Wachusett Nut Brown Ale | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Nut Brown AleWachusett Nut Brown Ale
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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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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by selecter70:
Photo of selecter70
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Todd
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Dark brown/garnet topped with a light tan, bubbly head that clings as it settles to a thin wispy foam lace.

Nutty (roasted peanut skins), thin toasted maltiness, carob and husky grain tannins in the nose. Smooth, even, water mouthfeel. Long, crisp, citric, salty, bitter burn that smooths into a malty and toasty character of chicory, carob, hint of burnt sugar, very faint vanilla bean, earth and a distinct nuttiness. Dry finish with little residuals, traces of malt.

This is a solid offering from Wachusett. Sessionable, but balanced and interesting.

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown long neck bottle with the freshness date clearly notched on the side of the label.

Appearance: Good clarity in a reddish mahogany colour with a foamy cream coloured lace and better than decent retention.

Smell: Toasted, grainy, woody, faintly buttery and fruity come to mind for the aroma. Fruitiness has trace cherry aroma.

Taste: Medium bodied with a level carbonation that adds a touch of crispiness and smoothness. Musty buttery diacetyl makes sure the taste buds know its there then it drops back to let the other flavours through. Fruitiness is subdued with minimal esters to boot. Toasted grain flavour is big and is a bit husky but not astringent, caramel malt flavour comes more towards the middle to end with a handful of sweetness. Hop bitterness is ample and brings balance to the palate. Finish is more residual toasted malt than anything else.

Notes: A good brown ale, very malty with some flares of complexity. This is big enough to pair up with a smoke ham on rye sandwich.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Amber-brown in color. Fat layer of tan-colored head died quickly down to a paper-thin level. However, excellent patchwork lacing of the glass. Aromas are soft, consisting of nuts, malty sweetness, canned corn, butter. Flavor is a mix of buttery slickness mixed with roasted nut/malt/caramel. Maybe some leafy hop bitterness as well. Dry, short-lived finish. Spot on carbonation, with a nice fizzy kick. Not full at all on the palate. Moderately drinkable.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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 QXSTER1
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brown ale. Pours an attractive amber brown with a bit of a rocky head with some lacing apparent. Plenty of nutty, caramel, and roasted malt flavors. Definitely a brown ale that leans toward the malt end of the spectrum. Hops are subtle and pushed to the rear by the fresh, crisp, well attenuated malt profile. A tasty beer to down with dinner.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing amazing, but a good drinking nut brown ale. It pours brown with a tan head. The smell and aroma are nutty with a bit of cocoa flavor. Very drinkable and tasty. This beer could have a little richer flavor and complex. Still, this is a fine example of a simple brown ale.

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

"Wah, wah, wahchusetts". Sorry, just had to get that out. The beer poured your standard brown color. They almost achieved the flatness of the English Browns, but thankfully they didn't. Nice taste, malty and nutty, bot not the best of the breed.

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Photo of rjm0715
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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 seanh99
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good in the glass - clear mahogany, nice head that lasts and leaves a lace. Roasted, grainy, biscuity and nutty malt aromas and flavors. Hops? They may be there somewhere. Nice body and tasty. Overall a solid nut brown ale.

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Photo of Murph
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a decent tan head that fades quickly and not much lace. Smell is of the sweet caramel malt that is abundant in this brew. Butterscotch flavor up front but that runs off quickly as the smooth caramel maltiness takes over and guides the brew with some decent hops to balance the brew out nicely. Almost has a slight ringwood quality to it but I don't think that Wachusett uses it. Very smooth and creamy, each sip of this brew makes me want more. Another winner from Wachusett, my thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2-3/4" ivory-to-tan head has some staying power. Beer is a beautiful dark copper / light brown and crystal clear. Perfect for a brown ale.

Smell: caramel-sweet smell with just a hint of yeastiness. No hop discernable hop aroma. A mild breadiness early in the whiff.

Taste: Significantly more bread in the sip than in the nose; still sweet but with some fuzzy hoppiness in the initial attack. The hop flavor: a little grapefruity and piny, but actually complements the breadiness well. The sip finishes significantly more dry than it starts for a very smooth feeling that leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: the carbonation is a bit much, making grapefruity hops a little more prominent than they need to be. Otherwise, it's not thin but not exceptionally full-bodied either.

Drinkability: I'm conflicted. The nice dry, bready finish could definitely keep me sipping this beer for a while, but the fizzy hop flavor in the middle might put me off.

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Photo of mlefebvre7
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 dabruguy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber to brown colour, aroma of roasted malts, a bit of caramel, nice malty flavour as well. Hop bitterness is done very well for this style, Clean finish
Nice tan head, with solid froming bubbles.

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Photo of carln26
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a dark brown driving towards a mahogany. It had a nice light head with a lace that settles on the glass as I drank. Not much of a nose, just a hint of roasted grain/malt. The taste was a nice malty front, make that roasted malts. The middle adds that nice nutty flavor you want in these beers, and just a hint of hops on the back end. This is a nice neutral mouth feel. Very drinkable. Not a great beer of this style, but a good one.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown color, almost exactly matched the bottle. Nice thick head, about 3 fingers that disappated about 1/2 way through the beer. Not much to the aroma, with a hint of oats? in there. Very easy to drink, no bitterness, just a little flavor. Tasted like it smelt, not much there, a little bit of burnt oats. Felt good in the mouth, no issues at all. Flavor lingered for a while on the tounge afterwards. A solid beer that had no problems, however didn't really stand out. No problems drinking it again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Wachusett Nut Brown Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 112 ratings