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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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (609 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 Natetoad
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To be completely honest this is the beer that really got me into beer and will always be one of my favorites. Alright onto the review.

Appearance: Pours a nice brown color with nice tan foam. A little cloudy as with all AA beers due to the lack of filtering.

Smell: Right away the beer tells you that you're about to taste something malty and complex. I cannot pick out any scent from hops but that's not what this beer is about.

Taste: The beer advertises the use of seven different malts, and here's the thing you can taste all of them. For such an easy drinking beer this is really overflowing with malt flavor. Each sip gives further information about the complexity of this beer. It hits all of the characteristics of malt flavors. You get sweet/caramel, bready, toasty, and chocolaty flavors with even a little venture into roasty flavors. From time to time I even notice some hop presence (if I want to look for it). It even leaves a nice aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Really good level of carbonation and body. Just enough to stand up to the complex flavors without making the beer unnecessarily heavy. Smooth, sturdy, and surprisingly drinkable.

I absolutely love this beer. The best compliment I can give it is that in no occasion would I not want to be drinking one. If you can find it it's even better on tap, and unfairly good when dispensed at the brewery. (1,395 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another solid design on this bottle, the grave diggers and the face with moustache in the moon.

A: Amber to brown coloration with decent lacing. Cloudy and slighty higher in carbonation.

S: Nutty malts with a sweet caramel aroma as required by the style.

T: Sweet malts in the nose followed by waffle syrup and hints of bittering in the finish.

M: washes well and doesnt leave much jazz on the tounge. just easy drinkin sweet brown.

O: great beer with rich malt character, not a must have for the style but bashes a newcastle over the head and buries it. (564 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid translucent brown with subtle amber hues, with a nice two finger head and light retention. Nutty malt aroma accompanied by a fair amount of hops. Citrus and grapefruit in faint amounts with that typical and characteristic ale asylum aroma (hard to explain exactly what that is other than a gingery hop smell). Sweet caramel up front, cocoa, nutty malts, grapefruit, and white grape in the faintest amount. Slight tartness to it, medium body, the finish is a bit off, but still very drinkable and still very good. (526 characters)

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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (287 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 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 Slyjoker87
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (737 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 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 Duff27
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (709 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 Bulkman
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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. (589 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 sfran
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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. (621 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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (338 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 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 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 Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (370 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)

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