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Madtown Nutbrown | Ale Asylum

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.

Added by rhoadsrage on 06-29-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
368
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
24.05%
 
 
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7
Gots:
71
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 368
Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date even though the label leaves a space for something to be imprinted. New to the Chicago area, I've had some of their stuff in the past and enjoyed thoroughly.
L - cloudy brown ale capped with a thinner ivory head
S - caramel, bread, chocolate, yeast
T - brown malt, nutty, bready, caramel, spicy earthy hops
F - creamy and smooth mouth feel. Fairly clean finish.
O - good nut brown ale here. Nothing exceptional, but definitely drinkable.

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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 vette2006c5r
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color, with a small tan head. The smell was weak, but had some maltyness. The taste was malty, no nut flavor as the name implies, and a bit light for a brown ale. There could have been more flavor, but easy to drink. Overall not a bad beer, but not a good beer either.

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Photo of blackearth
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Poured a very dark ruby red body with an off white head that falls to a cap. Aroma is of sweet toffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with flavors of brown sugar and a very sweet finish. Decent drinkability.

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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 Atron67
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a pretty hazy amber brown with a light red hue. had a fluffier tannish head that settled pretty quickly to a thin film.

S- smells pretty malty, a nice nutty flavor on the bottom, but is not that strong

T- pretty light creamy flavor, only a light nutty flavor, but still pretty solid maltiness of nice complexity.

M- creamy body, light carbonation, pretty nice

D- pretty good but not all that great, drinkable

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Photo of Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear auburn body. Thin and dense beige head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is nutty and malty (toffee). Flavor is nicely rounded, if not inspired. Nutty and malty flavor with ghostly notes of roast. Mellow and agreeble in flavor and body. Decent enough beer.

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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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was not "mad" about the Madtown Nutbrown. Definitely di not rank in my top ten for brown ales. The beer pour a nice brownish amber with ok head that did not lace. The scent carried earthy and malt aromas but nothing out of control. The taste was more like a watered caramel coffee. The mouthfeel was light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was just ok....definitely worth a try.

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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Orange brown in color, it has a small light tan head that does not hold very well, leaving little lacing on its way down.
Aroma, just like the taste is pleasant but not complex; malts, mostly caramel, in a light to medium bodied brew. Decent, easy to drink, but nothing special here.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark copper brown color with orange highlights and a medium cream-colored head.

Aroma is easily detected. Lots of caramel, butter, and toast. Something roasted, maybe pecans, but not as much as the label would have suggested.

Flavor is largely butter-roasted pecans. Sweetened with caramel. Sounds good, but it doesn't quite hit on target. Ends with a small citrus hops bitterness that seems a bit out of place. It is nice and mellow. I think I should get another 6 or 20 to get a better feel for the beer.

Mouthful is medium yet thick, smooth, and quite creamy.

Drinkability is good.

Very flavorful. I found the nuttiness drowned out by the creamy butter and caramel. I'm just not sure about the flavors melding together well, or being top notch individually to begin with. This is also their first attempt at bottling, so I will definitely try it on tap next time.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacy to follow. The nose is malty, with some nice caramel notes. The taste is malty, sweet, with some caramel notes. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher, enjoyable.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured smoothly, but no head. Color is an amber-rust, and there is a fine sediment swirling within.

S-Toasted malt, a touch of toasted mixed nuts, light hint of caramel, and something resembling freshly brewed black tea.

T-Prickly carbonation dominates the attack, which yields to toasted malty mid-palate and hints of caramel with hazelnut, and the finish is mostly clean with lingering sweet toast. I think I'm also picking up a tinge of hops, which is confirmed by a mini-belch.

M-This stuff is too frail to carry its flavors through. The light, watery body, coupled with fairly liberal carbonation, drowns out some of the flavors, and if you drink it quickly, the prickly carbonation carries over the entire tongue and doesn't fade until just before rounding out the tonsils. It's got the taste of a decent beer, and the texture of a flaccid handshake.

D-The least satisfying collection from this brewery I've yet had. The overall taste is enjoyable, and it's fairly smooth, but the lightness doesn't do justice to the flavors, and the ale has no equilibrium.

