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

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
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
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 218
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

 678 characters

Photo of Schneic8
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Bottled February 2010.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy dark reddish/brown color. Poured a nice head that didn't last too long. Decent lacing. Little carbonation.

Smell: Has a sweet nutty smell. I get hints of caramel and mild chocolate.

Taste: Nutty and caramel flavors that taste similar to the smell. It has very little bitterness and is slightly sweet. Does not have a ton of depth but is nice.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and very smooth. It feels thin and sits well. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: Very easy beer to drink due to its smoothness and decent flavor. It could use a little more depth but I could easily drink a few of these.

 676 characters

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks!

Pours a deep brown color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet toasted malts with hints of toffee. Also present are hints of drier roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit mor one-dimensional. Slightly grainy toasted malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of roasted malts. Very light hints of earthy hops come into play midway through the sip, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this beer but there was nothing terribly off-putting. Not worth seeking out but not worth avoiding either.

 875 characters

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

Got this in a trade with kelly88. Bottle dated January 2010 (crossing my fingers it's still good).

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Standard pour netted about a quarter inch of tan foam, which quickly fizzled down to a splotchy, sudsy cap. Body is dark brown, very hazy, and shows red hues and lots of suspended sediment when held to light. Carbonation appears to be pretty strong, going off of the creamy spot sitting atop the beer. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell: Metal, and possibly rust dominate early on. With time, however, those aromas fade and give way to chocolate and peanut butter (think Reese's Pieces), sweet nuts, and caramel. The brown malt influence runs pretty deep. I dig it.

Taste: Sweet and nutty; brown malt, creamy peanut butter, and hazelnut all come to mind right off the bat. Faint, flowery hops appear briefly in the finish, adding a mild bite without contributing much flavor. Moderately sweet and malty overall. Toward the end, metal began to appear in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, malty, and crisp. Carbonation is a tad strong, but it's hardly a problem. Decent mouth-coating. Finishes pretty balanced.

Drinkability: Nothing to write home about, but this brown ale sufficed for tonight. I'd be interested to try it fresh.

 1,288 characters

Photo of DaveBlack
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 913 characters

Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

 614 characters

Photo of Groomsy
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottling date of October 2010. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep, almost opaque brown with hints of orange and red when held to the light. Thin one-finger head dissipates quickly into a coat of film on top of the beer. Some sip rings down the glass, but not a lot of lacing.

Smell: Maple syrup, heavy caramel malts, molasses, and hints of brown sugar and milk chocolate. Lots of nutty undertones as well. Very little hop presence. Very enticing and promising, almost mouthwatering. Some yeast esters enter as the beer warms as well.

Taste: Lots of caramel and malts hit the tongue at first, followed by some of the syrup and molasses in the middle. The ending of this beer is really cool, though. The nutty flavors mix wonderfully with a more pronounced maple flavor as well as a slightly bitter smokiness, chocolate, and coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer kind of coats the mouth with the dry coffee flavor in the finish, but it certainly doesn't stop you from taking another drink. Fairly thin but pleasing and mostly suitable to the flavor. Part of me wants to think that this is slightly more carbonated than it should be for the style, but it works well.

Drinkabililty: A definite good, easy-going beer for the later months in the year, but with enough complexity for craft drinkers to enjoy. I'm glad I supported my local brewery by getting a six-pack of this. I'll definitely go after it again.

A nice, complex, but drinkable craft beer worth seeking out for those in the area. Very nice interpretation of a traditional English style.

 1,578 characters

Photo of gjoker321
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

 1,119 characters

Photo of beveritt
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

 811 characters

Photo of Shrews629
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

 1,090 characters

Photo of kbutler1
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pours a reddish brown mahogany color with a nice big tan fluffy head that is slow to go down. Looks pretty good actually.

Malted milk chocolate is the first thing that comes to mind when I smell this beer and maybe some nut like hazelnut, actually it smells a lot like Nutella! Weird. Medium mouthfeel. Roasted malt taste with a touch of smokiness. No realy hop bitterness to speak of. Subtle sweetness and pretty smooth. Very light taste of light roast coffee as well.

 481 characters

Photo of rcwhiteky
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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

 373 characters

Photo of fbone
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a brown ale you can almost see through.Small head was lost instantly.Medium to light carbonation.

