Dolly Varden Nut Brown | Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop

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Dolly Varden Nut BrownDolly Varden Nut Brown

Brewed by:
Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Alaska, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A delicious nut brown ale with wonderful malt flavors. Good balance of chocolate, caramel sweetness and a modest nutty flavor up front. Some dark toast and slight hop profile in the background.

Added by randawakes on 12-12-2009

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of OompaMentor
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Reviewed from notes. She pours brown and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head, leaves a nice speckled lacing that spiderwebs appropriately for an American Brown Ale. The smell is roasty and toasty, nutty, malty, bready, slight caramel. The taste is nutty sweet and the caramel comes back to add into the flavoring, nutty aftertaste, watery finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium, and comes across fairly sessionable - perhaps, carbonation seems a bit subdued for the style and seems fairly good to me, nothing bad but nothing spectacular. Overall, I say this is a good American Brown Ale, though perhaps closer to an English Brown Ale.

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Photo of u2carew
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing on top and at the edge of the glass. Clear mahogany body.
S) Not very aromatic. Subtle bready and caramel notes.
T) Toasty malts. Caramel. Slight astringency in the finish. Mellow to no hops.
M) Medium body. Light carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) A delicious nut brown. I will definitely have another. True to form. Style spot on.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cheesy plastic hotel glass. Pours a meduim to dark brown with a one finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Nice light aroma of bready and sweet malt, nuts. Flavor follows aroma with lightly toasted and bready malt, sweet nuttiness and slight caramel, hint of hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The flavor is somewhat subdued, but nicely balanced as a nut brown. Somewhat lighter in taste, but could go head to head with Samuel Smith's Nut Brown, which is good company. My second tasty beer from this brewery. Alaska has a better than average selection in cheap gas station beer coolers and this was a welcome sight when no other store was nearby.

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Photo of ReverendJon
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of morrowd3
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lifit
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 303beer
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with an inch of head that is off white. Comes with a light nutty and malty nose. Tastes lightly sweet and nut brown. It's good . Good brewery.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color and clear. Lasting, modest head leaving good splotches of streaky lace on the glass.

Predominately sweet with darker malt aromas. Similar to a Bock. No notable hop.

Not as sweet as the smell but there's still some malt sugar present. The body is more full than most Browns. Good carbonation. The finish has just a touch of hoppy bitterness. The darker caramel dominates throughout without any chocolate or burnt flavors showing up. Refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date that I see.

appears medium brown in color. big thick cream colored head. looks good.

smells of sweet malt, biscuit/bread. minimal hops. taste is highlighted by the same flavors. medium body, fairly smooth, good carbonation level.

overall, a decent brown ale that's definitely worth the try.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of randawakes
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/tan, not completely opaque.

Taste: Not too many hops, or at least not as much as desired, makes me feel like the taste is just lacking a bit, not full.

More apparent are nutty, and light caramel notes. A bit of burnt, firey flavor at the end. Perhaps this growler was a little flat.

This is usually available year round from the brewery on tap, serve in growlers, kegs, sobe bottles.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Photo of ccrida
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Embassy in Anchorage, Dolly Varden Nut Brown is a hazy dark chestnut brown with a small, light tan skim leaving scattered lace. Nice glow to the malt.

Smell is muted (as it's served ice cold), with some brown sugar as it opens up.

Taste is nice, some semi-sweet nuttiness, a slight hint of diacetyl, a nice caramel flavor and hint of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty nut brown with full flavor but not too heavy.

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Photo of mb202060
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyMac_AK
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle MFG: 08.29.15 - Not my favorite, however a good Nut Brown. Has a malty, nutty flavor that has a hint of bread/yeast. I can't detect any hops and not too bitter. There is something in there that I can't put my finger on that is probably keeping this from being awesome. Might just be this batch as Kassik's is a small batch brewer. All in All, I highly recommend giving this beer a try. I will try another batch at some point to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of drinkAK
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Dolly Varden Nut Brown from Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 30 ratings