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%
 
 
Wants:
2
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4
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Ghrymm
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap in Naramata Hotel and Pub. Pours nice with good lacing and color strong over roasted smell. For me not a very good beer there is a bad aftertaste left over that is not pleasing at all.
So many new beers out in B.C. now this one needs some work.

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Photo of seeswo
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle, the B and the 2 are punched out on the side of the label regarding either bottling or freshness date, I couldn't decipher. 2 fingers of foamy beige head on the pour, the body is a deep chestnut colour, a bright mahogany when held up to the light. Mild aroma, toasted malt, some nuttiness, and a bit of a soapy character as well. The flavour is overpowered by that soapiness as well, the roasted malt and underlying chocolate flavour cannot compete with it. Still an okay brown due to that, but nothing noteworthy, and nothing I'd buy again unless they can clean up what I take to be a bottling issue. The mouthfeel suffers from this as well, the carbonation adds some body, but otherwise feels pretty watery, with a soapy texture. A disappointing first experience with a favorite style from a brewery new to me.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark coca-cola with a ruby red hue, solid finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic sticky lacing.

S - Pretty mild on the nose, with some faint chocolate and caramel notes. Touch metallic.

T - Much like the nose, pretty mild, though the caramel notes do come through nicely. Some dark cocoa and espresso notes linger on the tongue.

M - A tad watery, though goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - Easily drinkable with some decent flavours, though certainly nothing mind blowing. Worth grabbing a pint, but don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of imfinished
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of zduerr
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisCage
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a cola brown that is clear yet opaque to look at....there is about a one finger thick head at first that disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a ring around the glass. Carbonation is hard to see what is going on and lacing is moderate....nothing special to look at.

S- Heavy caramel, coffee, prune fruit, and toffee nut are the most prominent aromas. Malt sweetness in the body and the finish is not bitter, but rather an Earthy dryness that is of damp soil. Not a bad smelling beer, and seems close to what the style calls for.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely, however everything is much more muted.....not as impressive I'd say. There are extended flavors of milky chocolate, shelled unsalted cashew nuts.....again, the finish is dry, as well as malty and of dark fruit/nut.

M/O- This seems to be somewhat flat, as the carbonation is almost too fine....I will give it the note of creaminess though. It is somewhat dessert like, drinkable enough and it's not offensive by any means, but it's unassuming and I'm not sure why it has the following it does....it alright overall!

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cwrw
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the big 650ml bottle with a great picture of the Okanagan Valley on it, Naramata boasts a great fluffy light brown head which is quite thick and sports tight creamy bubbles. It churns to a protective layer, leaving its little islands of lace, and stayed solid throughout the drink. The colour is fantastic: the beer straddles the border of rich ruby, red bordering on purple, and a rosewood brown. The appearance is much better than a large host of brown ales I have tried. The aroma is very similar to Big Rock's Dark Alberta Stout, which does not really impress me much. I get the same sourish wort or hard water smell from both these beers, and it definitely limits the beer's potential aroma. In close I get some better malty smells, dry and roasted. The dark malts DO smell fresh, but the aroma is more like a stout than a brown ale. Spices and licorice, tobacco, and tangy leather all have their part too--I just wish that lactaid sourness would go away. The taste is thankfully better: mainly a lot of dry maltiness, but it is tasty. The sourness is there in the taste too. There is not a great deal of complexity, but I get some flavours of nuts, smoked meat, seasoning salt, and leather. Very little hop profile is detectable, which did not surprise me. Maybe in the finish a dash of grassy hops exists, if you really taste contemplatively. This beer also needs just a bit more body--I was expecting richer, maltier, creamier thickness. What this beer is missing is sweetness in the malt flavour. Instead of caramel-like candy malts which I would expect from a brown, roasted dryness predominates. The sourness limits its drinkability. Verdict: this could have been much better. All the elements are there for a good brown ale, it just needs more complexity and body. I mean it is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination; it simply does not reach its full potential. Plus it has more in common with a dry stout(or a roasted porter for that matter) than a brown ale. I have to concede however, this beer's appearance is superb.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elricorico
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The head has no staying power. Nothing too exciting here.

Smell is better, it is a nutty toffee smell and is fairly rich. Maybe just a whiff of chocolate hidden in there. Smells nice.

Taste is fairly nice as well. Makes me debate between roasted and crystal malts. A bit of toffee and a hint of smokiness to it. Lightly hopped, this one is more about a smooth and semi sweet flavour. The aftertaste almost hints at milk chocolate again.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, and the carbonation I find a bit too sharp. I'd say it is lacking in this area.

It is an easy beer to get into, with enough flavour to keep you interested. Certainly not going to break into my favourites, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of 1stOffender
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cannery Brewings "Naramata Nut(english)Brown Ale"@5.5% in a 650ml bottle served cold into a stein
A-poured a deep brown with amber hints , with a big beige head that was slow to dissipate
S-roasted nuts with hints of chocolate very little hops presence allowing for a earthy smell
T-roasted malts and nuts , not much in the way of hops but the balance is still there with a slight bitter & very dry finish
MF-body is a bit thin
Ov-just an average brew , bit dissapointing , don't know what the fuss was all about
cheers LampertLand

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Photo of w00ddy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chickenm
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Weak aroma of sweet malt. The flavor is roasted malts with nuts, and a slight taste of cooked vegetables which I found kind of strange. Medium-light bodied with carbonation that is a bit on the high side. Good drinkability.. Not the greatest nut brown I've tried but still decent, and the first one I've tried from a can!

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Photo of bobsy
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for sending this beer to Ontario. Deep brown body with ruby highlights, and a lot of cream coloured head, which exhibits very little retention. Subdued nose, with the malts expressing caramel and nut. Good malt flavour, with toasted nuts, light caramel and some coffee. There's also a light bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Good drinkability. I much prefer Black Oak's Nut Brown, but this is a fine Canadian version of a brown ale.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed by Wisemen Nick and Zach.

Appearance: Pours a brown amber color with fizzy, white head. Head leaves some pretty sticky lacing, but looks thin otherwise. Nice retention Looks better after the head has dissipated a bit. N: 3.5; Z: 4.0

Smell: Nuts, honey, some red berries, and maybe molasses. Even picking up a bit of bourbon (call me crazy). Me = Nick for those who don't know. Zach is reminded of vomit when he smells this, for whatever N: 4.5; Z: 2.5

Taste: Caramel, nuts, and spice. Finishes with some piney hops. Some bizarre malt flavor in there that I find a bit unpleasant. Zach finds this one to be quite complex, and him and I both agree that the aftertaste is long-lasting and enjoyable. N: 3.5; Z: 4.0

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy feel - nice job with the carbonation. Chewy as well with a nice, strong aftertaste. Medium in body. N: 4.0; Z: 3.5

Drinkability: Not my favorite flavor (just a bit odd), but otherwise good. I really liked the smell, but Zach disagreed. An above average brown that I wouldn't mind trying on-tap, but I'll never go out of my way for it. N: 3.5; Z: 4.0

Wiseman Nick: B (3.75)
Wiseman Zach: B (3.65)

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Photo of evlu1441
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark ruby colour with a nice finger of creamy tan head. Looks delicious.

The aroma is mostly rich toasty malt with some faint caramel.

This is quite a bit less sweet than other nut brown ales I've had. It has a lot of roasty character that is complimented by some hop bitterness. There isn't as much nutty character as I would have liked. Some sweet/molasses flavours come through in the finish. It reminds me a lot of Guinness to be honest... maybe I just haven't had a Guinness in a while.

Overall, this is an alright beer. It has a bit too much bitterness for my tastes.

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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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