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

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

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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Reviews:
13
Ratings:
75
pDev:
8.46%
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I honestly didn't get too much of the bourbon barrel character in the aroma but it did have plenty of sweetness consisting of: caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and a little molasses with signs of nuttiness.

T: The bourbon barrel character was a little more pronounced on the palate alongside caramel vanilla sweetness, some coffee came through, a little more nutty notes on the taste, very well hidden booze heat, lots of chocolate flavor and had a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had sweet, mild bourbon booze, chocolatey, slightly nutty and creamy finish.

O: I really like the base version and like the barrel aged version as well. I'd have to revisit the base version again to see which I like more.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.7/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Nut Brown Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 75 ratings