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Nut Brown Ale - Bitter Root Brewing

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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85
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Developed in London, England, Brown Ale has been brewed for hundreds of years. English and American brewing techniques, combined with generous amounts of Amber, Brown and Honey Malts, give Bitter Root Brewing’s Nut Brown ale its nutty, sweet character.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2005)
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

No bottling date.

A: Dark shade of copper with a huge off-white pillow atop. Persistant head retention.

S: Toasted brown malts, graham cracker, and a bit of mustiness that gets worse as the beer warms.

T: Not your typical brown ale, flavor-wise. Brown malts are on the lighter side to the effect that toasted and nutty characters are underdeveloped. There’s also a bit of unexpected fruity sourness that carries into the finish along with a hint of hazelnut.

M: Lighter body with moderate carbonation but still a pretty lively feel to it.

Used to drink this back in my Missoula days and remember it as the best of the Bitter Root beers. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite measure up to my recollection. Judging by the huge head and slight sourness, this bottle may have been a bit past its prime. Regardless, I think they need to up the malt bill.

09-02-2011 03:42:27 | More by GeezLynn
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cgman1985

Montana

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-23-2014 07:09:20 | More by cgman1985
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-13-2012 03:01:11 | More by jheezee
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

A - clear cedar brown, two fingers of creamy tan head retained very nicely
S - mix of nutty and sugar toffee aromas with a hint of graininess
T - mild nutty malt with molasses and some burnt sugars, with a mild grapefruit rind hop on the later finish
M - medium body with a stickiness, sugary feel with a mild bitter finish
O - a nice offering from a brewer I discovered on a trip to Montana, nothing stands out about it but it is flavourful and easy drinking

02-26-2012 03:50:47 | More by joemcgrath27
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to colts9016 for the extra!

Pours light brown out the bottle, creating a good three finger off white almost light tan colored head. Body is a real nice dark amber/brown. The head sits real tight on this beer and doesn't move or go anywhere, very impressive. Head is supper foamy too very dense. No lacing, but manages to keep a puck throughout drinking.

Bouquet on this is a nice caramel malt, sour roast sensation also. Quite nice, that kind of sour tinge seems not overpowering but almost complimentary. Soft and bold.

Taste unfortunately and literally falls flat. This is a wet but also really carbonated sense of dead cola. Much of what was on the nose is completely missing in the taste profile. Perhaps that sourness was a hint of a bad sign? Really this is almost lifeless in the palate. Sort of a weak tannic bitter, and no malt to speak of.

I can't drink this again, this does nothing for me unfortunately. Things seemed to start off so well then just felt like they went downhill fast with this beer.

03-11-2011 20:52:09 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +9%

22 picked up at Brewforia a few days ago... Paid a price $6.. but oh well... I am stoked to see such an underrated brewery here in Boise.

Pours with a tan head... great lacing and retention.. the brew is a polished deep chestnut.

Nose smells "brown" ... definitely nutty from the darker malts... hints of cocoa and roasty character translate well....

Flavor mirrors the nose with a mild sweetness that helps drive the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thick side for the style... but I'm nitpicking.

This is a very nice well made brew that I will certainly pick up again now that I don't have to be in Montana to get it.

4/4/4/4/4.5

07-04-2010 07:20:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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DeekNayvuz

Montana

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2013 19:21:36 | More by DeekNayvuz
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-09-2011 18:40:48 | More by FreshmanPour77
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-21-2012 19:06:03 | More by elkinbrown
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Dark ruby color with 1/4 inch dark cream head that dissipates fairly quickly. High carbonation.
S: Nice roasted malt, sweet caramel, and molasses notes.
T: Very fresh and sweet nutty flavor. Nice backbone of roasted malt, molasses, and caramel.
M: Nice light effervescence from the carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
D: Very drinkable...definite sessionability. Not a great beer, but definitely a solid one. Thanks to my father-in-law who brought this one back for me!

04-27-2008 21:31:54 | More by mwilbur
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sjmad23

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-30-2014 05:11:09 | More by sjmad23
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Had this guy at the Mammoth Inn Dining Room in Yellowstone NP on our honey moon. Wasn't going to get a beer since we'd had what we'd wanted off the list, then my wife noticed this and decided she wanted it, so we split the bomber.

A: Murky brown with minimal active carbonation but a nice two finger tan head. The head was kinda expansive like a hefe, growing fast all of the sudden and came close to overflowing. A little lace. Looked really nice once it settled.

S: Toffee and cooking caramel, some nuttiness, no hops. A very mild roast. It really smelled like making caramel from scratch on the stove.

T: The taste was more of roasted chestnuts, almost exactly in fact. This was the thing that kept coming back to me every sip. There was also some caramel and what seemed to be a very small amount of very roasted malt or perhaps just roasted barley. Not a coffee roasted taste, but more of a burnt sugar roasted taste.

