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Naramata Nut Brown Ale - Cannery Brewing Company

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83
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This velvety soft ale has a stubbornly loyal following. Rich dark malts are layered in a seamless manner. Fine tuning with a blend of bittering, aroma, and flavour hops produce an amazingly smooth finish and a lingering taste. This is a full bodied ale with a rich and gentle flavour.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 02-23-2003)
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Photo of 49degrees
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Cannery Brewing Company is one of the province's newest microbreweries. Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Cannery swung open its doors in October 2001. While the area itself has fast become world renowned for its high-class wines, the Okanagan Valley (or "Interior" as it is often referred to here in Vancouver) has also seen an abundant growth in the microbrewery community.

The Naramata Nut Brown ale is perhaps the catchiest release (taste wise) from this newbie brewer, as they've recently released this ale in an unorthodox 1000ml (1 litre) flip-top bottle. My particular bottle was hand stamped as Bottle #020746, which is a relatively high number for a micro brew in British Columbia, considering they don’t offer their brews in anything less than a 650ml bottle. Many other regional microbrewies have recently unveiled offerings in the sub 10,000 bottle range, so this one at 20K+, in addition to being the first time I've run across it, is a fairly big endeavor.

As for the beer itself, I was pleasantly surprised. The Nut Brown Ale seems to be a popular jumping off point for local breweries, who have generally pigeon holed themselves in the Pale Ale, Amber, Lager, and Cream Ale varieties. Sadly, most of the Nut Brown releases of late have had a varying degree of success. This one thankfully, would be rated amongst the better quality releases.

Naramata pours a very deep amber-toned brown color with a super large head. The head is very slow to dissipate, never lowering itself below a 1/6" sturdy surface foam. Lacing on the glass is quite hefty for this style featuring long streaming foam patches along the glass.

Aroma-wise, this one presents a nice even blend of malts along with a hearty punch of roasted nuts and even a slight hint of chocolate. Little to no hop factor is present in the bouquet but that makes room for plenty of sweetness including an almost toffeeish tinge.

Taste-wise, the carbonation factor is reasonable for this one, which really helps ensure that the malt combinations don’t overpower the brew itself rendering it as flat mess. Cannery has sufficiently addressed the flatness factor that sometimes plagues this style.

This is a reasonably impressive beer from a market newbie. I anticipate future opportunities to enjoy their beer and hope that finding something on draught will be a reality at some point soon.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 1000 ml bottle / ABV: 5.5% / PRICE: $7.40 CAD ~ $4.87 USD ]

More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Weak aroma of sweet malt. The flavor is roasted malts with nuts, and a slight taste of cooked vegetables which I found kind of strange. Medium-light bodied with carbonation that is a bit on the high side. Good drinkability.. Not the greatest nut brown I've tried but still decent, and the first one I've tried from a can!

Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. The last of the Cannery bombers that I've gotten to - but certainly not intended to be the least. Pleasant memories of trolling the Naramata Bench wineries are evoked through the name.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brownish hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves some drooping cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet nutty toasted biscuit and caramel malts, a bit of grainy brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate, a faint dried black fruitiness, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more sweetened mixed nuts - pistachio, pecan and walnut seem to come to mind - a lightly toasted caramel malt, some restrained cocoa notes, and a mild herbal and earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, the body a decent medium weight, fairly round, and generally smooth, with a small touch of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, with more sweet-tinged nutty and understated chocolate goodness.

A rather enjoyable and engaging brown ale, the nuts and cocoa pretty well integrated, rendering this as an easy drinking affair, with more than a nod to potential dessert accompaniment.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a dark cola brown, short but rich tan head retained fairy well
S - strong aromas of roasted nuts and burnt sugars, mild chocolate
T - sticky cola syrup sweetness, nutty malts, faint hint of leafy hops, fainter hint of chocolate
M - rich and smooth with a decent carbonation kick, finishes with a slightly sticky but gentle feel
O - a very tasty and smooth brown ale with the nutty characteristics I expected, not a session beer but a definite regular for me

Photo of 1stOffender
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The head has no staying power. Nothing too exciting here.

Smell is better, it is a nutty toffee smell and is fairly rich. Maybe just a whiff of chocolate hidden in there. Smells nice.

Taste is fairly nice as well. Makes me debate between roasted and crystal malts. A bit of toffee and a hint of smokiness to it. Lightly hopped, this one is more about a smooth and semi sweet flavour. The aftertaste almost hints at milk chocolate again.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, and the carbonation I find a bit too sharp. I'd say it is lacking in this area.

It is an easy beer to get into, with enough flavour to keep you interested. Certainly not going to break into my favourites, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured dark,dark brown with reddish hilites,massive creamy tan rocky head that faded to a thin collar and mild sticky lacing.Nose was of malts and definitly nuts coming through and a whiff of some sort of oil smell and roasted coffee.Taste was roasted coffee and malts,a nuttiness tinge coming at ya and a touch of smokiness flavor and mild sweetness.The body was a medium thin mouthfeel and just a bit flat.Was expecting a little more body to this one with the impressive appearance,was drooling at my glass with the beautiful color and great looking head and was really expecting a maltier and creamy tasting brew but was somehow lacking that,but none the less it was still highly enjoyable and well worth trying again.

