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Nut Brown Ale | Mountaineer Brewing Co.

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Mountaineer Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.11%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Born from the traditions of England, this flavorful ale has the balance that the Queen could be proud of. Our Nut Brown is bronze in color with a velvety smooth taste and subtle chocolate note. Lower alcohol content and subtle hoppiness makes it the perfect beer to enjoy during the day, night or whenever you desire a great ale.

Added by WVbeergeek on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by Pharkle:
Photo of Pharkle
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nut brown in every way. Nutty color, smell, and taste, with nice chocolate and toffe flavors reminiscent of a Heath bar. Rich and satisfying, sweet but not cloying. Good bitterness to balance the sweet, and almost no hop aroma. A good example of the style.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle serveed into a nonic glass.

Cloudy,deep coppery brown with a 2" white head with decent retention,disapated a bit quick leaving a few curtians of lace.

Moderate malt nose,nutty,chocolaty,some light sweet malt with some hints of dark fruit.

Light carmeled taste with powdered chocolate,hints of dates/figs with a light tangy bitterness. Was on the watery tasting side,could have used a bit more taste. No bad tastes,just not enough.

Very light,thin mouthfeel.Nothing here to make me want another. Was a real letdown after the nice pale ale i just tried from this brewery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who would have though Mountaineer Brewing made it's way into the limited Weirton, WV beer market being served up at the Sport's Court in Ton, oh yeah. Appears a dark cola brown tone with light tan head leaves nie even lacing down the pint glass. Aroma has a touch of chocolate tone with toasted nut and herbal hop notes, not too much to be detected. Taste has a low ruddy sweetness touch of powdered dark chocolate and a toasted nut edge leaves a light herbal bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated nothing too remarkable. Drinkability is pretty straight up Nut Brown a bit darker than the average albeit. I could enjoy a few pints of these but it did leave me wanting a bit more complexity.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mountaineer- Nut Brown Ale

Thanks to UncleJedi for this 1!

A- Clear hazelnut brown with a fizzy soda-like head. Quickly fizzled away just like cola!?
S- Light touch of brown sugar, chestnuts, and pecans.
T- Very watered down brown sugar BBQ sauce, pecans, and peanuts. Sorta like flat cola.
M- Again, very watery with a slightly sweet nutty center and a light cola syrupy finish.

Overall- What a dud. basically flat!
Too bad, was really looking forward to Mountaineer. Oh well, it won't deter me from their other offerings in the future.
(Thanks Jedi!)

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Photo of tjd112
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this at Ashebrooke in Morgantown. It pours a very dark brown with some off-white head. The smell is of nuts and the taste is very roasty, slightly chocolatey, but still predominantly nutty. Mouthfeel is medium dry and its a drinkable beer for those who love nuts.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown, hardly any head and no lacing.

S- Faint smell of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

T- Roasteds malts, caramel, almond, chocolate on the back end. Must admit, the taste was much better than expected after the bland appearance. However overall, a little thin for me.

M- Good, foamy, goes down easy.

D- This is a dark beer that I could easily drink more than one of. Overall, a good beer!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This review came from notes taken from a recent visit to River City in Wheeling, WV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours brown with not much of a head at all. (The bar area wasn't lit well so it was hard to tell the exact color of the beer) The beer smells like caramel, sweet malt and some nuttiness, not bad. It tasted like nuts, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light/medium, but I thought it was a bit watery. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. Overall it's a decent beer, not a bad choice for a session beer if you can find it.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, if you find yourself looking for good beer in WV...Good luck-I've struggled with one of the worst beer states for many years in search of decent brew.

This may sound harsh because I really love the fact that mountaineer is out there brewing some different styles of beer than the swill that is supplied around here...

But why are all their beers so thin???

And the nut brown is no exception... its almost like they took a great nut brown, maybe a little to sweet, but a very good overall taste- and then added 15% more water and stirred.

Ohh well- If you are in WV and feel like drinking a beer with some real taste and character, you can't go wrong here. But don't expect world class.

