Nut Brown Ale | Oak Pond Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Oak Pond Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nut Brown Ale uses eight different malts to give it complexity with a slightly toasted flavor and coffee-like tones. Imported English hops provide a full and pleasant hop profile. It is a smooth and creamy ale with a clean and comfortable flavor. Brewed in the tradition of a true English “session” , this is an ale for the times when you want more than one.

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Photo of flgimp
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like this English brown ale. Pours dark rusty brown with a very active creamy head that leaves a light lace. Smell is bread and malt. Taste is well balanced and smooth; malty and sweet nutty bread with just a hint of hops. Body is just on the heavy side with abundant carbonation.
My friends son lives near this brewery and and brings this variety home when he visits. Lucky for me....

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brown ale pours a dark brown color with a slight russet tint and a medium tan head with a fairly high amount of carbonation. The smell is malt heavy with scents of caramel and toasted bread. The taste is quite heavy with roasted grains with lesser flavors of nuts, caramel, yeast, and brown bread. There is a mild hop presence that gives a slightly bitter finish also. The body is on the high end of medium. It’s strangely actually maybe a little heavier than the Storyteller dopplebock which is a pro to me. The finish is semi-dry also. It’s a very nice heavier brown ale that is really great for the fall or winter. This is probably the best beer from this brewery though only by a slight margin over the doppelbock though this one is much more true to its style than the dopplebock is.

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Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

liked this a bit better than their (Oak Pond) DoorYard.

But have found that I prefer most other brown ale micros.

Very drinkable. Sweet flavors of molassis, more malts. Detect little to no hoppy flavors.

Mouthfeel: perhaps a bit over carbonated. Like DoorYard, perhaps a bit watery (but less so than DoorYard). Not sure how else to describe. Like an overly light bodied wine.

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Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Von brought this back for me. Since I had not heard of this brewery I was eager to try it and so far it's looking good. It's got a nice, rich brown color with a really dense, creamy inch-thick head that seems like it wants to hang out a while.

Right off the bat you get some malts that give off some pecan-like scents, treacle and a bit of earthiness. Hop presence is minimal and lightly floral. Smells sweet and tastes even sweeter which would put this more into the London-style of brown ales as those from the north of England tend to be drier. The taste is dominated by the malts with just a slight spicy hop counternote. This is a really nice representation of an English brown with all the key taste elements in place.

Really smooth and creamy with just a slight oiliness to the tongue. The carbonation can be felt and there is no discernible alcohol. The ABV is not listed above or on the bottle, but another beer rating site (which I will not name here) puts it at 4.5% which is right about where I guessed it would be.

Not a bad beer at all! A little more attenuation from the yeast would throw the ABV higher and balance out some of the sweetness but that is not the point of this style or what the brewmaster intended (see their is intended as a session ale), but I'd probably like it better.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was probably my favorite from Oak Pond. The beer poured out as a brown color that was clear looking. The head was tan and fizzy. The head left behind a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer has a roasted nut and coffee aroma. The flavor had mostly coffee on the tongue. There was a sweet malt flavor too in there. The mouthfeel was pretty typical, clean and crisp with a medium body. Overall the beer had a good balance, and I would drink it again but I can't see myself going all the way to Maine to get it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle in to a pint glass a big four finger sized tan head that seems to disappear rather quickly though. Walnut/red colored with good medium sized carbonation bubbles and fairly clear as well. Minimal lacing.

Smell is a wet malt and a faint floral soap character. A roast character of charred burnt toast, or burnt in the pan gravy, is in the background. Tanic roast nut shell also.

Taste is a bit too fizzy and carbonated unfortunately, with faint malt finish and brown bread burnt aftertaste. Has a burnt toast, burnt pan gravy, feel of that black carbon going on, with tannic dry nut qualities. If that's your thing you will probably very much enjoy it.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing.
Smells of dark fruit and maltiness.
A smooth taste of malt and nuttiness with a slightly hoppy ending.
Has a medium mouthfeel with carbonation.
Very drinkable beer. My favorite OPB. Can't wait to get up north
and have another.

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Photo of beyah
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweeter and breadier, less hops flavor than Samuel Smiths.
Very nice, some head, very little lacing.
Smell a bit malt, very little hops.
Mouthfeel is very good, has a bit of roasted malt flavor.
Taste is very good, but a little sweet for this style.
Nice beer for about $2.50 per 22oz bottle.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the brewery, it is a dark mahogany brown color and a very thick head. It has a typical malty and caramel smell. The highlight of this beer is the taste. It starts malty sweet and finishes with a definitive nuttiness. The nuttiness comes in after the carbonation and finishes dry.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A real nice Nut Brown. One can easily tell by the smell and the taste the careful blend of nut flavors that goes into this Brown Ale. I found it well-balanced and easily drinkable. a very credible interpretattion of an English Brown Ale. A nice find in the backwoods of Maine, Oak Pond beers will definitely surprise you the first time you taste them.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a favorite of mine, but they don't have freshness dates on the bottles/growlers, so I only pick it up when I know my beer store gets restocked.

Pours dark brown with a mocha head. Lots of nuttiness in the smell.