M: Light, but very flavorful. It ended up having little or no carbonation in it though.

D: Excellent, though you have to like Nut Browns.

09-14-2009 17:18:40 | More by mdwalsh
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-03-2013 08:00:21 | More by Jameswoody
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beergil

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

08-04-2013 00:02:50 | More by beergil
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elektronen

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-22-2013 01:48:29 | More by elektronen
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EricCioe

Montana

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

This pours what Hemingway would call "a medium brown" with a frothy, two finger khaki head with nice retention. On the nose there is a nutty quality, dark roasted malt, acetone, a really nice mixture. In the mouth the nuttiness takes a step back a bit, the roasted malts coming forward a bit, perhaps a bit too far considering how much I liked the rich nuttiness in the nose. The body is medium, maybe a bit slick, with a decent finish.

Overall, I liked this beer quite a bit, especially at cooler temperatures. This is the second pretty great brew I've had from Bitter Root, after thinking I didn't like most of their stuff.

09-27-2011 05:10:01 | More by EricCioe
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-18-2014 23:32:53 | More by thebigredone
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neckbeered

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-10-2013 20:08:05 | More by neckbeered
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. Watch out with this one- pour gently, because a big billowing, creamy white head results from a moderate pour. The froth sticks around, leaving enough suds along the sides that it will have to be scrubbed out before I pour another (since I have no more of this- pity). The beer is a very dark yellowish brown with a tinge of red.

Subdued nose, but with some noticeable toffee-like aroma, with a very nutty malt-forward flavor. I get some hazelnut and maybe something a bit more astringent, like acorn. Flavors suggestive of dark cherries and plums lend a good deal of pungent fruitiness.

A very nice brown ale, and locally produced. I must visit this brewery soon.

08-26-2013 04:08:48 | More by archyquaffer
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GClarkage

California

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%

01/22/05- Purchased at the brewery in Hamilton, MT.

Presentation- Poured into my 20oz Radeberger Pils glass. 22 oz bottle with no date.

Appearance- Reddish brown coloring, Huge ass big bubbled head and light lacing. (Possibly and older bottle, July or August?)

Smell- Almost nothing but tons of nuts. Walnuts maybe? Heavy roast nut fragrance.

Taste- Maybe more like an English Brown Ale. Extrememly bitter kinda like a ESB almost. Way to bitter for my taste. Then again, maybe it has gotten bitter from being a tad old. I may have to try this one again when I go back in September.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated and hard to suck down. Almost dumped the rest.

Drinkability- Hopefully I just snagged an old bottle. This one was tough for me to finish. Bitteroot is usually a much better brewery than this sample.

01-25-2005 03:52:12 | More by GClarkage
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flagmantho

Washington

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with plenty of red highlights when held up to the light. Body is haze-free with a strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of creamy tan foam which is subsiding slowly. Attractive!

Smell: sweet and malty with plenty of nutty, caramelly character. A hint of roastiness and a touch of biscuit (thankfully, not too much) round out the flavor; this is a smooth, yet nicely complex, aroma. I like it.

Taste: much drier than the aroma, the toasty, nutty and caramel character remains. Finish has a definite bitterness, perhaps a little bit less well-rounded than I'd like. Still, a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of creaminess that has a lot of staying power. Quite good.

Overall: I like this beer a lot, although the finish on the palate is a bit rough, especially considering the smoothness of the other characteristics of this beer. Not bad.

07-05-2013 04:05:11 | More by flagmantho
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Sark

Montana

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance- nice finger of creamy head, dark red brown in color. Very nice.

Smell- sweet notes of malt, almost indiscernable notes of hop crisp

Taste- a little tart on the tip of the tounge, but very nice mild roasted middle, leaves with almost no alcohol finish

Mouthfeel- nice brown ale character, not heavy nor watery

Overall- a very solid brown out of the bottle, I can only wait to try it fresh from the tap.

01-07-2013 04:23:15 | More by Sark
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Shango42

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-12-2011 02:58:39 | More by Shango42
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Pour: Dark, clear reddish-brown in color with a finger and a half of tan head. Good retention and some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Slight tart fruitiness in the back.

Taste: Roasted malts, some caramel, and a touch of green apple. Nutty middle and back, with just a touch of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately, somewhat lifeless. Light bodied and rather flat.

Drinkability/Overall: Decent beer save for the lackluster feel. Lighter in flavor and alcohol, good choice for a session beer. Not overly filling and you can have a few.

Final Notes: Pretty good brown, but they could use to use a bit more malt to boost the feel and give it a bit more carbonation. Other than that, I like it.

07-26-2011 00:22:37 | More by bagpiper2005
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kmk1503

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-30-2013 22:47:25 | More by kmk1503
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Nut Brown Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.