Wooly Booger Nut Brown
Grand Lake Brewing Company

Wooly Booger Nut BrownWooly Booger Nut Brown
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #649
Ranked #41,544
3.53 | pDev: 11.05%
Grand Lake Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Wooly Booger Nut BrownWooly Booger Nut Brown
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average nut brown, heavy on the nutty. first beer from grand lake, good enough to make me want to try their others. the pour is as much red as it is brown, with an inch of so of khaki colored fluff on top. the nose is medium roasted malts, sweeter chocolate, and a real earthy nutty property that reminds me of the sam smith version. the flavor is similar to that beer as well, with maybe even a more intense nuttiness. almonds and walnuts seem to combine sweet and earthy into a delicious fusion. finish has some residual sugar kicking around that makes it last a little longer on the tongue than it needs to, but the medium body is spot on for drinkability and the carbonation is suitably robust. overall this isn't anything that's going to blow you away, but its a serviceable brown ale which marries the best features of the English and American versions very acceptably. the price is right too.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a solid nut brown ale. It pours more red than brown with small head, little retention and little lacing. They've tweaked this one a bit as it looks better than it used to

Kinda flat on the nose. Nothing bad. It has the nut and caramel notes, semi sweet. No 'pop' to it. Sweet nuttiness stands out

Flavors are better. Nutty, sweet caramel. But there is a hint of staleness that's just at the back. Carbonation tries to scrub it clean and comes up a bit short. It has a lighter body than other browns, which is good for drinking more than one. ABV is perfect
Would go well with mushroom smothered steak, methinks

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours out very dark red, almost black until held to the light. Strong effervescence fizzes along, yet leaves a nice one-finger light tan head.

Maple syrup and fig notes in the smell. Dark, fruity esters abound...

Cocoa, softly burnt toast, rich grain husk, and a mellowed bitterness rounds out the taste. Walnut or pecan-like nut flavors...slightly buttery...milk chocolate...

Nice velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Soft and medium bodied. Richly bitter finish.

A really nice nut brown ale. Great marriage of smell, taste and body characteristics. This is one you can sip and explore all night long...

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Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small 1/4 inch creme colored head. Body is a dark brown with auburn red highlights. Head retention was average and so was lacing.

First smell is sweet, almost like coca cola mixed in with caramel malts. Next is some rye bready malt and some figs/raisins. Hops and alcohol aren't detected.

Taste is of chalky roasted malt and some semi tart prunes/raisins. Hops are very faint and alcohol is not present. Beer has a slight aftertaste of oxidation/soy sauce.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied but not watery. Head dissipated rather quickly and failed to contribute any substance to the beer.

Overall this beer was average, typical for the style, somewhat bland. Could drink acouple of these but after half a glass I became bored and was ready to move on to something else.

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Photo of rawfish
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque with a mocha colored, thin one finger head. Pretty good retention but spotty and delicate lacing.

Roasted malts with molasses and a touch of maple and candied nuts. Very faint on the nose with no obvious hop character and an edge of burnt toast.

Roasted malts with some chocolate and a rich nuttiness. Very strong upfront with a nice constant chocolate note throughout the drink. A bit grainy near the end with some creeping bitterness and a bit of a burnt acidic bite in the aftertaste.

Bold flavors but muted carbonation and thinner body than expected given the color and flavor. Slick and creamy over the palate. Feel helps the beer in some places and hurts it in others.

Another pretty good brown ale from a region that has a few. Bold flavor, sessionable mouthfeel, wouldn't feel bad drinking this straight from the bottle. Summer nights in the mountains start to get a little chilly, nice beer to spend it with. Nothing to write home about, okay, maybe just a text.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with golden edges in the, what the heck, Kasteel chalice. Beery, roast malt in the nose. Interesting mix of flavors but a modestly sweet caramel is the main thing. Touch of hops but just for a raspy balance to the sweetness. Slight hint of citrusy sourness. Very drinkable.

Pleasant creamy carbonation makes for a nice mouth feel, given the lack of drama. Hard to stand out in this crowded field with a modest, low-key beer but it's quite decent.

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Photo of katan
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown color, very opaque. Head formation is light, mocha white in color. Lightly bubbling.

S - Lots of malts and sugars, heavy on the maple and caramel. Very sweet, no hopping detected.

T - Starts off lightly malty, sweet and almost chocolate like. Gets more maple and perhaps a hint of nuttiness. Mid-stream gets more grainy, but more balanced. Hopping is non-existent. Finishes with a healthy maple malt flavor.

M - Moderate body, light carbonation. Comes off a bit thin at times. Finishes with some sticky sugar malts coating the tongue.

D - Easy drinking beer. Low and manageable ABV. Flavors are not overwhelming or palette wrecking. A bit of an annoying aftertaste sticks with me.

An okay beer - just seems rather forgettable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear brown color; ruby on the edges. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in broken rings.

S: Very muted. Maybe nuts and toast with a little sweet caramel.

