Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale - Oak Creek Brewing Co.
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Reviews by xare:
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-06-2008 21:14:46 | More by xare
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3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 03:50:29 | More by beagle75
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2013 07:38:40 | More by Auraan
Oak Creek Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.