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Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale | Bold City Brewery

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Duke's Cold Nose Brown AleDuke's Cold Nose Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bold City Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A mild brown ale named after Duke, the owner's late, beloved boxer. This local favorite has hints of chocolate and caramel with a smooth nutty finish. A well-balanced, flavorful brown ale that's perfect for any time of year.

Added by cjgator3 on 12-24-2008

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: Light aromas of sweet, nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of nutty malts along with some sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much in the way of hops or bitterness and seems closer to an English Brown Ale than an American Brown Ale.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, this is the one that seems central to the brewpub. Named after the dog that would occasionally come by the tables and remind you with a glance of your fragile mortality. The beer is so English it is not bloody hilarious, but never struck me as quite brilliant either. Until the night I watched a certain officer gulp down three of the large sized glasses. I order a second of my own and started getting into the groove. The texture is love it or hate it, for me at least. If you are in the mood, that pond scum sort of feel is just the ticker. Screw that effervescent, clean shit. Screw that velvety perfection. This is down and dirty beer, not so strong but substantive enough to remind you that (un?)fortunately you are still alive, and still subject to intoxication and the urgent need to relieve yourself in the establishment's semi-charming little bathroom. It's murky in appearance, crystal and English in aroma, scumy (as already mentioned) in feel, and it really does remind me of a wet, slightly menacing smooch from the sturdily built pooch. A classic in its own way; more than the sum of its parts if the moment is right.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with amber highlights in the mix. Slightly murky with a quarter inch tan colored head on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is comprised of light malt and chocolate. The flavor is a blend of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. The mouth is lightly chewy and yet fairly quaffable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky medium to dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted + roasted malts, nuts, and hints of cocoa. Very light notes of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted + toasted malts with a hint of caramel + brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of cocoa and nuts. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of earthy hops which contribute a hint of bitterness to the light roasty bitterness that is already present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable with a thinner body that is probably appreciated during the warmer months in Florida. Alcohol is well hidden and I would grab another of these.

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Photo of VTR
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While flying out of JAX I got a layover so how do you make the best out of 8 hours? You find some good craft beer on tap. When I lived in Jacksonville I saw this beer everywhere so I figured now would be the time to give it a try. The brown ale comes looking as I would expect. The nose is nice and malty with some hops and slight nutty smell. The taste follows the nose and is an easy drinker. This beer is very tasty and is a pleasure to drink. While there is nothing that jumps out as exceptional I think the exceptional part is the pleasure you get from drinking it. I will get this next time I see it.

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Photo of GustoMan
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on daft at a local store and it is a very good Brown Ale Pours like most dark ales with a creamy head and little lacing. Deep dark bread flavors and Nuttiness. Good roasted malt taste with not too much hoppiness to take over. Well balanced Brown Ale. The people at this store told me that when Dukes is not there many people ask when it will be back. No floral's but nice toasty malty aroma. It has a not clear deep brown appearance. The mouthfeel is fairly light for a dark ale, which is pleasant. I really like this Brown Ale so try Dukes on Draft sometime when you fell like enjoying a good Brown Ale.

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Photo of Simont
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Points off for a good amount of gunk in suspention, looks like pint of rusty seawater. Other than that, this beer is fantastic. Great nutty/ crusty bread armoma and flavor, well balanced hop bitterness that is there, but allows the malt to sit in front. Nice noble hop flavors in here too, working well with the nutty malt. Lots of British mild/ northern English brown character, a lovely brown ale. 5/21/15 based on Julian date on bottom of can.

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Photo of souljorn
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best brown Ale's I've ever had. Feel like I have been searching for this beer for a while . Give it a Shot. Not why it doesn't have a high rating , maybe inconsistency .

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown, large off white head from an aggressive pour, good lacing

S: Light smell of caramel, chocolate and coffee, slight hop smell

T: Same as smell, taste is very subtle

M: Very thin for such a dark beer, light carbonation

O: Pretty underwhelming. I saw this on a trip to the coast and had to try. Glad I tried it but I will not be making a trip to restock.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wreckers Orlando 5/20/15

Pours brown with thin lacing and almost no retention. The smell is a faint nutty malt than tastes rather thin and small amount nuttiness. It's ok but nothing special.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a brown color with cream yellowish head. Lots of sediment in the pour. Malt mainly on the nose; off on the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with an off note, that just doesn't seem to fit in a brown ale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on December 9th, 2014 according to the Julian date on the bottom of the can. Brought back to MA after a fruitful trip to Tampa, FL.

