AleSmith Nut Brown Ale | AleSmith Brewing Company

237 Reviews
no score
Send samples
AleSmith Nut Brown AleAleSmith Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 843
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty brown color with a light tan head. Smell is malts ,caramel, and nuts Taste follows nose with toffee and malty nuttiness a sweet caramel malt finish. medium carbonation and a thin body sweet finish. Drinkable light brown ale .

 239 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good, if somewhat underwhelming aroma of roasted malt, the brown ale nuttiness, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of a good shot of the brown ale nuttiness, a lot of roasted malt, light chocolate notes (not quite enough in my opinion), light hops, some caramel, and a bit of toffee. As it is with a lot of beers, this one doesn't seem to be pushed to greatest lengths. It's quite tame by comparison to some. Not bad, but a little weak.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The English brown ale isn't a style that allows for great improvisation. Nonetheless, this one seems a little uninspired. Not without its good qualities, though.

 844 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line
22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nutty, roasty, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, nutty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

 436 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Man brown ale has to be one of the least appreciated styles in craft beer, and I'm guilty of it too. When I think of the best brown ales in the world, I think of my own ratings being only in the 4 out of 5 range. Something I routinely pass out for more favored styles.

Well, here is one of those upper echelon type of brown ales. Brown ale pours brown, lighter brown 3/4" head on the top, excellent retention. Usual nutty, walnut like aroma and brown malt.

Taste, smooth yet well hopped for style. Ample brown malt. Not thin like Newcastle. Caramel, toffee, nutty, mild chocolate, well carbonated.

Bomber format is a little rough price per oz wise.

 661 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Nut Brown pours a dark brown color with a very small bubbly head, like root beer. Mild aroma, with hints of toffee and nuts. Taste is very creamy and smooth, with hints of toffee and peanuts. A bit flat. Overall, a very tasty rich nut brown ale.

 249 characters

Photo of soccrgump
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From January 22, 2016
A: Pours a copper-ish brown with a one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly
S: Roasted malt, toffee, maybe a little caramel
T: Nutty with some coffee, bitter chocolate
M: Thin and smooth

 214 characters

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

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a deep brown with some reddish highlights at the edges. Topped by a meager light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of toasted malts and nuts with some hints of caramel
T: Taste is nice and nutty with some toasted malts and some caramel sweetness. There is a slight hop bitterness to add some balance as well. Swallow is more toasted malts and nuts with some slight coffee on the back end along with some roasted notes.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a semidry finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice brown ale with some great flavors and decent complexity. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for a sessionable brown.

 791 characters

Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Single, 12 ounce bottle copped from Holiday Inn in Orangeburg. Pours a deep, dark mahogany hue with minimal frothing. Malt-forward, biscuit aroma with hints of cocoa and chocolate. Similar flavor profile.

 204 characters

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

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Deep mahogany brown hue, the pour yields one finger of foamy tan head that stands for a while before subsiding to some long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface along with some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

Solid malty goodness takes domination ranging from biscuit, brown bread, caramel, vanilla, mild cocoa, slight buttery and nut while there is some earthy and citrusy hop in the background. The overall aroma is sweet and creamy and is quite inviting.

Still it is malt here and there, biscuit, brown bread, caramel, vanilla, mild cocoa, slight buttery, and nut, all of these flavors travelling through the taste buds before hop adding in its citrus note to balance those kinds of sweet, creamy, and bready from malt.

Medium body with silky smooth mouthfeel from its proper amount of carbonation, the feeling is crisp and quite refreshing, dry finish.

This brew is dedicated to malty sake. It is rightly true to the style and I can’t find anything wrong with it, very good and packed with great quality.

 1,063 characters

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

A - Dark chestnut brown with tan head that never really goes away. Nice cling.

S - Nutty, caramel, malts, a bit smokey.

T - Rich creamy mouthfeel, malts, chocolate, balanced nicely in the back end with a bitter and dry finish.

O - Really solid brown ale with balance and a good feel.

 290 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Alesmith's Nut Brown Ale for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. The more beers I try from this brewery the more I like them and I'm interested to see if this beer lives up to the good things I've heard about it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little plain and simple and it ins't too eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that takes on more of a crimson and brown color when held to the light with a fingers and half of bubbly and creamy light tan head that died down a to a thick ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S= The aroma starts off with a medium sweetness with a little bit of ester yeast being the first to show up and that leads into the malts which impart a caramel, caramel malt, grainy, bread crust, brown bread and doughy aromas. Up next come a light nutty aroma followed by a light cocoa aroma. This beer has a good aroma, It's pretty much just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with just a little bit of that yeast being the first to show up and it leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of cocoa followed by the same nutty aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it shows up a little more. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with a nice caramel malt and nutty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's true to style and it lives up to it's name.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style and it really lived up to it's name with that nice noticeable nutty flavor. This beer has a good drinkability, I could drink a few of these, especially in the fall time. What I like the most about this beer is how true to it's style and true to it's name it is, there's nothing that doesn't belong there. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there is not a single thing that sticks out about this beer as not being good, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Nut Brown Ale. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I was little impressed with how they nailed this style right on the head. It's my new favorite Alesmith beer and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty Nut Brown Ale, keep it up.

