Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown AleMichigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-18-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 92
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color that light can be seen through. A dense two fingers of head that does not move. A little sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has plenty of chocolate, nuts, and a little underlying woodsy smell. The taste follows the aroma. Chocolate rather than nuts seems to be the prominent player here. Here again there is a woodsy aspect that I assume comes from the Fuggle hops. Bitterness is low and on par for an English Brown. The body seems substantial enough and has a nice carbonation that keeps things lively. A solid English Brown with a drinkable ABV. Maybe not the most exciting beer in the world but I would definately drink it again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear cinnamon brown with a thick, if not persistent, creamy off-white head. Aroma is malty with an overtone of molasses and not too strong. Flavor is fairly malty with a hint of caramel. Texture is fairly fizzy and a bit on the thin side. Not great, but worth at least a try.

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Photo of carlborch
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours mahogany-walnut brown with a 3/4 inch head. Nice, gentle carbonation. Looks good! Some caramel in the nose, but where are the aroma hops? The initial taste is OK the middle is short and the lingering is persistent but weak. Some Belgian lace forms. I keep looking for more, but not finding it. Some malt. Milder than most milds, and a potential thirst quencher. Neither moreish nor an ale I will seek again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, like iced tea, only a bit darker and with a thin white head that has little retention.

Has a nice Earthy smell, nutty with a bit of licorice in the background.

No one flavor sticks out, but it's packed with it.

Complex in the mouth. Sweet initially, then a somewhat bitter finish.

A moderate amount of lacing. While the bitter finish is stronger than the sweet start, this goes down ok and leaves a clean refreshing feeling.

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Photo of dbossman
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with amber tint; good tan heading; lacing is average

S: Sweet/ brown sugar, molasses, and caramel; a subtle hop presence; sweet candied sugar that is almost overwhelming

T: A bit thin and watery and sweet; kind of sickly sweet; candied brown sugar and molasses dominate the malt presence

F: A bit thin

D: Pretty drinkable but the nut sweetness is a bit too much

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Photo of colts9016
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from stonewestquarry, thank you giving me the chance to try this beer. Poured into a nonic at 42 degree.

Appearance: A low ivory tan head that is foamy. The head is tiny, the beer didn't produce one after a hard pour. The color of the beer is medium dark brown color dark brown highlights. The clarity of the beer is between hazy and slightly opaque. There is a medium amount of carbonation.

Nose: A rich malty sweetness, that leans towards a Southern English Brown Ale. The aromas, are toffee, caramel, bready, wood, yeast, and dried cherries. There is a fruity character in the beer.

Taste: A rich malty beer that has notes, of dried cherries, caramel, bready, toffee, yeast, wood, molasses, and floral.

The mouth feel of the beer is dry, slightly astringent and a carbonation.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. The nose on the beer is the best. The flavor tapers offs and leaves me wanting a fuller flavor brown ale. This is a good brown ale.

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Photo of manahansf
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light and clear brown in color with a thin and lacy pale head. The aroma is subtle and gives off light toasted malt and maple syrup scents. The flavor is also light and hints of the toasted malt are tasted at the front of the drink while a very vague and weak nutty taste comes out in the finish before it ends quickly. The body is very light and watery with moderate carbonation. Sessionable.

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Photo of cnally
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This one pours out and shows its dusty reddish brown color in the body, the off white head really kicks down quickly.

The aroma definately showcases the malt, mildly burnt sugar in quality, and there is a mossy sourness also, off putting to be sure, but not enough to completely overshadow the pleasant aspects of the caramel-nutmeg.

The flavor is very dependant on the burnt malt, in fact there is barely a hop quality at all. The sourness detected in the aroma continues on through the flavor. Very one note flavor with an acrid finish.

Slightly dry on the mouthfeel, and carbonated well. Not slick but easy to put down.

Well, I didn't love the flavor, but the other aspects were decent. I just feel that this style can be so diverse, but when there is a brew with so much possibility with so little variation in the flavor or depth, well then, it becomes an afterthought.

