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Nut Brown Ale - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-27-2002

Nut Brown Ale has a diverse grain bill which lends this traditional English ale a variety of flavors that coalesce into a remarkably smooth and pleasant drink. Additions of various pale, caramel and dark malts create a smooth, sweet malt profile with hints of roasted nuttiness. Multiple additions of English hops round out the flavors and give this classic beer a true flavor of the Old World.

29 IBU
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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear caramel color with a sturdy light beige head that retains nicely and delivers more than a few strands of lace

Smell: A bit of caramel, some roast and a hint of hazelnuts

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor, with a sprinkling of chocolate dust; some hops add a bitter balance by mid-palate; after the swallow, both vanilla and nutty flavors dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice beer for a style which is often quite boring; it has complexity and, although just a tad too sweet on the finish, is enjoyable to drink

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perrinial favorite in my region on tap, therefore this is my first bottle review. Certainly as high quality as expected, but lacks the nuances that I find on tap or cask that make it one of my favorite Brown Ales. Still looks a solid brown color with ruby light transmittance. Impressive creamy head retention and lacing. Aromas, even warm, didn't give me the malt / chocolate character that I usually find on tap. Lightly woodsy, nutty, and pungent (peat-ey), but without the firm body to support the flavors as well as I expect. Flavors follow suit with quality malts, chocolates, walnuts, just not as intense as I like. The mouthfeel is a little sticky sweet and less thirst quenching that at the pub. Even with the criticism, it's still a great Brown Ale; but given a preference, I'll try it on cask any day.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like many brown ales, Nut Brown Ale is deep, dark, rust orange rather than brown. The orangish ecru cap is small after a fairly energetic pour, and doesn't look as though it will deposit much lace (note: it doesn't). Okay, but I've seen better.

The nose gets things pretty much right for the style. It's short on cocoa and long on steely caramel, toasted nuts and an earthy Munich-type maltiness. Maybe a subtle fruity tang as well.

BNBA is a pretty decent brown, but that's as far as it goes. Even at an ABV of only 5.0% (pretty standard for the style), it could use more malt. That would allow the flavor to sink in and be appreciated rather than skating across the taste buds like it has better things to do.

The flavor profile mirrors the aroma, with the addition of a faint coffee bean vibe, which works well. The classic caramel-dipped nuttiness is what allows an above average taste score to be granted. Sweet and bitter are both at a low ebb, which results in relative balance.

A slightly bigger, slightly more full mouthfeel would have done wonders. As is, it's too thin, and even qualifies as watery on the back end. Lightly prickly bubbles are acceptable.

Bluegrass Brewing Company (with a few notable exceptions) puts out solid beer across a wide range of styles. Nut Brown Ale is probably worth a look for fans of the style, but I'm glad that I don't have five more bottles in the fridge.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazelnut color and a light offwhite head that capped the top with vigorous carbonation throughout. aroma is sweet, lots of caramel and roasted nuts, hints of bready grains, touches of light earthy hops, really quite nicely done i have to admit. moving forward there is a clean, crisp feel to it, smooth medium body is well deserving and shows off the overall profile very, very well. i was quite impressed with how easy this was. flavor is dominated by caramel and roasted nuts

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty interesting nut brown. Has some nice character to it, with a bit of a vanilla tone that I find unique. The drawback is that it is a bit too sweet, from my point of view. Still pretty nice though. Frankly, if only a few more things were tweaked on this beer, it'd be smokin;''. For now though, it will remain decent.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, light plum/apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a nice English brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, notched to show a bottle don date of April 2013, served in a snifter.
Hazy dark reddish brown body; small partial head despie a vigouous pour, and most of this is soon gone.
Aroma: about spot on for style, with a nice bit of nutty roasted grains as well as sweet malts and toffee.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma, but is a bit sweeter than expected.
Feel: light body is a bit too thin. Smooth.

O: allowed to warm before serving but not enough; it continued to improve with further warming.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me a beer from Kentucky!

A: Dark brown in color, nice one finger, egg white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring of foam around the edge. Spotty lacing.

