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Nut Brown Ale - South Shore Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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South Shore Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to lukaski for the hook up.

Pours a tawny walnut with sparse, slow bubbling rsing to a thin half ring of foam on the top. Faint nuts and toasted malts mix with a very meager, herbal hop aroma. The taste starts with some soft toasted malts that quickly moves to a slightly tart brazilian nut. The finish is a little sweet and caramelly. But still a little too tart for a nut brown. The palate is soft and tart with some nice and not so nice subtle flavors.

Photo of mwilbur
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried several bottles on multiple occasions from friends who rave about it. I just can't get on the wagon on this one.

It's dry, softly nutty, the maltiness is mild for a brown ale, gently hopped. Has a nice soft creamy feel but lacks any really deep biscuity, nutty, malty roastyness to savor. It just seems like it's lacking all around. You could drink a ton of them, but there is just no signature element to really get off on and keep you wanting more.

Photo of demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent enough looking ale, although there is not much for head, retention, or lacings. Clear chestnut in colour with a mild level of carbonation.

A nice english style brown ale aroma, though certainly more toffee in the nose versus nutty aromas. A very mild estery character also present that hints at McIntosh apples. Some earthy and leafy hops present as well.

Some hazelnut comes through in the taste, as well as a nice toffee character. Esters are quite mild and are almost lost in the other, richer toffee and nutty flavours present. The leafy hops with a kiss of earth and bitterness appear at the finish. This is a pleasant english brown.

Not quite medium bodied, decent malt backbone is offset by the hops with their leafy character and clean bitterness. Slightly creamy in feel, with just the mildest hint of astringency.

This happens to be their flagship beer and it definitely happens to be a tasty and drinkable brew that would be quite nice to session. A good beer to have if looking to get into darker brews, as well as for fans of the style. Glad i picked up a six to split with friends back home while in Ashland.

Photo of chiapete
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  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

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazed chestnut, decent lining of foam on top. Adequate.

Aroma plumb full of nuts and bread, a malty affair, nicely hopped, slightly sweet and just a bit fruity. Nice. I like.

Pleasant flavor, enters the mouth without a fuss, slips it's sweetness around and departs. Mainly malt again, medium body, fruit and nut finish that lingers just a little.

Very drinkable, but not impressive. Passable. I'd take it in a pinch, but can't really go out of my way to recommend it.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is actually an English Mild (according to the website). I checked because I didn't find the full flavored brown ale in this.
Pours an amber brown with an almost white, tan head that doesn't last and doesn't lace much.
Aroma's of nutty, chocolate malts not much hops on the nose.
Taste is the same, nutty, dark malts.
Mouthfeel is lacking for style, thin and maybe even a little over carbonated.
I could definatly drink a few of these it is extremely sessionable and a good flavor overall.

Photo of brdc
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Similar to the tap version, it is not exactly brown, but a murky reddish color, but the off-white head has less retention than the on-tap version.
The aroma is again quite good, perhaps better than the on-tap version, malty, earthy, nutty and fruity, even sweetish on the nose.
It is, however, just like the on-tap version, a bit thin on the mouth, and just nutty and malty, but lacks some of the complexity found on the nose.
All in all, a decent brown ale.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deepwater. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. Smell is malty. Taste is pretty much what I expect a brown ale to be, I can taste a slightly nutty taste if I use my imagination and some pleasant malt flavors. Mouthfeel smooth. Very drinkable and well balanced. A decent offering from South Shore.

Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-murky golden brown in color, topped with a minimal off-white head (just a ring around the glass really.) The nose has the prerequisites going on, with roasted malt, a hint of unctiousness and a slight tang. SWEET rich malt from the get-go, as in sugar cane sweet, molasses sweet . . . sort of intense. For those of you who don't respond favorably to unbalanced, cloying sweetness, the good news is that it relents, yielding big notes of caramel accompanied by a toasty, nutty malt quality. At this point it settles in for a smooth, slightly creamy glide to the back of the palate with each passing sip, with mild diacetyl lazing around on the tail end of the palate (and in the aromatics). The nuttiness also lingers nicely once you've become inured to the sweetness, and the tanginess in this brew is tempered, perhaps a bit too attenuated to call this truly well-balanced. Although it's not a strong offering (and not-quite medium bodied) the effect of the alcohol is lightly boozy, and this could easily become 'warming' after a few pints. Back to the 'unctiousness' in the nose (signifier of the the oily, nutty character) - there are light tannic notes related to this aspect which definitely add to the overall complexity and drinkability. It's a quite drinkable Brown, a Breakfast Brown if you will, with a good taste and mouthfeel. It's really not a bad beer at all, and rather true to style. I've had this on draught several times over the years and several times in bottles as well, and it's been a solid, consistent drinker each time. I consider it my favorite of South Shore's year-round packaged offerings, but am not surprised it doesn't rate higher here. Still, good on South Shore for finally making it to the Twin Cities area! Hopefully we'll see some of their more adventuresome draughts in the future.

Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. pours a semi hazy, deep brownish amber. has one finger of tight white head that dissipates into a soapy ring.

smell is of malts, namely caramel and chocolate. not much for hops here. notes of coffee, citrus (very light), and mild bitter hops (distant), all atop a nutty base which is light, but present.

taste is also malty, with the same caramel and chocolate malts, but some pale malts as well. hops are reserved and mild, mainly bittering. the taste has a nutty base with a touch of coffee. almost synonymous with the smell.

aftertaste is light hops, nuts, cocoa and coffee. semi-dry with a slick mouthfeel. pleasant.

mouthfeel is slick and creamy. medium-bodied.

drinkability is decent. this brew has good concentration, but is a bit held back overall. there could have been more bold flavors to reduce the watered-down character, although it is still well balanced.

Photo of tempest
2.64/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of slyke
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

South Shore Brewery's Nut Brown Ale pours a hazy brown color with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap. There is no lacing.

Aroma has a sweet malt character that is rather subtle.

Taste is sweet with a little hoppiness and roastiness. While I would characterize it as "tasty," nothing jumps out as a dominant element in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Just about right for a brown. Full in the mouth, but not coating.

Drinkability is better than average on this beer. It would fill the bill for a couple, but it won't become my beer of choice. This one is worth trying.

Photo of pweis909
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not exciting. This is a pretty basic micro-brown offering. There is little going on in the way of aroma. The taste is slightly malty, not overly sweet, with a mild bitter finish. No aroma/flavor hopping detected. No complaints. Passsable session brew, nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this Nut Brown to be OK, but pretty unremarkable.

Appearance was a very hazy brown, which I didn't think all that appetizing, but with good head formation.

Aroma was lightly of caramel malt, but not much else. Flavor was of caramel malt, and just barely nutty. Mouthfeel was a bit two-sided: a bit watery with a bit of body underneath that. I thought this beer exhibited fairly average drinkability.

I wouldn't recommend this beer as being a great example of the style, but it won't stop me from trying other South Shore beers.

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a brown/burgandy color with a small foamy head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

S - Smelled of malt and very nutty.

T - Sweet and nutty with a good malt flavor.

M - It was dry and crisp. A medium-bodied brew.

D - I thought this was a pretty good version of a nut brown. It had a good sweet character.

Photo of gmfessen
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brown burgundy color with a smoky white head that dies down quickly. The beer has a very pleasant smell, nutty and malty sweet. The taste has a sort of smoky flavor to it, and also exudes nutty malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky rustic orange with highlights of bronze and red. One of the great mysteries in this life, at least for me, is why brown ales aren't brown. The cap is a fetching shade that is roughly the color of golden brown sugar ice cream and has enough gumption to hang around for a bit. Arching strands of soft lace appear as the foam recedes.

Nut Brown has a pretty standard nut brown nose, but it's a pretty good one. It's lightly dark malty with plenty of earthiness, a modest sour fruitiness and a trace of untoasted nuts. No great shakes, but if the flavor follows suit, I'll be satisfied.

Good beer. Given the dictates of the style, I'd say that South Shore did a more than creditable job with this one. It's 'brown' malt dominant with flavors akin to the aromas noted above. If anything, there's more sweet nuttiness on the palate than there was in the nose. The sourness is easily managed and adds interest without intruding.

Along with the fruity sourness (fermented fallen apples) is a twinge of phenols, but they too are subtle and they too contribute in a positive way. Too much more of either one though and Nut Brown Ale would start to slide the other way on the drinkability scale. As well, I appreciate the tongue pleasing amount of flavor... for the style.

The body/mouthfeel fits well within the parameters of an English Brown Ale. It neither impresses nor disappoints and, in that sense, is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes. Bigger would, of course, be better.

Nut Brown Ale is the second South Shore Brewery beer that I've had and I'd put it a nose in front of Honey Pils in terms of likeability. It isn't likely to blown anyone out of the water, but those Wisconsonites looking for a solid brown ale could do a helluva lot worse.

Photo of garymuchow
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sweet malt aroma that flattens out to be somewhat non-descript. Slightly toffe/caramel. No hops to speak of.
Reddish brown amber and pretty clear. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a off-white to tannish ring for most of the drink. Quite fizzy sounding.
Decent balance of malty sweetness with a hoppy bitterness/dryness. Definitely leans towards the sweetness, but the hops qualities are evident. Caramelly, slight fruit and a touch of nuttiness at times (it seems to vary bottle to bottle). This drink definitely moves towards sweetness and caramel. Later as it warmed a very strong diacetyl quality emerged that wasn't too pleasant.
Body is medium with a bit of a syrupy quality. Heavier on the carbonation makes is seem quite filling.
This was a nice beer to have available up north. Not a great drink, but tasty and a decent local offerning.

Photo of dfried
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Carmel-like color, with a slight head that didn't have much retention. The smell was more toward a brown ale, without a strong nutty charater, as was the taste. Molassas, slightly toasted flavor, quite sweet malt, slightly metalic flavor, but not to a bad point. Not a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but not something worth spending too much time on.

Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.