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

Hazy auburn. Thin cap of beige cream. Aroma has some dusty grainhouse like maltiness with a sprinkling of cocoa. Flavor has a base of caramel and roasty malts. Subdued as they may be. Also some light nuttiness and a light dusting of baker's chocolate. Medium bodied at best and moderate amounts of CO2. Pretty average brown here.

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

A tasty brown ale with a lot of cocoa characteristics.

The first thing that comes to mind when smelling this beer is "tootsie rolls"...a sweet chocolate aroma is the major player on the aroma...also some mild earthy hop notes..

Body is on the the light side of medium...a slight syruppy impression from all the chocolate sweetness, but that is ok as this finishes with a clean and smooth finish...the syruppy feel is only there for a flash and then the finish is clean...

The taste is big on the cocoa...hot cocoa mix..some toasted malts and a subtle almond like nuttiness.

Quite a tasty brown ale if you like a lot of cocoa...I found this very enjoyable although I wish the nutty notes were a bit more predominant. Never the less this is a quality brew I liken to the Goose Island brown ale..

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with an amber hue. Head on initial pour was small but took several minutes to draw back to a moderate ring around the glass. Very minimal lacing.

S: Toasted nutty smell foremost on the nose with very light hints of fruit, perhaps like raisins or dates. A rather earthy aroma overall.

T: A little bit dry at first; balance between malts and hops is very good with a nice taste of the grain coming through. Finish is mellow and lingers a bit dry.

M&D: Medium bodied and a good match to the flavors at hand. Relatively smooth and enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of KeggerKen
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. very smooth drinking with nice toasty malt flavoring. An attractive brown beer sitting in a pint glass under some low backlighting.

Didn't get much smell but this beer holds up well in its class and is good beer for just kicking back on a chilly day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste is bready and nutty, with flavors of caramel and maple, but very much sweetness. There’s a decent but pale hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This one is a decent beer and one worth drinking a few of but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

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Photo of berserker256
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown appearance with a flat head. I thought that maybe my bottle was old but the date stamped is 2/12/08 and today is 12/15/07. No smells really punch my nose. A hint of buttery toffee... like Crunch 'N Munch is there. And perhaps some roasted malts. And that's exactly what I taste. A well roasted malty Crunch 'N Munch type of nut brown ale. It's quite good. Low carbonation and not too heavy or thick yet filling. Good beer.

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Photo of jp32
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It appears as a coffee-colored dark brown with a smalll tan layer of head retention. Real nice lacings.

The nose is mild and simple, but there are notes of caramel and toffee.

The taste is sticky-sweet. Full of roasted malts and flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Rich and october-fest like sweet. Medium bodied and wonderfully carbonated. A real nice ale, I could drink it all night.

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poors a deep dark brown with an immpresivley long lasting head that leaves much lacing.

S: smells of roasted nuts with a bit of a spicyness to it. Nice.

T: Tastes strongly of roasted caramel and coffee, very nice.

M: A nice not too carbonated feel to it, with a nice clean finish, perfect.

D: Perfect with a nice clean feel, perfect

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Photo of adammills
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this twelve ounce bottle into a glass beer mug. It pours a nice rich looking brown with a yellowish head. The head was slight and disapated quickly. There was some bubbles rising from the glass, not overly carbonated. In my estimation this beer fits the style well. It has a nice malty character that manages not to be too sweet. There is a solid nutty taste along with a bit of buscuit as well. To me the flavor of the beer seemed to improve as the beer warmed. I was able to pull out the malt flavor better and also get a bit more from the hops. As to be expected, the hop character of this beer is muted. There is just enought there for balance it out. However as it warmed I got almost a slight grapefruity sharpness out of it. As far as mouthfeel, it was pleasant, not too watery. To me it could have been a bit more to chew on, but over all this is a descent beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Refulgent russet when backlit with bright morning sunshine. The beer appears lucent at first glance, but when viewed at an angle rather than directly in line with the sun, a dense cloud of fine particulates is revealed. Although the dark ecru cap is on the small side, it makes up for it by being especially dense and creamy. A modest amount of lace makes its way to the glass, but doesn't appear to be all that committed to the cause.

The nose is pretty much what I expect from a brown ale... and so infrequently get. It's sweet and chocolate malty and toasted nutty and is plenty aromatic in the bargain. I don't appreciate much in the way of hops, which is perfectly in keeping with the English nature of the ale. It almost smells as if chocolate or cocoa powder was added, although I seriously doubt it.

Even though I expected something a tad more full in the mouth and a little more generous with its chocolate malt (two things that go hand-in-hand) this is still a pretty nice version of the style. Cocoa is still far and away the dominant flavor and is complemented by a sprinking of toasted pecans.

