Nut Brown Ale | Garrison Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BA SCORE
37%
Liked This Beer
3.58 w/ 81 ratings
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada
garrisonbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like the rich, dark brews of southern England this traditional ale draws on specialty malts such as chocolate, caramel and black patent. “Nut Brown Ale” is a deliciously flavourful dark beer like those popular in early Nova Scotia.

20 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,622
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
81
Liked:
30
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
9.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a variety 6-pack from Garrison, in a 341ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark brown, bright translucent garnet when held to light. Creamy beige head that settles to a healthy cap.

Nutty, toasty malt on the nose, some sweet notes.

Nutty and toasty malt also in the flavour, accompanied by some wafery chocolate character, with notes of coffee and toasted malt on the finish, very mild leafy hops in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, the texture makes it seems fuller than it is, while the carbonation adds to a more quenching finish.

A pretty decent brown ale, so far my favourite of what I've sampled from Garrison so far, they did a pretty good job with this style.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a ruby red tint, finger of tan head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is sweet with dark chocolate, maple syrup and burnt sugar. Touch of fresh ground coffee on the finish.

T - Definitely more bold than I was expecting with the chocolate and coffee malts bearing a strong presence. The burnt sugar and maple syrup linger on the finish alongside some faintly detectable earthy hops.

M - Although it appeared thin, the carbonation filled up on the tongue and came across as smooth and creamy, though the finish was a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a pleasant surprise which boasts bold flavours for a brown ale. I quite enjoyed this one and could easily toss back a 6-er. Easily drinkable, yet full of flavour.

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Photo of Long813
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: NA

A: Dark brown body with two fingers of light mocha head. Retention is great and leaves loads of lacing.

S: Strong essence of nuts and roasted malts, and some sweet toffee.

T: Full up on the roasted malts with a slight hint of almond/walnut maybe. Sweet chocolate and caramel blends nicely with mild coffee beans.

M: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a bitter aftertaste. I find the carbonation is a bit much.

D: Another good brew by Garrison. For it's style, it's basic and to the point, making it a pleasing beer for all.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, part of the MIXED-6 pack currently available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, yet densely foamy beige head, which leaves a few promontories of jagged lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of gritty bready caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, hazelnut and pistachio nut, a touch of sour milk, subtle earthy yeast, and some earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The taste is sweet 'n nutty caramel malt (the particular nut character obfuscated as it is in most confections), stale milk chocolate, a wisp of meaty smoke, a certain metallic flintiness, and some wan leafy, herbal hops.

The carbonation is on the low side of things, with its plain Jane frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the sweet nutty malt giving way to the feebly surging weedy, herbal hops.

A nice, generally balanced brown ale - lots of flavour - the only drawback is that middling, weird, and kind of medicinally herbal hop essence - surely a different varietal would do this offering a whole lot more justice, eh?

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Photo of nighthawk
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler whisked from the brewery into my fridge. Poured into nonic.

Dark brown body with hints of ruby-hued browns where the light pierces the otherwise opaque beer at the edges. Head is large and fluffy at first pour, settling to a persistent finger (1cm or so) light tan head. Bits of sticky lace cling here and there along the glass.

Chocolate-covered nuts comes first to mind when smelling this beer. Surprising amount of fruity esters in there too, something along the lines of apples, pears, bananas and maybe a touch of citrus. The more the beer warms, the more the chocolate and nutty aromas come out, even giving some mildly roasted coffee.

Taste follows the aroma, though the fruit is a bit more subdued. Chocolate, nuttiness, some caramel, very light fruit, finishing with a bit of something that I can't quite put my finger on, but makes me think of (alternately) smokey, sour, and lactic flavours. A fair bit going on here, and blended decently.

Mouthfeel is a touch above light, maybe a bit lighter than what I would really prefer, with mild carbonation.

This is a very drinkable brew. Not the tastiest beer, or even nut brown I've come across, but it has some nice flavour and goes down nicely. Worth trying.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma is toasted malt, toffee, caramel and some chocolate. The flavor is toffee, chocolate, earthy hops and some toasted malt. A pretty basic brown ale in both flavor and aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Friends of mine did a road trip out to Halifax and picked up a sampler for me - cheers lads!

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark chestnut brown with a touch of red when held to the light. Thin, foamy off-white head, dissolved fairly quickly. Ring survived throughout the pint.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, marshmallow. Smells great!

Taste is that of a solid brown ale, but doesn't deliver on the same level as the nose. Malts were big here. All the flavors were there, but were a bit muted, especially towards the finish. A bit of a bolder effort would have made for a quality brew. As it is, the taste is merely satisfactory.

Slightly watery, decent carbonation. About right for the style to avoid being classed as a porter.

An okay brown ale, nothing fantastic, nothing to rave about, but certainly tasty.

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Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured coffee brown to dark brown with a creamy foam. The smell of roasted malt, nut, and caramel is whaffing from the glass. I found that this got even better as it settled in the glass. The taste was very traditional; a rather heavy malty taste. The taste is more potent over time. Decent drinkablility, though after one I was ready to move on to something else.

