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

Added by younger35 on 04-17-2008

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep dark black with a light but long lasting tan head.

The smell was very nice with deep mahogany notes along with light smoke and sweet molasses.

The flavor is very intense for a beer of this strength, a nice mixture of black malts, sweet brown sugar, toffee, smoke, and molasses giving this beer a great depth of flavor.

The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy.

Easily one of the best brown ales I have ever had. Great Beer!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook-up!

A: Pours a dark chocolate-y brown with some faintly lighter brown at the edges. Creamy, one-finger, dark-tan head evaporates rather quickly, leaving a thick and bubbly ring behind.

S: Awesome aromas of chocolate, molassas, roasted malt, and cocoa. Smells sweet and spicy in the same sniff!

T: Chocolate and molassas weigh heavily in the flavors, along with roasted malt, spice, coffee, and an excellent flavor like spicy red pepper chocolate (almost like one of those Vosges chocolate bars with red pepper and/or chili powder in it!)

M: Full and creamy at first sip, but, as the mouthfeel progresses towards the finish it takes a decidedly spicy/peppery turn and makes this beer truly compelling.

D: Incredible! I've found my new, locally made, go to Brown Ale. 6% means this is sessionable, as well.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple bombers from Flossmoor Station recently.

Pullman brown pours a very dark brown almost black with brown highlights around the edges. It is capped by a small mocha colored head that left some spotty lacing on my pint glass. The nose is quite vibrant for a brown ale and is full of molasses, cocoa, hazelnuts, and chocolate. I am quite impressed with this nose. The flavor profile is equally as robust and pleasant as the nose. Roasted malt character upfront with a bitter chocolate finish with a slight coffee characteristic to it as well. It is almost porter or stout like in the flavor profile, but a little softer. The mouthfeel is really rich with medium carbonation with no alcohol present on the mouthfeel. The drinkability is really nice for this beer, and I certainly wish I could get more of this beer. I would make a session beer out of this in the winter.

I think this is a tremendous beer, and hopefully can get plenty more my next trip to Chicago.

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Photo of BWH3
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brown ale does not belong in the English Brown category. I bundle this one with many browns brewed in the US that really are probably Porters. I say this because they are higher in gravity, malt content, alcohol, and flavor then an English brown. Many border on stout like roasted malt contribution. Most are a bit too big to be session brews.

A: Very dark brown ale. Clear and still. Big beige head that only slowly recedes.

S: Aroma has it all roasted malt, chocolate, toasted nuts, and molasses all blended very nicely into a rich and wickedly delicious brew.

T: Delivers exactly what you thought it would. Flavor starts roasted and ends with bitter sweet chocolate and toasted nut. The hops come into dry the palate. I love a beer that has a nice big sweet flavor in the middle that does not leave your palate sticky and uses hops to clean up in the aftertaste.

M: Not as thick as you might think. Could be a bit bigger in body. The head retention and carbonation is very good.

D: Could drink this one over and over again. Works as a one timer or a bit of a session. A great american brown ale.

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Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Frankly, American Brown Ales bore me. Sure, there are some boundary stretchers out there that are very good - but unless brewers are doing something exceptional to their 'browns' (Rocky's Revenge, Santo Palo Marron, Bender, etc.) they're yawn-inducing at best.

So I ordered this with no expectations and...holy crap.

This is the best straight-up brown I've ever had, by a long shot. Maybe it's the molasses lending a sweetness to the brew. Maybe it's the interesting notes of chocolate & coffee in the background. Maybe it's the sheer number of malts that make for a complex but smooth, approachable brew. Maybe it was the richness & fullness of the beer, both in the body & in the mouthfeel. Maybe it's just the shock of finding a beer with so much flavor, character, & interest at 6% ABV in a style that is staid & boring.

Superb beer. Picked up a couple of bottles for the flight home & will be happy to have them over the next month or so. Now am very sad that we missed the IPA tapping by a single day

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Photo of boatshoes
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Given this by Sproser at the BA Blackout release this year after I snuck an Abyss '08 into the release party to split with him so he could have a taste (managed to just get it poured before some really pissed bartenders confiscated my empty bottle!!!) with me. Thanks man, made the release memorable!

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown into my tankard with a an enormous tan head bubbling up in my glass. Well over three fingers of puffy head that has amazing retention and only very gradually dies back to about half a finger that sticks around for the rest of the drink. Some sticky lacing left down the side of the glass as I drink as well. Very nice looking beer with amazing head.

Smell- Lots of sweet malt and roastiness come through in a big way in the nose. Brown sugar and molasses come through pretty heavy as well. Smells sweet but with enough roasted scents to make it interesting and appetizing.

Taste- Mmmm, I like this one. Much of the same as the nose. Huge notes of brown sugar and malt with very noticeable molasses undertones as well. Plenty of roastiness as well and maybe just the slightest hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great carbonation that isn't overly aggressive despite the massive head. Meaty but not overly thick mouthfeel. Really goes down easy.

Overall, possibly my new favorite brown ale. I really liked this one and probably could have polished off another bomber after the first if I had another...try it if you can.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, recipe #128 written on bottle

a - poured a two-fingers thick rocky tan head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - syrup and cocoa.
t - molasses and other malts with some chocolate flavors.
m - thick and chewy, very creamy.
o - now this is one of the best brown ales i've ever had. it may be the best. so flavorful and rich and the mouthfeel is as good as it gets.

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

22 oz. Solid brown pour with a finger of frothy light tan head.

Aroma, Malty caramel and chocolate. Some peat and molasses.

Taste, says its brewed with molasses and there is no doubt. Again caramel and chocolates, cocoa. Finishes a little roasty, leather, peat and fairly dry.