S: Very nutty and sweet. There is a good bit of malt, some caramel and a little bit of dough. As it warms some chocolate develops.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of caramel and nuts, there is also some toffee and a little bit of chocolate mixed in.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Leaves a slightly dry mouth.

O: I like this beer, very easy drinking and the caramel and nut flavor was really good. The hints of chocolate was a nice addition.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet, roasted malt scent. It's almost chocolatey in nature. The taste is decent. It has a thin burnt caramel flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slight nutty feel. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average nut brown, but nothing special. The aroma is awesome, but the taste didn't live up.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a two finger head. The head lasts a while, and some spotty lacing paints the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness and some earthy tones are very mild and tough to pick up by the nose.

Taste: mild roasted malts and softer cocoa tones are paried with some mild nuttiness and hints of dark fruit sweetness. Bitterness levels are very light.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a slightly above ale here. It's very easy to drink but it is slightly dull beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this...
Appearance is transparent chestnut brown with a small, light tan head that fades into a collar and mild cap. Little speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted nuts, and fresh, cracked grain.
Taste is nutty with hints of cocoa, roasted grain, with a bit of crisp wheat coming through, along with a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild grainy astringency. Lots of nutty, grainy residue brushing along the palate behind the slightly thin swallow.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, slight sweet malt, slight toffee, slight nut, and slight olive-like smell? Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and toffee-like sweetness. Overall, not a very complex beer, and a little too sweet.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle says it's best before February 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like nuts, caramel, a bit of chocolate and malt. Taste is the same as it smells, it starts off a bit sweet and finishes a little on the bitter side. Mouthfeel is on the light side, I was hoping there would be some more substance to it. Drinkability is pretty good though, as it's very smooth and goes down pretty easy. It's not the best brown ale I've had, but with that being said I could still drink quite a few of these at a time. It's a decent sessionable beer, and I'd buy it again.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks!

Pours a deep brown color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet toasted malts with hints of toffee. Also present are hints of drier roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit mor one-dimensional. Slightly grainy toasted malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of roasted malts. Very light hints of earthy hops come into play midway through the sip, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but there was nothing terribly off-putting. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Best looking brown ale I've ever had. Dark brown mahogany that's clear without a hint of cloudiness. Two finger head that disaptes quickly but leaves an 1/8 head with carbonation continuing to rise well after it's poured.

S - Nothing special, has a hint of a must to it. Doesn't excite the curiousity or make me want to dive in.

T - Solid brown ale, but not incredible. The nut flavor is prominent and tasty but other than that there isn't much else going on in the beer.

M - Pleasant, soft and easy to drink with little bite.

O - A good brown ale thar's worth the price,

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, clear, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: nut, caramel, and toasted malt

Taste: nut, caramel, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, smooth, medium light bodied, with a sharper end

Drinkability: Another good example of the style, I could drink several of these. Not the most complex version of a nut brown, but a solid flavor profile

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Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a murky brown that clears up quickly to leave a much clearer brown color. I can tell from looking at it that it may be a but thin. The head pours decently and dissipates to a thin film but is present throughout. Light lacing is also present.

The smell is different from anything I've had before. The yeast being so strong up front is surprising. A little maltiness with minimal hops and some nutty sweet notes as well.

The taste is similar. Yeast is strongest up front. Light caramel notes and a touch of nuttiness. Thinness is evident in the taste as it seems a bit watered-down. Not as well-balanced as it could be due to a real lack of hops character.

This one begins pretty heavily carbonated but calms down quite a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery.

This one isn't too bad, but the main issues are the thinness and the watery taste and feel, and it could be better balanced for sure. I'd give it a try just to check it out, but I would pick a better nut brown for a regular.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a glass of this at the BBC in the Cincinnati airport. This was a lot better than the last time I tried it. This was their current seasonal selection. Clear dark brown with a medium thick beige head. Thin lacing. The aroma is very nutty, along with a touch of malt. Nicely smooth with a roasty and nutty character. Malt and hops are also present in the flavor. The finish is crisp and nutty. Overall my experience with the beer this time around was much more favorable.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 04/07/05 at the Bluegrass Brewing Co. Pub at the Cincinnati Airport.

