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Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The
Virginia, United States
stgeorgebrewingco.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
St. George Nut Brown Ale is a classic English-style Brown Ale with flavors reminiscent of biscuit and caramel that is well balanced by a mild hop character. This beer was traditionally served in taverns as their house beer. Our Nut Brown Ale is light brown in color with a thick creamy head.

Added by asabreed on 01-14-2006

BEER STATS
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54
Ratings:
98
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 98
Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Not particularly brown. It pours more of a deep gold with a small white head that doesn't stick around long.

S- Sweet malts blend with a nice mineral character to form an appealing aroma. I think I'm picking up a little diacetyl as well.

T- The mineral character dominates to start and is soon joined by earthy hops and cracker-like malts. All the flavors are so subtle, but they're so nice. The aftertaste is extremely pleasant with just the slightest hint of sweetness and a small dose of bitterness closing things out.

M- The mouthfeel is fairly thin, but that's not really a bad thing here. The carbonation is lively, but not so high as to damage the beer's delicate nature.

D- This is a great quaffer and a superb example of a session beer. I could certainly have a couple more of these.

This is an impressive beer, but in a very different way than most of the beers that I deem "impressive." This one wowed me with its subtleties and superb drinkability. The flavor doesn't smack you in the face, but it's great. A fantastic beer to have around for those times when you just want a nice, flavorful beer, not a full-frontal assault on the tastebuds. Recommended.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, with a fast-fading head and minimal lacing.

S: Really nice! Floral notes hit strong with the first whiff, then bready malts, and finally faint,citrussy hops.

T: Not complex, but nicely balanced with slightly-sweet, bready flavors, and a full (but not overpowering) hops finish.

M: Decent crispness. Like most from St. George, it could use a boost in the carbonation (which would help the development of a nice head, too).

O: An enjoyable English ale, although pretty straightforward. It paired nicely with fried flounder, but would have been fine on its own.

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Photo of ElGeordie
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Also known as Tavern Ale.
We discovered this at a beer fest a few years ago. Or rather my wife did - she decided early on that this was the best beer there (she was right too.) and kept going back for more samples - eschewing everything else at the event.
Anyway, since then this has been a staple at our home bar (she who must be obeyed...) We get through about 5 x 1/2 barrels a year.
Personally I prefer St George IPA and Porter (The winter stout is incredible too) but the Nut Brown / Tavern Ale is our session beer.
It pours a rich brown colour with an off white creamy head that stays to the bottom of the glass. It has a very English malt flavour with a nice mild hop finish. A very satisfying drinkable beer.
My wife used to be a lager drinker but this is her favourite beer now (she does drink milk stouts occasionally too - so her beer education is coming along well)

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Photo of sweethome
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown ales are low on my list, so these ranking are based on where this ranks in style.

Light brown pour. Very nice nose, subtle, but pleasing. English malts and yeast.

Medium mouthfeel. Nutty malts, tea, and yes, some yeast flavors. The finish is quite pleasing with generous english hops. Plenty of spice in the hops. A fine session beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a decent light beige head and nice active carbonation. Cocoa powder aroma and flavor dominates. Some light nutty and husky grain character in flavor and smooth enough. Light-medium bodied with a light malt and light cocoa finish.

Nice smooth English Brown Ale ... easy drinking.

Per Label: 5.0% ABV

Tasted: 05/14/07

($9.99 / mixed 6-pack "Dragon Pack")

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Photo of Cindirene
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (Dragon Pack) into teardrop glass - Head dissipates quickly leaving a touch of lacing - Initial aroma has a base of caramel which carries into the palate - Finish becomes darker and lingers slightly - Not the best nut brown ale I've had but I'll surely consider another

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Photo of oelergud
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown standard 12oz glass bottle. Pry off unadorned pewter cap. Curry yellow and green label.
Dark copper clear body. Large off-white head, tiny to large bubbles, good retention and great lace.
Abit of vinegar nut scent. Some sweet malt and coarse hop notes.
Nutty malt earth flavors, roasted character and a nice hoppy aftertaste with lots of roasted nutskin flavor.
Medium full body, little coating and a dry finish.
Good drinkability.

