Nut Brown Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: asabreed on 01-14-2006

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light to medium brown with a fizzy almost non existent head,aromas of caramel lightly roasted malt and raw nut mainly.This is a dryer brown here wich is nice,flavors start out lightly sweet that of brown sugar and caramel but really dryes out midway thru very earhty and nutty in the finish.A decent brown to be had not my favorite style but this is decent shot at an American style brown,in alot of ways like their American brown hmm what a coincedance (462 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Again...why am I awake? Ahem. This beer pours a clear copper-amber topped by a healthy ecru froth. The nose comprises orange peel and fluffy toffee. It's insanely simple, but also pretty good. The taste echoes the smell, with a firm haymaker of hoppy citrus being backed by a rather sweet bit o' toffee and caramel. Frankly, this seems closer to a standard pale ale than a brown, but I guess this is slightly maltier... I dunno. The body is a solid medium, with a heavy-ish moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not a bad brew, but not as "brown" as I'd like. If that makes any sense. (645 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes from my late march trip to DC/Northern VA

Pours amber with 1/4" white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little sweet malt

T: Sweet malt & herbal hops bitterness up front. Finishes sweet & a little nutty

MF: Light bodied & medium cabonation

Drank okay, but one of the least satisfying beers in the variety sixer (349 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Some spots of lace develop on the glass during the session.

Smell: light caramel and hints of nuts are all the nose can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruit sweetness, and very soft nuttiness are the main flavors. Some milder bread-like qualities and hints of bitterness rounds it out. Compared to the American Brown Ale, this is weak all around.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief caramel and nutty aftertaste. A little lighter than a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This is not worth trying, get the American Brown instead. (643 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, off white head with a decent lacing left on the glass. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel and toffee, nutty highlights, and not much else. Fairly lackluster nose. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, sugary and slightly roasted, with notes of caramel and nut. Light bodied, almost watery, with the sugary sweet notes going into the aftertaste. The finish has the same sweet linger, now cloying, on an otherwise effervesced, light ending. Meh. (549 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is 1/6th of a Dragon Pack served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cold.

A: Brown with hints of coppery red. Small head and thin ring of lace.

S: Pronounced nuttiness in nose, one that conjures up unsalted peanuts.

T: Flavor is a dry nutty malt and is well carbonated (almost too much so). The hops are very subtle, providing little in the way of flavor but allowing the nuttiness to shine through.

M: The nuttiness is a change of pace, as I rarely dig into English-style ales, but this is pleasant.

D: Decent session beer, the nuttiness can be a tad overwhelming at times. (590 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/brown color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, nuts and some herbal hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying. (474 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, little splashes of creamy white head. Scent mild with very light touches of roasted nuts', caramel and earthy hops. Taste and mouthfeel are light, thin and somewhat water - light caramel, nuts and earthy hops, some damp grain comes through in the end. More then moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and clean, not what is really desired from style. (387 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +14%
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") (387 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 2.5
T: 3.0
M: 2.0
D: 2.5

Super clear amber color. Little head. Weak grainy nose. Weak grainy taste with just a touch of nuttiness. Light and underbodied. Good moderate carbonation. Drinks like water. (310 characters)

Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear with a light amber hue, small head, and no lacing.

S: Great aromas of hazelnuts, cocoa, and sweet caramel.

T: The taste is very malty with lots of sweet caramel and a bit of toasted malt flavor and a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. Not terribly original but good. Unfortunately none of the nutty flavors made it through.

M: Good coating and low to medium carbonation presents a nice feel. Mildly dry and bitter finish and aftertaste.

D: Solid and drinkable but not terribly interesting. (582 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bottle from the Dragon Pack sampler, this "brown" ale pours a clear amber body with a tall ecru hued head. Good retention and some patchy lacing.

Aroma features citrusy hops, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness after it warms a bit.

Unremarkable medium body and carbonation.

Taste has caramel, toffee, and a citrusy hop bitterness that is more orange than grapefruit. A note of toasted almonds is the only trait that suggests a brown ale.

