Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewing Co.

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Oak Creek Nut Brown AleOak Creek Nut Brown Ale

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 11-15-2002

Winner of both the Gold and Bronze Medal in the North American Brewers' Association competition. This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness.
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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by buffettfan:
Photo of buffettfan
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at thier grill in Sedona. Nice setting, very busy. Nice stop after a morning of hiking Oak Creek Canyon.
Our server brought this too me in a nice tall pilsner glass. Good looking dark brown, with two fingers of tan head.
Nice earthy flavor (maybe that cam to mind just becuase we were in Sedona?) Very good brown ale, very drinkable. A great offering from Oak Creek!

More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, just off-white head, reduced to a thin bubble layer sporadically floating on the top. Dark brown body, really clear, redish highlights show through.

Sweet malty aroma, nutty, hazlenut mostly. A touch of floral hops to round it out. Simple, but nice.

Sweet and biscuity malts, nuts and chocolate just after the swallow. Finish has a touch of bitterness, earthy hops. Decent flavor, simple and nice again. Actually a little alcohol comes through at the end, but it doesn't really detract too much.

Mouthfeel is typical of most browns I've had, usually a bit thin to me. This one is no different. Pretty good drinkability, on par with many other browns. Decent flavor and aroma, pretty easy to put down.

Photo of FMetzger
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown body with slight red highlights. Nice creamy khaki head.
Smell: Fresh nutty aroma. Toasty grain. Fresh grains. No hops. At all.
Taste: Toasted hazelnut flavor at beginning is amazing, if you like that flavor. Taste is nutty and has a creaminess to it. Malt backbone is stong and really allows the nuttiness to come through.
Mouthfeel: Full on tongue, but not heavy. One word: smooth.
Drinkability: Really, one word. SMOOTH.

Pouring this beer and breathing the aroma lead you in to what you bill be tasting. No surprises. A brown ale with a strong malt presence with delicious nutty flavors throughout. The finish is a little short.

Photo of Auraan
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice deep brown, but with very little head, and no lacing, I would've liked to have seen both. Scents of butterscotch, nuts and caramel malt. Flavor is nutty, with low bitterness, a slightly buttery flavor and some bready flavors, particularly on the finish. It's pretty good, but not as bitter and nutty as I like a brown ale to taste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. True to style, good enough. It's good, but could use a bit more bitterness to make it a bit less Newcastle like. Still, a good Arizona brew, worth trying.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated from 2001 notes. I had this at Rod's Steak House in Williams, AZ on our Rt. 66 trip. It impressed me as having a very complex earthy and chocolate palate which overcame an initial grassy note. It was a good choice for a local beer to match with Rod's steak.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a safeway in PHNX

Poured mahogany with a 2" tan head with average lacing & head retention

S: Malty & nutty

T: Sweet malt, nuts & choclate up front. Finishes nutty & slightlty fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, all in all not a bad little brown

Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby-brown with tan influences; beige head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy collar. There was no subsequent lacing, bummer. Overall, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is a lovely mix of chocolate, dried caramel, and nuts. While the bouquet lacks richness and the potency is moderately low I do smell everything I want in the style. It is not hoppy, fairly clean finish… if it was hoppier or dirtier the nose would have been great. “As is,” it is lovely, I’d call it inviting!

The palate is fairly mundane but not in an off-putting way. Minimal nuttiness, light caramel malt notes, hints of chocolate with a soft fruitiness at the finish. I am surprised this Brown Ale is 6% abv, beefy! It doesn’t taste all that big. While tasty there isn’t much memorable about it.

Medium in body, low and creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing. I really like it.

Interesting beer, the higher than normal abv, sadly, deems this not a session beer. Conversely, it is not flavorful enough to motivate me to drink this singularly. But I can envision drinking a couple of these with a burger. It is easy to drink and just as likable. More please! I need to thank my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rick; they sent me this beer from AZ. Recommended.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy garnet color with a small, off-white head that leaves a solid amount of lacing.

Smells of toasted notes and a little sweetness.

Tastes of a solid amount of toasted notes with some sweetness, and a touch of spicy hops. Toasted notes have some bread and fruit, but mostly nuttiness. Brown sugar sweetness follows the wave of toasted notes. Spicy hops add on the end and offer some relief from the sweetness, but it is a very light touch and can almost be missed.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a great example of an English brown, but it does get most of the story right. The only main fault I can find would be to add some more flavors to contrast the sweetness.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a somewhat hazy deep brown color, head average in size, frothy, fair sheets of lace, and both a light beige color. Malt nose, slightly fruit sweet, start sweet, top is middling, the finish modestly hopped, middle of the road carbonation, dry aftertaste, as with their amber, drinkable, but overly sweet.