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Photo of fishtremble
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:Found this one to pour a light brown with amber hues to it

Smell: I can pick up the smell of caramel with a touch of roasted malt underneath

Taste: starts off somewhat sweet but thin flavor almost an ice tea like quality but then pick up a hint of caramel in the middle fading into a slight bitter taste at the end

Mouthfeel: I found this beer to seem thin and somewhat watery compared to some of the others such as Samuel Smith's

Drinkability: I think this one is like a gateway beer bridging the gap between the micro and macro beer worlds. Still much better than most macro beers and one could easily drink more than one of these at a sitting without feeling bloated if they so choose.

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Photo of jt31914
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle:

A: Looked very good; nice brown tint. Good head and overall was similar to what I would expect in appearance from a nut brown.

S: Not the strongest odor, but it was still very pleasant smelling. The Nut was noticeable, but I wish it was slightly stronger.

T: Very good taste; it was not spectacular but it was good. It was lacking flavor to an extent - I feel like the brewers were just afraid to go for too much and thus left a little bit to be desired.

M: Same as taste.

D: Very drinkable, not too strong and thus a pretty solid session beer.

Above average brew, but Naughty Goose is a way better English Brown Ale.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while in MI for a wedding last month.

Consumed 8/21/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Dark brown with faint red highlights when held up to the light. Just barely translucent. Nice bubbly one finger tan head that settled pretty quick to a nice little skim. Pretty good lacing.

S- Roasted nuts and caramel.

T- same as the smell with the addition of some oaky hints.

M- Light to medium bodied, average carbination.

D- Over all a pretty solid example of the style in my opinion. Very sessionable.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my beer of the month selections

A: Pours a brown color with amber hues. Provides a nice tan head that slowly dissipates into a small amount of lace.

S: Not as strong as I thought it would be. Lots of toasted malts, caramel, nuts and burnt toast. Wish the smell was more potent.

T: A very sweet combination. A good amount of caramel and nuts blend together.

M: Leaves a nice dry taste on the palate. Reminds me of a nice piece of toast.

D: Very easy to drink and a really good offering from Michigan Brewing.

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Photo of jojotech
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first actual review. So please let me know if i'm wrong or things arent correct.

A: Dark Amber in Color. Looks to have mild carbonation. Light head. Very light lace.

S: Nutty, Caramelly, toasty and woody.

T: Nutty

M: feels overcarbonated, thin & watery, a little bitter

D: would drink another

Not the best Nut brown i've had but not bad.

Gotta support local breweries. Keep on keepin on.

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Photo of minterro
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, side note... badass bottle cap (just plain gold color).

A: brown color beer and not completely transparent, with a light brown-yellow bubbley head that leaves an interesting lacying on the glass.

S: sweet, woody, and nutty (as the name inplies) aroma. maybe even a little toasty after you let it warm for a while.

T: Along with the Michigan Brewing Company's Pale Ale, this ale is also very well-balanced. nice nutty and toasty aftertaste. Leaves your mouth dry and wanting more.

M: midium body, good carbonation.

D: This beer is easy to drink because it tastes GOOD. Michigan Brewing Company knows how to brew their beer! Very happy about my purchases with both this and the Pale Ale. Good prices, good beer, happy drinking... cheers!

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Photo of giblet
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured nice and rich brownish with about one and a half inch head. nice carbonation. rich aroma but not overpowering. good flava. caramel and malts but not to heavy. this would be a great beer with cheese. good lacing down the glass. another good beer from a good brewer!

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of association330
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours brown and unfiltered, with a one-finger head that quickly reduces to a thin haze and ring of foam. A few spots of lacing are left.

S - Very sweet, buttery, and malty. Bread, maple, caramel, and an earthy note of hazelnuts. Perhaps a touch of milk chocolate way in the background. Pretty solid.

T - Flavor is much of the same as in the nose. Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, buttery, yeasty, and a note or two of maple syrup. There is some sort of mid-palate fruity sourness. Not as much of the nutty character that I would have liked given the classification. The grazing of hops in the finish is like a bad pot of cheap coffee, as it leaves a fleetingly bitter, terse and metallic aftertaste lingering.