Hops (Fuggles and Northern Brewer) play a slightly bigger role on the palate; not so much in terms of flavor as in bitterness. An increase in the malt load, especially the crystal and the chocolate malts, would provide more sweetness, more flavor and more body; all good things as far as I'm concerned. There's also a certain hard water, Burton-on-Trent flavor that stops just short of being overly mineral-like. That may give the beer an authentic English vibe, but I could do without it.

I don't want to be too hard on the less than full body/mouthfeel since this is 'only' a brown ale, but more mouthfillingness would be nice. The relative lightness and the perfectly acceptable amount of carbonation do add to drinkability, so that's something.

Nut Brown Ale (they've dropped the Majestic) is another good one from Michigan Brewing Company. It doesn't, however, rise to the heights of their IPA or their Oktoberfest. Nor does it come anywhere close to Michigan's best brown ale, Bell's Best Brown.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty cherry-wood body with hints of ruby red shining through. A nice looking initial head, but it falls flat pretty quick.

Nice smell of chocolate malt, and some lightly toasted malts. Sweet and subtle. Quite nice.

Taste is good. Slightly nutty. Maybe a touch of honey. But I could stand a bit more flavor. It's really nice, but falls a bit short of my expectations. Slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel's a bit thinner than expected or hoped for, but it's still a nice and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Derek
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewery.

A: Ruby brown; off-white, brownish head, very little retention or lace.

S: Caramel, bready malt, slight nut, some fresh American hops, a little metallic, dark fruit (raisin & prune), with a little alcohol aroma.

T: Dark caramel, raisin, fig, spicy (grass & pepper) like a fruit bread, dark bread. Quite malty, but balanced by an assertive bitterness (dark malt & hops). The alcohol odor doesn't come through in the taste.

M: Moderate body is a little syrupy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Fairly good. Approachable, but syrupy body and bitterness reduces its sessionable-chugability.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burgundy in color with a shy head, some strikes of reddish hues are also present.

Smell of caramel flavours, malt and a hoppy finish comes to play.
her taste is at first hoppy followed by the caramel flavours from the malt then a piney taste come and finish the "tout". Also a flavours of nuts comes in aftertaste.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass. The label is different from the one pictured and says its a brown ale, no mention of nuts.

Clear, reddish brown with a small vanilla head that falls to and holds one cm for a long while. Rings of lace mark each sip.

Dark, earthy malts that are a bit sweet with a pinch offloral hops. Cocoa and walnuts in the background.

The taste is malty with some walnuts and almonds. Just enough bitter hop to keep it dry. A bit toasty. The mouth is a bit light for the style. This would be a good change of pace from the hoppier styles I tend to session.

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

Appearance is of brown with a ruby aura. A large beige head materializes following my new fangled pour technique of vigorously pouring from plunging heights. I am almost affraid that I will have to start evacuating foam into my mouth to avoid a sticky mess atop my computer desk. This head holds no ambition to stay puffed and is quickly just capping the liquid and throwing off curtains of lace. It looks to be well established in the bubble department.

Nose holds metallic impressions off the jump. Luckily the majesty of this one quickly expells this foreign scent to leave behind a nice and rich burnt brown sugar smell that has me frothing at the mouth. This brew seems to have a faint roasted malt coffee aroma to it as well.

The taste is very nice. The dark sweetness hits as a first impression. This beer approaches dark fruit impressions but never arrives. Feels very fluffy on the palate. Nicely dried out in the finish without making a spectacle of hoppiness, and a bit nutty I guess although my bottle has a different label and makes no mention of "nut" with the brown ale. Somewhat buttery as well.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and full. Robust but not overly dense.

Drinkability is good. I am growing quite fond of this style and this is another reason why. Never had a bad one. Good work here.

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Photo of frazbri
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Majestic Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing pured a clear copper-tinged mahogany topped by a cream color head. A fruity aroma of apricot with a hint of pine. A little maple sweetness, chocolate and a slight tangy taste was surrounded by a round bitterness. The body was light with medium carbonation.

This brown ale was well balanced, but not too notable. It was too light bodied in my opinion. An okay brown, but not remarkable.

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Photo of putnam
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A healthy crimson blush to the brown liquid. No real durability to the foam on top. Aromas are sweet and sticky with brown sugar and canned pea sulfurs. Big flavors are well balanced with bright acidity, and charcoal/roasted coffee bitterness. Creamy, natural and vigorous mousse ushers the finish to a bone dry conclusion. Quite peppery and lively considering the norm for American "Brown Ale."

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row pale, Victory, Biscuit, Crystal, Chocolate, and Cara-pils malts. Hopped with Fuggles and Northern Brewer.