T: Big toasted malts; coffee, nuts and caramel. Sweet in the foundation. Pretty surprised given the lack of aroma.

M: Medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Smooth and bitter in the finish.

D: Very drinkable; flavorful and smooth.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a very small head that quickly goes to a very thin collar.

The aroma is caramel and toffee malts and some roast with a little smoky molasses.

The flavor is nutty caramel and toffee malts and a little smokiness with a lightly acidic bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery with almost no carbonation.

Overall, another Grand Lake beer that I liked a lot better fresh on tap at the brewery. The watery body was very distracting.

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Photo of Rayek
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy chestnut brown. A vigorous pour only netted a small and fizzy cream head that quickly disappeared. Left bits of lace.

S: The beers strongest suit. Chocolate walnut brownies best describes the overall effect.

T: The nose doesn't quite make it to the flavors. Starts out with a nice dose of chocolate, plus slight nutty flavor. Bitterness provides nice balance, but only adds a hint of black tea flavor. Finishes dry and rather clean for this style.

M: The body feels overly watery. It has a bit of heft, but the almost completely absent carbonation lets it down.

D: This is my first Grand Lake beer. The taste was nice, but the appearance and mouthfeel were a bit of a disappointment. The lightness; however, makes for easy drinking.

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Photo of Domingo
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After really enjoying their Plaid Bastard, I wanted to give more Grand Lake beers a try.
Pours a pretty deep brown that's thick and nearly in stout territory.
The nose on this one is pretty big. Very nutty with molasses and cocoa.
The taste is a little bit of a letdown after the smell. Sweet and nutty up-front, but then the flavor just seems to disappear. I let this warm to room temperature and it still seems to fade in the finish. Hops are there, but something is definitely missing.
I like the texture and I think this could be a good summer brew for warm day...but the flavor is just missing something.
This beer isn't far from being truly good, but it's not quite there.

EDIT: You know...maybe that lack of a huge flavor profile is a good thing? I've had more of these, and I think that lighter flavor keeps you coming back for more. I'm going to boost my drinkability score as a result just because putting down a few of these is almost too easy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Slight lacing & head retention

S: Nice toasty malt

T: Toasty malt in abundance, a nice bit of nuttyness & some dryness up front. Slight cocoa flavor as this warms, along with more nuttyness & more dryness. Finishes toasty with slight coffee flavor

MF: Medium bodied with restrained carbonation

This is a very easy drinking brown & yet another fine offering from this brewery

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Photo of rowew
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Picture of its namesake (a fishing fly) on the label, with a river scene. No date or ABV.

Appearance: Brownish red in color with an average sized tan colored head that fades slowly and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Almost no aroma, just a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste: Wow - the taste is impressive after the lake of aroma. A nice combination of malty sweetness with some roasted notes, caramel, and just a bit of a nutty flavor.

Overall impression: Very nice, medium bodied session beer. If the nose were a bit more present this would be amazing.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I have had this from a bottle I am rating this from tap from GBLC. Pours a crystal, chestnut brown color with some lighter hues throughout. Good carbonation and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose is subtle but distinct. Noticeable roast and caramel malt notes. A hint of DMS and a slight nutty aroma that is boarder line walnut in smell. Some minor earthy hop notes but very feint.

The taste is more discernable. There is a good malty feel with a more caramel and walnut tastes than anything. Some minor toffee and esters but light overall. A touch of DMS on the backend but blends with a earthy and rose like flavor. Some minor yeast notes but nothing over bearing. A slight sweetness in the finish.

The body is between moderate and full. Nice malt presence for the backing but the sweet backing gives a slight unattenuation feel. Mild carbonation. A good flavor with minor faults and noticeable nutty flavor, does good in my book.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, sweet, with some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with some caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, not bad at all, thanks Bill.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear brown with a very small head of foam that shrinks to just a ring around the glass almost immediately.

The smell is very tough to discern as it is so light. Maybe a bit of caramel malt. I'm just really guessing as it's *that* light.

The taste has some light sweet malt flavour with a slight nutiness and just..well....not much else is there. I can't put a description on it beyond what I've said. The flavour here is very lacking and the mouthfeel is very thin. This is not something I'd buy again as it's average at best in every category...

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Photo of Crosling
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught @ The Grand Lake Brewing Company in Grand Lake, CO. Deep tawny color. Fairly complex aroma with hints of honey covered fruits, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet malt body with extract attributes and notes of coffee, spoiled fruit and toffee. A bit sweet and lacking body.

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Photo of mschofield
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper brown, topped with a two finger puffy tan head. Leaves webs of lacing.
Lots of caramel and nut in the aroma.
Caramel and nuts dominate the taste, but there is some toffee, herbs and flowers in there as well.
Just a bit too light bodied, I would have prefered it thicker, otherwise a good session beer.

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Wooly Booger Nut Brown from Grand Lake Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 43 ratings