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Nut Brown Ale - Bitter Root Brewing

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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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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5/5  rDev +33%

06-25-2012 14:59:25 | More by BurghFanSC
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

08-04-2013 00:02:50 | More by beergil
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 07:20:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-23-2014 07:09:20 | More by cgman1985
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2013 19:21:36 | More by DeekNayvuz
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-09-2011 18:40:48 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-30-2013 22:47:25 | More by kmk1503
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-11-2013 04:24:52 | More by elglueckert
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 21:31:54 | More by mwilbur
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 17:18:40 | More by mdwalsh
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 05:10:01 | More by EricCioe
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:08:48 | More by archyquaffer
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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:05:11 | More by flagmantho
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:23:15 | More by Sark
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 07:18:33 | More by MDDMD
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-13-2012 03:01:11 | More by jheezee
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-21-2012 19:06:03 | More by elkinbrown
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-18-2014 23:32:53 | More by thebigredone
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-10-2013 20:08:05 | More by neckbeered
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 01:37:30 | More by colts9016
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-25-2011 04:06:57 | More by rab53
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:42:28 | More by Beernoisseur
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:50:47 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:22:37 | More by bagpiper2005
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-30-2014 05:11:09 | More by sjmad23
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Nut Brown Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
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