Motor City Brewing Nut Brown Ale | Motor City Brewing Works

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Motor City Brewing Nut Brown AleMotor City Brewing Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Motor City Brewing Works
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 64
Photo of ARoman
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a snifger. The aroma is grape jelly and toast that mellows towards a praline aroma. The beer is dark and oily looking with a cola color, and is topped by a light tan head that's dense, but thin and soap with a filmy surface that has a light retention and specks of lace. The beer is a medium sweet and light bitter. It's water thin and smooth with a fizzy carbonation and a light body. Flavors of dry molasses and nuts and dominant on the palate with a finish that's spicy with toast and alight coffee flavor. The dry aftertaste is clean with notes of spice and toast.

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Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/19/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light fruitiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light fruitiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light fruitiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very good English brown ale style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Motor City Brewing's Nut Brown Ale in their new variety 12 pack for $20 a couple days ago at The Lager Mill. I'm not too familiar with this brewery so I thought I would get the variety pack and give most of their lineup a try and I thought I would start off with their Nut Brown Ale, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty nice, I like the skull and crossbones made with a rusty nut and two wrench's, it looks good and it ties in well with the name of the brewery. It poured a hazy dark brown color that took more of a mahogany color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of off white/very light tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking Brown Ale, but it could have used some better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a real nice nutty aroma showing up front that has a nice natural nutty aroma to it. Up next comes a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, brown bread, light biscuity, light caramel malt, and toasted malt aromas. This Brown Ale had a very nice aroma that was very true to style, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of malts being the first to show up and they impart all those nice malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the toasted malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a pretty big nutty flavor, i can't pin point what nut it tastes like, but to me it's just got a good and authentic nutty flavor that I like. On the finish there's a lower amount of bitterness with a toasted malt, grainy, a very nutty aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Nut Brown Ale, I have no complaints.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I wish it was just a little thicker with less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a pretty good example of a Nut Brown Ale and it may be the most nut forward Brown Ale I have had and I thought the nuttyness worked well with the good brown ale base. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see drinking a few of these without getting bored with it and I think it would make for a nice beer to enjoy in the fall. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, I thought it was very nice and the nutty aromas worked really well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but i was this beers weakest point, it was a little watery and a little over carbonated. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a Nut Brown Ale and if I could find it on it's own I could see myself buying a couple bottles and maybe a six pack. I would recommend this beer to anybody who is a fan of Nut Brown Ales. All in all I was happy with this beer and It had a nice aroma and taste that was very true to style. Good job guys, this made for a nice first impression for Motor City Brewing Works, I'm interested to see what else you guys have to offer, keep up the good work.

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Photo of hackmann
2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: dark brown body with a two finger tan head.

Aroma: aroma, aroma, aroma … aroma is not present. Super weak for a Nut Brown … super weak for a beer period.

Flavors: Earthy roasted malts, some nuttiness more on the finish and aftertaste, watery, hops must be doing their job keeping the malts in balance.

Mouthfeel: thin on the delivery, watery feel on the front, roasted notes on the mid-palate, slightly nutty on the finish, moderate carbonation.

To the Point: Not bad and that also means not good … it is just okay. Lacks depth, character, too thin on the delivery, BUT … easy to drink, a good selection to introduce someone to Nut Browns or darker beers. You have to try one that is bad or okay in style to understand the good.

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Photo of tgorgz
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: On Draft at the Renaissance Center Marriott in the D; pours milk-chocolate brown. It's a little cloudy, with no head a bits of lacing. I expected more, but maybe the bartender didn't pour correctly.

S: Toasty, roasty malts with a hint of sweetness at the end. I can't place specifically what it is. Not bad, but a little unusual.

T: I'm not all that experienced with brown ales, but this one is much sweeter than I'm used to. I'm tasting alot of malt, with a sweetness that lingers.

M: Less body than expected. Feels a little thin, if you ask me. Carbonation follows, but certainly drinkable.

O: Not bad- somewhat sweeter than brown ales I've had previously, but that could just be the added malt.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at the brewpub, served in a pint glass.

color is deep brown with some auburn highlights at the edges. came to the table with a pinky of off white head that calmed to a thin film and leaves rings of foam for lacing.

smells weakly of roast with a bit of light fruit.

taste is more like lightly roasted coffee. has a fruity hop character and mild bitterness in the finish. not much depth here, but it works.

mouthfeel is thin with fine carbonation, and not quite enough of it.

highly drinkable and a prime example of a session beer. have had many of these in a night at the brewpub, or at home in bottles. not an exciting beer, but one of the better motor city offerings imo.

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Photo of bierenutz
2.26/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Poured into a glass with a rough pour created a glass of foam...warning!!!, you don't have to try hard to get a head on this beer, it will do fine will an easy pour. Even on the second pour to finish the bottle it was a fizz bomb. That distraction aside, the dark brown color and thick tannish-light brown head is about as good as this beer got.
S-Bready malt aroma with some sourness interfering with any other intended smells, otherwise very earthy, almost woody.
T-Some sweetness up front, followed by nutty bready maltiness, finishing with a smokey-ashy aftertaste.
M-Thin, 'nuff said.
D-This beer was not for me. Too much going wrong and too little going right (if anything). I got what I paid for with this brew as it was a freebie for a store owner just beginning to stock it.

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Photo of semibaked
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours pretty thin and a very dark brown. It produces about a finger of fizzy brown head.

S - Big Malt sweetness, nuttiness, sweet bread and a tad of sourness.

T - Sour milk and a weird bitterness hit me right away, I get some of the malts and a bit of nuttiness but that's it.

