Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale - Michigan Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
Refulgent russet when backlit with bright morning sunshine. The beer appears lucent at first glance, but when viewed at an angle rather than directly in line with the sun, a dense cloud of fine particulates is revealed. Although the dark ecru cap is on the small side, it makes up for it by being especially dense and creamy. A modest amount of lace makes its way to the glass, but doesn't appear to be all that committed to the cause.
The nose is pretty much what I expect from a brown ale... and so infrequently get. It's sweet and chocolate malty and toasted nutty and is plenty aromatic in the bargain. I don't appreciate much in the way of hops, which is perfectly in keeping with the English nature of the ale. It almost smells as if chocolate or cocoa powder was added, although I seriously doubt it.
Even though I expected something a tad more full in the mouth and a little more generous with its chocolate malt (two things that go hand-in-hand) this is still a pretty nice version of the style. Cocoa is still far and away the dominant flavor and is complemented by a sprinking of toasted pecans.
Hops (Fuggles and Northern Brewer) play a slightly bigger role on the palate; not so much in terms of flavor as in bitterness. An increase in the malt load, especially the crystal and the chocolate malts, would provide more sweetness, more flavor and more body; all good things as far as I'm concerned. There's also a certain hard water, Burton-on-Trent flavor that stops just short of being overly mineral-like. That may give the beer an authentic English vibe, but I could do without it.
I don't want to be too hard on the less than full body/mouthfeel since this is 'only' a brown ale, but more mouthfillingness would be nice. The relative lightness and the perfectly acceptable amount of carbonation do add to drinkability, so that's something.
Nut Brown Ale (they've dropped the Majestic) is another good one from Michigan Brewing Company. It doesn't, however, rise to the heights of their IPA or their Oktoberfest. Nor does it come anywhere close to Michigan's best brown ale, Bell's Best Brown.
10-20-2006 14:14:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-06-2003 06:21:48 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.
A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts and some hops.
T: The taste is bready and nutty, with flavors of caramel and maple, but very much sweetness. There’s a decent but pale hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This one is a decent beer and one worth drinking a few of but it wouldn’t be my first choice.
01-20-2008 02:50:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
03-16-2004 00:24:02 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
09-03-2008 02:27:43 | More by tempest
3.35/5 rDev -9%
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.
03-28-2008 04:13:30 | More by Bighuge
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
I picked this up at the brewery.
A: Ruby brown; off-white, brownish head, very little retention or lace.
S: Caramel, bready malt, slight nut, some fresh American hops, a little metallic, dark fruit (raisin & prune), with a little alcohol aroma.
T: Dark caramel, raisin, fig, spicy (grass & pepper) like a fruit bread, dark bread. Quite malty, but balanced by an assertive bitterness (dark malt & hops). The alcohol odor doesn't come through in the taste.
M: Moderate body is a little syrupy. Moderate carbonation.
D: Fairly good. Approachable, but syrupy body and bitterness reduces its sessionable-chugability.
04-11-2006 23:07:55 | More by Derek
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
05-28-2012 22:45:28 | More by WoodBrew
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
07-15-2010 00:40:41 | More by Cyberkedi
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
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..
03-12-2008 05:27:31 | More by ZAP
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a deep, clear chestnut hue, topped with a short tan head of about 1/4-1/2". Topping doesn't last all that long, and leaves a bit o' lace. Nose is mild, a tad toasty with a hint of sweetness and nuttiness, though quite restrained. Body is slightly less than medium, with light roughness on the tongue, though that fades as the bier progresses. Tastes of medium toasty malt, with light caramel. Has a hint of hoppy, floral flavor at the dryish finish, though mild. Pretty much a basic bier; somewhat tasty yet without any outstanding characteristics.
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
06-27-2004 15:34:21 | More by Bierman9
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-16-2010 22:19:35 | More by morimech
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.
A: Pours a slightly red-tinged cocoa brown color with a 1/2 finger, off-white head. Some small globs of lace left behind but nothing serious.
S: As one of the other reviewers mentioned, I too noticed a sweet & chocolatey Tootsie Roll aroma. I also noticed aromas of brownies, caramel and/or toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and earthy roasted nut.
T: Sweet, chocolatey roasted nut, toasted caramel malt, semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, dark chocolate covered cherry, and a dash of citrus hops keep things interesting.
M: At the same time sweet and dry and roasty. Right out of the bottle I found it to be too carbonated and bright. This mellowed nicely as it sat in the glass for a little while.
D: At 5% abv this is pretty sessionable. I think this would be really nice on cask.
06-16-2008 23:57:58 | More by GbVDave
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-22-2005 00:40:09 | More by Mitchster
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-10-2004 16:04:10 | More by CRJMellor
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
08-16-2004 22:22:39 | More by lackenhauser
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
09-16-2010 23:12:30 | More by buschbeer
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Purchased a 12 oz bottle from the brewery itself and consumed later that same evening in December, 2004. Poured a cream-tan colored half-finger head over a red-brown beer. I poured to retain the sediment in the bottle, but the beer had a hint of cloudiness anyway. Smells of chocolate and a wilderness freshness. Like the smell in a grassy meadow when the sun is just starting to warm the dew (no, I'm not trying to be romantic...it's the only way I could describe that smell). Tastes of malt sweet with chocolate and some Vienna (or Munich) qualities. Fine carbonation bubbles jump from my taste buds adding an acidic sting that plays with the dry and chalky munich flavor. Aftertaste is of dry chocolate. Sorry guys, no 'nut' flavor here and it may be a bit too sweet for style and for drinkability. Lastly, if there are hops here, I'm missing them. Mouthfeel is medium thick.
01-01-2005 03:40:03 | More by mentor
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
09-02-2008 01:53:10 | More by david131
3.23/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
08-04-2003 20:04:33 | More by granger10
2.08/5 rDev -43.5%
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.
09-03-2008 18:05:25 | More by pmcadamis
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
05-09-2011 22:41:08 | More by StaveHooks
Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.