Photo of uabigdaz
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber bottle, no freshness date. Small foaming head which has nice retention, about 3mm worth of head throughout the beer. Dark brown color with off-white head. Smells good, slightly like coffee, a little sweet, but also initially some bitterness in the smell. Taste's slightly sweet, again with hints of bitterness which balances nicely. Feels and tastes a little thin but it is quite refreshing. Not too heavy for the way that it appears in the glass which suites the flavor well. Worth a try, definately found one I will pick up again someday when I find a legitimate reason to spend $8 on a six pack. Nice beer to enjoy, not a session beer by any means, although it is thin/light enough.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a pretty clear, crimson color with a light tan head. Retention is pretty nice.

Nose is fun...Nutty, bready, buttery, yeasty with a bit of butterscotch. Caramely and lightly sweet, flooding the nose with a wide variety of aromas. Yes, some of these are obvious brewing flaws, but all together they smell good for this particular beer.

Taste showcases the nuttiness well and melds well with the bready yeast. Real creamy on the mouthfeel, glides down the hatch with ease. Quite good, actually - a pleasant surprise. Not overly sweet, very mild fruitiness. I could down more than a couple pints of this overlooking a forest of saguaros and creosote brush.

Photo of dstc
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with a ruby hint. Small, tan head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Aroma is of bitter roasted malt with mild hops.

Nice malt taste with a bit of a roasted finish. Slightly bitter in the finish as well.

Thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Decent enough and fairly easy to drink.

Photo of VonSands
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled upon the Oak Greek Nut Brown on tap the day before at our hotel in Sedona...My god thats what I needed after 8 hours on the road. The following day we took off to wander ... and what did we bounce into the actual Brewery ... They had a Sampler but we decided to try them all and relax and watch the day go by

Photo of joecast
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Pancho Mcguillicuddys. Nice bar.

Dark dark brown color. Thin tan head, low carbonation. Looks good.

Nice sweet nutty aroma without being syrupy. Being the English variety, hops are not assertive but this does well without them.

Good malt base here. Brown ales are really coming to the fore lately (for me at least) and this is a real nice example. Nuttiness is a subtle addition rather than an unwelcome distraction to the beer.

Great stuff. Smooth mouthfeel without being heavy. Nice well made easy drinker.

Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. Of all the beers from Oak Creek, this was by far the most ubiquitous. It was everywhere. We stopped at a couple of places where it was the only beer on tap. It was also one of their better beers and i think an classic example of the style. Unfortunately for me, it's not my favorite style.

Color is a very dark brown, light passes through at the edges and turns red. Head was small but there was enough carbonation in the beer. Flavor was a classic nutty with a good mix of bready malt and dark fruit. Aroma as well had a nuttiness combined with a malt.

If you like nut browns, you'll love this. If you don't, you'll probably like it anyway.

Photo of meathookjones
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a brownish red with about an inch of foamy tan head. Head drops out of sight quickly leaving just about no lace. Nice big roasty and nutty notes come out in the aroma. Underlying light caramel sweetness is there as well. Sweet caramel and nutty undertones make up most of the flavor. Caramel is big and there are noticeable toasty notes. A bit creamy on the palette but a bit light in feel. Easy drinking and a good amount of flavor make this an easy drinker. Not much going on in complexity so that would limit its appeal over the long term sessions. Solid all around. Thanks goes to secret bunny and nvsblman for the brew.

Photo of ppoitras
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from nvsblman as part of BIF 19. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head above the dark amber brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing at best. Aroma is nutty malts, with a bit of a fruity tinge. Taste has the nuttiness you expect, but little else, and leaves you both with a chalky aftertaste and wanting something more. Mouthfeel is not too bad, except for the chalky thing, with reasonable drinkability when all is said and done. Wanted more out of this, but not the worst nut brown to come down the pike either...

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass of this on-tap with dinner at a Chinese restaurant two days ago on my currently still ongoing vacation in Sedona, AZ. Served to me in a non-frosted pint glass. This beer has a clear, deep amber brown complexion that somewhat reminded me of root beer with deep ruby highlights when held to the light. The tan head was certainly over an inch thick when served to me, settling to a very nice tan surface coating lining the inside of my glass about 5 to 10 minutes after being brought to me. Had a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass then too. Good lacing here. Aromas of roasted nut and caramel malt. No hop aroma at all. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice toasted nut flavor and some caramelized malt along with a hint of chocolate and rounded out with a very slight touch of hops. Has a nice smooth and crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very nice indeed. This would certainly make a nice session beer. This went very well with my Chinese food and is easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. I highly enjoyed this.

Eric

Photo of xare
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Was served the Nut Brown Ale in a pint glass at the dining room of El Tovar Hotel, overlooking the Grand Canyon. Spectacular view of the Canyon, however, it didn't improve the appearance score one bit. Otherwise, it'd be a 10.0. But the beer came looking like a black beauty with a burnt tan head. Reminds me of Guinness but without the nitro-bubbles cascading down.

