Nut Brown Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: asabreed on 01-14-2006)
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Photo of theroguebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of pchalk
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of olbubba
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of vtfan77
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not particularly brown. It pours more of a deep gold with a small white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- Sweet malts blend with a nice mineral character to form an appealing aroma. I think I'm picking up a little diacetyl as well.

T- The mineral character dominates to start and is soon joined by earthy hops and cracker-like malts. All the flavors are so subtle, but they're so nice. The aftertaste is extremely pleasant with just the slightest hint of sweetness and a small dose of bitterness closing things out.

M- The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but that's not really a bad thing here. The carbonation is lively, but not so high as to damage the beer's delicate nature.

D- This is a great quaffer and a superb example of a session beer. I could certainly have a couple more of these.

This is an impressive beer, but in a very different way than most of the beers that I deem "impressive." This one wowed me with its subtleties and superb drinkability. The flavor doesn't smack you in the face, but it's great. A fantastic beer to have around for those times when you just want a nice, flavorful beer, not a full-frontal assault on the tastebuds. Recommended.

Photo of ElGeordie
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Also known as Tavern Ale.
We discovered this at a beer fest a few years ago. Or rather my wife did - she decided early on that this was the best beer there (she was right too.) and kept going back for more samples - eschewing everything else at the event.
Anyway, since then this has been a staple at our home bar (she who must be obeyed...) We get through about 5 x 1/2 barrels a year.
Personally I prefer St George IPA and Porter (The winter stout is incredible too) but the Nut Brown / Tavern Ale is our session beer.
It pours a rich brown colour with an off white creamy head that stays to the bottom of the glass. It has a very English malt flavour with a nice mild hop finish. A very satisfying drinkable beer.
My wife used to be a lager drinker but this is her favourite beer now (she does drink milk stouts occasionally too - so her beer education is coming along well)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, with a fast-fading head and minimal lacing.

S: Really nice! Floral notes hit strong with the first whiff, then bready malts, and finally faint,citrussy hops.

T: Not complex, but nicely balanced with slightly-sweet, bready flavors, and a full (but not overpowering) hops finish.

M: Decent crispness. Like most from St. George, it could use a boost in the carbonation (which would help the development of a nice head, too).

O: An enjoyable English ale, although pretty straightforward. It paired nicely with fried flounder, but would have been fine on its own.

Photo of sweethome
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown ales are low on my list, so these ranking are based on where this ranks in style.

Light brown pour. Very nice nose, subtle, but pleasing. English malts and yeast.

Medium mouthfeel. Nutty malts, tea, and yes, some yeast flavors. The finish is quite pleasing with generous english hops. Plenty of spice in the hops. A fine session beer.

Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown standard 12oz glass bottle. Pry off unadorned pewter cap. Curry yellow and green label.
Dark copper clear body. Large off-white head, tiny to large bubbles, good retention and great lace.
Abit of vinegar nut scent. Some sweet malt and coarse hop notes.
Nutty malt earth flavors, roasted character and a nice hoppy aftertaste with lots of roasted nutskin flavor.
Medium full body, little coating and a dry finish.
Good drinkability.

-Oelergud

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a decent light beige head and nice active carbonation. Cocoa powder aroma and flavor dominates. Some light nutty and husky grain character in flavor and smooth enough. Light-medium bodied with a light malt and light cocoa finish.

Nice smooth English Brown Ale ... easy drinking.

Per Label: 5.0% ABV

Tasted: 05/14/07

($9.99 / mixed 6-pack "Dragon Pack")

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Cindirene
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (Dragon Pack) into teardrop glass - Head dissipates quickly leaving a touch of lacing - Initial aroma has a base of caramel which carries into the palate - Finish becomes darker and lingers slightly - Not the best nut brown ale I've had but I'll surely consider another

Photo of hellomcfly
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orcasteve for this one. Included in my secret santa haul.

Pours a clear light amber-brown. Small white head sits atop and diminishes into nothing quickly.

