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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale - Michigan Brewing Company

Michigan Brewing Nut Brown AleMichigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale

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89 Ratings

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%

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 Giggy


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drawn from a tap and served in a mason jar

A: Deep coppery brown color

S: Rich nutty toasted malts. Slight maple aroma.

T: Caramel malt flavor with a nutty aftertaste.

M: Medium body not heavy at all. Low carbonation

D: Easty to drink. Goes well with cheese.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 01:23:32 | More by Giggy
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2004 16:07:40 | More by nortmand
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2003 15:55:33 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 22:45:28 | More by WoodBrew
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:16:22 | More by EricCioe
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

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:05:23 | More by westonhood
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:24:45 | More by pBRale
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:53:13 | More by manitouman84
Photo of CoalPorter

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:24:29 | More by CoalPorter
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with a big fluffy head that dissipates to a two cm head.

S- malty, buttery, some nutty traits.

T- caramel, buttered toast, sweet malty backbone, not too much hops. Some fruit coming from the malt, I would say a hint of raisin. Light body, quite refreshing.

O- Some great parts of this beer, but it gets held back for not having an umph. Still, session beers for football? Yes please.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 13:26:58 | More by Tschnab
Photo of ProfessorHomer

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty brown color. One finger head, average retention and lacing.

S: maltly, with some alcohol content.

T: average nut brown taste, kinda light on the nut brown. very average. ABV tastes less than 5%.

M: full. carbonated.

O: an average representation of the style. An OK, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 23:27:12 | More by ProfessorHomer
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:27:39 | More by alpinebryant
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

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:09:26 | More by rsdaugherty
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:37:06 | More by PokerGod
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep coppery transparent brown with a thin tan head

S - Very toasty caramel aroma with a almost unnoticeable hop presence

T - Caramel malt flavor with a somewhat pleasant peanut aftertaste

M - Less than medium bodied (thinner than it appears) with little carbonation

O - Although I'm not a huge fan of the style, it was a very drinkable brew. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get another, but fans of the style should be happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:39:46 | More by EnJeiBee
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:16:00 | More by Gilmango
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:41:08 | More by StaveHooks
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 04:41:38 | More by Tballz420
Photo of tubacharlie


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muted sniff of hazelnut with a hint of molasses is barely discernible, emanating from a silky two-finger head of a slightly tan color. The slow but steady streams of carbonation from below keep the head hanging around, with rings of foam sticking to the glass. The brew is very clear and a copper-toned brown color.

The flavor is bready, with a woody cast and a bit of sweet molasses around the edges. Hops are not overdone, but plenty enough to give it some tang in the after bite.

Decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:05:06 | More by tubacharlie
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 23:48:06 | More by therica
Photo of brew3crew


3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-amber in color with white head around edges...
S-very faint smell of roasted malt. Very faint
T-decent roasted malt smell. Decent finish. Not really much else here
M-medium body and smooth. Nicely crisp
D-very drinkable. Taste was gone in no time...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:12:30 | More by brew3crew
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 10:22:51 | More by DannyDan
Photo of nickadams2

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 16:22:01 | More by nickadams2
Photo of Spiekerbox


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing on glass.

S- Nutty, malty, some caramel malt is noticeable, overall not a powerful smell

T- Weak flavor, malt flavors with a little nuttiness come out first, hop character is in the background but not strong enough to identify much. Leaves a nutty aftertaste in the mouth with a small amount of bitterness.

M- rather light body with moderate carbonation.

D- Overall not a bad beer, just doesn't have much to set itself apart and isn't very strong in flavor. It is very easy to drink with its muted flavors and watery body though.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:07:15 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color, as it should be but the head disappears quickly. Still the remaining collar does leave behind some really good lacing.

The smell is pretty weak and hard to discern, but when you can get a good whiff to register you'll come away with some caramel malts and floral hops.

The taste is also weak, but not bad. More malty than hoppy with the malts supplying some nutty characteristics...sort of like a piece of whole grain bread. The hops remain floral in nature, but don't really add a ton of bitterness. I really wish these flavors were stronger and was tempted to give the taste a 3.5 due to this, but the control of the flavors with no real flaws other than weakness showed that their brewing techniques are pretty good.

The body is pretty light and I can't help but compare this to Newcastle Brown...it's just as watery in mouthfeel (not taste so this is not really a bad thing). But the flavors and the body do make this beer a very easy drinking beer. Went pretty damn well with the wings I had in the Detroit-Metro Airport.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 23:47:19 | More by Naugros
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