actually--but hardly enough to warrant the "nut brown" label. It finishes where it started, with the smooth caramel malts closing things out.

F: Medium-bodied, though it drinks a little more watery than I like in this style. As mentioned, it's quite smooth, but it seems to suffer a bit from a lack of carbonation--feels a touch flat.

O: This is a very drinkable brown ale with pleasant flavors, but it fails to deliver anything nearing robust or memorable. It's possible I've got a very old bottle, so I'll try to update this review when I get my hands on something fresher. (1,394 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 expatsteve
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Striking ruby orange with straw hues, with low visibility. Patchy suds cover after a brief 1/4 inch head, and some light lacing on the side of the glass. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, a little caramel and some hints of straw. Light biscuit finish.

Taste: This is probably one of the most flavorsome browns I've had in a while. Caramel and orange malts, with a nice yeasty thread to it all. Earthy edge to the bitterness, which is nutty rather than peppery or too fruity. Fresh biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and little sweetness makes for easy drinking. Nice malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Great session brown, but one that has plenty of flavor. Full-bodied, with a great balance of nuts, fruits and chocolate. Simply awesome. (774 characters)

Photo of Thanby
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey/amber with a nice tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells just like the name, a nice malty scent with some nuttiness and some hops in the background. First taste reveals a wonderfully light but flavorful malt with some roasted almonds and a very mild banana flavor in the background, followed by a milder hop note and a fairly clean finish. Very easy to drink and somewhat lighter-bodied, this brew is surprisingly refreshing and very much fits Ale Asylums solid full-malt style. A perfect beer to enjoy while out on the town in Madison. (559 characters)

Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.