Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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 Strix
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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 biggred1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Slyjoker87
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out as a darkish brown color with a slight head that receded moderately.

S - Smells faintly of carmel with a hint of nuttiness or perhaps a little chocolate savoriness?

T - Tastes wonderfully rich. The carmel notes are not overpowering , and the same can be said of the maltiness and nuttiness.

M - Not overly carbonated, which is a plus. The smooth and creamy feel of this beer is exactly what you want.

O - A very drinkable beer which pairs together the carmel and nut flavors very well. It doesn't leave too much of a lingering flavor, but that helps with the overall drinkability because of how smooth it feels as it is going down. The sweetness is also not overly demanding and thus it goes on the top of the list.

Photo of dhannes
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Bulkman
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-visiting this one after having it last year. 12oz pour into my Sammy Smith's imperial pint glass. Minimal head that doesn't last on this dark amber colored brew. Aroma is very nutty, though I can't nail down which it reminds me of. Good roasted flavor that finishes a bit dry & is quite good. I'd put this on the lower end of medium bodied, which helps in making it very easy to drink.

Perfect for those times when I want something that's just easy to drink without the complexities of the Belgians & RIS that I normally drink. A good representation of the style & one I'll buy again.

Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of sfran
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear brown/amber, nice head. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle needs to be avoided to achieve the clarity, though.

S - bready, caramel with a little toastiness.

T - Solid malt presence throughout with well-balanced hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Moderate fullness and smooth.

D - Very smooth and drinkable. Could throw back a few without hardly noticing.

Overall - Despite my general preference for scottish-style ales, this brown has seen more glass time than the Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch I bought at the same time. It's inspiring me (along with New Glarus' Fat Squirrel) to brew a brown next.

Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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 AmberMan22
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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 blackearth
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.