Naramata Nut Brown Ale | Cannery Brewing Company

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Naramata Nut Brown AleNaramata Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
cannerybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This velvety soft ale has a stubbornly loyal following. Rich dark malts are layered in a seamless manner. Fine tuning with a blend of bittering, aroma, and flavour hops produce an amazingly smooth finish and a lingering taste. This is a full bodied ale with a rich and gentle flavour.

Added by 49degrees on 02-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
10%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of lumikuuro
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml can, also available in 650ml bottles.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown. Almost black with deep red hints, transparent through the red, developing a two finger thick dark beige head when poured vigorously into 16oz glass. Head recedes to a foam and heavy ring leaving good lacing.

Aroma: Prunes and raisins, possibly dark berries, roasted malts.

Taste: A very malty beer with only enough hops to carry it, only subtly detectable. Prunes, raisins, modest bitter nuttiness and a hint of blackberry blend with the roasted malts in a very authentic English style nut brown ale. This is possibly the most English tasting English style beer I have come across here in the pacific northwest. Dry finish, with all flavours lingering moderately.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly thick at times. Not the smoothest or silkiest, but nothing majorly wrong here.

Drinkability: Easy to enjoy a few of these. A truly authentic flavour profile that could easily fool into believing that this is brewed in England rather than in BC. If the mouthfeel was a little more complex, then it would be even more rewarding.

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Photo of SylarHRG
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Had this on tap at Campo Marina in Osoyoos, freaking amazing. Googled and found that they sell it here in Calgary. Very happy camper now.

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Photo of jcubz
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours mahogany, dark and topped with a good finger of creamy light tan head. A little lacing follows my quaffs.
Smelling the nutty, roasted malty, caramels and coffee notes.
Taste following the nose gets a coffee/brown sugar start with a nutty (filberts) leading to a dark roast coffee finish.
It has a lightness to it that goes down easy, low carbonation and a silky feel.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Cannery Brewing Company is one of the province's newest microbreweries. Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Cannery swung open its doors in October 2001. While the area itself has fast become world renowned for its high-class wines, the Okanagan Valley (or "Interior" as it is often referred to here in Vancouver) has also seen an abundant growth in the microbrewery community.

The Naramata Nut Brown ale is perhaps the catchiest release (taste wise) from this newbie brewer, as they've recently released this ale in an unorthodox 1000ml (1 litre) flip-top bottle. My particular bottle was hand stamped as Bottle #020746, which is a relatively high number for a micro brew in British Columbia, considering they don’t offer their brews in anything less than a 650ml bottle. Many other regional microbrewies have recently unveiled offerings in the sub 10,000 bottle range, so this one at 20K+, in addition to being the first time I've run across it, is a fairly big endeavor.

As for the beer itself, I was pleasantly surprised. The Nut Brown Ale seems to be a popular jumping off point for local breweries, who have generally pigeon holed themselves in the Pale Ale, Amber, Lager, and Cream Ale varieties. Sadly, most of the Nut Brown releases of late have had a varying degree of success. This one thankfully, would be rated amongst the better quality releases.

Naramata pours a very deep amber-toned brown color with a super large head. The head is very slow to dissipate, never lowering itself below a 1/6" sturdy surface foam. Lacing on the glass is quite hefty for this style featuring long streaming foam patches along the glass.

Aroma-wise, this one presents a nice even blend of malts along with a hearty punch of roasted nuts and even a slight hint of chocolate. Little to no hop factor is present in the bouquet but that makes room for plenty of sweetness including an almost toffeeish tinge.

Taste-wise, the carbonation factor is reasonable for this one, which really helps ensure that the malt combinations don’t overpower the brew itself rendering it as flat mess. Cannery has sufficiently addressed the flatness factor that sometimes plagues this style.

This is a reasonably impressive beer from a market newbie. I anticipate future opportunities to enjoy their beer and hope that finding something on draught will be a reality at some point soon.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 1000 ml bottle / ABV: 5.5% / PRICE: $7.40 CAD ~ $4.87 USD ]

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby-brown. Pours with plenty of off-white head, but there's not much retention, though it does leave a nice lace.

S: Not a lot of nose, but it is nice. Caramel & nutty malt with a little fruityness from the yeast.

T: Starts slightly sweet, finishes slightly bitter. Perfect balance. Nice, mild fruity flavour. Zero hop flavour. This one's mainly about the malt (bread, caramel, nut).

M: The moderate body has a smooth, creamy feel that's slightly syrupy. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of zeledonia
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of notheroic
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer. Nice taste. Good hint of a nutty taste. Would buy again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a dark cola brown, short but rich tan head retained fairy well
S - strong aromas of roasted nuts and burnt sugars, mild chocolate
T - sticky cola syrup sweetness, nutty malts, faint hint of leafy hops, fainter hint of chocolate
M - rich and smooth with a decent carbonation kick, finishes with a slightly sticky but gentle feel
O - a very tasty and smooth brown ale with the nutty characteristics I expected, not a session beer but a definite regular for me

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear with the colour of dark/burning caramelized sugar. The head reminds me a lot of the head on a cane sugar root beer - it’s towering multi-finger fluffy foam has a good range of bubble sizes the help keep the dissipation in the moderate range. Though there is a little bit of lacing that tries to purchase real estate on the glass, it eventually falls off the market completely.

Aromatics: Yummy sweet nutty scent, though it is mild if first sensed while chilled. Once it warms up though you get lots of sweet and wheaty smells, like Brown Sugar Mini Wheat cereal. There are a less intense scents that border on fresh spring green leaves and milder florals.

