Naramata Nut Brown Ale - Cannery Brewing Company

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Naramata Nut Brown AleNaramata Nut Brown Ale

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 49degrees on 02-23-2003

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.
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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  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! (497 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml can from the liquor store.

Pours a clear dark orange/red, ruddy brown away from the light, thick and chunky off white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer, this stuff has staying power, some nice chunks of lace stick.

Smell is nice, good caramel malt sweetness, lightly nutty, toasted pecans, brown sugar, biscuit, light iron, quite fruity, some blackberry and cherry, a touch of roast and chocolate.

Taste is nice, a bit light compared to the aroma, lightly biscuity, some caramel, nuts, very dry and roasty, cocao powder and chocolate wafers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth going down but just lacking a bit of intensity. Solid nut brown though. (717 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass mar4 2011

A reddish cola with a dark beige two finger head that quickly falls to a thin film that stays until the bottom of the glass leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S smells like nesquik chocolate syrup with a little metallic nuttiness

T not far from the smell but with some molasses and rye bread

M a little thin but enough carbonation to give it a slightly creamy feel

D decent beer and for a 5$ bomber I'm not upset with my purchase, went down pretty quick and I'd finish another if it was in front of me

nothing amazing but nothing to be ashamed of, well rounded and worth a try (634 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark coca-cola with a ruby red hue, solid finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Pretty mild on the nose, with some faint chocolate and caramel notes. Touch metallic.

T - Much like the nose, pretty mild, though the caramel notes do come through nicely. Some dark cocoa and espresso notes linger on the tongue.

M - A tad watery, though goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - Easily drinkable with some decent flavours, though certainly nothing mind blowing. Worth grabbing a pint, but don't go out of your way for it. (563 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for sending this beer to Ontario. Deep brown body with ruby highlights, and a lot of cream coloured head, which exhibits very little retention. Subdued nose, with the malts expressing caramel and nut. Good malt flavour, with toasted nuts, light caramel and some coffee. There's also a light bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Good drinkability. I much prefer Black Oak's Nut Brown, but this is a fine Canadian version of a brown ale. (483 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,004 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (461 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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! (370 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into an English pint glass. Part of a mixed 6-pack. A dark reddish brown brew with three fingers or so of beige head. Aroma is nutty and rich, pecans and hazelnuts, along with an instant coffee roastedness, chocolate brownie, caramel, and orange oil. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Palate features all these elements as well, butterscotch, nuts, pancake syrup, and a hint of molasses. Classic English brown flavors. Semi-chewy body with a smooth mouthfeel, fairly creamy with relatively low carbonation. Finish remains nutty and sweet but some earthy hops do make their presence known. Not a superlative brown ale but does hit all the right keys and strikes a solid balance between nutty, roasted, and sweet components. Maybe a tad sweeter than average. Cannery does a decent job. Drinkable yet flavorful brews with few rough edges. (847 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark mahogany brown with a finger width of creamy bubbly head.

Smell- hazelnuts, almonds, toasted malts, cocoa

Taste- The hazelnut and toasted malts come upfront followed by cocoa and almond.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

Overall- A pleasant nut brown by Cannery. There are good hazelnut flavour but it is a little one noted. Otherwise, great toasty flavours in this beer. (443 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (536 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed by Wisemen Nick and Zach.

Appearance: Pours a brown amber color with fizzy, white head. Head leaves some pretty sticky lacing, but looks thin otherwise. Nice retention Looks better after the head has dissipated a bit. N: 3.5; Z: 4.0

Smell: Nuts, honey, some red berries, and maybe molasses. Even picking up a bit of bourbon (call me crazy). Me = Nick for those who don't know. Zach is reminded of vomit when he smells this, for whatever N: 4.5; Z: 2.5

Taste: Caramel, nuts, and spice. Finishes with some piney hops. Some bizarre malt flavor in there that I find a bit unpleasant. Zach finds this one to be quite complex, and him and I both agree that the aftertaste is long-lasting and enjoyable. N: 3.5; Z: 4.0

