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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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association330

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 23:43:22 | More by association330
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Frosty80

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 06:47:49 | More by Frosty80
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WakeandBake

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 14:51:42 | More by WakeandBake
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Baileyuk

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a decent head which retained fairly well throughout. Lacing was minimal but what there was lasted nicely.

Smell was very dissapointing. There was a definate nut presence. It did not seem to bond well with the malts creating a slightly off smell (and this was bought directly from the brewery). I would have suspected a slight infection but the taste showed no signs.

In fact the that was very pleasant. The malts were dominant but the nutty taste that was detectable in the smell blended nicely.

Carbonation was good, except it was a little zippy at the begining on the edge of the tongue. Nothing too crazy though, more of an observation.

Very drinkable Brown. Would definately recommend to brown lovers. I think if the smell favored better to me it would have tasted even better also.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 22:27:25 | More by Baileyuk
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BierFan

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:19:35 | More by BierFan
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 18:05:25 | More by pmcadamis
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 02:27:43 | More by tempest
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kbeals

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 00:15:23 | More by kbeals
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david131

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:53:10 | More by david131
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 23:57:58 | More by GbVDave
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 04:13:30 | More by Bighuge
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ZAP

Minnesota

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..

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 05:27:31 | More by ZAP
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with an amber hue. Head on initial pour was small but took several minutes to draw back to a moderate ring around the glass. Very minimal lacing.

S: Toasted nutty smell foremost on the nose with very light hints of fruit, perhaps like raisins or dates. A rather earthy aroma overall.

T: A little bit dry at first; balance between malts and hops is very good with a nice taste of the grain coming through. Finish is mellow and lingers a bit dry.

M&D: Medium bodied and a good match to the flavors at hand. Relatively smooth and enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 22:32:17 | More by SIRIUS2
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KeggerKen

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:14:27 | More by KeggerKen
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 02:50:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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berserker256

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown appearance with a flat head. I thought that maybe my bottle was old but the date stamped is 2/12/08 and today is 12/15/07. No smells really punch my nose. A hint of buttery toffee... like Crunch 'N Munch is there. And perhaps some roasted malts. And that's exactly what I taste. A well roasted malty Crunch 'N Munch type of nut brown ale. It's quite good. Low carbonation and not too heavy or thick yet filling. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:48:14 | More by berserker256
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It appears as a coffee-colored dark brown with a smalll tan layer of head retention. Real nice lacings.

The nose is mild and simple, but there are notes of caramel and toffee.

The taste is sticky-sweet. Full of roasted malts and flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Rich and october-fest like sweet. Medium bodied and wonderfully carbonated. A real nice ale, I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:36:00 | More by jasonpeckins32
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xtremejammn

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poors a deep dark brown with an immpresivley long lasting head that leaves much lacing.

S: smells of roasted nuts with a bit of a spicyness to it. Nice.

T: Tastes strongly of roasted caramel and coffee, very nice.

M: A nice not too carbonated feel to it, with a nice clean finish, perfect.

D: Perfect with a nice clean feel, perfect

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 04:57:21 | More by xtremejammn
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adammills

Michigan

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

I poured this twelve ounce bottle into a glass beer mug. It pours a nice rich looking brown with a yellowish head. The head was slight and disapated quickly. There was some bubbles rising from the glass, not overly carbonated. In my estimation this beer fits the style well. It has a nice malty character that manages not to be too sweet. There is a solid nutty taste along with a bit of buscuit as well. To me the flavor of the beer seemed to improve as the beer warmed. I was able to pull out the malt flavor better and also get a bit more from the hops. As to be expected, the hop character of this beer is muted. There is just enought there for balance it out. However as it warmed I got almost a slight grapefruity sharpness out of it. As far as mouthfeel, it was pleasant, not too watery. To me it could have been a bit more to chew on, but over all this is a descent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 00:38:40 | More by adammills
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 14:14:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DaveFL1976

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty cherry-wood body with hints of ruby red shining through. A nice looking initial head, but it falls flat pretty quick.

Nice smell of chocolate malt, and some lightly toasted malts. Sweet and subtle. Quite nice.

Taste is good. Slightly nutty. Maybe a touch of honey. But I could stand a bit more flavor. It's really nice, but falls a bit short of my expectations. Slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel's a bit thinner than expected or hoped for, but it's still a nice and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 22:53:30 | More by DaveFL1976
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 23:07:55 | More by Derek
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 05:52:26 | More by 3Vandoo
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass. The label is different from the one pictured and says its a brown ale, no mention of nuts.

Clear, reddish brown with a small vanilla head that falls to and holds one cm for a long while. Rings of lace mark each sip.

Dark, earthy malts that are a bit sweet with a pinch offloral hops. Cocoa and walnuts in the background.

The taste is malty with some walnuts and almonds. Just enough bitter hop to keep it dry. A bit toasty. The mouth is a bit light for the style. This would be a good change of pace from the hoppier styles I tend to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 04:48:15 | More by ypsifly
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SupaCelt

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 04:05:19 | More by SupaCelt
Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.