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Nut Brown Ale - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
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)
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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 164
Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (485 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (525 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (391 characters)

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

Part of a sampler: Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin lacing. Very nutty aroma. This beer is super easy to drink and has a nice nutty and hoppy flavor that keeps your interest. The finish is good and consists of brown sugar and more nuts. Good session beer. (283 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Nashville airport bar in the Southwest terminal. A pleasant surprise while I waited for my flight.

Pours a dark brown that lets little light through; head was small and didn't hold too well.

Smell is rich with dark roasted malts and chocolate, as well as a faint piney hop scent. Nice.

Flavor is fairly rich with roasted malt and chocolate as well, but there's a nice smokiness through that gives it a nice little extra kick. Mouthfeel was a little thin/watery, but overall, it's a very drinkable nut brown ale, definitely one to try if you're in the area. (594 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (278 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What a head unit – an easy pour produced a massive cloud of tan, floating on a dark oak pour. Sticking to the side of the pilsner glass like streams of glue.

Quaint aroma of roasted English nuts, woody and earthy. Light bodied quaff revealed some chocolate and a touch of coffee. I’m hoping this is under 4.5% - if it is, we have an exceptional session brew. You know, the kind of brew a lot of BAs always want to have available.

Another nice brew sent via the CEO / Old farters BIF from undlejedr. (502 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Nut Brown Ale is of course a brown ale with a huge rocky head that laces the glass. The aroma is slight chocolate and sweet malt aroma, but both are somewhat difficult to detect. The flavor is slight chocolate andwith an ever so slight nut flavor. The bitterness is good, and the beer fairly drinkable. (306 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this back for me from his trip to Tennessee. This one pours a nice deep brown color with a small ring of head over the beer. The nose is really roasty, with huge roasted nut and coffee tones. It smells really nice. The flavor is right there with big roasty, nutty tones that finish very slightly coffee bitter. The feel is a bit thin. I'd like more body, but its still not bad. Overall, a very servicable beer. I would have it again. (464 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (1,595 characters)

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

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. (270 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (661 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (270 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger tan head.

Aroma of caramel, coffee, cocoa, along with some toasted malt. Really a nice roasty character with this beer.

The roasted characteristics continue into the taste. Some cocoa and coffee up front with caramel in the background. Toasted malt and maybe a little pipe tobacco. A light bitterness emerges towards the finish with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a run of the mill brown ale that doesn't really stand out from the pack. Although it is fairly refreshing and a local brew that I would probably get again sometime. (614 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (931 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of gopens44
1.97/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Overall, this was disappointing. Not a ton of depth and what was there tasted similar to river water. Some non-river water earthiness but nothing beyond that. Just not a good thing here. (189 characters)

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Nut Brown Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
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