A- 12oz can is poured into a teku with a deep brown body and a three finger light tan cap. The head retention is rather good and massive sheets of lace form immediately.

S- Good overall aromatic strength to a Brown Ale on the darker side of things. A melange of toasted nuts, caramel sweets, cocoa powder, coffee, cereal grains and bready grains comes to mind.

T- Medium sweetness and a heavy dosage of cereal grains up front. The grains are responsible for the majority of what is happening in this brew. Toasted nutty malts, crystal grains, bread, cocoa nibs, toffee and slight roast come to mind. Slight fruity hints at times.

MF- Light to medium overall thickness to the body with a chewy and foamy consistency. Moderately high carbonation with a slight bitterness on the back end.

Toasted grains lead the way with some roast character. A well rounded flavor profile that could use a bit more support from the body; it just feels thin during some sips.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold City Brewery "Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale"
12 oz. can, coded "308 14 13:09"
$1.67 @ Winn Dixie #0199, Jacksonville, FL

Duke's pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of khaki that holds well and leaves broken sheets of lace as it goes.

In the nose it's chocolatey, and almost fudge brownie-like, and that carries over into the flavor. It's sweetish, but not particularly malty, with a medium-light body and a smooth, fine-bubbled moderate carbonation. The bitterness is restrained, but along with some grassy and very lightly floral hops it manages to finish dry with some lingering nuttiness and a dusting of earthiness.

It's one-sided, yes, but many brown ales are - and in this case it's at least not overdone. What it does deliver is quite nice, and so much so in fact, that I could easily see enjoying two or three of these in a row. Not unlike the other beers from Bold City it's simply a reliable, readily accessible, and very drinkable ale.

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Photo of Jon_Rueben
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

This beer is extremely drinkable. It's not the best brown ever, but I can say that if you are drinking it, it's probably fresh considering the production size of the brewery. That says a lot for a beer. Good beer all-in-all.

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Photo of laramis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

This beer is pretty easy to obtain in the Jacksonville area and is always a safe and usually inexpensive choice while at a bar if you happen to be in Jax. The taste is interesting, it is dominated by burnt flavors up front, this is followed by a nut like taste. Towards the end there is a subtle hint of alcohol but it is by no means lacking in punch. The peculiar thing is the slight sour flavor that appears every so often while drinking it, I don't know what to make of it but it is memorable I guess. The appearance and scent are pleasant and the feel is enjoyable. On the whole it's a solid choice though if there is a plethora of other choices available it is tempting to overlook this one IMO.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly subdued smell.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a very light brown coloring and entirely too much carbonation in the body. The head could never build thickly, though, but it did leave good lacing.

The aroma was light chocolate malts but a predominant fudge brownie scent exists.

The flavor was light on the chocolate, strong on the chocolate malts and very flavorful.

The feel is a two edged sword as it is really thin and watery but so easy and light that it has a sessionable aura.

This is one of those beers that doesn't wow you but you really like to drink.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a hotel glass. Nov 2013

Pours deep mahogany brown bordering on black. Thick 1-1/2 inch tan foam. Bready nutty caramel toffee nose. Nutty taste, light, watered. Fast finish, no bite. A little sweet. Light carbonation. Good nut brown.

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Photo of Shaw
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice to see another Florida craft brewery's beers, and in a can, no less.

A medium brown with a short tan head.

Nice aroma of chocolate an caramel.

Mildly sweet flavor, with hints of nuts, chocolate and caramel. Nice.

Creamy body.

Overall a very nice brown ale. Seek it out.

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Photo of lazy8
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, brown ale with a healthy 3/4 inch head. Head remained through most of the glass with modest lacing
Aroma: Sweet malty aroma
Taste: Roasted malt flavor is prominent, slightly sweet, with modest hops. More malt flavor than hops even during aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Gentle carbonation, smooth finish.
Overall: Very good beer with traditional brown ale character. The uses of darker malts is evident in appearance, aroma and taste.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A year ago, when I was scoping out Jacksonville as my potential next place of residence, Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale was the first local beer I tried. I was at dinner and asked my waiter what he recommended that was local. Without hesitation, he brought me a Dukes and shared a little bit about Bold City Brewing. I was intrigued and glad to see so much pride for a local brew.

Appearance: Brown with red tints. Cloudy body with a quarter-inch head that perseveres as you drink the beer.

