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Village Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewery and Grill

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Village Nut Brown AleVillage Nut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewery and Grill visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness. Excellent with steaks, chops and ribs!

(Beer added by: Gusler on 09-06-2003)
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Reviews by DousedInStout:
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3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, clear chocolate-colored brown with white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is somewhat muted - but I do get faint notes of caramel malt, brown sugar, and hazelnut. The taste that follows is very similar - some flavor, but not enough for me. I keep searching for more, but it seems lacking and watered down. The carbonation is nice, and this session brown is highly drinkable, but I personally wanted a more robust, nutty flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2009 04:50:04 | More by DousedInStout
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewery & Grill in Sedona.

Crystal clear, deep, dark amber color with a creamy beige head of moderate size and exceptional duration. Leaves plenty of lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts with a strong dose of caramel.
Flavor: Sweet caramel malts with way more bittering hops than the nose suggests. Perhaps a touch bitter in finish for style. Dark roasted nuts and bread linger on afterwards.
Nice medium body; well-chosen medium-light in carbonation,
O: very good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 23:12:44 | More by chinchill
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3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I can't fault the general sudsiness, but the head does dissipate rapidly. The color is quite attractive, and I'd call it more coppery than brown. The aroma does have a bit of coffee and

In the nut family, this make me think of piñon nuts. But it's more of the bitter shells than that rich sweetness. There is a dishwater sort of backwash to this. Buttery and quite mineral flavored. Some malty sugars finally emerge along with the woody taste. A slight bitter aftertaste.

This is kind of uninspired, even for the English style of Brown Ales. It seems technically alright, but that flat vegetable flavor is not so nice. If this was just 4% ABV, I'd be more charitable. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:16:29 | More by mactrail
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

02-06-2013 14:33:26 | More by NoXcusZ
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-24-2013 08:45:14 | More by camelgar
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

04-05-2012 06:44:54 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear garnet/amber with a 1.5 finger kahki head

S - Honey, brown bread, waffle batter, raisins, sugar coated black walnut, ripe plums, molasses.

T - Strong honey hits the palate followed by raisin brown bread, light brown sugar, strong tea tannins, and some malty undertones. Finishes sweet and malty.

M - Light side of medium body with low carbonation.

Leans on a raisin infused malt background. Lots of honey and nuts here. Sweetness carries through to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:08:35 | More by StaveHooks
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife went down to Arizona so I had her bring me back a few different microbreweries for me to taste. I was pleasantly suprised with Oak Creek Brewing

A - Very dark amber/brown. Through good light you can definitely pick up on the haziness of the beer and see the actual sediment. Very little head from the pour had to work to get it to rise, but the beer in the glass is very active.

S- sweet nuts with a mix of chocolate in the background, with a mix of toasted malts possibly whole wheat.

T- True to the smell sweet nuttiness with hints of chocolate. The finish turned into an almost unsweetened dark chocolate with a little bitterness that sticks to the back on your tongue.

M- Well carbonated which makes for a nice smooth light start with a medium body to it for the end.

O - Great beer for the style, I found it nicely balanced with the slight bitter finish. Very smooth while retaining quite a lot of flavour. Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 22:27:26 | More by Robhern
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. Of all the beers from Oak Creek, this was by far the most ubiquitous. It was everywhere. We stopped at a couple of places where it was the only beer on tap. It was also one of their better beers and i think an classic example of the style. Unfortunately for me, it's not my favorite style.

Color is a very dark brown, light passes through at the edges and turns red. Head was small but there was enough carbonation in the beer. Flavor was a classic nutty with a good mix of bready malt and dark fruit. Aroma as well had a nuttiness combined with a malt.

If you like nut browns, you'll love this. If you don't, you'll probably like it anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 01:00:49 | More by david18
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the brew pub they list the name of this beer as Oak Creek Village Nut Brown Ale. That might be in honor of the burgeoning village south of Sedona.

Yep, this is surely brown in color. It's got a light tan head with dense bubbles with decent staying power. There is also some very nice lacing.

Lots of malts in the smell and it is definitely nutty in aroma...I'm almost sensing candied walnuts.

The taste follows the smell with the addition of some balancing floral hops. Not a lot of bitterness is added, but enough to create a nice experience with this medium-bodied and mouth-filling ale.

This doesn't really quench the thirst, in fact it made me thirsty, but worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 15:00:23 | More by Naugros
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3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Review from notes on 10/9

A: Pours straight brown with an smaller tan head. Not much lacing.

S: Nutty, weak coffee. A touch of coco, not much here.

T: Tangy nuttiness, toasted malt, light hop bitterness and a tiny bit of sweet coco. Finishes with more tangy nut flavor.

M: Light to medium body. It feels a little thin, moderate carbonation.

