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Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale | Bold City Brewery

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Duke's Cold Nose Brown AleDuke's Cold Nose Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bold City Brewery
Florida, United States
boldcitybrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cjgator3 on 12-24-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
244
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
30.25%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by milkbaby9:
Photo of milkbaby9
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First ever review for this newbie...

It was on-tap at the American Cafe in Jax, so I was looking forward to a nice fresh pint figuring even a so-so beer that is fresh can shine compared to a good beer that has been sitting around in a bottle too long.

Had a draft into an american shaker pint glass, almost no head maybe due to a too gentle draft to the top of the glass or the bartender pouring off the foam during the pour? Clear but darkish brown similar to Pepsi or Coke, maybe a bit lighter. Aroma is primarily a sweet maltiness. A little nondescript but quite pleasing.

Taste is similar to aroma with a slightly sweet malty taste dominating with only the slightest hint of hops or bitterness. A nice breadiness without a cloying sweetness, something I feel Newcastle Brown Ale has too much of (sweet). It's simple but tasty good...

Carbonation is low, which is probably appropriate for this style. To me there is some substance to this beer, but it remains very easily drinkable probably because it is a fairly easygoing and pleasant brew.

Glad to have tried a local/Florida beer on tap! I'd drink this again and recommend it to my pals.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
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.

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Photo of codysjb
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of JayEvans813
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jamisonspitzer
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing. I actually think this is lighter than their amber ale however that's as much of the amber ale being very dark as it is this beer being too light.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with very mild amounts of butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors with hints of lightly toasted malts kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid brown ale although it may be more of an English version than an American one. Either way, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

New beer what can I say I like this one tastes just like a Brooklyn Brown ale to me

Was so good on tap I got a growler of this.

A: medium dark coppery brown with a big 2" head that settled down to about 1/4"

S: Semi burnt sour coffee and Sweet pecan like and dry with a little bit of caramel malt. Just hints of hops.

T: Very smooth and a nice bit of sour hops to balance out the malt, outstanding taste, some more caramel malt comes out.

D: Easy to drink fresh from the tap/growler. good stuff.

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Photo of Craftnscotch
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold City Brewery "Duke's Cold Nose Brown Ale"
12 oz. can, coded "308 14 13:09"
$1.67 @ Winn Dixie #0199, Jacksonville, FL

Duke's pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of khaki that holds well and leaves broken sheets of lace as it goes.

In the nose it's chocolatey, and almost fudge brownie-like, and that carries over into the flavor. It's sweetish, but not particularly malty, with a medium-light body and a smooth, fine-bubbled moderate carbonation. The bitterness is restrained, but along with some grassy and very lightly floral hops it manages to finish dry with some lingering nuttiness and a dusting of earthiness.

It's one-sided, yes, but many brown ales are - and in this case it's at least not overdone. What it does deliver is quite nice, and so much so in fact, that I could easily see enjoying two or three of these in a row. Not unlike the other beers from Bold City it's simply a reliable, readily accessible, and very drinkable ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RickS95
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to preface everything by saying I had been up since 2:50 AM and driven 785 miles by the time I'd had this. But it's a great looking beer, nice and dark, like cola, with a thin head.

Has an earthy, malty smell to it. Seemed to be hints of coffee and/or toffee.

Tastes like it smells. A bit nutty with bits of coffee playing in the background.

Really smooth in the mouth. Not a hint of bitter, a little sweet, but not sickeningly so.

This is a very easy beer to drink. It's got a milky smooth feel and the sweet makes it go by. A nice punch of alcohol means you're warm and toasty after just a few. Looking forward to a couple more of these.

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Photo of bmoraymond
4.51/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of sjones5045
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of LaLechuga94
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Tenor
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Poured from a can into a hotel glass. Nov 2013

Pours deep mahogany brown bordering on black. Thick 1-1/2 inch tan foam. Bready nutty caramel toffee nose. Nutty taste, light, watered. Fast finish, no bite. A little sweet. Light carbonation. Good nut brown.

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