Nut Brown Ale - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
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4.55/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
12-25-2013 04:00:19 | More by Bluesman2383
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
A - Ruby body, white head has good retention and good lacing.
S/T - Roasty sweet malt, bready, nutty, touch of earthy hops in the finish to balance.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, finishes clean.
O - Nicely rounded and balanced. Went very well with BBQ.
04-18-2013 13:54:18 | More by garuda
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
08-13-2010 17:27:10 | More by ProfessorCJ
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Apparently they bottle a few of the beers from Blackstone now. I saw this one and their Pale Ale at one of the local (Nashville) beer stores. 12oz bottle. Pours a standard brown color with a moderate head and decent retention. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty with a nutty character and also has some crystal malt. The flavor is much what I remembered from the tap version. Nice malt character with some crystal character in there. Slight chocolate flavors along with a large amount of nutty character. Has a tiny bit of bite that I wasn't expecting. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is slightly thin, but still very enjoyable.
01-20-2005 23:35:13 | More by clvand0
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
05-14-2004 02:47:03 | More by bditty187
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
05-28-2007 22:24:23 | More by akorsak
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
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!
03-31-2011 14:13:09 | More by DCon
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
poured into a pint glass. serving temp. 55° f
A. pours a 2good finger off white head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring. good lacing that sticks to the glass well. a mahogany brown color that you can see through.
S. I not really getting much from this. maybe some caramel.
T. slightly sweet then the bitterness from the hops shows up. the bitterness stays with you but doesnt get in the way. I am getting toasted bread, walnuts, a light coffee.
M. a medium body with good carbonation that leaves you wanting more.
O. this is a solid beer. not much to complain about. would definitely buy this again.
12-15-2011 23:28:32 | More by mustang70
4.01/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: The ice tea colored beer arrives with a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass
Smell: Brown bread, hazelnut and caramel notes
Taste: Brown bread and caramel, up front, with a developing nut and mocha character in the middle; the finish marks a return of the caramel to bring a bit of nutty sweetness
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I don't drink a lot of English Browns but I found this one to be flavorful and well-crafted
07-17-2013 02:05:10 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-31-2006 04:49:15 | More by spiveym
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
05-11-2014 03:51:53 | More by brysonbreakey
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a nice mid-to-dark brown with some decent head and decent lacing. Nice malty scent, deep and almost-Entish. Nice flavor, good thick maltiness with a nice slight nuttiness. Goes down well, with a nice semi-sweet finish. A very good example of a no-frills nut brown.
04-03-2010 03:10:00 | More by JamesS
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Tasted On: 12-04-2011
Freshness: Best by 02-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Geordie Schooner
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville
Color is a clear, dark brownish-red with an off-white head. The 2 fingers of head fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice amount of lace behind.
The aroma is lightly sweet and nutty. Dark malt smells include toffee, caramel and a little chocolate.
Taste is rich and malty. Somewhat sweet, with a touch of bitterness to round it out. Features toasted and caramel malts and a nutty character. Mouthfeel has medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is malty and lightly sweet.
Overall, a very enjoyable brown - easy to drink and refreshing.
12-05-2011 05:14:31 | More by sommersb
Nut Brown Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.