OG=1.058. 5.0% ABV

Pours out to a slightly hazy dark amber, forming a tall light tan head with good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very nice with pleasant biscuit, nut, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, tobacco, toasted grain husk, vanilla, and pleasant herbal hops. This has a very nice brown ale aroma, reminding me a bit of Fat Tire with it's toastiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth....absolutely silky pillow soft with a robust medium body. Taste begins with herbal hops dusted with tobacco, chocolate malt and toast. Lots of dark wood tones going on here. Very toasty with lots of biscuit malt. In the middle there is a wierd medicinal English-type bitterness which I attribute to the Fuggles. In the finish, there is a moderate degree of ruddy diacetyl mouthfeel with only a mild degree of butter and a slightly oxidized "wet-cardboard" taste. I have to admit, this bottle has been sitting here since the Grand Rapids BA meeting 5 months ago so it might not be in the best shape. Despite this, I think it's better than what I have had on tap at the brewery.

This is an interesting nut brown which certainly lives up to it's namesake with lots of nut and toast character. I'd be interested in trying a fresher bottle of this in the future. Recommended for a change of pace. Put this one on the radar for back-up beers.

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

Purchased a 12 oz bottle from the brewery itself and consumed later that same evening in December, 2004. Poured a cream-tan colored half-finger head over a red-brown beer. I poured to retain the sediment in the bottle, but the beer had a hint of cloudiness anyway. Smells of chocolate and a wilderness freshness. Like the smell in a grassy meadow when the sun is just starting to warm the dew (no, I'm not trying to be romantic...it's the only way I could describe that smell). Tastes of malt sweet with chocolate and some Vienna (or Munich) qualities. Fine carbonation bubbles jump from my taste buds adding an acidic sting that plays with the dry and chalky munich flavor. Aftertaste is of dry chocolate. Sorry guys, no 'nut' flavor here and it may be a bit too sweet for style and for drinkability. Lastly, if there are hops here, I'm missing them. Mouthfeel is medium thick.

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Photo of karengarys
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at 'fridge temp.

Pours hazy brown with a final rush of sediment at the end of the pour. Foams up about a finger, but dissipates. Little to no lacing. A fluffy foam ring remains for a while.

Smells good, with a healthy tone of malts. I enjoy that. Maybe a little floral is also present.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy at first, remains so until the end of the drink where it thins out at the back of the throat.

Tastes great, nice and malty, some dry hops to balance it out. No real bitterness, which I personally love.

It is slightly thin bodied for my tastes, but okay for the style.

Finish is very very clean with a bit of dry hops that totally cleanses the pallette leaving no bitter aftertaste. This is a very nice balancing act because it does not have too hoppy of a finish.

If you like browns, or somewhat malty beers, get this if you can find it! I want more, but can't find it around here!!!

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

Very nice chestnut brown color. A slight head that quickly diminishes. Great aroma of toffee,toasted malt and a slight caramel aroma. The aroma translates right into the flavor-a great malt sweetness backed by a very nice nutty caramel flavor. Very well bodied beer. A definate must try-it could easily become my mainstay. Would make for a great session beer. One of the better nut browns I have had.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear chestnut hue, topped with a short tan head of about 1/4-1/2". Topping doesn't last all that long, and leaves a bit o' lace. Nose is mild, a tad toasty with a hint of sweetness and nuttiness, though quite restrained. Body is slightly less than medium, with light roughness on the tongue, though that fades as the bier progresses. Tastes of medium toasty malt, with light caramel. Has a hint of hoppy, floral flavor at the dryish finish, though mild. Pretty much a basic bier; somewhat tasty yet without any outstanding characteristics.

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of nortmand
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Traveler's Club in Okemos.
Pours slightly muddy bark brown, with a half inch of tan foam.
Smells roasty, with subtle hop aromas.
Flavor is similarly dry and roasty, which dominates any hop presence. Finishes with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Rich, full mouthfeel, definitely drinkable.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear brownish-red with a medium sized creamy head, some retention, a little lacing. Smells like caramel malt, some roasted notes, and earthy hops. Nut skin is also in there with a little butter. Flavor is nice - very similar to the aroma, except with a grapiness that I get from some yeasts, such as the Fuller's ESB yeast. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and attenuated when cold, then as it warms becomes strangely slick on the tongue. Not a bad brew, but not one that I would seek out again.

Thanks to sakaroo for spreading the Michigan wealth.

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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Spider web like lacing off of a two fingered head shows great retention with a sort of a dull or slightly hazy chestnut color.

Smell: Buttery malt, sweet with bready overtones. Smells of fresh toasted malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very malty yet not too sweet, just enough hop punch to kick any thought of cloying sweetness back out of the palate. Light woody hop flavor. Lots of toasted grain character, a vague grape skin flavor from the toasted malt gives a sense of freshness. Mildly fruity with a nutty yeast in the back.

Notes: This is an outstanding brown ale and without a doubt a brew I would quaff all night if it was in my area.

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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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