Nut Brown Ale | Climax Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.41/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear brown with an exceedingly thick head and lasting lace. It's aroma is plain, mainly yeasty malt. The flavor is toasty with nuts only in the finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy. Climax Nut Brown Ale is a one dimensional beer. Not recommended.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-opaque, reddish brown beer with a fluffy off-white head. Retention is excellent, lacing is creamy and sticky.

Lightly nutty aroma with bready malt predominant. The flavor is quite nice; bready and biscuity malt, touches of toasted nuts, and mild, faintly bitter hops. Very traditional and tasty; not a big beer by any standard and sometimes that's a good thing.

Good carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel, nutty and just the tiniest bit metallic in the finish. Definitely a good example of the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear dark brownish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are slightly sweet aromas of caramel and nuts in the nose.
T: The taste is nutty with notes of caramel. It also has a bit of sweetness with notes of chocolate.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with not much perceptible carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable. It would make a good accompaniment to a burger.

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Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color. poured with a huge off white head that very slowly reduced and left thick, foamy sheets on the glass. Earthy toasted malt, sweet chocolate aromas with a hint of nuts. On the thicker side of medium bodied with rich carbonation that provides a smooth feel and a crisp finish. Toasted and chocolate malt flavors up front that lead to a floral hop bittterness in the middle. Toasted malt and floral hops introduce light roasted coffee flavors at the finish. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering bitter coffe-like aftertaste.

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Photo of Samp01
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a large tan head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some sweet nutty aroma and light fruity tones. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, some hazelnut, cacao with some hops. Palate is medium to full body, with a creamy, thick and kind of sticky mouth feel. Finish is sweet caramel malts a bit of cacao flavor with some nice hazelnut and ending with a nice nutty aftertaste with some nice hops balance. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of ATPete
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bottled... today.

A transparent amber/brown color, very attractive. Sweet nutty malts in the nose. Malty goodness in the mouth with perfect balance, notes of chocolate linger on the palate long after the quaff. Malt all the way, you can taste the quality here. The tell tale Climax body is in effect and full of flavor, amazing drinkability. This is it for brown ales in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prepackaged growler shared with a friend.

Light khaki foamy head. I'm dark room so the body color is a dark crimson. Not much lacing on the glass.

I get some grain, dark fruits like grapes. Not a bad aroma.

Dark fruits right away, salty, tangy, roasted malts, it has sour flavor but tasty. Slight bitter citrus at the end.

Carbonation is on the light side. A dry feeling but doesn't leave the mouth actually dry. Feels okay.

Not a bad beer, I've had better from Climax Brewing. Interesting taste, kind of expected a more of a nutty taste than a fruity taste.

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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served, the beer has a brown color with reddish highlights and has a ½” light tan or off white head that begins to recede soon leaving no lacing sticking to the glass. Sipping for the early part of the beer leaves some modest lacing that slides back down to the liquid. By about mid-way through the beer the head has disappeared completely and there isn’t even a ring of bubbles around the glass.

Smell: The aromas include toasted and nutty caramel malt with hints of chocolate, coffee and lightly spicy hops.

Taste: The flavors include some lightly sweet caramel malt to provide a definite initial sweetness that blends nicely with the nutty flavor and a tobacco-like earthiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with reasonable but moderate carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins with the nutty, tobacco like character and ends with a gentle, lightly spiced bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This was drinkable enough that I could easily have a second, in fact I did. This is a subtle, nicely balanced beer with an interesting mix of flavors that I quite enjoyed. My overall impression is of a well made nut brown ale that could stimulate me to much more frequent exploration of this style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 30 Oct 2010.

The head was nonexistent other than a ring of bubbles hugging the edge of the glass. Color was a cocoa-brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mild caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and Alex Hall was saying that there was zero carbonation when he initially tapped it. The taste was malty with a slight nuttiness on the tongue. Finish was mild, slightly sweet and a pleasant way to spend part of the afternoon with my beer compadres.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet nuttiness, and a hint of caramel. In the taste, nutty and a small sticky caramel like flavor. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, sticky caramel and dry nuttiness in the aftertaste. Sticky sweet and a nice dryness, not too shabby for an English brown ale.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like a big jug 'o beer to make daddy happy. Was your average appearing nut brown ale, a little darker than some of the generic examples. Head wasn't all that great, took some effort to get it out. Not a fan of the aromas here, not unappealing but not particulary good either. Taste was where it counted, and that was pretty good. Nice nutty brown-ness, if I can say such a thing. These styles are hard to pull off without being wimpy or too harsh, and I'd say Climax did it well. Glad they didn't take the easy way out and dry hop the bejeebus out of it like so many others. Slight sweetness, and that "micro-brew flavor" that I know so many beer drinkers are familiar with...that "I just had a few pints at that micro-brewery" flavor that we all know and love. Mouthfeel...well, it's beer. Overall I'd like to have a few of these again (pints, not sure I can down a few growlers) so give it a shot...a nice break from the garden variety hop soda (insert catchy name here).

