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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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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Beaver13

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-26-2013 00:16:50 | More by Kerrie
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

The dark chestnut color is clear and clean. Not much but a mild malt and slight clove aroma. The medium malt body is thinner than it appears. Medium citrusy hops are almost equal in strength to the malt (pretty balanced). Not much head. Wet and Drinkable. Malt is dominant quality toward the end of the glass as a hint of nutty texture presents itself.

04-07-2003 19:57:40 | More by BeerResearcher
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philbertk

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -11%

Sierra Blanca Brewing Company--Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 20 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection. Light sediment hazes dark thin brown color. Light head & lace. Mild toasted cocoa hop front. Clean thin creamy light sweet doughy toffee Brown body. Nut cocoa cherry hints. Mild hop end. Sampled 4/23/2003.

07-14-2010 02:12:14 | More by philbertk
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

Dark bronze that, when backlit, betrays a lucent tawny hue with a generous admixture of red. The light tan head isn't airy--but neither is it particularly creamy or dense--and falls slowly without leaving much lace. Standard issue cap; no more, no less.

Nut Brown has a semi-appealing aroma of light cocoa and nuts with a suggestion of hops. This is one of those noses that isn't exceedingly weak, but it does take a concerted effort to appreciate. It's pretty much unnoticed if one is simply taking a drink from the glass.

This English brown ale favors the lighter end of the style spectrum, both in terms of flavor and body. The malt backbone is fairly limp, not a good characteristic in what is supposed to be a malt-dominant beer. The light (and I do mean light) chocolate flavor mirrors the aroma, the nuttiness has gone into hiding and a mild sourness and mild hop bitterness have arrived. The body is too light and the mouthfeel is frankly watery on the back end.

Sierra Blanca Nut Brown isn't a bad little English brown ale, but it doesn't have enough guts to satisfy me. Even though I love big beer, I can appreciate the lighter styles if they're well-crafted. A heavier hand with the ingredients would improve SBNBB immensely. Thanks to SeanChouffe for this offering from a little known microbrewery in the Land of Enchantment.

11-07-2004 16:35:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-21-2013 16:05:35 | More by LXIXME
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-11-2014 04:09:56 | More by kmos27
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RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

3.26/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, with a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee and biscuits.

Taste: Again more sweet malty flavors of chocolate, caramel and toffee. With a nice bready biscuit quality at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body , very silky with a touch of bitterness at the end.

Overall: Fairly decent Nut Brown, very tasty, and very sessionable.

03-29-2013 01:40:05 | More by RattleheadKV2
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

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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bditty187

Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

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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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-16-2014 02:58:49 | More by javlin624
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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ryker47

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-13-2013 01:41:41 | More by ryker47
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-06-2014 19:07:44 | More by ralphw56
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Trfagan3

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-05-2014 21:58:52 | More by Trfagan3
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-29-2012 01:47:53 | More by buckyp
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TequilaTom

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-23-2013 14:39:16 | More by TequilaTom
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Lightly malty, nutty aroma with a hint of chocolate and some floral hoppiness.

Taste: Sweetish, nutty maltiness. Again, a hint of chocolate. Some wateriness thins out the already thin flavors. Light floral hops, though not much bitterness to offer. Drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so for a fairly light brown ale.

06-28-2008 23:11:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.