Photo of evlu1441
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark ruby colour with a nice finger of creamy tan head. Looks delicious.

The aroma is mostly rich toasty malt with some faint caramel.

This is quite a bit less sweet than other nut brown ales I've had. It has a lot of roasty character that is complimented by some hop bitterness. There isn't as much nutty character as I would have liked. Some sweet/molasses flavours come through in the finish. It reminds me a lot of Guinness to be honest... maybe I just haven't had a Guinness in a while.

Overall, this is an alright beer. It has a bit too much bitterness for my tastes.

Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A really nice, deep amber brown. A semi-creamy head, offwhite/pale sandy. Lasts well.

S: Sweet malts, an oily and nice nuttiness.

T: A little bit of a sweet flavour of malts. Slightly metallic and a bitterness in the finish... not quite a clean hops flavour.

M + D: Fizzly, slightly sharp carbonation. Body is a little thin, but on the medium side. 5.5% ABV goes down alright, and it finishes clean enough... it might be something I'd do again, but hard to say.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle, the B and the 2 are punched out on the side of the label regarding either bottling or freshness date, I couldn't decipher. 2 fingers of foamy beige head on the pour, the body is a deep chestnut colour, a bright mahogany when held up to the light. Mild aroma, toasted malt, some nuttiness, and a bit of a soapy character as well. The flavour is overpowered by that soapiness as well, the roasted malt and underlying chocolate flavour cannot compete with it. Still an okay brown due to that, but nothing noteworthy, and nothing I'd buy again unless they can clean up what I take to be a bottling issue. The mouthfeel suffers from this as well, the carbonation adds some body, but otherwise feels pretty watery, with a soapy texture. A disappointing first experience with a favorite style from a brewery new to me.

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml can into a tulip, can courtesy of IllNate. Thanks dude.

Appears a deep chestnut brown in my tulip with some ruby red highlights at the edges, with two fingers of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. Smells of chocolate, licorice, dark roasty malts and a touch of coffee potentially. Roasty and chocolately up front, followed by some a touch of caramel with maybe a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with some medium body to it. Nice drinkability, a quality beer here!

Photo of Ghrymm
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap in Naramata Hotel and Pub. Pours nice with good lacing and color strong over roasted smell. For me not a very good beer there is a bad aftertaste left over that is not pleasing at all.
So many new beers out in B.C. now this one needs some work.

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

A nice brown ale. I am new to beer and am just beginning to branch out past the basics so at this point I don't know enough to give this a proper review. I did enjoy this beer. I liked the colour and aroma and found that it had a pleasant sweet flavour.

Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was able to sample this at a tasting some time ago, but finally found the real thing - a 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with burnt orange hilights when held up to the light, a very rich and deep color. Appearance was just what I was expecting. 2 fingers worth of light brown head of creamy foam. Good head stability thoufh it didn't quite last for the whole glass. Thin and sticky strands of lace were left on the side of my pint glass. It has some smell of roasted malts, some nuts and a touch of smokiness. No real hop or floral smells, more deep and earthy aromas. Smooth flavor with toasted grains, nuttiness, some caramel and more smoke. No real bitterness to speak of, but not overly sweet either. The body might be a little thin, but if it was too much it would coat your mouth and become oily. I thought it was very drinkable and my big bottle disappeared too soon.

Apr 2011 - had another big bottle (gift from some work friends). Thoroughly enjoyed again. A very well put together Brown Ale.

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cannery Brewings "Naramata Nut(english)Brown Ale"@5.5% in a 650ml bottle served cold into a stein
A-poured a deep brown with amber hints , with a big beige head that was slow to dissipate
S-roasted nuts with hints of chocolate very little hops presence allowing for a earthy smell
T-roasted malts and nuts , not much in the way of hops but the balance is still there with a slight bitter & very dry finish
MF-body is a bit thin
Ov-just an average brew , bit dissapointing , don't know what the fuss was all about
cheers LampertLand

Photo of SylarHRG
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Had this on tap at Campo Marina in Osoyoos, freaking amazing. Googled and found that they sell it here in Calgary. Very happy camper now.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black apperance that reminds me of Coke with small brownish head that quickly disappears but leaves decent retention. Smell consists of caramel and nuts with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste is suprisingly light, but consists of caramel, bread, nuts and a hint of toffee. Has almost a coffee taste to it as well. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

This is definitely an english-style ale, looks alot stronger then it is. Has a large mixture of tastes to it but clean and refreshing. Worth a try, I hope you can get this on tap somewhere.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours mahogany, dark and topped with a good finger of creamy light tan head. A little lacing follows my quaffs.
Smelling the nutty, roasted malty, caramels and coffee notes.
Taste following the nose gets a coffee/brown sugar start with a nutty (filberts) leading to a dark roast coffee finish.
It has a lightness to it that goes down easy, low carbonation and a silky feel.

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby-brown. Pours with plenty of off-white head, but there's not much retention, though it does leave a nice lace.

S: Not a lot of nose, but it is nice. Caramel & nutty malt with a little fruityness from the yeast.

T: Starts slightly sweet, finishes slightly bitter. Perfect balance. Nice, mild fruity flavour. Zero hop flavour. This one's mainly about the malt (bread, caramel, nut).

M: The moderate body has a smooth, creamy feel that's slightly syrupy. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable.

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Naramata Nut Brown Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
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