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Nut Brown Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2008) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Nut Brown Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2008)Nut Brown Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2008)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cswhitehorse on 03-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of mhewes poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark, dark chestnut brown that shows deep clear mahogany when held up to the light. The head is off-white and remains a small cap throughout, leaving small bits of lacing.

The aroma is really nice with a dark roasted malt backbone that has lots of sweeter chocolate hints.

The taste is dominated by a bit more of the bready malts with less sweetness and chocolate than the aroma. The finish is dry and there are plenty of nuts in there as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a tad thin for the style.

A very good brown ale from Full Sail that had a great nose and a good taste. A little more body and this one would have been great.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep brown with copper-red highlights. Modest but creamy and lacy light-tan head. Bready malt aroma with sweet cream, peanuts, and toasted grain. Flavor is bready with some caramel, then roasty with peanut skins on the finish. Dry and lightly bitter. Body is just under medium. Good carbonation and a solid flavor profile make this a pretty drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown/mahogany with a one cm tall tan head. Rich toffee and cookie-dough aroma with nuts. Lovely taste. Malted chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, and a little roasted coffee. Kind of like "Chock Full O Nuts" in a beer. Nice.

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Photo of dnichols
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 ounce capped bomber into a tall glass.

A: It poured a clear mahogany brown body with a one finger sticky frothy head. The head retained well and supported a thick even lacing.

S: It had hints of caramel and roasted nuts, as well as sweet toasted malts.

T: It had a toasted malt and sweet base with a strong flavor of caramel accented by smoky and toasted nuts. There was a bit of a bite on the backside that was swept away at the finish.

M: It was crisp and sweet with a light to medium body. It had decent carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It was a refreshing light bodied and tasty ale that could easily support a long session. Another outstanding and solid beer from a consistently good brewery.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old penny copper that becomes dark cranberry when backlit with late morning sunshine. The khaki colored cap, which is currently occupying the upper quarter of the glass, is a splendid looking chunk of foam. Abundant lace puts the finishing touches on a lovely looking ale.

This is exactly how an American brown ale ought to smell. Although warming should open things up nicely, it's pretty generous immediately after the pour. NBA has just the right amount of brown maltiness and is impressively toasted nutty. The suggestion of spicy hops adds to the pleasure.

Nut Brown Ale isn't quite as bold and as substantial as it smells, but it's still good beer that is nicely representative of the style. It's also less sweet and more bitter than anticipated. Not that there's anything wrong with that... especially if you're a hophead.

Specifics include brown bread toast covered with chopped pecans, cocoa powder, spicy hop leaves and strong tea. All in all, more malt would be great and the hops are fine as they are. Even 6.0% beer can be rich and creamy if done right.

The mouthfeel needs more heft, it's as simple as that. The only reason it earns the above score is that it's decent for the style. On a good note, the number and the texture of the bubbles are right where they should be.

It's odd that Full Sail would brew an American brown as part of their Brewmaster Reserve series, especially one that hasn't been Imperialized. That said, they've done a pretty commendable job. Bottom line: good beer that might have been better with more malt.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

Another Full Sail brew and I think I have yet to try one that didn't satsify...

It pours a dark brown with about a 2 finger head of foam that shrinks slowly to a fine layer. And yes, there's some good lacing.

The smell has notes of roasted and caramel malt and milk chocolate.

The taste has plenty of flavour. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, some toffee, and...it *does* have a nuttiness to it and, quite frankly, I was looking for it to be here and Full Sail did not fail to deliver. It's just as nutty as Samuel Smith's Nutbrown, imho, and that's a compliment all the way but, I digress. ;^)

It's on the medium side if medium bodied, the carbonation is just south of medium, and it finishes with a nice roasted malt bitterness that tells me I need to take another sip. Great drinkability here and as close to a session brew as a 6%abv brew can get. Damn. Full Sail *is* on top of their game. I just wish that they'd return to Casper so I wouldn't have to trade or go to CO to get some. ;^)

Bottom line: Another excellent brew from the gang at Full Sail that lived up to *my* expectations of an American Brown Ale and more specifically, a Nutbrown Ale. I am impressed!

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late April for $4.59.

Beer poured cola brown with ruby undertones when held up to light. WHispy off white head is barely hanging on after the intial pour. Nose is malty and slightly sweet. Taste is chocolate malts, with the nut making an appearance mid glass. Finishes quite nice with a very nice balancing provided by a light hopping. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but very smooth. Drinkability is very good as this is a very well balanced thirst quenching beer with a lot to offer. This is a nice example of the Brown style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle - 2008 Brewmaster's Reserve:

Pours dark brown - almost black with a tan head that descends to a lasting cover, leaving a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is of toffee/caramel and nutty. It leans towards cocoa with mild roast and earthy notes.

The taste follows the nose wonderfully - rich tofffee/caramel - towards chocolate with nuts. It's sweet with light roast and balancing earthy bitterness in the finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied. It has ample carbonation to keep it gliding over the palate. Nice texture.

