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 mattcrill
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Wow! A big roasted grain aroma. Also, hints of grape nuts and all things warm and toasty. No hop aroma and no off aromas noted. This beer smells great.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber colored pour. A sudsy white head forms and a few carbonation streams sneak to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: Roasted grains come through. A bit of carmelly sweetness as well. Some smokey and earthy notes in the background. This just lends complexity and doesn't overpower the palate. Just a bit of resiny American hops noted...a little off given the style but it's tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A dry finish that is slightly astringent from the roasted grains.

Overall impression: Browns don't impress me but this one stands out. I liked the malt complexity and the aroma. This is interesting and highly sessionable. If there were more examples out there like this, I'd be a much bigger fan of English browns. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of nortmand
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish red, with an off white head.

Aroma is total chocolate. Some lavender floweriness.

Roast and somewhat sweet. Choclate flavors as well and some hop bitterness. A little, teeny bit metallic.

Low-medium body, a really nice, clean session beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz brown bottle. It hasn't really been anthropomorphized, but damn, that goose on the label still looks happy!

This brown ale is a deep transluscent mahogany, a bit of light tan head that recedes after a short while.

Toffee malt on the nose, with hints of mild coffee, some milk chocolate and some hazelnut. It's all rather faint though.

The flavour is rather mild in itself. Roasted, toffee malts, milky chocolate, then a light nuttiness with a herbal, grassy hop finish. The malt, however, seems to outlast all in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied and thin, perhaps even somewhat watery in places.

This one seems to have been made as an easy-drinker, a patio session ale that might appeal to a wider market, especially since the brown ale style is fairly unassuming much of the time, and can be used as a decent stepping stone into ales. Many thanks to rudge75 and fisherman34 for the sample!

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Photo of bort11
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Medium dark chestnut brown color. Mild light tan head that recedes quickly.
Smell is muted. What is there is malty and sweet. Taste is sort of like almonds. I guess that's where the "nut" part comes from. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall, just a very average beer.

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Photo of adams82
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before April of 2007.

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. A small off white head forms and quicky dissapears, leaving traces of lacing behind.

Aroma is subtle, defiantly sweet. Maybe caramel and sweet, slightly roasted grain. Not much is revealed in the nose.

Taste is a little more up front than the smell but not by much. As they say, you taste by smell and theres not much more here than what was found on the nose. The bitterness of the roasted malts comes through more than the nose and the sweetness is more subdued. Notes of caramel and brown sugar are presnt but don't stick around too long.

A little rough around the edges in terms of mouthfeel. If I weren't reviewing, I would have drank it a little quicker. Not unplesent, but it just doesn't sit on the tounge as nicely as others.

Although I would say this beer is medium bodied, it does sit a little thin as it lacks points in the smell and taste arena. If you can get past the subtilty, this could be sessioned easily.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a medium dark brown with a nice off white head and nice lacing hanging on the sides of the glass.
The nose of this beer very non-descript with a slight roasted grain and mild sweetness coming to mind.
As far as taste, very boring. I detected a slight roast malt flavor and pretty much nothing else.
Decent mouthfeel but overall, I expected more.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A nice deep amber color, very clear. I got a nice tan head that left some lacing as it slowly waned.

Smell is not very strong. Mildly malty, with not much hops. An almost woody undertone.

Taste is again mild. Malts and hop flavors are very subdued. A little bit of a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and lightly carbonated. All in all this is a good drinkable beer that could easily be sessioned. I am not an expert by any means but it seems to be just about an average beer for this style.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost opaque. Less than a finger of tan head. Aroma is full or chocolate with a little coffee and caramel. Smells like this could be warmed and served at Starbucks. Rich malty flavor, with a strong coffee aftertaste. There is some chocolate in the flavor too, along with some toast and nuts. Full, creamy mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. This is one of the more enjoyable nut brown ales that I've had and look forward to having some more of these!

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Photo of Grundle20
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is mahogany brown with a minor cream colored head. There is average retention to the head but there is some decent lacing.

The scent is certainly nutty with hints of bittersweet chocolate. The only thing detracting from the scent of this beer is a strong alcohol presence which is odd given this beer's relatively low ABV.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The mouthfeel is full and bitter initially presenting a lot of stout qualities. Bittersweet chocolate leads this beer with various nut hints as more of a side note. The beer lightens up a little mid drink and the nut flavors present a little more fully. In the finish the bittersweet chocolate is basically gone leaving a rich pistachio flavor in its wake.

It drinks like stout light. It's a little too full flavored for casual drinking but it's certainly a good beer for sipping and meals.

Bottom Line:
A pretty good showing overall and pretty much what you would expect from Goose Island.

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Photo of TechMyst
2.03/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

very dark amber, minimal lacing and head. Their IPA is growing on me more and more. But the aftertaste on this one is a little off for me. heavy malt, more metallic than's a quality beer, just not my taste. I'd take their honkers over this...

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Photo of brdc
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful brown beer, with some golden overtones and a light tan head.
Smell is, unsurprisingly, mostly nutty, but relatively faint, with some hints of caramel as well.
Taste is somewhat disappointing; I was expecting something a bit more powerful, but is quite "delicate", with again some nuts and hints of chocolate, but dissipates way too quickly in your mouth.
It also feels a bit watered down; easy to drink but not exactly remarkable.

