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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown AleMichigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-18-2002)
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Reviews by Baileyuk:
Photo of Baileyuk
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a decent head which retained fairly well throughout. Lacing was minimal but what there was lasted nicely.

Smell was very dissapointing. There was a definate nut presence. It did not seem to bond well with the malts creating a slightly off smell (and this was bought directly from the brewery). I would have suspected a slight infection but the taste showed no signs.

In fact the that was very pleasant. The malts were dominant but the nutty taste that was detectable in the smell blended nicely.

Carbonation was good, except it was a little zippy at the begining on the edge of the tongue. Nothing too crazy though, more of an observation.

Very drinkable Brown. Would definately recommend to brown lovers. I think if the smell favored better to me it would have tasted even better also.

Baileyuk, Nov 30, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown/ruby color with very little head.Nice nuty smell with some earthy undertones,taste was roasty and nutty.There was some chocolate tones as well to this one,pretty easy to drink.Better than average but not outstanding from a good brewery in Michigan.

oberon, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with an amber hue. Head on initial pour was small but took several minutes to draw back to a moderate ring around the glass. Very minimal lacing.

S: Toasted nutty smell foremost on the nose with very light hints of fruit, perhaps like raisins or dates. A rather earthy aroma overall.

T: A little bit dry at first; balance between malts and hops is very good with a nice taste of the grain coming through. Finish is mellow and lingers a bit dry.

M&D: Medium bodied and a good match to the flavors at hand. Relatively smooth and enjoyable. Recommended.

SIRIUS2, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown. Reddish hue. Small white head with thin lacing.

S_Toasted grain,caramel and nuts.

T_Nutty,caramel malt. Toasty grain. Nice earthy tone. Roasty. Touch of maple.Very solid.

M_ Medium bodied nicely carbonated. Fizzy on the tongue.

D_Very drinkable. Excellent Brown ale.

nickadams2, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Spider web like lacing off of a two fingered head shows great retention with a sort of a dull or slightly hazy chestnut color.

Smell: Buttery malt, sweet with bready overtones. Smells of fresh toasted malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very malty yet not too sweet, just enough hop punch to kick any thought of cloying sweetness back out of the palate. Light woody hop flavor. Lots of toasted grain character, a vague grape skin flavor from the toasted malt gives a sense of freshness. Mildly fruity with a nutty yeast in the back.

Notes: This is an outstanding brown ale and without a doubt a brew I would quaff all night if it was in my area.

Jason, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of CoalPorter
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Reddish brown color, with a thin tan head and little lacing. Looks pretty decent.

S - Not too much aroma, some caramel maltiness front and center, with a hint of coffee and burnt sugar behind

T - Slightly sweet and malt forward, with the hops showing up at the last minute to balance with a bitter finish

M - Medium to light with a surprising amount of carbonation

O - A solid brown ale, but lacks a bit in complexity. Pairs nicely with food though, and I could have another

CoalPorter, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Hazelnut brown with hints of deep crimson/purple. This pretty brew is topped with a two finger head of dense and creamy light brown foam. Head retention is excellent, and lots of webby lace is left on the glass.

S - Marshmallows and mixed nuts. This smells really creamy and smooth, like peanut butter. There are some darker notes, like coffee and tree bark too. Nice.

T - An oddball mixture of salty mixed nuts in a can and bitter black coffee. Not good espresso, just thick black break room coffee that's been sitting on the burner too long. This is really bland and unappetizing.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a pretty much uneventful mouthfeel with a neutral woody finish.

D - Looks great, smells good, tastes like butt. The sour lactic notes and coffee bitterness threw me off. Not a drain pour, but not a repeat buy either.

pmcadamis, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and clear brown in color with a thin and lacy pale head. The aroma is subtle and gives off light toasted malt and maple syrup scents. The flavor is also light and hints of the toasted malt are tasted at the front of the drink while a very vague and weak nutty taste comes out in the finish before it ends quickly. The body is very light and watery with moderate carbonation. Sessionable.

WoodBrew, May 28, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, like iced tea, only a bit darker and with a thin white head that has little retention.

Has a nice Earthy smell, nutty with a bit of licorice in the background.

No one flavor sticks out, but it's packed with it.

Complex in the mouth. Sweet initially, then a somewhat bitter finish.

A moderate amount of lacing. While the bitter finish is stronger than the sweet start, this goes down ok and leaves a clean refreshing feeling.

RickS95, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head and leaves a little lacing. The aroma and flavor focus on rich chocolate and burnt toffee flavor. There's also sweet liquor taste on the palate that's quite nice and really a much richer flavor than your average English brown. This beer, despite it's run of the mill 5% strength, tastes big, yet isn't hard to drink. I might categorize it as an American brown, but either way it's worth trying.

tempest, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of dbossman
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with amber tint; good tan heading; lacing is average

S: Sweet/ brown sugar, molasses, and caramel; a subtle hop presence; sweet candied sugar that is almost overwhelming

T: A bit thin and watery and sweet; kind of sickly sweet; candied brown sugar and molasses dominate the malt presence

F: A bit thin

D: Pretty drinkable but the nut sweetness is a bit too much

dbossman, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the MBC taproom. Well, they seem to have fixed their admitted initial problems, but this still needs a little work. I'm used to nut browns having a much more complex flavor profile, and this just wasn't there. There is a fine, slightly toasty aspect to its fine brown frame, and just a peek of nuttiness. They seem to be working on it with each batch. At this point, they aren't calling it "Majestic" anymore, so that may signal a change in the recipe.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of nortmand
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Traveler's Club in Okemos.
Pours slightly muddy bark brown, with a half inch of tan foam.
Smells roasty, with subtle hop aromas.
Flavor is similarly dry and roasty, which dominates any hop presence. Finishes with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Rich, full mouthfeel, definitely drinkable.

nortmand, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color that light can be seen through. A dense two fingers of head that does not move. A little sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has plenty of chocolate, nuts, and a little underlying woodsy smell. The taste follows the aroma. Chocolate rather than nuts seems to be the prominent player here. Here again there is a woodsy aspect that I assume comes from the Fuggle hops. Bitterness is low and on par for an English Brown. The body seems substantial enough and has a nice carbonation that keeps things lively. A solid English Brown with a drinkable ABV. Maybe not the most exciting beer in the world but I would definately drink it again.

morimech, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of jojotech
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first actual review. So please let me know if i'm wrong or things arent correct.