Solid brown color with a low beige ring for a head and low carbonation. Nutty malt aroma and flavor really shines nicely. Medium-light bodied with a lightly dry roasty finish. A very nice session beer.

The best beer of the day here and should have stuck with htis vs. trying their Alt.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.75 A: Dark amber color. Two fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Toasty with a hefty batch of nuttiness. It's a sweet nuttiness like those nuts with the crispy sugary coating. The last aspect of this beer is like a dog kibble, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Overall it's not bad and I do enjoy the potency.

3.25 T: Again lots of nuttiness and toasted malts. A woody flavor enters the fray. Then there's a strange flavor. It tastes like toffee if all the sugar was removed. I think this is the same aspect of the brew that gives the dog kibble aroma. Anyway, it's not bad, but it could use some refinement.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.25 D: Not the best, but it's tasty enough to recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a deeper reddish / brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of mainly roasted nuts with some roast and chocolate. Tastes of roasted nuts, some caramel, and a touch of chocolate.

Notes from 11/23/06.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date clear on label.

A: Barely translucent medium-brown with ample light tan head with good retention and plenty of lace.

S: Deep chocolate and nutty notes and pretty sharp hops nose as well.

T: Great tasting beer with a chocolate almond flavor with enough raw earthy hops notes to balance the above-average sweetness without overwhelming the beer's overall mix of flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with long, sweet aftertaste and smooth feel.

D: A very good brown ale, especially with sweet brown lovers who aren't afraid of a little hops.

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Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with tinged ruby highlight. Hint of cocoa powder in the aroma. Moderate roasted malt flavor, with a distinctive chocolate malt note in the middle. Low hops bittering, which is appropriate for the style. Seemed a little on the thin side, which was the primary detraction. Not quite enough to hold my interest for a session beer, but a pleasant beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of prototypic
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks, man.

Appearance: This one's an orange stained brown color. I was expecting darker, but it's not bad. It features very active carbonation which yielded a slightly off-white head that wasn't quite a finger tall. It disappeared very quickly and left little lacing in its wake. Average overall.

Smell: The nose continues the average theme. It's not very strong. But, it does have some pretty good qualities. It's yeasty and biscuity initially. There's some toasted malt notes along with some light caramel/toffee malt. There's a nice nutty/prailine aroma that carries the day. It fits in very well and actually gives off a nice aroma. If it were a little stronger, it'd be much improved.

Taste: This one just keeps improving. I like the taste of this beer. It's not going to win any awards for depth or character, but it's still good. It is malty and sweet up front. A nice caramel/toffee flavor blends well with a very smooth prailine taste. The nutty flavor is definitely the x-factor. It's well done. There's a bit of a yeasty flavor to it. Absolutely no alcohol is noted. I suspect the abv is relatively modest, but it's blended well. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and relatively smooth. Carbonation is active and gets in the way a little, but it's nice overall. Drinkabiliity is good. I like the flavor and the abv seems to lend itself to good drinkability. I could handle a few of these.

Bluegrass did a pretty good job with this one. It's got a few flaws. The nose could use some work and I'd like to see some light hopping or something to add some character to it. But, overall, it's surprisingly pretty good. Better than I was expecting. Thanks, Chris.


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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a sparkling, clear ruby mahogany body with a small beige head which falls into a lasting collar with some minimal patch lacing. Aroma is mostly toasty and nutty malts, accented by some golden apple and ripe pear fruitiness. Mouthfeel is on the light side, with medium carbonation. Taste has a touch of smooth chocolate, toasted malt, a hint of ripe pears, and a vague nutty character that seems hazelnut. Hops are restrained, but add a delicate bitterness that provides a nice balance. Light bodied and tasty enough to be very sessionable, but lacks the depth and complexity of the tap version I sampled a few months ago at the brewpub. Still, a pretty good Kentucky brewed brown ale.

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Nut Brown Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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