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Nut Brown Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
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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bcrocker, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw some of the Garrison beers in Baddeck a week or so ago. I decided on trying this style, because it seemed the most unique.

The beer looks good, with a dark colour similar to a glass of cola. The head is pretty tall, and lasts a good minute or so at least (I drank it, so I dunno how long it would actually last). After pouring, it cascades up a BIT like Guinness would.

The smell is just OK, & doesn't really match the flavour. It's a fruitier smell, like a Trappist beer (not my fave).

Its taste is a rich one, but not terribly filling (not nec. a bad thing). It has tastes of dark chocolate and coffee which come through strongest.

For a flavourful dark beer, it's not that thick. It's a bit smoother than a pale ale, and has a fair bit of carbonation. Not too much, but I wouldn't want any more.

As for drinkability, I instantly liked this beer quite a bit. I had three in a row the second time I tried it.

PEIBeerGuy, Aug 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Cris4545, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Exeter, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

mylespetro, Oct 26, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, May 29, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown beer with chestnut highlights. Thin, light brown lace of head. Roasted malt aroma dominates, while chocolate and caramel back it up. Good balance of dark malts and bitterness in the flavour, but seems to be missing some malty sweetness that would fill it out a little. Finishes on the bitter side with some grainy dryness and a bit of yeasty flavour. The texture is a bit slick, particularly towards the end. Moderate carbonation, but it seems to add a bit of acidity. This is a decent beer and is quite tasty, but the combination of flavours seems a bit strange to me.

DrJay, Jun 22, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ludachris, Dec 21, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a ruby red tint, finger of tan head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is sweet with dark chocolate, maple syrup and burnt sugar. Touch of fresh ground coffee on the finish.

T - Definitely more bold than I was expecting with the chocolate and coffee malts bearing a strong presence. The burnt sugar and maple syrup linger on the finish alongside some faintly detectable earthy hops.

M - Although it appeared thin, the carbonation filled up on the tongue and came across as smooth and creamy, though the finish was a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a pleasant surprise which boasts bold flavours for a brown ale. I quite enjoyed this one and could easily toss back a 6-er. Easily drinkable, yet full of flavour.

andrenaline, Mar 13, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Head quickly evaporates to a thin covering. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Smell consists of a nice mild nutty chocolate.

Taste follows suit with the scent, but it more clear. The nutty chocolate is like chocolate covered almonds. Really enjoyable. Some minor bitterness is also present, mostly in the swallow. Some toffee tastes are also apparent. Further drinking introduces some minor coffee flavoring as well.

Very smooth, very nice, very enjoyable. You can easily go through a few bottles of this in one sitting.

Seanstoppable, Oct 12, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well brewed and well balanced example of the British brown ale style. Very attractive pour, a clear dark chocolate brown with impressive white head. Aroma of roasted malted grains and a nutty chocolate tone, with emphasis on hazelnut. Sweet taste has enough bittering hops in the finish not to be cloying. The caramelized malt sweetness fades quickly, leaving a pleasantly lingering dryness.

A beer I'd definitely recommend to any brown ale fan.

hopsolutely, Sep 09, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garrison's Nut Brown is certainly dressed appropriately for the fall: it has a creamy khaki coloured head and its chestnut body is replete with blushing, autumn leave-like tones of auburn and amber. Its kindled highlights give way to shallow pockets of clarity. This earthy shaded beverage looks quite at home against a backdrop of withering foliage.

There is just the right amount of sweet, dark caramel to balance the smokey, sooty scent of roasted malts. The aroma is surprisingly redolent of mocha for a style that normally steers slightly clear of the more heady, full-bodied flavours. It pleasantly smells like roast pecan and chocolate covered hazelnut. It is robust like a porter.

Likewise, the flavour is unexpectedly layered. True to its name, the beer boasts flavours of nuts: namely the chocolate covered almonds and hazelnuts and roast pecans that were already given away by the aroma. It tastes as though both coffee and cocoa beans were grounded into the mash; they pair fantastically with the sweetish, toffee-tinged malts.

It is likely the yeast imparting these lightly fruity undertones. I sense a bit of dried fruits and also the faint impression of banana. These soft, suggestive notes are easily lost amongst the smokey, roasted nature of the malts (which, for the record, includes: pale, caramel, Munich, dextrin and chocolate). Bitter and sweet are perfectly entangled.

Nova Scotia doesn't produce a lot of beers but of the ones they do I'd say an unusually high percentage of them are well above average. I'd have an easy time keeping the fridge stocked if I lived in that part of Atlantic Canada. This is not only a good rendition of the style but a highly quaffable, flavourful, all around well-crafted beer in its own right.

biegaman, Sep 22, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrack St. pours out a thin light brown head that stays on the edge 'til the end. A malty nose - very friendly. A smooth feel with the first mouthful. Thin but not watery. Wonderfully balanced aftertase (hops and a creamy dark choclate taste). With each mouthful it tasted better - I think the new mouthful taste overlaped with the lingering aftertaste of the last one and it just kept getting better.

PiratePete, Oct 22, 2003
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gusler, Jan 02, 2003
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

socon67, Sep 11, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, its almost the color of porter. The aroma is of husky malts, chocolate, roasted barley and a farmyard funkyness (which is common to all Garrison beers, must be the house yeast). The taste is full of malts, with a very minimal hop character. Theres big chocolate and crystal malt flavors and also some musty notes. The mouthfeel is grainy and finely carbonated. This is probably my favorite Garrison beer. It has a great depth of malt flavors that is very effective in concealing the house yeast. I dont like that soapy barnyardy taste.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 05, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: NA

A: Dark brown body with two fingers of light mocha head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Strong essence of nuts and roasted malts, and some sweet toffee.

T: Full up on the roasted malts with a slight hint of almond/walnut maybe. Sweet chocolate and caramel blends nicely with mild coffee beans.

M: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a bitter aftertaste. I find the carbonation is a bit much.

D: Another good brew by Garrison. For it's style, it's basic and to the point, making it a pleasing beer for all.

Long813, Mar 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

cam477, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

souvenirs, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler whisked from the brewery into my fridge. Poured into nonic.

Dark brown body with hints of ruby-hued browns where the light pierces the otherwise opaque beer at the edges. Head is large and fluffy at first pour, settling to a persistent finger (1cm or so) light tan head. Bits of sticky lace cling here and there along the glass.

Chocolate-covered nuts comes first to mind when smelling this beer. Surprising amount of fruity esters in there too, something along the lines of apples, pears, bananas and maybe a touch of citrus. The more the beer warms, the more the chocolate and nutty aromas come out, even giving some mildly roasted coffee.

Taste follows the aroma, though the fruit is a bit more subdued. Chocolate, nuttiness, some caramel, very light fruit, finishing with a bit of something that I can't quite put my finger on, but makes me think of (alternately) smokey, sour, and lactic flavours. A fair bit going on here, and blended decently.

Mouthfeel is a touch above light, maybe a bit lighter than what I would really prefer, with mild carbonation.

This is a very drinkable brew. Not the tastiest beer, or even nut brown I've come across, but it has some nice flavour and goes down nicely. Worth trying.

nighthawk, Jan 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SchoonerNS, Today at 05:44 PM
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Nut Brown Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.