S-a light smell I cant put my finger on.nothing special.

T-A light brown malt taste,weak hops flavor.tastes good.Simple brown ale flavor.

M-slight sweetness,light body,light hops.

D-Easy to drink.a common mans ale.I would get it again if the store was out of my favorite brown ale.

This beer is ok and blended good.

 420 characters

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a deep cherry brown with minimal head off a good pour. Probably about a quarter finger worth of head. No real lacing left behind.

S- Big roasty notes right away and a little bit of coffee. Some black licorice lingers in there as well. A nice malty quality as well.

T- Like the nose, roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee. The longer this beer is on your tongue, the more flavor comes out. Just a tad bit of raisin on the finish.

M- This beer is very smooth and the carbonation doesn't really come into play. Nice medium to full body.

D- A very good offering from BBC. Deep rich flavors and a great smoothness makes this a good brew.

 694 characters

Photo of jhp40219
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

 692 characters

Photo of jkrich
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, clear brown with reddish highlights. The head was tan and creamy. The aroma was largely malty sweet. The initial flavor was thickly malty with some faint hop bitterness coming through. There was a faintly licorice and woody taste with some syrup flavor. While it was not cloying, the combination of above flavors kept this one from being refreshing. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. This was far from my ideal brown ale.

 463 characters

Photo of eweneek83
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one pours a dark brown color with a light creamy looking tan head.

Smell - a Bit of barley smell with a sweet roasty molasses tones. a hint of dates or something as well.

Taste - tastes much like the smell. Comes on somewhat malty and then hints of English malts and a slight sweet brown ale taste comes through then evens out well, and a bit watery, but tasty.

mouthfeel- this beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and is very smooth and not too thick (like many brewers try to make up for a decent taste)

drinkability - this one is just light enough to drink a couple and tasty enough to eat at your next cookout. A solid BrownAle indeed.

 667 characters

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 443 characters

Photo of DeeMented
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for sending me this one.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug. The bottle was actually date stamped, June 2009.

The beer poured a deep, rich brown. Slightly hazy, with a thin, white head. The head faded rather quickly and left some soapy lacing that slowly slid down the glass.

The aroma was a bit weak. Slightly earthy. A bit of sweet malt. There was a little wisp of nuttiness, but it had to warm significantly before it started to come out.

The mouthfeel was also a little thin. Not overly thin, as to make it feel too watery, but I felt it could have used a bit more carbonation.

Like the nose, the taste was also a bit weak. It started with a nice, sweet malt. Very faint nuttiness. The hops bitterness kicked in about mid-swallow and followed through to the finish. Afterwards, there was a lingering caramel flavor.

Not a bad brown ale, but not a spectacular one, either. Overall, a good aroma and flavor, just too weak to carry it far.

 986 characters

Photo of henrysunset
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 297 characters

Photo of Ragingbull
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light to medium brown in color with little to no head. The nose is nice and malty with only a hint of nut. Refreshing attack and a light and fresh flavor. The mouthfeel is light and ordinary. Some roasted flavors of malts and a little bit of a coffee like roasted flavor as well. There is just the slightest hint of nut, which is okay by me.

 341 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 1,406 characters

Photo of MVotter
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is yeasty and sweet malts, brown sugar?

The BBC Nut Brown Ale poured into a chalice producing a very thin tan head on top of a foggy, dark tea colored brew.

The taste goes immediately to the sweet malts, slight alcohol. There is the slightest hint of a hop tang ... but, that's not what this brew is for anyway.

The mouthfeel is light, decent carbonation.

This brew is drinkable and enjoyable. It has a medium gravity ... a nice malt-based beer; no extremes in this one. Fairly average across the board, but still, a good "get" if you're looking for a sessionable brew in the "malt" column.

 600 characters

Photo of dustinTN
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

 614 characters

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer of the month club selection

A: Pours a cola color with a small off white foam head. The head does not last long at all.

S: Mostly chocolate and nuts. More prominant as it warms up. Nothing overly complex but a decent aroma consistant with Brown Ales.

T: A decent balance between chocolate, nuts and vanilla. There is a little hop presence on the back end.

M: A little thin for a Brown ale, but leaves a smooth and slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not overly complex, good flavor, low ABV, easy to drink. Not a bad Brown Ale.

 543 characters

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