Wachusett Nut Brown Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Nut Brown AleWachusett Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full of roasted malt flavors. A rich finish and smooth start, this brown ale has been around since 1995 and gets better with every pint.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of fatbot
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been around for a long time and I've had it many times out of a 12 oz bottle. I always thought the carbonation was a little too high for the style. I recently had it on tap and it seemed much improved. The carbonation was lower, which seemed to add a slight creaminess that gave the flavor more depth. The beer poured translucent brown with hints of caramel and molasses. Overall a very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint. Comes out cola brown with a nice head that retains. Smell is light and sweet, hints of molasses and grain. Balanced flavor profile, sweet at first, then middle is more of the roasty brown ale notes, finishes pretty clean and bitter. Feel is light in the stomach, easy to drink a few. Overall a very tasty brown ale, but it's a bit too light.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Hazy brown color with 1 finger of cream colored head. The head disappears quickly. Sediment appears to be in the beer.

s. Solid malt and walnut aroma. Inviting.

t. Very watery nutty taste. Malt and nuts.

m. Gritty.

o. This beer lacks flavor - very watery. The taste is not bad, just lacking power. Good beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Squirrel beer! Pours pale, new engine oil caramel color and sits ruby hazelnut in my glass. Sticky lace arrayed in a foamy netting around my glass.

Earthy carob tree bark tea aroma. Tastes about the same: hazelnut smooth brown malt with minimal brownie crust. Not as chocolately as a southern English brown but more than a northern English brown. A mid-England amount of chocolate I guess. Swampy, herbal hop hints balance out the nutty malt. A little more effervescent than I like my brown ales but it's better when warner. Better outta the cellar instead of the fridge.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a glass

Mahogany brown, clear , scant carbonation leads to an off white thick foamy lid. Settles down to a dense, off white cap with a few lacings.

Aroma of nutty, earthy goodness, biscuity.

Smooth on the start, little carbonation. Gentle roasted malty taste. No bitter aftertaste . Medium to medium light mouthfeel.

Pleasant, very drinkable, smooth. One of those beers that you can drink a few at a time .

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange-brown in color with a very slight haze. Cream colored head retains fairly well, but does settle after a bit. Lacing is delicate, whispy, and scraggly.

S: Nutty with a prominent cocoa aroma. Hints of cola and bread crust. Clean. Touch of earthy yeast.

T: Toasted grain. Bread crust. Bitter floral and citric hop bitterness rudely interrupts the malts. Orange peel. Malts come back with plenty of cocoa and even dry chocolate cake. Finishes with that cake-like chocolatey taste.

M: Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy and round. Semi-aggressive prickling carbonation.

O: The hops really detract from this one. The aggressive citrus blast is a distraction, and clashes hard with what the malts are trying to do. a different hop variety would go a long way. Or at least toning them down.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 20, 2013.

It pours brown with an off-white head that lingers and it has pretty good clarity.

Lots of sweet malts and nuts on the nose with virtually no hops. I find it to be inviting.

The body falls into the medium range and vaguely creamy. A slight acidity.

The taste is also very sweet and malty with caramel notes but overly buttery. It smelled a bit better than its tasted but it was still drinkable.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice dark brown body with a nice size tan, fizzy head tha quickly lays down to a thin lace. The smell has a nice nutty smell and brown sugar aroma to it.
The taste has a nice flavor of brown sugar, roasted malt flavor gives off a nice nuttiness to the flavor.
The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and nicely carbonated. Overall i think this a good nut brown ale and is very drinkaable and int intemdating.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown in color with a huge tan head that stayed on top forever! Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently, no joke. Just perfect. Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish. Hints of plums pick up as I finish the glass

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a rich, hearty aroma, with strong notes of chocolate malt and toasted grain, as well as a hint of coffee.

On the tongue, however, the first notes to come across are far more sugary than the aroma would suggest. In fact, for a nut brown ale, there is a surprising amount of fruitiness: strong apricots dominate, with berry flavors in the background. There are heavier flavors, of course, including deeply toasted grains, caramelized dark sugars, and a nice nuttiness. Hops are present, though light, and are mostly noticeable in the tingling they create on the soft palate (along with the carbonation). But the fruity flavors are always front and center, and last well into the aftertaste, dying off slowly to reveal a slightly heavier hop/toasted malt finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, and surprisingly accessible, given some of the nut brown ales I've had in the past. A good option for someone leery about this particular style, and just a good choice for everyone else.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" beige head. Nice clear walnut brown color which shows red when held to the light. Smell has a wee hint of malt and roasting but not alot there. Taste hints at roast but may be the mildest example of it I've had so far. Next to no finish. This is very easy drinking and has its finer points but to be honest this is just a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with an orangish hue and a 1 finger off white head

smell: malts, caramel, slight roast, nuttiness

taste: malts, roast, nuts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad brown ale but just basic. nothing special about it. just your average brew.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for giving this bottle to me.

A: Poured into a Town Hall pint glass. Deep brown in color, incredibly clear, can see through it. Upon pouring, an off white 1.5 finger head formed and dissipated within a few minutes to a small layer of bubbles on the top. Very nice rings of lacing.

S: Not surprisingly, very nutty. There is also some caramel and a grainy aroma as well.

T: Little bit of hops up front, a slight citrus flavor. This is quickly overshadowed by a nutty flavor and some doughy bread. Slightly dry finish.

M/D: Heavier than expected, but not overly full bodied. Carbonation seems right as well. Overall, very nice. Easy drinking with a nice flavor.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It's brown, but fairly light, close to an amber/red color. The beer produces a nice decent sized head and produces some better than average lacing. Good clarity.

