Nut Brown Ale
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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English Brown Ale
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Notes: Nut Brown Ale has a diverse grain bill which lends this traditional English ale a variety of flavors that coalesce into a remarkably smooth and pleasant drink. Additions of various pale, caramel and dark malts create a smooth, sweet malt profile with hints of roasted nuttiness. Multiple additions of English hops round out the flavors and give this classic beer a true flavor of the Old World.

29 IBU
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 218
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, plum, apple, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, light plum/apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a nice English brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-03-04 in Clarksville, IN

A - Clear mahogany with a tan head and good lace

S - mild caramel and toffee

T - Caramel, toasted bread, mild eartht spice

M - Light body and carbonation

O - Pleasant brown mild.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter, this excellent example of a brown ale pours a clear perfect reddish brown with a thick creamy off white head and moderate lacing. Nose o roasted malts and a dash of herbal hops. Flavors are nutty malt goodness, sweet caramel malts, light toffee, and a dash of light herbal hops on the back that makes this a rather easily quaffable brew. Moderate carbonation, and a solid improvement with warmth. Not overly sweet, this is a solid example and an excellent brew to pair with a spicy meal. Very nice.

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Photo of hophugger
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-clear brown color with average head and extra nice lacing. Aroma is very light and hard to pick up any concise elements. Taste is light, with malt, light almond and a considerable amount of sweetness. Overall, a light brown ale with not a lot of bold flavors or components...

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

I prefer browns less sweet than this one by Bluegrass. It was difficult to detect nuttiness apart from slightly resembling a marzen's character; and although carbonation held, I couldn't keep from wondering what it would be like to find sweetness in the aftertaste, not at the front. Like the M&M standby "melt in your mouth -- not in your hand!" I wanted the sweetness to find me not smack me at the onset practically before I'd raised my hand-held beverage to sip!

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Photo of Retroman40
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is just a nice brown ale. Color is a murky brown with decent enough head retention. Both the smell and taste are what you'd expect - very mild with caramel malt dominating. Very low bitterness. Smooth on the palate with a very sweet finish. If you're looking for a nice brown ale this one is worth a try.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, notched to show a bottle don date of April 2013, served in a snifter.
Hazy dark reddish brown body; small partial head despie a vigouous pour, and most of this is soon gone.
Aroma: about spot on for style, with a nice bit of nutty roasted grains as well as sweet malts and toffee.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma, but is a bit sweeter than expected.
Feel: light body is a bit too thin. Smooth.

O: allowed to warm before serving but not enough; it continued to improve with further warming.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.75 A: Dark amber color. Two fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Toasty with a hefty batch of nuttiness. It's a sweet nuttiness like those nuts with the crispy sugary coating. The last aspect of this beer is like a dog kibble, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Overall it's not bad and I do enjoy the potency.

3.25 T: Again lots of nuttiness and toasted malts. A woody flavor enters the fray. Then there's a strange flavor. It tastes like toffee if all the sugar was removed. I think this is the same aspect of the brew that gives the dog kibble aroma. Anyway, it's not bad, but it could use some refinement.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.25 D: Not the best, but it's tasty enough to recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty interesting nut brown. Has some nice character to it, with a bit of a vanilla tone that I find unique. The drawback is that it is a bit too sweet, from my point of view. Still pretty nice though. Frankly, if only a few more things were tweaked on this beer, it'd be smokin;''. For now though, it will remain decent.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany with hints of ruby. A thin carmel to brown head forms over the top. No lacing at all, but love the color scheme.
S: loads of malt, carmel, bread and nuts. Not picking up any hops or booze. Malt bomb?
T: Loving this. Huge malty backbone balanced by just a hint of crisp and bitter hops. All kinds of carmel notes with chocolate and toffee playing a role as well. Perfect amount of roasting.
M: decent amount of carbonation..silky with a clean finish that is made up mostly of roasted malt, slight char, and some bitterness.
O: an easy drinking ale with a complexity i didnt expect. Very smooth and very flavorful. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of Veristic
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBC Nut Brown Ale poured into an etched Newcastle wellington, consumed on 5/14/12. Can't make out the "bottled on" date for sure but it looks like it may be Jan. 2012.

