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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz brown glass grumbler acquired 8 days ago at Alesmith and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in a tasting at me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki-tan head of nice cream and thickness, but merely decent retention. Body colour is an extremely dark hazy ruby. No yeast particles are vislble. no bubble show. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Bourbon, caramel, toasted malt, nuts (chestnut), some fruit (maybe cherry), vanilla, and oak. Yet all the notes are subtle and understated. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, vanilla, a hint of nut, buried fruit, and oak right on the finish - but not much bourbon. Well balanced, if understated. I quite like it, but I did expect more bourbon. No yeasty character or alcohol. Tasty.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with good presence on the palate. Good thickness. Good carbonation in spite of coming from a growler.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not as complex as it would need to be to be truly great. Subtly done. Where's the bourbon?

B-

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Photo of mdlb44
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kplummer82
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep brown. Nice tan head. Chunky collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Deep caramel malts. A little nutty. No barrel, except for some vanilla.

Taste - Follows the smell, but the nuttiness is stronger. Deep caramel, almost chocolatey. Vanilla, but again, no other barrel notes.

Mouthfeel - Bitter finish, but not a lot of hops. Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - It's a good nut brown, but I get no barrel.

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3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tally
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the SD Taproom 9th anniversary on 02/27/16.

Pours translucent brown with a thin khaki head. Faint nut aroma. Some nut, honey and vanilla flavor. Not much barrel presence here. Everything tastes diluted and watered down.

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Photo of EdrickCS
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Callmecoon
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dleiner
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pmarlowe
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The board says "Aged in Heaven Hills barrels". 12oz pour (yey), tasted next to the regular Nautical Nut Brown.

A: Pours black with a half finger of dull, sand colored head. Looks like cola around the rim. Good amount of lacing and very good retention: a thick ring of head stays put throughout the entire glass.

S: Good amount of sweetish bourbon upfront, alongside a little vanilla and lots of coconut.

T: Lots of bourbon, coconut, and just a touch of roastiness and chocolate right at the end of the sip (but you really have to pay attention for these). Some nuttiness (cashew, peanut) add a dimension of complexity beyond the bourbon barrel.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Seems kind of thin but with creamy texture. No alcohol noticeable, which I guess makes sense given the ABV.

O: I'm not sure the barrel treatment really elevated this beer from what it was, it's mostly just a different, bourbon flavored brown ale. It's tasty, but the flavors don't quite come together.

Reminds me kind of BA Wee Heavy, in that the barrel treatment overwhelmed the base beer and the body was a little too thin to fully express the barrel.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Nut Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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