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Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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 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
Photo of Atron67
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Atron67, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

MrMcGibblets, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mnstorm99, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

BeerBelcher, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is a good beer! Poured with a nice light tan head and some lace. Hazy brown color. Very nutty characteristics. Absolutely a session beer. Malty and light hop. Not too sweet. Great mouthfeel. Quite satisfying. Finish is a bit dry at first, then slightly sweet.

drpimento, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

FightingEntropy, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel brown color, , slim head...

Sweetness in the nose, plenty caramel, with cocoa and nut tones...malt-alicious!

On the tongue, more of the same, but dry-ish....nutty and chocolatey.
Smoothness reigns here. And flavor is in abundance. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and the sweetness is tempered with light hops at each sip.

feloniousmonk, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber tone, unexpected for a Brown Ale. Good level of foam, a thick ring of lacing coats the glass, with a skim over the top. No visible carbonation, yet it's felt on the palate.

Cereal grain dominates the aroma, with a mild sourness that nearly reaches foulness.

Grape-nuts comes to mind, so there must be a good amount of barley in this. There's a nutty sweetness, with a sour apple tang that i'm guessing is from the yeast. Tastes good, but it feels muddled and could use more definition. One pint was enough, doesn't seem much like a session ale.

emerge077, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky orange with a considerable amount of coral red when backlit. I love this color. Frankly, the beer looks more like a barleywine than the stated style. The head is an attractive shade of golden beige and is more thickly creamy than one usually sees on a brown ale. I'm impressed.

The nose is very nice as well. For once, a nut brown that's both beautifully nutty (sugared pecans) and powerfully brown malty. I don't know what seven malts Ale Asylum used, but they chose well. They also added a significant amount of the more heavily toasted varieties if the nose is any indication. There's also a hint of butterscotchiness that adds even more depth.

Madtown Nut Brown is a classic example of an American brown ale. I could even see it as an English brown ale for whatever that's worth. The malt backbone isn't huge, but it provides an amazing amount of deliciousness. I taste toasted brown bread slathered with apple butter and caramel, then sprinked with crushed, oven-toasted pecans.

Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw. If more malt was used, this would be a beer to be reckoned with. A little more sweetness and a more mouthfilling creaminess would put it into select company as far as I'm concerned. I'm fine with the slightly peppy carbonation since it settles down by mid-bottle.

I've heard good things about Ale Asylum. I wish I could have made it to the brewpub on my most recent trip to Madison, but I was able to locate a few bottles to ease the disappointment. If Madtown Nut Brown is representative, I'm even more excited about drinking the rest of their offerings than I was previously. This is good beer.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

uwmgdman, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Roughly poured into an Imperial pint glass, Mad Town Nut Brown raises a massive head of frothy ivory-colored foam that holds throughout almost the entire glass and leaves walls of thin, scabrous lace that eventually erode into shotgun blasts of tiny spots. Seemingly bottle-conditioned, it has a yeasty haze within its chestnut and orange-ruby robe.

The nose is pretty straightforwardly cocoaish, toasty-nutty, and lightly fruity with soft red berries.

In the mouth it's delicately smooth and then just slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation and medium-light body.

As suggested by the aroma, cocoa, nuts, and soft berries definitely do appear in the flavor. It's softly sweet; gently malty with a dusty cocoa-ish and golden caramel side; and fruity with summer berries. The two sides balance nicely, and a subtle accent of grassy hops helps to round it along with a firm, underlying bitterness.

Sweetness may hinder its drinkability a bit, but it's quite welcoming and accessible. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Musky
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a nice tight foamy head that laced graciously down the glass as it was consumed. Had quite a bit of hop character for nut brown, it almost seemed as I was tasting a dark pale ale. It did not have the malt to backup the hops. Besides that it was a delicious beer to the last drop. Much prefer their porter or stout.

Musky, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

terrabyte, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: served in an ale asylum pint glass...mahogany body with strong amber highlights, light beige head, fair lacing

smell: nutty, buttery, sweet malt...a lot of nut brown's have a minimal nose but this beer exceeds the average

taste: toasted bread, sweet lightly toasted malt, buttery feel, nutty throughout, a little earthy, sweet apple. For me its an above average brown but i'm just not overwhelmed by the style/this effort

mouthfeel: medium body, average carbonation, creamy and slick

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

expatsteve, Jul 24, 2006
Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.