Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
Bold City Brewery

Duke's Cold Nose Brown AleDuke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #596
Ranked #41,103
3.67 | pDev: 12.26%
Bold City Brewery
Florida, United States
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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Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jan 17, 2014
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wesbrownyeah from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale, 6 % alcohol. Got this growler from Brewers Pizza at 20$ refill rate. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice. Pours a deep brown fluid with a inch of off white head that falls to a thick froth leaving massive rings of lacing.

S- Toasted malts, sweet brown sugar, over ripe plums, and alcohol ester in the nose.

T-M- Taste is dominated by burnt malts and slightly alcoholic notes. Upfront is a caramel and brown sugar flavor followed by earthy hop backbone. Alcohol tingle is there but well covered by the smooth flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy rolling over the buds with ease. Leaves a thin layer of malt in the after taste.

Overall this beer is a great choice when you want a smooth beer with a craft beer taste, smooth mouthfeel and decent alcohol content. Pair well with beef and pork dishes.

Apr 14, 2011
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benzalman from California

3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 01, 2015
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Kips from Texas

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

Oct 16, 2017
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AgentZero from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Dec 17, 2012
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fliptopwillie from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Mar 09, 2012
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dsauter from Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 20, 2011
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brwnchrstpher from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sep 19, 2013
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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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Brianbosox from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2017
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fisherbray from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nov 18, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 01, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sep 20, 2013
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herman77 from Minnesota

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

Feb 15, 2018
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date

Why are so many brown ales named after dogs?  But I digress....

A: Color is somewhere between tea and cola brown, with less than 1/2 a fingers width of light tan head, which settles to only a thin film and outer ring very quickly.  Leaves no appreciable lacing.  

S: Roasted and caramel malts, a nutty character,  toffee.  Has some subtle hints of adjunct aromas like corn/rice, although I'm fairly certain it is not brewed with adjunct ingredients.  Not bad, not great.  Aromas could be stronger.

T: Rather sweet, again with caramel malts.  Toffee, a bit of hop bitterness.  Not really a lot going on here, at all.  

M/D: Carbonation on the higher end, medium bodied, slightly drying finish.  Drinkability is moderate, something about it prevents me from wanting to have more than 1.  

O: I had this one other time and remember liking it a lot before, as it came off more like a porter, with bigger roasted and nutty notes, and a complexity I really appreciated.  Maybe I drank this one too cold, but it's coming off as drab and rather unremarkable now.  I'd like to give it a try again someday, as I was really impressed the other time that I had it, but if this were the first time I had drank it, I likely wouldn't seek it out again (although full disclosure, I feel that way about most brown ales I drink).  Probably being generous and giving it bonus points for the other time I drank it.  

Jul 28, 2012
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svelte63 from Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

Dec 23, 2011
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ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 02, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly subdued smell.

May 23, 2014
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to djmichaelk for the bottle!

Pours a deep muddy brown with a massive light tan head. A few minutes into the fairly gentle pour, there are still 2 inches of foam.

Aroma is slightly nutty. A get a bit of licorice and a light alcohol burn maybe?

Starts off with a bit of brown sugar. Light roasted malts throughout. Slightly sweet, but biting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin for a brown. Carbonation level is good.

I'm really not entirely sure what I think of this one. It's definitely some complexity and some distinctly unique flavors, but at the same time, I'm not sure they all work together. Maybe with a bit heavier mouthfeel they would. Close to being a really good beer, but falls a bit short.

Nov 17, 2011
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Feb 02, 2015
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OldTime from Georgia

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

Jan 27, 2015
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TS057 from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 29, 2014
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mattsdenney from Tennessee

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

May 14, 2016
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codysjb from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Dec 24, 2011
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JustEd from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 28, 2014
Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale from Bold City Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 300 ratings