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Nut Brown Ale - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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82
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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:
OG: 1.052
IBU: 23
Color: 22L
Hops: Willamette
Yeast: Ballantine Ale (1056)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001)
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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

brentk56, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kylehay2004, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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

russpowell, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Gavage, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

akorsak, May 28, 2007
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

LXIXME, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Tone, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Axnjxn, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Dogbrick, May 27, 2003
Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

aasher, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of whartontallboy
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

whartontallboy, May 23, 2005
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -44.8%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  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

hopdog, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Brent, Nov 09, 2001
Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

AlexFields, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
2.75/5  rDev -24%

st9647v3, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jaxon53, Dec 20, 2013
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Nut Brown Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.