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

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-27-2002)
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Photo of gjoker321
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date noted 10/10. Drank out of a Sammy Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown with orange and garnet highlights. Clear and very effervescent. 1/2 FB light tan head that fades reasonably.

Aroma: Pleasant heavy and sweet malty nose with hints of molasses. A firm underlying raw-grain aroma that increases as warms. No noticeable esters. Very light hop spiciness in finish.

Flavor: Firm English malty presence up front with those tantalizing molasses notes perceived more than tasted throughout. A hint of caramelised breadiness in the finish with a noticeable noble-hop like hoppy flavor (think hallertau) without any of the sharpness of early hopping.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to medium high carbonation. Hints of hop astringency well after beer completed.

Overall: Very pleasant and surprising experience! I expected a stereotypical American "Brown beer" but was treated with a complex yet drinkable Craft Beer. This beer would be ideal while watching an old English show (monty python, Red Dwarf and Dr. Who come to mind), or perhaps during a board game involving lots of pondering and back-stabbing.

Photo of beveritt
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is different from that currently shown on BA with a tan and brown star pattern. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of tan head. This settles quickly to just a thin, nearly complete coating of foam. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of burnished copper. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee and maple syrup.

Taste: Sugary sweet malt upfront, with an undertone of maple syrup and a slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Average plus carbonation level, maybe a little high for this style. Body is good.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, but overall a little too sweet. The sugar/candy like sweetness was excessive and not counterbalanced by enough of a malt backbone.

Photo of Shrews629
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown color with some ruby and dark orange highlights around the edges. Minimal head with and aggressive pour. Not much lacing left on the glass either. The head was of a off white, cream color.

Smell - Picking up a decent amount of roasted malt, walnut and hazelnut. Dry, leafy hints in the nose also. Breadiness. Doughy with notes of caramel on a subtle level.

Taste - Again picking up the roasted, smokey, "nut" flavored malt. Touches of black coffee come through at the end and stick to the back of the throat. Not overpowering, but lasts long enough until the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that leans ever so slightly to the light/thin side. As I said, coats the throat somewhat, but doesn't linger as long as one would expect. Somewhat crisp. Not as dry as I was anticipating.

Drinkability - This is a decent little brown ale. Not the best, but definitely worth a try in my opinion. Solid. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a few of these. It seems that every Bluegrass Brewing Co. beer I have had lacks a bit with the head and head retention however.

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pours a reddish brown mahogany color with a nice big tan fluffy head that is slow to go down. Looks pretty good actually.

Malted milk chocolate is the first thing that comes to mind when I smell this beer and maybe some nut like hazelnut, actually it smells a lot like Nutella! Weird. Medium mouthfeel. Roasted malt taste with a touch of smokiness. No realy hop bitterness to speak of. Subtle sweetness and pretty smooth. Very light taste of light roast coffee as well.

Photo of rcwhiteky
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Ruby brown with nice off white head
S- Roasted nuts and malt and carmel really and truly made my mouth water
T-Toffee and roasted nuts with just a touch of coco and very malty background
m- my one knock on this beer is i would have rather it had a creamy thick mouth feel it was a little watery.
D- I picked-up a six pack drank that in an evening and still wanted more

Photo of fbone
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a brown ale you can almost see through.Small head was lost instantly.Medium to light carbonation.

S-a light smell I cant put my finger on.nothing special.

T-A light brown malt taste,weak hops flavor.tastes good.Simple brown ale flavor.

M-slight sweetness,light body,light hops.

D-Easy to drink.a common mans ale.I would get it again if the store was out of my favorite brown ale.

This beer is ok and blended good.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a deep cherry brown with minimal head off a good pour. Probably about a quarter finger worth of head. No real lacing left behind.

S- Big roasty notes right away and a little bit of coffee. Some black licorice lingers in there as well. A nice malty quality as well.

T- Like the nose, roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee. The longer this beer is on your tongue, the more flavor comes out. Just a tad bit of raisin on the finish.

M- This beer is very smooth and the carbonation doesn't really come into play. Nice medium to full body.

D- A very good offering from BBC. Deep rich flavors and a great smoothness makes this a good brew.

Photo of jhp40219
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/amber color. Pours a head that is light tan and dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a small ring around the glass. Lacing is quick to slide down and disappear into the beer after a drink.

S - Nutty, almost hazelnut. A nice aroma of caramel malt with a hint of coffee, chocolate, and hop goodness in the background. Very sweet!

T - Sweet malts and a definite strong nuttiness with chocolate undertones. Not unlike the taste of Brown Derby pie.

M - Creamy, but not thick. Not bad carbonation either. The malt and nut taste really stick around.

D - Very sweet, but not to the point of being a dessert beer. A little heavier than most ales, but lighter than a porter or stout.

Photo of jkrich
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, clear brown with reddish highlights. The head was tan and creamy. The aroma was largely malty sweet. The initial flavor was thickly malty with some faint hop bitterness coming through. There was a faintly licorice and woody taste with some syrup flavor. While it was not cloying, the combination of above flavors kept this one from being refreshing. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. This was far from my ideal brown ale.

Photo of eweneek83
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one pours a dark brown color with a light creamy looking tan head.

