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Nut Brown Ale - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

OG: 1.052
IBU: 23
Color: 22L
Hops: Willamette
Yeast: Ballantine Ale (1056)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by end of Nov 2011. Served at 45F.

Pours clear copper brown with a small light beige head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy cap.

Aroma features some mild nuts, toffee, but also some unfortunate cardboard and maybe slightly metallic. Moderate strength but does get a little better as it warms.

Flavor is better than the aroma and has some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, some herbal hops, fair sweetness mild bitterness, little alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Average Brown Ale, not terribly impressed overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big light tan head that settles into a nice light creamy lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

A rich dark roasted caramel malt aroma that brings with it some black licorice, dark fruits(apricots), molasses and nuttiness.

Dark roasted malts with some cocoa hints taste that seem to lose a lot of the molasses, licorice, and nuttiness of the aroma.

A dry aftertaste that harbors the dark roasted malt taste on this medium to almost full bodied beer.

A pretty decent nut brown, drinks real easy like.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above its deep-chestnut body and creamy tan head, a swirling aroma of nutty-cocoa with a hint of darker chocolate and a cusp of roastiness reaches out to you. Its suggested richness, or perhaps sweetness, doesn't carry through to the flavor though, and at first sip it may at first seem a bit thin. Such is not the case, as it's intended in the English style; and subsequent tastes prove it to be satisfactorily flavorful. It's mainly malty, although some leafy, grassy and floral hops are present along with a touch of yeasty fruitiness, and it displays everything that the nose suggests. There's a bit of acrid astringency to it however, perhaps from the use of some deeply kilned or roasted malt, that's not particularly pleasing. Still, it's otherwise a very clean, and very drinkable, brown ale. Moderate bitterness balances it, and it finishes short, dry and flinty.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a Publix in Maryville, TN, BBD of mid-june 2013

Pours amber/cooper with a pinky of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness & nuttyness

T: Toastyness, some nuttyness & a touch of dryness up front. Slight astringency mixes with a bit of caramel, dryness & toastyness as this warms & a tinge of sulphur. Finishes nutty, toasty & slightly grainy & a bit roasty

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

A fairly drinkable English brown, would take this over New Castle brown any day

Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that was purchased my mother as she was traveling through Nashville; you got to love when mom hooks you up with a new beer from a state you never had a beer from. This seems as good as any beer for my 700th review.

Clear, reddish-brown in hue, the color is very attractive and very shiny when held to a light. A tiny beige head struggled to reach a fourth of a finger in height. This foamy cap lasted a moment and then faded to a bubbly collar. There was no lacing. Still it is a good-looking beer. The nose is lovely with toasty malt, nuts, chocolate, and finishes with a clean and small whiff of British hoppiness. I really enjoy the aromas. The bouquet is well-rounded and has good potency. Very inviting. I love beers that taste like this, toasty, nutty, chocolaty, with a kiss of roasted coffee bean, the hops are very secondary and they seem to impart little in the way of true favor. I only get a suggestion of taste from the hops; they seem to whisper “British.” Or maybe that is the yeast talking, regardless I am listening. Even though the impact of the hops is low, this beer remains dry and not very sweet. Both are excellent qualities for a Brown Ale. Medium in body, the carbonation is low but that could be the result of transporting the growler back to Nebraska, regardless the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. This is exceedingly drinkable. Damn tasty actually and as good as my favorite Brown Ales. I see why this beer has won two medals at both the GABF and WBC. If you find yourself in Nashville this beer is worth quaffing. Recommended.

Thanks mom!

Photo of Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleased to find a local microbrew on tap at a hotel bar in Nashville. No carbonation or head to speak of and basic mouthfeel. Nice taste with hints of caramel and nuts. Easier to drink than many nut browns I've tried. A good versus the other options but not my ideal recommendation if heading to Tennessee.

Photo of akorsak
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from unclejedi. This crosses Tennessee of my list of states to 'visit'.

A: The ale is a dark brown, not quite black, color, impossible to see through. The head made a vigourous splash on pour before receding to a thin white layer.

