Nut Roll Ale
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Nut Roll AleNut Roll Ale
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #621
Ranked #43,552
3.61 | pDev: 14.96%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Nut Roll AleNut Roll Ale
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 152 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ramrod666:
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ramrod666 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Apr 26, 2014
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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mar 01, 2021
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Aug 04, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now, as much as I would like to give the previous reviewer credit for providing this to me, my local in-person trader, tone77 was not a part of the process. Instead, it came from my neighbor's singles cooler and once more, I had to wait for the picture to be approved before popping the cap. Out of season?!? Well, which season is it now? It sure as s**t does not feel like Spring!

From the bottle: "Winter Ale"; "Nut Brown Ale Malt Beverage with Natural Flavors Added"; "Contains No Nuts".

No nuts?!? What?!? I feel like a nut right about now! I will never forget the spirited debate in class many years ago over crunchy vs. smooth peanut butter. Finally, one student blurted out, "For me, it's gotta be crunchy! I love the feel of nuts in my mouth!" I had to leave the room as educators are NOT supposed to laugh at anything students say. The room erupted at that point.

My pour resulted in a finger of thick, light-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with seemingly good clarity given the low level of light penetration that I was able to generate. I REALLY need an SRM chart if anyone has an extra! Nose was characteristically sugary sweet as befits the style, but with a slight grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium but the sweetness was cut with a cinnamon spiciness. Would they have spiced this beer for the holidays? If so, high kudos! Loads of sticky lacing began to appear as I drank through it. Finish was slightly spicy with a definite cinnamon stick flavor. How brilliant is that? I have always liked their St. Nicklaus Bock in the Winter, but this would be great with the Old Lady by the fire.

May 25, 2013
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Apr 10, 2012
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 21, 2013
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark amber to brown, head is tan with fine bubbles and presents 1 inch thick with some lacing.

Smell is vanilla, light cinnamon, then touch of cocoa and caramel malt.

Taste is similar to the aroma with moderate dose of vanilla and cinnamon first, then lighter chocolate malt/cocoa/caramel malt - a light maple like finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, a bit dry on the tongue.

I was not too excited for this brew at first look, but the execution is better than the name may lead to believe. A sweeter brown ale with moderate but drinkable vanilla and cinnamon flavor.

Jan 21, 2017
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foureyedgeek from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 28, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that rapidly dissipated, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of nutty malts and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the spicy flavors are prominent and include notes of cinnamon and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking beer for the holidays that has an interesting mix of spices and isn't as heavy compared to the typical winter warmers.

Dec 16, 2012
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at brass rail, enjoyed the 12oz in a goblet chilled.

The color is dark brown with opaque clarity and thin quick dropping light head with fine bead. Lace and retention is decent. The smell is very light with malt and nutty roast odor with light coffee like smell. with a slight sweet malt presence. The feel has light body and semi-sweet texture with moderate carbonation and lightly chalky accent with semi-dry finish.

The taste has a gentle nuttiness with slight dried fruit and sweet caramel and moderately strong vanilla extract type flavor with slight chalky element and dry earthy finish with mild toasted grain and caramel in the finish. Overall I think this is a pretty decent yet a little smooth with out much nutty flavor compared to its inspiration with a basic vanilla nut brown effect which is good but could be better

Dec 14, 2014
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dtx00 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%

Dec 26, 2012
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Freggs from New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Nov 03, 2012
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 24, 2015
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- dark amber almost cola like color. Half finger bubbly head that leaves a hilly lacing.

S- cinnamon and vanilla

F- cinnamon and clove spice with hints of vanilla

M- creamy and chewy. Carbonated and bubbly

O- over carbonated and the spices dominate over the vanilla a tad much.

Feb 24, 2017
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the tap a deep sable just a whisker above coal black with a decent pale tan head. Strong, malty aroma has a firm overtone of horehound and notes of clove and cinnamon. Flavor has malty, nutty, caramel and horehound notes with a subtle undertone like chocolate milk. Sweetness is not too strong, though. Texture is about average, typical body but good fizz. Roll up to this one.

Jun 04, 2015
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hustlesworth from Ohio

3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

part of the penn brewing "gourmet selection" 12-pack

A- pours a clear reddish amber with orange highlights. the creamy beige head is dense and sticky and kills it with christmas lace.