Taste: Awesome nuttiness flavour. Not too bold, but definitely hits the mark for me for a nut ale. The malted barley really bridging the gap between biscuit, sugary yeast, and the slight bitter from the hops. It is very “English” in my opinion, and a great flavour that doesn’t come off as ostentatious like others that say they are in a “traditional English” vibe.

Palate: I well kept medium sized bedroom. All the mouthfeel components have purpose and match the flavour and style almost flawlessly. Carbonation is excellently maintained and allows the flavour to carry across the entire palate, the finish is clean and dry. The slight battering hop at the end is easily overlooked, because it carries the nutty flavour with it which is quite enjoyable.

Overall: I loved the flavour and mouth when it was super chilled (probably 1°C) but it lacks the aromas that cold obviously. Once it warms up the flavours are a bit more pronounced, and the scents really invite you in. I wish there was a way to enjoy the flavour and smell at cold temperature because it was a great feel when chilled.

Pairing : I want to spice it up, I think there may be a bit of spiciness hidden amongst the barley, a good accompaniment will have a bit more pronounced spicy kick in it. Though I would stay away from cayenne (so hot wings and sriracha oriented foods I’m not sure would work)… the spice needs to be as much compliment as it is a necessity. I’m actually thinking a warm freshly baked pull apart bread made with taco seasoned hamburger, cheese, onions, pepper blend, child powder, garlic, and perhaps a little jalapeño powder. (check out this video on taste made that uses buffalo chicken - just replace the chicken with a well seasoned beef taco mix : https://www.tastemade.com/videos/buffalo-chicken-pull-apart-bread)

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black apperance that reminds me of Coke with small brownish head that quickly disappears but leaves decent retention. Smell consists of caramel and nuts with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste is suprisingly light, but consists of caramel, bread, nuts and a hint of toffee. Has almost a coffee taste to it as well. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and dry.

This is definitely an english-style ale, looks alot stronger then it is. Has a large mixture of tastes to it but clean and refreshing. Worth a try, I hope you can get this on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasing brew from the good folks at Cannery Brewing. It pours with a lovely color and an inch of lovely lingering head. There is a nice warm chocolate nut flavor and aroma. Naramata is a real comfort beer that hit all the right notes with me. A solid brew at an excellent price.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. The last of the Cannery bombers that I've gotten to - but certainly not intended to be the least. Pleasant memories of trolling the Naramata Bench wineries are evoked through the name.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brownish hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and generally bubbly beige head, which leaves some drooping cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet nutty toasted biscuit and caramel malts, a bit of grainy brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate, a faint dried black fruitiness, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more sweetened mixed nuts - pistachio, pecan and walnut seem to come to mind - a lightly toasted caramel malt, some restrained cocoa notes, and a mild herbal and earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, the body a decent medium weight, fairly round, and generally smooth, with a small touch of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, with more sweet-tinged nutty and understated chocolate goodness.

A rather enjoyable and engaging brown ale, the nuts and cocoa pretty well integrated, rendering this as an easy drinking affair, with more than a nod to potential dessert accompaniment.

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Photo of BigBry
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was able to sample this at a tasting some time ago, but finally found the real thing - a 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with burnt orange hilights when held up to the light, a very rich and deep color. Appearance was just what I was expecting. 2 fingers worth of light brown head of creamy foam. Good head stability thoufh it didn't quite last for the whole glass. Thin and sticky strands of lace were left on the side of my pint glass. It has some smell of roasted malts, some nuts and a touch of smokiness. No real hop or floral smells, more deep and earthy aromas. Smooth flavor with toasted grains, nuttiness, some caramel and more smoke. No real bitterness to speak of, but not overly sweet either. The body might be a little thin, but if it was too much it would coat your mouth and become oily. I thought it was very drinkable and my big bottle disappeared too soon.

Apr 2011 - had another big bottle (gift from some work friends). Thoroughly enjoyed again. A very well put together Brown Ale.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into an English pint glass. Part of a mixed 6-pack. A dark reddish brown brew with three fingers or so of beige head. Aroma is nutty and rich, pecans and hazelnuts, along with an instant coffee roastedness, chocolate brownie, caramel, and orange oil. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Palate features all these elements as well, butterscotch, nuts, pancake syrup, and a hint of molasses. Classic English brown flavors. Semi-chewy body with a smooth mouthfeel, fairly creamy with relatively low carbonation. Finish remains nutty and sweet but some earthy hops do make their presence known. Not a superlative brown ale but does hit all the right keys and strikes a solid balance between nutty, roasted, and sweet components. Maybe a tad sweeter than average. Cannery does a decent job. Drinkable yet flavorful brews with few rough edges.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml can into a tulip, can courtesy of IllNate. Thanks dude.

Appears a deep chestnut brown in my tulip with some ruby red highlights at the edges, with two fingers of creamy off-white (almost tan) head. Smells of chocolate, licorice, dark roasty malts and a touch of coffee potentially. Roasty and chocolately up front, followed by some a touch of caramel with maybe a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with some medium body to it. Nice drinkability, a quality beer here!

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Photo of Exeter
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FadetoBock
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml can from the liquor store.

Pours a clear dark orange/red, ruddy brown away from the light, thick and chunky off white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer, this stuff has staying power, some nice chunks of lace stick.

Smell is nice, good caramel malt sweetness, lightly nutty, toasted pecans, brown sugar, biscuit, light iron, quite fruity, some blackberry and cherry, a touch of roast and chocolate.

Taste is nice, a bit light compared to the aroma, lightly biscuity, some caramel, nuts, very dry and roasty, cocao powder and chocolate wafers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth going down but just lacking a bit of intensity. Solid nut brown though.

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Naramata Nut Brown Ale from Cannery Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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