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

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Dogbrick on 11-27-2002

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Photo of nortmand
4.77/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mahogony pour, with some off white head.

Nice rich toffee aromas are balanced with a bit or resiny hops.

Slight roast mingles with solid caramel flavors. Ends with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Very, very clean.

Medium bodied, and very drinkable, this is a great, clean session beer.

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Photo of rcwhiteky
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Ruby brown with nice off white head
S- Roasted nuts and malt and carmel really and truly made my mouth water
T-Toffee and roasted nuts with just a touch of coco and very malty background
m- my one knock on this beer is i would have rather it had a creamy thick mouth feel it was a little watery.
D- I picked-up a six pack drank that in an evening and still wanted more

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 04/07/05 at the Bluegrass Brewing Co. Pub at the Cincinnati Airport.

Solid brown color with a low beige ring for a head and low carbonation. Nutty malt aroma and flavor really shines nicely. Medium-light bodied with a lightly dry roasty finish. A very nice session beer.

The best beer of the day here and should have stuck with htis vs. trying their Alt.

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Photo of jhp40219
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/amber color. Pours a head that is light tan and dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a small ring around the glass. Lacing is quick to slide down and disappear into the beer after a drink.

S - Nutty, almost hazelnut. A nice aroma of caramel malt with a hint of coffee, chocolate, and hop goodness in the background. Very sweet!

T - Sweet malts and a definite strong nuttiness with chocolate undertones. Not unlike the taste of Brown Derby pie.

M - Creamy, but not thick. Not bad carbonation either. The malt and nut taste really stick around.

D - Very sweet, but not to the point of being a dessert beer. A little heavier than most ales, but lighter than a porter or stout.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a caramel amber color, not much head formation but does manage a bit of lace and holds at a thin cover.

Aroma - very nice nutty aroma, toasted grain. Right on the mark but softens after the beer settles to a lighter but still present aroma.

Taste - delicious, lightly sweet and nutty malt, perfectly toasted grain flavor. Good rich flavor for a rather simple style of beer.

Mouthfeel - to the thin side, moderately carbonated, could use more body but it is okay.

Drinkability - on the short list for sessionables in my book.

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Photo of becktone
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 7-2-08

Eye: Brown in color as the title promises, and clear too. When light diffuses through it, beautiful garnet hues make an appearance to show the true color of the brew, it is deep red. Head could use some more retention and an overall greater size, but it still passes for pretty good looking as it is. The head is small but it looks pretty creamy. Lacing could be better, kinda thin.

Nose: Rich malt notes hit the nose when close to the glass. Not room filling like the Esb I drank earlier, but still great...and completely different....Ah the wonders of beer, four ingredients and so many variations! Definitely getting some chocolate notes in this one, some roasty and toasty notes as well that mingle with the chocolate to give this beer just the right edge. No strong caramel presence. I wouldn't say that this is so much nutty, infact its more rich, chocolate and toasty if anything, but I won't hold that against it. Overall warm and soft malt aroma. Now this really seems weird to me, but I'll go with it anyway. Soft water, I'm getting a sense of soft water from this beer, I feel that either this was brewed with naturally soft water or it was treated water to make it softer, I know it sounds like bullshit, but while smelling this brew some of the water characteristic seemed to jump out at me...this has never happened before. Also something so familiar tied in with the chocolate or just behind it, though I can't put a finger on it....

Tongue: Very nice malt flavor, sweet, and full, robust, rich. Chocolate abounds, coffee like flavors, especially those found in the starbucks frappucinos, are everywhere. French vanilla is a big flavor I get here. This beer is chalk full of flavor, tons to discover. Some distant fruitiness as well, but it gets hidden quite quickly and easily behind the coffee like notes. Hop bitterness is present, however, it is quickly overtaken by the malty character of this beer almost as soon as it emerges-midway through the process of drinking-and then comes back after swallowed. This is a fine beer, don't miss out. One of the best local beers I've had in a great while.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer is medium-heavy on the palate and has low levels of carbonation giving it an authentic English style feel. Aftertaste lingers on the palate, I really don't see anything wrong with this brew at all, everything seems to be a positive if you ask me. This is one I'd definitely pick up again, great deal for the price and great beer overall. As I mentioned above, this is one of the best local brews I've had in a while. Overall great beer, if you're in the area pick this up and support the brewery.

