Black Oak Nut Brown Ale - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Nut Brown AleBlack Oak Nut Brown Ale

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very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Based on the traditional Nut Brown style, Black Oak’s award winning Nut Brown highlights the best features of this style of beer. Often referenced by local beer connoisseurs, and used in beer appreciation classes by local culinary institutions, with repeated appearance in magazines such Food & Drink. The Nut Browns accolades include being voted Best in it’s Class, accompanying a gold medal at The Canadian Brewing Awards in 2004. It additionally received a medal at Gourmet Food & Wine Show. A favorite enjoyed in winter or year round, this satisfying and robust Nut Brown Ale will pleasantly surprise you.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Came in a brown bottle with an Acorn and Chipmunk on it. Poured with a half finger of head that did not lace but retained quite well. The beer itself is a deep brown with red highlights and yet is surprisingly clear. Carbonation also looks exceptionally good.

Smell: Definite nutty smell, as I'm catching a blend of almonds, walnuts and chestnuts. The background has a nice array of sweet malts, caramel and a light chocolate hint. I'm also catching hints of dry and fruity hops. Very good and true to the name but took a bit of warming to come out.

Taste: Very true to it's name, starts with a nice sweeter malt flavor then turns to a very well balanced bitter taste. An influx of nut flavor with roasted malts and a mix of hops makes this beer a treat.

Mouthfeel: It is quite good, but a bit conflicted as it does leave a nice nutty flavor, however it is a bit dry and lingers for a bit too long. It does make up for it though with how smoothly it goes down and for having solid carbonation.

Drinkability: This stuff goes down smoothly and refreshes nicely. However on the downside, the slight dryness hinders this aspect and I can see it causing stomach issues around the 5 or 6 beer mark. Still solid stuff.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a solid offering which is frankly is a beer for many different seasons. I can see this going well with food, being good on the patio, good for nursing, good as a desert beer. After I polish this six pack, I'm going to certainly try some of Black Oak's other offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber/brown pour. Medium off-white head w.little head retention. Clear pour, little carbonation. Semi sweet nose....malts, light chocolate notes with minimal "nuttiness". Taste i seem to pick up more chocolatey notes. Some hop bitterness, subtle malts and a good combo of chocolate/nuttiness. Hop bitter lingering finish....Drying, chalky finish. Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. A good sipping beer, nice for a cool fall/spring day like today.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of a sixer picked up at my local booze emporium.

Poured into a nonic. Ruby chestnut, a large off-white head. Great retention, patches of lacing cling to the upper reaches of the glass.

Nose is malt, caramel, biscuit, roasted something-or-other (hazelnut?), hops, and a nice smoky aroma.

Tastes smooth and about what I've come to expect from Black Oak. A solid brown ale, flavorful, with a big malty, chocolate and caramel opening, and a dry, lightly hopped finish. Reminds me a great deal of StoneHammer Dark, which is a good thing.

Medium-light bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Dry, bitter sensation remains on the tongue.

Just what the doctor ordered: a readily-available Ontario brown ale, well-made and decently priced for a sixpack. Nothing pretentious about this beer: just a solid, easy to drink ale, perfect for a fall evening.

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with two fingers of thick soapy, off-white head, which leaves some decent scattered lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of nutty caramel malt, a bit ashy, and herbal, earthy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, nutty - some hazelnut and walnut, maybe, a weird medicinal tinge, and a bit of light, fruity, floral hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth enough, and it finishes nutty, with a few souring notes.

An ok brown ale, nothing to send out for, kind of reminds me a little too much of my teetering apathy towards the style.

Photo of mintjellie
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown and shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a well retained finger of beige head that leaves behind a good lace.

The scent of nuts and chocolate waft up from my glass with a nice compliment of toffee. It has an earthy quality to it as well.

Delicious chocolate and roasted malt flavour. It's deliciously nutty. Mildly bitter, and wonderfully balanced. I expected it to be on the sweet side when I smelled it, but it's actually pretty dry.

It's a little bit on the thin side, and would benefit from a heavier body. The low carbonation leaves it feeling pretty smooth though. I don't think I'd mind sessioning on this easy drinking brown ale.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Bar Volo blind cask tasting. Aroma sweet chocolate and coffee. Dark amber. Thinnish body. Drinkable but needs to sit for a while.