Aroma was nice, roasted malts, nutty aroma, and just a joy to smell. Couldn't wait to start drinking the beer - especially with the roasted-nutty flavor emanating from the glass.

Taste lived up to the promise that the aroma made. I was not disappointed. Nice nutty flavor, smoothly blended with roasted malts to create a marriage of flavor that just works.

Mouthfeel was the weak area - it got a bit thin towards the end, especially after the head went away. If the head was bigger or had more lasting power, the mouthfeel would be scored higher. Even with the head though, it wasn't much more than average. A bit of creaminess from the head and then smoothness. There wasn't much body to it.

Drinkability was excellent. Would easily drink this one again if I could get access to it again. Would also search this out again, it was easily sessionable and smooth-drinking, if you manage to gun it down before the head goes away. But it isn't a world-class beer, just a very solid beer that's very enjoyable.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber almost brown in color with a two finger head. Some moderate lacing developed.

Smell: nuttiness is definitely noticable with some softer malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: nice malt profile with some toasted nuts, raisin sweetness, and a mild bitterness. This is a nut brown that focuses on the nuttiness rather than muting the flavors.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short-lived. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one - basically a session ale if you are in a nutty mood.

Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a pretty good head.

Aromas are nice, a very roasted nutty nose. Somewhat smokey, with a spicy like character as well.

Nice subtle and smooth flavors. A mellow creamy milk chocolate taste, as well as some light cola notes, and a bit nutty as well. Finish is crisp, with a slight mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a bit lean feeling on the finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty and very easy to drink brown ale, very session worthy.

Photo of beagle75
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light brown color with one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Deeply toasted malt is well established, with little else to detract from its traditional qualities save for a fine herbaceous thread that gives added depth.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with cocoa-inflected weak brown malt that lacks the intensity established in the smell. Malt flavors drop off shortly into the middle, becoming more refined with a suggestion of residual sugar. The finish harbors charcoal, mild green plant stems, and a distinct bitter thread not encountered previously in the profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a fair "desertized" version of an English brown ale. According to the label on the bottle it is 5.5% abv, which leads one to question why it is even that strong when delicious home-brewed English browns have been encountered on more than one occasion which fell more in the 4% range. Like many beer styles brewed in the American desert Southwest, its qualities position it to be refreshing. With that in mind, it is far from being a failure.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a 24 oz mug (hell yeah) .A dark amber in color with good lacing. Roasted malt, toast, smoke and oak present in the aroma . Taste of bready malt and also very nutty. Hint of vanilla bean. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly thin. I'd like to have more from this brewery. Good beer.

Photo of vurt
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill in Sedona, AZ, as part of their "Seven Dwarfs" sampler ("A highly entertaining presentation" of their beer range in miniature steins).

Appearance:
Good color-- a clear, dark reddish-brown with attractive amber highlights. Off-white head reduces to a thin ring which leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell:
Rather sweet at the start. Chocolate and caramel with mild earthiness and roasted mixed nuts in the finish.

Taste:
Once again, rather sweet at the start. More caramel than chocolate. The malty flavor dries out in the middle and leads to a lightly roasty finish with some spiciness (a little cinnamon) and nutty character (some almond and brazil nut).

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and smooth, but a bit too much carbonation. Would probably be very nice served on cask, through a beer engine.

Drinkability:
A very enjoyable beer. Not complex, but appetizing.

Photo of Lucklys
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, it pours a medium brown color with a coppery glow in the light. It is quite clear with no hazing, tiny bubbles that quickly build a half-finger thick head of off-white foam that dissipates just as quickly, and leaves minimal clean spotty lacing as it recedes.

It has a different aroma than I'm used to, and fits the autumn bill very well. There are hints of candied hazelnuts, a very light touch of chocolate, gently roasted malts and sweet caramel. Everything is followed up by the slightest bit of warmed brown sugar. The Nut Brown reminds me of the week before Christmas, when the house is a continual rotation of smells of sugary treats, pies, and just lots of down home cooking. Sounds of families mingling and laughing, compromising personal space to appreciate the one time a year everyone seems to get along...and this beer there to help it all go smoothly.

Speaking of smooth, though the initial tastes came across almost spicy and thick with carbonation on impact with my tongue, it quickly turned thin before I swallowed. The medium carbonation with a thin mouthfeel seem to make this beer a little more watery, but it's all rounded out with the taste. It presents a tangy nuttiness with sweetly toasted malts, a hint of chocolate again, and something buttery. There are virtually no hops present and therefore it lacks a certain bitterness I've come to love about beer.

Although both the smell and the taste are quite faint and lacking robustness in comparison to most of the other beers I've tried, this ale is really very quaffable and distinct in its own sweet nuttiness. Holding no aftertaste whatsoever, this is a great drink to have regardless of the situation, unless of course you're looking for something a little more interesting.

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Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.