Only lighter mid bodied, but very creamy. Could drink a bunch. A dark brew drinkers brown ale.

Best American brown I've had.

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

Note: Tasted bottled version contract brewed by Riverside Brewing Co., Riverside, CA.

Dark brown to black color with ruby highlights and a nice Brown head. Big Chocolate aroma and a nice chocolate taste (had a slight roasty aftertaste). Medium bodied.

This beer runs along the lines of a Robust Porter in my book - delicious and makes you want to have more than one !

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a big tan head; nice stickage and plenty of lace; looks more like a porter than a brown ale

Smell: Chocolate dominates the aroma, with undertones of caramel and oats

Taste: Opens with a wallop of chocolate that adds some caramel by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate continues to dominate, though there is a subtle addition of some fruity hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; the oats definitely add some creaminess to the mouthfeel

Drinkability: Not sure where this beer should be classified, but it is a first rate beer whatever style you want to call it

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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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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 dogfooddog
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served 50f, style and name say brown ale but this is a porter if smell counts. clearly roasted chocolate odors are pretty much all i get in the nose. I am fairly certain this beer is bottle-conditioned which may explain why it has held up so well despite being at least 2 and maybe 3yo. Later nose has a nice note of cinnamon.

taste is more of the nose, a sweet roasted malt taste that becomes more burnt into the finish. Very pleasant beer and I am kicking myself for giving away 11 of the 12 I was sent long ago. this *porter* is excellent, pleasant and balanced roast notes, long roasted aftertaste with some hop character.

If you can find it, get it.

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Photo of rye726
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark drown with a fizzy mocha head. Nose has lots of roasty malts, nutty grains, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Taste is also quite malty, but well balanced by the bitter molasses and cocao. A hint of hops in the finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate, toffee, roast. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with very nice notes of chocolate, toffee, with some roastyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, one of the best American Brown Ale's I've had to date.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque cherry hued dark brown color. Small chocolate malt colored head that recedes pretty quickly leaving a whispy ring of lacing.

The smell is chock full of semi sweet chocolate and sugary dark, almost burnt malts. There are some notes of dark coffee, but they take a back seat to the bitter sweet chocolaty notes.

This one is rich, and the malts are overwhelmingly complex. Surges of chocolate syrup, malt cup, nuttiness and molasses lay siege on your taste buds. This brew carries a sweetness that's curtailed by the hints of burnt malt flavor perfectly, the bitterness and sweetness dance in the pale moonlight. There is sooo much to taste here, it is hard to focus on the small nuances in the flavor. Great.

The mouthfeel of this brew is superb. Creamy as a melted milkshake, moderately rich, and plenty of body for the style. I usually don't worry too much about the mouthfeel, but this one really shined in the category.

Great brew, no, outstanding brew. I really could not find any flaws, this is one that I will brag to my friends about tomorrow.

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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 sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for the chance to try this one.

A-Wow! Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. Nice! Little head or lacing.

S-Very appealing. Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee in about equal measure.

T-Rich bittersweet chocolate in the front, then roasted coffee and hops in the finish, with a bit of molasses as well. Delicious!

M-Medium bodied, coats the tongue a bit.

D-I am not much of a brown ale fan, but I'd have one of these anytime!


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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 DrunkMcDermott
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, after sampling everythig Flossmoor currently had on tap, this is the beer that went home in a growler with me and a friend. Good English-style hop bitterness and complex shades of coffee, nutmeg, maybe even hazelnuts and prunes... it's just a different taste with each sip. The glass I'm having out of the growler right now has a burnt coffee taste to it. Chocolate malts apparent, a roasty malt smell on top of a hop aroma and a warming alcohol presence, this one is a winner.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a small light brown head. Head has ok retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is roasted malts, nutty, a bit of toffee and a touch of molasses.

T- Taste is pretty awesome and rich. Roasted and sweet malts. A bit of earthy hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Wow this is a really good beer. Highly recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guest Tap at GI-Clybourn

A: Served in a nonic pint. Dark brown in color, but not so deep as to be opaque. Served with a small 1/4" of creamy light tan head. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar and molasses.

T: More roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and even a slight hint of port. A mild bitterness on the finish. An absolute treasure-trove of deep rich flavors that blended wonderfully.

M: Full bodied with a medium weight. Light to medium carbonation.

O: For some reason, I've always steered clear of this beer, instead choosing to focus on Flossmoor's IPAs, but that was a mistake. This is probably as good as you're going to find for the style. Very impressive.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this brown ale many of times and it was consistent each time. Smooth, with semi sweet from molasses, creamy mouth-feel, toffee, roasted chocolate malt, full bodied ale. Almost a smokey malt nose, thick but easy drinking, pairs well with most meals. Black brown in color with a nice refined head.
Try if you can.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark reddish black. Tan head falls quick. Really no lacing.

Smell - Mild coffee, chocolate malt, and citrusy hops.

Taste - A superb balance of roasty coffee, burnt carmel, chocolate, lemony hops and a small bit of molasses.

Mouth feel - Pleasantly medium bodied. Slightly sticky. Fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Is fantastic! Super smooth! Drinks more like a hoppy porter (as mentioned in a prior review). Reminded me of Surly Bender in some ways. Glad to have this available in my area! Recommended!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split into a pair of pint glasses

Pours dark, not quite tarry, small head. Smell is sweet, lots of caramel or dulce de leche.

Taste follows in the same directions. Lots of sweetness. Reminds me a little of Southern Tier's Creme Brulee. A little coffee and chocolate bitterness at the end. It's really nice.

Mouthfeel is a little dry and chalky, nicely light. Overall, this is quite good.

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