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Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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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 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 dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a pint glass
I also had this on tap and enjoyed it so much I picked up a 6 pack on the way out of Mad Town.
Look is a light brown with a tan head that reduces to a nice thin cap.
Smell is very nutty.
Taste is sweet and nutty very little if any bitterness.
Feel is maybe a little on the thin side and yet creamy.
Drink a mild but smooth drinkable beer.

dbtoe, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

mdwalsh, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of storksonm
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass

It didn't really make the greatest head, not the most aromatic beer. Smells like it tastes kind of caramel in taste color and smell. Its really a pretty good beer and is something that I think that I could make. Nice mouthfeel and its nice to drink. Not stunning but certainly not bad. Its something good to drink.

storksonm, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Tone, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

botham, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of DeeMented
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

Color was a dark amber, slightly hazy, with about a quarter inch of cream-colored head. The head faded rapidly, leaving almost no lacing.

The smell was sweet, like caramel and malt, but it was hard to really pick out any aromas other than "sweet".

It felt a little watery in the mouth, but was carbonated well enough to feel creamy at the back of the throat.

The taste was sweet and malty, with a very slight (too slight?) nutty taste. It finished with a light hop bitterness, followed by a lingering caramel taste. The hop finish grew more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Overall, a good, easily drinkable brown ale.

DeeMented, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

beerwolf77, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of ssinger
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is essentially everything I want in a nutbrown ale. Nutty, check. Malty, check. Carmel, check. Smooth, check. Poured a deep amber color and smelled somewhat like an nutty amber. I'm from Milwaukee and have been loving everything out of the Ale Asylum of Madison. It's great to see some brewerys outside of New Glarus make a good name for themselves in Wisconsin. We're known for our watered down sh*t beers, but brewerys like this will definitely help to change that.

ssinger, May 31, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

u2carew, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of delmarnate
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on on tap at the brewery. When poured it looks like nothing special but the taste offers a lot for a saturated beer style. Nice and hoppy at first sip, but the malts really come through at the back end. Very strong flavor for a brown ale while still being mellow. Easy to drink, but gets filling after a while. Nice beer to have sitting around in the winter.

delmarnate, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Thanby
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Thanby, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

wheatyweiss, Feb 18, 2009
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 zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

zeff80, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

KarlHungus, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  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

hopdog, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of pweis909
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

pweis909, Jul 24, 2008
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 Winter
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a chestnut brown with unfiltered particles floating in suspension of the beer's body. Nose consists of sweet malt, breadiness - like a baked pie crust, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium and soft. Taste consists of caramel and malt. That "baked pie crust" aroma is featured again here in the flavor. Not much else is going on here. Overall, this was a huge let down.

Winter, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

brdc, Jun 18, 2008
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 WJVII
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

WJVII, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 31, 2008
Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.