A: Dark Amber in Color. Looks to have mild carbonation. Light head. Very light lace.

S: Nutty, Caramelly, toasty and woody.

T: Nutty

M: feels overcarbonated, thin & watery, a little bitter

D: would drink another

Not the best Nut brown i've had but not bad.

Gotta support local breweries. Keep on keepin on.

jojotech, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Bottled on 3/08/08, so it has a little age on it.

Appearance: Dark brown with a small off-white head. Left light lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark maltiness with a little alcohol aroma.

Taste: Malty taste with a little alcohol. Sweet malty finish.

BierFan, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with maber highlights, minimal tan head but what head is present is retained. Contributes a small amount of lace.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, grain and minor hop note in the background. Very modest overall aroma for a brown ale.
Flavor is sweet chocolate with a slightly roasted charcoal note in the middel and short but moderately bitter finish. No real complexity here, pleasant but nothing that grabs ya.
Mouthfeel was a little bit too thin, not full and chewy enough for a brown, pleasant overall though.
Drinkability loses a few points for a slightly syrupy or sticky aftertaste.

CRJMellor, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of pBRale
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown pour with deep amber highlights. A two-finger light tan head settles moderately slowly with mild head retention and a few spotty dollops of lace left behind.

Smell: The aroma is deliciously inviting and smells of rich toasty malts, deep nutty aromas (especially walnut), and some sweet malty and sugary aromas as well.

Taste: There is a deep nutty flavor along with a toasted malt flavor and some roasted nuts. Wow! This is a very delicious beer and I am impressed. The more I drink, the more the flavors meld and blend into a delicious toasty, nutty experience. This is a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low to medium carbonation. It has a coating feeling when it sits in the mouth for a several seconds.

Overall: This was an extremely good beer that had nice balance and a wonderful smoothness. A great beer to try if you like the nuttier brown ales.

pBRale, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger of very light beige head receded quickly a thin layer with a little lace all the way around, a clear but darker brown deep hue with crimson notes, a good looking beer 4
S – Slightly sweet toasted malts and some earthy notes 3.5
T – Very nice balance, and less sweet than I anticipated from the malty sweet scent. Starts roasted malty with some sweetness but that is stopped by a grassy bitterness that ends a bit floral. 4
M – Light to moderate carbonation and body, I could use more carbonation 3.5
O – Not being a fan of Brown ales drinkability is good to me, flavor is better than average but not being a Brown lover I doubt I’ll seek this out but would be happy to crack another if I come across it someday. 3.5

rsdaugherty, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Frosty80
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: beautiful deep, dark amber

Smell: obvious maple, hazelnut. maybe a little chocolate hiding inbetween. very enticing roasted notes

Taste: good nuttiness balanced with sweetness of maple. roasted flavor as well

Mouthfeel: low carbonation and smooth. medium body

Notes: great seasonal beer. great balance of flavors and in appropriate intensities. the only other nut brown ive had was Leinenkugels which tasted rather cheap. crisp. not rich. good flavorful beer

Frosty80, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yielded me a half a glass of tan head. The beer is copper in color. I get a nutty caramel aroma. I also smell some butterscotch. The taste is sweet caramel up front and finishes with a smokey/burnt taste. The mouthfeel is creamy. This is an easy drinker. I think the smell exceeded the taste, but that is common. This may be my go to beer the next time I hit the MBC.

buschbeer, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of minterro
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, side note... badass bottle cap (just plain gold color).

A: brown color beer and not completely transparent, with a light brown-yellow bubbley head that leaves an interesting lacying on the glass.

S: sweet, woody, and nutty (as the name inplies) aroma. maybe even a little toasty after you let it warm for a while.

T: Along with the Michigan Brewing Company's Pale Ale, this ale is also very well-balanced. nice nutty and toasty aftertaste. Leaves your mouth dry and wanting more.

M: midium body, good carbonation.

D: This beer is easy to drink because it tastes GOOD. Michigan Brewing Company knows how to brew their beer! Very happy about my purchases with both this and the Pale Ale. Good prices, good beer, happy drinking... cheers!

minterro, May 01, 2009
Photo of 3Vandoo
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burgundy in color with a shy head, some strikes of reddish hues are also present.

Smell of caramel flavours, malt and a hoppy finish comes to play.
her taste is at first hoppy followed by the caramel flavours from the malt then a piney taste come and finish the "tout". Also a flavours of nuts comes in aftertaste.

3Vandoo, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of DMarlinJ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DMarlinJ, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of carlborch
2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours mahogany-walnut brown with a 3/4 inch head. Nice, gentle carbonation. Looks good! Some caramel in the nose, but where are the aroma hops? The initial taste is OK the middle is short and the lingering is persistent but weak. Some Belgian lace forms. I keep looking for more, but not finding it. Some malt. Milder than most milds, and a potential thirst quencher. Neither moreish nor an ale I will seek again.

carlborch, Jul 03, 2010
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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.