-Oelergud

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium brown colored beer with modest pff-white head.
Smell is fruity, almost wine-like, with a touch of nut.
Taste is profoundly sweet, with nice plum flavors present.
Finish is very sweet, almost too sweet for my liking.
A godd beer, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orcasteve for this one. Included in my secret santa haul.

Pours a clear light amber-brown. Small white head sits atop and diminishes into nothing quickly.

Sweet malts. Camamel and toffee notes. Nice nutty aroma. Inviting overall.

Very well rounded in flavor. A little bit roasty, nice caramel malts, and a nuttiness present. Also I think I detect a little bit of a citrus hop, I'm thinking cascade, that balances it out.

M - Light in body, almost a bit watery. Probably the biggest downfall of this one for me.

D - Very drinkable. I could go through several of these. Nice an sessionable.

Thanks orcasteve!

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Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

First off, this is not the brown ale that's already listed, as it's the Nut Brown, not the American Brown (though the American Brown is based on the English style). So here goes.

Appearance: A light light brown with some yellow highlights in color. Slight bubbles floating toward the top from the middle, though it'd be nice if there were more. Head dissipates fairly quickly, with a slight bit of lacing still around as I drink.

Smell: Some notes of dark bread, nuts, dark and sweet malty notes, and also some toasted and grainy, huskiness to the body. Slight amount of hops come in also.

Taste: Nuttiness and toastedness come in for the most part. Slight sweetness around everything. Fairly hoppy, oddly enough, at the finish, though it mellows into some tasty malt notes by the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery and slick, and not enough carbonation which weighs it down a bit.

Drinkability: Not a bad example for the style, though I was hoping for more. But I'd definitely drink it again, and I'd suggest checking it out for sure.

Also, on their website, supposedly this used to be draft only (along with the American Brown), but now it's in bottles, but I don't think it's year round available yet.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours an orangey amber with light carbonation and a half-inch of off-white head that reduces to a collar and leaves light lacing. It smells wonderful, with milk chocolate (think Hershey's), molasses and caramel malts, light diacetyl, and hints of maple and vanilla. The flavor is about the same with minty? hops, mild coffee, and a mild bitterness on top of a medium, prickly body that leaves a medium finish. A pretty good Americanized brown ale that has an intoxicating aroma.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thank you to chaz over on realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut color with about an inch of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted grains, bread, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, mild bitter hops. Decent body, a bit dry in the finish, with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty brown ale that's worth your time.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Part of the Dragon Pack.

A - Pours a cloudy brown color with a small off-white head.

S - Malty nuts dominate the aroma...

T - A hint of vanilla precedes the roasted nutty flavor.

M - A little on the creamy side with little carbonation.

D - I had this on tap at the Kings Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg...enjoyed it more than from the bottle. Still an enjoyable style selection. Still a fan of St. George...I'd love to keep a Dragon Pack in the cellar.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large (22-oz.) glass stein

A: carbonation was overpowering, flowing over the sides (but I'm not complaining); cloudy dark yellow; huge head; nice lacing
S: decent, malty smell; pretty light
T: butter, malt, pumpkin, caramel; low hops; medium complexity; bitter aftertaste

Watch for volcano works!

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very light for a brown ale, even lighter than some beers considered amber. There was a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of dark malts and some roasted nuts. There was a good blend of chocolate malts and roasted nuts in the taste. The beer was light and crisp, moderately drinkable, but far from the best nut brown I've tried.

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Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear with a light amber hue, small head, and no lacing.

S: Great aromas of hazelnuts, cocoa, and sweet caramel.

T: The taste is very malty with lots of sweet caramel and a bit of toasted malt flavor and a touch of hops bitterness in the finish. Not terribly original but good. Unfortunately none of the nutty flavors made it through.

M: Good coating and low to medium carbonation presents a nice feel. Mildly dry and bitter finish and aftertaste.

D: Solid and drinkable but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is 1/6th of a Dragon Pack served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cold.

A: Brown with hints of coppery red. Small head and thin ring of lace.

S: Pronounced nuttiness in nose, one that conjures up unsalted peanuts.

T: Flavor is a dry nutty malt and is well carbonated (almost too much so). The hops are very subtle, providing little in the way of flavor but allowing the nuttiness to shine through.

M: The nuttiness is a change of pace, as I rarely dig into English-style ales, but this is pleasant.