This would be a great beer on a fall day, and is the perfect "session" nut brown... enjoyable, not over the top, available and affordable

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Photo of wcudwight
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amber/brown in color. Nice finger off-white head that slowly falls to a thick film crowning the beer. Looks promising.
Smells like toasted malts. Maybe a faint nuttiness in the aroma. Smells pretty good, I just wish the aroma was stronger.
Taste and mouthfeel are light and bland. While not a bad beer it is lacking in complexity and body. Faint toasted flavor. With some caramel. Just a small hint of the nuttiness on the back-end. This beer is a bit watery and seriously lacking in body.
It's not a bad beer but I wouldn't call it a good one either.

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Photo of Proteus93
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dkachur for the opportunity to try this one.

A: Bronze/brown pour that looks alright in and of itself, though head is minimal and doesn't stick around to say hello.

S + T + M: There are some pleasant nutty notes and roasted malts, but the flavours seem to be a little bit washed out and slightly watery. The body doesn't feel particularly thin, but the taste almost leaves me with the impression that it actually is. Kind of unusual.

D: Not horrible, but I didn't find myself enjoying it a great deal, either. It has a lot of potential to be something I could really enjoy, but it didn't quite make the mark, sadly. I'd be willing to revisit it down the road, though, and see if my opinion has changed.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with a white foam head and some prickle. Refreshing nose is nicely balanced with the hops and the malt both revealing their presence. The attack is creamy and smooth with a clean flavor that has the feel of malt, but not so much the flavor. There is a little bit of a nut flavor at the finish. The aftertaste is nutty. Pretty straightforward beer. I am glad I picked it up at the gas station on the way through West Virginia. I probably should have bought some other beers as well.

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Photo of zdk9
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap in Wheeling. A decent beer that would session great.

A- Pours out a cherry wood brown, but with no head and no lacing.

S- Some toasted grain and nuts fading into roasted grain and nuts- there's not much hops presence in the nose but a complex enough smell to enjoy.

T- The complexity of the melding flavors of this beer is really great and keeps my tongue interested. There's a nuttiness that's cashewy or slight peanuty that is hidden under more roasted grain notes, like darkly toasted whole wheat bread. Wafts of smokiness decend upon the center of my pallate and they get stronger with warmth. As with the smell, hoppiness is not really noticable, perhaps there is a slight dark fruit flavor, like raison or date, but I might just be searching for the unfindable. Regardless this is and enjoyable taste.

M- A great creaminess, but somewhat sharp carbination, like the buzz of bees charging in my mouth.

D- I would love the drink this one for a while just for its flavors.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of natasharai
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a tan fizzy head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is a reddish brown color and completely clear, resembling cranberry-apple juice.

Smell: Strong chocolate and coffee, some nutty malt, and a roasted character.

Taste: Some citrus, chocolate, roasted nuts, metallic, pretty watery flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium-low carbonation, a little watery, not much going on.

Overall: Good drinkability, the flavors are pretty mild and the mouthfeel resembles water. Overall this is a very light flavor and feeling beer, not what I expected after smelling it. The aroma is great and full of character.

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Photo of weller1js
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear, orange-brown with light carbonation, very little white foam and a very thin ring of lacing.

smell: a malty, semisweet scent with chocolate and slightly toasty undertones standing out, complemented by a slight bitter sensation tickling the nose.

taste: begins clean and fresh, with mellow maltiness developing through the middle and finish, with a very light but noticeable chocolate flavor; the hops become present towards the finish, with a lingering that is more crisp than bitter.

drinkability: mellow yet with sufficient character, ingredients are fresh and well-complemented, definitely a beer that you can enjoy many of in one sitting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I'm not familiar with the Mountaineer Nut (tee hee). Must be a WV thing. This guy pours a clear ruby-burnt sienna (now there's a mouthful of a color) topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises burnt toffee, coffee, greens, wood (you heard me, generic wood), and what seems like faint floral notes. The taste holds notes of walnuts, greens, flowers, and woody toffee. It's all pretty tame and forest-y, almost chalky at times, and not good enough to really rise above the level of "average". The body is medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a decent brown, but nothing to write home about...even from WV itself.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty foam.

Smell: caramel and a hint of nuttiness produced a light aroma.

Taste: toffee, a bit of fruit sweetess, roasted nuts, and a mild bitterness creates a decent flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Comes off a little thin overall.