Smell is pretty good, well malted. Grainy and a little musty. Funny smells more like pale malts to me and a little bit of citrus zest. None of the aromas are very strong.

Taste is pretty good. A little buttery, with some hints of brown sugar. Caramelized malts big time, slight chocolate tones, not very strong though. A little smokey, possibly pete, but could just be the way it's all blended. Very good for the style.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied and well blended. Carbonation level is very good, impressive even. Drinkability is good, strong beer to have in the fridge for most occasions, regardless of season.

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A red color that's so dark that it looks brown. The beer has a decent head that thins out to a little thicker than a collar. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after the beer is finished. The beer is a little too carbonated for my liking.

Smell - A roasted nut and sweet malty toffee smell, faint hops

Taste - The carbonation gives your mouth a little kick that skews the taste. Sweet malty taste with a flash of hops that fades before the wonderful nutty finish. Crisp and refreshing, no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Too carbonated for my taste, its not a deal breaker but it takes away from what could be a perfect brown ale. It feel wonderful on the palate after the finish. Oddly after a few sips my mouth felt sticky.

Drinkability - This beer is great, it tastes good, its friendly, and its not strong. The nutty taste is one of the best I've had in a brown ale, it tastes authentic and not syrupy or articifical like New Castle. However, after drinking a couple the carbonation got to me and I felt full but not in a good way.

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Photo of JohnnyCage
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stats: (according to website) 5.2% ABV / 17 IBUs

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

Appearance: Pours brownish/red, like a light brown Thanksgiving color. Not completely transparent, does have very minimal haze. The head is rather thick on top, almost looks like whipped cream with bubbles scattered but disappears relatively quick. After dissipation there is a nice gentle ring around the top. The lacing is sticky, takes a while to crawl down the edge of the glass and back into the liquid.

Smell: Very gentle scent, a slight note of soapiness. Gentle notes of biscuits and caramel. No hop scent.

Taste: The taste is very mild and sweet. Slight caramel and even smaller chocolate characteristics and teetering over the boundary of dryness. The dryness is noticeable but it isn't overbearing or particularly prominent. The nut notes are akin to a small pistachio or light cashew. Because of the style, there is no overbearing hop quality but there are very small, small bitter notes if you look for them.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the palate, a little lingering, some flavors seem to pop slightly as they move around. Carbonation is a medium, after a while it seems to disappear, but the overall taste does not suffer.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, very pleasant when cold.

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Photo of JDH2000
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought a bottle of this back from Massachusetts. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Beautiful reddish brown color with about a half finger of head that quickly dissipated to the edges of the glass. Despite the head quickly dissipating, there's some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Subtle hints of malt and some nuts (walnuts perhaps?).

T- A nice smooth balance of nuts, toasted malts, and some slight bread flavors.

M- really light and smooth on the tongue. Light carbonation.

D- Overall, a really nice nut brown. Nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is light malty. Flavor is light caramel and nutty. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear amber brown with a thin head that thins to a ring and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is soft malts and a faint belgian-ish yeast aroma and roastiness. Flavor is nice, smooth and round. Malt flavor is up front, nutty and slightly roasty and bready.

Mouthfeel is dry and leaves you wanting another sip. It is very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Caramel brown with a wispy head, I expected a deeper brown.
S- Sweet bread and very clean.
T- Light malty biscuity taste,I do mean light almost watery.
MD- Again,a bit to light but thanks makes it very easy to drink as the taste is good.
Thanks to Larry P for the sample.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, hops in the middle, and nut especially in the finish

Mouthfeel: light bodied, clean, high carbonation, sweet start and end with a bitter middle

Drinkability: I like nut browns to have a strong nut taste and this one has that from start to finish. The hoppiness is surprising and adds to beer. One of my favorites in the style I could relax with a six.

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Photo of selecter70
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I love Wachusett, I've held off from the Nut Brown for awhile, since last time I had one, it was simply too sticky & sweet.
Needless, to say, this time around, it has risen to better heights.
A good spot-on English brown ale, balanced & tasty, this pours a good reddish-brown with 2 finger off-white head & holds some nice lace throughout. The aroma is your basic nutty malt smell with toffee and weird mole/fruitcake thing. The flavor brings some of this out mildly with a decent hearty bread background with anise. Dry, medium-bodied, smooth and clean this is best not served too chilled, or the flavors die on the vine.

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Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a brown amber with nice red hues around the edges. On top is two fingers worth of off white head. Upon thining out it leaves thick lacing behind.

Aroma: Nice maltiness with a light hop nose. Minor hints of caraway seed that linger way in the background that give it a bit of a bready aroma. There are sublte hints of chocolate but very hidden.

Taste: A nice medium to full bodied beer. That has nice carbonation on the pallate. It does have a bit of fruitiness way in the back but a decent malt backbone. The finish is relativly smooth with alight bready texture.

Notes: A very well rounded english brown. A nice offering from Wachusett. Cheers

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

Clear red/brown with 2 fingers of tan foam. Nose is tea-like, with floral notes and some fruitiness. Bone-dry, with nuts, toast, herbs and anise flavours. Some astringency and prickly carbonation on the tongue. Finish is bitter-dry with burnt grain. Easy drinking brown with robust flavours.

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Photo of Freshie
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep and murky brown, with a sort of amber hue. Off-white head, with great lacing

S- Some caramel, and a kind of woodiness.

T- Sweet upfront maltiness, with nutty overtones creeping in as you drink. some hops in the end.

M- Very flavorful, but light in teaxture.

D- Very drinkable. Clean aftertaste, and very surprisingly, a thirst quencher.

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Wachusett Nut Brown Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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