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Nut Brown Ale | St. George Brewing Company, The

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BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
98
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Williamsburg Inn, poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is dark gold bordering on tan & is very clear. It has a beige head with just traces of lace.

It has a fresh but slight aroma of milled grains and a bit of raisin.

Taste is also on the lighter side with very lightly roasted grains, a hint of toffee and a smidgen of dark fruit.

The mouth is also light and registers a solid 3.

It was easy to drink and my only other options were various macros and their light counterpoints, so it was an easy call to have a few.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with relatively little carbonation or head. Smell is slight and malty. The flavor, however, is nice - nutty, like a good walnut, with a slight sweetness and a little woody character. The mouthfeel is thin but refreshing. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer.

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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 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 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 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 ohoove
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

murky copper in color with a tiny , fizzy, tan head that seperated into a ring. very light in appearance. thin body although it seemed a little oily.
ever so slight nut aroma, lightly roasted malts,and a grainy cereal presence in the nose and on the palate.
this wakes a bit as it warmed but overall pretty average if not weak.
could definitely pound these as is pretty light and not insulting to the mouth but in the end, it's forgettable , but not regrettable .

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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 Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Some spots of lace develop on the glass during the session.

Smell: light caramel and hints of nuts are all the nose can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe red fruit sweetness, and very soft nuttiness are the main flavors. Some milder bread-like qualities and hints of bitterness rounds it out. Compared to the American Brown Ale, this is weak all around.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Brief caramel and nutty aftertaste. A little lighter than a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This is not worth trying, get the American Brown instead.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up the Dragon pack, as I have tried Golden Ale on tap before, I've never really had a chance to sit down and enjoy their flavors, I poured this 12 oz bottle into a 14oz pilsner glass.

A - Looked like a watered down amber ale, reddish at the top, which faded down to light brown.

S - Very weak smell, although it had a slightly toasted aroma.

T - Roasted and kinda malty, initially quite good, yet it vanishes almost as quickly as it is swallowed.

M - Burned the back of my tongue slightly, then disappeared clean, not much to it.

D - Not too sure about this one, had the taste been a bit stronger and didn't finish so clean, this would have been quite good. I won't be seeking another anytime soon.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to the other St. George's I've tired, I was a little disappointed in this one. As a normal ale, it was quite good; but it wasn't what I would really consider a brown ale, let alone a nut brown.

The color was a nice copper, but again, it wasn't a nice deep brown. The head went away very fast, but it was a bottled beer. It does have a very nice aroma, even though it didn't have the rich nutty smell I was hoping for.

It does go down smooth and has a nice rich flavor, but there was really very little 'nuttiness' to it.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours the color of almonds (skin on) with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a slight edge layer.

Aroma leaves alcohol lingering. A bit of roasted malts with a cascade hop smell that leaves a bitterness about it. A bit of roasted peanuts aroma and oak also come through on the nose (maybe the alcohol phenol smell actually).

Light flavored really. A bit of toasted malts hit my tongue right away along with some bittering, floral hops, and the carbonation really tingles my tongue a bit too much to get more flavor. However, the finish reveals a nice oak and roasted peanut flavor that reminds me of being at a baseball game.

Body is relatively light with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Tingly and a bit watery though.

Fairly drinkable brew. Easy to drink, but just not sure how much you'd truly want to drink if you can have something else in the same style. It's NOOO Troeg's Nut Brown, that's for sure.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pretty poor amber color that is almost transparent. There is a slight head upon the pour, but nothing that lingers enough to note. The nose is malty, with a touch of nut and a bit of roastyness. The taste involves these same three qualities, but there seems to be lacking in the "nut" category. The maltyness takes over with a slightly darker shade than I expected. The carbonation is perfect however, and allows the sparse tastes to dance upon the tongue before being ushered down. The more you swallow the easier this goes down, and surprisingly the taste stays consistent. A great beer if you're settling in for a long night 'o drinking, but probably not worth seeking out.

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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 russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes from my late march trip to DC/Northern VA

Pours amber with 1/4" white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little sweet malt

T: Sweet malt & herbal hops bitterness up front. Finishes sweet & a little nutty

MF: Light bodied & medium cabonation

Drank okay, but one of the least satisfying beers in the variety sixer

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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 Braudog
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated this from under the Nut Brown label, an alias. It poured a clear medium brown with a very thin head. It produced a light toffee aroma. Flavor-wise: toasty, yet sweet, flavor ... hint of caramel, but not very much. Nice plaseant light brown ale from my favorite local brewer. (#2637 - 1/6/07)

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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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Photo of gpcollen1
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber brown into my imperial pint with a subdued head. The aroma is quite mild, even as it warms.

Taste is crisp and clean with a hint of malty/nutty and a sweet into dry finish. This brew was pretty decent and easy drinking but I was expecting a bit more for this Nut Brown. Maybe because i drank the American Brown the night before, but still wanted a bit more of something out of this. Too bad I had only one and could not give it another try.

Thank you Santa for being able to try this.

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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 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 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 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 jameaterblues
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy bronze color, almost brown, but really murky bronze....thin tan colored head with minimal lace.
S- Sweet, roasted, nutty malts...
T- Roasted(or toasted) nutty malt...light hops....a kinda bitter chocolate after taste that lasts kind of long.
M/D- Carbonation is about average for this style, but the body was lighter than I expected and almost watery....not really what I look for in a brown ale. It was good to try the St. George mix pack, I now know what is worth picking up again.

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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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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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