Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
Bold City Brewery

Duke's Cold Nose Brown AleDuke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #594
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,527
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.26%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
296
From:
Bold City Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  72
SCORE
83
Good
Duke's Cold Nose Brown AleDuke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
Notes: A mild brown ale named after Duke, the owner's late, beloved boxer. This local favorite has hints of chocolate and caramel with a smooth nutty finish. A well-balanced, flavorful brown ale that's perfect for any time of year.
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always pick up some of these on holidays when I'm in Florida for those that don't like IPAs and Porter's.
Appears dark amber with a nice foamy head that lasted.
Smells malty, bready.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
I will definitely pick up another sixer for the next holiday party, not so much for me, but for the middle craft beer drinkers. Give me IPAs and Porters!

Apr 11, 2020
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NLeaN from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From can into Teku glass. The color is mild amber with a consistent head of foam loaded with tiny bubbles with very little outliers. The carbonation sticks throughout the glass. The smell is generally muted but has a nice grainy malt nose mixed in with toasty pizza dough, raspberries, light caramel, light chocolate and dings of hops and metallic notes behind these stronger notes. It is not wildly complex but it is nice to see some of these notes shine through. Despite the simplicity, it does taste really good. The toasty pizza dough notes stand out completely on the taste and for a brown ale, the caramels and chocolates are subdued. It drinks like a 5% abv brown ale but is still very enjoyable to drink across a few hours. It is a thin mouthfeel with a short finish but even though it does not help with the beer's complexity it does enhance the drinkability. Perfect to have a 6 pack for watching a Jaguars game in November and December (and hopefully January).

Nov 17, 2019
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JamarcusMarinovich from California

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can, decent head that doesn't last long. Good amber color and a sweet, malty nose. Roasted flavor notes with slight tinge of hop bite (slight), Lingers a bit on the back of the tongue, not terribly complex but easy to drink. A decent offering.

Oct 25, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear, dark amber. Half a finger of off-white head with average retention.

Smell: Spicy and sweet malt with a slight chocolate note. Mild toastiness.

Taste: Roasted malt with little to no bitterness. Mild milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Average body, highly carbonated.

Overall: A nice, plain brown.

May 17, 2019
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GACraftAdvo from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Look is brown with amber hue when held to light. It has about a half of a finger of a beige, lacy head that sticks around for a minute.

Smell: The smell is of dark chocolate, slightly roasted malt character, malty, with a little hop presence in the back ground. The malt character is very nice!

Taste: The taste gives me caramel up front that fades into chocolate after swallowing— and the after taste after a few seconds turns into nuttiness. It tastes almost like almonds on the exhale of your next breathe. It’s really great but light. The hop presence is perfect for this beer, it’s not overpowering but the bitterness is evident. The taste is very well balanced between sweet and bitter.

Feel: The feel is surprisingly light! Off of mouthfeel alone, I would say this was a pale ale. This would be nice on both a crisp winter’s morning, or in the summer afternoon. I could easily drink multiple of these in a sitting.

Overall: This was a really good beer that I would buy again. The taste was nice, it is very sessionable and something that I could drink many of, it is also appropriate for anytime of the year. I recommend it for someone trying to get into brown ales. Thumbs up, Bold City Brewing.

Also, I really like the art-work and reading material on the can (not that that skewed my score)

May 13, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm getting roasted malts but not quite to the burnt character that really rich stouts tend to have. I agree with the slight nuttiness & caramel. cheers! B

Oct 31, 2018
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous buff head and ample lacing. Clear medium brown. Malty, brown sugar smell. Flavor is malty, nutty and balanced. Mouthfeel is light medium. Damn, this smells, looks and tastes delicious.

Jun 07, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a khaki head. Smell is nutty with toffee malts. Taste follows nose very nutty with floral hops and a candi sugar taste . Mouth feel was sweet with malts had some roasted notes in finish. This brown had notes of a scotch ale and a stout, it was something i like alot actually.

May 04, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another new brewer (to me) and a pretty solid offering I have come across...

Though not necessarily a great beer, it was decent enough to enjoy a few on a hot, summer Florida's day. I liked the practically stout-like look of the beer with a decent head and some light lacing down the glass. The smell was a nutty and malty mixture with a distant, bready hint. I found the brew to be light- to medium-bodied with a slight crispness to its finish along the tongue, though it did hint to a wateriness that troubled me. Anyway, the brew was malty as advertised, slightly sweet, with a non-descript finish that makes it an also-ran in my book. In the end, it was solid enough that I won't think too much of the other six I have to partake from (and even share).

Jul 05, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky medium to dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted + roasted malts, nuts, and hints of cocoa. Very light notes of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted + toasted malts with a hint of caramel + brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of cocoa and nuts. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of earthy hops which contribute a hint of bitterness to the light roasty bitterness that is already present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable with a thinner body that is probably appreciated during the warmer months in Florida. Alcohol is well hidden and I would grab another of these.

Feb 19, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- Nice brown color with a off white head
Smell- Not much here. Light nutty malt with a hint of caramel and chocolate
Taste- Malt, nuts, hint of caramel and chocolate.
Feel- Light bodied for a brown. Very drinkable
Overall- Good beer. Very drinkable brown with good flavor. Not overwhelming flavor if you are looking for a robust brown ale. One of my go to beers if I'm in the mood for a brown ale. One of the best we have on the shelfs at all times in Gainesville, FL.

