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AleSmith Nut Brown Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Nautical Nut Brown Ale.

Added by Todd on 07-08-2003

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, dark brown color with a thin beige head and decent lacing. Smells of chocolate and malt. Taste is rich, chocolate and a bit of coffee. A bit thin feel but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of SSS
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I make a beer very similar to this with Amber malt. I drank this at the brewery itself. It was nice, I prefer these types of beers in the cold Canadian winters I have to endure!

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Photo of farrago
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest finger plus head of deep tan color, slightly irregular surface throughout, okay retention, has long, skinny streaks of lacing. Clear, if not quite transparent, brown hue with a yellow cast, you barely see the bubbles until the spread out before breaking the surface. Melted milk chocolate pours into your nostrils, caramel and coconut too, hazelnut, cola, raisin to fig fruit, seems like it might get bready but really the chocolate dominates so much that it probably never had a chance. Medium-bodied and closer to light than heavy, surprising given the richness of the nose, strong carbonation helps it lift off the palate. Nicely done that as fresh as it seems overall, the determinant factor remains the malty caramel, chocolate, toffee flavors. As it progresses in the mouth there is a mineral water component and very light charcoal to tar element which boosts the freshness further, almost salty too. The fruit stays in the fig, golden raisin to grape range, nothing sweeter or more concentrated. Any nuttiness most present retronasally at the end. For this imbiber this is a difficult category to make a favorable impression and this manages to hit most of the right notes.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5% ABV. 17 IBU, OG=1.054. 22oz bomber at Binnys in Chicago. No ingredients per the bottle or website. Pours out to a clear deep mahogany, forming a modest yellow head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of black walnut, toasted walnuts, a little cocoa, not a ton of "english" esters, which is good, IMO.The mouthfeel is a little acidic with a medium body. The taste is quite nice, good walnut and nut flavors, followed by a slight touch of roast, then a nice earthy bitterness, and leather in the finish. No off aromas or flavors or any appreciable faults.

Brown ales are one of my least favorite styles, but this one is quite nice, I only wish it wasn't quite so acidic and had just a few more points of residual sweetness to even out the body and the taste. Still, one of the best brown ales I've had. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bubble show reveals a translucent tea brown liquid capped by a rapidly fading tan head; a few dots a lace hang around

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and assorted nuts

Taste: Brown bread and caramel forward, with the nut flavors adding another dimension in the middle; a bit of the typical metallic finish I often detect in brown ales but the other flavors make up for it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't often drink brown ales but this is a nice diversion from my usual selection

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Photo of q33jeff
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip glass.
Look: dark brown, some sediment, big, big creamy white head. Looks beautiful. Head lasts.
Aroma: chestnut, hazelnut, malt, bread, wine, touch of yeast, raisin.
Taste: bread, barley, cereal, a bit more flavor would make this phenomenal.(barrel age?)
Feel: light and airy, but also creamy. Medium carbonation.

One of the better Brown ales I've had. Could use a bit more flavor, but it is still tasty. We'll see how it stacks up in the upcoming Brown ale tasting.


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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle , date is blurry 03/02/16?... poured into a nonic)

L: pretty darn clear chestnut brown liquid, bit of sediment appeared to sneak in at the end of the pour... doesn't put up much foam, leaves a messy, spitty collar

S: hint of coffee, maybe a nip of brown sugar... chocolate malt aroma is very well-defined, smells like fresh product, pre-brew... certainly nutty... maybe a delicate whiff of grassy, leafy hop, but overall very little hop presence intruding in what's an altogether grist-y (American) malt smell

T: very grainy-malty - if you like chewing on your homebrew grains, that's what this tastes like... lightly-sweetened roasty coffee in a relatively dry finish... bitterness creeps up... the degree of dryness in the finish is what stands out to me... a light dusting of cocoa and spoonful of nutty yeast sprinkled in there, but this is predominantly naked grass nuts

F: light-medium bodied, little bit of oily viscosity, delicately powdery outflow, minimally acidic on the back end... quite drinkable - a bit stiff, but finishes clean and is fairly moreish

O: they can get away calling this an English brown simply because it's not hoppy - the malt flavors taste pretty domestic to me, and nothing in the ester profile seems unique or 'English'... this is the same standard brown that's brewed in countless brewpubs and homebrew competitions around the country, just without pungent pine or citrus... I've brewed a brown as good and occasionally better than this... at least add some interesting dark invert sugars or a large portion of a unique character malt, otherwise why push this on the east coast?

