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Pullman Nut Brown | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Pullman Nut BrownPullman Nut Brown

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional english brown ale, very nutty aroma towards hazel and Brazil nuts, deep brown in color and very well rounded body

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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 161
Reviews by malcontent:
Photo of malcontent
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks waaay too dark for a brown ale and the head is nearly nonexistent. Nice enough color, though.

I swear this smells like waffles with maple syrup (a good thing IMO) with rich sweetness To be entirely honest, I am not entirely sure I know what molasses smells like but I find it slightly maple-y. Soft smokiness surfaces and there's an appropriate absence of hop scent. Yum!

That crystal/victory malt composition is there stating that, yes, this is a brown ale. After that, however, it's up for grabs. Can Molasses alone add this much complexity? Rich, almost buttery with dark fruit, burnt brown sugar and a faintly charred aftertaste. I really dig this.

While the carbonation eventually comes on, it almost starts flat on my tongue. Other than that, it's undeniably drinkable and one I'll be sure to revisit.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ryan011235 busted this one out.

A- A very stout-looking beer rolls out of the bottle into a snifter that could be mistaken for a fish bowl. Its a deep, deep brown, next to no light challenges its darkness. I cant say its totally black, we will say "burnt umber". The head is small, but tight. It has a grayish tawny color.

S- First impressions of this aroma are that of hoppy grassinesses. Cocoa in the raw follows with some coffee bean trailing behind. Im searching for this purported molasses, but my search turns up empty handed.

T- The flavors start nice then fade out in a rather passive-aggressive way. Its really just becomes grassy with some chilled coffee. The finish heralds a bit of cocoa.

M- This is a nearly full beer with a delightful smoothness.

D- I liked this beer but it wasnt a memorable experience. Ive still got to give a thanks to Ryan for bringing this one back from Chicago with me in mind.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from an impromptu DLD trade (thanks, whoever you are!) into a tasting glass.

A: Clear ruby-brown body with a finger of fine, frothy tan head. Mediocre retention, light lace. Solid.

S: THe molasses definitely comes through strong, along with caramel + brown sugar. SOme earthy hops on the tail end. Lovely.

T: Follows the nose: tons of molasses, some caramel and a dry, bitter, metallic finish. Tasty, but the finish is a little weak.

M: A little thin, but nicely creamy with lots of carbonation.

O: Solid Brown Ale. This usually isn't my favorite style as I often find them rather one-dimensional and boring, but this beer was neither of those things. If the metallic notes hadn't been there, and if the body were a little heftier, this would have been among my favorite examples of the style. Good stuff from a great brewery.


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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying this is a very good beer. However, I don't know where the Brown label is. It seems more a porter or stout. Enough with semantics. The beer dark almost black with a frothy brown head. The smell is chalky dark chocolate - good. The taste is bitter chocolate with a hickory smokiness. Good beer for a porter. It's just not a (sweet) brown which is what I wanted. Pullman porter sounds better anyway, right?

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a seidel

Appearance is a very dark brown, nearly black. A vigorous pour yielded a one-and-a-half finger frothy tan head that gradually fades and leaves spotty lacing.

One whiff of this stuff had my mouth watering. A smorgasbord of roasted malts, toasted grains, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and molasses.

Taste is a well-structured delight that starts with roasted malts, then transitions to a smooth interlude of nutty sweet notes of coffee and chocolate before finishing with a bitter sting of molasses that lingers on your tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right level of carbonation. This makes it a thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable brew and one that I shall return to time and time again.

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Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Smell has this roasted nuttiness to go with sweet molasses, brown sugar and a faint hint of chocolate. This is incredibly complex for a brown ale. It is very sweet, but also has a great nutty flavour that you would expect with a brown ale. Very creamy mouthfeel. At 6% abv, they packed in a ton of flavour into this. If I lived in Chicago, I could see myself drinking this often.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

My first beer of the day, first ever from the Station, and the beginning of my Kapowski Day adventure in Flossmoor. Slick burnt sienna roars into the glass, a finger of ecru foam recalling the steam at trainstops of yore. The air abounds with light maple syrup, cedar, brown sugar, and a soft breeze of roasted malts. Maybe it's this air, maybe it's the beer running into my mouth (it's hard to tell sometimes), but I can distinctly taste brown sugar, roasted malts, light maple syrup, light molasses, and a brief fling with oak. Okay, I figured it out: It was the beer, which went down nicely thanks to a medium body and a light moderate carbonation. While I watched the Fighting Sioux get taken down by the Gophers on ice, I didn't want to put this one down. Things are boding well for this day at the brewpub.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for this one.

A: Brown (Duh) with no head and some lacing.

S: Nice. Great roasty, nutty character you'd expect from a brown. Some malt. Right in the pocket for a brown.

T: Tons of nutty roast covered in molassas/ Bitter at the back. Nice spice like ginger in there? Good balance.

M: Medium feel, good.

Drinkable stuff.

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Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Was so good I had to bring one home! 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Much darker than most browns. Dark, nearly opaque brown. .5 finger light coffee colored coarse head with moderate retention. Stringy lace with moderate stick. Decent. Nice color.

Nose is nutty. Toffee, caramel, and sweet brown sugar. Real robust and rich. Enticing.

