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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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Photo of giblet
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

giblet, Apr 18, 2009
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 Frosty80
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

Frosty80, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
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

WakeandBake, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
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.

Baileyuk, Nov 30, 2008
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 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 tempest
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.

tempest, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of kbeals
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.

kbeals, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of david131
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.

david131, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
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.

GbVDave, Jun 17, 2008
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 ZAP
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..

ZAP, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
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.

SIRIUS2, Mar 01, 2008
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 TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of berserker256
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.

berserker256, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
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.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of xtremejammn
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

xtremejammn, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of adammills
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.

adammills, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
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.

DaveFL1976, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Apr 12, 2006
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 ypsifly
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.

ypsifly, Sep 29, 2005
Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.