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Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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Sierra Blanca Nut Brown BeerSierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Nut Brown is brewed with English Ale yeast. In English tradition, we use only English Fuggle hops, which are low in bitterness and produce a mild floral hop taste. The complexity of this Nut Brown is created mainly by the Chocolate and Dark Chocolate malted barley. There is a roasted coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and nutty or nutmeg finish on the back of the tongue.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 12-23-2002)
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a very deep clear ruby with basically no head (from a very gentle pour). Heavy nut fragrance, surprise, surprise. Molasses present as well. Flavor is strong with nuts. Might be a bit too much for some as it is pretty distinct and in your face...err...mouth. Actually. I think it is a bit too much for me. It seems to just hijack the beer and take over everything, without allowing anything else to really speak for itself much. Over time though it does seem to calm down a bit...or maybe my tongue is overloaded and can’t taste it anymore. Feel is thick and syrupy. I have to knock the drinkability down because of the intense nut flavor and thick syrupy feel. It is so strong that I wouldn’t be able to go anymore than just this one. Nice to try. Nicer to move on to something else.

12-30-2007 08:57:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

The Sierra Blanca Nut Brown poured a light reddish-brown with a thin light tan frothy head that went to a bubbly collar and then disappeared.

Its aroma was roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor was sweet caramel malt, surprisingly lightly roasted, with a light bitter finish. A little on the bland side. It was fairly smooth, but had low carbonation and was a little thinnish and watery.

Overall, I thought it was a little too sweet, and I expected more roastiness. It was not bad though. It displayed some Scottish Ale qualities.

10-07-2004 05:48:39 | More by Beaver13
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +2%

Served in the bottle and pored into my glass at a restaurant in Santa Fe, this beer is a deep brown color with reddish hues. It smeels sweet, like molasses. Small tan head that disappeared fairly quickly leaving a small rim at the top of the beer. Also left minimal lacing. The taste was a little disappointing. It didn't have the richness of other nut browns I've tried and enjoyed. The taste was sort of flat and even with nothing especially exciting in your mouth. That said, the taste wasn't unpleasant either. Enjoyable but not "outta this world". I'd have it again if other choices are scant.

07-08-2006 00:24:33 | More by BlueHammer
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-21-2013 16:05:35 | More by LXIXME
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-16-2014 02:58:49 | More by javlin624
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a pint glass. Brown with a good finger of dirty white head. Lots of bubbles visible.

Good smell of roasted malt and the "nutty".

Tastes of roasted malt, a little chocolate in the background and mild bitterness at the end.

Smooth texture, lots of bubbles, medium body.

A good brown ale. A little more of a creamy body would make this better for me, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.

03-05-2012 04:03:38 | More by Fatehunter
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%

Purchased at the brewery & consumed the next day. Easily the best of their beers that are widely availible (they need to bottle that imp stout, but that's another story)

Pours rich brown with an 1.5" effervescent offwhite head. Good head retention, no lacing

Smell: Toasty malts and some nutiness

Taste: Toasted malt, pecan-like nuttines& then finishes sweet and malty

MF: Good carbonation. Smooth with slight creaminess

Goes down really easy, a very enjoyable nut brown

04-22-2006 12:31:13 | More by russpowell
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

Clear, brown-garnet in hue; the liquid fits my stylistic ideals well. Beige head, at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. Head retention was fair, the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy cap and dissipated further to a skinny collar. There wasn’t enough subsequent lacing to be noteworthy. Overall, I like the appearance… it fits the style, nothing more but nothing less.

Not much aroma depth but it does smell like a Brown Ale. I am surprised I get rummy raisins, molasses, and fruity hints, this makes the beer feel bigger then it really is, very cool! The malt follows, while not too descriptive it gives a positive vibe with some dry caramel crackers smells, a kiss of nuts (this is not a nutty Brown Ale), and some chocolate. Low potency and maybe a bit to direct but overall, the bouquet is good. Inviting, for sure.

The palate doesn’t deliver on the promise of the nose. The rum/raisins/molasses is not found on the palate; I am disappointed. I loved that aspect of the bouquet; it was something different from the typical Brown Ale. Anyway, the palate does offer some dry cocoa powder, some nuts, and some caramel. I wish the flavors were richer but the dryness is a nice twist. The finish is a tad muted and watery but overall this is a decent Brown Ale. I really like English Brown Ales and I would consider this a good stab at the style. It took awhile for the aftertaste to develop; the blend of chocolate, caramel crackers and nuts with a kiss of hop earthiness shines graciously. The end is stronger then the start but overall this is a likeable drink.