Opens sweet caramel, nutty, toffee, and brown sugar. Malt body becomes more pronounced and richer as this one warms in the mouth. More caramel and toffee notes appear. Sweet brown sugar and some molasses at the end. Finishes slightly grainy. Sweet aftertaste. Again, like the nose, real rich. Great, full flavor.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bubbly in the mouth but smooths out as it warms. Goes down silky with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Drinks bigger than it is and oh so smooth. Amazing!

This is top notch in the style. Real robust nose and taste with an incredible mouthfeel that makes this one drink bigger than it really is. I can see why this beer is the winningest offering from Flossmoor.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap the brewpub.

Dark brown with a light tan head that has really good retention, decent lacing...Aroma of sweet caramel and lots of nut, coffee standouts as well as the backbone...Taste also shows off lots of coffee, a little nuts and a fresh grass hop finish.

A really nice brown ale with lots of coffee.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A little startled when I poured it out of the bottle, did not expect anything called an "ale" to pour so dark. Not black, but pretty damn close with brown edges. Small head that dissipated leaving no lacing behind.

S - Coffee hints with some dark molassass notes and a touch of toffee. Where's the ale in this ale?

T - I need to drink more brown ales if this really is one. Seems more like a porter, maybe even a bit stoutish than anything else. Nice brown sugar taste with some roasted coffee notes.

M - Solid, smooth, carbonation level right for this beer. Medium bodied.

D - Easy to drink, could actually session this surprisingly.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/29/10

Split with MbpBugeye

Very dark cola-brown color; hardly any light passes through. The head is thin, only about 1/8th inch & dissipates quickly to 50% skim, 50% bubbles. A few deformed, circular dollops of lace. Swirling draws forth a little foam.

Molasses is solid in the nose, providing a sugary overtone to an otherwise dry, roasted malt aroma. Earthy hops & toasted grains. Smooth notes of toffee. Sweetens up as it warms, seemingly with notions of honey.

This doesn't taste nearly as complex or impressive as the aroma would have me believe. Some dark malts & hints of roasted coffee sit underneath molasses & enough of a hoppy kick to balance out the beer. I can't complain though; it tastes decent & has grown on me.

Surprisingly thin feel for a fairly full-bodied (or at least a hefty medium) beer. Carbonation is rather low & seems appropriate. The feel does thicken as the beer warms. The finish is mostly dry, with a touch of residual sugar & bitterness. Faint hint of charcoal.

Pretty solid overall; I just think it would be more enjoyable if the taste could mimic the excellence of the aroma. All in all it seems to be pushing hoppy porter/stout territory, but no matter...

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12-22-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a very dark brew, one finger of foam, the foam dissipated pretty quick with this brew. Can't see the carbonation, ok lacing ring

S - Roasted malts, caramel and coffee aroma with some molasses

T/M - Roasted malts, coffee and molasses comes through, pretty clean brew with no hop presence before or after taste. Very malty, full bodied, some sweetness at the end

D - Very drinkable brew, nice malty brew with a good blend of Molasses, caramel and coffee. I recommend this brew and will have it again!

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Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber, into two nonic pint glasses, bottle courtesy of AJacob81! Cheers dude, shared with a budding BA to initiate festivities on my girlfriend's 25th birthday.

Poured a viscous, deep brown (bordering on black) colour, opaque in the body with a tinge of red around the edges. Head was creamy and frothy, and tan in colour. Minimal lacing, but the retention on this was phenomenal, kept a solid half finger of head on this throughout. Just gorgeous. Aroma is nice too, bouquet of milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, sweet and rich malts. Taste starts with the rich warm malt base striking the tongue initially, then coating the tongue with a fairly simple and delicious combination of molasses, caramel, toffee and a touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is full, low carbonation and a smooth, creamy finish. Bit of bitterness at the end of each sip, but the IBU's on this are only low 30's from what I can recall from the bottle. Excellent beer, drinkability is brought down a notch by the fullness I experienced drinking this beer, 22oz may be a bit much for myself but to each his own!

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ronn
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of beagle75
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with over one finger of light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasty, with prominent milk chocolate and brown sugar. Dried peanut shells are also present, partly concealed underneath the other layers.

T: Begins sweet, with heaps of roasted brown malt that is not only intensely nutty, but also satisfyingly unctuous. The presence of acidity is downplayed appropriately, allowing early flavors to carry into the middle where they are joined by huskier grain, a hit of molasses, and green herbaceous plant. Minerality surges prior to the finish, making a very easy transition to the earthy and mildly bitter ending.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and slightly creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While brown ales are not especially popular as a style, this gem could make a believer out of anyone not deathly allergic to sweeter beers. The flavors are dynamic yet traditional, starting like dessert but finishing in respectable English style. It is Comfort Beer, able to scratch the dark beer itch with ease, not at all limited by its style.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of sidetracked
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light-brown head. Very opaque--looks more like a porter than a brown ale.

Smells of roasted malts and molasses. If left unagitated for a while the molasses really comes out.

The taste upfront is roasted malts with a bit of sweetness. A bitter finish mixes with a sweet molasses flavor that lingers on the palate.

Medium-full body with a creamy texture. Moderate carbonation.

Great drinkability--well balanced and very flavorful. Seems to have more of the characteristics of a porter than a brown ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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