D: Decent session beer, the nuttiness can be a tad overwhelming at times.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: More of a deep orange than hue of brown - a little light for the style, perhaps. Head was very short and equally short-lived.

S: Buttered, toasted, whole grain bread. Light on the nuttiness.

T: Grainy toasted malts, a sweet and almost 'light citrus' flavour - like tangerine or the like. Not a citrus-hop bite, just the sweetness.

M + D: Nice and expressive without being overly prickly. Medium body, not as rich as some, but working well in this case - quite refreshing. Given a little time to warm and breathe, it gathers some added life and the flavour opens up a little more. Not too bad... perhaps not extraordinary, but tasty enough that it doesn't matter.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bottle from the Dragon Pack sampler, this "brown" ale pours a clear amber body with a tall ecru hued head. Good retention and some patchy lacing.

Aroma features citrusy hops, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness after it warms a bit.

Unremarkable medium body and carbonation.

Taste has caramel, toffee, and a citrusy hop bitterness that is more orange than grapefruit. A note of toasted almonds is the only trait that suggests a brown ale.

A solid drinker but more of an amber than a brown ale.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in dragon variety pack at Farm Fresh. This poured a medium brown. Not much smell here but the taste was good and crisp. This is a very drinkable ale. There is a woody aftertaste but this is quite refreshing. I would drink this again. St George does some styles well and others so so. I will visit this brewery.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/28/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Half inch off-white creamy head that disappears fairly quickly; Mostly clear appearance with visible carbonation; Brown tinted amber in color; Minimal lacing left behind

S - Notes of earthy, woody, nutty, toasty, biscuity, herbal/spicy hops, and faint smokey characteristics as well

T - Pleasant toasty, nutty, biscuity, and earthy flavors present that's also accompanied by just a bit of chocolatey and buttery qualities; Some herbal/spicy hops are present, but they're not as pronounced as the nose; Just a small amount of bitterness for the first half of the taste; Pleasant flavors of nuts and buttered toast linger

M - Good bit of carbonation; Medium bodied; Fairly drying and a bit syrupy in the finish

O - St. George has done a pretty good job with this offering. The taste is the strongest point of the beer with a nice depth of pleasant flavors that don't lose your interest. In addition, there's a nice level of drinkability with this brew, making it one that I'll certainly visit again.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale brown color, almost copper. The head forms about 1 finger thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Faint chocolate malts along with some nuttiness.

Taste: Chocolate malts throughout along with some nutty flavors up front. The finish is bitter and chocolatey, nice combination there.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery for my taste, also a little too carbonated but not I'm just nitpicking.

Overall: A decent brown ale, but not one of my favorites. I do like the chocolate flavors though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Again...why am I awake? Ahem. This beer pours a clear copper-amber topped by a healthy ecru froth. The nose comprises orange peel and fluffy toffee. It's insanely simple, but also pretty good. The taste echoes the smell, with a firm haymaker of hoppy citrus being backed by a rather sweet bit o' toffee and caramel. Frankly, this seems closer to a standard pale ale than a brown, but I guess this is slightly maltier... I dunno. The body is a solid medium, with a heavy-ish moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not a bad brew, but not as "brown" as I'd like. If that makes any sense.

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Photo of sdsimkins
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this ever since I caught a smell of a remaining drop in a family growler.

A - Very interesting, pours to a dark golden color, not the brown I was suspecting. Barely any head, just a faint white ring

S - Hard to place, lots of nuts and caramel, but also faint fruits

T - Even more interesting, the nuts and slight caramel are there, hops are oddly in the front and very faint, has that roasted malt to it but also more of an IPA style as a whole.

M - Fairly syrupy, a little carbonation but not a whole lot

O - Overall its a fairly complex beer, not quite what I was expecting from a brown ale. It's also pretty light. Nothing too crazy but something I would definitely have again.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown amber. Molasses aroma. Grain, slightly sweet caramel notes and toasted notes in the palate. Hops are there but barely.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with their Nut Brown. The American Brown was much roastier with more assertive burnt notes. The Nut Brown featured a lighter overall flavor (though not by a whole lot) with much more reserved toasted notes and a sweeter caramel malt flavor. I recommend both of them!

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