D: Not my favorite, pretty easy to drink, but lacking.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:10:50 | More by herman77
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United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured for me in 'Spenser's Bar', Grand Canyon Hotel, Williams, Arizona. Sunday 9th May 2010, Mothers Day.

The beer came a true nut brown colour, slight haze, but not cloudy by any means. On top sat a thin tan coloured foaming head, didn't stay long though.

The smells given off were all malty, sweet molasses with slight hints of chocolate and coffee if you dug deep enough.

The maltiness carries on throughout the tasting, it dominating the flavours from start to finish. There is a small attempt at some bitterness towards the end of the mouthfeel, but too little too late in my opinion.

Not a bad brown, but not a great one either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 16:56:47 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wiseman Jorge brought this back from Flagstaff. Thanks dude!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange-brown body shows a ton of suspended sediment when held to light. A sudsy, white film sits on top for most of the tasting. Sticky lacing. Sediment aside, this is a nice looking beer.

Smell: Caramel, brown malt, red berries, and subtle floral notes. Very sweet and malty.

Taste: Brown malt, cashews (and other nuts), caramel, cocoa, and a touch of pine. Finishes crisp and dry with a touch of lemon juice. Earthy and flowery notes comprise the majority of the aftertaste; I also get just a bit of rust. Not really balanced: more on the malty side. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, medium-bodied (for the style, anyway), and malty. Finishes crisp - sharp even - and dry. Lots of tingle in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: A decent brown ale, but it could certainly use some work. Easy to drink, but I grew bored toward the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 04:50:40 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fair brown ale, pleasing on draft form.

Presentation: 20 oz draft serving. Menu only notes "Ice Cold Premium Draft Beers" with Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale among a 6 tap selection, and separated from 2 macro taps, $1 cheaper under the heading "Domestic Draft Beers". Served in a large pint shaker glass.

A - Amber brown serving, served to the rim with a minimal memory of head, and a bit of lacing.

S - Malty and a bit nutty. Shy nose overall.

T - Soft flavor around a malty profile with little nutty notes, maybe a tad of chocolate even.

M - Medium to light bod with fair carbonation.

D - It works well, a nice pint...

Notes: A good local offering, and pretty decent on tap. Nothing extraordinary either but it is a good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 00:31:39 | More by Daniellobo
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with cream colored head. The aroma is brown malt, toffee, caramel and some nuttyness. The flavor is lacking compared to the aroma, with some nuts and toffee but not much else. I really expected the flavor to be more intense and complex after initially smelling the beer. Thin, watery mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 21:33:50 | More by Mora2000
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3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a clean glass.

A: Light amber/copper with bountiful and thick bubbly off white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Minimal with some sticky malts and caramel paired with some slight fruity notes.

T: Something like moist raisin or date bread hits the tongue first, followed by a sweet grape Riesling taste. Slight caramel and nuts make an appearance near the end. Little aftertaste.

M: Thin and sort of watery, bubbly.

D: Very drinkable for the style.

Overall: A strange example of the style. In a blind tasting I would have thought this was a fruit beer because of all the sweet grape flavor. Worth trying, I would drink this in early spring with warm banana bread.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 16:43:02 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fairly solid beer that seemed very well put together. Very silky and smooth. Smell is sweet, molasses, roasty malts and buttered bread. Taste is a smooth chocolate with some nutty roasty toasty notes and smooth as butter mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, this beer is so smooth yet so tasty how could I not drink a few of them?

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:36:20 | More by merryjoulton
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3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a clear chestnut brown color with around a finger of quickly fading light tan foam. The head fades within seconds leaving no trace behind. Flavors and aromas consist of milk chocolate, toasted nuts and grains, a decent amount of caramelized malt, slight hints of mild coffee, earthy. Just about medium in both body and carbonation with a lingering bitterness. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 02:35:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge fan of the nut brown ales in general, but this was actually pretty good. Pours a true brown with a light tan head. Aroma is mostly malt and nuts. The taste is very mellow. Malts, some "Chock Full O' Nuts"-like coffee, and a little smoky. Decent, not great, but leagues ahead of its Amber Ale cousin.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 22:42:38 | More by magictrokini
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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Based on notes:

Pours an effervescent brown/chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Some roasted malt

T: Roasted malt, slight coffee ground notes, & dryness up front. Slight baker's chocolate, brown sugar & dryness as this warms. Finishes sweet, dry, & chocolatey

MF: Medium bodied & slightly over carbonated

Drinks easy, but, just an okay to almost good brown

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 05:16:03 | More by russpowell
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3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with very little in the way of a head. The nose has notes of nuts and toasted malts, and the taste follows right in line with an addition of chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is quite good with some good carbonation...maybe a bit more than expected for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 05:41:13 | More by gwood
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Village Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.