Nut Brown Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate color, honey and tobacco aromas, nutty flavor, medium body.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.94/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in Imperial Pint glass(as bottle told me to), bottled on 12/8/08, Rev. 7/3/09

Pours a dark coca cola color with a huge three finger light brown head that disintegrates with an exciting show of lacing leaving a spattering of cling on the glass. Mildy carbonated. The head returns when swirled and the carbonation disappears.

The robust aroma is a wonderful combination of rustic and sweet bread, caramel, toffee, malt, leche de cajeta, flan with a touch of black licorice, treacle, oak cappaccino coffee. This is the most wonderful brown ale I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling. WOW!

The taste is similar to the aroma, a deep malty sweetness of honey, oats and chocolate engulfs your mouth then the mellowing slightly bitterness sets in balancing the beer to the maximumer, touches of oak, black licorice, tamarind, caramel. Finishes chocolatey, somewhat sweet and malty. Wonderful, completely wonderful!

An impressive mouthfeel, like a silky chewy slice of heaven. Full bodied, rich and chewy like bubble gum. It just gets fuller as you swirl it around in your mouth. Phenomenal! Ultra drinkable, ultra balanced. Try this even if it is at the Chicago Airport for $7 buck a pint, it is worth it.

This is probably one of the best beers I have ever set lips to. If there ever was a perfect beer, this is it. If I lived in Illinois, I would drink this all the time and I am not sure I could go back to the somewhat good beers. This is a connoisseur's beer. I can't give enough praise for it. Bar none, one of the best beers and breweries in this country (USA, that is)!

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4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a nice small head that receeds quickly with little lace that disappears unlike other GI this one doesn't hold foamy head and lace like others. Very dark brown ale Smell is of toffee, coffee, mollassis it also smells creamy if it can smell creamy. Taste is creamy for sure with coffee on palate. This brown ale puts samual smith and new castle to shame. My favorite nut brown I have tasted yet. Very drinkable session beer that goes well with a Chicago Bears victory.

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4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best american brown ale I have ever had. And the reason I think it is so good is that it is very similar to an altbier. Nice tannish head on a dark brownish black body. Nutty aromas mix in with flowery hop aromas. Sweet malt is nutty in flavor and slick in mouthfeel and the hops are bitter enough to balance and give it a quick dry ending. This is more of an altbier than their sticke altbier. I could drink this all night long without changing to another style.

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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smooth and light, very different from the color. You wouldn't expect cleansing ale properties from this brew but that's exactly what you get. The undertones are nutty so it's not too overbearing. It's enjoyable and sessionable, you can have more than a few. There isn't too much of any one characterstic in this brew.

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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown color with ruby red highlights and a low light brown head. Light roasty and chocolate aromas. A light roasty and fairly strong chocolate character. Light in body but leans towards medium with a light creaminess.

1. Best by 04/11/02 -- Tasted 10/28/02
2. Best by 05/20/03 -- Tasted 01/18/03

After a few tastings of this beer over time, I feel it is best after it has aged for a bit -- after all, it is bottle-conditioned so can afford to be.

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4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a dark stout, yet definitely has the dark brown hue of a nut ale. Excellent foam, lacing, and thickness.

Smell: Roasted nuts, coffee, and toffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially some thick smoky sweetness. Then the coffee flavors hit. Finishes with a clean sweetness and more roasted nuts. It's been a while since I've actually had this, but I definitely know that I absolutely loved it.

Overall: My favorite brown ale. Easily.

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4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Looks great, but not the best looking beer I have had

S-Smelled delicious with a nice hoppy nutty aroma with a little bit of roasted malt note.

T-Awesome nutty malty taste with just the right amount of taste and carbonation.

M-Mouth feels is wonderful it lathers your entire mouth with a sick sweet nutty malty flavor with a hit of hops at the end.

D-Good drinkability with this beer.

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4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank at the Clysdale Brewpub, on cask 7/8/2009

Was served in an English pint glass at near 55 degrees as best I could tell. Very nice. Dark brown in color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Smells of sweet malt. Taste is super sweet, malt dominated, caramel and a touch of coffee. Hint of Pecans too. The finish has a touch of bitterness to balance, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is SUPER rich, velvety and the carbonation levels are nice and low. Drinkability is good, though not as good as some cask ales, because of the sweetness. After 2 pints or so, I would imagine it to become cloying. Regardless, an EXCELLENT beer, I suspect it is MUCH better in cask form than bottled or on tap judging by the reviews.

They just put the cask on today so this may be the first time it has been in cask form (perhaps why there are no other cask reviews?). Chicagoan's should definitely check this one out!

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4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium head that did not retain well. No lacing whatsoever. Dark brown in color with minimal carbonation

Smell: Wheat, brown malts, coffee and rye notes. There is a lot going on here.

Taste: Heavy wheat notes that are balanced by brown malt. There is a strong bisquety aftertaste here. Again, very balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium smoothness with a medium body to it. Very good for a brown ale.

Notes/Drinkability: I was very pleased with this brown ale. One of the best I have partaken of in quite awhile. Well worth the pick up and is my favorite goose island beer to date.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best brown ale I have ever had.

It looked very nice in the glass; dark brown, tan fluffy head.

The taste and smell was nuts, chocolate some mild coffee. It was slightly sweet with mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel was rich and creamy.

It sort of reminded me of porter with less of the fruity sweetness that many porters have.

Really liked it. I wish I were a better more descriptive reviewer so I could do this beer justice.

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