S- as expected, a nutty spiced holiday aroma. hazelnuts, pecan, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, and maybe the faintest dash of cinnamon. brown sugar and toffee caramel malt, and minute hop earthiness. worried about this one because the bottle clearly states "natural flavors added" and "contains no nuts". hope what i'm smelling isn't artificial hazelnut syrup or something.

T- yep, tastes like a nut roll. tastes EXACTLY like a holiday nut roll. and since i know there wasn't a nut roll in the mash, i'm feeling weird. hazelnut, pecan, walnut, candied orange peel, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, and pepper. even some pine and brown sugar. there's an earthy assertive hoppiness (thank goodness) to contrast the sweetness of the flavorings and the malt. cocoa and coffee malt notes hold their own as well.

MF- the artificial taste and aroma carry over to an artificial feel, just like leinenkugel's fireside. which was BLECH. funny diet soda feeling body and understated carbonation. unpleasant cheek feel.

D- glad to have tried it due to my sincere respect for penn brewery, but the whole thing is a little off in my opinion. maybe next year take a tip from great lakes or thirsty dog when making a spiced ale. i'll give the other bottle away to a less than cheerful family member.

Nov 21, 2011
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vwbus7 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Jun 26, 2014
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rdub from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 09, 2017
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Mar 24, 2013
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2013-01-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear dark mahogany with a 2-finger tan head that fades to 1/3-finger very quickly leaving very good lacing.

S - Date nut bread, maple syrup, nuts. Very sweet smelling.

T - Tastes like a diet soda version of date nut bread. There's also some banana, citrus and even a little pine. The finish reminds me of what your mouth tastes like after stopping chewing gum, in this case, date nut gum (if such a thing existed). It tastes artificial. The bottle says "Natural Flavors Added".

M - Medium body and carbonation. The substantial, smooth feel seems appropriate to date-nuttiness aspect of the beer.

O - Not my cup of tea. It's not bad but not my idea of a brown ale / winter warmer. Can't get past the artificial taste so I'll not be seeking this one out again. Interestingly, my wife liked this a LOT more than me so she finished the other half of the bottle.

Jan 01, 2013
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a fairly dark brown with a slight reddish undertone. The 1/2” light tan head leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes slowly but there is a ring of foam. Sipping creates a few scattered patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head soon recedes to an irregular shaped island on the liquid.

The aromas include some subtle medium roasted malt with chocolate, cinnamon and some vanilla in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with a toasted malt sweetness, almost like chocolate, up front against the background of cinnamon and vanilla. All of which become more noticeable as the beer warms. There's very little hop bitterness in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with the moderate but persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the toasted malt flavor starts to fade, allowing the cinnamon and vanilla to play a more prominent role before they fade away, along with the sweetness, to leave a hint of bitterness that is more like roasted malt than hops.

Overall I liked this beer and thought it was well made. So I'll be looking to have another. The sweetness is well controlled, the spices are noticeable but not overdone. This one is reasonably temperature sensitive in that the prominence of different flavors seems to change as the beer warms. I also think I’d prefer just a bit more dry bitterness in the end since the sweetness does come close to being a too bit much.

Jan 15, 2017
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a winter mix 12 pack.

Pours a dark amber color, approaching brown color, thinnish head that fades fast, not too much lacing on the glass.

Smell is kind of like a tootsie roll, pleasant yet disgusting at the same time haha, a sugary caramel sweetness envelopes the aroma and makes me think this is diabetes in a bottle.

Tastes is not super sweet as anticipated yet the tootsie roll caramel flavors definitely take the forefront, vanilla extract, not as nutty as you would think, medium to high carbonation, body seems a bit thin though.

May 05, 2012
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irishevans from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

Nov 30, 2014
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Morey from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 02, 2013
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at the source, received in a pint glass.

3.5 A: It's dark in here, but I think it's a clear light brown color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Average retention and a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: An almost musty sweet nuttiness. Sweet brown sugar with plenty of toastiness and maple syrup.

3.75 T: All of the above flavors but in different proportions. Less sweet than the nose with reasonable complexity.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Bity carbonation with moderate creaminess.

3.75 D: I'm a sucker for brown ales and the maple syrup thing does a good job drawing me in.

Dec 22, 2015
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