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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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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sjmad23
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sjmad23, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of cgman1985
4/5  rDev +6.4%

cgman1985, May 23, 2014
Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

thebigredone, May 19, 2014
Photo of elektronen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

elektronen, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
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.

archyquaffer, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of beergil
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

beergil, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of kmk1503
4/5  rDev +6.4%

kmk1503, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
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.

flagmantho, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
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

MDDMD, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

neckbeered, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of DeekNayvuz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DeekNayvuz, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

elglueckert, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jameswoody, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Sark
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.

Sark, Jan 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33%

BurghFanSC, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

elkinbrown, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jheezee, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Shango42, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
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.

EricCioe, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

GeezLynn, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
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.

bagpiper2005, Jul 26, 2011
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Nut Brown Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.