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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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Photo of PokerGod
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance- almost my perfect ideal picture of beer. Dark Brown, a little hazy but still sharp in color. 1 finger of light tan head of very fine foamy bubbles. Lacing retention the whole way down the glass. Beautiful

Smell- Nutty, malty goodness. Smells deliciously malty and sweet at the same time. The only reason I didnt give it a perfect rating on smell is because it's a fairly subdued aroma and I think I want it to be a bit stronger in aroma.

Taste- So Good, no fault here I can find. Very Nutty as the title suggests. But, with a real sweet finish like a 'Nordeast'. (reference for fellow Minnesota Beer Drinkers). I'm a huge fan of the style and I think this is my favorite brown ale I've had to date.

Overall- I got this beer in a BOTMC and it is a reminder of the catch-22 of those deals. You discover a gem like this and now it's very difficult to get your hands on some. Maybe I should try a Beer Trade... hmmmm.

PokerGod, Jul 05, 2011
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 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 therica
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice. Came in my Beer of the Month April 2011 box (thanks to BA's ad-banner).

A= nice clean glassy nut-brown with a very active tan head.

S= enticing caramelized malts, florals, nutty.

T= surprisingly bold in caramelized malts and sweetness, very nice hops florals on the tongue, nutty and some slight chocolate notes in the finish. Nicely done bitters in balance. Modest carbonation despite the very active foamy head.

M= really nice, some nutty roasted caramel malts and modest chocolate notes, slight bitters. Very nice to savor.

O= a real heads-up competitor in this beer style, easily sessionable and should go well with a wide variety of meals.

therica, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours out very nicely into a dark brown color that has a two or three inch head with very little lacing and some retention. Not much in carbonation, the smell has a very nice nutty smell with a hint of caramel and chocolate. When drinking it I get a fairly strong nutty taste along with a hint of caramel and chocolate with a little bit of a hoppy taste. The mouthfeel is a smooth medium body that tingles on the taste buds and is very drinkable. The taste is very smooth and balance between the nutty taste and the malts in the beer. So far this is one of the best beers I've tasted and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good beer.

DannyDan, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Gilmango
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my buddy's Beer of the Month April 2011 box he trades 1 of each for equivalent amount of my homebrew.

Nice brown appearance with tan head.

Aroma of caramel, floral hops, bit of roasted/darker grains.

Nicely balanced taste that leaned towards malts but a nice balance from the hops and roasted grains to avoid being cloyingly sweet. Good hop floral notes too.

Great mouthfeel, lots to enjoy without being thick or cloying.

Quaffable, sessionable and food friendly, nice beer.

Gilmango, May 19, 2011
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 karengarys
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 'fridge temp.

Pours hazy brown with a final rush of sediment at the end of the pour. Foams up about a finger, but dissipates. Little to no lacing. A fluffy foam ring remains for a while.

Smells good, with a healthy tone of malts. I enjoy that. Maybe a little floral is also present.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy at first, remains so until the end of the drink where it thins out at the back of the throat.

Tastes great, nice and malty, some dry hops to balance it out. No real bitterness, which I personally love.

It is slightly thin bodied for my tastes, but okay for the style.

Finish is very very clean with a bit of dry hops that totally cleanses the pallette leaving no bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice balancing act because it does not have too hoppy of a finish.

If you like browns, or somewhat malty beers, get this if you can find it! I want more, but can't find it around here!!!

karengarys, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere along the line, it became un-magestic. Mines just says "nut brown ale."

Anways, cola colored bodie, lots of little carb bubbles form a foamy and sticky tan head. Its got that watered brown ale malts scent, pretty typical for the style. As a guy that doesnt tend to like brown ales too often, this is a good one. Nice light sweet malts in front, a nice kick of hop bitterness, some fruit tones, maybe a hint of wood. Nice soft and fairly full mouth. My number ratings might be a touch high on the taste, could have gone with a 4 as well, but compared to most browns i like this one.

Tballz420, Apr 19, 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 kbeals
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks inviting with a dark amber color and about two fingers of a foamy, tan head. Lacing is decent. Smells mostly of malts, taste is roughly the same with a bit of hops added to it. Overall, pretty good. Beer is pretty fizzy and medium-light bodied. I could definitely drink a few more of these.

kbeals, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty brown ale with a lot of cocoa characteristics.

The first thing that comes to mind when smelling this beer is "tootsie rolls"...a sweet chocolate aroma is the major player on the aroma...also some mild earthy hop notes..

Body is on the the light side of medium...a slight syruppy impression from all the chocolate sweetness, but that is ok as this finishes with a clean and smooth finish...the syruppy feel is only there for a flash and then the finish is clean...

The taste is big on the cocoa...hot cocoa mix..some toasted malts and a subtle almond like nuttiness.

Quite a tasty brown ale if you like a lot of cocoa...I found this very enjoyable although I wish the nutty notes were a bit more predominant. Never the less this is a quality brew I liken to the Goose Island brown ale..

