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Nut Brown Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like the rich, dark brews of southern England this traditional ale draws on specialty malts such as chocolate, caramel and black patent. “Nut Brown Ale” is a deliciously flavourful dark beer like those popular in early Nova Scotia.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2002)
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Reviews by mmurphy525:
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-19-2013 00:05:32 | More by mmurphy525
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

10-12-2013 13:00:02 | More by cam477
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

The beer pours a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma is toasted malt, toffee, caramel and some chocolate. The flavor is toffee, chocolate, earthy hops and some toasted malt. A pretty basic brown ale in both flavor and aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

12-22-2010 01:30:55 | More by Mora2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Friends of mine did a road trip out to Halifax and picked up a sampler for me - cheers lads!

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark chestnut brown with a touch of red when held to the light. Thin, foamy off-white head, dissolved fairly quickly. Ring survived throughout the pint.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, marshmallow. Smells great!

Taste is that of a solid brown ale, but doesn't deliver on the same level as the nose. Malts were big here. All the flavors were there, but were a bit muted, especially towards the finish. A bit of a bolder effort would have made for a quality brew. As it is, the taste is merely satisfactory.

Slightly watery, decent carbonation. About right for the style to avoid being classed as a porter.

An okay brown ale, nothing fantastic, nothing to rave about, but certainly tasty.

09-14-2010 21:38:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-03-2014 23:07:43 | More by djcreepshow
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

341ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish cola hue, with three fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few promontories of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of chocolate malt, hazelnut and pistachio nut, and some sugary caramel. The taste is sweet nutty caramel malt, with a nice offset of herbal hops. The carbonation is on the low side of things, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes off-dry, the sweet malt giving sway to the surging weedy hops.

A nice, balanced brown ale - lots of flavour - the only drawback is the middling, kind of medicinal hop essence.

02-18-2011 01:54:58 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Surprisingly well hopped, with decent licorish and hoppy aroma, good dark brown, and nice bitter but also malted finish.Another decent beer from Halifax, with this brewery and Garrison they are not famished for drink. Thanks for bringing back Terry Z.

05-29-2005 04:22:58 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured coffee brown to dark brown with a creamy foam. The smell of roasted malt, nut, and caramel is whaffing from the glass. I found that this got even better as it settled in the glass. The taste was very traditional; a rather heavy malty taste. The taste is more potent over time. Decent drinkablility, though after one I was ready to move on to something else.

09-11-2010 20:51:51 | More by socon67
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

A - bubbly deep amber brown, generous tan head was consistently replenished from the rising bubbles
S - caramel and nutty malt, cedar, cherry, and light grassy hops
T - very nutty and sweet thick molasses malt flavours dominate, some fresh cedar and a hint of leafy hops
M - well carbonated with a creamy feel up front, finishes sweet and full
D - a solid nut brown ale, doesn't stand out in any particular way but does everything well, maybe a bit too sweet to be a sessioner

03-17-2011 03:55:53 | More by joemcgrath27
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Pours a fairly dark reddish brown with lots of ruby around the edges of the glass and a large medium tan head that is retained well but leaves very little lacing. Smell is quite sweet and malty, with nutty notes and a little bit of coffee. Taste rather fruity, with cherry and plum showing up alongside the caramel and coffee, and a dry astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, undercarbonated and not all that pleasing, and the drinkability is average. A bit disappointing, I had high hopes for this one. Their Martello Stout is quite nice, but this doesn't do it for me.

09-17-2006 19:34:33 | More by Mandrake
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-28-2013 23:03:15 | More by souvenirs
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Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

Now known as Garrison Nut Brown Ale, formerly Barrack Street Brown Ale.

Poured into a pint glass relatively quickly. A medium to dark brown with some definite redness to it. The beige head climbed only to about 3/4 of a centimetre thick, and faded to a thin cap and ring around the glass.

First impression from the smell is that it is a bit chocolatey and nutty, though at the same time it isn't overly sweet. Though I can't place the hops, I can tell that there are enough to compete with the malt aroma. The two smells don't seem to mix, they almost feel like they are coming from two different places. The overall effect is alright, but not mind blowing.

