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Nut Brown Ale - Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

penguinboat, Aug 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

sansho, Jul 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

vande, Jul 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Nate, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

FLBEERGUY25, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

rangerred, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

wabritton, May 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

khargro2, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

OldTime, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

KayteeKobold, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

mdmoore, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

beerguy36, Dec 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mustang70
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mustang70, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sommersb, Dec 05, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

elgiacomo, Nov 08, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery in a pint glass. Dark brown body with a red tint; not much light getting through. A one-finger fan head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is very light overall and only provides a bit of a nutty and toasty smell. A hint of hops comes through at the end.

The flavor is a good bit better than the aroma would suggest. Nice toasty malt flavor with some lighter nut flavor along for the ride. The best feature is the hop flavor that adds just enough of a spicy note to keep this from being totally boring.

Light to medium mouthfeel that is pretty drinkable. Although this is not one of the more popular styles, this one works well overall.

FanofHefe, Oct 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic pint...

A- Clear rusty brown, with orange tints throughout. A finger of tan head rises then sinks back down leaving a film with clumps of ominous bubbles...

S- Toasty bread and even a nice coffee smell. Also very nutty. Overall the aroma is kinda weak, but pleasant indeed...

T/M- Medicinal. Definitely has a bandaid off flavor. Settles nutty and full of a soft milk chocolate taste. Some perceived chalk on the back of the tongue. Body stings the palate. Prickly on the roof of my mouth. Feel isn't smooth to fit the rest of the beer.

O- Jubilee wins the battle of the Nashville Nut Brown ales, IMO. This isn't as terrible as I made it seem, but does have some obvious flaws to keep me from coming back too much.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 30, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

titosupertramp, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

fsvan, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

JayS2629, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

DCon, Mar 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, pretty par for the course for a brown ale. No head but I think it was because of the fact that she had to bring a number of drinks to my table so it may have dissipated before she got to the table. Good amount of lacing. Great look, brown ales always look very inviting, this was no different.

S: There was little to no smell here. Really the biggest drawback to this beer.

T: Tasted great, hints of chocolate, a bit of nuttiness with a malt finish. I usually don't enjoy brown ales that much, but this one tasted great.

M: Smooth, very little carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, finished mine faster than I meant to and had to order another to have with the meal.

This was a great brown ale. I've had a few browns, and I'm not usually a huge fan, but this had won a number of awards so I decided I'd give it a shot. It was worth it, I really enjoyed this. And it paired really well with my steak and biscuits.

lespaulrocker, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

ProfessorCJ, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of gmfessen
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 on the sampler, beer is a deep amber brown color and a thin, creamy head. Nose is faded but I pick up malty notes, especially dark, toasty ones - bits of burnt chocolate and coffee. The flavor agrees with the nose, lots of roasty, toasty dark notes, almost a bit smokey. I would have to say that burnt chocolat dominates. The mouthfeel is full bodied and has a creamy carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer and one I would order again.

gmfessen, Apr 18, 2010
Nut Brown Ale from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.