This is the sweetest brown ale I've ever had. The wallop of malt reminds me of an old ale more than a brown. Nuts, brown sugar and some dark chocolate as it goes down. No fruitiness that I detected.

This is smooth and luxurious. Could probably session this, except it's so filling. And it takes a lot for me to call a beer 'filling.'

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this guy brews at his farm in skowhegan, maine... so you have to love that.

mahogany in color... taste of sweet, light hops, brown sugar, malts... lively and smooth on palate.

by far my favorite, of oak ponds beers. as good of a brown as you will find.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bomber from the brewery this beer was a chestnut brown with some reddish hues visible against light. The head was a khaki color and it retained itself well as a thin cap, leaving behind it streaks of lacing. The aroma was sweet and nutty with robust malt and hints of wood. The flavors were quite good and typical of the English Brown Ale style. The first note I got was the complex malt, toffee, caramel and a toasted flavor. This semi-sweet slant was followed by a bitter, balancing hops. As the beer warmed more of the malt came through bringing with it hazelnut and some bready flavors. Though rich it was not overly sweet. The body was medium and the carbonation average. OPB succeeded with this beer by creating something very sessionable with complexity but not so much that it exhausts your palate after a pint. Well worth finding in their off-the-beaten-path brewery.

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Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I get the chance to sample my first from Oak Pond Brewing thanks to a very generous joepais, thanks again Joe! Oak Pond's Nut Brown fills the pint glass a surprisingly dark brown with chestnut highlights along the sides and bottom of the glass. When I hold this beer directly in front of the light there is a lot of mahogany shining through as well. A couple sluggish streams of large carbonation bubbles creep to the surface. A standard pour brought about a fingers worth of ecru head and fell to a skimming rather quickly. Sheet lacing is left behind after each sip and slowly falls back into the body. After half a pint the head falls to zero and it's hard to even get a swirl to bring it back. The look of this beer is a little disappointing.

First and foremost I'm hit with an enjoyable, although somewhat artificial, hazelnut aroma. Toffee and caramel make up the majority of the maltiness present in the aroma. As a matter of fact toffee is the most expressive. Brown sugar, sugary dates and very mild tobacco flash around here and there. There's certainly a good complexity but I would like to see the nose a little more robust. The nose is inviting but a little too subtle for my liking.

The flavor seems to follow the aroma quite closely. Toffee and caramel steal the show with hints of hazelnut flashing here and there. This is nicely malty brew and the contributions of brown sugar and the sugary date add to the profile even though they're all subtle. The nuttiness grows on the finish and is actually at its strongest point on the swallow. After some warming and the beer growing closer to room temperature I pick up gingerbread. This beer needs to be drank at a warmer than expected temperature to enjoy every one of the eight malts used. This is an overall tasty brew that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

I realize this is a lower abv session beer but the carbonation is a little too aggressive and the body a little too thin. The two of these together create a body that's light and a little prickly for the style. I would have liked to see a little more heft for such a malty body.

Oak Pond created this to be a session worthy brown ale and that's exactly what they produced. The bomber is quickly falling and it will be easy to finish it all of. There's a good complexity without becoming tiresome.

This is a solid nut brown from Oak Pond. There's a nice depth of flavor with all the malts used and the nuttiness is in no way overpowering. If this was available in my area I would pick it up from time to time. This seems to me to be a good cool weather type of brew; it would be good on a cool fall day. Thanks again for the sample Joe!

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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear brown with slight transparency. An average pour produces an inch and a half of off-white foam, which slowly settles into a ring.

Smell: Caramel-covered nuts. Lacking a bit in aroma - not much really jumps out for better or worse.

Taste & mouthfeel: Just a hint of nuttiness, but there is a lot of toast and caramel flavor, rich but not overly sweet. The body is on the lighter side of medium, just right for an English-style brown ale. Dry in the finish with a subtle note of coffee and a mild earthy hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable stuff, it took me no time at all to finish this one. It's balanced just right to be a great session beer.

Notes: Thanks to deltatauhobbit for tossing in an entire bomber of this stuff as an extra.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to deltatauhobbit and the ugly duckling BIF.
Pours a dark brown with some auburn and red hues when held up to the light. A tease of a head that starts off a bubbly 2 fingers and fades as rapidly as Huckabee's run in the Republican race.
Nice aroma of caramel, brown sugar and roasted nuts. Thier is a slight musty smell that detracts a bit though.
Simple but yummy flavor of toasted nuts with some sweetness and a bit of a bitter finish.
Good mouthfeel but a bit too carbonated for my taste. That's being picky though.
Nice drinkable brown ale. Perfect for another episode of Lost.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest persimmon with a brick red influence when backlit with sunshine. The golden ecru colored crown is attractive. The foam is firmly creamy, is a good color match for the beer beneath, and is beginning to lay down a wide band of BB-shot lace. So far, so good.

The nose was appreciated (and enjoyed) as soon as beer began splashing into glass. It's even better up close. Too bad all English brown ales don't have this combination of cocoa, caramel, butter toffee and sugar-crusted nuts. This is shaping up to be a damn fine ale.

