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 gford217
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of wkcyr4 poured into a pint glass.

This one pours very dark brown, darker than I was expecting with a small tan head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing.

The aroma really blew me away, probably the best brown I've ever smelled. Tons of dark roasted malts balance with the sweetness of the molasses - a perfectly balanced combination with a hint of coffee and smoke in the nose as well.

The taste picked up where the nose left off, with tons of caramel malts and some roasted coffee forming a solid backbone. The molasses really balances that roasted character before the finish provides a bit of chocolate sweetness and a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and the molasses consistency can really be felt as it gets almost syrupy...but not quite.

Well, this is one of the best brown ales I've ever tasted. Flossmoor continues to impress and this is no exception. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Contrary to most BAs, who shy away from giving Perfect Scores to the beers they review here, this offering from Flossmoor Station is Perfection in a bottle. I have shied away from Flossmoor Station only because 22 ounce bombers are harder to put away (drink solo) than a 12 ounce brew. But I was in good company on Easter Weekend in Chicagoland -- brother in law and nephew, both former Macro drinkers, now Craft Beer enthusiasts, who I gladly converted. So when my brother in law pulled this beauty from his fridge to present to me as a gift, I said let's split it three ways and wow, what a magical experience that was. We sipped, smelled, let sit, then smelled, sipped and did that over and over again. The taste of dark, unsweetened coffee, like espresso, hit our palates, a silky smoothie, pure decadence are just some words to describe the one-hour of beer bliss. I can see why my nephew "dreams" about this beer. It is heavenly. I have a bottle in my beer fridge but will wait for the perfect occasion to enjoy.

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

thanks to psprings for sharing this...

pours a dark cola brown color with a small head which needed some help to get going.

very rich aroma of chocolate, coffee nuttiness, a light lactic sourness, ash, caramel, earth (which i now know is the oats) and nearly metallic maltiness (metal dissipates).

the flavor caught me off guard and i had to keep checking the label to make sure this wasn't listed as an old timey porter... chocolate, ample amounts of roasty coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, ash, a touch of sourness similar to coffee and a plethora of floral hops on the finish which linger into the aftertaste to mix with coffee. the medium body leans on full but is in no way sweet or sticky. it's very smooth and creamy yet a nice balance is made from ash and roasty bitterness. there's something very familiar and comforting in this brew...8/4/8/5/18/4.3

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Photo of MillySox
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 12oz glass about 7 miles from the brewery. Very dark for the style with a rich, chocalatey aroma. Creamy, thick tan head. A heavy beer with an initial sweetness that gives way to lingering bitterness. Leaves an equally strong maltiness with flavors of smoke and coffee. Pretty big for a brown ale. I've definately tasted Porters that were not as dark and heavy.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle bought at Flossmoor St.

Pours with a small tight brown head. Dark opaque brown color. Aroma is milk chocolatey, slightly smoky. Starts with sweet chocolate mocha flavors, becoming roasty and somewhat coffeeish. Seems a bit darker and roastier than expected for a brown ale. Hint of burnt bitter molasses in the finish. Medium body. Alcohol is quite moderate and sweetness is pleasant, not cloying.

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Photo of cubsfan2004
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Very deep brown color with a tan head.

S - Roasted malt and sweetness in the nose.

T - Roasted flavor with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

M - Full bodied and creamy.

D - Goes down smooth. I had no trouble finishing the bomber.

I am typically not a fan of brown ales but this one was delicious.

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Photo of BWH3
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 botham
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewpub in Flossmoor. pours a seep chocolate brown with amber highlights and a light tan head with no lacings and weak retention.

aroma is of roasted malts and coffee, with notes of light grain and distant vanilla.

taste is of smooth dark malts and coffee notes with a finish of malt and a warming finish of residual caramel and chocolate malts and a caramelized roastedness.

mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied with residual grain and a warming aftertaste of roasted malt.

drinkability is good. a smooth and robust brew that is more of a porter than a brown ale, there is a dark malt complexity here that is quite nice, making this one of the better brews from Flossmoor. cheers!

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, picked up at binny's in the south loop about a month ago...consumed during bears-vikings

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, very dark mahogany/black body and a creamy chocolate head and moderate retention

smell: very dry and roasty...cocoa powder and coffee grounds, strong whiffs of molasses come through as indicated on the bottle

taste: This is a pretty tasty american brown, which is a style i dont play around with that often...Strong molasses and dry cocoa/coffee pound the palate making this a dry roasty brown ale. Its a nice version of the style but i prefer the flossmoor IPA line

mouthfeel: dry and roasty

drinkability: good

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Photo of srandycarter
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recipe number 128

A - Pours dark brown. Not much head. Creamy lacing persists.

S - Baker's chocolate, molasses, cola, a sharp, roasted note.

T- Bitter mocha, not much sweetness, lots of unsweetened chocolate, and astringent finish. Something that reminds me of bandaids (and yes, I have smelled and tasted them).

M - Good coating and carb. Too sharp and astringent at finish.

D - Tires me easily.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle

A - Very dark, almost like a porter thin brown head, noit much foam or lacing in the glass.

S - coffee and chocolate aroma with a sweet smell

T - strong coffee and chocolate flavors. The molasses adds a sweet taste to the beer

M - very smooth w/ medium body

D - This is more of a sipping beer maybe one or two and not something I would drink a case of during a ballgame.

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Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolat brown with a bubbly coffee colored 1 finger head.

Smells roasty, coffee, nuttiness, sweet, chocolate. All faint.

Roasty, malty flavor followed by big sweetness with some coffee & chocolate flavors & some spice. Alot going on here. Tastes great.

Smooth, biting, medium bodied, modearte carbonation, lingering sweetness.

