Nut Brown Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 04-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Im a huge fan of Alesmith's Nut Brown anyway but the BA version just ups ante so much on beer style that so many people overlook. The normal variety of this beer is semi-sweet and roasty with notes of caramel and coffee. The BA version, however, adds a whole new level of complexity. Rich layers of barrel flavor pair amazingly well with the natural notes the flagship variety already has. Great beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a brown ale, but looks like it lost some carbonation in the barrels.

Really nice malty aroma. Lots of vanilla from the barrels. Brown ales don't really have an aroma that is enjoyable but leave it in a barrel and it does.

Nice coconut right up front. Followed by the chocolatey malts and vanilla oak. Surprisingly amazing.

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4.3/5  rDev +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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Nut Brown Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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