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Nut Brown Ale - Oak Pond Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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very good

32 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oak Pond Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2000

Nut Brown Ale uses eight different malts to give it complexity with a slightly toasted flavor and coffee-like tones. Imported English hops provide a full and pleasant hop profile. It is a smooth and creamy ale with a clean and comfortable flavor. Brewed in the tradition of a true English “session” , this is an ale for the times when you want more than one.
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 24
Photo of jbear725
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
poured in 12oz pilsner glass

Toffee Toffee Toffee. This beer is loaded with a candy toffee taste and aroma. It's been a long time since I've had one of these at least 3 or 4 years. Might have even been before the new owners took over in 2003. I don't remember it being so bold with the toffee flavor. From recollection it was more nutty and dry like an English nut brown. That being said it's very tasty.

It poured a rich deep brown with a copper hue. The head is a light creamy white color that was medium in size that settled to a thin layer. Kept good head retention throughout the 12oz and didn't leave any lacing.

The taste is pretty bold on toffee with nutty, chocolate, caramel and roasty malt undertones. It's pretty sweet which enhances the toffee.

The aroma is mostly toffee and caramel. No noticeable hop presence in this one.

The mouthfeel is rather creamy but not thick. Despite the sweetness it doesn't leave a sticky sweet finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Not as nutty and dry as I would expect but nice and tasty for what it is . It would be best as an after diner beer instead of having desert. More of a cool weather beer as well. Not something I would want to drink a lot of in the heat of summer.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from brewery and sampled same day (sampled? finished I mean...)

Pours a muddy nut brown color with a thin (1/4 inch) tan head. Smells of nutty sweet malt (walnuts or chestnuts aroma if you can beleive it).

Taste is much the same. Nutty sweet maltiness followed with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouth is crisp, a bit overcarbonated for my taste but nothing that takes away from the beer. Light sweet caramel aftertaste. Straightforward and richly decadent at the same time. Easy drinker and the best brown I've had in some time.

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured fresh from growler
oak pond brewery is open (it is currently 7-10-05) again, brewing familiar beers. great little place, extremely nice owners - i stop in weekly. anyways, the nut brown ale: deep brown with dark ruby at the bottom of the glass. fizzy head dissipated and the lacing slid slowly back into the brew. sweet caramel malt smell with a hint of brandy. taste echoes smell with sweet caramel at front of mouth, then some bitterness with a big delicious roasted hazlenut coffee taste that retains just enough of the initial caramel. great roasted nutty finish. rawness of flavor is what makes this stand out to me. medium-bodied with proper carbonation; not too chewy to make it over-filling. described correctly as an extremely effective session brew. im very partial to this favorite.

Photo of ecoboy
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, an old friend passes away and I write a eulogy. Ran out to buy the six-pack the day after I heard the brewing equipment was up for sale.

Reddish brown hue with a standard linear caramel malt aroma.

A round malt flavor sits with some liveliness (interesting, since I can be bored by the browns) atop a crisp malt bed. Oddly enough, over the life of the swallow, the sweet malt characteristic softens and steps back. Flavor notes of both coffee and vanilla.

The malt does build up on the tongue after mid-glass hampering drinkability, but I'm gonna miss this one.

Photo of beernut7
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a nice nut brown color with a nutty malt aroma. The flavor is simple, dark roasted malt with a deeply nutty character that grows through the finish. Way too much carbonation with this brew. I’m surprised the flavors came through as mellow as they did.

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer with a rich brown color and a nice head of off white bubbles. Hoppy aroma with some malt and maybe a bit of caramel in the background. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a toasty, not sweet malt flavor. Some hop bitterness pops up in the finish. Tasty, easy drinking brew, my glass was empty way too fast.

Photo of Todd
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazed medium amber with a thin off-white ring lace. Fine carbonation, slightly sticky on the glass.

Smell: Fruity nose with raw and toasted grain aromas.

Taste: Medium to light bodied with an upfront dry graininess. Thin malt profile with a minimal malt sweetness and a pronounced roasted grain flavours, semi-astringent when mixed with a light citrus hop character. Earthy and leafy notes. Gets a bit toasty, very yeasty/bready, with background coffee-like flavours as the brew warms. Finishes a tad dry and very clean.

Notes: A pretty decent Nut Brown Ale, very drinkable, fresh and clean. Nice representation of the style.

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Nut Brown Ale from Oak Pond Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.