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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

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2005

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.
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mwilbur
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.96/5  rDev +5%

Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Sark
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown in color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-roasted brown malt, chocolate, toffee, earthy

T-roasted brown malt, chocolate,brown sugar, hint of coffee, some hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid brown ale, rich flavors, easy drinking

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance A two finger head that has some retention the head is foamy creamy light tan head. The color of the beer is a dark mahogany color with reddish copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A rich roasted caramel malt with hints of nuts. There is a nice light hop floral bouquet with a light citrus.

Taste: A rich roasted malt with hints of nuts a nice light malty sweetness. There is a light hops with floral and light citrus.

Overall: A mildly tannic creamy mouthfeel The body of the beer is medium to medium full. The finish is slightly astringent. The beer isn't too bad The flavors are there but not well rounded.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy garnet tone. Huge head that disappears quickly. Not great, but certainly not gross looking.

S - Very nutty, with a tart hoppy twang in the background. nice.

T - This isn't a bad beer, but i've had better nut brown ales. The finish is nice and malty, and lasts quite a while. Lots of toasted nutty character, but not much else that stands out. Tart notes are a little out of control.

M - Decent, slightly on the thin and carbonated side

D - This beer is certainly drinkable, but there are other beers that I would choose to drink first.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather sweet with the biggest aromas being a mix of toffee and caramel. Along with these smells comes some more roasted malt smell and a nice hazelnut like smell. A little bit of chocolate is there is well, complimenting the sweet, roasted and nut nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel with a hint of toffee as well as a decently strong showing of a roasted malt taste. Right from the start there is a nice nutty flavor that grows stronger as the taste moves on forward. All the while the roasted tastes initially grow stronger in flavor and then end up later fading. With a little bit of earth and more caramel developing at the end, one is left with a smooth and sweet roasted nutty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. A little thicker body and a lower carbonation level may have been slightly more appropriate for the nut and roasted flavors of the brew, but overall the feel wasn’t too bad as it did make for an easy drinking feel.

Overall – A somewhat sweeter and nicely nutted brown ale that was rather easy drinking. Rather enjoyable overall.

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Nut Brown Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.