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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of Proteus93
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Something of a mahogany colour... appeared a bit thin while pouring, and head was all but non-existant, which was a disappointment.

S: The nuttiness is there, along with a soft caramel malt and a little bit of a fruity tang.

T: Most of the flavour here seems to be somewhat delayed... it's very subdued upon sipping, with the taste coming out about halfway through the mouth. Starts with a little tang, rolling into roasted malts and nut with something of a chocolate flavour in there as well.

M + D: A little sparkling carbonation livens it up a bit. Medium body, and reasonably smooth going down. Not mind-blowing, but a decent and worthy drink... worth checking out.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a very nicely colored hazy rosewood brown. up to the sunlight, a spectrum of reds show, from deep burgundy/sangria to crimson with scarlet highlights. some cascade actions forms during a hard pour, building a chunky beige head with lots of sticky chunky lace, decent retention, falling to a thick bubbly disk.

S- toasted nuts and sweet caramel. a hint of milk chocolate and a slight tartness also, with old dry aromatic wood, and a chalky feel to the vapor, very dense, with mineral water qualities. some roasted meat, earthy, and dark fruit aromas come out as well like raisin and prune, and a toffee marshmallow sweetness.

T- slightly tart and fruity up front, but instead of the huge malt slam that i anticipated would follow, i was hit with a splash of mineral water. for as nice as this one looks and smells, i'm kinda disappointed. some roasted flavors pair nicely with the mild milk chocolate, very slight coffee, and vinous earthy british hops. hop profile is rustic and authentic, (although subdued) both bitter and sweet are locked in a meager battle in which neither one really wins, or shines for that matter, into the slightly bitter toasted hazelnut finish, which may be the best part of the taste, improving as it warms.

MF- chalky feel and aroma would lead me to presume a stronger flavor. if there 6 different malts in this one, then where are they? some advice from old sam smith, or even hobgoblin could take this beer from so-so to fantastic. medium-light carbonation enhances the feel of the body which is juicy, but not syrupy, even as it warms.

D- this beer has it all except a taste to match all the other goodness. maybe i'm missing something here. beautiful color, nice aroma, and great mouthfeel are nearly worthless to me without flavor.

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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 akogrady
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I would like to preface the review with a clarification. I bought what I thought was a bottle of Horse Piss Beer. It said "Horse Piss Beer" on the label. What I poured out of the bottle was not Horse Piss beer, at least I gather this much by looking at descriptions of what Horse Piss Beer looks like. After looking through all of BBC's beers, I will stick with my original assumption, on first smell and taste, that I am drinking a nut brown ale (since the label on HPB tells you nothing). That said, I will now rate the beer I am drinking with the assumption that it is BBC's Nut Brown Ale, and underwent a mistaken labeling (which is to my benefit having now seen the reviews on HPB).

A - Deep amber, mildly opaque. Very short head that lingers around the edges for a while.

S - Nice roasted nutty smell, just like a nut brown should have. Smell something like coffee undertones in it.

T - Taste is nutty, heavy on the coffee type flavors, without much to balance them.

M - A bit watery, especially considering the the flavor. Feels almost watered down.

D - Better than average drinkability, but not by a lot. Could definitely have two in a night, but wouldn't be having many more.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBC's Nut Brown Ale pours a mostly clear, dark amber with a small head hanging out on top. The nose is slightly roasty with hints of caramel and a trace of piny hops in the background. The flavor is sweet up front with almonds and roastiness showing up in the middle. This beer is very sweet for the style, with a bit of bitterness at the end and some nice toasty breadiness showing up a bit after the swallow. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin to me, with a medium amount of carbonation. This is a pretty good brown ale, though sweeter than usual. My lips were a bit sticky aferwards.

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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 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 WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Riverwarrior
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first time trying a brew from the Bluegrass Brewing Company.

The smell had a nutty sweetness which really came through in the taste. The sweetness was very evident which made for a very nice finish without any hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little thin for my liking, but overall the beer was very smooth and extremely drinkable. It would make a very nice session beer.

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Photo of dren
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thin hot chocolate looking head. The head falls to coat the circumference of the glass.

Smells like sweet bread, tootsi rolls and some coffee.

