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Nut Brown Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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

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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Reviews: 451 | Ratings: 1,068
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour, with foaming white head. Malty aroma. Average mouthfeel. Malty,including chocolate malts,caramel, making it easily drinkable, and not too sweet.Some nut flavour offsets, as well as some decent hops. Suitable carbonation. Refreshing.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice deep brown color, a light tan colored head on top with a good retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer had a big malt nose with a healthy amount of roasted nuts also. There is a decent amount of yeast aromas too. The taste of the beer is nicely roasted, it's sweet too up front and finishes with a good bitterness. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy and smooth, subtle carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this beer is quite good in my opinion. I would enjoy this one over and over again I think.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It's very dark amber in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a distinct nutty aroma in the nose, as notes of caramel and chocolate malts.
T: The taste is somewhat complex with flavors of caramel, chocolate, hazelnuts, roasted malts and toffee. There is a bit of sweetness in the overall taste and any bitter flavors from the hops are well hidden.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is relatively smooth.
D: The beer is very drinkable and quite sessionable. It would definitely pair well with food as the flavors in the taste are not very overpowering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nutty and lightly chocolatey, Goose Island's Nut Brown Ale captures the spirit of northern English brown ales very well. With enough succulence to appease the taste buds but creamy-dry enough to be thirst quenching, this brown ale does it all.

Capped by a sturdy but understated sandy-tan head, the beer underneath shows colors of garnet and ruby with all is lustrous clarity and broken lace. The beer is quite handsome.

Chocolate and walnut fill the nose, as well do complementary aromas of starchy malt, buttered toast, and light woody hops. The sweet back of mild toffee gives shape to the malt and allures the first sip.

Deliciously malty with oily walnut, medium chocolate, hazelnut, pecan, bread crust, medium toast, vanilla, and freshly kilned barley. Less sweet that one would imagine, the flavors of toffee are there but not with all the associated sweetness. Instead, the majority of sweetness is supplanted with the starchy taste of Whoppers candy. Thrown in are enough of the noble English hops to provide a broad and structured earthen bitter balance. Most of the bitterness seem easily derived from walnut oils.

Medium bodied, the low-lying carbonation that's responsible for the low head character is also responsible for the restrained creaminess to give impressions of fullness and richness. But the carbonation washes away the creaminess and sweetness and allows for a finish of wood dryness, mint-like alcohol warmth, and mild toast.

It's an any-occasion type of beer that stands alone in taste, provides high refreshment, and complements nearly any entree from caramelized meats to sauteed vegetables, and even desert afterwards.

A good Nut Brown, however, I think I got an expired bottle. Opens up with nich roasted aroma followed by hop, chocolate, and pecan aromas; most of which were a little subdued. Brown-ruby colors revealed a moderate tan head with some lacing. Flavors brought in the roasted, chocalate, toffee, vanilla, pecan, walnut flavors behind a solid dark malt base. Fermentation brought a good sourness, when added to the hop bitterness, offset the sweetness nicely. Medium body revealed good creamy texture aided by good carbonation. Finished a bit grainy and abrupt. Age of the bottle showed flavors of cardboard and copper. Must try a fresher bottle to compare.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a bubbly tan head; bits of lace cling here and there to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Brown bread, mocha and nuts

Taste: Somewhat honey sweet brown bread up front, with a nutty mocha flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bready but sweet flavor mellows out with a bit of tobacco and nut flavor lingering on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Taking what can be a boring style
and making it interesting is a test of the brewer's skill; kudos to GI for this one

Thanks, Wadsey, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Indybigtom: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with good foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with subtle notes of nuts. Taste is also dominated by some nutty caramel malt with a dry ending with limited hops presence. Medium body with good carbonation. Well done session ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Color is a moderate brown color with some bright highlights and the light. The nose is sligtly nutty with a bit of toffee.

Flavor brings some nutty characteristics along with some caramel and toffee. A light earthiness is present as well. Good body with nice carbonation. This is quite nice and it's too bad that GI won't be bottling this any longer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/dark brown color with a bubbly, tan, one-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled very nutty. Also, smelled of grains and malt.

T - It had a smooth nutty flavor. There was also a nice caramel malt taste and a good bready flavor. There was a subtle hop kick.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brown ale. Good nut flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Also seemed like a porter to me,very chocolaty and malty like one.Somewhat nutty undertones,cant drink to many somewhat heavy,but well crafted.Would like to try on tap.

