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 Minkybut
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a nice mahoganny color but that was all that was nice about it. It had a thin head that was gone in 30 seconds. The smell was sour and the taste was flat. There was no indication this was a nut brown which is my favorite beer type. In fact this tasted like nothing. Maybe it was just a bad example but I will not purchase again.

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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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 pumarocks
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single of this from Bigg's in Western Hills, OH. I cannot slam this beer to bad because it is from the bluegrass(my alba mater is NKU, go NORSE!!). This brew seemed watery thin with little mouthfeel. The taste was a bit chocalatey but not very pronounced. The head was impressive and lacing was present in glass. It drinks ok but nothing to write home about. I will give other beers from this little gem in the bluegrass a shot.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bluegrass- Nut Brown Ale

A- Light amber brown with a small non lacing head.
S- Sweet brown sugar malt with a touch of chocolate.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt with a dusting of chocolate powder.
M- Sweet and cloying. Very sugary with the mildest of a dry finish.

Overall- Nah, just didn't do it for me. Too sweet and cloying, very little flavor other than some malt and chocolate. Pass on this 1.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear, light brown color with a slightly tanned head of about one finger in size. No retention and no lacing. The head becomes a slight film on the beer.

Aroma is pretty much non existent. I dont feel comfortable with giving a 2 on aroma unless the beer smells horrible, but a lack of aroma brings about something just above that. Perhaps a touch of caramel and hazelnut.

Unoffensive flavor with some decent malt profile with a decent nuttiness as well. Very balanced but not overly indulgent.

Average beer. Brown ales always seem boring to me so this basically fits the bill. Easy to drink with a suprisingly creamy mouthfeel. A good brown ale.

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Photo of tut2528
2.97/5  rDev -18%
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 hophugger
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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 NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty and sweet, with notes of caramel, molasses and nuttiness as well. Spot on.

The taste really follows the aroma quite nicely. A caramel malt sweetness is prevelant on the body with a bit of molasses and dark fruit as well...this is paired with a more subtle but definitely noticeable nuttiness. The nuttiness has an "ashy" quality to it that's offputting though. It just doesn't taste right. There's zero hop character as far as I can tell.

There is some that this beer does well, but the nutty taste is just off...and that really hurts the enjoyability of it. I stopped trying to finish my 6 pack.

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Photo of perryw
3.04/5  rDev -16%
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 Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a murky brown that clears up quickly to leave a much clearer brown color. I can tell from looking at it that it may be a but thin. The head pours decently and dissipates to a thin film but is present throughout. Light lacing is also present.

The smell is different from anything I've had before. The yeast being so strong up front is surprising. A little maltiness with minimal hops and some nutty sweet notes as well.

The taste is similar. Yeast is strongest up front. Light caramel notes and a touch of nuttiness. Thinness is evident in the taste as it seems a bit watered-down. Not as well-balanced as it could be due to a real lack of hops character.

This one begins pretty heavily carbonated but calms down quite a bit. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery.

This one isn't too bad, but the main issues are the thinness and the watery taste and feel, and it could be better balanced for sure. I'd give it a try just to check it out, but I would pick a better nut brown for a regular.

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Photo of beveritt
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is different from that currently shown on BA with a tan and brown star pattern. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of tan head. This settles quickly to just a thin, nearly complete coating of foam. The beer itself is perfectly clear and the color of burnished copper. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee and maple syrup.

Taste: Sugary sweet malt upfront, with an undertone of maple syrup and a slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Average plus carbonation level, maybe a little high for this style. Body is good.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, but overall a little too sweet. The sugar/candy like sweetness was excessive and not counterbalanced by enough of a malt backbone.

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Photo of beergod1
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Veristic
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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 CrazyMacHarris99
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark amber with a thin white head that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little sweet with some caramel and a little nuttiness. The taste is just as sweet. There is no hop presence and the nutty flavor just isn't strong enough. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but little carbonation. There is little alcohol to this one which makes it easy to drink but not the greatest of the style. There are many other great nut brown ales I would pick up before this one.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown color with some ruby and dark orange highlights around the edges. Minimal head with and aggressive pour. Not much lacing left on the glass either. The head was of a off white, cream color.

Smell - Picking up a decent amount of roasted malt, walnut and hazelnut. Dry, leafy hints in the nose also. Breadiness. Doughy with notes of caramel on a subtle level.

Taste - Again picking up the roasted, smokey, "nut" flavored malt. Touches of black coffee come through at the end and stick to the back of the throat. Not overpowering, but lasts long enough until the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that leans ever so slightly to the light/thin side. As I said, coats the throat somewhat, but doesn't linger as long as one would expect. Somewhat crisp. Not as dry as I was anticipating.

Drinkability - This is a decent little brown ale. Not the best, but definitely worth a try in my opinion. Solid. I wouldn't have a problem drinking a few of these. It seems that every Bluegrass Brewing Co. beer I have had lacks a bit with the head and head retention however.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Chaney
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
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 BigDaddyWil
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Notched label with best before June, 06.
Once again thanks to kmpitz2 for this sample.

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Very clear, head fades quickly, no lacing. Nice roasted nut smell, hints of molasses and roasted malt. Taste is similar to the smell, slighly bitter roasted nut taste. This beer also has some sort of chocolate malt/ chocolate lactose taste, kinda sour. It has a tootsie roll like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, decent amount of carbonation. Easy too drink, this is just not my favorite style of brew. Not bad, glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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 donteatpoop
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Tilley4
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I've seen this one in my area so I had to pick a sixer up.

Murky brown pour with a small head. Smells very nutty and inviting. An earlier post noted chocolate and I can smell something like that myself.

Taste isn't quite as pronounced as the aroma would lead you to believe. A bit nutty but fairly nondescript. A bit watery on the mouthfeel as well. Some sweet malts but nothing really comes to the forefront on this one.

Not my favorite BBC offering although I'm very impressed with that brewery. They make some good stuff...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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 DaveBlack
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light brownish red color with orange tints at the edges of the glass. The head is all but nonexistent, forming a very thin layer that disappears in moments. Only some very light lacing on the edge of the glass as I drink.

S: Smells very sweet: nutty with heavy caramel malt aroma. Not getting much beyond that.

T: The flavor I get is not all that heavy on the caramel notes. Some nice malts hit up front with only a touch of the caramel, then maple hits, followed by the nutty flavor which linger at the back of the throat. Overall effect is one of sweetness and not much else to balance it.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky and syrupy.

D: The beer is good, especially if you are a fan of nutty, molasses tasting beers. I myself find it far too heavy on the malts and light on the hops to drink more than one. It just coats my mouth and tastes sickly sweet after just a couple of sips.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dustinTN
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. Nice appearance. Two finger head that quickly dissipates with decent lacing. Nice aroma of malt and chocolate with a little coffee. Taste is ok, but a little on the thin side. Good flavor, just not enough of it - a little watered down tasting. Malty sweet flavor with a subtle chocolate nut in there. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Decent carbonation but a thin body (this a good hot weather nut brown in that respect). Solid drinkability. I probably won't seek this one out on a regular basis, but would never be disappointed if it were handed to me at a party.

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