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Nut Roll Ale | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hustlesworth on 11-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
135
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
33.05%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 135
Photo of Tucquan
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a huge head that ends up about two fingers high. The nose is as expected - nutty and bready. The nut roll essence also translates into the flavor profile. The deal-breaker for this offering is the somewhat fake flavor on the finish.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First year for this winter seasonal. Penn Nut Roll Ale. Got 'er in a pint glass.

Translucent mahogany brown color. Couldn't get much head off the pour, so a linger of foam sits on the surface.

Smells of sweet roast and spices. A little nutty, like a poppyseed roll. Caramelized sugar, like baklava, with that candied nut smell wafting. Malty and very sweet in the nose for a brown ale.

Very nice! Hearty sweet flavors of candied walnut, brown sugar, graham cracker crust, molasses, and delectable sweet English malts. A little bit of chocolate and hazelnut liqueur. This is what I'm looking for in a winter brown ale.

Drinks a little choppy with some side-cheek carbonation bristling effect. Subtly warming with gentle festive spice.

I always get my fair share of St. Nick Bock, but I like having this second option this time of year. Recommended.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

tap

Pours a mostly hazy dark brown, minimal head.

Hints of clove and brown sugar in the nose with some mild bitterness.

Bland taste, flat caramel malts and not much else.

Medium body with minimal carbonation.

An otherwise appealing offering that falls short in the single most important area: taste. I like the idea of this beer and hope they try it again, but I'd be lying if I said this year's version was worth having, or at least this particular batch.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-murky brown with a lack of head

S-dark grains and adjunct malts. Some nuttiness. Medium strength. Some winter spices.

T-comes in with a decent taste of sweet chocolate and well that's more and less it. It has decent strength, but not much boldness and there's nothing else to it. Artificial tasting. Lack of after-taste

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-it doesn't taste bad, but it's pretty boring. It's really not much like a nut roll, only has a slight hint of nut really. Almost adjunct tasting. Easy drinking though and not disgusting.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.01/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Not a big fan off adding things to beer, but I take exception here. Dipped the rim of the glass in vanilla vodka and then dipped it in cinnamon sugar. A nice dessert beer especially with the ladies

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Photo of nukem5
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark coffee color with reddish hues and some nice lacing. Also great foam cap on top light tan in color 1/2 inch thick.

S: Aroma is nutty and sweet with a caramel note in the mix.

T: Taste is also nutty and sweet brown sugar nutmeg clove ginger all the spices in my Grandmothers nut roll of long ago, very good and definitely holiday.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium body with a decent carbonation level.

O: Overall great to have as desert after that big holiday meal, but wound not want to drink more than 2 in a sitting, odd but good.

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Photo of lastmango
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates to a thin head. Moderate lacing. Aroma was a bit floral with a hint of malt. I did not notice the vanilla. Taste - Malt hit first followed by a spiciness like clove and cinnamon. Light-moderate carbonation. This beer is ok but it is not one that would seek.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light chocolate/caramel color with a creamy off-white head. Plenty of carbonation but very little lacing. Definitely smells of caramel, toffee and roasted malt. Initial taste is pleasant with hints of toffee, coffee and caramel also. It then mellows out to a sweet toffee finish. Overall this brew will hold its own with any amber style all, really enjoyed!

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Photo of beerdedking
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice brown ale here. Vanilla, cocoa, and toasted almond wrapped in a blanket sprinkled with brown sugar. Mouthfeel is substantial for a beer of this ABV. Will revisit...

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Photo of frenchblood21
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance- Deep red in color, almost brown. Cream colored head that goes away as soon as you're down pouring.

Smell- I get sweet bread and nuts right away. Vanilla frosting and malty hops comes through. Really quite remarkable.

Taste- Tastes just like it smells. It is a mystery to me how Penn Brewing can make a beer taste just like a holiday dessert.

Mouthfeel- My bottle was very flat. It had almost no carbonation at all. Thin and without much body.

Overall- A great beer to try once a year. I am still in amazement at how this beer taste just like a nut roll.

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Photo of brewsadedotcom
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle from South Hills Market District

A: Pours with a think half inch head that fades quickly. Clear amber color.

S: Aroma has notes of walnuts, coffee and caramel

T: The presence of the roasted malt is not as pronounced as other brown ales I've had. The spices leave a sweet almost tangy aftertaste.

M: Body is much thinner than expected.

O: I'm a big fan of Penn Brewery so it pains me to say that I did not like this at all. Seems to be just a mediocre brown ale with some christmas spices thrown in. Would not purchase again.

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Photo of CheapHysterics
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Normally I at least like stuff from Penn Brewery. Sometimes I love it - St. Nikalous Bock and Penn Gold, for example. Nut Roll Ale was an unpleasant surprise.

A - Nice brown color but almost no head from a rough pour. What little foam there was disappeared quickly.

S - Vanilla, sweet fruit, and a bit of dark malts. Didn't get any of the "nutty aroma" advertised on the bottle.

T - Tastes like it smells, but in a bad way. Nowhere near enough hops to balance the sweetness. The vanilla, even though I don't think it's artificially flavored, it tastes kinda artificial with a chemically/medicinal note on the finish that is just off.

M - Body is decent but the carbonation was prickly in a soda pop kinda way.

O - With so many great winter and holiday beers out there, this one is absolutely not worth trying. Avoid it.

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Photo of Beer_Store_Guy
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know why everyone treats this beer so unfavorably. I tried basically every winter beer this year (2013-14) and this was one of my favorites. Call me biased because it's from my hometown but this can hold its ground next to the more aggressive beers of the season. It's got the subtle spices that you'd want in a winter beer but it doesn't brag. The relatively low alcohol content doesn't make it much of a sipper but Pittsburgh winters have the mildness to match. Overall, I'm glad I found this in a variety pack but I would probably not buy a whole case of it.

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Photo of SNUZ
1.53/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A- who cares?

S- weak musky

T- Terrible!!!

M- Cant focus on this due to the horrid taste

O- Could only bring myself to sip twice. Never again!! Good thing I have this Reuben and potato salad to mask what I just tasted! I predict tis keg will take a long time to kick, and wont come from people requesting seconds.

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Nut Roll Ale from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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