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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 jdg204
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much appreciation to the old boss another solid brew from the beer of the month club.

Appearance - Light mahogany color with a very plump off-white head.

Smell - Nutty, roasted flavors came through though it took a bit of work to find them.

Taste - A bit overroasted flavor comes through the most prevelant, but not bad. Has a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The nutty aftertaste leaves the mouth feeling a bit sour and the consistency is a touch thin.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer on the overall, but not great and probably not one I'd go out of my way to find. Still a good solid brew if it's available.

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

One of the beers I got in Nashville. Drinking this one after a nice Sushi dinner at Masa, while watching yet another episode of Big Love.

A - Pours a nice medium to dark brown, with a small head; no lacing.

S - Some beers claim to be "Nut Browns", but this definietly has a nice nutty aroma, with a slight roasty sweetness.

T - A very nice tasting beer. IT has all the components you can want in a Brown. Begins malty, with a nutty, roasty middle, with a bit of hop bitterness to finish. Nery well rounded, not exceptional in any one area, but nice as a whole.

M - Medium body, it doesnt interher with the flavor, but doenst really accent it either.

D - Very drinkable, and would probably make for a nice session beer. Not overly flavorful, but still a nice beer.

Photo of phisig137
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a one finger head. Poor retention leaves nothing behind in the glass.

Aroma is quite attractive. Strong toasted malt aromas, along with hazelnuts and some hardwood aromas. Very nice.

Flavor is very good as well. Dry from front to back with hardly a hint of hops. Malt dominates this one, with great flavors of toasted malts, fresh biscuits, nuts, and a hint of burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although slightly flat. Drinkability is fantastic.

A great session beer from BBC that I would put up against a lot of the other english browns on the market today. It's also nice to have a brown ale taste so nutty, without being full of fake extract like so many others (I'm talking to you Rogue....) Very nice overall, and I'll be buying it again.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark reddish-brown with little head. The smell is pleasant with toasted malt and an earthy scent. The taste is a mild blend of roasted malt, chocolate and some nuttiness. The aftertaste is rather watery. The mouthfeel is thin and light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good because of the lightness. Overall, a decent beer but lacks character. This is not among my favorite brown ales.

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in mid-May as part of the April MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a mahogany brown with no head. Nose is of toasted chocolate malts. Taste is of roasted malts, a hint of chocalte coffee, and a very light hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth going down. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice twist on the Brown style. It is crossing the line towards a stout in some respects. It is definitely worth a shot for brown/stout fans.

Photo of Minkybut
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a nice mahoganny color but that was all that was nice about it. It had a thin head that was gone in 30 seconds. The smell was sour and the taste was flat. There was no indication this was a nut brown which is my favorite beer type. In fact this tasted like nothing. Maybe it was just a bad example but I will not purchase again.

Photo of goschool
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is brownish ruby with red highlights and a small, dissipating head.

Smell: This doesn't have the strongest nose, but the aromas are nice. It has toffee, nuts, toasted malts, and a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out nutty followed by sweet toffee flavors, coca, toasted grains, and grassy hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with a watery aftertaste.

Drinkability: There's nothing exciting about this brown ale, but it might be worth a shot, especially to brown ale fans.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Best before June 07. Reddish/chestnut in color, and fairly clear. Thick off white head disappears rather quickly.

Nice toffee, nutty aroma, a bit of caramel covered fruit, and a whiff of cocoa powder.

Light toffee, and nutty flavor, balanced well with some floral hops. Very well balanced, nothing overdone here. Finishes dry, with more lingering nutty flavor.

Good mouthfeel, with lower carbonation. Almost seems a bit silky.

Very easy to drink, and almost seems a bit silky. This was built for quaffing. Nice example of the stlye. Nothing overwhelming, just a nice nutty flavor. Well done.

Photo of MDekker
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received for Christmas 2006. Expiration date on the bottle is May 2009(!). Nut brown ales last that long? Anyway...

It pours out a very dark brown with ruby hints around the edges. Decent off-white head and lacing. Powerful dark chocolate aroma, with hints of roasted coffee and nuts. Quite appealing, really. The flavor is much fainter, and doesn't live up to the hype of the aroma. The not-very-sweet chocolate/coffee notes are there, but overall the flavor is very weak. Slight nut flavor with a thin, barely bitter finish. It's watery in the mouth, especially. The carbonation hardly registers. I'm really disappointed in the end, after such a promising start.

Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with a March 2009 best-by date. Pours a clean, opaque brown with a thin, white head. No retention. Smells of toasted barley, caramel, nuts. Tastes of the nuts, dark chocolate; nice balance of the dark sweet flavors with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a tad watery for this style, but not too much so. An easily drinkable and enjoyable beer. Fine example of the Nut Brown Ale.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Impsonsay
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from 12 oz bottle

A: Pours an inviting deep dark, (almost black) brown

S: Pleasant, yet strong, Nutty aroma. No discernable hops in the nose.

T: By far the best part, rich in malt and almond flavors, and has traces of choclate. Definitly a welcome digestif/ dessert all in itself.

M: My only real complaint is that the thickness in malty flavor is disproportionate to the surprisingly thin mouthfeel.

D: I find this a very drinkable beer, if I'm in the mood for a sweeter-than-normal brew. It's a unique tasting brown ale and not just a Newcastle imitator.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of nortmand
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mahogony pour, with some off white head.

Nice rich toffee aromas are balanced with a bit or resiny hops.

Slight roast mingles with solid caramel flavors. Ends with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very, very clean.

Medium bodied, and very drinkable, this is a great, clean session beer.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a caramel amber color, not much head formation but does manage a bit of lace and holds at a thin cover.

Aroma - very nice nutty aroma, toasted grain. Right on the mark but softens after the beer settles to a lighter but still present aroma.

Taste - delicious, lightly sweet and nutty malt, perfectly toasted grain flavor. Good rich flavor for a rather simple style of beer.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side, moderately carbonated, could use more body but it is okay.

Drinkability - on the short list for sessionables in my book.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Notched label with best before June, 06.
Once again thanks to kmpitz2 for this sample.

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Very clear, head fades quickly, no lacing. Nice roasted nut smell, hints of molasses and roasted malt. Taste is similar to the smell, slighly bitter roasted nut taste. This beer also has some sort of chocolate malt/ chocolate lactose taste, kinda sour. It has a tootsie roll like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, decent amount of carbonation. Easy too drink, this is just not my favorite style of brew. Not bad, glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium brown color, light enough to allow some light through showing true brown colors and just the hint of reddish highlights... The thinnish light tan head dies back all too quickly leaving no ring or lacing.

The nose is rather simple with a caramel malt aroma and just a hint of woodiness.

The flavor is also rather uncomplicated but what notes are present are done quite nicely. Main flavors are lightly caramelized sugar with a hint of chocolate and wood. No toasted grain notes that would make it more Porter than Brown. No hop notes at all and just a hint of residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good with a very creamy finish. Surprisingly no oily components to the medium bodied brew and just a bit of carbonation. Barely a touch of hop bitterness at the finish but the lingering experince is a creamy smoothness. For a sweet brew there's no cloying sugary aftertaste.

All in all it's a drinkable but unchallenging brown ale. It's competently executed with no overpowering notes or underlying sourness but calling this a Nut Brown Ale calls for comparison to other Nut Browns and there's really no comparison.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty and nutty with some cocoa notes. Very nice.

Malty and nutty taste right upfront with hints of cocoa. Finishes rather clean with a lingering nutty/cocoa taste.

Body seems thin, carbonation is good.

Even with the somewhat thin body, this is still a very nice brown ale. I would gladly drink several more.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling courtesy of kmpitz2. Pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with 2 cm of fluffy beige head foaming up easily. The aroma is not as sweet as I thought but does put up some caramel and toffee notes with a bit of faint herbal and grassy hops in the background.
The first sip reveals an average body with a rather slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall physically gentle on my palate.
The flavor is fairly malty with some caramel and toffee with just a hint of chocolate sliding in the back. No real hop flavors to find. I do get more chocolate and some lite roast after the swallow.
The flavor is mild overall and the beer is very easy to drink. This is a tasty beer that could be sessionable as it is not huge and is not overly sweet. Worth trying!

Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of cameraman
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A redish/ brown color, with a slight head. The scent of carmel sweetness and some nuttiness comes through. The taste is the same as the scent, sweetness and nutty flavor, with a hoppy finsh at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth going down. I would like to have less hoppiness at the and more of the nutty flavor. Still, this is a very good beer, and very drinkable. I think I will go have another one right now.

Photo of clvand0
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light brown color with a small head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nutty with caramel notes and faint hints of fruit. Smells pretty good. The flavor is much the same. The taste is mostly caramel flavors with some nutty notes, some chocolate, and it has a slightly bitter finish from the hops. I would prefer a little more body and a stronger caramel flavor. Overall, this is a really nice beer and very drinkable. I'll probably buy this one again.

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Nut Brown Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
82 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.