ZAP, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of westonhood
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- a dark but clear brown with an amber glow to it with a slightly tan head
smell- is a lil coffee smell but mostly roasted malt
taste- almost all malt flavor with some roast its a little lightly flavored in my opinion
mouthfeel- medium, like i said kinda light for my liking but still good
overall- i reccomend it but kbc's lift bridge brown is da bomb diggity

westonhood, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, Victory, Biscuit, Crystal, Chocolate, and Cara-pils malts. Hopped with Fuggles and Northern Brewer.

OG=1.058. 5.0% ABV

Pours out to a slightly hazy dark amber, forming a tall light tan head with good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very nice with pleasant biscuit, nut, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, tobacco, toasted grain husk, vanilla, and pleasant herbal hops. This has a very nice brown ale aroma, reminding me a bit of Fat Tire with it's toastiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth....absolutely silky pillow soft with a robust medium body. Taste begins with herbal hops dusted with tobacco, chocolate malt and toast. Lots of dark wood tones going on here. Very toasty with lots of biscuit malt. In the middle there is a wierd medicinal English-type bitterness which I attribute to the Fuggles. In the finish, there is a moderate degree of ruddy diacetyl mouthfeel with only a mild degree of butter and a slightly oxidized "wet-cardboard" taste. I have to admit, this bottle has been sitting here since the Grand Rapids BA meeting 5 months ago so it might not be in the best shape. Despite this, I think it's better than what I have had on tap at the brewery.

This is an interesting nut brown which certainly lives up to it's namesake with lots of nut and toast character. I'd be interested in trying a fresher bottle of this in the future. Recommended for a change of pace. Put this one on the radar for back-up beers.

Mitchster, Jan 22, 2005
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 giblet
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured nice and rich brownish with about one and a half inch head. nice carbonation. rich aroma but not overpowering. good flava. caramel and malts but not to heavy. this would be a great beer with cheese. good lacing down the glass. another good beer from a good brewer!

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of StaveHooks
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a chestnut brown

S - Toffee, caramelized brown sugar, toasted wheat bread, maple, toasted nuts. Very nice!

T - Lots of nutty malt, some light sorghum, notes of caramel, vanilla, dry bread sprinkle with a dash of cocoa powder, hints of over-ripened blueberry. Finishes with nutty dry bread aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied, adequate carbonation.

Very good beer. Way better than expected. This is very rich without being sweet and heavy. Everything melds together well. A standout beer in it's class.

StaveHooks, May 09, 2011
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 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 M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev +8.7%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is of brown with a ruby aura. A large beige head materializes following my new fangled pour technique of vigorously pouring from plunging heights. I am almost affraid that I will have to start evacuating foam into my mouth to avoid a sticky mess atop my computer desk. This head holds no ambition to stay puffed and is quickly just capping the liquid and throwing off curtains of lace. It looks to be well established in the bubble department.

Nose holds metallic impressions off the jump. Luckily the majesty of this one quickly expells this foreign scent to leave behind a nice and rich burnt brown sugar smell that has me frothing at the mouth. This brew seems to have a faint roasted malt coffee aroma to it as well.

The taste is very nice. The dark sweetness hits as a first impression. This beer approaches dark fruit impressions but never arrives. Feels very fluffy on the palate. Nicely dried out in the finish without making a spectacle of hoppiness, and a bit nutty I guess although my bottle has a different label and makes no mention of "nut" with the brown ale. Somewhat buttery as well.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and full. Robust but not overly dense.

Drinkability is good. I am growing quite fond of this style and this is another reason why. Never had a bad one. Good work here.

SupaCelt, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a complete rerate , I did not give this beer a fair shake the first time around . A clear medium brown color pour with a big lasting soapy white head , nice jagged lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma is nutty with a bit of ground grain,toasty, with a bit of toffee .Flavor of roasted pecans , dry malt ,bread crust,caramel and some toffee , maybe a hint of spicy hops ,very balanced and not overly sweet . Fresh clean mouthfeel ,light to medium body , with a nice roasty finish . This was a very good beer and I had rated it WAY too low last time , maybe it has gotten better since then . Nice job MBC

WakeandBake, Dec 07, 2008
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very pretty, dark leathery brown liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a thin, creamy white head with nice retention.

S- Nutty, chocolate, some fruitiness such as apples. Very nice and aromatic.

T- Much like the aroma, but much more intense. The nuttiness and the chocolate flavors go really well together. This is put together very well.

M- Nice and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- This is a nice somewhat sessionable brown ale. Tasty and not too complex. I was pleasantly surprised by this, much like many of the MBC beers.

david131, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice chestnut brown color. A slight head that quickly diminishes. Great aroma of toffee,toasted malt and a slight caramel aroma. The aroma translates right into the flavor-a great malt sweetness backed by a very nice nutty caramel flavor. Very well bodied beer. A definate must try-it could easily become my mainstay. Would make for a great session beer. One of the better nut browns I have had.

lackenhauser, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with a healthy head of tan and strong lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts, roasted chestnut, molasses and bread

Taste is just right for an English Brown Ale, I can really enjoy this one for its clean taste and sharp crisp malt flavors. Nice nutty flavors present with english brown malt, and a n ice dry finish. Roasted grains and a dark brown bread are the backbone of this beer and I can really enjoy it.

Highly carbonated with a medium body for the style. Overall job well done.

alpinebryant, Jul 29, 2011
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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.