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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

89 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 89
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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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

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

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

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

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

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...

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

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

12-03-2010 01:23:32 | More by Giggy
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

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

New York

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

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

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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

Ohio

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
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

A. Pour an amber brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a foam ring quickly and leaves no residual lacing.

S. Lots of caramel malt with a hint of walnut-like nuttiness. A dash of nutmeg and some subtle fruity esters come out on warming.

T. Caramel and toasted marshmallow flavors balanced by a medium level of bitterness. As the beer warms, the fruity flavors come out more and the nuttiness hides a bit. The fruity esters are a bit too strong for the style.

M. On the thin side of medium bodied. Fairly high level of small bubble carbonation that avoids being too prickly.

D. Represents the style fairly well. Easy drinker. While I wouldn't go out of my way to find this, it's a nice beer that I wouldn't turn down either.

08-30-2010 18:14:06 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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morimech

Minnesota

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
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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
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carlborch

Michigan

2.17/5  rDev -41%

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.

07-03-2010 18:54:51 | More by carlborch
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RickS95

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-29-2010 17:34:27 | More by RickS95
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

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

06-21-2010 00:21:12 | More by dbossman
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colts9016

Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

05-05-2010 03:55:31 | More by colts9016
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manahansf

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

03-09-2010 00:57:45 | More by manahansf
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cnally

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

02-24-2010 01:27:13 | More by cnally
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fishtremble

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-13-2010 04:10:00 | More by fishtremble
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jt31914

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

09-20-2009 01:27:45 | More by jt31914
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Picked this one up while in MI for a wedding last month.

Consumed 8/21/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Dark brown with faint red highlights when held up to the light. Just barely translucent. Nice bubbly one finger tan head that settled pretty quick to a nice little skim. Pretty good lacing.

S- Roasted nuts and caramel.

T- same as the smell with the addition of some oaky hints.

M- Light to medium bodied, average carbination.

D- Over all a pretty solid example of the style in my opinion. Very sessionable.

08-24-2009 15:02:34 | More by tatoodkelt
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Part of my beer of the month selections

A: Pours a brown color with amber hues. Provides a nice tan head that slowly dissipates into a small amount of lace.

S: Not as strong as I thought it would be. Lots of toasted malts, caramel, nuts and burnt toast. Wish the smell was more potent.

T: A very sweet combination. A good amount of caramel and nuts blend together.

M: Leaves a nice dry taste on the palate. Reminds me of a nice piece of toast.

D: Very easy to drink and a really good offering from Michigan Brewing.

08-18-2009 23:56:32 | More by IronCitySteve
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jojotech

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

08-03-2009 23:26:55 | More by jojotech
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minterro

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

05-01-2009 20:30:10 | More by minterro
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giblet

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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

04-18-2009 14:19:53 | More by giblet
Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.