Unfortunately, OPB Nut Brown doesn't taste as wonderful as it smells. It's more tart than expected and doesn't have enough malt to carry the day (despite using eight different varieties). That said, it's still a decent version and should be an enjoyable 22 ounces.

The fact that this Oak Pond offering is 4.5% and was built as a session ale means that it deserves some slack. I don't care what anyone says, most low-ABV beer isn't as complex as most high-ABV beer. Warming helps, but can only do so much.

The flavor profile features sour fruit, thin caramel, vanilla and oven-toasted nuts. What malt sugars are present are easily countered by both British and American hops whose bitterness is more prominent than their flavor.

If sessioning was the goal, then the mouthfeel has been well-calibrated. Still, a little bit bigger would have been the way to go. The amount of carbonation easily fits within the broad range of acceptable.

Even though I prefer bigger, maltier brown ales (like Bell's Best Brown and Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale), Oak Pond Nut Brown Ale gets the job done. Solid, but unspectacular.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had on-tap at the Lakes Brew Fest but waited since I can't remember much from the sample I had. Poured from a 22oz bottle bought at Lou's Beverage Barn so hopefully it's not too old.

Pours brown with lots of red hues when held up to the light. Decent head but fades fast.

Smells strong of malt, coffee and nuts. Something else as well, but couldn't quite make out what it is.

Strong malt and nutty flavor shines through, pretty sweet with a hop aftertaste. Nuttiness remains in the mouth long after drinking, I think this is the nuttiest brown ale I've had so far, really nice. Good amount of carbonation, bit high but I rather like it for this ale.

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Photo of joepais
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured dark brown with a coco brown head that goes to lace quickly. Aromas of toasted malts and sweet carmel .mouthfeel is a little lite for me. Flavors of coffee , toasted nuts with a nice light hoppyness in the finish . Not a bad brown ale

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Photo of jbear725
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
poured in 12oz pilsner glass

Toffee Toffee Toffee. This beer is loaded with a candy toffee taste and aroma. It's been a long time since I've had one of these at least 3 or 4 years. Might have even been before the new owners took over in 2003. I don't remember it being so bold with the toffee flavor. From recollection it was more nutty and dry like an English nut brown. That being said it's very tasty.

It poured a rich deep brown with a copper hue. The head is a light creamy white color that was medium in size that settled to a thin layer. Kept good head retention throughout the 12oz and didn't leave any lacing.

The taste is pretty bold on toffee with nutty, chocolate, caramel and roasty malt undertones. It's pretty sweet which enhances the toffee.

The aroma is mostly toffee and caramel. No noticeable hop presence in this one.

The mouthfeel is rather creamy but not thick. Despite the sweetness it doesn't leave a sticky sweet finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Not as nutty and dry as I would expect but nice and tasty for what it is . It would be best as an after diner beer instead of having desert. More of a cool weather beer as well. Not something I would want to drink a lot of in the heat of summer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased from brewery and sampled same day (sampled? finished I mean...)

Pours a muddy nut brown color with a thin (1/4 inch) tan head. Smells of nutty sweet malt (walnuts or chestnuts aroma if you can beleive it).

Taste is much the same. Nutty sweet maltiness followed with just the right amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouth is crisp, a bit overcarbonated for my taste but nothing that takes away from the beer. Light sweet caramel aftertaste. Straightforward and richly decadent at the same time. Easy drinker and the best brown I've had in some time.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured fresh from growler
oak pond brewery is open (it is currently 7-10-05) again, brewing familiar beers. great little place, extremely nice owners - i stop in weekly. anyways, the nut brown ale: deep brown with dark ruby at the bottom of the glass. fizzy head dissipated and the lacing slid slowly back into the brew. sweet caramel malt smell with a hint of brandy. taste echoes smell with sweet caramel at front of mouth, then some bitterness with a big delicious roasted hazlenut coffee taste that retains just enough of the initial caramel. great roasted nutty finish. rawness of flavor is what makes this stand out to me. medium-bodied with proper carbonation; not too chewy to make it over-filling. described correctly as an extremely effective session brew. im very partial to this favorite.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, an old friend passes away and I write a eulogy. Ran out to buy the six-pack the day after I heard the brewing equipment was up for sale.

Reddish brown hue with a standard linear caramel malt aroma.

A round malt flavor sits with some liveliness (interesting, since I can be bored by the browns) atop a crisp malt bed. Oddly enough, over the life of the swallow, the sweet malt characteristic softens and steps back. Flavor notes of both coffee and vanilla.

The malt does build up on the tongue after mid-glass hampering drinkability, but I'm gonna miss this one.

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Photo of beernut7
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a nice nut brown color with a nutty malt aroma. The flavor is simple, dark roasted malt with a deeply nutty character that grows through the finish. Way too much carbonation with this brew. I’m surprised the flavors came through as mellow as they did.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer with a rich brown color and a nice head of off white bubbles. Hoppy aroma with some malt and maybe a bit of caramel in the background. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a toasty, not sweet malt flavor. Some hop bitterness pops up in the finish. Tasty, easy drinking brew, my glass was empty way too fast.

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