M - The same mouthfeel and coke or pepsi, watery and way over-carbonated, man don't think I have ever had a beer this carbonated before.

D - Ya this started off good with the smell, but just went down the drain with the taste, pretty unpleasant and the mouthfeel was just bizarre. I recommend a pass on this one.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Bottle was slightly under-filled. Best by: has no date on any of the bottles I got. Pour very dark brown w/thin off-white head.

S-Malty w/nuts and chocolate, faint English hops.

T-Toasted malt notes w/chocolate and nuts. Slightly bitter English hops grace the finish. Aftertaste is of roast grain and chocolate.

M-Lighter-bodied w/slightly prickly carbonation. Well-balanced.

D-Very tasty nut brown. This is by far the best of the six bottles I picked up. However, it was quite a bit better on-tap, particularly the head and aroma.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an extremely brown color with virtually no head. Smell has sweet roasted malt flavors. Goes down very smooth, but that's because it has almost no carbonation and very minimally hops. Taste is slightly malty with a little bitterness. This is probably the worst brown ale I've ever had. I will never have this again, maybe I'd try it on tap, but never again in bottle. To me it doesn't have any qualities that will make you want to have this again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery. Opaque black with a thin head, above average carbonation though thin mouthfeel. Some hops, nuts. Drinkable and carmel malty with chocolate malts and maybe coco that stands out. Molasses or even a drop of sugar. Sweet finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived with a thick, light-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep-brown, very much like cola or “caramel color”. It gave off a deeply sweet, malty nose and the mouthfeel tended towards thick. Not pudding-thick, mind you, but still more of a presence than many beers that I had consumed recently. The taste on the tongue reminded me of the smell of Hershey, PA on production days. The finish was more like a chocolate milkshake, with a chocolaty, grainy flavor and texture.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A fair Brown ale. Presented a fogged brown muck color with a small white head. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet nuts, grain and malt. Flavors along the same lines. Mouthfeel was kind of boring (maybe I should say calm instead), but i've found that common with the style Very drinkable, not nothing spectacular. Worth a try.

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Photo of Shovelbum
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on top at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI.

Arrived with a thin light brown head. The body was an orange-hued brown. Smelled very clean, with a light hint of roasted malts. Then comes the punch to the taste buds: tart citrus orange flavor, buttery and only slightly nutty. Totally out of whack, and not true to the style. The body was light with medium carbonation.

This is a very weird take on a brown ale. It pushes the boundaries of the style, but not in a very pleasing way. It is unbalanced and far too tart for a brown ale.

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Photo of nortmand
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy brown, with some white head and faint lace.
Smell is chocolate, roast and a bit of disassociated astringency.
Tastes immediately sweet and nutty up front, which bends into a chocolatey taste. Ends slightly bitter and sour.
Welll carbonated, goes down fairly smooth.
Not a bad beer from a brewery I'm unfamiliar with.

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Photo of blackthistle
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, warm brown color. Good head retention with lots of bubbles. Low hops aroma with a slight citrusy/fruity aroma. A medium bodied beer that has an initial taste of bitterness that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice mild chocolate malt flavor; a quick sweetness that ends dry.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brown served in a 16oz pint with a half inch of light brown head. Full of aroma, initial whiff of floral hops followed by a solid nutty malt scent. Flavor is malt, munich and then chocolate with good balancing bitterness. Good mouthfeel. Overall this is one of the best browns I've ever had, this is a well made extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear but very dark brown with reddish-amber highlights. Minimal beige had that quickly disappears with a bit of lacing. Pleasant nutty malt smell with just a bit of fruit sweetness detectable. Exceedingly smooth up front with the malts fading gradually. A crisp, tart note shows up before the nondescript finish. Soft, chewy mouthfeel helps the drinkability of this decent brown ale.

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Photo of cokes
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark mahogany stained with a bulging beige top.
Wet paper nose traced with tart fruits and cobwebby chocolate.
Begins with a minor roasty expression. Then a barrage of tart green apples and sour pears hit without any trace of subtlity or purpose. It's not sour in the lambic-eque, infected sense, rather it is merely far to fruity, too many fermention byproducts. Soap, wet cardboard and acetaldehyde. It ends still crisply tart, with a wavering notion of walnuts and a lime peel bitterness.
Thin bodied, brash and loud when it should be understanded...or at least much more mellow than this.
The bright fruit hues that I rather enjoyed in the Ghettoblaster are run completely amok here.

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Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Nut Brown. Pours out to a dark, brown in the glass with a very, generous head. Aroma is that of toffee and malt. The taste is very good, with an excellent malt sweetness balanced by a light dose of hops. A nice interpretation of the style. I'd like to see this brewery get the props it deserves.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Dark brown - coca cola like appearance, with some reddish highlights. A thin dark tan head forms & recedes quickly. No lace.

The nose is chocolatey, doughy, with hints of caramel & roasted malt.

Sweet caramel up front, & a great nutty flavour washes over the tongue. A subtle hop bite dries it out. The chocolate flavour from the nose opens up in the flavour as it warms. Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of oberon
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the beers I brought home with me after bein home visiting,poured a deep chesnut color with very little head to it,earthy-nuttiness is the predominent smell I get.Taste isnt very comples,a little to sweet for me but there is some definent nuttiness to it.I like to try to find local beers that I never get a chance to try but I could of passed on this one.

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Photo of stoutman
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice nut aroma with malt overtones. The flavor was not very complex but had an unusual yeast aftertaste. This beer seemed to be a bit tart (yeast) for a nut brown not quite as smooth as I would think. The mouthfeel was decent. Fine nutty and roasted aroma. Very nice finish.

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Motor City Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Motor City Brewing Works
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