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Photo of mikeg67
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Office. Deep mahogany color. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, with hints of molasses and nuts. Medium crisp body. Flavor of dark fruits, nuts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Finish is medium lasting and balanced between chocolate malt bitterness and fruity, caramel sweetness. One of my favorite browns. Once finished a growler by myself.

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Photo of dmfrench
1.83/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A thin, foul smelling but barely passable tasting Nut Brown

A: Translucent deep tea brown body with a sad looking but somewhat persistent frothy iced tea head. A hard pour was needed to obtain half a finger.

S: Rotting spicy prune and a hint of generic nuttiness... odiferous in both senses of the word.

T: Light acidic/piney hop profile and a putrid sweetness with just a touch of lightly roasted caramel malt underneath. Uninspiring. Tastes best if you can avoid smelling it during the sip.

M: Extremely thin, almost tea like body with just a bit of grainy texture to hold on to.

D: Easy to chug (if that's your thing), but each whiff and feel grates on you more and more until you're ready to give up, which I did about halfway through.

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

From a growler into a crystal mug, this beer certainly has a rather cloudy brown appearance with a beige head building, giving a nice lacing rather quick. Not unattractive, rather inviting
The smell does hint fruits with a bitterness of hops.
Tasting the beer it adds many flavors like coffee, chocolate , apple
and at the end a expected bittersweet hop.
The feel is a little flat, almost watered down, but it really does not take away from the beer.
I like it very much , it is very drinkable and simple. I am glad I tasted it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(re-review - 12 oz bottle serving - from 22 Dec 2012)

Nice to see Climax has seemingly abandoned the disastrous growlers. This 12 oz offering pours with generous creamy foam atop a crystal-clear, chestnut brown liquor. Soapy-floral hops (and yeast phenols?) are quite potent on the nose, with an undercurrent of chocolate malt and caramel that slowly emerges as well as some roasted peanut shell. Chocolate and graham cracker malt flavors are immediately apparent, blending fairly well with some fruity, almost bubblegum esters and a generous portion of floral-citrus hoppiness that threatens to nearly scrub out the malt foundation with its vibrancy and pleasingly brief bitterness. Getting some of that peanut shell thing in the aftertaste as well. It drinks quite dry, dropping off quick with not much residual flavor or palate sensation. Easy to knock back a few.

This is closer to what I remember having on draft years ago. It would drink like a pretty nice English brown if it wasn't for the higher, American-style degree of hopping. Kind of curious how it would taste with them toned down. Once again, glad to see Climax has the bottling line up and running.

(original review - from 11 Oct 2010 - 3.0, 2.5, 3.5, 4.0, 3.0 - 3.23 total score)

I had this on tap awhile back and thought it was pretty darn good. I don't know, however, about getting this, or any of their beers, actually, in the growler. A couple of the growlers previously (of various style) were spoiled and this one seemed on the verge - or maybe it's just a characteristic of their brews, as I've had their ESB out of the growler and it's damn good.

Anyway, where I'm taking notice on quality is the kalamata olive / vinegar notes present front and center in the nose and taste. Off-putting, yes, but not ruinous. Further down you go in the growler and this seems to fade, leaving some of the subtle chocolatey, roasty elements to come to the fore. Nice, light-medium dry bitterness on the tongue. Faint caramel notes at the end. Head pours alright, small, but it doesn't hold up long. Mellow carbonation, body borders on thin. We find a little sediment at the bottom - appears to be powdered grain maybe.

Really, what the olive thing might be a combination of is the hops and malts used against the mineral content or treatment of the water. It's actually a strange quality that threads throughout all their beers I've had to this point. Works for some, detracts from the rest.

On tap, this is a different animal. Hard to know how fresh the growler version really is.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Office in Montclair. Reviewed on my Droid

Arrives dark brown in color with hints of ruby red around the edges. No head when it arrives. Aroma is mild caramel sweetness.

Nice sweet malty flavor. Hints of coffee and plum. Overall very nice. The biggest room for improvement is in the mouthfeel, this is coming across pretty thin, and the carbonation is almost nonexistent.

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Photo of afausser
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler courteous of Proteus93. Thanks!

Pours with a very pretty finger of foamy head, which disappears fairly quickly but leaves a mocha ring around the glass, and some very nice lacing. A hazy chocolate brown with reddish amber notes.

S: chocolatey yet slightly sour, somehow. Tart fruits--apples, raspberries, lemons, and oranges are all present here. Also smoky, earthy, woody notes as well as roasted nuts. Bitter roasted coffee. Blends really nicely with the cocoa. Very nice and complex smell.