Medium-light in body, watery but not too distracting, the carbonation is low; overall the mouthfeel is tolerable but more heft would have been nice.

Brown Ales are a great change of pace, IMO. If I get sick of hoppy beers or Belgians I like to turn to Brown Ales (or Schwarzbier). Plus both styles are tasty but friendly enough to crossover a BMC beer drinker along the way. This offering is plenty drinkable; I could kickback with a few of these and a ham sandwich with spicy brown mustard. What a nice session beer. Thank you Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick for sending this dandy NM beer my way; it is worth a try.

03-03-2006 14:52:19 | More by bditty187
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -15%

07-15-2013 18:28:43 | More by TheMrFarnham
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-14-2013 00:36:06 | More by mikefuski17
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-27-2013 21:39:28 | More by zillo043068
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15%

06-26-2014 05:22:55 | More by Jasoncolliver
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Optimat0r

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.3%

tried this one on tap in new mexico, was better than i was expecting. dark but not too heavy in appearance, taste had prominent coffee flavors, some malts, very little in the way of hops or bitterness. smooth clean aftertaste, no alcohol presence noticed. its good but a bit thin on complexity and depth; tastes like the recipe has room to mature and get tweaked a bit. overall a quality brew, im glad i tried it. a great beer to sip in the mountains of new mexico on a cold night.

03-28-2006 04:17:05 | More by Optimat0r
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

The beer after disembarking from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a transpicuous deep brown with ruby high lights, the head is substantial and spumescent in texture, the color a beauteous light tan and the resultant lace a thick and sticky sheet to obfuscate the glass. Nose is caramel and nutty sweet, fresh and clean to the senses, start has a sweet malt start with the top light in feel to the palate. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops light to the palate, very dry, rather light for my taste but a nice 112 degree Arizona summer day beer, which ain’t nuttin’ to sneeze at in my books.

07-22-2004 00:06:29 | More by Gusler
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MisterRed

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%

I tried this at the Albuquerque Press Club, in New Mexico.

The beer had a good sweet, malty, nutty taste. The beer was not too over powering or too heavy.

The head was nice and beer looked and tasted creamy in my mouth

I really liked this beer and would have it again if I was in the New Mexico area.

11-29-2007 19:58:27 | More by MisterRed
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15%

01-03-2014 04:47:43 | More by StoutHunter
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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Clear brown ale with a small brown head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with hints of chocolate and toffee. Mild herbal hop leaf and a touch of leather and fig.

The taste starts out sweet and smoky with a chocolate soda aftertaste. Hints of tobacco and leather and a basically sweet ale, hints of milk stout flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty good beer here, but this is really sweeter than most English versions.

01-11-2009 02:36:15 | More by Zorro
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ryker47

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-13-2013 01:41:41 | More by ryker47
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.3%

03-09-2014 14:31:19 | More by Karibourgeois
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

Pretty solid little beer here. Nice-looking, very dark brown with a bone-colored head. Smells nondescriptly malty, hints of chocolate perhaps. Tastes chocolatey and mildly roasted with a pleasant English toffee quality. A bit of buttery diacetyl creeps in as well. Very nutty finish. Unexpectedly full-bodied. I could see this being a very popular pub beer.

10-17-2006 22:42:03 | More by battlekow
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MightiestBeard

Florida

3/5  rDev -15%

04-06-2014 19:17:02 | More by MightiestBeard
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

Superb tan head with slippery lace; dark amber in color

The aroma has a hint of nutmeg spice. Malt is the key smell.

Some hop, but this is a malty beer. Strong chocolate malt notes. The aftertaste dies quickly and the beer is lighter in body than I expected. Good carbonation; relatively dry, making this a refreshing brew.

06-07-2004 01:09:52 | More by smcolw
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thereal_adam

Texas

3/5  rDev -15%

02-14-2014 03:39:07 | More by thereal_adam
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-06-2014 19:07:44 | More by ralphw56
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Dark brown/black body. One finger tan head with good lacing and decent to low retention.

Smell - Slightly roasty malt. Some coffee. Mildly lactic.

Taste - Alcoholic. Dusty dry. Some coffee. Kind of stale.

Mouthfeel - Solvent front end with a slightly creamy finish. Mostly watery, but offers some smoothness.

Overall Drinkability - Decent beer with really no off characters, but nothing really special either.

11-05-2011 17:59:54 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.