A- Pathetic head. Thin fizzy sheet that fizzes down to nothing instantly. Happened so quick I didn't even catch the color. Brown body with deep dark ruby hues. Poor clarity. A little swirling gets a very thin off-white crown goin. Zero lacing.

S- Out the neck: caramel, light roast, slightly nutty, smells sweet. Once poured, just a toned down version of what I was smelling out of the neck with a little toffee now. Also picking up on a little more light roast.

T- A little sweet. Everything is "light". Light malt, light caramel, light nuttiness. Finish is semi-sweet. Light roast lingers in the aftertaste. Balanced to the point where nothing really stands out. Everything gets kinda muddied together.

M- Medium-high carbonation. Moderate-light body.

O- This used to be one of my favorite styles. After drinking so many BA Imperial Stouts and DIPAs it's hard to drink thin watery stuff like this but it has it's place and I think this is a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany/amber brown with average foam. Thin, but present lace.

Aroma is caramel, nutty, strong and rich.

Seems thick-bodied and very malty, even sweet overall. I get some maple and toffee in the malts, with a slightly bitter hops finish. Reasonably balanced.

Tasty session beer. Not outstanding, but solid.

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Photo of beergod1
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium bright brown color. There isn’t much head and it is a bright white. This beer smells a little sweet and almost fruity. Not a lot on the nose. It tastes of chocolate and coffee with a bit of a malty/nutty aftertaste. Light bodied, drinkable, just not much flavor. I guess I am getting used to the "American" style Brown Ales.

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Photo of tut2528
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep amber color with fair carbonation and head retention

smell: light on the nose, but nuts and malt are dominant. There seems to be a slight hint of sweet caramel/molasses as well but that is all.

taste: very light on the tongue. again malt and nuts are the main components and are in balance with one another. Again, there is a slight caramel note but the grain aspect throws off the beer (IMO). hops finish this beer off.

overall, i believe this average at best. this would be a beer that i would recommend to someone who is just starting to get into microbrews because of the lack of complexity and the fact that its rather light on the tongue.

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Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Decent retention.

Smells very nutty along with coffee and roasted malt. Some caramel as well.

The taste is roasted malt along with a very prominent nuttiness. There are some coffee and caramel notes in the background along with a pleasing hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a tad bit watery but ok.

Overall this is a very solid brown ale and one that I would seek out.

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Photo of bobhits
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creme head, hazy brown body.

This is a sweet malty and nutty brown ale. Very much true to the roots of the style, but doesn't take the extra mile to bring out some complexity. I like but am not a huge fan of.

Think coffee and caramel dominated pale ale and you'll be in the ball park.

Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: muddy brown with ample carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. not a great retention or any lacing left behind.

S: a mild coffee aroma. chocolate. some kind of roast. a sweet hazelnut-like nuttyness in there too. pretty varied and pleasant.

T: a sweet, nuttyness is just about all im really finding in each sip. an impressive nose that is not followed through to the palate.

M: moderate carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: a little up and down and all around. this brew smells great, but i thought the taste couldnt match the expectations set. overall, a quaffable brown, but not exceptional.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazelnut color and a light offwhite head that capped the top with vigorous carbonation throughout. aroma is sweet, lots of caramel and roasted nuts, hints of bready grains, touches of light earthy hops, really quite nicely done i have to admit. moving forward there is a clean, crisp feel to it, smooth medium body is well deserving and shows off the overall profile very, very well. i was quite impressed with how easy this was. flavor is dominated by caramel and roasted nuts

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Photo of Kelly88
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at ottos down in Mainstrausse. Served in your standard pint glass.

A- a light caramely hue to this brew. An off white head forms for a bit before sulking away to become a skin on top of the beer. Tons of lacing are switchbacking down the glass. Kinda of light for a brown.

