Village Nut Brown Ale | Oak Creek Brewery and Grill

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Village Nut Brown AleVillage Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
Arizona, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This northern Arizona favorite has a consistent nutty flavor with just a hint of spice in its depths. A slowly emerging bitterness crops up along the way and is unobtrusively incorporated into the smooth flow. It finishes with a gentle nuttiness and spiciness. Excellent with steaks, chops and ribs!

Added by Gusler on 09-06-2003

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by DousedInStout:
Photo of DousedInStout
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, clear chocolate-colored brown with white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is somewhat muted - but I do get faint notes of caramel malt, brown sugar, and hazelnut. The taste that follows is very similar - some flavor, but not enough for me. I keep searching for more, but it seems lacking and watered down. The carbonation is nice, and this session brown is highly drinkable, but I personally wanted a more robust, nutty flavor.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with cream colored head. The aroma is brown malt, toffee, caramel and some nuttyness. The flavor is lacking compared to the aroma, with some nuts and toffee but not much else. I really expected the flavor to be more intense and complex after initially smelling the beer. Thin, watery mouthfeel with low carbonation.

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Photo of mattster
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into glass.

Very small tan colored head that dissipates in less than a minute. Nice dark brown color - clear with no hazing or visible bubbles.

Smell is of nice malts... Taste was somewhat less than I expected considering the smell, but it does taste pretty good. Nice nutty flavor with some chocolate notes. Very nice in mouth. I want another one, too bad I just bought one.

All in all, a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge fan of the nut brown ales in general, but this was actually pretty good. Pours a true brown with a light tan head. Aroma is mostly malt and nuts. The taste is very mellow. Malts, some "Chock Full O' Nuts"-like coffee, and a little smoky. Decent, not great, but leagues ahead of its Amber Ale cousin.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewery & Grill in Sedona.

Crystal clear, deep, dark amber color with a creamy beige head of moderate size and exceptional duration. Leaves plenty of lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts with a strong dose of caramel.
Flavor: Sweet caramel malts with way more bittering hops than the nose suggests. Perhaps a touch bitter in finish for style. Dark roasted nuts and bread linger on afterwards.
Nice medium body; well-chosen medium-light in carbonation,
O: very good.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TripleBXpress
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Based on notes:

Pours an effervescent brown/chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Some roasted malt

T: Roasted malt, slight coffee ground notes, & dryness up front. Slight baker's chocolate, brown sugar & dryness as this warms. Finishes sweet, dry, & chocolatey

MF: Medium bodied & slightly over carbonated

Drinks easy, but, just an okay to almost good brown

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is brown when viewed from afar—when held up to the light it is clear and very dark red in color with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving a narrow collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a subtle bit of associated sweetness along with faint hints of caramel. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite nutty and has just enough underlying malts to mask most of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its departure from the 12-ounce bottle resides in the glass a deep somewhat hazy brown with a portly and frothy light tan head, the leftover lace a fine sealing sheet to obscure the glass. Malt sweet nose, fresh and clean with the start sweet and the malt plentiful, the top is light to medium in its feel on the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity with the hops delectable and spicy, the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured for me in 'Spenser's Bar', Grand Canyon Hotel, Williams, Arizona. Sunday 9th May 2010, Mothers Day.

The beer came a true nut brown colour, slight haze, but not cloudy by any means. On top sat a thin tan coloured foaming head, didn't stay long though.

The smells given off were all malty, sweet molasses with slight hints of chocolate and coffee if you dug deep enough.

The maltiness carries on throughout the tasting, it dominating the flavours from start to finish. There is a small attempt at some bitterness towards the end of the mouthfeel, but too little too late in my opinion.

Not a bad brown, but not a great one either.

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Photo of david18
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I spent the week in Sedona Arizona and tried the Oak Creek brews both at the brewery itself as well as at a lot of the other local places. Of all the beers from Oak Creek, this was by far the most ubiquitous. It was everywhere. We stopped at a couple of places where it was the only beer on tap. It was also one of their better beers and i think an classic example of the style. Unfortunately for me, it's not my favorite style.

Color is a very dark brown, light passes through at the edges and turns red. Head was small but there was enough carbonation in the beer. Flavor was a classic nutty with a good mix of bready malt and dark fruit. Aroma as well had a nuttiness combined with a malt.

If you like nut browns, you'll love this. If you don't, you'll probably like it anyway.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a clean glass.

A: Light amber/copper with bountiful and thick bubbly off white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Minimal with some sticky malts and caramel paired with some slight fruity notes.

T: Something like moist raisin or date bread hits the tongue first, followed by a sweet grape Riesling taste. Slight caramel and nuts make an appearance near the end. Little aftertaste.

M: Thin and sort of watery, bubbly.

D: Very drinkable for the style.

Overall: A strange example of the style. In a blind tasting I would have thought this was a fruit beer because of all the sweet grape flavor. Worth trying, I would drink this in early spring with warm banana bread.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one while riding the Verde Canyon Railroad. Beer choices on the train were Bud/Coors/Fat Tire, and this one as the token local brew was the obvious choice, and a welcome one.

Medium brown color, smells of toffee, nuts. Tastes of all the above, which some chocolate thrown in. A nice mild combination of flavors. Medium carbonation with a chocolately, nutty bitter finish. Would have had another except it was a bit overpriced.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fairly solid beer that seemed very well put together. Very silky and smooth. Smell is sweet, molasses, roasty malts and buttered bread. Taste is a smooth chocolate with some nutty roasty toasty notes and smooth as butter mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, this beer is so smooth yet so tasty how could I not drink a few of them?

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Photo of NoXcusZ
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of herman77
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Review from notes on 10/9

A: Pours straight brown with an smaller tan head. Not much lacing.

S: Nutty, weak coffee. A touch of coco, not much here.

T: Tangy nuttiness, toasted malt, light hop bitterness and a tiny bit of sweet coco. Finishes with more tangy nut flavor.

M: Light to medium body. It feels a little thin, moderate carbonation.

D: Not my favorite, pretty easy to drink, but lacking.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I can't fault the general sudsiness, but the head does dissipate rapidly. The color is quite attractive, and I'd call it more coppery than brown. The aroma does have a bit of coffee and

In the nut family, this make me think of piñon nuts. But it's more of the bitter shells than that rich sweetness. There is a dishwater sort of backwash to this. Buttery and quite mineral flavored. Some malty sugars finally emerge along with the woody taste. A slight bitter aftertaste.

This is kind of uninspired, even for the English style of Brown Ales. It seems technically alright, but that flat vegetable flavor is not so nice. If this was just 4% ABV, I'd be more charitable. From the 12 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of Naugros
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the brew pub they list the name of this beer as Oak Creek Village Nut Brown Ale. That might be in honor of the burgeoning village south of Sedona.

Yep, this is surely brown in color. It's got a light tan head with dense bubbles with decent staying power. There is also some very nice lacing.

Lots of malts in the smell and it is definitely nutty in aroma...I'm almost sensing candied walnuts.

The taste follows the smell with the addition of some balancing floral hops. Not a lot of bitterness is added, but enough to create a nice experience with this medium-bodied and mouth-filling ale.

This doesn't really quench the thirst, in fact it made me thirsty, but worth trying.

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Photo of bkrbdan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brotherloco
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Village Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewery and Grill
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