Madtown Nutbrown
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #532
Ranked #36,011
3.7 | pDev: 12.16%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Madtown NutbrownMadtown Nutbrown
Notes: A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.
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Photo of GStone899
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's an okay brown ale but it's watery. The flavors are there, you can tell they are there but it's too drowned out by the water. It's disappointing because you can tell this beer would have been something special but the execution isn't there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my trip out to Milwaukee for Summerfest and its high point of the Chris Stapleton and Tom Petty/Heartbreakers headliners. Pours a brown color with plenty of heart and viscosity to it, this isn't a thin Newcastle type of brown ale, plenty of earthiness in the pour despite possessing relatively good clarity for a brown ale. Solid 2/5" lighter brown head on top. Aroma hits you in the nutty, caramel and toffee places.

Taste also hits you in the nutty, caramel and toffee places. Even a hint of chocolate to it. Some dark bread feels without being super hefty. Hopping is minimal and to style. Speaking of style, its pretty much within guidelines, which won't excite too many of us (hey including me, I'm not sanctimonious about it). I thought it did everything better than average and would recommend to the hypothetical brown ale fan.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown pour with a tan head. Nice nutty and malty aroma with a hint of brown sugar and caramel. Taste follows the nose with nut and sweet malt flavors. Can also taste bread and earthy hops.

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Photo of tempest
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very creamy brown ale, reminds me of a bigger Newcastle. Sort of comes off like a chocolate banana but finishes flat. Decent dessert beer, but I wouldn’t open a second.

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Photo of MNAle
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of chocolate and nuts, slightly roasty. Hints at sweetness. Color is a murky reddish-brown with the murkiness hiding whatever carbonation is there. Off-white to slightly tan thick creamy head, receding at a leisurely pace leaving thick lacing. Flavor follows the aroma, nutty chocolate, except the sweetness hinted at in the aroma is not in the taste. Mild in the beginning, with just a little bitterness in the middle to balance things out. Mouth feel is thick and creamy. The aftertaste retains some bitterness and is a bit clingy. Despite BA calling this an American Brown Ale, it is definitely English in character. Maybe I'll do a side-by-side with a Sam Smith. Anyway, a very good beer (but not a style reviewers will go ga-ga over), true to style. Recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE courtesy of Schlimenhaumer. 12 fl oz format.

Aroma of caramel, roasted pecan, bready malts/brown bread, and chestnut. No overt hop aromatics here...seems more English than American in character (though I do suspect American yeast was used).

Taste follows the aroma.

Mouthfeel is aptly medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Smooth. Wet. Could be softer. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or dragging. Alcohol presence isn't overstated.

A drinkable brown ale with a restrained hop profile and some nice albeit not vivid enough nutty flavours. Bready and filling but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Dependable but not exemplary. It's a nice little brown ale.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish brown, hazy but not opaque, just looks a little muddy. Slightly off white head that dissipated quickly. I get a touch of nutty malt on the nose along with an earthiness I really like. Tastes of peanuts, caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate. Slightly sweet but not overbearing. Feel is quite smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer is boring at a glance, but nicely done overall. Definitely glad to have a brown ale besides Bender that I can get anywhere in MN now.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Foamy, short, tan had that last for a short time.

Smells roast and toasted malt, cocoa, nutty, caramel and earthy.

Taste light toasted malt, caramel and light Cocoa. Followed by earthy and nuttiness. Finishes dry with an earthy linger. Medium body and Fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of 0panther0
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - deep red brown, nice tan head, low carb
S - chocolate, grain/bread, some fruit
T - malty, sweet, citrus, some chocolate... toasty... slight bitter finish
F - smooth, great body, creamy... light carb
O - very good brown ale... malty, sweet... very enjoyable

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Photo of bnes09
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Weak head. Clean aroma with subtle nut character. Mild dark malts with a nutty edge. No hop flavor. Moderate body. Flat carbonation. No complexity. Not good..

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pkgd 5/19/16. DFH tulip.

A: pours a medium brown, light penetrates as ruby red, ample carbonation and some fine sediment visible. 1/2 finger sandy head that recedes quickly.

S: chocolate tootsie rolls! Chocolatey and malty; like a chocolate malt milkshake.

T: drier than the nose would suggest; some toasty melanoidins and cocoa powder; a little sourdough bread. Mild English hop on the end. Cocoa or Colombian nutty coffee lingers on the finish.

M: mid-bodied, but carbonation makes it feel lighter. Not terribly viscous, but not a very clean ending.

O: This is a solid rendition of a fuller-bodied English brown. In that respect I like it, but it seems missing something essential. If I lived in Madison or Chicago I'd probably drink it often; but not worth seeking out next time I'm there.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice brown with a slight tan head. Head disappoints a bit quickly. Lots of haze.

Smell: Caramel notes, a bit of chocolate. I don't get much nut smell.

Taste: Very smooth. Its very sweet with nice nut flavor. Not any noticeable hop bitterness nor aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

A pretty mediocre American Brown Ale. Lacks any hop either aroma or bitterness and its very hazy. Could do with slightly more nut flavor as well.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent, rusty, garnett color with a moderate head of fine, khaki froth. Aroma smells of caramel, peat, roasted malt, and a touch of cherry cough syrup.