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Photo of cameraman
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A redish/ brown color, with a slight head. The scent of carmel sweetness and some nuttiness comes through. The taste is the same as the scent, sweetness and nutty flavor, with a hoppy finsh at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth going down. I would like to have less hoppiness at the and more of the nutty flavor. Still, this is a very good beer, and very drinkable. I think I will go have another one right now.

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light brown color with a small head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nutty with caramel notes and faint hints of fruit. Smells pretty good. The flavor is much the same. The taste is mostly caramel flavors with some nutty notes, some chocolate, and it has a slightly bitter finish from the hops. I would prefer a little more body and a stronger caramel flavor. Overall, this is a really nice beer and very drinkable. I'll probably buy this one again.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date clear on label.

A: Barely translucent medium-brown with ample light tan head with good retention and plenty of lace.

S: Deep chocolate and nutty notes and pretty sharp hops nose as well.

T: Great tasting beer with a chocolate almond flavor with enough raw earthy hops notes to balance the above-average sweetness without overwhelming the beer's overall mix of flavors.

M: Medium-bodied with long, sweet aftertaste and smooth feel.

D: A very good brown ale, especially with sweet brown lovers who aren't afraid of a little hops.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep mahogony color with a finger of light tan head that falls to a modest coat over top. Nose is awesome in my book. Big toasted nuttyness with chocolate and a hint of deeper roast. Very well balanced and very enticing. Flavor is very good as well. Dominated with the toasty nut character with light chocolate hanging behind it. Flavor is not as full as I expected. Feel is a light moderate with a light moderate carbonation. Could use a touch more body. Definately a drinkable beer here. Very good example of the style IMO. Balance is great. Very glad to see this one in bottles. I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown color, with a nice size head, nad some lace left on the grass.

Smell - Some malt and nutty smells.

Taste - Roasted malts, and a nutty taste here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability - Easy drinking beer, one of the better nut brown ales I have had.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

This beer pours a clear, deep red/amber brown color. The off-white/tan head is a good inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice surface layer with very good lace! Has a nice, malty, somewhat sweet aroma with hints of caramel, nuts, and a bit of pine hops. The taste pretty much follows suit, sweet and malty with some roasted nut and caramel followed by crisp hops. Good balance of flavors. A very good taste, but not very complex. Has a crisp and sort of creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be.


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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, clear, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: nut, caramel, and toasted malt

Taste: nut, caramel, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light, sweet, smooth, medium light bodied, with a sharper end

Drinkability: Another good example of the style, I could drink several of these. Not the most complex version of a nut brown, but a solid flavor profile

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Photo of mobyfann
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $6.99 for a 6-pack...

The beer pours a dark brown base with a minimal head, no retention... Aroma notes of fresh and strong roasted nuts and man they smell good!

The taste is moderate on the mouth, a little strong for its style but I'm not complaining, additional notes of a caramel or toffee flavor that adds in complexity. Smooth in the mouth, and a very dry beer. Since the beer is very complex in flavor, especially for an English Brown Ale, I would maybe have two more and move to something else.

Final Thought: This is a one-of-a-kind brew with all of the flavors just bursting into your mouth, I just wonder if this was experimental for a flavorful and tasty brew or not???

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Photo of phisig137
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a one finger head. Poor retention leaves nothing behind in the glass.

Aroma is quite attractive. Strong toasted malt aromas, along with hazelnuts and some hardwood aromas. Very nice.

Flavor is very good as well. Dry from front to back with hardly a hint of hops. Malt dominates this one, with great flavors of toasted malts, fresh biscuits, nuts, and a hint of burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although slightly flat. Drinkability is fantastic.