Jan 12, 2017
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like dark honey with some lacing. Nothing much in the nose, but the taste is clear - toasty malts, just like you might expect from a brown. A little thin maybe. A good staple.

Dec 30, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold City’s Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale has a medium, beige head, a murky, lighter-brown ale, with immense powdery sediment, which makes a lava lamp effect, following the "swish & pour", and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild chocolate, sweet brown bread, lighter syrup, a hint of coffee, and a touch of pecan oil. Taste is of all those elements, with low-level bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the light or thin side, and Duke’s Cold Nose finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

Aug 20, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: not as dark as a stout but damn dark for a brown. Bid tan head and tons of messy lacing.
Smell: downplayed nutty malt. Nice though not rich in the least.
Taste: much like the nose. Nice beer, nothing spectacular.

Jul 13, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: Light aromas of sweet, nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of nutty malts along with some sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much in the way of hops or bitterness and seems closer to an English Brown Ale than an American Brown Ale.

Serving type: can

Jan 01, 2016
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brewmudgeon from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, this is the one that seems central to the brewpub. Named after the dog that would occasionally come by the tables and remind you with a glance of your fragile mortality. The beer is so English it is not bloody hilarious, but never struck me as quite brilliant either. Until the night I watched a certain officer gulp down three of the large sized glasses. I order a second of my own and started getting into the groove. The texture is love it or hate it, for me at least. If you are in the mood, that pond scum sort of feel is just the ticker. Screw that effervescent, clean shit. Screw that velvety perfection. This is down and dirty beer, not so strong but substantive enough to remind you that (un?)fortunately you are still alive, and still subject to intoxication and the urgent need to relieve yourself in the establishment's semi-charming little bathroom. It's murky in appearance, crystal and English in aroma, scumy (as already mentioned) in feel, and it really does remind me of a wet, slightly menacing smooch from the sturdily built pooch. A classic in its own way; more than the sum of its parts if the moment is right.

Dec 26, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with amber highlights in the mix. Slightly murky with a quarter inch tan colored head on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is comprised of light malt and chocolate. The flavor is a blend of chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. The mouth is lightly chewy and yet fairly quaffable.

Dec 20, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky medium to dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted + roasted malts, nuts, and hints of cocoa. Very light notes of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted + toasted malts with a hint of caramel + brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of cocoa and nuts. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of earthy hops which contribute a hint of bitterness to the light roasty bitterness that is already present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable with a thinner body that is probably appreciated during the warmer months in Florida. Alcohol is well hidden and I would grab another of these.

Dec 06, 2015
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VTR from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While flying out of JAX I got a layover so how do you make the best out of 8 hours? You find some good craft beer on tap. When I lived in Jacksonville I saw this beer everywhere so I figured now would be the time to give it a try. The brown ale comes looking as I would expect. The nose is nice and malty with some hops and slight nutty smell. The taste follows the nose and is an easy drinker. This beer is very tasty and is a pleasure to drink. While there is nothing that jumps out as exceptional I think the exceptional part is the pleasure you get from drinking it. I will get this next time I see it.

Oct 12, 2015
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GustoMan from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on daft at a local store and it is a very good Brown Ale Pours like most dark ales with a creamy head and little lacing. Deep dark bread flavors and Nuttiness. Good roasted malt taste with not too much hoppiness to take over. Well balanced Brown Ale. The people at this store told me that when Dukes is not there many people ask when it will be back. No floral's but nice toasty malty aroma. It has a not clear deep brown appearance. The mouthfeel is fairly light for a dark ale, which is pleasant. I really like this Brown Ale so try Dukes on Draft sometime when you fell like enjoying a good Brown Ale.

Sep 26, 2015
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Simont from New York

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Points off for a good amount of gunk in suspention, looks like pint of rusty seawater. Other than that, this beer is fantastic. Great nutty/ crusty bread armoma and flavor, well balanced hop bitterness that is there, but allows the malt to sit in front. Nice noble hop flavors in here too, working well with the nutty malt. Lots of British mild/ northern English brown character, a lovely brown ale. 5/21/15 based on Julian date on bottom of can.

Sep 04, 2015
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souljorn from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best brown Ale's I've ever had. Feel like I have been searching for this beer for a while . Give it a Shot. Not why it doesn't have a high rating , maybe inconsistency .

Jul 18, 2015
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky amber color with a thick white head on top. Smell is of watered down malts and grains. Taste is a lot different than the smell, I gots notes of nuts and caramel. Very delicious as it warms

Jul 17, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown, large off white head from an aggressive pour, good lacing

S: Light smell of caramel, chocolate and coffee, slight hop smell

T: Same as smell, taste is very subtle

M: Very thin for such a dark beer, light carbonation

O: Pretty underwhelming. I saw this on a trip to the coast and had to try. Glad I tried it but I will not be making a trip to restock.

Jun 30, 2015
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wreckers Orlando 5/20/15

Pours brown with thin lacing and almost no retention. The smell is a faint nutty malt than tastes rather thin and small amount nuttiness. It's ok but nothing special.

May 21, 2015
Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale from Bold City Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 296 ratings