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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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of abner
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just the right amount of hops and flavour when the uber-hoppy ales are too much. Nice chocolate and coffee hints but again, not over-the-top like some newer trendy ales are wont to be. It will be on my 'go to' list from now on.

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

Got this one at the LCBO while at home this past October

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 25 September 2014
OG: 12.3 degrees Plato

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Mahogany brown body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A nice full wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew all around.

SMELL: Caramel, nut aromas, with light black and chocolate malts as well. Some grassy hop notes in there too. Good stuff.

TASTE: Caramel, nut flavors and chocolate up front, with a bold and lingering finish of roasted nuts, caramel and toffee sweetness, light grassy hops, touches of dark chocolate and some burnt flavors as well. Bold and interesting. Good stuff here too.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry.

OVERALL: Another more-than-solid Black Oak brew. It seems like these guys know what they’re doing and make sure they nail a beer before releasing it out on the open market. This one, their Nutcracker Porter and Ten Bitter Years are all brews I’d happily drink on a regular basis. Well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the style. Cheers!

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle purchased for under $5 CDN from LCBO. Served well-chilled into an Alexander's Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - Solid 1.5 fingers of ivory head, leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of its glass during its rapid retreat. Clear dark honey brown color, with a few copper hues thrown in. Little carbonation is present.

Smell - Nuts, especially walnuts and almonds, with a slightly chocolaty undercurrent. Faint floral note bursting with energy. But overall nuts are the star here.

Taste - Nuts again with a slightly spicy earthiness that takes over and doesn't let go. Well ingrained mild hop flavors blend well with the malts in play here. Pretty tasty overall

Mouthfeel - Watery and a touch on the thin side, this is more noticeable due to the lack of carbonation. Medium- light body with a moderately dry finish. I was expecting a little more distinction here.

Overall - A tasty nut brown ale that has good aromas and flavors just is lacking abit win terms of texture and feel. Still a pretty good brew from this Ontario Brewery that has quickly gained my attention with my first couple of experiences.

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

The first out of the OCB holiday mixer pack.

A - Pours a crystal clear brown colour, thumb of off-white head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is quite nice with musty caramel, toasted almonds, hints of maple and burnt sugar.

T - Again quite nice offering up a heavy nut flavour with the toasted almonds and a solid caramel and burnt sugar malt backbone. A leafy green hop flavour lingers amongst a touch of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A solid brown ale that fits the style to a T. Nothing over the top, but definitely flavourful. Well worth seeking out.

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 SebD
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from this season's OCB sampler, served a bit warmer than fridge temperature.

Pours a clear, deep brown-bronze colour, with a decent-sized finger of frothy, off-white head seated on the surface. Decent retention; it takes a few minutes to seep away, leaving a creamy coating on the surface and respectable quantities of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good aroma; heavy on the toasted malts, a little nutty with a healthy dose of molasses and bittersweet chocolate. Some leafy, herbal hop notes but for the most part its just malts on the nose.

This is a tasty brown ale. Once again the dominant flavour is roasted malts; nutty in nature and a little biscuity with hints of almonds. Molasses, brown sugar and more bittersweet chocolate are also prominent with a few notes of dark fruit. Herbal hop dryness mingles with roasted malts and a vaguely coffee-grind-like bitterness in the finish, lingering for a short while on the palate. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Kind of thin-bodied, maybe pushing medium, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Leaves a slick feeling on the tongue afterward.

I was in the mood for a brown ale tonight and this one really hit the spot. Easily one of the better browns available in Ontario; highly sessionable and smooth with a thoroughly enjoyable, balanced flavour. A bit more body would put this into must-try territory. If you like brown ales, this is a very safe choice that comes highly recommended.

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

Photo of bryehn
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rusty brown colour with ruby tones. A moderately-sized light tan-coloured head gets retained as a collar and film while leaving some spotty lacing.

Strong nutty aroma, like hazelnut or walnut with a ripened cherry-like fruit tone backing it up. Fresh grains and dark malts poke through as it warms.

Tastes of thick, slightly sweet dark malts at first with a nicely-balanced crispness. Thick, oily nuts and dark chocolate come through in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a mild but noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Goes down creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and has a nice, bitter tartness to the aftertaste.

For me, this is an excellent example of an English Brown Ale. It has a robust aroma and is very drinkable, particularly with a meal that involves red meat.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 kjyost
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, poured into a beer glass, received in trade via TheSevenDuffs

Pours an amber red, with a touch of a brownish hue about it. Too nice for my liking, but saved by globs of lacing and a bit of mocha-white head that retains forever. The nose of the beer is dominated by biscuit malt, along with a caramel sweetness, but I love biscuit malt so all is well...

The body itself is dominated by biscuit, but not overly so with hints of coffee playing into it. It is a bit thin with solid carbonation. An easy drinker, but I was hoping for a bit more dark roasts in here to play with the biscuit malt / nuttiness aspect of the beer.

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 kwjd
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo. Pours a dark reddish-brown colour with big white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells very nutty with mild chocolate roast. The beer fairly sweet tasting with the nuttiness coming through. Cabonation is a bit higher than I would like, but other than that it is a very good brown ale.

Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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 IllNate
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This courtesy of Liamt07, cheers!

A - Poured with minimal head, disappearing quickly. Very nice colour though, nice light brown. Would like to see more head/retention.

S - Smelling a lot of caramel malts in the nose. Hint of roast.

T - Nice nuttiness. Again tasting caramel malts. Slight roastyness. A little residual sweetness, but that's pretty common in this style.

M - Nice. Smooth a little thinner than expected.

D - Pretty drinkable for the style, but I wouldn't have more than 1 or 2.

Photo of Long813
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: NA
From: liamt07

A: Dark brown body with light escaping the edges and one finger of white head. Poor retention and little lacing.

S: Nutty aromas, roasted malts and some hops.

T: Much like the aromas, nutty and roasted malts, faint hop notes.

M: Thin bodied and medium carbonation. Thicker than water texture and leaves a nutty aftertaste.

D: Pretty solid brew. Thanks again Liam. Overall it's very pleasant.

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.

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 jhall00
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a muted red brown highlight. Little head with no retention.

S- roasted nutty maltiness. Muted, but nice.

T- straightforward beer taste, caramel, maltiness. Some prolonged roasted flavors

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel. Carbination was too high for the style

D- Over all good beer for the stylel.

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass jan7 2010

A clear amber except for a few random chunks and some suspended particles and some bubbles. a thin fast falling head leaves just a patch of lace

S lots of caramel with some mild hops and it's a little nutty

T not far from the smell but some chocolate comes out that I didn't notice on the nose and perhaps even a little coffee

M no too much visible carbonation but a fair bit in the mouth

D no major complaints with this beer, well rounded and worthy

thanks again adil for the chance to try this one. another pretty good beer I may not see this far west again for some time

Photo of demcorhip
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not overly brown, but its getting there. Nice and clear, half finger pale tan head subsides to leave a nice collar.

Decent aroma. Some floral and herbal notes from the hops, as well as some toffee and walnut from the malts.

Taste is much like the nose, but some esters with the character of apple and pear make a brief appearance between the malt and the hops.

Not bad, but not great either. Somewhat light and watery in body. Would prefer a touch more malt character as well. But other than my minor quibbles this is a very well balanced ale.

Also quite drinkable, and easy enough to session. Pretty approachable fare. Something i would enjoy again with the opportunity, although i wont be turning over stones to try to find more.

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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