Nut Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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90
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 04-07-2012)
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Reviews by pmarlowe:
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The board says "Aged in Heaven Hills barrels". 12oz pour (yey), tasted next to the regular Nautical Nut Brown.

A: Pours black with a half finger of dull, sand colored head. Looks like cola around the rim. Good amount of lacing and very good retention: a thick ring of head stays put throughout the entire glass.

S: Good amount of sweetish bourbon upfront, alongside a little vanilla and lots of coconut.

T: Lots of bourbon, coconut, and just a touch of roastiness and chocolate right at the end of the sip (but you really have to pay attention for these). Some nuttiness (cashew, peanut) add a dimension of complexity beyond the bourbon barrel.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Seems kind of thin but with creamy texture. No alcohol noticeable, which I guess makes sense given the ABV.

O: I'm not sure the barrel treatment really elevated this beer from what it was, it's mostly just a different, bourbon flavored brown ale. It's tasty, but the flavors don't quite come together.

Reminds me kind of BA Wee Heavy, in that the barrel treatment overwhelmed the base beer and the body was a little too thin to fully express the barrel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

A very dark brown with a small brown head.

Rich aroma with lots of barrel character: bourbon, wood, caramel, toffee, along with some nutty and earthy elements remaining from the base beer. Exceptionally nice.

The flavor too is transformed, with good amounts of bourbon, vanilla, oak, nut, and roast coming together nicely.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation. I suppose, if there's anywhere this beer doesn't massively succeed, it's here.

I'd never had a barrel-aged brown ale before, and now that I have, this one will be tough to beat.

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep brown. Nice tan head. Chunky collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Deep caramel malts. A little nutty. No barrel, except for some vanilla.

Taste - Follows the smell, but the nuttiness is stronger. Deep caramel, almost chocolatey. Vanilla, but again, no other barrel notes.

Mouthfeel - Bitter finish, but not a lot of hops. Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - It's a good nut brown, but I get no barrel.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of Pelican5
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler tulip.

Big thanks to SirWilliam for sharing!

A : Dark ruby brown, half finger head, small tight bubbles, spotted thick lacing

S : Unfiltered apple juice, cherry vanilla, almond milk, light smokey balsamic, brown sugar, caramel, brandy

T : Bitter smokey oak, maple, vanilla, nutmeg and some other spice, coffee, more oak and vanilla booze as it warms

M : medium side of thin, slight carbonation

O : A light country breakfast in a glass. smokey hazelnut coffee cooked over an open fire. A little thin but very complex. Great BA character for a beer with this abv. Excellent drinking experience. Highly recommend.

Cheers ~

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Nut Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.