S- nuts are there with a cigar quality as well. Not very pungent but that might be the delicious food overshadowing the beer.

T- I like this beer. It reminds me of peanut butter on honey Graham crackers. A little watery on the finish but a very tasty beer.

M- as fore mentioned a little watery but the carbonation picks up the slack nicely for a refreshing feeling. This reminds me of bells best brown with the mouthfeel but maybe a tad lighter.

Overall a very satisfying nut brown ale. Very solid flavors and an eastmy drinker to boot. Not going to knock your socks off but will leave you wanting more after each sip.

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Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-08-2011
Freshness: Bottled in January, 2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from J. Barleycorn, Nashville

Medium brown and mostly clear in appearance, with a tan head of two and a half fingers. There was not much in the way of lacing or carbonation. Pleasant, rich, sweet aromas of bready malts and caramel, also with nut and woody smells.

Tastes are of roasted malts and dark bread, with a slight sweetness. Also flavors of nuts, mild chocolate, light coffee and vanilla. Mouthfeel had low to medium carbonation and a medium body. Aftertaste is mainly of malty sweetness and a light bitterness from the toasted grains.

I was concerned this beer might be a bit too old, at right around 6 months since bottling, but it tasted just fine. It seemed to open up with more flavors as it warmed. Overall a solid brown.

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Photo of Chaney
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap over at BBC.

A: Reddish-brown... more on the brown side. The head was extremely slight and had a nice retention. Good.

S: Not much really... just a few mild puffs of nuts and caramel.

T: Whoa! This one definitely put the "Nut" in Nut Brown. Also, there was a nice carmel quanity imbedded in the nutiness. However, the finish was pretty watery. BBC needs to work on that is some of their beers.

M: Yeah.... thin on the mouthfeel. However, I appreciated the lack of brown sugar-like sweetness that could have stiffled this one.

O: I don't think I would get this one again, but it was style worth my sobriety just this once.

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Photo of perryw
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle, dated 09/10, in to a pint glass. Not sure what was going on, but each one of these has foamed up entirely too much. One ended up with about 80% head and a small amount of beer at the bottom. So very annoying to pour. When it settles, the head is cream colored and the body is a amber brown color.

The smell has a sweet malt flavor to it, with some nuttiness.

I saw another reviewer mention a metallic aftertaste, so I'm glad I'm not alone. There's a sweet nutty flavor to begin with, but that metallic taste I get at the end is a buzzkill.

Despite the crazy head to begin with, the beer doesn't feel overly carbonated. I bought a six pack and am sorta glad that I gave two of them away.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer gives more head than a squad of cheerleaders on promnight. No matter how light I pour it it just foams right up, has good retention to boot. Nice clear light cherry wood color. Perfectly clear body.

Smell is faint, but mild nut aromas and whispers of grain and earth. Would like to be able to actually smell this.

This beer is a good example of the style, bitter-sweet, smooth and malt heavy. The flavor really comes through as the beer warms.

Full bodied malty ale. Good beer but nothing overly amazing.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Best looking brown ale I've ever had. Dark brown mahogany that's clear without a hint of cloudiness. Two finger head that disaptes quickly but leaves an 1/8 head with carbonation continuing to rise well after it's poured.

S - Nothing special, has a hint of a must to it. Doesn't excite the curiousity or make me want to dive in.

T - Solid brown ale, but not incredible. The nut flavor is prominent and tasty but other than that there isn't much else going on in the beer.

M - Pleasant, soft and easy to drink with little bite.

O - A good brown ale thar's worth the price,

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasantly surprising little brown ale. It does actually remind me a little bit of Samuel Smith's nut brown ale. Pretty on the pour with a deep mahogany color. Scents are muted, mostly communicating a malty sweetness.
Flavor is obvious with the malty sweetness. We're approaching Malta Goya territory with the flavor profile, though not nearly as syrupy. Thin bodied with a light seltzer like carbonation that buzzes on the tongue. The nuttiness is nice.
Worth a shot if you like the style.

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Nut Brown Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 218 ratings