Chocolate and nut make themselves known again in the taste department, though they are subtle about it. Hop finish is not very strong and what lingers is a slight mustiness, almost an off flavour. This gets better as you drink, becomes less potent. In the end I don't find it to be very pleasing though.

Light and slick across the tongue, not a lot of body here. Carbonation is mild. Together it is just an okay feel.

Not a bad beer, but has its shortcomings. I really don't like the stale mustiness in the finish. Perhaps their yeast doesn't agree with me.

08-30-2006 02:23:41 | More by elricorico
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16%

Appearance: Not that brown...When you expose it to a little light it's more of a dark sanguine. Not much head, only a ring around my glass.

Smell: A bit of coffee, some freshly ground grain, a cola-like caramel and a bit of ash/burnt aroma.

Taste: Also a bit ashy at first, it did turn out some interesting toasted walnuts/roasted peanut flavor. However the mouthfeel was too light for me. Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style.

08-21-2005 12:47:40 | More by Goldorak
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance. Nice deep (nut-)brown-red with over a finger of creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel malt, some maple and molasses, and a little herby hops.

Taste. Sweet caramel, some molasses and roasty grains. A little bit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. On the heavier side of light in body with medium, smooth carbonation

Overall. A little sweet for me. A bit of a medicine taste that I can't put my finger on.

05-31-2011 02:48:22 | More by Rutager
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet caramel malt with light nutty finish. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some well balanced sweet caramel malt with light nuttiness and no discernable hops presence. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad but not s style that I have any passion for.

06-15-2010 17:46:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-06-2014 19:59:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

From a variety 6-pack from Garrison, in a 341ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark brown, bright translucent garnet when held to light. Creamy beige head that settles to a healthy cap.

Nutty, toasty malt on the nose, some sweet notes.

Nutty and toasty malt also in the flavour, accompanied by some wafery chocolate character, with notes of coffee and toasted malt on the finish, very mild leafy hops in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, the texture makes it seems fuller than it is, while the carbonation adds to a more quenching finish.

A pretty decent brown ale, so far my favourite of what I've sampled from Garrison so far, they did a pretty good job with this style.

03-15-2011 06:22:01 | More by IronDjinn
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

On the pour, a very deep garnet in color with a modest sized head and the texture frothy as it depletes the lace forms a nice fine sheet to obscure the glass. The nose a nice Brown Ale nutty sweet, loads of malt, some hints of sweet butter and quite fresh and pleasant to the senses. Front is sweet, the top is skinny in its feel to the palate, finish has a light carbonation and the hops apropos to the style, dry aftertaste and a nice quaffable brew ‘tis true.

01-02-2003 07:25:30 | More by Gusler
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +19%

08-29-2012 00:13:25 | More by CurtisD
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16%

05-18-2014 08:51:51 | More by DreamDeath
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Since Im down here in Hali, I decided to pick up this homegrown brew. Pours a deep redish brown with a really nice thick rocky tan head that stays around. Smells of roasted nuts and chocolate. The taste is very similar with a little bit of caramel. Really nice lacing that goes all the way down the glass. Sticking to the style, this brew is very smooth with little carbonation and no bitterness. Im very glad I picked this one up and cant wait to try their other brews.

12-21-2008 20:40:55 | More by ludachris
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-05-2011 09:30:34 | More by benbou17
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%

Thanks goes out to Jer for bringing home the bacon on this one. Body is dark brown, with a caramel coloured head. Aroma is a combination of roasted malt and a sweet earthiness. Taste is suprisingly smokey and earthy as well. Smooth mouthfeel. Somewhat nutty aftertaste. Decent indeed.At toronro spring tasting, 2004.

06-20-2011 15:33:53 | More by mrmanning
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Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a dark brown with a short, off white head. Head quickly shrinks to a thin cap, thin lacing left on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and chocolate, light but evident. Taste mirrors the aromas. More nuttiness, some chocolate/light cocoa, minor bitterness at the end to balance the caramel sweetness.
Very smooth, enjoyable. Well balanced. Would be a 'go-to regular' if it were readily available in Alberta. Very comparable to Wild Rose Brown.

12-26-2009 17:46:38 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16%

01-03-2013 20:09:15 | More by Yoozeo
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Nut Brown Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.