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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Reviews: 66
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 6.17%
Wants: 7
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 cloakNdaggar
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted malts, some nuttiness, sort of bready, sweet chocolate. The aroma overall, was a bit muted though.

Looks brown with red highlights in colour. Medium sized off-white head. Left some lace behind. OK head retention.

Tastes great, not really a very complex beer, but delicious nun the less. Chocolatey, caramel, nutty, and a pleasant restrained roastiness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation was a bit high in my opinion. (441 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cola color topped by a 1/2" head of bubbly, bright white head that leaves a film and laces really nicely.

The aroma is mildly caramel and a little roasty. Nothing mild blowing though.

There's a mild roasted nuttiness here, along with some minor toffee notes, some nice chocolate is at play also -- a decent amount of bittering hops in the finish lingers in the after taste. Finishes dry.

This is far from my favorite style of beer, but this is certainly one of the better brown ales I've had. (508 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Chancey Smith's in London, ON, along with the Saison and Pale Ale.

Pours a dark brown hue with ruby edges and a thick beige head. Smells of caramel, toffee, hazelnuts, chocolate, and faintly floral hops. I'm also getting some tree bark. Taste is chocolate, almonds, mild sweetness, grassy hops, malty tartness precedes a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. Somewhat slick, though it dries out nicely towards the end. Overall, a very tasty drinkable brown ale. (525 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plops out of the bottle with an audible glurp. Seems very light when the beer is going from bottle to glass, almost like gasoline. Very clear. Nice off white head, but not pretentious like in a west coast IPA etc. Dies down gracefully.

Aroma of light biscuit, chcolate, and caramel malt. Not overly assertive but very well rounded out and pleasant.

Taste really hinges on great use of crystal malt. Very pleasant sweetness almost overshadows some of the chocolate malt.

Very smooth and velvety. Really enjoyed it. (517 characters)

Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black Oak Nut Brown pours a clear light brown with a thin but lasting head. I smell a bit of sweet toffee malt and just a hint of a darker roasted malt. A bit of malt sweetness comes through at first, giving way to crisp, darker malt and hop bitterness. The bitterness and roasted malt meld together into a dry finish. The body feels a little thin at the end. (359 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of this summer's OCB pack, I picked this up on a recent trip to Ontario.

Pouring into a mug results in a nice dark brown colored ale, with a finger of off white head. Lacing is present, but very minimal.

Scent is a light malt with a hazelnut or walnut tinge to it.

Taste starts out slightly hoppy, but mellows out into some malts and nutty flavors. A hint of chocolate rounds it off.

Overall, a very nice, smooth, drinkable brown ale. I was surprised to look down and find it gone so quickly. (501 characters)

Photo of hegelec
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a chalice. Decent amount of off-white head and great retention (thanks to torrified wheat). Good lace. Looks appetising.

Smell is somewhat subdued. Hints of chocolaty sweetness and a slight earthy hop. Nothing is jumping out at me yet.

Taste is good, and gets better when it warms. This is bready, chocolaty, floral, and nicely nutty. It seems to me that the fine balance owes more to the roastiness than the hops. Finish is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is much, much lighter than expected; also, the beer seems slightly over-carbonated. Try this and the Sam Smith Nut Brown back to back and you'll realise why I scored so low on mouthfeel ... the SS is liquid velvet.

I'd ratchet up the body a bit and maybe lighten the carbonation a tad. Otherwise, it is tasty and quite drinkable. A good effort, but not the best this brewery has to offer. (876 characters)

Photo of Bestuurder
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341mL standard brown bottle. Poured a medium walnut colour. Fine lacing, minimal head. Yet lacing lasted throughout consumption. Light fluffy head (considering lack of head).

The smell is heavy in nuttiness; specifically that of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

Taste is very similar to the scent. Balanced hoppiness with almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Possibly a hints oc chocolate notes, and a strong finish. Very little oak flavour, more subjective than anything else.

Fantastic texture, thick, but not chewy. Excellent carbonation patterning.

Very balanced and presented nicely. Would definitely be have again. (618 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark amber-brown beer with 1/4-inch sustained head of a soft and foamy nature. Solid lacing present, excellent to behold.

Smell - beautiful roasted barley malt with nutty aromatics. Lingering noticeables of chocolate-caramel also.

Taste - very full flavour with a very even, complex malt taste for an extended period but gives way to a molasses-hazelnut taste with just a little hoppiness to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel - there's a strange way this brew seems very active at the beginning yet fades into a smooth, almost creamy feel in a very subtle way. Nice indeed.

Drinkability - probably only a couple of these. Tasty, but not a beer I'd have gallons of. (718 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,526 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nutty shade of brown indeed; this shares the colour of roasted pecan shell and displays vivid chestnut highlighting. It's a dark, toasty tone but offers just a smidgen of smeared clarity. There isn't much topping although it's threadlike outline is surprisingly adhesive and tattoos layers of thin, gangly lace. Black Oak Nut Brown not only looks good, it also looks to theme!

The aroma displays a soft, quiet bouquet of cocoa dusted malts, heavy toasted bread, weak coffee and a handful roasted nuts. Neither the roast nor hops are very forward like they are in many American variations but they are present nevertheless. Despite all this making for a very pleasant smelling beer it never really becomes a very time consuming activity.

This is one tasty beer. It's fairly robust for a nut brown, showcasing ample roast, sweet caramelization, and crisp bitterness. Flavours of toasted bread, fresh roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder and a big bowl of candied nuts ensure the beer is drank in big gulps. I can't think of any more suitable pint to have around the cooling autumn season.

I can't make any sense of anions, cations or charged ions but I can notice that this RO (reverse osmosis) water certainly imparts a kind of mineral rich profile synonymous with the classic, original English nut browns. Although I know it's brewed 40 minutes from my house down Highway 401, you might guess it's a product of Newcastle or Yorkshire.

Ontario's craft brewers aren't exactly the most visionary or imaginative bunch but most of them do a pretty fine job at replicating traditional British ales; Black Oak's Nut Brown is evidence of that. Although this brewery has proven themselves capable of being creative with one-offs and casks releases, I still like their reproductions of the classic UK styles best. (1,810 characters)

Photo of Voonder
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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 (284 characters)

Photo of EatsTacos
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a very light head and some slight lacing

Aroma was fairly nutty and malty as I would have expected.

Taste was dominated by sweet malt with minimal hop flavour. The caramel malt is well pronounced and there is a lot of nuttyness to it as well. Quite good but not as complicated and bold as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is pretty low and soft. Very drinkable. (427 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle
I tried this beer on May 6, 2008 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was mahogany brown with a tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and some slight hoppy tinges. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, some coffee hints, and some hoppy bitterness. (351 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for the opportunity to try this Canadian beer.

Pours a dark brown color with some amber and ruby on the sides. A decent inch of foam accumulated from an aggressive pour, good retention too.

Good smelling nut brown. Nutty malts, hazelnut, cream, lightly roasted coffee, hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. A little buttery with a small, but appropriate, amount of diacetyl. After the beer settles the coffee becomes a little more robust and I'm also getting some maple syrup and molasses. Mmm, some hazelnut chocolate too.

On the taste it has some toast and nutty malts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, and just a bit of multi-grain bread in the finish. A little thin but adequate for the style, very easy to drink too.

Goes great with some banana-walnut bread! (781 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Rich, nutty brown in colour, with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of caramel and hazelnut waft upwards...this smells delicious. Flavour is nicely nutty, with chocolate and grapefruit bitterness coming through. Smooth and clean on the palate. Overall, a fantastic beer. (290 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (737 characters)

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.