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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Reviews: 453 | Ratings: 1,071
Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a rockin' good nut brown! Great color, darker then most browns. Very deep brown and glowing, with a light head of foam that fizzes out quickly. Aroma city with this stuff, excellent coffee tone with a strong nut and caramel roastyness. The smell of this stuff was sooo gooood. Tastes just as wonderful as it smells echoing all the aromas with superb balance of sweet caramel malt, hazelnut, some chestnut & pecan maybe, with cocoa and vanilla like notes. Smooth medium body and solid nutty hold on the tongue and mouth. Drinkable, you bet! Very drinkable, very good, very flavored. Great googlymoogly Goose Island has done a great job on this brew.

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

Clear mohagony hue. Thin, creamy light brown head recedes to a collar in about a minute. Lacing is spotty at best. Nice little roasted nut/vanilla bean/coffee nose. The taste is very pleasant. Some underlying cocoa accentuates the roasted qualities nicely. Mix in a little hop bitterness and flavor, and this is not too bad. One of my favorite brown ales. The carbonation is just right to provide a creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium full and the overall drinkability of this brew lends itself to a nice session beer.

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

This brown ale poured clear and dark-coffee brown with a hint of red when held to the light. There was rich tan foam, and lively carbonation. The smell was very nice: caramel, sweet malty, a bit of chocolate - a rich "creamy" aroma. The taste was malty with some coffee and caramel; not overly sweet with some hop bitterness, and a lingering caramel flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a balance of hops and caramel. This was a very drinkable dark brown ale.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

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Photo of purplehops
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex Nut pours a deep Walnut brown with a tan head that last for some time. Little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet malt with some hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste starts with rich notes of caramel malt and effervescence on the tip of the tongue. This quickly moves on to a blend of chocolate, coffee, caramel and grain flavors. The finish is sweet in taste but dry in feel to the mouth. Aftertaste is chocolate and malt with hints of coffee and cocoa. The mouthfeel is medium to light with a well balanced carbonation.
Overall a very nice brown ale for the person ( i.e. me ) who really doesn't like brown ales that much. Much sweeter and richer than most brown ales but balanced not cloyingly sweet. Would like to see a wee bit more hop flavor come through in the finish.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't sample many nut brown ales throughout the year, but this is one of the better ones I have had of the American variety. Poured a very rich, darkish brown. Darker than I had anticipated. Smelled of rich malt with some toastiness. The finest and bare minimum of lacing, surrendering everywhere but the very edges of my pint glass. Taste has the nutty quality, but also an equally partnering chocolate-malt/light roast tang - a bit unique. Nice craft brew.

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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 Quaffer
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a very dark brown ale, with red hues around the edges of the glass where the light came through. The head was pretty thin and left little lace on the glass

Smell: A farly rich smell that had no nuttiness to it that I could detect. Kind of disappointing considering that this is a nut brown ale.

Mouthfeel: At first I thought this beer was rather thin, but the more I drank, the fuller it seemed to become. I don't quite know what to attribute that to.

Taste:This beer wasn't bad. It was dry and had a sort of bitter, bile flavor that I sometimes detect in certain beers. That is not a bad thing, mind you, just the best description that I can come up with for that flavor. I didn't really detect much malt or hops. Just a dry bitterness. It was good, though.

Overall, not bad. I have had it before and think I enjoyed it more that time, however.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was very dark brown with a little amber coloring. The head was dissappointing lasting for only a minute or two. The aroma was very strong with caramel, malts, and maybe some chocolate. Very little nut taste for a nut brown ale but still very good. Very little hops to speak of. One of the best nut brown ales I've tried, especially for the price. I look forward to trying more of the Goose Island products.

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Photo of jackndan
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hex Nut Brown: from Goose Island in Chicago. A very brown beer, with not much of a head. I do recall that at one time I was not much of a fan of this beer, but it does appear that it has grown on me. Not much head, but the taste is fairly decent, very malty, not much in the way of hops, but all in all a nice brew.

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

Deep brown with ruby highlights. Has a light brown head with good lace-work. Has a toasted malt aroma as well as a nutty aroma. The flavors are of sweet toast/roast malt. Chocolate and nutty flavors weave their way through this brew. The hop bitterness is way in the background on this one. The carbonation is at a low level with this light-medium bodied beer. Overall, this is an excellent beer, with various nutty and toasty malt flavors. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of maxpower
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown color, bready-caremel aroma. Small off white head, doesn't last long, sweet nutty malt flavor, starts sweet and finishes clean, light body, watery mothfeel, but does have some good flavor.

