Village Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.84/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-31-2013 23:12:44 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
02-07-2010 21:33:50 | More by Mora2000
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass.
Very small tan colored head that dissipates in less than a minute. Nice dark brown color - clear with no hazing or visible bubbles.
Smell is of nice malts... Taste was somewhat less than I expected considering the smell, but it does taste pretty good. Nice nutty flavor with some chocolate notes. Very nice in mouth. I want another one, too bad I just bought one.
All in all, a pretty decent brew.
12-23-2007 14:57:59 | More by mattster
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
12-10-2008 22:42:38 | More by magictrokini
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
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
04-10-2008 05:16:03 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev 0%
The beer after its departure from the 12-ounce bottle resides in the glass a deep somewhat hazy brown with a portly and frothy light tan head, the leftover lace a fine sealing sheet to obscure the glass. Malt sweet nose, fresh and clean with the start sweet and the malt plentiful, the top is light to medium in its feel on the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity with the hops delectable and spicy, the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer.
08-09-2004 15:58:36 | More by Gusler
United Kingdom (England)
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
06-21-2010 16:56:47 | More by BlackHaddock
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
11-14-2010 01:00:49 | More by david18
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
12-31-2009 16:43:02 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Tried this one while riding the Verde Canyon Railroad. Beer choices on the train were Bud/Coors/Fat Tire, and this one as the token local brew was the obvious choice, and a welcome one.
Medium brown color, smells of toffee, nuts. Tastes of all the above, which some chocolate thrown in. A nice mild combination of flavors. Medium carbonation with a chocolately, nutty bitter finish. Would have had another except it was a bit overpriced.
11-29-2007 08:05:52 | More by PhxHorn
3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
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?
10-03-2009 01:36:20 | More by merryjoulton
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
*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.
10-17-2010 23:10:50 | More by herman77
3.19/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
04-19-2013 04:16:29 | More by mactrail
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-08-2010 15:00:23 | More by Naugros
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
12-26-2009 04:50:04 | More by DousedInStout
3.08/5 rDev -12%
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.
02-06-2008 05:41:13 | More by gwood
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
Dark Amber color, large white foamy head, Aroma is nutty and sweet. A medium bodied nut brown ale. Roasted malts, very malty, nutty flavor. Smooth and rich taste. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round, very smooth. Finish is rich and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
09-06-2003 02:55:52 | More by beerguy101
3.43/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-25-2009 02:35:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
04-18-2011 22:27:26 | More by Robhern
Village Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
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