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:
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Added by cswhitehorse on 03-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by mnapier:
Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12oz Tulip

Appearance, brown & dense, pours a strong brown to khaki foamy head that quickly dies out and release small necklaces of lace.
Aroma, is roasted with some vanilla, slight nuttiness
Taste; cocoa, some subtle honey, little bit of cinnamon spice, nice overall roasted, biscuit.
Carbonation, medium to the taste.


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Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours chestnut/brown with 3+ fingers of pillow tan colored head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Rich toasty malt, some nuttyness, a touch of grains

T: Toasted malt, dryness, & some almonds up front. More toasty malt, some coffee grounds, a kiss of oaky vanilla & dryness as this warms. Finsishes dry & nutty with a touch of cocoa, almost pulled 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation & pretty good balance, some smoothness

Drinkability is good, not great, a solid (a bit too dry for me) American Brown. I expect no less from Full Sail

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Photo of BeerZack
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 Brewmaster Reserve 22oz bottle.
Dark brown color with decent tan head; some good lacing.

Smells very roasty and slightly smoky. Roasted nuts, pecan, hazelnut, caramel and maple syrup all detectable.

Roasted nuts and acidic coffee dominate the flavor. Light cocoa and pecan fade. Good hop balance in this malt show.

Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel and moderate carbonation keep this full-flavored brew very drinkable.

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Photo of Spikester
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a fair amount of tan head, good amount of lacings.

Smell- Nice dark roasted coffee beans with some chocolate.

Taste is dark roast coffee with slight chocolate flavors. A bit of hop bitterness helps balance the sweetness. A slight coffee bitterness helps in the finish. Perfect carbonation.

M- Mouthfell is a bit thin compared to the big flavors, but o.k.

D-Very drinkable for the type. I could drink a bottle every day and not tire of it. And I am a APA drinker normally.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked up today at the Coop for about $4.25.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger lite tan head... lasts forever... brew itself is polished walnut.

Nutty aroma is dominated by toasted pecans and brown malts.. smells yummy ... maybe a little bit roasty for the style... but I am definitely not complaining... not much for hops to speak of... simply overpowered by the malts.

Flavor is roasty roasty roasty... verging (imho) on stout territory... a little chocolate and more brown/biscuity malts... a subtle earthy cocoa... again, hops play second fiddle to the malts. Body is lite/medium with bunches of fine bubble carbonation.

Very drinkable.. I like this one alot.. to bad it is only a seasonal.. I would put this up against Deschutes Buzz Saw any day.

Great brew from a great brewery.. another homerun in the full sail brewmasters series.

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Photo of alexmpino
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a clean pint glass. Very dark color yet still able to see through. Nice dark chestnut brown. Very thin head of gathering creme colored bubbles. It is sticking around through consumption. Very tasty nut brown. Great mouthfeel. Hope there are more of these next time I'm at the store. They ran out of the barley wine, only got one. These Full Sail Brewmaster Reserves are going at three dollars and change and that is awesome. I couldn't understand not picking up at least one of each to try. (even though the imperial IPA was not that good, their regular IPA is much better). ...but def more than one of this one

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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 1whiskey
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 2008 Brewmaster's Reserve. Deep ruby color with a cappuccino head.

Pretty hoppy nose for a nut brown. Not that I'm complaining :)

Fairly astringent up front...then espresso notes jump out to suprise you. Very suprising...though again, I'm not exactly complaining here. Roasted grains help to round out the flavor profile. Bit of an pleasing acidic twang makes for a puckering finish. It's good, but I have no idea why this is called a "Nut Brown".

Nice creamy mouthfeel, especially as this comes up to room temperature. Drinkable, but not likely to be session beer.

Overall I enjoyed this. It reminds me a lot of the dry espresso stout I just brewed. While that's a compliment, it seems odd for a "brown ale". Good beer nonetheless. Recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Mark
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried from a bomber purchased at Whole Foods. I admit I'm not a big brown ale guy but I'm enjoying it more with this beer. deep brown beer, tan head, nice rings of lacing. Malty and slightly roasted aroma is inviting. Sweet malt, subtle hop and some roasted notes make the backbone of this simple, drinkable beer. Good stuff from a solid brewery.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Brewmaster Reserve. Dark brown almost mahogany in colour, nice thick light tan head. Aroma toffeeish maltiness and slightly toasted . Toasty, milk chocolaty taste, hints of coffee in the end, bitterness tinges the after taste. Nice palate for a brown, quite nicely carbonanted. Overall a good brown and drinakble.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler at around 50 degrees.

Appearance is very dark for a brown. Dark brown with ruby highlights that emerge from the depths. Smooth head almost resembles a beer on nitro after it has settled.

Smells pretty weak. Hard to pick up much of anything really, maybe some slight caramel and nuttiness?

Tastes a bit murky and smokey like the rest of the Full Sail's I've tried. I don't know what it is but I've had the Wassail, Nugget, and Amber before this and all of them have this distinct smokey flavor in the background that just tells me it's a Full Sail beer. I think it detracts from most of their brews honestly, and I'm not really sure what could be the cause. It ends up making what should be a nice sweet nutty flavor into something that doesn't taste much like a brown, but it's still an enjoyable flavor.

Mouthfeel is okay, feels a little bit thin considering the flavor.

Overall I'm glad I gave it a try but I'm a little underwhelmed. I keep trying new Full Sail stuff because their beers should be really diverse considering the business model, but the equipment they use must be the culprit for that weird flavor. It's quite drinkable and goes down easy, so that is always a plus...

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Photo of Tolann
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 bort11
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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 GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 BigJTrucker
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 gford217
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ccrida
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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 msubulldog25
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 alephilmac
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint

A- Dark, dark brown with light, but clingy, tan head

S- Very toasty and smoky, almost reminds me of burnt coffee(in a pleasant way). More of a roasted and nutty flavor than the caramel sweetness you occasionally find in nut browns, very nice.

T- Nutty, coffee flavors show come through. Nice balance, with rich, deep flavors of coffee and hazelnut.

MF- Average, a bit too much carbonation, though there is a nice clingyness once it subsides.

D- Quite drinkable, I like the smoked coffee and nut overtones, and once it warms, the nose and flavors really start to come out.

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Nut Brown Ale (Brewmaster Reserve 2008) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.97 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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