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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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown ales are mostly not an exciting category, and this one on-tap at the brewery is no exception. It was however beter than average for the style because of its rich malt and creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet. Light brown colour with creamy head. It looks like its on nitro, which it is not.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.5% ABV, no date.

A - Pouring clear dark bronzed walnut in color, Madtown Nut Brown forms a thin bone colored head. Dots of lace speckle the glass in rings but the fleeting head disappears rather quickly.

S - Madtown Nut Brown has a openly nutty aroma with toasted biscuit and caramel sweetness trailing. As the beer warms hints of woody maple and a fine layer of earthy hops make their way in on the back end with raisin and dark cherry emerging as the beer warms.

T - A blend of dry nuttiness opens the flavor profile with a follow up of equally dry toasted amber malts and a dollop of caramel sweetness. Wood shavings present earthy tones which compliment the nuttiness along the finish.

M - Madtown Nut Brown starts smooth and lush with a round malt mouthfeel but dries out quickly in conjunction with the carbonated finish. The entry brings some needed balance to the dry, nutty ale.

O - Nut-rich and earthy, the dry toasted notes seem to overwhelm the sweetness of this beer for a significant balance shift to the "nutty" side. Madtown is certainly not a bad beer, by any standards, it's just not my cup of tea when it comes to brown ales; the sweetness hides providing minimal balance and it's dryness becomes cloying.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted caramel, a little nutty and some toffee. Tastes of toasted malts, lighter nuttiness, and caramel. Thinner body with lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 7/23/07

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From what I recall from my sampler tray....

A: A nice brown-red color, rather clear, with a thin white head.

S: Aroma is moderately malty, caramel sweetness, a little nutty, and perhaps a hint of chocolate, was hoping for a bit more.

T: Medium-low bitterness with a nice malt complexity. The malt taste was a lot like the aroma, again I would have appreciated a little more malt flavor, more nutty, more bittersweetness, but certainly not complaining.

M: A velvety smooth beer with medium-low carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: Pretty good drinkability. It might sound odd, but I think the drinkability may have been higher if the smell and taste were bumped a notch. It is easy to drink, but I'd prefer a bit more going on.

Overall: Like all the beers at the Ale Asylum, get it. A good beer, maybe could be jacked up a little.

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Photo of Bulkman
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-visiting this one after having it last year. 12oz pour into my Sammy Smith's imperial pint glass. Minimal head that doesn't last on this dark amber colored brew. Aroma is very nutty, though I can't nail down which it reminds me of. Good roasted flavor that finishes a bit dry & is quite good. I'd put this on the lower end of medium bodied, which helps in making it very easy to drink.

Perfect for those times when I want something that's just easy to drink without the complexities of the Belgians & RIS that I normally drink. A good representation of the style & one I'll buy again.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid translucent brown with subtle amber hues, with a nice two finger head and light retention. Nutty malt aroma accompanied by a fair amount of hops. Citrus and grapefruit in faint amounts with that typical and characteristic ale asylum aroma (hard to explain exactly what that is other than a gingery hop smell). Sweet caramel up front, cocoa, nutty malts, grapefruit, and white grape in the faintest amount. Slight tartness to it, medium body, the finish is a bit off, but still very drinkable and still very good.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee, nutty almonds and burnt toast, musty grains and leafy green finish.

T - Much like the nose, caramel and toffee, toasted bread, musty hops and leafy green notes linger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - A tasty brown ale, worth a try and well worth picking up.

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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 TheSSG
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, frothy, slightly tan head that collapses nicely leaving lacing along the glass. Floral hops and and sweet, slightly roasted malt combine in the head, with the hops dominating. Deep burnt umber color is stunning to look at. Starts with a nice, slightly toasty, ever-so-slightly sweet malt, a nice rise in hop bitterness which is very floral and a touch grainy. As the bitterness peaks at a low-medium level, the finish begins, which is a mix of that roasted malt and the lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, not bad at all. EASILY one of the better brown ales I've had. Again, I am reconsidering this category. Brown ales tend to be a miss, but when they hit, they are very, very solid.
This is a nice balance of floral hops, medium-low bitterness, and a touch of a slightly roasted malt. It's not too bitter, not too sweet, but a great all-around brew.

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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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Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
3.7 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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