Nut Brown Ale - Garrison Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 71
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -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. (409 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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? (1,159 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,758 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  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. (587 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (480 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.89/5  rDev +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. (771 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (476 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -7%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.  (722 characters)

Photo of leaddog
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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 (568 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of elricorico
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (316 characters)

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