Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer | Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

Sierra Blanca Nut Brown BeerSierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer
BA SCORE
3.57/5
59 Ratings
Sierra Blanca Nut Brown BeerSierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
New Mexico, United States
sierrablancabrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Nut Brown is brewed with English Ale yeast. In English tradition, we use only English Fuggle hops, which are low in bitterness and produce a mild floral hop taste. The complexity of this Nut Brown is created mainly by the Chocolate and Dark Chocolate malted barley. There is a roasted coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and nutty or nutmeg finish on the back of the tongue.

16 IBU

Added by Dogbrick on 12-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,724
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
59
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 25
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ryker47
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Deep baker's chocolate character up front. Bordering on roasty. Dark bread crust and toast-like malt character. Moderately low earthy hop character. Clean fermentation profile.

Appearance: Mahogany pour, clear, and a low off-white head that retains well. Appears still in my dimpled stein.

Flavor: Big burst of milk chocolate character up front. More toasty and slightly nutty malt profile. There is a slight enjoyable sweetness that gets off-set by the earthy bitter hop character. Slightly smokey but very understated and in the background. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. A pleasant chocolate-like after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Wow! I have to admit, I find most Northern English Browns pretty boring. This was bordering on something like a beefy Brown with enough malt character to hang out with Brown Porters and possibly some Robust Porters. Enjoyed this immensely. Nice job.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ISmith87
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.0 - Nice super dark brown color with a thick off white head that leaves a nice lacing.

S - 4.0 - Nutty, roasty, coffee, peanut butter, smoke.

T - 4.25 - Roasty nuttiness, coffee, smoke. Caramel.

M - 4.0 - Medium. Alc covered. Aftertaste is roasty nuttiness.

O - 4.0 - One of the best nut browns I've had, by far. Great beer and I'm proud to say it's from a small brewery right next door to AZ in NM!

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RattleheadKV2
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, with a fingers worth of tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee and biscuits.

Taste: Again more sweet malty flavors of chocolate, caramel and toffee. With a nice bready biscuit quality at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body , very silky with a touch of bitterness at the end.

Overall: Fairly decent Nut Brown, very tasty, and very sessionable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Brown with a good finger of dirty white head. Lots of bubbles visible.

Good smell of roasted malt and the "nutty".

Tastes of roasted malt, a little chocolate in the background and mild bitterness at the end.

Smooth texture, lots of bubbles, medium body.

A good brown ale. A little more of a creamy body would make this better for me, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Dark brown/black body. One finger tan head with good lacing and decent to low retention.

Smell - Slightly roasty malt. Some coffee. Mildly lactic.

Taste - Alcoholic. Dusty dry. Some coffee. Kind of stale.

Mouthfeel - Solvent front end with a slightly creamy finish. Mostly watery, but offers some smoothness.

Overall Drinkability - Decent beer with really no off characters, but nothing really special either.

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Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Blanca Brewing Company--Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 20 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection. Light sediment hazes dark thin brown color. Light head & lace. Mild toasted cocoa hop front. Clean thin creamy light sweet doughy toffee Brown body. Nut cocoa cherry hints. Mild hop end. Sampled 4/23/2003.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown ale with a small brown head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with hints of chocolate and toffee. Mild herbal hop leaf and a touch of leather and fig.

The taste starts out sweet and smoky with a chocolate soda aftertaste. Hints of tobacco and leather and a basically sweet ale, hints of milk stout flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty good beer here, but this is really sweeter than most English versions.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once again, had to sample a New Mexican variety. The liquid was a dark brown with ruby hues out of the bottle. The head was off-white, bubbly and retained fairly well with some scattered lacing. The aroma was sweet, roasted nuts like honey peanuts, roasted malt and soft caramel. The flavors were also sweet, caramel malt, molasses, walnuts, hints of chocolate and some floral hops in the background. A nice blend but nothing outstanding. The mouthfeel was medium to light and the carbonation medium to low which when combined made the brew a touch too thin. Still, the flavors were on point and the lightness made it quite sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Lightly malty, nutty aroma with a hint of chocolate and some floral hoppiness.

Taste: Sweetish, nutty maltiness. Again, a hint of chocolate. Some wateriness thins out the already thin flavors. Light floral hops, though not much bitterness to offer. Drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so for a fairly light brown ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep clear ruby with basically no head (from a very gentle pour). Heavy nut fragrance, surprise, surprise. Molasses present as well. Flavor is strong with nuts. Might be a bit too much for some as it is pretty distinct and in your face...err...mouth. Actually. I think it is a bit too much for me. It seems to just hijack the beer and take over everything, without allowing anything else to really speak for itself much. Over time though it does seem to calm down a bit...or maybe my tongue is overloaded and can’t taste it anymore. Feel is thick and syrupy. I have to knock the drinkability down because of the intense nut flavor and thick syrupy feel. It is so strong that I wouldn’t be able to go anymore than just this one. Nice to try. Nicer to move on to something else.

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Photo of MisterRed
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Albuquerque Press Club, in New Mexico.

The beer had a good sweet, malty, nutty taste. The beer was not too over powering or too heavy.

The head was nice and beer looked and tasted creamy in my mouth

I really liked this beer and would have it again if I was in the New Mexico area.

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3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid little beer here. Nice-looking, very dark brown with a bone-colored head. Smells nondescriptly malty, hints of chocolate perhaps. Tastes chocolatey and mildly roasted with a pleasant English toffee quality. A bit of buttery diacetyl creeps in as well. Very nutty finish. Unexpectedly full-bodied. I could see this being a very popular pub beer.

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Photo of BlueHammer
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the bottle and pored into my glass at a restaurant in Santa Fe, this beer is a deep brown color with reddish hues. It smeels sweet, like molasses. Small tan head that disappeared fairly quickly leaving a small rim at the top of the beer. Also left minimal lacing. The taste was a little disappointing. It didn't have the richness of other nut browns I've tried and enjoyed. The taste was sort of flat and even with nothing especially exciting in your mouth. That said, the taste wasn't unpleasant either. Enjoyable but not "outta this world". I'd have it again if other choices are scant.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery & consumed the next day. Easily the best of their beers that are widely availible (they need to bottle that imp stout, but that's another story)

Pours rich brown with an 1.5" effervescent offwhite head. Good head retention, no lacing

Smell: Toasty malts and some nutiness

Taste: Toasted malt, pecan-like nuttines& then finishes sweet and malty

MF: Good carbonation. Smooth with slight creaminess

Goes down really easy, a very enjoyable nut brown

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Sierra Blanca Nut Brown Beer from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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