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

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 3
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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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 110
Photo of Tilley4
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen this one in my area so I had to pick a sixer up.

Murky brown pour with a small head. Smells very nutty and inviting. An earlier post noted chocolate and I can smell something like that myself.

Taste isn't quite as pronounced as the aroma would lead you to believe. A bit nutty but fairly nondescript. A bit watery on the mouthfeel as well. Some sweet malts but nothing really comes to the forefront on this one.

Not my favorite BBC offering although I'm very impressed with that brewery. They make some good stuff...

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first time trying a brew from the Bluegrass Brewing Company.

The smell had a nutty sweetness which really came through in the taste. The sweetness was very evident which made for a very nice finish without any hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little thin for my liking, but overall the beer was very smooth and extremely drinkable. It would make a very nice session beer.

Photo of dren
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thin hot chocolate looking head. The head falls to coat the circumference of the glass.

Smells like sweet bread, tootsi rolls and some coffee.

The sweet malt hits up front with some tootsi roll flavor in the middle, some thin coffee/chocolate flavores as the beer gets watery and then it finishes with a roasted nut taste. It's pretty good but thins out in the middle. A lot of browns seem to do this to me. The aftertaste is quite good as is the initial taste.

This beer feels thin for the most part. The flavor is there but it's just too thin. I wish it was creamier.

I'd definately have this brew again if it was cheap and on tap. I don't think I would go hunting for it though. I'll have to try it on tap the next time I'm down in Louisville.

Photo of pumarocks
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of this from Bigg's in Western Hills, OH. I cannot slam this beer to bad because it is from the bluegrass(my alba mater is NKU, go NORSE!!). This brew seemed watery thin with little mouthfeel. The taste was a bit chocalatey but not very pronounced. The head was impressive and lacing was present in glass. It drinks ok but nothing to write home about. I will give other beers from this little gem in the bluegrass a shot.

Photo of auxiliary
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown color, with a nice size head, nad some lace left on the grass.

Smell - Some malt and nutty smells.

Taste - Roasted malts, and a nutty taste here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability - Easy drinking beer, one of the better nut brown ales I have had.

Photo of HumuloneRed
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the beer of the month club. 12 oz. Bottle. The beer pours a clear ruby red with a beige head and very little lacing. There is malt and some nuttiness in the aroma. The flavor is sweet with chocolate and malt with a hint of earthy bitterness for balance.
Very drinkable beer.

Photo of mobyfann
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $6.99 for a 6-pack...

The beer pours a dark brown base with a minimal head, no retention... Aroma notes of fresh and strong roasted nuts and man they smell good!

The taste is moderate on the mouth, a little strong for its style but I'm not complaining, additional notes of a caramel or toffee flavor that adds in complexity. Smooth in the mouth, and a very dry beer. Since the beer is very complex in flavor, especially for an English Brown Ale, I would maybe have two more and move to something else.

Final Thought: This is a one-of-a-kind brew with all of the flavors just bursting into your mouth, I just wonder if this was experimental for a flavorful and tasty brew or not???

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
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.41/5  rDev -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
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
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
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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