The sweet malt hits up front with some tootsi roll flavor in the middle, some thin coffee/chocolate flavores as the beer gets watery and then it finishes with a roasted nut taste. It's pretty good but thins out in the middle. A lot of browns seem to do this to me. The aftertaste is quite good as is the initial taste.

This beer feels thin for the most part. The flavor is there but it's just too thin. I wish it was creamier.

I'd definately have this brew again if it was cheap and on tap. I don't think I would go hunting for it though. I'll have to try it on tap the next time I'm down in Louisville.

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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 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 HumuloneRed
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the beer of the month club. 12 oz. Bottle. The beer pours a clear ruby red with a beige head and very little lacing. There is malt and some nuttiness in the aroma. The flavor is sweet with chocolate and malt with a hint of earthy bitterness for balance.
Very drinkable beer.

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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 jdg204
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much appreciation to the old boss another solid brew from the beer of the month club.

Appearance - Light mahogany color with a very plump off-white head.

Smell - Nutty, roasted flavors came through though it took a bit of work to find them.

Taste - A bit overroasted flavor comes through the most prevelant, but not bad. Has a pleasant nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The nutty aftertaste leaves the mouth feeling a bit sour and the consistency is a touch thin.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer on the overall, but not great and probably not one I'd go out of my way to find. Still a good solid brew if it's available.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the beers I got in Nashville. Drinking this one after a nice Sushi dinner at Masa, while watching yet another episode of Big Love.

A - Pours a nice medium to dark brown, with a small head; no lacing.

S - Some beers claim to be "Nut Browns", but this definietly has a nice nutty aroma, with a slight roasty sweetness.

T - A very nice tasting beer. IT has all the components you can want in a Brown. Begins malty, with a nutty, roasty middle, with a bit of hop bitterness to finish. Nery well rounded, not exceptional in any one area, but nice as a whole.

M - Medium body, it doesnt interher with the flavor, but doenst really accent it either.

D - Very drinkable, and would probably make for a nice session beer. Not overly flavorful, but still a nice beer.

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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 uconnalum2
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark reddish-brown with little head. The smell is pleasant with toasted malt and an earthy scent. The taste is a mild blend of roasted malt, chocolate and some nuttiness. The aftertaste is rather watery. The mouthfeel is thin and light to medium bodied. Drinkability is good because of the lightness. Overall, a decent beer but lacks character. This is not among my favorite brown ales.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 arizcards
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in mid-May as part of the April MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a mahogany brown with no head. Nose is of toasted chocolate malts. Taste is of roasted malts, a hint of chocalte coffee, and a very light hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth going down. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice twist on the Brown style. It is crossing the line towards a stout in some respects. It is definitely worth a shot for brown/stout fans.

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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 goschool
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is brownish ruby with red highlights and a small, dissipating head.

Smell: This doesn't have the strongest nose, but the aromas are nice. It has toffee, nuts, toasted malts, and a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out nutty followed by sweet toffee flavors, coca, toasted grains, and grassy hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with a watery aftertaste.

Drinkability: There's nothing exciting about this brown ale, but it might be worth a shot, especially to brown ale fans.

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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 MDekker
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received for Christmas 2006. Expiration date on the bottle is May 2009(!). Nut brown ales last that long? Anyway...

It pours out a very dark brown with ruby hints around the edges. Decent off-white head and lacing. Powerful dark chocolate aroma, with hints of roasted coffee and nuts. Quite appealing, really. The flavor is much fainter, and doesn't live up to the hype of the aroma. The not-very-sweet chocolate/coffee notes are there, but overall the flavor is very weak. Slight nut flavor with a thin, barely bitter finish. It's watery in the mouth, especially. The carbonation hardly registers. I'm really disappointed in the end, after such a promising start.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with a March 2009 best-by date. Pours a clean, opaque brown with a thin, white head. No retention. Smells of toasted barley, caramel, nuts. Tastes of the nuts, dark chocolate; nice balance of the dark sweet flavors with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a tad watery for this style, but not too much so. An easily drinkable and enjoyable beer. Fine example of the Nut Brown Ale.

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Nut Brown Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
3.62 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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