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

Dark walnut infused with ruby red. The tan colored crown is average in size and eventually falls to a thin film, leaving respectable amounts of tattered lace in the process. The aroma is enjoyable: brown malts with a hint of coffee.

This English brown tastes a little like a weak porter as well. It's malty sweet with echoes of coffee and chocolate. There isn't much hoppiness, but hops do add something to the flavor in a subtle way. Considering the style, there's nothing wrong with the body/mouthfeel.

Goose Island Hex Nut Brown Ale tastes like I hoped it would. I prefer porters and stouts, but this one hits all of its style marks right on the nose. This is a quality brew that I'll be sure to look for again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, cola-like mahogany body with a small white head.

Smell: Toasted grain aroma with a good measure of maltiness and notes of brown sugar

Taste: Nutty, dark caramel flavor with a reserved level of sweetness. Light earthy bitterness. Nearing the finish there's some roastiness and even a hint of dusty, dry cocoa. Finishes dry and just a bit chalky.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavorful and quite drinkable. This IS what I want in a brown ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this one in a trade a long while back, and have had a couple since, but I am just getting around to reviewing it now. Decided to open another one up last night, just for the reason of the review, and for the fact that this is simply one outstanding session ale to say the least. A sure classic, I opened up the twelve ounce bottle straight out of the fridge and proceeded to pour it into a pint glass.

The pour was very nice, with a deep, reddish tinted brown being poured out and into the glass. Quite impressed with the nice hazelnut tone of it, this was definitely going to be a keeper. Nice carbonation could be seen through the clear appearance of the liquid. A nice two inch high head of white lace then crept up over the top of it and settled down nicely into a thin crown that was draped across the top. Some decent side glass lacing as well, left me with the impression of a solid brown ale.

The aroma was very sweet, with lots of caramel malts leading the charge on this one. Hints of nuts, and a touch of molasses as well had me going right away. As it warmed we then were able to pick up some notes of bready malts, a slight biscuit like aroma and a hint of some fresh grass type of smell. Definitely much more complex then your normal brown ale. The flavor was spectacular and this really started to exceed my expectations at this point. Started out with a nice rush of sweet caramel, and this was quickly coating the inside of the mouth, leaving everything with a nice sweet film to it. As it passed the aftertaste gave in to much of the nuttiness that I had been looking for. A very nice pecan or almond like flavor, with a nice vinous like bitter bite to it. Very interesting indeed. Some notes of bready malts, and grain in the back and a nice slightly hopped, and a touch dry finish to it.

Very nicely carbonated, this was an easy bet for a medium bodied brown ale. This was absolutely brilliantly done, with no slickness or thinness apparent to it, this was just a high quality ale if I had ever seen one. Nice smooth feel and a great finish. One of the easiest drinking ales I have ever run across. With a nice smooth feel, and a delightfully surprising rich palate, this one was definitely a keeper. Very low ABV of around 4% only served to egg you on to have more of it. I could have continued on with this one for the rest of the day without much of an effort at all!

Overall I thought this one was outstanding, and one of the best session ales I have had in a long time. I would love to see brewers turn more to doing things like this as it really shows off what can be done without going to the extreme.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, honey, maple, caramel and a touch hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, maple and caramel. Then a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this si a decent brown ale to drink for a while.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pint on tap in Florida. Pours dark brown with a very durable, creamy tan head. The aroma suggests a mix of light, medium and, perhaps, some dark malts with a complexity such as one might get from a bit of wild yeast.

Some nice complexity in the taste too, with a overall medium roasted malt base and some earthy British hops.

The feel is very smooth, with good carbonation but a touch too watery.

O: clearly above average for style.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, nuttiness, dark bread, brown sugar, floral, and slight dark fruitiness. Excellent aromas with great complexity and balance of dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, toast, brown sugar, floral, and slight dark fruits. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, brown sugar, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of dark malt flavors; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent brown ale! Great balance and robustness of dark malt flavors; with a great mouthfeel and smooth drinking. A highly enjoyable offering; one of the best brown ales I have had.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's, Media, PA

I really bought this for cooking, but I drank what wasn't used in the recipe, so. Dark mahogany color, nearly opaque in the dim light, but still clear, with a lasting fizzy tannish head. Toasted grains on the nose, and not much else. Taste of toasted grains, light caramel, cocoa powder, earth, leading to an uncomfortable metallic twinge that turned to chalk in my mouth. Not bad at first, but just really turned bland and almost sour quickly. It's no secret that I'm not a fan of brown ales, and this one wasn't among the better I've had. Decent and drinkable...for the style in general. At least it went to good use in my marinade.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass (thought I would try it out). Pours a nice head that fizzles down quickly.