Aroma: Chocolate malt is first and foremost present on the nose. There's also a nuttiness that's expected with this style. Toasted grain as well.

Taste: Nuts and caramel are the two most predominant flavors. As the beer passed through the palate, I taste a watered-down coffee flavor with a sweet and chocolaty finish.The flavors are overall pretty mild and could be a great gateway craft beer for someone who's used to drinking Bud, Miller, Coors, or piss.

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a light gateway craft beer. There's nothing extreme or overly remarkable about Dukes, but that's not a bad thing. I suspect Bold City has been able to "convert" a lot of beer drinkers over the past few years, and no doubt Dukes has played a huge role in that.

Mouth feel: Creamy body, medium carbonation. Leaves a slight coating and subtle tartness on the tongue.

Overall, Dukes has found its niche in Jacksonville and has a pretty large following. Personally, I am not a huge fan, but like I said before, I appreciate and respect what this beer has accomplished and represented for the craft beer community in Jacksonville. Bold City is Jacksonville's first craft brewery. I believe Dukes, in some ways, has paved the way for the more intense and experimental brews in Jacksonville.

Beyond the flavor, my biggest issue with this beer is with the packaging and price. The only way to purchase Dukes in the store is by buying the 12 pack ($16.99). For me, the packaging is the main reason I don't drink Dukes more often. I honestly don't want 12 bottles of it, and I certainly don't want to seventeen bucks! Not when I can buy two separate (and different) 6 packs for the same price. I'm not sure why Bold City doesn't produce more of their beers in 6 packs (especially their flagship), but I think it's definitely holding people like me back from buying more of their product.

Check out more of my reviews at thebeerapostle.com


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Photo of dtivp
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light cola brown with a half of a finger dull white head that dissipates quickly into a thin cap with very little lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, hints of nuts and toffee.

Taste started sweet with brown sugar going to a light roasted malt with a slightly bitter hop ending.

Mouth Feel was a little thin, medium carbonation, sweet with a light dry finish.

Overall I would not put this at the top of my Brown ale list, a little thin and needs a little more balance to off set the sweetness.

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Photo of TullyBlanchard
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dusty Rhodes, don't you ever interrupt my interviews again. What you did last night will come back and haunt your dreams, brother!

The beer:
Roasted, malty smell. Brown sugar and malt flavor. An easy to drink beer with a great aftertaste. And named after the brewer's awesome dog. RIP Duke.

80s/90s wrestler most likely to drink this beer:
Junkyard Dog.

Diamonds are forever.

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Photo of zac16125
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date

Why are so many brown ales named after dogs?  But I digress....

A: Color is somewhere between tea and cola brown, with less than 1/2 a fingers width of light tan head, which settles to only a thin film and outer ring very quickly.  Leaves no appreciable lacing.  

S: Roasted and caramel malts, a nutty character,  toffee.  Has some subtle hints of adjunct aromas like corn/rice, although I'm fairly certain it is not brewed with adjunct ingredients.  Not bad, not great.  Aromas could be stronger.

T: Rather sweet, again with caramel malts.  Toffee, a bit of hop bitterness.  Not really a lot going on here, at all.  

M/D: Carbonation on the higher end, medium bodied, slightly drying finish.  Drinkability is moderate, something about it prevents me from wanting to have more than 1.  

O: I had this one other time and remember liking it a lot before, as it came off more like a porter, with bigger roasted and nutty notes, and a complexity I really appreciated.  Maybe I drank this one too cold, but it's coming off as drab and rather unremarkable now.  I'd like to give it a try again someday, as I was really impressed the other time that I had it, but if this were the first time I had drank it, I likely wouldn't seek it out again (although full disclosure, I feel that way about most brown ales I drink).  Probably being generous and giving it bonus points for the other time I drank it.  

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brendan for sending this one. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark ruby color. A one finger cream colored head lasts for a while. Good lacing.

S - Pumpernickel malty notes, black walnuts, fig. Powerful and different aroma for a brown ale, but enjoyable.

T - Lots of grain, roasted malt, and a pretty strong acidic tartness. Strange blend of flavors.

M - Great carbonation and a medium feel. Leaves a coating on the tongue.

O - I hadn't heard of this brewery before getting this beer. A bit different for a brown with the tart flavors, but overall good. I enjoyed it and would get it again if it were available to me.

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Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale from Bold City Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.