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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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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
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 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
Photo of cnally
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one pours out and shows its dusty reddish brown color in the body, the off white head really kicks down quickly.

The aroma definately showcases the malt, mildly burnt sugar in quality, and there is a mossy sourness also, off putting to be sure, but not enough to completely overshadow the pleasant aspects of the caramel-nutmeg.

The flavor is very dependant on the burnt malt, in fact there is barely a hop quality at all. The sourness detected in the aroma continues on through the flavor. Very one note flavor with an acrid finish.

Slightly dry on the mouthfeel, and carbonated well. Not slick but easy to put down.

Well, I didn't love the flavor, but the other aspects were decent. I just feel that this style can be so diverse, but when there is a brew with so much possibility with so little variation in the flavor or depth, well then, it becomes an afterthought.

cnally, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of manahansf
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

manahansf, Mar 09, 2010
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 GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -18.5%

GrindFatherBob, May 03, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear cinnamon brown with a thick, if not persistent, creamy off-white head. Aroma is malty with an overtone of molasses and not too strong. Flavor is fairly malty with a hint of caramel. Texture is fairly fizzy and a bit on the thin side. Not great, but worth at least a try.

Cyberkedi, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of fishtremble
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:Found this one to pour a light brown with amber hues to it

Smell: I can pick up the smell of caramel with a touch of roasted malt underneath

Taste: starts off somewhat sweet but thin flavor almost an ice tea like quality but then pick up a hint of caramel in the middle fading into a slight bitter taste at the end

Mouthfeel: I found this beer to seem thin and somewhat watery compared to some of the others such as Samuel Smith's

Drinkability: I think this one is like a gateway beer bridging the gap between the micro and macro beer worlds. Still much better than most macro beers and one could easily drink more than one of these at a sitting without feeling bloated if they so choose.

fishtremble, Feb 13, 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 waughbrew
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear brownish-red with a medium sized creamy head, some retention, a little lacing. Smells like caramel malt, some roasted notes, and earthy hops. Nut skin is also in there with a little butter. Flavor is nice - very similar to the aroma, except with a grapiness that I get from some yeasts, such as the Fuller's ESB yeast. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and attenuated when cold, then as it warms becomes strangely slick on the tongue. Not a bad brew, but not one that I would seek out again.

Thanks to sakaroo for spreading the Michigan wealth.

waughbrew, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of association330
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours brown and unfiltered, with a one-finger head that quickly reduces to a thin haze and ring of foam. A few spots of lacing are left.

S - Very sweet, buttery, and malty. Bread, maple, caramel, and an earthy note of hazelnuts. Perhaps a touch of milk chocolate way in the background. Pretty solid.

T - Flavor is much of the same as in the nose. Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, buttery, yeasty, and a note or two of maple syrup. There is some sort of mid-palate fruity sourness. Not as much of the nutty character that I would have liked given the classification. The grazing of hops in the finish is like a bad pot of cheap coffee, as it leaves a fleetingly bitter, terse and metallic aftertaste lingering.

M - Medium-bodied and somewhat creamy. Smooth

D - Suffers from hop misuse and a lack of balance. As a 'nut brown', this lacked that sort of nutty character you'd expect to find without any trouble at all. I expected more from this brew based on the nice nose, but it's really just an average brown.

association330, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of manitouman84
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep translucent amber brown with a 1 finger head and descent retention. A lot caramel aromas, toffee, slightly nutty with a hint of fig to it. Tastes pretty much as it smells, caramel, nutty, a little woody and burnt in the middle. Mouth feel is light with a slight astringency to it.

manitouman84, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of frazbri
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Majestic Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing pured a clear copper-tinged mahogany topped by a cream color head. A fruity aroma of apricot with a hint of pine. A little maple sweetness, chocolate and a slight tangy taste was surrounded by a round bitterness. The body was light with medium carbonation.

This brown ale was well balanced, but not too notable. It was too light bodied in my opinion. An okay brown, but not remarkable.

frazbri, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown/caramel/walnut color with a small murky head that bubbled for a minute then left. Smell was purely of nuts (walnuts). Taste once again showed some walnut dominance. Other flavors were weak but I noticed some caramel and dextrin sweetness. I didn't recognize any hops. This one needs more balance and complexity to be anything above average.

granger10, Aug 04, 2003
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 EricCioe
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for sending this one out with a bunch of others from the Detroit area.

This pours medium brown with a nice little head that rises and falls without much lace. The nose is quite weak, but there are roasted nuts here and maybe a little bit of chocolate. But it's all very faint. In the mouth the nuttiness melds with the other flavors, but again everything is pretty faint. The body is thin with maybe a touch too much carbonation, combining for a spritziness that doesn't sit well. I like my English ales on the low end of the carbonation spectrum.

Overall, and I'm not sure why, this seems like a beer that would be much better on draft than out of a bottle. It's not a bad brown, but there are many others that are better, even in this restrained English style.

EricCioe, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy auburn. Thin cap of beige cream. Aroma has some dusty grainhouse like maltiness with a sprinkling of cocoa. Flavor has a base of caramel and roasty malts. Subdued as they may be. Also some light nuttiness and a light dusting of baker's chocolate. Medium bodied at best and moderate amounts of CO2. Pretty average brown here.

Bighuge, Mar 28, 2008
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 jt31914
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle:

A: Looked very good; nice brown tint. Good head and overall was similar to what I would expect in appearance from a nut brown.

S: Not the strongest odor, but it was still very pleasant smelling. The Nut was noticeable, but I wish it was slightly stronger.

T: Very good taste; it was not spectacular but it was good. It was lacking flavor to an extent - I feel like the brewers were just afraid to go for too much and thus left a little bit to be desired.

M: Same as taste.

D: Very drinkable, not too strong and thus a pretty solid session beer.

Above average brew, but Naughty Goose is a way better English Brown Ale.

jt31914, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of KeggerKen
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. very smooth drinking with nice toasty malt flavoring. An attractive brown beer sitting in a pint glass under some low backlighting.

Didn't get much smell but this beer holds up well in its class and is good beer for just kicking back on a chilly day.

KeggerKen, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from stonewestquarry, thank you giving me the chance to try this beer. Poured into a nonic at 42 degree.

Appearance: A low ivory tan head that is foamy. The head is tiny, the beer didn't produce one after a hard pour. The color of the beer is medium dark brown color dark brown highlights. The clarity of the beer is between hazy and slightly opaque. There is a medium amount of carbonation.

Nose: A rich malty sweetness, that leans towards a Southern English Brown Ale. The aromas, are toffee, caramel, bready, wood, yeast, and dried cherries. There is a fruity character in the beer.

Taste: A rich malty beer that has notes, of dried cherries, caramel, bready, toffee, yeast, wood, molasses, and floral.

The mouth feel of the beer is dry, slightly astringent and a carbonation.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. The nose on the beer is the best. The flavor tapers offs and leaves me wanting a fuller flavor brown ale. This is a good brown ale.

colts9016, May 05, 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 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 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
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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.