I had it in bottle 2.5 years earlier: Some coffee, mollases and licorice taste. Nice black with white head appearance.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Stocean1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head into a pint glass, little retention or lacing on this ruby brown brew

Malt, molasses, floral hops with dark bread

Taste follows the nose on this well balanced brew
with some dark fruit

Light bodied for the style, smooth, dry with some carbonation, this is a crisp sessionable brew that is lightly bitter - I will pick this up again sometime soon

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass

A - Dark brown colour with one finger of thick, foamy cream coloured head.

S - Toasted pine nuts, hazelnut, some roasted malts and a slight coffee and chocolate nose. There is also a nice light sweetness in the background.

T - A nice palate of roasted malt, toasted nuts, sweet caramel and the faintest hint of coffee. A nice palate for a nut brown ale.

M - Light body but somewhat silky and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - my favourite nut brown ale and one of my regular go-to beers. An excellent beer!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Viggo for sending this along in my CanBIF 3 package.

Pours out a deep transluscent walnut hue, a sandy coloured head that falls to a thin creamy cap.

Toffee malt, milk chocolate, and twig bark on the nose.

Oowee, this is good stuff. Creamy smooth mouthfeel that delivers toasted toffee malts and a rounded milk chocolate flavour, the latter that gets even stronger and more prevalent on the aftertaste. Hooray for a brown ale that isn't dominated by coffee notes. Wet grassy hops start to round out the finish as it warms.

This brown would make a great session ale, and does a service to the Ontario crowd for having it so readily available (or at least moreso than out here in Alberta). Many thanks once again to Viggo for sending this out my way.

Photo of StephenRich
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the first local breweries to show me great beer was the Black Oak Brewery located in Etobicoke Ontario, just outside of Toronto. Black Oak is a true small batch brewer focused on quality beer, local support, and passion. If you frequent many of Toronto's beer bars you can often find Ken Woods, owner and founder, running around with kegs in both hands making sure that all his patrons have ample supply of beer!

Black Oak brews all of their beers using reverse osmosis water, allowing the brewer to completely control the mineral content of the water to best reflect the beer which is being created. This is the type of attention to detail you can expect from thisbrewery. My favorite thing about Black Oak is how Ken came to become a brewer. Ken studied business and became a Certified Management Account working in Finance. But in 1999, after years of working as an accountant, he realized that he just loves beer way too much not to turn that passion into his livelihood.

Ken dropped business and started the Black Oak Brewery in order to realize his true dreams. Thank you Ken for your beer, and for your inspiration!

The first Black Oak beer I ever tried, which is still the one I look for the most, was the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale. Nut Browns have for a very long time been among my favorite beer styles. They offer such a great range of savory and sweet flavors in perfect harmony; Black Oak's version provides exactly that!

The Nut Brown Ale is available at both Beer Stores and LCBO across southwestern Ontario in 6 packs on 341ml bottles at 5% abv. It pours a deep brown with a light golden shine piercing through it, but it is very dark, close to brick. It lifts a short tan to brown head capping a very alluring beer, but eventually fading.

The nose is rich in malt, nuts, dark caramel and roast. There is also a whiff of dry coffee which seems like it will come back later to add a needed bitterness to restrain the sweet nuts. One of the nicest aspects of the nut brown is that it is not trying to trick you; when you drink it, it is very straight forward. It comes at you with caramel malt, sweet and creamy nuts, dry roast, and finishing with a crisp and dry coffee note. The sweet malts play across your tongue, while you really get a nutty and earthy flavor in your cheeks and across the top of your mouth.

There is a light hop that helps quench at the end of the beer, but really what stands out by then is now crisp and clean this beer really is. It tastes like quality, and it feels amazing. It's not heavy, but it is full. But it also dances on your palate without making too much of a fuss. It is still among my favorite beers, and is incredible in the summer by the barbeque.

Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Antilochus
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 6 pack at Summerhill LCBO in Toronto, ON. 5.00% abv, 341mL twist bottle. No freshness date, unfortunately. Into a wine glass @ fridge temp.

