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

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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Ratings: 1,073 |  Reviews: 455
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -10.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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 chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smithj4
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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 olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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