The taste features nuts and milk chocolate up front, followed closely by grain husk and a faint roasted flavor. Hops are mild and earthy, lending balance while remaining mostly unobtrusive. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid nut brown ale with nice balance and complexity. The style has never knocked my socks off, but this represents well.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

For starters it must be noted a firm pour is essential with this one, imo, to get the most out of it. Otherwise the rather abundant co2 makes it too acidic and prickly. Pours a murky brown with small chunks visible near the bottom. The off white/light tan head settles to an enduring cap and leaves scattered lace. Aroma is of toasted and some roasted malt, hints of citrus and vegetal hops. Well rounded simple malt flavors appropriate to the style but lacking in the nutty quality I was hoping for. However, root beer coming in unexpectedly toward the finish, a welcome addition. Could stand to be creamier, comes off slightly watery but the body is certainly tolerable. After the first bottle I was thinking this should be on nitro, but a hard pour with another bottle today has largely resolved the perceived problems.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color. Mild smell of toasted malts. Taste is nutty with caramel and chocolate notes, and fairly sweet (sweeter than other brown ales I've had). Mild bitterness imparted by spicy hops (more apparent in the finish). Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied. Low carbonation, feels a bit flat against the creamy body. A pretty decent brown ale.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy brown with a slight tan head. Toasty nutty scents. Toasty malt with a littl nuttiness to it with slight carbonation and pretty thin body. Overall it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint glass . I'd say this beer was more of an English style brown ale. Nutty flavor, slightly sweet. Fuller body.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Trig's grocer. The best by date on this one is blank/has been wiped clean, so I'm not sure how long it's been around. Poured right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy brown/iced tea with golden edges where the light hits. Three fingers of dense head stick around for a good while, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malts hit the nose first, with some more very subtle walnut and chocolate notes present. Not particularly assertive.

T: Smooth bread and caramel malt at the front--on the sweeter side. There's a bit of an acidic/tart build in the middle that helps to keep the sweet down, with the malts continuing to play center stage. I'm getting just a bit of nuttiness--it registers more buttery than nutty, actually--but hardly enough to warrant the "nut brown" label. It finishes where it started, with the smooth caramel malts closing things out.

F: Medium-bodied, though it drinks a little more watery than I like in this style. As mentioned, it's quite smooth, but it seems to suffer a bit from a lack of carbonation--feels a touch flat.

O: This is a very drinkable brown ale with pleasant flavors, but it fails to deliver anything nearing robust or memorable. It's possible I've got a very old bottle, so I'll try to update this review when I get my hands on something fresher.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color. Light shines through easily. Small head...rim bubbles only. No lace.

Mild aroma of weak coffee and darker malts.

Sweet and toasty flavor. There's a good hop presence, especially for this style. Moderate to thin body with a high carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tea brown color, a nice head, good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Brown bread, caramel, nuts and a hint of chocolate

Taste: The elements in the aroma appear on the palate, but there is a stronger sense of nuts and chocolate on the finish than I picked up when I smelled the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I generally find brown ales pretty boring but the flavors here caught my attention; that's about as good as it gets with this style

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Big caramel nose with a hint of chocolate
Pours slightly hazy medium brown under a thin off-white head.
The palate begins with mildly sweet light caramel flavors and then finishes dry with a touch of chocolate.
This is a refreshing medium body, medium to medium low carbonation session beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%

From notes on 11/9/13

Nutty earthy taste. Maybe some caramel in there too. Dark brown color. Creamy white head. Ok beer. One of my least favorites from ale asylum.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like the nuttiness and caramel take on this one. Though a lighter style, beer feels full and roasty. Smell is not exciting, just smells like a brown ale, but the feel is more full to match the flavoring. Perfect for fall

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I have fond memories of Madison. ...That doesn't have any bearing here, I'm just sayin'. Anyway, this stuff pours a surprisingly swampy sienna topped by a finger of lightly-sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted wheat bread, honey, oats, a sprinkle of dirt, and a vague notion of even vaguer fruits wafting in the breeze somehow, as though they were spirits of their former, earthly selves. The taste brings in more of the same, that odd fruit sensation remaining, but even more ephemeral, like the memory of the above description. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent little brown ale, nothing to write home about, and, unfortunately, with things like Moose Drool and Sam Smith out there, probably nothing I'm likely to see again (though I wouldn't shun it if handed to me somewhere).

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Photo of Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date, ordered at Green Owl Tavern in Madison, Wisconsin and poured into a glass 3/15/2014.

App- Clear dark brown body, one finger white head with fair retention, lots of lacing. Looks like a fairly average brown ale.

Smell- Caramel, nutty, a touch of earthiness. Simple, strong and to the point.

Flavour- Very sweet, a touch bit too sweet for what I prefer out of a brown ale. Caramel, toffee, Wermer's butterscotch and candied sugar. Nothing here that can cut the sweetness at all. It's fine and more than drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied but not quite watery. Good carbonation. Sweet finish that is neither resinous nor dry.

Overall- Decent, overly sweet brown ale that doesn't bring a lot else other than sweetness to the table.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 405 ratings