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Photo of singletary
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown with the aroma of malts and chocolate. The flavor is sweetness of chocolate with a bit of dryness on the backend. Overall a excellent drink but to me more of a stout than a brown ale, still one of the better beers I have had lately.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel galss a clear dark brown with some reddish highlights and a 1/2” light tan head that soon begins to recede to a thin cover. Sipping creates lots of scattered small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include roasted malt and some roasted nut character along with something that seems a lot like dark caramel.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with some roasted nuts and malt sowing up. In addition there is some chocolate or dark caramel in here as well. What sweetness is here is very controlled and well integrated with the other flavors so that refreshes and does not cloy. The bitterness that does show up also restrained and is part of the a complete package.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and smoothly with light persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the malt and nut flavors begin to recede laving a nice gentle almost roasted bitterness towards the back of the palate.

Overall this is well brewed beer and an excellent example of an English Brown Ale. Its very drinkable and I’ll definitely be looking to have it again. Nice to know a trip to the UK isn't needed to find one of these.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a dark brown with a one finger white head. The taste is very good but doesn't stand up to me favorite brown ale: Samuel Smith.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tough to compete against the flagship of this style which IMHO is Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. That being said, this is still a solid beer. Toffee and raisin notes in the flavor. A little harsher hop wise than SS. Still, it is pretty easy to get down. I would appreciate a little more "chewiness" to the mouthfeel. Right now, it is pretty watery, with little aftertaste.

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Photo of horshack7
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with amber hues. On top is a light beige head two fingers thick.

Aroma: Brown bread, molasses, figs, raisins, roasted malts.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel in the front. Brown bread, raisins, roasted malts, figs, toffee notes in the tail end.

Notes: A very tasty English style brown ale and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of zonker17
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour to nonic. No head and brown color. Malt and toffee nose. Taste adds a touch of hop bitterness and some caramel to the profile. If there is a nut in there I'm not sure which. Above average body and below average carbonation.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with some red highlights. Aroma is nutty and malty, no hops. Taste is also nutty, some dark fruits and very mild hops. Very nice brown ale, a forgotten style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this bottle from Grain + Verse enjoyed chilled in a stout glass

The color is cocoa brown with thick pale tan head with fine bead and good retention. The smell has a moderately roasted nutty aroma which has a slight sweet scent. The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation toasted texture with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very good with a nice roast level with subtle sweetness and light yeast with relatively low bitterness in the flavor with slight creamy and toasted malt quality with very mild hop with slight herbal element. This is a great beer -it is nice to have since when Craft beer 1st started becoming popular the brown style was more available but now that IPA's have usurped the market this is one of the few. I recommend this to anyone since it is a great example of the style

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Photo of breadwinner
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice nose on this one, light touches of chocolate, earthiness, nuts, and dark malt. Palate gives off some fruity esters alongside more dark malt. Solid drinker that well approximates a very English ale.

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Photo of bzainthemd
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall mug from tap. The look is classic for a nut brown ale. The smell is of mild malt some sweetness. The taste is of nutty coffee with malt notes. The feel is refreshing and light. Overall, a very solid but brown ale.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I get a nutty quality, along with porter like qualities. Some chocolate, with bigger coffee notes. Very little toffee or caramel tastes or aromas. Not my favorite style, but solid overall.

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Photo of lastmango
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a mahogany color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma was very slight roasted malt and biscuit. Malt forward and caramel. Almost no hop bitterness. Moderate - light body and carbonation.
Easy drinking but unremarkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness indication.

Pours dark brown, mocha and long lasting cap. Leaves nice low fine bubble sheeting.

Malty nose with dark chocolate notes.

Rich and smooth, great mouthfeel.

Complex and densly flavorful brown ale with lots of chocolate.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop last week scouting for various & sundry when I spied a couple of AleSmith singles to help me fill out a mixed-sixer. I remain curious about some of these bottled beers.