Rich but very drinkable. It has a nice maltiness with a good balancing bitterness mixed in. Very drinkable. A great example of an American Brown!

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Photo of SargeC
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, sweet malt, with a hint of smoke.

Taste: Evident malt character. Crisp, roast flavor with a refreshing finish for the style.

Mouthfeel: Med-full body. Slightly evolves, smooth yet hearty.

Drinkablity: Very tasty brew, a favorite.

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Photo of bort11
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one!

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice, dense looking mocha colored head. Stands a good two fingers high. Gradually recedes to lacy cap on the surface. Spider-web lattices of lacing drapes across the glass. Color is a deep dark chestnut brown, nealy fully opaque.

Smell has a warm earthy wood aroma. Roasted nuts with just a hint of leafy bitterness. Taste has a strong walnut flavor balanced with a mildly sweet toffee malts.

Mildly chewy mouthfeel. Pretty filling. I'm very impressed, this is one of the best examples of this style that I've had.

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Photo of Tolann
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, not black. Not cloudy and no sediment. Off white, egg shell white foam that settles quickly and doesn't pour too slowly

S - Lots of chocolate. a bit of roast. will get better too with warmth.

T - Roasted bitterness. Not too sweet. Still a big chocolate presence

M - Medium mouth feel and an about right amount of carbonation; Not overly smooth, not foamy but noticeable carbonation.

D - A nice drink and I woudn't mind another. Not too big an alcohol feel and could be sipped all night.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body with a small, thin, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Malty, chocolatey nose with slightly lesser notes of caramel and roasted nut husks.

Taste: Dry, nutty flavor with a bit of chocolate and a light caramel sweetness. Mild spicy hops and bitterness. Nuts all the while. Obligatory nutty, relatively smooth finish with a final taste of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable brown ale. Better than most, even!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

22oz bottle, 2008 Brewmasters Reserve, served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown color with a tan head that hung around as a layer, leaving some spotty lacing.

S - sweet and roasted malty aroma.

T - good tasting brew, sweet caramel, roasted coffee and light bitterness.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - easy to drink and mighty tasty.

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Photo of ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Riverplace pub, the Nut Brown is a very dark brown with a small eggshell head leaving light lace.

Smell is semi-sweet malt, nutty and lightly roasted.

Taste is similar, darker and more roasty then classic English nut browns, but very nice. On cask there is a hint of soapiness that I don't recall from the bottles I had, which I prefered to this offering.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not to watery for a cask, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is OK, something about this didn't quite hit the spot the way the bottles I've enjoyed have, but still, it's a nice take on the style.

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Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber was a gift from my non-BA friends from Portland. Thanks!

Oh god, what a thirst quencher! I half-expected this to be a boring NW brown ale with too much bitterness. This beer pours a moderate brown color with a slightly off white chunky head of foam. I get a whiff of chocolate with an edge, as well as a little pleasant hop florality. On the tongue, I get silky dark bittersweet chocolate, so dark I want to cry! Mix in some even darker grains (carafe?) that give the beer that almost-burnt taste except without the astringency -- this beer is just shy of a porter. Hops are present but they don't steal or ruin the show; they just give the beer a nice floral hop quality. The body is moderate to full (chewy!). Balance is wonderful, although towards the end it starts to push the limits of syrupy.

Overall: lovely rich brown ale

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-two-finger-thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a burnt amber, dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of sweet grain and browned, toasty malt; notes of concentrated berries, caramelized malt sugars, toasted nuts, touches of roast coffee beans, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and some toffee notes. As my nose gets used to the aromas, the nose starts to become more fruity smelling, with berry notes, some light cherry and prune becoming more noticeable.

Somewhat sweet tasting, which accentuates fruit notes of concentrated berries and raisins. This finishes with a toasted maltiness that tries to dry out the up front sweetness, though it doesn't entirely succeed. Caramel malts and toasted almost roasted grain notes seem to get quite amplified in the finish. The fruitiness is pretty striking here; it is likely a mix malt and fermentation character, but I am still quite surprised how distinctive it is. There is also a solid nuttiness here that is contributed by the toasted / roasted malt character, it in fact provides a deep, nutty richness to this brew that is definitely needed. As it warms the roasted notes get a touch harsh, with a very slight burnt-vegetal note and a bit of acrid bitterness.

While this has some interesting flavor & aromas to it, it doesn't quite seem to gel into a cohesive whole. Certainly enjoyable, but some how seems a bit flat noted.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of toffee/caramel. The taste is big on malts, some very nice notes of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another very nice brew from Full Sail, recommended.

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Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Yet another brew from a couple huge boxes sent my way courtesy of russpowell, thanks again Russ! A standard pour produces an impressive two + finger beige head sitting atop a clear but dark chestnut body. Mahogany highlights show up when directly backlit. As the head falls very slowly it becomes dense and somewhat craggy leaving a good deal of chunk lace on its way down. Full Sail's Brewmaster Reserve Nut Brown is a very good looking brown ale.