Smell - a Bit of barley smell with a sweet roasty molasses tones. a hint of dates or something as well.

Taste - tastes much like the smell. Comes on somewhat malty and then hints of English malts and a slight sweet brown ale taste comes through then evens out well, and a bit watery, but tasty.

mouthfeel- this beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and is very smooth and not too thick (like many brewers try to make up for a decent taste)

drinkability - this one is just light enough to drink a couple and tasty enough to eat at your next cookout. A solid BrownAle indeed.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  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.

Photo of DeeMented
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug. The bottle was actually date stamped, June 2009.

The beer poured a deep, rich brown. Slightly hazy, with a thin, white head. The head faded rather quickly and left some soapy lacing that slowly slid down the glass.

The aroma was a bit weak. Slightly earthy. A bit of sweet malt. There was a little wisp of nuttiness, but it had to warm significantly before it started to come out.

The mouthfeel was also a little thin. Not overly thin, as to make it feel too watery, but I felt it could have used a bit more carbonation.

Like the nose, the taste was also a bit weak. It started with a nice, sweet malt. Very faint nuttiness. The hops bitterness kicked in about mid-swallow and followed through to the finish. Afterwards, there was a lingering caramel flavor.

Not a bad brown ale, but not a spectacular one, either. Overall, a good aroma and flavor, just too weak to carry it far.

Photo of henrysunset
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: light amber, tan tiny bubbles in the head.
S: Sweet and oaky, almost smells like whisky. Very mild and a citrusy tone.
T: Smooth but a little watery. A little creamy too. Light flavor but pleasant. Not exceptional but pleasant.
M: Smooth if a little thin.
D: Very drinkable if a little bland.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light to medium brown in color with little to no head. The nose is nice and malty with only a hint of nut. Refreshing attack and a light and fresh flavor. The mouthfeel is light and ordinary. Some roasted flavors of malts and a little bit of a coffee like roasted flavor as well. There is just the slightest hint of nut, which is okay by me.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of MVotter
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is yeasty and sweet malts, brown sugar?

The BBC Nut Brown Ale poured into a chalice producing a very thin tan head on top of a foggy, dark tea colored brew.

The taste goes immediately to the sweet malts, slight alcohol. There is the slightest hint of a hop tang ... but, that's not what this brew is for anyway.

The mouthfeel is light, decent carbonation.

This brew is drinkable and enjoyable. It has a medium gravity ... a nice malt-based beer; no extremes in this one. Fairly average across the board, but still, a good "get" if you're looking for a sessionable brew in the "malt" column.

Photo of dustinTN
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. Nice appearance. Two finger head that quickly dissipates with decent lacing. Nice aroma of malt and chocolate with a little coffee. Taste is ok, but a little on the thin side. Good flavor, just not enough of it - a little watered down tasting. Malty sweet flavor with a subtle chocolate nut in there. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Decent carbonation but a thin body (this a good hot weather nut brown in that respect). Solid drinkability. I probably won't seek this one out on a regular basis, but would never be disappointed if it were handed to me at a party.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the month club selection

A: Pours a cola color with a small off white foam head. The head does not last long at all.

S: Mostly chocolate and nuts. More prominant as it warms up. Nothing overly complex but a decent aroma consistant with Brown Ales.

T: A decent balance between chocolate, nuts and vanilla. There is a little hop presence on the back end.

M: A little thin for a Brown ale, but leaves a smooth and slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not overly complex, good flavor, low ABV, easy to drink. Not a bad Brown Ale.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of monoXcide
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time with this style of beer and I like it. Nothing too special, but its good.

Appearance - Like a deep mahogany brown with a small light brown head and a little bit of lacing.

Smell - A nice noticeable caramel and malt.

Taste - I like it. Nutty and caramel. No bitterness to it at all and is very slightly sweet. It kinda needs to have more of its flavour. Feels like it could be more nutty and caramel but seems to play it safe. Perhaps I had it too cold.

Mouthfeel - Carbonization is just right but it does not have much of a presence in the mouth, which is slightly disappointing but not so much to knock off a few points but just enough worth mentioning.

Drinkability - Pretty good. It has session beer quality drinkability and would be something good to add a bit of variety to some of the other beers I consider session beers. I could knock a few of these back with no problem.

If you are looking for something complex then this is not your beer. If you're looking for something a little different but not too out there then this is a good choice to mix it up a bit.

Photo of armock
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of caramel malt along with some nutty scent

T - Follows the nose a nice caramel malt foundation with a touch of nut flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an awesome nut brown that I wish I could get more of it has a very good taste thats easy to drink definitely worth picking up if you get the chance

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark amber with a thin white head that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little sweet with some caramel and a little nuttiness. The taste is just as sweet. There is no hop presence and the nutty flavor just isn't strong enough. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but little carbonation. There is little alcohol to this one which makes it easy to drink but not the greatest of the style. There are many other great nut brown ales I would pick up before this one.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.


Photo of Brewsmith
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle sent to me from a friend in TN. Aroma is sweet malty toast and a little floral hop. Color is a burnt brick red with a tiny off-white head. Flavor is very toasty with some slight chocolate/coffee roastyness and a lemony hop flavor. Finishes dry and clean, does not hang around much. A decent brown.

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