T: Very sweet. Tastes a bit watered down, like watery hot cocoa, or perhaps chocolatey water. The chocolate is definitely like chocolate syrup or hot cocoa powder. Very light and actually far less complex than the smell.

M: I notice a very slight heat, and not as much carbonation as I would like. There are some very very fine tiny bubbles, (and as I look at it, there are tons of them) but they're so tiny that they're almost not noticeable.

D: easily drinkable, but not incredibly exciting. It's a little like flat, flavored seltzer water.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of these big growler bottles, and the price was right! After seeing how well they tend to score on average, I was intrigued by the brewery.

A: Looks unfiltered? It's rather murky looking, and it's certainly not chillhaze. A modest little head, leaving just a little collar - though that is quite consistent all the way down.

S: A soft, nutty malt scent. There's a touch of a cola-lie aroma in there that seems a touch odd, but nothing too bad at all.

T: A nice, caramel malt flavour - sweet, and not quite as nutty as the aroma might suggest. It has quite a sweet little edge to it... it was suggested around the table that it was "saucy," and I can see that but I enjoy it quite a bit.

M + D: Quite a rich body, really. I wouldn't have expected something quite as full, and I could have gone for it a little lighter and enjoyed, but good nonetheless. At a table of 6, I have gone back to it 3 times for a little more and quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Poured an extremely dark brown with half-finger off-white head and plenty of lace

Smell - Like pretty much any good EBA, a lot of nuts, nuts, and more nuts

Taste - Nuts, with hints of caramel, toffee, and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium carbonation

Drinkability - This is a good beer for a party, I def am consuming this at my friend's New Years Eve Party

Overall - Tied with Sam Smith's for best nut brown ale

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: big caramel, hints of chocolate, and a general roasted and earthy tones rise easily out of the glass.

Taste: toasted bread, caramel, and roasted nuts are up front. Hints of chocolate and a fruit sweetness linger in the background. Bitterness provides nice balancing and a mild earthiness finish it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short but the flavors last a few seconds before fading.

Drinkability: superb session ale. This one is solid and well balanced. Great afternoon beer for watching football games.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good beer overall. Not a very strong ale, but it holds it's own.

A: Rich dark brown with a tan head.

S: Roasted malts and figs

T: Nutty, figs, caramel, very earthy

M: Rich and delicious

D: Very easy, very enjoyable

This beer goes wonderfully with any salads or fruit salads.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at TJ's drinkery.
Served as a nvery deep brown colored beer with moderate ttannish head.
Smell is loaded with roasted malt, caramel, and toffee.
Taste is superb. There are the strong flavors of the roasted malt, lots of toffee and caramel, touches of coffee and chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit.
Finishes with a nice sweetness from the malt.
An excellent beer. Would be great to session.
My first beer from Climax. I need to try more.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a professionally filled growler into my PBR pint glass.
Lookin good. A pretty deep reddish brown color with a rich tan head that leaves thick, clumpy lace along the sides of the glass.
Odors are good, clean and a little sweet. There are some interesting spice notes that I can't pin down that add to the appeal.
Flavors! Very nice indeed. Has some smoky tones that remind me of some porters. There's a bit of upfront sweetness that gives way to roasted malt flavors with twinges of hop bitterness. Some caramel notes linger on the tongue. Some sorts of spicy things are happening, too.
The mouthfeel here is appreciated. There is a bit of slickness to the palate with hardly any cloying sweetness. What does linger a little is a coffee kind of thing, or a dark chocolate thing.
Way, way drinkable for the style. When in the mood for a brown ale I would seek this out.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark reddish brown with a big tan head that leaves some lacing

Aroma is mostly of toasted malts with a background that is nutty with slight chocolate

The flavor begins with the toasted and caramel malts, moves into hints of fruits and nuts and finishes with a touch of hops.
Medium body and carbonation. A nice session beer, but I feel that way about most brown ales. This beer comes in at 5.2% and I wouldn't mind finishing this growler myself, but I will share it with my brother who is also partial to browns

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Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first ever Climax ... ;-) beer that is. What a tasty treat. Why have I never heard of this brewery before?

Appearance: Served a dark brown rust color yet translucent, with a big tan head that stays frothy.

Smell: It has a unique aroma that is classically toasted malt but surprisingly hot, with pepper cloves and a hint of tobacco scents. The woody attribute is offset by some coffee, nut and toffee, in the nose.

Taste: The taste follows the smell. Toasted caramel and malts lead with a smokey nut attribute, fruit and coffee to follow, and a hint of English hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but light in the mouth creating the effect of a full feel that is remarkably light in the stomach and therefore easy drinking.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sessionable easy Brown Ale. And boy would I love to carry a Climax Brown Nut and Cream Ale into a party =) LOL!

Hope this is helpful.

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