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Photo of Evocatus
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, as what you would expect from a brown ale. Aroma was nutty and roasted malts. Taste was similar to the armoa. The nuttiness was strong, as was the roasted malts; although the latter came off a little too strongly. Good thickness. Overall one of Garisson's better brews.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet caramel malt with light nutty finish. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some well balanced sweet caramel malt with light nuttiness and no discernable hops presence. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Not bad but not s style that I have any passion for.

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Photo of berley31
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a very small head that was gone very quickly. The body is a dark brown color that has a ruby hue when held to the light; body is clear.

S: A smokey aroma comes through, with a slight nut and chocolate smell as well. Again, as I've detected with other Garrison beers, there is a very small note of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, slightly sweet and nutty, with a light bitter and dry finish. Not bad at all, really.

M: Light bodied, thin-creamy texture, with average carbonation... maybe a little too much carbonation for the style.

D: Not a bad beer at all, but not fantastic, either. Joins most of Garrison's other offerings, being drinkable but not overly special.

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Photo of BigBry
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a short, off white head. Head quickly shrinks to a thin cap, thin lacing left on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and chocolate, light but evident. Taste mirrors the aromas. More nuttiness, some chocolate/light cocoa, minor bitterness at the end to balance the caramel sweetness.
Very smooth, enjoyable. Well balanced. Would be a 'go-to regular' if it were readily available in Alberta. Very comparable to Wild Rose Brown.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov30 2009

A clear deep red/maroon with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left no lace

S mild chocolate brown sugar and faint cola

T perhaps a little toffee and a little nutty but other then that it tastes similar to what I smell

M fairly smooth but a little flat

D not a bad beer overall the taste put it a fair amount above average

thanks to Long813 for this east coast gem from a brewer I'm only starting to get acquainted with

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Head quickly evaporates to a thin covering. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Smell consists of a nice mild nutty chocolate.

Taste follows suit with the scent, but it more clear. The nutty chocolate is like chocolate covered almonds. Really enjoyable. Some minor bitterness is also present, mostly in the swallow. Some toffee tastes are also apparent. Further drinking introduces some minor coffee flavoring as well.

Very smooth, very nice, very enjoyable. You can easily go through a few bottles of this in one sitting.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garrison's Nut Brown is certainly dressed appropriately for the fall: it has a creamy khaki coloured head and its chestnut body is replete with blushing, autumn leave-like tones of auburn and amber. Its kindled highlights give way to shallow pockets of clarity. This earthy shaded beverage looks quite at home against a backdrop of withering foliage.

There is just the right amount of sweet, dark caramel to balance the smokey, sooty scent of roasted malts. The aroma is surprisingly redolent of mocha for a style that normally steers slightly clear of the more heady, full-bodied flavours. It pleasantly smells like roast pecan and chocolate covered hazelnut. It is robust like a porter.

Likewise, the flavour is unexpectedly layered. True to its name, the beer boasts flavours of nuts: namely the chocolate covered almonds and hazelnuts and roast pecans that were already given away by the aroma. It tastes as though both coffee and cocoa beans were grounded into the mash; they pair fantastically with the sweetish, toffee-tinged malts.

It is likely the yeast imparting these lightly fruity undertones. I sense a bit of dried fruits and also the faint impression of banana. These soft, suggestive notes are easily lost amongst the smokey, roasted nature of the malts (which, for the record, includes: pale, caramel, Munich, dextrin and chocolate). Bitter and sweet are perfectly entangled.

Nova Scotia doesn't produce a lot of beers but of the ones they do I'd say an unusually high percentage of them are well above average. I'd have an easy time keeping the fridge stocked if I lived in that part of Atlantic Canada. This is not only a good rendition of the style but a highly quaffable, flavourful, all around well-crafted beer in its own right.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw some of the Garrison beers in Baddeck a week or so ago. I decided on trying this style, because it seemed the most unique.

The beer looks good, with a dark colour similar to a glass of cola. The head is pretty tall, and lasts a good minute or so at least (I drank it, so I dunno how long it would actually last). After pouring, it cascades up a BIT like Guinness would.

The smell is just OK, & doesn't really match the flavour. It's a fruitier smell, like a Trappist beer (not my fave).

Its taste is a rich one, but not terribly filling (not nec. a bad thing). It has tastes of dark chocolate and coffee which come through strongest.

For a flavourful dark beer, it's not that thick. It's a bit smoother than a pale ale, and has a fair bit of carbonation. Not too much, but I wouldn't want any more.

As for drinkability, I instantly liked this beer quite a bit. I had three in a row the second time I tried it.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark, deep, blackened ruby color with an off-white head that dies down and slowly fades away. Almost more like a porter.

Smells mostly roasty. Almost more like a porter. A little nutty. Just a hint of halitosis.

And it tastes roasty and dry. Almost more like a porter. A little smoky. A hit of nuttiness enters the fray, with some black coffee, it's sweet in the middle with a bitter, drying finish. A tad metallic and slightly tart.