Sweet malts. Camamel and toffee notes. Nice nutty aroma. Inviting overall.

Very well rounded in flavor. A little bit roasty, nice caramel malts, and a nuttiness present. Also I think I detect a little bit of a citrus hop, I'm thinking cascade, that balances it out.

M - Light in body, almost a bit watery. Probably the biggest downfall of this one for me.

D - Very drinkable. I could go through several of these. Nice an sessionable.

Thanks orcasteve!

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown colored beer with modest pff-white head.
Smell is fruity, almost wine-like, with a touch of nut.
Taste is profoundly sweet, with nice plum flavors present.
Finish is very sweet, almost too sweet for my liking.
A godd beer, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of asabreed
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

First off, this is not the brown ale that's already listed, as it's the Nut Brown, not the American Brown (though the American Brown is based on the English style). So here goes.

Appearance: A light light brown with some yellow highlights in color. Slight bubbles floating toward the top from the middle, though it'd be nice if there were more. Head dissipates fairly quickly, with a slight bit of lacing still around as I drink.

Smell: Some notes of dark bread, nuts, dark and sweet malty notes, and also some toasted and grainy, huskiness to the body. Slight amount of hops come in also.

Taste: Nuttiness and toastedness come in for the most part. Slight sweetness around everything. Fairly hoppy, oddly enough, at the finish, though it mellows into some tasty malt notes by the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery and slick, and not enough carbonation which weighs it down a bit.

Drinkability: Not a bad example for the style, though I was hoping for more. But I'd definitely drink it again, and I'd suggest checking it out for sure.

Also, on their website, supposedly this used to be draft only (along with the American Brown), but now it's in bottles, but I don't think it's year round available yet.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thank you to chaz over on realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut color with about an inch of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted grains, bread, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, mild bitter hops. Decent body, a bit dry in the finish, with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty brown ale that's worth your time.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Part of the Dragon Pack.

A - Pours a cloudy brown color with a small off-white head.

S - Malty nuts dominate the aroma...

T - A hint of vanilla precedes the roasted nutty flavor.

M - A little on the creamy side with little carbonation.

D - I had this on tap at the Kings Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg...enjoyed it more than from the bottle. Still an enjoyable style selection. Still a fan of St. George...I'd love to keep a Dragon Pack in the cellar.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours an orangey amber with light carbonation and a half-inch of off-white head that reduces to a collar and leaves light lacing. It smells wonderful, with milk chocolate (think Hershey's), molasses and caramel malts, light diacetyl, and hints of maple and vanilla. The flavor is about the same with minty? hops, mild coffee, and a mild bitterness on top of a medium, prickly body that leaves a medium finish. A pretty good Americanized brown ale that has an intoxicating aroma.

Photo of Nicholas_Nightfoot
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large (22-oz.) glass stein

A: carbonation was overpowering, flowing over the sides (but I'm not complaining); cloudy dark yellow; huge head; nice lacing
S: decent, malty smell; pretty light
T: butter, malt, pumpkin, caramel; low hops; medium complexity; bitter aftertaste

Watch for volcano works!

Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: More of a deep orange than hue of brown - a little light for the style, perhaps. Head was very short and equally short-lived.

S: Buttered, toasted, whole grain bread. Light on the nuttiness.

T: Grainy toasted malts, a sweet and almost 'light citrus' flavour - like tangerine or the like. Not a citrus-hop bite, just the sweetness.

M + D: Nice and expressive without being overly prickly. Medium body, not as rich as some, but working well in this case - quite refreshing. Given a little time to warm and breathe, it gathers some added life and the flavour opens up a little more. Not too bad... perhaps not extraordinary, but tasty enough that it doesn't matter.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very light for a brown ale, even lighter than some beers considered amber. There was a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of dark malts and some roasted nuts. There was a good blend of chocolate malts and roasted nuts in the taste. The beer was light and crisp, moderately drinkable, but far from the best nut brown I've tried.

Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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