As I stick my nose in the glass I'm instantly greeted by toasted grain, toasted pecans, brown sugar and a well done floral hoppiness all in that order. A mild clean alcohol is present in the background. All these aromas are very well integrated and none outdo the others. I'm a fan of the more pronounced hoppiness when compared to other brown ales.

The flavor seems to follow the aroma stride for stride although the flavor is a bit more subdued. A toasted graininess and toasted pecans start things off in equal parts and last throughout. Brown sugar sweetness comes along mid palate before the floral hoppiness and clean alcohol show up to finish things off. The brown sugar and pecan nuttiness linger around after the swallow. Starts a little on the soft side but grows as it works through the mouth.

Body is moderate with a healthy carbonation. As a matter of fact I'm going to be picky and say there is just a little too much carbonation. This beer moves through a little too quickly. There is a nice creaminess though that keeps me coming back.

This bomber is emptying pretty quickly so I'd say this is an easy brown to put away. A solid sessionable brew with good flavor.

I don't drink too many brown ales for whatever reason. I need to get back into the swing of it because I really do like them. This is another high quality brew from Full Sail with a great balance of flavor. Thanks for the treat Russ!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 release, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark amber, light brown colored pour. 1/2 inch head with light lace spots and trails after consumption.

Smell- Nutty, roasted caramel nose with mild chocolate scents as well.

Taste- Like the nose, but better. Very nutty in flavor as well as very caramely. Chocolate intermixes with these flavors and a slight bit of coffee even makes it's way into the mix. Hops are present, but light.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a nutty and chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very good nut brown here. Pick one up if you see it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber from the Long Beach BevMo,

A: Pours brown with a light cap of tan foam, typical pint, really good head retention, light lacing.

S: Nut brown for sure, sugary malt, caramel, almonds, hazelnut.

T: Actually on first taste it tastes more like a porter than a brown ale. Taste is very roasty, burnt toast mostly. The sweetness typical of browns comes to fruition as the beer warms to room temperature and saves the overall flavour profile for me.

M: Medium-bodied, light acidity, low carbonation, good feel for a brown.

D: An up and down beer for me, could drink a lot of it, but a few tweaks in the malt bill could make it truly great.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber from the BevMo in Irvine, on to the beer:

Dark leather brown in appearance with a compact centimeter head that holds pretty well. Good lacing on the glass. The nose picks up citrusy hops and fudge. Again, mild hops, some fudge mixed with nuts, and cappuchino notes. Some coffee bean notes linger in the aftertaste.

It's fine overall, but I'n not as high on hoppy brown ales as the rest of the community; I prefer malty ones.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color, tan head settled very quickly. Aroma is slightly sweet with very faint hints of molasses. Taste has a very faint peaty smoked malt flavor. Mouthfeel is very light, not much aftertaste. Goes down fairly easy. Another good oregon brew

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge frothy head that won't go away and sticks to the glass for an eternity.

Smell is of incredibly nuttiness and toasted malts. I smell a slight amount of cocoa and vanilla. Very enticing.

Taste is of nuts and toasted malts with some cocoa. Finishes with a slightly citrusy hop bitternss and a dash of vanilla extract.

Very smooth and creamy. A tiny bit of effervescence that isn't ideal, but takes away from the creamy mouthfeel slightly.

This beer is excellent and easy to drink. I could knock back a lot of these without yearning for anything else. try this beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours stout-like in color and opacity, very dark brown to black.

Nose is a little muted for me on this beer, but has some chocolate and nougat, also chocolate birthday cake or other similar baked goods.

Palate is chocolatey with a sweetness that is probably the "nut" part, but I'm unsure if that is it exactly (unlike Rogue hazelnut or others where the nut is easy to catch).

Finish is roasty & chocolatey, somewhat thin bodied, but nonetheless flavorful.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A draught pint served at Capt. Ankeny's Well (Portland) from their dedicated Full Sail seasonal tap handle.

A: Mahoghany brown, glows a subtle auburn when held to light. Only 1/2 finger of creamy light tan head, drops to a thin swirl of film. Excellent lace in wide sticky bands.

S: Wisp of husky malt, a dusting of cocoa, earthy. Nothing remarkable.

T: Fudgy chocolate with a considerably bitter (mineral) finish. Dark graininess, ample toasting with hints of oatmeal-like sweetness. 'Nuttiness' like roasted pecans, bittering as if shells were included.

M: Smoothness through a light-medium body. Good tingle in the carbonation. Lasting dry, earthy roasted bitterness.

D: A good, flavorful and easy-to-drink brown ale. Modest ABV would allow for more than one. Haven't seen this much on tap locally, but have seen plenty in 22 oz. bottles recently (spring 2008). Worth a try.

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