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

Poured an almost opaque brown with a foamy light tan head. Aroma consisted of chocolate malt, roasted caramel and nuts. Taste is of bitter chocolate, burnt malt and a strong smokey finish. The finish kept reminding me of the taste of a full-bodied cigar. Very complex and satisfying brown ale.

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Photo of zerk
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with a thin tan head that settles quickly and nearly dissapears. Aroma of roasted malt... coffee and chocolate. Flavor isn't nutty at all... a lot of roasted chocolate flavor. Light to medium body with low carbonation. A very solid beer, but nothing that really jumps out at you. A good session ale.

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

Dark mahogany brown with a thin, but persistant beige head.
Toasted malty aroma with underlying carmel sweetness.
Taste begins, and stays, heavy on the toasted and roasted aspects. Burnt wheat bread toast, coupled with some mocha hues. Chocolate towards the background. More carmel sweetness develops as this warms, along with miniscule dark fruit hints. Herbal hops close this one out.
No nuttiness is perceived at any point, in fact this has less nuts than the French.
Robust and full in the mouth. Light carbonation. Hearty and enjoyable.
A workman-like brew. Solid all around, but not memorable in any special way.

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

More enjoyable than Newcastle's version, but a little more pricey as well. I tasted a hint of nutmeg and/or brown sugar (I don't know my spices that well), and this Ale managed to be both smooth and robust at the same time. Good stuff.

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Photo of Todd
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark wood stain brown beer with a lasting light tan lace.

Malty, healthy dose of caramel and some chocolate, sweet milky coffee and grain. Faint roasted.

Medium- to full-bodied with an even mouthfeel and meaty, malty dextrin backbone. Not overly sweet, but definitely malty. Caramel, chocolate, touch of day old coffee way in the back, light raisin, earthy, light metallic. All the malt flavours are smoothed together with a bit of roasted headlining and a soft tea-like herbal hop character providing some balance. Esters towards the end. Pretty clean finish, some burnt notes, a tad dry.

This is one of those "all body" beers., but a pretty decent stab at an English Brown ale. Would have liked a bit more depth of flavour.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with small, fleeting head. Aromas are present though hard to describe. Upon tasting it, I would describe the smell as I would the taste--sweet. Rather smooth yet with a hint of maltiness and darkness toward the end. Smooth and drinkable--a fine, midline brew.

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

This beer poured a dark reddish amber color and formed a light tan head that subsided quickly and left some lace. It had an aroma of hops, caramel and malt. The flavor was of malt and caramel. The finish was medium, slightly creamy with a defininate caramel aftertaste. Not as good as some of their others, but still a good beer.

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

Hex Nut is a good name with hints of roasted nuts, chocolate and almost coffee like.Is it a porter or almost stout-like? I was surprised by this dark ruby-brown brew with a tan ( shortlived ) head and lace.I found it a cool brew with a cool name that fits.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer while traveling. It was served with a thin head that quickly disappeared. Slightly malty, roasted grain aroma. Very mild, subtle taste. Seemed to be well made, with no flaws, but not very interesting.

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Photo of packetknife
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems more like a porter. Nice and mealy. Roasted nuts and chocolate. Dark color with a hint of auburn. Very light sweet smell. Perhaps my favorite available Nut Brown.

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Photo of marc77
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark ruby / brown in color. Light nutty and bready malt in aroma, just a touch of dark chocolate. A mellow but earthy Willamette hop nose is there as well. Lightly bodied, w/ an agreeable mouthfeel that adds to the drinkability. Slight chocolate and biscuit malt flavors are most noticeable, since hop bitterness and flavor is quite mild. Very clean overall, with nothing outstanding or offensive in taste. Finishes with slight caramel sweetness. Hex Nut is innocuous, drinkable, but perhaps a bit bland. It could easily pass for a mild.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

impressive. very dark brown color, tan head that fades quickly. faint notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, prunes and other dark fruit tease the nose along with some hops. moderate body.....the taste backs up what the nose has already detected. delicious. crisp in the finish with some hops just to balance.

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,071 ratings.
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