From the bottle: "English-style Ale"; "AleSmith Nut Brown is a tribute to one of our favorite British styles. Deep mahogany in color, its rich, malt-forward flavor profile balances notes of biscuit, mild cocoa and earthy hops. A creamy mouthfeel and full body enhances its drinkability, making Nut Brown an extremely sessionable ale that embraces our commitment to quality."; "This versatile style is perfect alongside a variety of foods from grilled sausages with spicy mustard to oysters on the half-shell. English Farmhouse and nutty hard cheeses such as Gruyere and mild Gouda pair very well too."

I felt Nutty with the excitement of Pop!ping the cap on this one! A heavy-handed pour produced two fingers of soapy, foamy, light-tan head with very good retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a pronounced cocoa/chocolate scent. Mmmm! I am sorry, but the mouthfeel was medium, nowhere near full or "creamy". The taste, however, was as advertised. It was mildly chocolaty with a biscuit malt undertone, giving it a chocolate biscotti-like flavor. Frequent followers of my reviews may have noticed that I often allude to biscotti and there is a reason. My first overseas deployment with the U.S. Navy in 1985 had us in La Maddalena, Sardinia for six months and I was a poor, junior seaman who could barely afford a monthly trip to Roma. Instead, I would take the liberty launch to Sardinia and hang out with the locals. I learned to speak a little Italian, I drank espresso, ate biscotti, and thanks to a mentor named Guiseppe, learned to play Bocce & smoke Parodi cigars while doing so. In Pittsburgh's Strip District, there exists Enrico Biscotti Company at 2022 Penn Avenue & thy make the most authentic biscotti that I have ever eaten, outside of Italy! When I say that a beer reminds me of biscotti, I know of what I speak. Finish was semi-dry to dry, believe it or not. It was chocolaty, but not in a sweet way. The malt and earthiness of the hops only added a dryness to the beer, rather than any sort of sweetness. I think that their suggested pairings are spot-on & I would revisit this some time with a plate of food.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very deep brown pour with a light tan head that left a few ribbons and spots of lacing. The aroma has a nice nutty, sweet toffee and roasted malt scent. The taste is less sweet than the smell but has a pleasant nutty flavor and a kind of charred malt bitterness that gives the finish a little tangy taste. The body is medium/light with a decent amount of carbonation. Quite a tasty brown.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a dark brown with only a minor amount of head with not much lacing present.

Smell: Toffee, nutty, caramel, malty.

Taste: Tastes follows the nose. Nice hints of toffee, caramel, nuts, malts.

Feel: Light/medium bodied.

Overall: Very very solid brown ale. Out of all the brown ales I have had this one may be the best I have had to date. I would definitely pick this brew up again!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, and when held up to the light, has some mahagony and coppery colors to it. A finely dispersed and suspended sediment came along for the ride. Thin white skin of foam with some fine strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Nice color - would have been a higher rating if I had know there was sediment and it had not come along with the beer.

Smell: Hints of cocoa along with toasted malt. Some bready/biscuity aroma with a swirl. As the beer warms up some of the English-style herbal/bittering hops come out in the swirl.

Taste: Bready/biscuity malt with some toasted flavors and just a hint of nuttiness. Some cocoa flavors when the beer was first poured but they went away as the beer warmed up. A bit of a mild char / astringent bitterness at the finish when first poured which changes a bit and takes on more of roasted malt + English style hop bitterness as the beer warms up. It works as a nice compliment to the sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation - appropriate for the style, but not cask level carbonation. Nicely smooth approaching creamy.

Overall / Drinkability: I wonder if this bottle is a bit old - I'm not wowed by this beer based on this reviews. That being said, it's a good beer, just not as great as it probably would have been if fresh. This makes me think this beer would be really great fresh out of a cask and paired with the right meal. I had this by itself (no other food) but I could see that it would pair with a wide range of food. It's flavorful, but no strongly flavorful, and not mild either. It's just right at being flavorful and well-crafted and probably would be even greater if fresh.

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Photo of jeffjohns29
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer. Great mouth feel and has a great finish. Hands down one of the best Brown Ales i've tried today... And I've drank almost 20 different brown ales today. Cheers!

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