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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

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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.
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

P: Thank you to my big sister and her family for turning me onto the Ontario Craft Brewers' Discovery Pack No. 2: 6 assorted bottles. All the way from Toronto. Nice Christmas gift, EH?
#4 in a series.

A: Pours a chestnut brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Faint malt sweetness in the aroma.

T: Malty and sweet on the palate with a nutty character that emerges in the foreground. Finishes moderately dry.

M: Thin-bodied to a fault with minimal carbonation.

D: Decent for the style. Easy drinking, but not complex enough to warrant multiple sessions.

Photo of MMansfield
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this around for a while.

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a modest off white head. Settles to a thin layer.

Aroma: Whaffs of chocolate malt, some toffee, a bit of fruit.

Taste: Holding up pretty nicely. Fairly sweet, fairly malty, not enough hops to balance it out. I question their choice of yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Final Statement: Reminds me a lot of Big Rock Traditional Ale, that may not be a great thing.

Photo of yancot
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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 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.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with gold highlights -- with an aggressive pour I got a finger of off-white head, but it faded to a thin ring of fine bubbles, leaving some weak, droopy lace and rings of spots. Aromas of roasted nut are present, but so are butterscotch, caramel, and a bit of coffee. I don't know why, but they're less appealing than they sound. A bit of sourness on the palate, which is a good thing, as it would be dominated by the sweetness otherwise.

I usually quite nut browns, but this didn't bowl me over. I think it's too sweet, but the fizziness keeps this from being syrupy. Disappointing for the style -- probably would not get this again.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Clear brown with 1/8" creamy white foam which was gone pretty quick.

S - Burnt toasts, malts, a little nutty, hint of coffee.

T - Strong toasted malt flavor with some bitterness. Also pretty complex with traces of caramel, coffee, nuts and wine notes.

M - Low carbonation with a smooth finish.

D - A little better than average because of the tasty complex flavours.

Photo of Voonder
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally I got to this one! Thanks bobsy!
Pours dark brown colour with literally no head. Smell - earthy, malty, nutty, sweet notes coming through as well. Taste - malts, some coffee, spises, nutmeg. Plain, but still enjoyable. Smooth, good carbonation, easy drinker. Pretty good beer, I'd drink it on occasion.

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle acquired in trade with blankboy (thanks!).

Poured a medium brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of stronger caramel with some roast and nuts. Tastes of the same strong caramel, chocolate, and toasted nuts. On the sweeter side.

Notes from 12/29/06

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark reddish/brown with a thin beige head that leaves lots of lacing.

Not much on the aroma, some malt, grains and some dried/fermented fruit maybe.

Nothing special, pretty malty and sweet/syrupy, needs more hops!

Pretty drinkable thirst quenching beer, but I would never buy this.

Photo of Stocean1
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

341ml bottle sent to me by pootz, poured into a pint glass.

Nice looking beer. Pours a lovely clear reddish-brown colour. 1 inch of head erupts off a vigorous pour, leaves some nice sticky lace. Carbonation is very mild. Aroma is sweet. Nutty and full of caramel with a hefty crackery malt backbone. Hops are floral and peppery, mildly herbal.

Taste is nutty and chocolatey, lightly roasted and very crackery. Lightly herbal. There's a bit of soapiness that's a little unpleasant, but I think this bottle might be just a little past it's prime. Medium bodied but still seems watery for some reason. Carbonation is zippy. Finishes very dry. This is a tasty brew that I'd love fresh on tap or on cask, just this bottle is a bit past it.

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.