S: The nose, well, the nose doesn't offer up much. There is a stale vegetal aroma, celery-like, that I found up front. Beyond that though, there isn't too much.

T: The first sip more than makes up for the lack of nose. Dry nutty malts hit the tastebuds right away, providing a very chewy body. The nuttiness smoothly translates into some darker, roasted malts, adding a chocolatey depth to the ale.

M: The mouthfeel really makes up for the poor nose, providing a stout-like chocolate to match the dry nuttiness.

D: I went in not expecting much and have been quite pleased. This means that I've never had a bad beer from Alabama.

Photo of Jredner
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is hay/grass and grains. Comes across lagery smelling. Reddish brown with a diminuitive pinky thick tan head. Fore is nutty, a tinge tobacco-like with peanutskins and sweeter malts. Fairly low intensity flavor gives it a steeped tea bag feel flavor wise. Not at all bad tasting just very thin.

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely mild, even for an English style, however it had an interesting coffee finish, which I don't think I've ever found in a nut brown before. Particularly curious, since the malts were not all that roasted. Hmm.

Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into an ale glass.
A-Nice, clear amber with fingers of tan foam. Some lacing.
S-Good. Slight malt and some nice spice.
T-Good, Balanced hops, spice and malt. Nice aftertaste.
M-Feels good in the mouth and the carbonation allows good coating.
D-Very drinkable. Good thing I have a growler.
Nice brew pub/restaurant in Nashville. Several good beers on tap.

Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite of the sampler from tap at the restaurant. Poured a nice dark brown with good clarity, a creamy white cap that faded slow and gave spotty sea foam lace. The smell was of bready malts, chocolate and a hint of roast. The taste was of caramel, cocoa, and bready malts with earthy tones. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly sweet. Very good brown ale.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty brown with golden highlights. A little less than a finger of off-white head. A good amount of film and lacing.

S: Caramel and nutty, this beer has a nice, but subdued nose. Also has a bready like quality to me.

T: Very nice taste. Caramel, biscuit, nutty with a semi-bitter finish. There's also a mild coffee like taste in there.

M: Medium bodied that leaves behind a thin film of aftertaste.

O: Blackstone made a nice beer here. It's nothing mind blowing, but neither is the style to be honest. It's a straight forward, drinkable, and very enjoyable beer. I'll pick this up again.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received through a gone by BIF from Clvland0. Nice, simple labeling with no born on or freshness dating. Pulled from the cellar during a down time in my stash limit.
Poured a beautiful clean and dark brown with a small off white head. Just a little lacing on the glass.
Simple brown ale, with a tinge of caramel and darker malts. Not overly complex, but simple and true. Doesn’t have the hops that most American versions have, but seems to stray more towards what you would find on cask over the pond.
Light bodied, it finished extremely clean, with no real sweetness or dryness.
Would win over the hearts of the macro lovers. I could see myself drinking several while sitting in a pool hall or just hanging out talking with some friends on the deck.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and heavy with maple syrup, roasted nuts and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the smell, but the same flavors of maple syrup, roasted nuts & caramel are the ones that dominate. The malt character is heavy and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is dry and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, decent representation of style, but overall I just wasn’t very impressed.

Photo of fsvan
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Copperish brown. The color of a semi-old penny. Minimal off white head.

S- A really big nice smelling brown ale. Nutty, dark malt. No real hop presence, but still a slight bitterness. No alcohol. A straightforward, very clean aroma for the style.

T- Nutty malts, followed by a slight sweetness on the finish. Again, no real hop presence (not that one was expected.) Taste is fairly well in line with the smell, but much more mild.

M- Fairly light. A little more watery than I'd prefer.

O- A pretty good brown ale. I remember it being a little better on tap, but rated this by what was in the bottle.

Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't one of the rich browns with a lot of malty complexity like the late, great Boyne River Brown. Istead, it's pretty much a basic brown flavor. Low sweetness, a bit of wood. Little to no hopping, a tiny bit metallic, but it is an easily drinkable beer.

Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in trade with SpringsLicker (thanks!).

Poured a deep and slightly cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, chocolate, and toasted malts. Tastes of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Has a sweetness to it.

Notes from 10/16/05

Photo of spiveym
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of enjoying this beer literally 30 feet from where it was brewed at the Blackstone brewery and pub in Nashville. The server, Matt, was very knowledgeable in the beers of Blackstone. My first beer was the hefeweisen. My second was this beer - the Nut Brown Ale. I like this beer - a lot. Simple as that. Roasted malt rolls over your tongue and up your nasal cavity. It's a smooth, friendly beer. If Newcastle is the standard, than this beer is stronger in flavor. The aftertaste is more pronounced. It's an exceptional Brown Ale.

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark copper, almost brown in color with some orange highlights. 1" head lingers a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: nuts and some caramel are picked up by the nose.

Taste: mild nuttiness, caramel, light breadiness, and a mild bitterness make up a decent but not overwhelming nut brown.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very short lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent to quaff, almost a session beer. I thought this was one of the better offerings at the brewpub.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown color with a tan color along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight toffee. Fits the style of a smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight hop finish. Overall, smooth, good blend, and nice body.

Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came into this Brewery and saw that they had their World Beer Cup Gold Medal Beer on Cask so couldn't pass up! Served into a pint glass and enjoyed thoroughly!

Appearance- Caramel brown color, 1 finger of head and had nice lacing.

Smell- Caramel and nuts from the malt with a distinct bit of alcohol on the nose. The hop aroma was very distinctive from its style. Nice!

Taste- A bunch of flavor jumps out at you and gets better as the beer breathes a bit. Caramel sweetness with a dry nutty bitterness that blend quite nicely and linger for a while.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Complex, but mild carbonation. Was a smooth beer but couldn't find the contrast the between the viscosity and body.

Overall- Very nice ale to enjoy with Pretzels and Pub Cheese. It is definitely a "classic British nut Brown Ale" they said @ Blackstones. Could enjoy many back to back but decided to try their Coffee Stout as well. Hope to have again!

Photo of midmarchsnowman
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oftentimes the expectation for American Microbrew of traditional styles with a sweet or flavorful reputation is to turn everything to 11. While the english brown is typically both sweet and flavorful, it's nice to see restraint in this brew. It's has a sugary malty nose and a strong malt finish, with the notes of grass, cream and (obviously) nuts that you'd expect in a nice balance. All that with a relatively light body and a quickly vanishing aftertaste.

While it's a nice light brew to accompany a reasonable savory meal, it would be overpowered by rich entrees. With it's light body someone might try to adopt it as a craft beer drinker's session ale.

Photo of brysonbreakey
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A really good medium ale, smooth and nutty as you would imagine. I'm sure a huge reason I loved the beer so much had to do with the great service at their brewery/restaurant, but the mouthfeel of this brew was one of the best and I know it's a weird thing to be particular about but it pushed this beer from the good level up into great. If you ever have the chance to stop by their brewery in Nashville, do it! The food is decent but the beer is great. I haven't had it in a bottle yet but I am sure I will have as soon as I can get to the grocery store to pick up a six pack!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent representation of the style. The beer has some nice chocolate, malt, pecan, and caramel flavors. Good toasted / roasted character without the harsh roasted grain bite. Nice flavors without having a big body. Remaining medium bodied and easy to drink. Cleans up a bit in the end, except for a light grainy flavor that lingers.

Photo of Bluesman2383
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best brown ales I've ever had, and I've had several. I wish I could get it North of the Cumberland Gap! I got this off the tap with a steak and it paired up brilliantly. I had two glasses and the consistency was amazing. This had an infallible taste with the food I ordered. From the perfect quarter inch head of sparkling white foam to the caramel brown color, this is one beer that is best served on tap and taken multiple times. It smells of walnut, understated hops, and caramel. I can't say enough good things about it.

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Nut Brown Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
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