A great session beer from BBC that I would put up against a lot of the other english browns on the market today. It's also nice to have a brown ale taste so nutty, without being full of fake extract like so many others (I'm talking to you Rogue....) Very nice overall, and I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of armock
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of caramel malt along with some nutty scent

T - Follows the nose a nice caramel malt foundation with a touch of nut flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an awesome nut brown that I wish I could get more of it has a very good taste thats easy to drink definitely worth picking up if you get the chance

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Photo of henrysunset
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: light amber, tan tiny bubbles in the head.
S: Sweet and oaky, almost smells like whisky. Very mild and a citrusy tone.
T: Smooth but a little watery. A little creamy too. Light flavor but pleasant. Not exceptional but pleasant.
M: Smooth if a little thin.
D: Very drinkable if a little bland.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perrinial favorite in my region on tap, therefore this is my first bottle review. Certainly as high quality as expected, but lacks the nuances that I find on tap or cask that make it one of my favorite Brown Ales. Still looks a solid brown color with ruby light transmittance. Impressive creamy head retention and lacing. Aromas, even warm, didn't give me the malt / chocolate character that I usually find on tap. Lightly woodsy, nutty, and pungent (peat-ey), but without the firm body to support the flavors as well as I expect. Flavors follow suit with quality malts, chocolates, walnuts, just not as intense as I like. The mouthfeel is a little sticky sweet and less thirst quenching that at the pub. Even with the criticism, it's still a great Brown Ale; but given a preference, I'll try it on cask any day.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Best before June 07. Reddish/chestnut in color, and fairly clear. Thick off white head disappears rather quickly.

Nice toffee, nutty aroma, a bit of caramel covered fruit, and a whiff of cocoa powder.

Light toffee, and nutty flavor, balanced well with some floral hops. Very well balanced, nothing overdone here. Finishes dry, with more lingering nutty flavor.

Good mouthfeel, with lower carbonation. Almost seems a bit silky.

Very easy to drink, and almost seems a bit silky. This was built for quaffing. Nice example of the stlye. Nothing overwhelming, just a nice nutty flavor. Well done.

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Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling courtesy of kmpitz2. Pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with 2 cm of fluffy beige head foaming up easily. The aroma is not as sweet as I thought but does put up some caramel and toffee notes with a bit of faint herbal and grassy hops in the background.
The first sip reveals an average body with a rather slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall physically gentle on my palate.
The flavor is fairly malty with some caramel and toffee with just a hint of chocolate sliding in the back. No real hop flavors to find. I do get more chocolate and some lite roast after the swallow.
The flavor is mild overall and the beer is very easy to drink. This is a tasty beer that could be sessionable as it is not huge and is not overly sweet. Worth trying!

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Photo of gjoker321
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date noted 10/10. Drank out of a Sammy Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown with orange and garnet highlights. Clear and very effervescent. 1/2 FB light tan head that fades reasonably.

Aroma: Pleasant heavy and sweet malty nose with hints of molasses. A firm underlying raw-grain aroma that increases as warms. No noticeable esters. Very light hop spiciness in finish.

Flavor: Firm English malty presence up front with those tantalizing molasses notes perceived more than tasted throughout. A hint of caramelised breadiness in the finish with a noticeable noble-hop like hoppy flavor (think hallertau) without any of the sharpness of early hopping.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to medium high carbonation. Hints of hop astringency well after beer completed.

Overall: Very pleasant and surprising experience! I expected a stereotypical American "Brown beer" but was treated with a complex yet drinkable Craft Beer. This beer would be ideal while watching an old English show (monty python, Red Dwarf and Dr. Who come to mind), or perhaps during a board game involving lots of pondering and back-stabbing.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried a glass of this at the BBC in the Cincinnati airport. This was a lot better than the last time I tried it. This was their current seasonal selection. Clear dark brown with a medium thick beige head. Thin lacing. The aroma is very nutty, along with a touch of malt. Nicely smooth with a roasty and nutty character. Malt and hops are also present in the flavor. The finish is crisp and nutty. Overall my experience with the beer this time around was much more favorable.

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Photo of sleazo
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zapata for the chance to sample

A_Pours a darker chestnut brown with a two finger cream couloured head. The staying power isn't a strong point.

S_A nice strong scent of deep rich and roasted caramel malt dominates the nose. A bit of praline sort of comes through as well.

T_Dryer than anticipated from the smell. Light caramel goes straight into a deep hazlenut and pecan finish. Not very deep as the flavour diminishes quickly. What aftertaste there is almost a sort of light nut brittle mixed with coffee. Hop bitterness is present throughout but nonexistant in the aroma.

M_On the thinner side with a mild carbonation.

D_A nice nut brown that actually manages to taste fairly nutty. Very drinkable, I am sure I could knock a few back.

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Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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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