 2,863 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy maroon red-brown with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like cherry, plum, dark berries, toasty bread, nutty caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, some spice, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread, nutty caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, mild spice, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice English brown ale.

 491 characters

Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. AleSmith Nut Brown Ale is a solid malty brown ale that is flavorful and highly drinkable beer that is very sessionable.

 154 characters

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very dark brown almost black in color with tan foamy head and decent lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, nuts, and some chocolate. Taste is a mix of bitter chocolate, nuttiness, molasses, and some coffee. The finish is good, very smooth and easy drinking beer. Flavors are a nice blend leaving you with wanting another sip. Really enjoyed this beer.

 357 characters

Photo of REDAMI
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet

L-Deep copper brown pour with sandy head. Decent retention.

S-Fruits and nuts, roasted barley

T-Sweet almond, hazelnut, chocolate, roasted malts

F-Thin, but the flavors stick with you. Smooth with a slightly stinging carbonation.

Complex without being heavy. A well balanced brown ale.

 336 characters

Photo of tekstr1der
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice mahogany with minimal, quick-disappeared tan head. Aroma is amazing, fully realizing the nut component with hazelnuts dominating a malty roast. Flavor is similar though there's a weakness and slight acidity. Finish is somewhat dry.

EDIT: On second try with clean palate, the flavor matches my aroma description. Great stuff - maybe my new favorite of the style.

 375 characters

Photo of jaketaz
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basically the polar opposite of their Speedway Stout, in my opinion. That beer is an absolute monster in every sense, and as a stout/porter devotee it was probably a mistake for me to have the Nut Brown while the Speedway was still fresh in my memory. I found this beer very bland and nondescript in every sense, and inferior to the Samuel Smith Nut Brown, or any number imperial nut browns such as Tommyknocker or Nut Sack.

Got a six-pack of bottles, tried them both poured into a glass and straight from the bottle. Brown beer with thin white head that vanishes fast, aroma and taste or both roasted malts all over with little discernible nut taste, and a bitter metallic quality. Light body and carbonation, not very much going on.

 736 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - brown with clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and some minor lacing

S - chocolate, peanuts, roastiness

T - roasty caramel, nuts, light caramel

F - light body and medium carbonation

O - a tasty light brown ale

 211 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle filled 06-07-2016. Sampled on Aug. 27, 2016.

The pour is an attractive looking mahogany brown with reddish hues under a modes, short-lived head.

Very sweet aroma of roasted malts, caramel, nuts, but a low to no hop profile.

Medium body that is also a little acidic and carbonated.

The taste brings out the sweet roasted caramel malts along with the nuttiness of a good brown ale. The hop finish is earthy and quick but still low profile. I have always enjoyed the style and this one fits into the style very well.

 546 characters

Photo of ScaryEd
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with a 2-finger caramel head. The head dissipates quickly before settling into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer. Leaves plenty of cobweb lacing along the way.

The aroma brings notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and a touch of fresh coffee beans. Slightly toasted with minimal bitterness.

The taste follows the nose: Tons of milk chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee, followed by some roasted almonds and baked bread. There's a subtle caramel note as well. On the sweeter side for sure, but not overly so.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lighter carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall, a damn good brown ale that packs a ton of flavor and drinks heavier than the relatively light mouthfeel would lead on. Just a lovely beer.

 787 characters

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 2/11/16, so 6 months old.

amber brown body with a small fizzy head which dissipates, but resumes upon agitation. some lacing, also fine particulates.

malty, slightly nutty, some dried fruit on the nose.

A solid English brown ale taste, slightly nutty, no unpleasant aftertaste.

mouth is a little above medium.

overall, a good English Brown Ale

 389 characters

Photo of colts9016
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. A: A one finger light tan head with poor retention. The color of the beer is dark reddish brown and is opaque.

N: A nice nutty aroma with some coffee and subtle chocolate notes with yeast, bread, and some subtle fruity notes.

T: A very nice nutty flavor with a hint of coffee and light chocolate notes, with some yeast, and toasted crackers, caramel, and fruity esters.

M: A medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: A very nice Nut brown good flavors, and was well rounded. Solid brew to drink.

 544 characters

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.

 215 characters

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!

 177 characters

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.

 1,188 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 843 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.