M - Medium-bodied and somewhat creamy. Smooth

D - Suffers from hop misuse and a lack of balance. As a 'nut brown', this lacked that sort of nutty character you'd expect to find without any trouble at all. I expected more from this brew based on the nice nose, but it's really just an average brown.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: beautiful deep, dark amber

Smell: obvious maple, hazelnut. maybe a little chocolate hiding inbetween. very enticing roasted notes

Taste: good nuttiness balanced with sweetness of maple. roasted flavor as well

Mouthfeel: low carbonation and smooth. medium body

Notes: great seasonal beer. great balance of flavors and in appropriate intensities. the only other nut brown ive had was Leinenkugels which tasted rather cheap. crisp. not rich. good flavorful beer

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a complete rerate , I did not give this beer a fair shake the first time around . A clear medium brown color pour with a big lasting soapy white head , nice jagged lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma is nutty with a bit of ground grain,toasty, with a bit of toffee .Flavor of roasted pecans , dry malt ,bread crust,caramel and some toffee , maybe a hint of spicy hops ,very balanced and not overly sweet . Fresh clean mouthfeel ,light to medium body , with a nice roasty finish . This was a very good beer and I had rated it WAY too low last time , maybe it has gotten better since then . Nice job MBC

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a decent head which retained fairly well throughout. Lacing was minimal but what there was lasted nicely.

Smell was very dissapointing. There was a definate nut presence. It did not seem to bond well with the malts creating a slightly off smell (and this was bought directly from the brewery). I would have suspected a slight infection but the taste showed no signs.

In fact the that was very pleasant. The malts were dominant but the nutty taste that was detectable in the smell blended nicely.

Carbonation was good, except it was a little zippy at the begining on the edge of the tongue. Nothing too crazy though, more of an observation.

Very drinkable Brown. Would definately recommend to brown lovers. I think if the smell favored better to me it would have tasted even better also.

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Photo of BierFan
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. Bottled on 3/08/08, so it has a little age on it.

Appearance: Dark brown with a small off-white head. Left light lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark maltiness with a little alcohol aroma.

Taste: Malty taste with a little alcohol. Sweet malty finish.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.18/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Hazelnut brown with hints of deep crimson/purple. This pretty brew is topped with a two finger head of dense and creamy light brown foam. Head retention is excellent, and lots of webby lace is left on the glass.

S - Marshmallows and mixed nuts. This smells really creamy and smooth, like peanut butter. There are some darker notes, like coffee and tree bark too. Nice.

T - An oddball mixture of salty mixed nuts in a can and bitter black coffee. Not good espresso, just thick black break room coffee that's been sitting on the burner too long. This is really bland and unappetizing.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a pretty much uneventful mouthfeel with a neutral woody finish.

D - Looks great, smells good, tastes like butt. The sour lactic notes and coffee bitterness threw me off. Not a drain pour, but not a repeat buy either.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head and leaves a little lacing. The aroma and flavor focus on rich chocolate and burnt toffee flavor. There's also sweet liquor taste on the palate that's quite nice and really a much richer flavor than your average English brown. This beer, despite it's run of the mill 5% strength, tastes big, yet isn't hard to drink. I might categorize it as an American brown, but either way it's worth trying.

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Photo of kbeals
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks inviting with a dark amber color and about two fingers of a foamy, tan head. Lacing is decent. Smells mostly of malts, taste is roughly the same with a bit of hops added to it. Overall, pretty good. Beer is pretty fizzy and medium-light bodied. I could definitely drink a few more of these.

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Photo of gordavidson
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very pretty, dark leathery brown liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a thin, creamy white head with nice retention.

S- Nutty, chocolate, some fruitiness such as apples. Very nice and aromatic.

T- Much like the aroma, but much more intense. The nuttiness and the chocolate flavors go really well together. This is put together very well.

M- Nice and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- This is a nice somewhat sessionable brown ale. Tasty and not too complex. I was pleasantly surprised by this, much like many of the MBC beers.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a slightly red-tinged cocoa brown color with a 1/2 finger, off-white head. Some small globs of lace left behind but nothing serious.

S: As one of the other reviewers mentioned, I too noticed a sweet & chocolatey Tootsie Roll aroma. I also noticed aromas of brownies, caramel and/or toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and earthy roasted nut.

T: Sweet, chocolatey roasted nut, toasted caramel malt, semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, dark chocolate covered cherry, and a dash of citrus hops keep things interesting.

M: At the same time sweet and dry and roasty. Right out of the bottle I found it to be too carbonated and bright. This mellowed nicely as it sat in the glass for a little while.

D: At 5% abv this is pretty sessionable. I think this would be really nice on cask.

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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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