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

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3.59/5
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BEER INFO

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
217
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
Trade:
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear caramel color with a sturdy light beige head that retains nicely and delivers more than a few strands of lace

Smell: A bit of caramel, some roast and a hint of hazelnuts

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor, with a sprinkling of chocolate dust; some hops add a bitter balance by mid-palate; after the swallow, both vanilla and nutty flavors dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice beer for a style which is often quite boring; it has complexity and, although just a tad too sweet on the finish, is enjoyable to drink

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me a beer from Kentucky!

A: Dark brown in color, nice one finger, egg white head that dissipates rather quickly to a ring of foam around the edge. Spotty lacing.

S: Very nutty and sweet. There is a good bit of malt, some caramel and a little bit of dough. As it warms some chocolate develops.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of caramel and nuts, there is also some toffee and a little bit of chocolate mixed in.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Leaves a slightly dry mouth.

O: I like this beer, very easy drinking and the caramel and nut flavor was really good. The hints of chocolate was a nice addition.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like many brown ales, Nut Brown Ale is deep, dark, rust orange rather than brown. The orangish ecru cap is small after a fairly energetic pour, and doesn't look as though it will deposit much lace (note: it doesn't). Okay, but I've seen better.

The nose gets things pretty much right for the style. It's short on cocoa and long on steely caramel, toasted nuts and an earthy Munich-type maltiness. Maybe a subtle fruity tang as well.

BNBA is a pretty decent brown, but that's as far as it goes. Even at an ABV of only 5.0% (pretty standard for the style), it could use more malt. That would allow the flavor to sink in and be appreciated rather than skating across the taste buds like it has better things to do.

The flavor profile mirrors the aroma, with the addition of a faint coffee bean vibe, which works well. The classic caramel-dipped nuttiness is what allows an above average taste score to be granted. Sweet and bitter are both at a low ebb, which results in relative balance.

A slightly bigger, slightly more full mouthfeel would have done wonders. As is, it's too thin, and even qualifies as watery on the back end. Lightly prickly bubbles are acceptable.

Bluegrass Brewing Company (with a few notable exceptions) puts out solid beer across a wide range of styles. Nut Brown Ale is probably worth a look for fans of the style, but I'm glad that I don't have five more bottles in the fridge.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, slight sweet malt, slight toffee, slight nut, and slight olive-like smell? Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and toffee-like sweetness. Overall, not a very complex beer, and a little too sweet.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a two finger head. The head lasts a while, and some spotty lacing paints the glass.

Smell: light malt sweetness and some earthy tones are very mild and tough to pick up by the nose.

Taste: mild roasted malts and softer cocoa tones are paried with some mild nuttiness and hints of dark fruit sweetness. Bitterness levels are very light.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a slightly above ale here. It's very easy to drink but it is slightly dull beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet, roasted malt scent. It's almost chocolatey in nature. The taste is decent. It has a thin burnt caramel flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slight nutty feel. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average nut brown, but nothing special. The aroma is awesome, but the taste didn't live up.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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 Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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