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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2003

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by proc:
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 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 DanGeo
2/5  rDev -40.5%

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 goast8127
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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 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 LYohn
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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 ERSmith
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NSXAG
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bob_d_j
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 HardyA
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Giggy
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 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 brandoman63
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DuffBeer14
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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