A solid drinker but more of an amber than a brown ale. (506 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.59/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color...but not that dark. By brown ale standards, this is fairly light (though it's on par with Newcastle Brown). The head is off-white in shade and a finger high. It has a soft texture, but underwhelming retention. On the other hand, a nice ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Certainly, it's nutty. I get a strong walnut component throughout. Problem is, that's all there really is to it. I don't pick up much in the way of nuanced milk chocolate, caramel, or brown sugar. All told, it's a bit underwhelming aromatically. (2.75)

Taste: Again, blandness pervades throughout. A touch of nut flavor opens it up, while the finish is generically tangy. This is literally all I get. Okay, I lied: it's also a touch vegetal at times. Brown ales get a lot of crap for being bland - well, this beer is a microcosm of why the style is disliked by beer geeks. Just bland, bland, bland, and bland. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and crisp for a brown ale. It also has powerful carbonation (maybe slightly too powerful?) and good attenuation. So it should be drinkable, right? The problem is, the flavor is so bland I don't feel the desire to drink it vigorously. Ah well. (3)

Overall: This is a very dull and boring brown ale. I've liked the other two beers I've had from St. George so far, unfortunately this is a misfire. At least it's decently drinkable - otherwise, I would have grilled this beer to hell and back. Still, I won't ever search this out again. (2.5)

2.59/5: First miss from St. George (1,571 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Williamsburg Inn, poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is dark gold bordering on tan & is very clear. It has a beige head with just traces of lace.

It has a fresh but slight aroma of milled grains and a bit of raisin.

Taste is also on the lighter side with very lightly roasted grains, a hint of toffee and a smidgen of dark fruit.

The mouth is also light and registers a solid 3.

It was easy to drink and my only other options were various macros and their light counterpoints, so it was an easy call to have a few. (542 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to the other St. George's I've tired, I was a little disappointed in this one. As a normal ale, it was quite good; but it wasn't what I would really consider a brown ale, let alone a nut brown.

The color was a nice copper, but again, it wasn't a nice deep brown. The head went away very fast, but it was a bottled beer. It does have a very nice aroma, even though it didn't have the rich nutty smell I was hoping for.

It does go down smooth and has a nice rich flavor, but there was really very little 'nuttiness' to it. (532 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Slightly opaque golden brown beer with almost no head, no visible carbonation. Smell is a pleasant heavy bready smell with some tea in the background.

Taste is somewhat watery and bland, sweetish tea with yeasty bread. Aftertaste is a medium bitterness which is not bad.

Mouthfeel is flat and boring. Drinkable, but not an exciting beer. (377 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear light brown with a creamy beige head that disappears quickly, leaving minimal lace.

Aroma is a subtle mix of light caramel, toasted bread, with some earthy hop character and a hint of ferrous metal.

Flavor likewise, solid caramel and bready malt with grassy, earthy (read dirty) hops in the metallic tainted finish.

Body barely above light, simply not enough presence. Easy enough to down nontheless. (425 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with relatively little carbonation or head. Smell is slight and malty. The flavor, however, is nice - nutty, like a good walnut, with a slight sweetness and a little woody character. The mouthfeel is thin but refreshing. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer. (279 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear brown with orange highlights - more coppery (tarnished copper) when held up to the light with some very tiny bubbles moving up through the beer. The head after a vigorous pour was an off-white in color, about 1/4" thick, but this died down to just about nothing - a thin ring around the edge. Some persistent lacing when cold, but as it warmed up that all disappeared as well.

Smell: When first poured, a bit metallic, but as it warmed up, it took on more of a cooked veggie smell with something with a very light metallic smell again. Not very appealing sadly.

Taste: Toasted malt right up front moving into a hint of caramel sweetness before a sharp English bitter flavor finishes up. Although sometimes the bitter finish takes on some pine flavors in some swallows, but not all of them. Also, some honey-like flavors show up along with more-pronounced malts with a deeper drink and swallow rather than a sip. Simple in flavor with a bit more of a balance to the bitter side. Got better by the end of the glass when it was quite warm, which tells me this is one of those 60+ F beers where the flavor really comes out.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue - more than a typical English ale. Beer is otherwise just thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: This one grew on me by the end of the glass, which also tells me that it needs to be pretty warm for me to like it, which may the sign that it's well within the English style. But - the smell still isn't that great and I've had better nut brown ales. I had this party with a meal (Welsh Rabbit) but also by itself, and I think it was better with the meal. I didn't last too long so it's certainly an okay beer, just not an outstanding one. (1,813 characters)

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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.