Even chestnut brown body with a small off-white head. Loses the head quickly.

First aromas I get are sweet and fruity. A bit of yeasty funk. Roasted malt. Very organic.

Carbonation is just right. Very creamy and full mouthfeel. Palate is a bit sweet, offset with roasted bitterness and a hint of sourness. Finish is malty, caramelly, but restrained and dry. Coffee is apparent. Spices and dark fruits. Yum.

The best brown I've had thus far.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

341ml bottle from a sixer at the LCBO. Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of creamy off white head which has really good retention, maintaining a creamy topping and a few spots of lacing on the glass..

Kind of a boring style but these folks do it well - Really approachable beer, lovely nutty roast, hint of cocoa, biscuit, pleasant, quenching drying roast bitterness in the finish, a light fruity sweetness, hint of hops, medium/light mouthfeel which makes it feel not too thin and yet mega quaffable. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a hint too much carbonation.

I've oft overlooked this offering but it is a top notch session-brown, the type of beer that appeals to many and goes with many a meal. It's not the Imperial brown that many top beers in the style are but well crafted nonetheless.

Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Enjoyed last night.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown body with a rocky 3 finger head that's not quite tan and not quite white.

Smell: Very nutty, some malt, a bit of chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Some nuts with malt and finishes with a tinge of hops. A whisper of chocolate in the background. Found the flavor to be good but not lasting.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium-bodied and some bitterness. Balanced and finishes clean.

Drinkability: I could see myself having this again probably.

Overall: A good effort though it lacks a little sustenance in the flavor. Still worth trying though.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, herbal notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts, and chocolate. There is also a grassy/herbal flavour and some light hops. It ends with a chocolatey malty aftertaste.

Overall – One of the best beers within it's style that I've tried so far. It had a lot of great flavour but it isn't cloying in any way. I'll be happy to buy this one again and will keep my eyes peeled to find it on tap.

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the OCB giftpack, 341ml into a tulip. Having had this numerous times, curious as to why it's taken me so long to review this.

Mahogany brown, with some chestnut highlights. Filtered as all Black Oak beers are, a cream coloured head of a finger and change sits atop. Good head retention, solid lace. Substantially nutty and toasty with some light fruit esters in the nose. Maybe a hint of chocolate. Simple and pleasant. Taste follows, more toasty malt notes, grains, hint of nuts and dark bread. Generally low carbonation, smooth feel. Probably the best beer in Black Oak's year round line-up, barring 10BY.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at C'est What. Told the nice barkeep that I wanted something local, full flavored and interesting. She chose this as my first of the day. Poured dark brown, though clear, with a fluffy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Nutty malty aroma with some earthy hop highlights. Very inviting.

More malty than anything else, with the expected nutty malts taking center stage. There were a good bit of roastier malts in there, chocolate and some fruits. Very light earthy or herbal hops hanging way in the background.
Medium bodied with a tingly carbonation that washes away the malts. Very drinkable and hard to put down.

Photo of ludachris
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TheHammer. You're the man Marky.
Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white, creamy head. Decent retention. Leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
Smell of roasted nuts, caramel and bready malts with a little bit of chocolate. Man does this smell good.
Taste almost identical to the nose. Like the bottle says, very robust. Sweet bready malts anc caramel nots are balanced out very nicely with a nice, dry hoppy, roasted nut finish.
Mouthfeel is clean, smooth and well balanced and the drinkability is excellent.

Overall, the best English Brown Ale Ive had to date. They didnt hold back at all in the flavour sector which helped its drinkability. I didnt want to put this thing down. Thanks again Marky for this mother of a beer. Highly recommended for anyone fond of English brown ale's.

Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear brown/ruby color to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing all the way through.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, some definite cherry, nuts, roasted malts, and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice upfront nutty character to it, dark fruits and malts, a bit of chocolate and some light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Deep amber/brown pour with a half finger beige froth. Brown sugar, caramel and nutty aroma with a bit of milk chocolate and metallic nuances. Sweet nutty and slightly roasted malts with good bittering hops and a slight metallic twang towards the finish. Sweet lingering aftertaste. Nice.

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.