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Nut Brown Ale - South Shore Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002)
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a rather fizzy-looking head.

Smell: What we have here is an odd, vaguely off-smelling caramel aroma. Good gracious, me.

Taste: More of that scant maltiness from the aroma with a weak, thin sweetness. Finishes with some questionable tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally lacks any nutty characters, or really any sort of character from the malt, hops, etc.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 28, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent bay. Head is small and off white. It quickly disappears to nothing.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate, dried nuts, and sweetness.

Taste: Caramel and dried pecans. Very sweet with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Almost no bubbles.

Drinkablility: Pretty decent. I could drink a few but its not good enough to waste a night on it.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -71.2%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

cmwilliq, May 14, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

sgttibbs, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Fuzzycuffs, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of optimator705
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

optimator705, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with amber highlights, traces of patchy off-white skim.
Toffee notes on the nose, with vague suggestions of peanut brittle, and damp earth, and roasted grain. The nose is not strong, but it's pleasant.
The same can be said for the taste. Sweetish, at first with some caramel, sweet dough, and toffee. It's backed with toasted grain, and a flash of roastedness. Hops are negligible.
Light-medium bodied. It's pretty decent interpretation of a English Brown, and plenty drinkable. One of my more favorable experiences with South Shore.

cokes, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown longneck bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown ale with a slight haze to it. Had a small off-white head that didn't last long and left little, if any, lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty and earthy. Very little hops presence.

Taste: Creamy with big toasted malt flavor up front, a very slight dry finish. Some earthy nut flavor on the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Medium body and well carbonated, giving it a slightly creamy feel.

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of the Nut Brown ale style, but this one is OK. I probably wouldn't session it, but just because I like other styles better.

ChopperSmith, May 12, 2010
Photo of tempest
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not that appealing of an appearance and the taste is too sweet. This brown ale is too simple. It reminds me of the Saranac Caramel Porter, but not as severely sugary. The malt profile taste more like maple syrup, I don't get any nut flavors, and there's no hops or bitterness to speak of.

tempest, May 20, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and about the color of coke with a handful of ice melted in it. Very weak head was gone in an instant. Not much aroma. Maybe a little malt if you use you imagination. Malty taste with no noticeable alcohol flavor, and not much hop balance. Not a bad flavor, but nothing to write home about. Medium carbonation with medium body. The mouthfeel goes pretty well with the taste. Average drinkability. Not bad, but nothing to rave about and look forward to.

BeerCheese, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of chiapete
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown , dark cola color with red tint in the light.
Poured with a small head that left quickly , had a little lace but didn't hang on the glass long.

Aroma was slightly sweet , malty , woody or earthy .

taste was slightly sweet , very light chocolate , some malt taste but doesn't stand out , very light coffee taste in the back ground.

Slight bitter after taste that doesn't last long.

good mouth feel , would try this one again to see if I missed anything.

chiapete, May 06, 2008
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed April 29, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Cloudy dark burnt orange pour, with a finger of quickly fading off-white head. Didn’t I have this beer yesterday? Crisp even malt and fruit aroma, light yeast behind. Carbonation is effervescent. Not light struck, but sour. Flavor starts of a little harsh and burnt, but finishes with a mouthful of sour yeasty malt. Aftertaste is much more pleasent with a faint woody nut flavor. Meh.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Giesch
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Giesch, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

beerformyhorses34, May 14, 2014
Photo of dav2080
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

dav2080, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6-5-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown, cloudy with 1 finger of foam, decent lacing ring with carbonation present

S - Roasted malts, roasted nuts, caramel notes

T - Medium bodied yet smooth, roasted malts and nuts with caramel, slight hop bitterness

M/D - Pretty tasty, nice blend of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, hop bitterness was low which helped balance this brew. I recommend this brew

FreshmanPour77, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Sven & Ole's in Grand Marais.
A: Slightly cloudy brownish red color with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head with decent retention.
S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter note, and definite nut aroma.
T: Dry bitter roasted malt hits first, then gives way to a creamier almost smokey wood note. Interesting. Hint of nut develops more as this warms. Faint banana ester note too.
M: Medium body but light on the tongue. Taste lingers decently with some maturation. Smooth and coats well.
D: Very drinkable and a good beer, especially for the style. Excellent sessionability. Glad I got to have this one on tap and will try more offerings from them.

mwilbur, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

CWhite, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a big ruby tinted brown color with full, foamy tan head. Head falls fairly slow. Decent sticky lace.

Roasted caramel malts in the aroma. Bit of a burnt smell, mild though.

Sweet caramel malts with a roasted, slightly bitter aftertaste. Pleasant enough but average.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with average carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking beer but mostly average.

dstc, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of happygnome
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown color ruby hues are able to shine through when held up to the light, with a very thin white head that dissapears rather quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the outside edge of the glass as well as in the center of the glass
s: cocoa, sweet, caramel malts with little hop beitterness for balance
f: roasted caramel malts with not much hoop bitterness nothing overwhelming but nice
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew and will get it again

happygnome, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazel brown color with a 1 finger head and good lacing with roasted smells of nuts ,malts,toffee and oats..taste was good it was lightly roasted malts with some sweet caramel some hops and vanilla all put together in a smooth creamy balance.mouth feel was a little thin but still smooth and tasty ,,overall this was drinkable and good a brown ale on the lighter side but it held its own

gatornation, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of lester619
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brownish amber red with a huge head that overflows the glass. I don't know what it is about this brewery, but the honey pils did the same thing. Foam settles at about one inch fairly quickly. A nice layer of foam sticks around for the duration. Smell is earthy sweet malts, without much hops to speak of. The taste is simialr. Understated roasted burnt malts with some nutty sweet undertones. The sweet nutty flavor seems to belong and works well. Not artificial like some other examples. Not much of anything in the way of hop bitterness. Thick creamy mouthfeel that compliments the nutty malt notes. A good beer overall. The slightly sweet hazlenut taste is pleasant without being fake or over-done. Good dinner beer for fall.

lester619, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of djhowell
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Clear, reddish brown pour, little head. Malty, nutty, and brown sugar sweetness. A little simple, but not bad.

djhowell, Sep 08, 2014
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Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.