Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale | Michigan Brewing Company

92 Ratings
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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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 79
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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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with maber highlights, minimal tan head but what head is present is retained. Contributes a small amount of lace.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, grain and minor hop note in the background. Very modest overall aroma for a brown ale.
Flavor is sweet chocolate with a slightly roasted charcoal note in the middel and short but moderately bitter finish. No real complexity here, pleasant but nothing that grabs ya.
Mouthfeel was a little bit too thin, not full and chewy enough for a brown, pleasant overall though.
Drinkability loses a few points for a slightly syrupy or sticky aftertaste.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at the MBC taproom. Well, they seem to have fixed their admitted initial problems, but this still needs a little work. I'm used to nut browns having a much more complex flavor profile, and this just wasn't there. There is a fine, slightly toasty aspect to its fine brown frame, and just a peek of nuttiness. They seem to be working on it with each batch. At this point, they aren't calling it "Majestic" anymore, so that may signal a change in the recipe.

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Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown/caramel/walnut color with a small murky head that bubbled for a minute then left. Smell was purely of nuts (walnuts). Taste once again showed some walnut dominance. Other flavors were weak but I noticed some caramel and dextrin sweetness. I didn't recognize any hops. This one needs more balance and complexity to be anything above average.

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

Poured a medium brown/ruby color with very little head.Nice nuty smell with some earthy undertones,taste was roasty and nutty.There was some chocolate tones as well to this one,pretty easy to drink.Better than average but not outstanding from a good brewery in Michigan.

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Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
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