Color is a nice toasty dark brown. Smell is just like the taste. Roasted malts are present. A nice decent amount of hops are clear also, making the balance excellent.

The mouthfeel is pretty awesome,very smooth and there is a hint of alcohol present when left floating around inside.

I really like brown ales and this one is pretty good representation of they style.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Decent head that drops down to a thin light tan lace, clear and deep mahogany hue.

Smell: Sweet aroma with a caramel and cake like maltiness with a mild fruitiness.

Taste: Sturdy medium body with a smoothness that ends with a snappy dryness. Toasted and caramel flavours flex all over the palate with a dark sweet bread and mild husk. Hops drop an even keel bitterness with a light earthy herbal flavour. Faint fruitiness and estery alcohol are within the malt sweetness. Long lingering dry malt character pulling in an almost puckering dryness.

Notes: A good drinking brown ale, more of an English style (sweet) brown ale. If you are into malty brown ales this one will do you right. Good pairing with chocolate and / or caramel sweets.

A good drinking brown ale, more of an English style (sweet) brown ale. If you are into malty brown ales this one will do you right. Good pairing with chocolate and / or caramel sweets.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this...pours brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing. Finishes a bit dry, toasty & a bit grainy

S: Toasty malt & wet grain

T: Toasty malt, a touch of toffee & some leafy hops up front. As this warms I get grainyness, more toasty malt & nuttyness

MF: Medium bodied, semi-creamy with restrained carbonation

Easy drinker & a very solid brown that's going in the rotation this summer!

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown color and cloudy (bottle says unfiltered). Sizable tan head that recedes in a rocky fashion. Some chunky lace on the glass.

Pleasant mocha aroma. Slightly chalky.

I think I taste black patent malt. It is darker tasting brown ale, closer to a stout in some ways. The aftertaste is long lasting with chocolate and coffee notes. The body is as expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tawny ruby brown hue with a creamy toffee tan head leaves retains well as it slowly dwindles leaves behind thick patches of scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: A nutty chocolate toned edge in the forefront with creamy milky sweetness in the finish with roasted edges I feel this beer is a very nice representation of an English Style Nut Brown ale. Taste: Smooth flowing wave of darker roasted malt sweetness tailed by a touch of bitterness characteristics that shine is the toasted nut with caramel edges very nice chocolate creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body very silky texture light carbonation allows this very quaffable. Drinkability: Nice brew I could definitely see myself drinking and enjoying this side by side with Sammy Smith's version.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that shows some light. Head is very thick. Quite a bit of lacing forms on the way down. Flavor is smooth. Noticeable sweet edge almost like honey upon first impression. Nice malted aspects as well. Nothing really crazy going on here, but it is definitely smooth. Good feel on all levels. This is a very nice brown ale. I would love to try this on cask.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one:

Pours very dark, shiny, brown - almost black - with a thin tan head that stays.

The smell is of toffee, nuts, and a touch of roast. Smells like it will be sweet, with some dark fruitiness. Robust.

The taste is of toffee, nuts - sweet maltiness - with some coffee-ish roastiness. A subtle bitterness takes edge off of the sweetness, though it remains malty sweet in character.

It is on the full side of medium-bodied.

Thin is a nice malty English-style brown ale!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown color, and a small tan head. Aroma is soft, nutty, notes of caramel, toffee. Nice initial hop play on the palate, with solid malty sensation coming in from behind. Full-bodied and full of flavor. Warm, toasty, and tasty, the nut flavors continue through the finish. Well-textured and satifying, a perfectly delicious ale. Great craft-brews like this really show up the naked emperors of the big beer world, like the dismal, thin Newcastle.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very light tan head, manages just slightly over two fingers, sort of uneven, but sits on a VERY dark brown walnut and red edged body. This looks almost like a porter just playing with some black here and there. Not bad looking.

Great solid smelling brew. Chocolate malts, and faint roasty nuts, chewy, slight sweetness just wanting to creep out with a nice creamy clotted edge. Very nice.

Palate doesn't deliver. Very light bodied wet sense doesn't bring malt forward. No sense of richness of malt or even hint of sugar sweetness. Finish lacks roast and depth. Mouthfeel besides wet has some odd carbonation that seems to take away form the palate.

I was hoping to say more, but there really isn't much else to say. Passable, but nothing memorable or desirable for this style. Too bad things seemed to start off quite well.

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