Nut Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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63 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 04-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
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2
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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a surprising off-white head. A lot of smoke on the nose, roasted nuts, and toffee. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Oaky, bourbony, and caramel flavors. The nose didn't quite prepare me for how good this beer is. There's a little coffee acidity at the finish that knocks this beer off of perfect. Not to say coffee acidity is bad, just doesn't fit here.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4/6/2012

12oz pour on tap at Alesmith. Nut Brown (I guess it's not called Nautical Nut Brown anymore) aged in Heaven Hill Barrels. Had this next to regular nut brown.

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge and a little transparency near the edges when held to light. A finger of beige foam lingers, eventually leaving scattered lacing. This is much darker than regular Nut Brown.

S:  Not nearly as earthy as the regular version. It's earthy, don't get me wrong, but only slightly. The earth is subjugated by a stellar combination of bourbon, caramel, and chocolate. Nutty notes are pervasive. Vanilla and oak are faint. Somehow the erstwhile modest English Brown has taken on notes of English Barleywine.

T: Pronounced yet integrated bourbon meets nutty notes. Chocolate blends with caramel and a little vanilla. There's light oak in the finish. Supposedly this spent only a little time in the barrel, but the barrel presence is pretty firm. The finish is nutty bourbon chocolate caramel. There's some earth near the end. The barrel aging brought out a lot of caramel and chocolate in this beer. The base beer has a very mellow chocolate profile and just a dash of caramel, but those characteristics are bold in the barrel aged iteration. I'm pleasantly surprised.

M: The mouthfeel held up well to the barrel aging. It's silky, sticky, and smooth. It's also pretty dry. Carbonation is at a lower medium level.

Overall: This is great. It's a sessionable bourbon barrel aged beer. Perhaps the first of its kind. 

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler tulip.

Big thanks to SirWilliam for sharing!

A : Dark ruby brown, half finger head, small tight bubbles, spotted thick lacing

S : Unfiltered apple juice, cherry vanilla, almond milk, light smokey balsamic, brown sugar, caramel, brandy

T : Bitter smokey oak, maple, vanilla, nutmeg and some other spice, coffee, more oak and vanilla booze as it warms

M : medium side of thin, slight carbonation

O : A light country breakfast in a glass. smokey hazelnut coffee cooked over an open fire. A little thin but very complex. Great BA character for a beer with this abv. Excellent drinking experience. Highly recommend.

Cheers ~

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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Alesmith Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

A very dark brown with a small brown head.

Rich aroma with lots of barrel character: bourbon, wood, caramel, toffee, along with some nutty and earthy elements remaining from the base beer. Exceptionally nice.

The flavor too is transformed, with good amounts of bourbon, vanilla, oak, nut, and roast coming together nicely.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation. I suppose, if there's anywhere this beer doesn't massively succeed, it's here.

I'd never had a barrel-aged brown ale before, and now that I have, this one will be tough to beat.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a purple-red hue. Large, light tan head that goes down quite quickly. Scent is absolutely lovely. Sweet vanilla with some almond and chestnut. A bit of chocolate with mellow whiskey aromas. I say "mellow" hesitantly, because this is a huge whiskey aroma for a beer that weighs in at less than 5%ABV. Hints of cherry and oak as well. Taste is great...for what it is. Not quite as good as the aroma...but very solid. The flavor is like the nose, but a little watered down. All the aspects of the aroma, just subdued a bit. Mouthfeel is good for this beer... the most thin bourbon barrel aged beer I've had, but it is expected from this beer. The thin mouthfeel does not take away from this beer, because it was meant to be highly drinkable. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, when I had a pint of this at Alesmith, I fell in love. When I opened my growler and had a few pints of this...I still loved it, just not so much. As you drink this beer, the body gets thinner and thinner and the bourbon gets more and more watered down. It's safe to say this beer is amazing in small doses...but just good in large doses.

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Nut Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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