It has the same mouthfeel as a lot of other Garrison's beer, smooth and creamy. It works well with this beer, better than in the Amber or Red ale at any rate.

For me this registers almost like a hybrid of a porter and an English brown ale. Aaaand yeah. It's all right.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap fresh at the brewery in Halifax. Dark brown colour with one finger beige head and sheet lace. Smell is caramel. Nice bitter roasted malt flavour, hints of caramel and chocolate. There is also an array of nutty flavours here as well with low astringency and a dry frinish. Not too sweet. Nice balance, refreshing and flavourful - good stuff!

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Photo of ludachris
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Im down here in Hali, I decided to pick up this homegrown brew. Pours a deep redish brown with a really nice thick rocky tan head that stays around. Smells of roasted nuts and chocolate. The taste is very similar with a little bit of caramel. Really nice lacing that goes all the way down the glass. Sticking to the style, this brew is very smooth with little carbonation and no bitterness. Im very glad I picked this one up and cant wait to try their other brews.

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Photo of bobsy
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oak colured body with an off-white head, that like other Garrison brews doesn't have much retention. Roasted malt aroma, with bread and nuts. Good roastiness in the flavour, and it does bring out the nuttiness present in the malts. Chocolate and toast round it out. Ever once in a while a slight metallic edge creeps in, which obviously detracts from an otherwise solid brown. Fairly light body, and medium-aggressive carbonation. By no means will this beer wow anyone, but its fairly decent.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks decent, somewhat dark, almost cola coloured. Garnet highlights when back lit. Half finger tan head on the pour. Not much for retention, head fades quickly to leave a very fine collar.

Interesting aroma. Theres some treacle, nuts, toffee, a hint of grain husk, some fruity esters of apple or perhaps cherry, and some earthy and floral hop scents in the back as well.

Good stuff. Hints at roastiness and some cocoa powder comes through in the taste, this is almost getting into porter territory. Treacle, toffee and walnut are the main malt flavours, and are nicely accented by the touch of roastiness and cocoa powder. Fruity esters mix nicely and compliment the overall character of this ale. Very mildly hopped, certainly brewed to the English versus American style.

Fairly light bodied, and quite mildly carbonated. Nicely balanced brew. Almost creamy in feel, makes up somewhat for the thin body and very mild level of carbonation.

A very drinkable and sessionable brew. This would always be close to my fridge if available locally for those reasons, as well as the fact that it is tasty. This is fairly approachable for a darker brew as well, and would be a great stepping stone to get newbies into darker and roastier brews. Nice work NASH and thanks for the bottle.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark reddish brown with lots of ruby around the edges of the glass and a large medium tan head that is retained well but leaves very little lacing. Smell is quite sweet and malty, with nutty notes and a little bit of coffee. Taste rather fruity, with cherry and plum showing up alongside the caramel and coffee, and a dry astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, undercarbonated and not all that pleasing, and the drinkability is average. A bit disappointing, I had high hopes for this one. Their Martello Stout is quite nice, but this doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of elricorico
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now known as Garrison Nut Brown Ale, formerly Barrack Street Brown Ale.

Poured into a pint glass relatively quickly. A medium to dark brown with some definite redness to it. The beige head climbed only to about 3/4 of a centimetre thick, and faded to a thin cap and ring around the glass.

First impression from the smell is that it is a bit chocolatey and nutty, though at the same time it isn't overly sweet. Though I can't place the hops, I can tell that there are enough to compete with the malt aroma. The two smells don't seem to mix, they almost feel like they are coming from two different places. The overall effect is alright, but not mind blowing.

Chocolate and nut make themselves known again in the taste department, though they are subtle about it. Hop finish is not very strong and what lingers is a slight mustiness, almost an off flavour. This gets better as you drink, becomes less potent. In the end I don't find it to be very pleasing though.

Light and slick across the tongue, not a lot of body here. Carbonation is mild. Together it is just an okay feel.

Not a bad beer, but has its shortcomings. I really don't like the stale mustiness in the finish. Perhaps their yeast doesn't agree with me.

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Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich chestnut brown into the glass. Smallish tan head, weak retention some lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts and some coffee tones (strange for a traditional brown ale)

Light bodied, reduced malt spine, fluid bready character, soapy mouthfeel.

Up front a mild dose of caramel malts some toastiness, light nutty notes, fast bready finish with a light twabg from some late-to-arrive fuggles hops.

A so-so craft Brown, nothing spectacular but a solid entry in the Canadian brown ale category.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Not that brown...When you expose it to a little light it's more of a dark sanguine. Not much head, only a ring around my glass.

Smell: A bit of coffee, some freshly ground grain, a cola-like caramel and a bit of ash/burnt aroma.

Taste: Also a bit ashy at first, it did turn out some interesting toasted walnuts/roasted peanut flavor. However the mouthfeel was too light for me. Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style.

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Nut Brown Ale from Garrison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 37% out of 100 with 81 ratings
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