Nut Brown Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2002

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
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 40
Photo of leaddog
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of bubbly off-white head.

Smell – Nutty aromas (hazelnut), roasted and sweet aromas. This bottle seems to have some skunkiness to it.

Taste – Very nice hazelnut flavour along with caramalts. Again, picking up something skunky (perhaps an off bottle).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly thin.

Overall – Not what I was expecting for a nut brown from Garrison. A bit thrown off by the skunkiness in both smell and taste, kind of a turn off. Wouldn’t make a special trip for

Photo of elricorico
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Goldorak
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm judging by the reviews here I think I may have gotten a substandard bottle or I'm the only one with good taste. Poured a mahogany brown, big head forms and goes, no lace. Had a strange citrusy aroma? Very sharp and lagery. The taste was too crisp, almost lager like, there were slight coffee/chocolate undertones, it was very strange and not pleasant. It was way too crisp, not complex at all, light bodied and highly carbonated with not very much flavour. I'll have to try again. Thanks northyorksammy. If it was a bad bottle I don't want to rate it down too much, so this is being generous for how it tasted.

Photo of Converge
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with two finger of bubbly mocha head. The beer is a deep mahogany hue. Nice head retention that generates spots of lacing.

S - This actually smells really skunky upfront. Almost like cat breath... Notes of nut and caramel malt are detectable though. Relatively bland overall.

T - Now this is where I begin to question the quality of the bottle I received. Strong metallic notes, almost tastes like blood. Nutty flavor isn't really detectable. A bit of roasted malt and a dash of hops in the finish. Really easy to drink. Smokey notes here and there. A bit of woodiness. Not really roasty/nutty like I had anticipated. A decent coffee presence appears as it warms.

M - Medium body with a bit of bubbly carbonation. Finishes quite creamy.

D - The off putting metallic taste in the flavor really killed this for me. However, this is a re-review, and in my prior experience with this beer, this flavor was not detectable. This has me thinking this bottle was just not good. Really hoping the rest of this Garrison sampler isn't like this...

EDIT: After popping open the Irish Red and trying to review it, it's clear now that this whole Garrison box is going to be drain pours... Bummer.

Photo of mrmanning
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark, deep, blackened ruby color with an off-white head that dies down and slowly fades away. Almost more like a porter.

Smells mostly roasty. Almost more like a porter. A little nutty. Just a hint of halitosis.

And it tastes roasty and dry. Almost more like a porter. A little smoky. A hit of nuttiness enters the fray, with some black coffee, it's sweet in the middle with a bitter, drying finish. A tad metallic and slightly tart.

It has the same mouthfeel as a lot of other Garrison's beer, smooth and creamy. It works well with this beer, better than in the Amber or Red ale at any rate.

For me this registers almost like a hybrid of a porter and an English brown ale. Aaaand yeah. It's all right.

Photo of Mandrake
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich chestnut brown into the glass. Smallish tan head, weak retention some lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts and some coffee tones (strange for a traditional brown ale)

Light bodied, reduced malt spine, fluid bready character, soapy mouthfeel.

Up front a mild dose of caramel malts some toastiness, light nutty notes, fast bready finish with a light twabg from some late-to-arrive fuggles hops.

A so-so craft Brown, nothing spectacular but a solid entry in the Canadian brown ale category.

Photo of BDTyre
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a big, sandy coloured head. Nutty malt profile, and a noticeable, bitter - almost metallic - nose. Caramel in the background.

Nuts, milk chocolate and caramel flavour. The metallic bitterness is noticeable, but not as present. Slight citrus from the hops. Flavour is somewhat muddled.

Good mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but the flavour does need a bit of work - the bitterness needs to be toned down.

Photo of Risser09
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · fridge temp · 2011

Appearance: Pours a dark brown (black) color that lets no light in or out. 1/2" head is light brown, shows decent retention, some spotty lacing.

Smell: Mushrooms, raw barley, triscuits, wood. Obscenely different from any beer I've smelled. Not terrible though.

Taste: This beer has a weird pancake batter, wood, extremely raw barley taste to it. Maybe this is the NUT of the nut brown ale. Either way, it sure is interesting.

Mouthfeel: Thin but smooth. A nice drink.

Overall: A particularly interesting, nutty, virgin flavor of a beer. I like it. I would have 6.

Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a very small head that was gone very quickly. The body is a dark brown color that has a ruby hue when held to the light; body is clear.

S: A smokey aroma comes through, with a slight nut and chocolate smell as well. Again, as I've detected with other Garrison beers, there is a very small note of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, slightly sweet and nutty, with a light bitter and dry finish. Not bad at all, really.

M: Light bodied, thin-creamy texture, with average carbonation... maybe a little too much carbonation for the style.

D: Not a bad beer at all, but not fantastic, either. Joins most of Garrison's other offerings, being drinkable but not overly special.

Photo of kjyost
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ~6C from an undated brown bottle into a tulip. Thanks BBrianBoogie!
A: Deep brown, verging on opaque body. Tall tan head drops slowly leaving light lacing. 
S: Biscuit malt dominates initially with hints of earthy hop. Later thick molasses notes play through. 
T: Thick molasses and caramelized sugar dominates with a bit of roasted malt. Little of the promised nuttiness comes through. Nice for what it is, I was just expecting something substantially different. 
M: Thick molasses notes linger with light bitterness. Fairly strong carbonation keeps the beer crisper than it actually is
O: A decent beer, but just not what I was expecting. Something I would have again, though not expecting a nutty nut brown. 

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bobsy
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oak colured body with an off-white head, that like other Garrison brews doesn't have much retention. Roasted malt aroma, with bread and nuts. Good roastiness in the flavour, and it does bring out the nuttiness present in the malts. Chocolate and toast round it out. Ever once in a while a slight metallic edge creeps in, which obviously detracts from an otherwise solid brown. Fairly light body, and medium-aggressive carbonation. By no means will this beer wow anyone, but its fairly decent.

Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of demcorhip
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent, somewhat dark, almost cola coloured. Garnet highlights when back lit. Half finger tan head on the pour. Not much for retention, head fades quickly to leave a very fine collar.

Interesting aroma. Theres some treacle, nuts, toffee, a hint of grain husk, some fruity esters of apple or perhaps cherry, and some earthy and floral hop scents in the back as well.

Good stuff. Hints at roastiness and some cocoa powder comes through in the taste, this is almost getting into porter territory. Treacle, toffee and walnut are the main malt flavours, and are nicely accented by the touch of roastiness and cocoa powder. Fruity esters mix nicely and compliment the overall character of this ale. Very mildly hopped, certainly brewed to the English versus American style.

Fairly light bodied, and quite mildly carbonated. Nicely balanced brew. Almost creamy in feel, makes up somewhat for the thin body and very mild level of carbonation.

A very drinkable and sessionable brew. This would always be close to my fridge if available locally for those reasons, as well as the fact that it is tasty. This is fairly approachable for a darker brew as well, and would be a great stepping stone to get newbies into darker and roastier brews. Nice work NASH and thanks for the bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, part of the MIXED-6 pack currently available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, yet densely foamy beige head, which leaves a few promontories of jagged lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of gritty bready caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, hazelnut and pistachio nut, a touch of sour milk, subtle earthy yeast, and some earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The taste is sweet 'n nutty caramel malt (the particular nut character obfuscated as it is in most confections), stale milk chocolate, a wisp of meaty smoke, a certain metallic flintiness, and some wan leafy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is on the low side of things, with its plain Jane frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the sweet nutty malt giving way to the feebly surging weedy, herbal hops.

A nice, generally balanced brown ale - lots of flavour - the only drawback is that middling, weird, and kind of medicinally herbal hop essence - surely a different varietal would do this offering a whole lot more justice, eh?

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov30 2009

A clear deep red/maroon with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left no lace

S mild chocolate brown sugar and faint cola

T perhaps a little toffee and a little nutty but other then that it tastes similar to what I smell

M fairly smooth but a little flat

D not a bad beer overall the taste put it a fair amount above average

thanks to Long813 for this east coast gem from a brewer I'm only starting to get acquainted with

Photo of BigBry
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap fresh at the brewery in Halifax. Dark brown colour with one finger beige head and sheet lace. Smell is caramel. Nice bitter roasted malt flavour, hints of caramel and chocolate. There is also an array of nutty flavours here as well with low astringency and a dry frinish. Not too sweet. Nice balance, refreshing and flavourful - good stuff!

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Nut Brown Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
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