Drinkability is good. No probs with a 22 oz bottle in a sitting.

Interesting brew from Flossmoor. Not my favorite style, but this was enjoyable. Complex.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Body pours to a blackest brown that it can be. Hosts a thick creamy inch and a half head that is dark tan in color with excellent retention. Nose has an almost burning invigoration of roasted malt, smokey alchol and paint. Tons of rich toasty malt enter the mouth with a very creamy filling feel. An even biscuit like sweetness is whole and pleasant on the tongue. In the middle of the sweetness is a dose of molasses that keeps the mouthfeel quite thick. This beer is a very enjoyable brew to drink.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 errantnight
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift/trade/thing from Joe1510. As always, bringing it strong. Thank you, sir.

Pours out a.... holy hell, BROWN ale? Um... ok... sure...

Pours out a deep, deep, deep brown, nearing black with ruby tints. This looks like a deep, rich, porter, not a brown. Can't knock it too much... it looks damn delicious. Just a finger of head, but nice retention.

Aroma is chocolatey roast. Maybe more coffee. No hop character to speak of, but bitterness provides nice balance. It's full, rich, maybe some toffee to the sweetness.

Not really too full bodied, but the body feels a bit off. It sort of thins out towards the end. It's not bad, but it doesn't have the smooth roundness I'd like from a brown.

It's good... and a passable replacement for a porter when I'd like one, and I'm super happy I got to try it, but it doesn't wow.

Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a very dark brown with a small head of tan foam.

The smell is both bitterish and sweet; some notes of coffee and chocolate and some grain.

The taste is as nice as the nose. I'm getting the bitter/sweet thing with good tasting coffee notes and good chocolate, which I think is adding both sweetness and bitternes. A nice medium mouthfeel here which also describes the carbonation. It finishes with a nice bitterish kick that leaves a good long lasting aftertaste. I like.

Bottom line: Here's a nice American style Brown Ale that's plenty tasty, has a good mouthfeel, is easy drinking, and looks good in the glass. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Flossmoor Station tonight. Served in a pint glass.

Appeared near black, with some reddish hues in the light. Tan head that sank to a nice coating. A little lacing.

Aroma was fairly mild. Light notes of chocolate, biscuit, wet wood, and coffee.

Taste was dominated by a nutty chocolate. Coffee and toasted malt was also present alongside a biscuity flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium and quite smooth.

There aren't many brown ales I particularly enjoy, but I found this one to be very drinkable and quite tasty. It's not extraordinary, but for a brown ale it's damn good.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from large bottle to a pint glass the liquid is plenty brown with low carbonation. The head is just a pad, mocha brown than leaves no lace.

The smell is good toasty malt with a few dark fruity notes.

The taste follows not bad the brew really grows on you. Great roastiness, the hops are low key.

The mouthfeel is ok for the light carbonation, great body.

The dirnkability is fine if a toast brown is you thing give it a try. Prosit, MK

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - deep, dark ruby pour, a thin mocha cover.

Aroma - dark chocolate, deep roasted grains.

Taste - good roasted malty and sweet beginning, notes of coffee alongside. Dark chocolate flavors on the swallow and holding for some length. A delicious, roasty finish, wonderfully warming despite an average abv.

Mouthfeel - medium body, uncommonly smooth (more like a Baltic porter), average carbonation.

Drinkability - fantastic session beer alone or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of JDV
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this brew on tap at Flossmoor. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smell is nutty, and coffee like and taste is chalky, nutty, and lightly of coffee. Bit thin body and flavorwise, but otherwise a good, drinkable brown ale. Didn't knock my socks off, however.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich molasses brown with a tan head hat is fleeting at best. The aroma is a bronwnie sweet cream with som bitter burnt malts and a touch of rye like hops. The taste has sweet and bitter malts. The molasses mingles very well ith such a deep roasted to burnt malt bill with good hop balancing. Makes me thnk of sweet mocha brownies with adash of grapefruit rinds jumping aroun. Adding a spicey note to the mix. A dark sweet mix with lots of chocolates and coffee flavors moving around your palate. Taste like its almost a sipping beer, but lower in abv.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a couple of bottles at the brewery on a recent trip through Flossmoor.

Dark dark brown color with rocky head.

Roasty, lightly smoky smell with cocoa and a bit of oak.

Roasted chocolate flavor with a nice hazelnut taste. Just a touch of citric hops.

Just a tad below medium body. Good carbonation and quite smooth going down.

Good stuff, I can't wait to try their other newly bottled selections (although I am quite bummed they were sold out of the IPA).

Tasted on 4/30/08.

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Photo of Atron67
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 22 oz bomber with silk screen printing label that is pretty sweet looking

A- pours a dark brown almost porter dark, thin brown head formed on top and fell pretty quickly, nice looking head on top

s- dark lightly fruity character and malty character, lightly hopped but pretty balanced

T- very smooth roasted character, coffee undertones and some fruity character, nice finish as well. lightly malty slight biscuit character and some roasted coffee flavor

M- medium body and light carbonation

D- pretty awesome beer

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 tiger88
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a silk screened bomber I got at Flossmoor Station a few weeks ago. Pours an opaque deep brown with cola colored edges. The dark tan head slowly dissipates into a mocha tinged ring around the glass leaving little to no lacing. A deep inhalation brings coffe, a little chocolate and the molasses to the front. A taste and you know why the smell of molasses stands out. The taste does as well but not in a bad way. The bitter chocolate compliments the sweet molasses to make for a complex yet enjoyable palate. The mouthfeel is what gets me. I'm not a fan of the bitter aftertaste. It's not overwhelming but it's there. Know what I mean??? Pretty drinkable. Share with a friend.

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