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy feel - nice job with the carbonation. Chewy as well with a nice, strong aftertaste. Medium in body. N: 4.0; Z: 3.5

Drinkability: Not my favorite flavor (just a bit odd), but otherwise good. I really liked the smell, but Zach disagreed. An above average brown that I wouldn't mind trying on-tap, but I'll never go out of my way for it. N: 3.5; Z: 4.0

Wiseman Nick: B (3.75)
Wiseman Zach: B (3.65) (1,147 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasing brew from the good folks at Cannery Brewing. It pours with a lovely color and an inch of lovely lingering head. There is a nice warm chocolate nut flavor and aroma. Naramata is a real comfort beer that hit all the right notes with me. A solid brew at an excellent price. (294 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of mocha colored head. Really surprised at how dark it is, with an almost cola-like hue with highlights of amber. Head settles to a small ring.

S - A lot of malty goodness upfront with a faint touch of molasses and nuttiness. Simple, but I like it.

T - Metallic nuttiness upfront, with a lot of malt surrounding it. Light biscuit and roasted malt are present, but faint.

M - Medium bodied feel with light to medium carbonation. Finishes drier than expected.

D - Simple but enjoyable taste. I'd like to think that the brew wasn't compromised by being stored in a can, but I feel like I can taste a difference here... Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it. (718 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the big 650ml bottle with a great picture of the Okanagan Valley on it, Naramata boasts a great fluffy light brown head which is quite thick and sports tight creamy bubbles. It churns to a protective layer, leaving its little islands of lace, and stayed solid throughout the drink. The colour is fantastic: the beer straddles the border of rich ruby, red bordering on purple, and a rosewood brown. The appearance is much better than a large host of brown ales I have tried. The aroma is very similar to Big Rock's Dark Alberta Stout, which does not really impress me much. I get the same sourish wort or hard water smell from both these beers, and it definitely limits the beer's potential aroma. In close I get some better malty smells, dry and roasted. The dark malts DO smell fresh, but the aroma is more like a stout than a brown ale. Spices and licorice, tobacco, and tangy leather all have their part too--I just wish that lactaid sourness would go away. The taste is thankfully better: mainly a lot of dry maltiness, but it is tasty. The sourness is there in the taste too. There is not a great deal of complexity, but I get some flavours of nuts, smoked meat, seasoning salt, and leather. Very little hop profile is detectable, which did not surprise me. Maybe in the finish a dash of grassy hops exists, if you really taste contemplatively. This beer also needs just a bit more body--I was expecting richer, maltier, creamier thickness. What this beer is missing is sweetness in the malt flavour. Instead of caramel-like candy malts which I would expect from a brown, roasted dryness predominates. The sourness limits its drinkability. Verdict: this could have been much better. All the elements are there for a good brown ale, it just needs more complexity and body. I mean it is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination; it simply does not reach its full potential. Plus it has more in common with a dry stout(or a roasted porter for that matter) than a brown ale. I have to concede however, this beer's appearance is superb. (2,057 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time trying this beer from a can.

Appearance is a clear dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that doesn't last long and leaves next to nothing in terms of lace.

Smell is of bready toasted malt with a decent hit of chocolate and toffee.

Taste is really malty with nice nutty, roasty notes of bread and chocolate with hints of dark fruit and toffee in there too. Not much in the way of hopping but the balance is still there with a bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a slightly oily texture on the palate but finishes clean.

This is a highly sessionable, easy-drinking nut brown from Cannery Brewing. A very good rendition of the style that actually surprises the palate with a burst of flavour. (722 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of prosper
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a ruby-reddish brown colour, with a light tan head. Smells of rich malts, english toffee, and some nutty/toasty maltiness. Flavour is much the same - not much noteable hop character, and only just enough bitterness to balance the malt. Body is medium, and drinkability is above average (291 characters)

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.68/5  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. (730 characters)

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Naramata Nut Brown Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
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