Brewer's Alley Nut Brown Ale | Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Another British style that has a roasted nut-like aroma. Brewed with a number of dark malts, which lend a complex malt character. This beer does not have a lot of hop bitterness, only enough for balance.

Added by Todd on 10-24-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by ToAzwethinkweizm:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 7 March 2011
Glass: 5oz pilsner
Type: On-tap

Drank on tap at Brewer's Alley in Frederick, MD. Taken from notes:

Appearance: Heavy head, little lacing, pumpkin-copper in color.

Smell: Oddly pumpkin-like in least the spices. Macadamia nut also present.

Taste: Tastes of pils malts (seems to be a staple with this brewer). Also lightly-toasted malts, and almonds.

Mouthfeel: Lightly-toasted malts on palate between tastes. There is a Thomas Hardy's Ale-type palate flavor, but much, much lighter.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful session beer and great with dessert.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was kind of along the same lines as Brewer's Alley's Oatmeal stout. They seem to be more skilled at the lighter end of the beer spectrum.

Normal looking. Dark, almost opague color, with a small tannish head.

A better aroma than the stout. You can pick up some of the nuttiness & malt in this one.

The flavor & mouthfeel are kind of tame. This can be a good thing when you're trying to appeal to an uneducated public with Bud/Miller/Coors tastes, though. I found if I swished it around in my mouth a bit, that that brought out the hops and creaminess. Interesting.

Brown ales are usually pretty drinkable, and so is this one. However, brown ales also tend to be pretty medicore/middle-of-the-road type beers, and so is this brew.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the pub into a pint glass. The liquid is a nice brown color with good carbonation. The head comes up big and off white, it fades leaving a nice lace.

The smell is mostly dark roasted malt kind of sweet

The taste is of nice roasty malt, a nutty flavor with some coffee and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is good a nice medium body good carbonation to liven it up.

Drinkability is good, goes down smooth nothing out of the ordinary MK

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler tray during a lunch break from the AOPA Fly-In in Fredneck. Fantastic color, deep malt in the nose, with a rich mouthfeel and solid, roasted malt flavor. Maybe it's the name, but the taste was reminiscent of roasted nuts; with a bit of hops bitterness to keep it balanced. I tried this early in my beer drinkin' days (from a growler at a party) and was turned-off by the rich, dark taste. Years later, I'm really happy I tried it again. A definite "go to" beer at Brewer's Alley. And if you go, be sure to get the shoestring fries. Fantastic.

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Photo of seydou
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in downtown Frederick. When this beer is poured, it's a wonderful deep brown color with resilient foam on top. Looks great, but everything about it is a bit average. I couldn't pinpoint any specific flavors, nor did anything really stand out about the beer. Maybe even an okay session beer -- I could see myself putting down several of these in a night at Brewer's -- but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of yankiac
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was slightly disappointed by this beer. It looked and smelled delicious only to taste very average. I've had better Nut Brown Ale's before and I don't know that I would come back to this beer again. Whatever it was, this beer just didn't do it for me.

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

I had this beer on tap at their restaurant last night. Served in a pint shaker glass, this was a pretty good flavored Nut Brown Ale. It had a slightly burnt malt taste, but all in all it was a nicely styled brew and felt creamy in the mouth. A nice sampler while enjoying a night out at the pub.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap 11/09/04 at Brewer's Alley.

Solid brown color with a light brown/beige head. Nice malty/nutty/roasty aroma and flavor. Tastes much like it smells. Medium bodied and a bit on the robust side for an English Brown.

A solid Brown Ale offering and a better one than most brewpubs offer...

Per Chalkboard: 5.4% ABV

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer at the BAM(Brewers Assoc of MD)Oktoberfest. A creamy brown head with good retention and a fair amount of lace. This medium bodied nut brown had some even malt notes plus an evident nuttiness that was true to the style and finished with a nice hoppy bite. I was ready for another.

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Photo of Kelrel9
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheTinDoor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours a deep cloudy brown, caramel translucent around the edges. Rim of off-white head.

Smells of oak, oatmeal, hazelnut, and roasted coffee.

Tastes of cocoa, caramel, coffee, and nutty malts. Bit of walnut.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice stout, great flavor and aroma. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MattSharpless
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jordanian2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jfowler05
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KevinTK
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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