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Nut Brown - District ChopHouse & Brewery

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Nut Brown
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
District ChopHouse & Brewery visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This medium-bodied Ale is characterized by its rich, chewy sweetness. The interplay of seven different malts produces a slight toffee and chocolate flavor. This is the beer to choose if you’ve never tried dark beer before. A ChopHouse staff favorite.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-20-2003)
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jgasparine:
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a well-retained, creamy meringue-like light tan head... which produced some incredibly sticky lacing on the sides of the glass... over an optically clear, garnet-tinged, medium brown body, which was heavily carbonated.

S- The aroma is wonderfully husky and malty, with (low and behold) some nutty aromas. Subtle impressions of dry cocoa, and a very mild earthy hop aroma in almost perfect balance with the malt.

T- The flavor overall is a let-down. I'm getting essentially the same impressions on the palate, but they've almost been muted by an over-riding flavor of dirty water (slightly metallic and earthy).

M- Medium-plus body, creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. A fair amount of texture from presumed unattenuated sugar. No astringency. Impressive.

D- Quaffable in large quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 15:45:25 | More by jgasparine
More User Reviews:
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bluedaisy0627


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

07-19-2014 16:54:32 | More by bluedaisy0627
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metter98

New York

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at District ChopHouse & Brewery, Washington, DC

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that was continually replenished by the steady stream of rising bubbles.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste also has light flavors of nutty malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This nut brown ale is easy to drink, but seems to be a little light on the body and use of malts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2014 20:34:16 | More by metter98
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-07-2014 14:57:14 | More by MattXT
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-26-2013 01:36:49 | More by apasternak
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-02-2013 21:12:20 | More by Boone757
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-09-2013 21:23:46 | More by mendvicdog
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-28-2013 22:01:02 | More by 2dogbrew
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-20-2012 00:37:37 | More by t0rin0
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Jfowler05

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-03-2012 17:51:03 | More by Jfowler05
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-17-2011 19:39:03 | More by nmann08
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with an off white head and a small amount of lacing. The nose is a moderate amount of malt plus some small notes of toffee and caramel. A bit of light nutty character. The taste is moderately malty without too much going on. The feel is fairly light with nice balance. Drinks fairly well, but is fairly ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 00:26:03 | More by Thorpe429
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, just this side of opaque. I'd say what I found to be a solid color and look for beer itself made up a bit for a slightly disappointing head. Very light tan, it was one of those heads that seemingly needs to be coaxed out of the beer. Multi-sized bubbles. Doesn't display very good retention, settling to a whispy cap, but does show pretty good lacing.

A roasted malt nose, grainy. Coffee. Roasted peanut butter.

More nutty in flavor than in the nose. Peanuts, roasted grains and coffee carry over from the aroma to the taste. A more full nut "profile," though, beyond peanuts. A bit of chocolate. The slight but distinct coffee grain taste carries throughout, accentuated by bittering at the end. Slight citrus hop notes.

Middling carbonation, I feel it could use a touch more to crispen up the feel a bit. Drinks fairly heavily and definitely finishes heavily, with a thick aftertaste that diminishes drinkability a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 14:39:13 | More by TheMistler
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly tasty nut brown ale from District Chophouse.

Pours a nice clear brown with a thin white head.

Smell is nicely malty with a solid hint of dark chocolate.

Taste is very nice as well. A bit of roasty goodness is the most memorable feature.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not unpleasant. A nice sessionable beer.

Don't drink brown ales a lot but this is a pretty respectale one.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 00:42:30 | More by sholland119
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So-so drinkable brown enjoyed at the brewpub. Brewed with Saaz hops, and a sourness is tasted from this. The aroma is malty, including chocolate malt. Like a dunkel. With lace. Not enjoyable mouthfeel, the hops the temperature, whatever. Not much of anything.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 03:15:08 | More by Sammy
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub.
Served as a deep amber-brown colored beer with mosderate off-white head, Good Retention.

Smell is loaded with caramel, with some nitty notes also present.

Very flavorful and smooth, with an expansion of the caramel tastes.

A bit thin in the mouth with a rapid loos of flavor.

Very drinkable. Would be nice to session.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 21:39:15 | More by tgbljb
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with a minimal frothy head but no lacings. A malty smell is readily apparent, but nothing sticks out too much. A sweet, full-bodied ale that is extra smooth and well-balanced. Toffee/coffee malts are very pronounced, with chocolate in there for good measure and I wonder if they added caramel or some dark citric to give the beer its smoothness. Not really a dry finish like some other brown ales, but this is a damn good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 17:49:02 | More by clayrock81
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Atlas1

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The second beer I've had at the District ChopHouse and again it was served too cold. Something should be done about this. Takes some warming up to fully appreciate the beers I've had there. Sigh.

Poured a deep dark brown color with some reddish hues that shine through when the beer is held up to the light. Produces a thin off-white head which settles well but left little-to-no lace. The aroma is a nice toffee/chocolate/coffee smell with some dark fruit thrown in for good measure. Very pleasant and distinctive, but subtle and not overwhelming. The taste is smooth up front, with some malty dark fruit flavors. I almost got a dark cherry sensation at first sip. It mellows out a bit when it warms up and gives off a nutty taste with a baker's chocolate bitterness. The mouthfeel is nothing great, but it does give a nice crisp finish. Overall, not a bad beer. In the year of brown ales, this is a nice addition. Still, there are better versions of the style out there to be enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2007 17:38:57 | More by Atlas1
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Braudog

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the District brewpub; Dark, dark brown with a milky froth of a top. Rich and sweetly malty with a bit of a chocolately finish, with an almost a raisiny aspect. Tad bit on the light side of a body, but an enjoyable dark ale. (#2778, 4/7/2007)

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 00:18:15 | More by Braudog
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hunteraw

China

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown with an almost purple tint to it, off-white head, some lacing.

Smell: a touch of cocoa, with some nuttiness. not a whole lot.

Taste: Cocoa, nuttiness, more bitter than I expected. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: smooth, no carbonation complaints, light-medium body.

Drinkability: I don't think it paired as well with the lamb as I'd hoped - I needed something with a bit more oomph to stand up to all of the strong flavors going on in the lamb, but it wasn't bad.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 03:50:26 | More by hunteraw
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pbr85

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish brown with almost no head.
S: Not very strong. Very malty with cashew.
T: Very malty. Biscuit and sourdough bread, with a few earthy hops thrown in.
M: Too carbonated to be smooth, not thick enough to be chunky. Interesting mouthfeel, but not unpleasant.
D: I would much rather have the bourbon stout, but it is an acceptable compliment to it. Would prefer to drink after a better beer. Altogether, it is not a great brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2006 03:13:59 | More by pbr85
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery. Nut brown colored brew with some amber highlihgts. Clingy tan head with loads of lacing on the side of the glass. All caramel and malt on the nose.
Hearty, chewy malt brew. Reminded me of the "toucan" brew that brewery Lauer made with Olivers. Bready, toffee, caramel, and just a wisp of chocolate on the finish. No hops to speak of.
Chewy mouthfeel and drinkable as all get out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 04:08:48 | More by Dithyramb
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown in color with a short 1/2" head. Some light lacing develops. The aroma is of simple malts and a soft nuttiness. The flavor is light toasted hazelnuts, caramel, toffee, and finishes with a wisp of chocolate. The flavors are not overpowering, but simple and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp at the start. The finish has some light nuttiness that rides the tongue. Medium body. Nice drinkability if you like to have a few nut browns in an afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2005 16:11:20 | More by Gavage
Nut Brown from District ChopHouse & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.