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Photo of StargherKing
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer was almost hazlenut colored, which I suppose would be fitting for a nut brown ale. Smell was nutty, slightly yeasty, with a certain sharpness to it. Taste was nutty, slightly bitter, with a hint of yeastyness. The carbonation was almost too much, but that may just be for my personal tastes. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, beer felt light despite the somewhat intense flavor, only real downside was the sharpness and carbonation. Whlie the beer was certainly drinkable, the downsides hurt the drinkability a bit. I could see some people loving this, but I wasn't a huge fan. I'm not in any rush to try this one again.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown with a off-white/tan one-finger milky head.Smell is slightly nutty, carmel and toasted malts also present. Taste is initially sweet with the nutty toasted carmel notes comming out, balanced nicely with a fair amount of hops, smooth finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a good amount of creamy carbonation. Overall I would have to say that this is a very drinkable beer, probably my favorite so far by Goose Island. A very solid nut brown ale.

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Photo of WonderWoman
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark copper color with bubbly carbonation and a thin head
Smelt of chocolaty coffee with hints of malt.
Giving how it smelt I thought it may taste quite like it. However, there was a taste of hazelnut dryness, more like the hulls of hazelnuts with a bitter sting at the end of the sip. I couldnÂ’t peg any other noticeable tastes in this beer.
It was highly carbonated much like pop rocks, and had a thin mouth feel.
Over all, it was a smooth nut brown but it lacked flavor

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Photo of surcorx
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good product from Goose Island, but not one of their best. It is semi-sweet richly malted with strong brown sugar-caramel over tones. It's appearance is a deep reddish brown with very light and minimal foam. It has a very strong roasted coffee caramel smell. It drinks easily. Lightly carbonated and finishes semi-sweet. That being said, this is one of those beers you are going to strongly like or not. It has a strong character.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another trade from jhammerly. Pours a clear dark brown color, some carbonation, not much of a head, basically no lacing at all. Scents of sweet malts, slight hops, roasted nuts, some and chocolate. The taste is of roasted sweet nuts/malts, nice little bitter bite in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew from GI.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very nice rubyish dark brown. A big off white head that leaves behind a little lace, but could stick around for a wee bit longer.

S - Deep rich malt with a hint of tobacoo and some nuttiness.

T/M - A well balanced, medium bodied beer, with dark malt flavors that come together in a delicious blend of tobacco, nuts, coffee and even a hint of cocoa. A really, really great mix of flavors.

D - This is another great session beer and I can't wait to have a few of these on tap the next time I'm a little further north.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another fun brew recieved via trade!!
A -Dark brown, almost thick looking in the middle of the glass. small tan head that quickly fades.
S - Rich malty aromas with just a hint of raisins.
T - Similar to smell - rich malty taste with hints of raisins, chocolate and enough hops to keep it from being too sweet but not enough to say bitter.
M - medium bodied, smooth drinking.
D- Another solid session brew!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass.
A - Clear reddish brown with half an inch of light tan foam. No lacing to speak of.
S - Caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, tobacco, and hazelnuts.
T - Malt hits you at first giving way to hazelnut and th slightest hint of bitter coffee.
M - Creamy smooth and crisp. Finishes dry.
D - I could drink this all night without my palate yelling mercy. Very enjoyable beer from Goose Island.

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Photo of rustymoore
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was advised that this was an exceptional brown ale. As far as browns go, this one is ok but I wouldn't say exceptional. Pours a deep mohagany brown with thin tan head and minimal lacing. Smells strong of expresso, nuts, and a hint of tobacco. The taste is very coffee flavored with tobacco hints rolling along. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery but decent overall. Not something I would purchase regularly but a solid brown.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pours is deep brown. Very little head or lacing to speak of which was surprising. The aroma is nice combination of bitter and sweet. Flavors are a very enjoyable blend of chocolate and a presence of honey. A mellow caramel flavor is present in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and sweet. Drinkablity is also good. Overall this is a fine nut brown ale. Another winner from Goose Island.

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Photo of malcontent
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark for a brown with above-average head & solid lacing. For a visually unremarkable genre this actually intrigues.

Smells of brown sugar and tree nuts. Some faint fruitiness exists as well.

Wow! VERY nutty. Almost a pure hazelnut taste with the malt character thrown in as an afterthought. Good-tasting but not something I'm going to go out of my way to find.

This beer has the confounding characteristic of seeming both thick & light at the same time. Perhaps the full nut flavor has misled me into thinking it's in fact heaver than it is.

I could have a couple but I most definitely must be in the mood. A change of pace type brew although there are other brown ales I'd purchase before this one

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, deep amber, with a thick, off-white rocky head. One of the better looking beers I've seen in a while.

S: I'll admit I had a bit of a cold when I reviewed this, but not much in the nose, just some toasted malt

T: Starts off big and malty up front with bitterness that seems to grow, not linger, on the palate. Some other interesting flavors as well, including treacle and malted milk. There was also some syrupy sweetness, which was subdued, and not at all unpleasent.

M: Not as creamy as I expected, it had a bit of a bite.

D: I could definately sit down to a few of these, great sessions beer.

Like a lot of Goose Island beers, this one isn't over the top, but it is a good representation of the style and I'll definately enjoy it again.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice tan head tops the dark amber liquid. It melts quickly though to just a ring of lacing.
Malty aromas with just a hint of roasted grains chocolate, and raisins.
Very malty taste with hints of raisins, coffee, chocolate and a hop drying on the end that leaves the mouth very clean.
Overall a very nice brown without excessive sweetness and a bit of alcohol warmth which is surprising due to it's moderate ABV.
Thanks to Jhammerly for this opportunity.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown and mostly see through into pilsner glass. Head foams up a bit and pretty quickly reduces into a thin lacing.

Little aroma, some nutty, roasted, burnt hints in the nose. Has a sweet roasted flavor really noticable in the back of the mouth. Goes down pretty smooth, has a very dry finish with an almost harsh aftertaste.

I wouldn't drink a few of these at a time but like one every now and again. Worth trying, nothing too great though.

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Nut Brown Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,073 ratings