Drinkability: easy to consume this beer, especially with the lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a translucent dark brown color, a thin tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and little lacing. The aroma of this fairly carbonated beer was a very pleasant blend of roasted nuts and sweet malt. The mouthfeel was gentle, and fairly full, although the body was still a little on the thin side.... a common trait among many brown ales.

Flavor was a continuation of the roasted nuts and malt, yet I never did detect much along the lines of hops or alcohol. Nonetheless, this led to a nice tasty finish of medium duration.

I’m not much a fan of Brown Ales, though I must say this is one of the best I’ve had, and from a small brewery in WV. I look forward to their other products.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A down the center pour resulted in about 1/2 finger of light tan head sitting atop a rapidly bubbling dark brown beer. The head faded fast and lacing was not evident. When held to a light the deep red color around the edges of this Nut brown is very pretty.

Aroma is of nuts and dark malt. No hints of the Tettnang or Glacier hops mentioned on the bottle. Taste is also nutty and a bit chocolaty. Some noticeable hops in the finish, but this one finishes fast and clean.

This beer has nice body and is perfectly carbonated. It could easily be sessioned if the need arose.

So far this is the best offering from Mountaineer in my humble and uneducated opinion.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Alex for sharing this West Virginian brew with me.

A – It pours a nice brown hue; very clear. It's topped with an eggshell-colored finger of foam.

S – The smell is very toasty and nutty. Pretty damn good.

T – The taste is a follow-up on the nose; quite bright, toasty-bready, with notes of roasted chestnuts and small chocolate and toffee nuances.

M – On the refreshing side of medium-bodied.

D – Perusing the reviews, I feel that people are being too harsh towards this beer. Its not amazing, but how many straightforward EBA are? The brew is right-on for the style: mild, slightly sweet, unobtrusive, fully sessionable

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours brown with some orange hues with a small tan head that leaves no residual lacing.

S. Chocolate and caramel.

T. Chocolate with caramel and sweet malt.

M. Fairly thin with a high level of carbonation.

D. A decent, but not great. It should also be noted that the first bottle of the six pack was infected; it had an interesting sour cherry brown ale flavor going on, but it clearly wasn't intentional.

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Photo of rabsten
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a ceramic mug at the Bramwell Oktoberfest. Decent head, some lacing. Dark brown in color.

Malt dominates nose, slightly toasted, kinda sweet. Pleasant.

Taste and mouthfeel reminded me of Shiner Bock and Newcastle. It was eerie, actually. It was like a Shiner/Newcastle clone. That's not a bad thing, but not anything to really jump for joy about, either. Perhaps a little drier than those, but real close.

Nice drinkability. Refreshing, dry, some sweetness, not cloying. Could drink more than one and be happy.

Bottom line: Good beer. Not spectacular, but still worth a glass or two.

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Photo of joepais
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Santa Adam for this brew. I poured it into a pint glass and was greeted with a finger worth of tan head that faded away to nothing. The body of brew was dark brown in color. Big old malt sweetness in the nose with a light touch of molasses. The flavor was more of the same finishing with a light roast bitter. The only pitfall with this brown was the mouthfeel was a little light for me but it did have good carbonation to it.
I think if the brewery works on the mouthfeel they have a stellar brew. It was a easy to drink brown, and I would drink again

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Photo of Schmidts
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle dark brown starts with about a 3/4 inch tan head that slowly leaves.
Smell is of Sweet Malts and Molasses,nuts and Caramel.
Taste is of sweet Malts and Caramel with hints of Coffee very nice finish with just a touch of Bitterness, slight nut flavor just enough.
Very smooth and refreshing in your mouth easy to drink and leaves a good flavor in your mouth that says have another one.

Overall I have to give this one a 4.0

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Photo of JamesS
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came to the table in a glass and looked good, nice and brown with a good head. Has a nice aroma to it, a bit strong, but good and deep, with no overwhelming bitterness or sweetness. Goes down all right, not bad, not great. The taste didn't really strike me as a nut brown, though. It would've made an all right ale, but was more of a regular ale, than a brown, and had no nuttiness that I could detect. There was also more bitterness in the aftertaste than other brown ales.

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Nut Brown Ale from Mountaineer Brewing Co.
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