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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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 267
Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of danwho
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (thanks whitemomba for the trade) into my New Belgium oversized wine glass.
Look: dark dark brown, no light gets through, 1" tan head, leaves a little lacing throughout the session.
Mouth: full and creamy, lighty carbonated and sweet, smooth, nice.
Smell: spices hit me first, like a Belgian. Also sweet molasses and malty biscuit.
Taste: a nice robust sweetness, but not too sweet, from the molasses taste. Then a slightly carbonated hop bitterness with a nice cocoa finish. The 6% abv is not noticeable.
Wow what a difference between the nose and the taste, while it smelled good, it tasted better.
This is a very Porter-like brown ale and one I would love to have again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just as the bottle describes it, it's a dep chestnut brown. Theres a 1/4" of tan head. No lacing.

Cocoa and roasted coffee are the primary displays in the nose.

The taste is a little more deep. Molasses, coffee, and brown sugar. I even picked up a slight tinge of black licorice in the end.

The mouthfeel is superb. It's thick and creamy, but not stout thick. For a brown ale, though, it's very creamy and smooth.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's so readily available for me that I've always taken it for granted and passed on it. It so happened it was on sale and I had gift cards to burn so it made perfect sense. I'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of beagle75
4.24/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of zeledonia
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark coffee brown. Dense medium-tan head, lasts, and has great lacing. A layer of foam on the surface, with a thicker ring around the edges.

Smells nutty and woody, with some smooth coffee notes. Everything about it smells "brown", dominated by hazelnut. Nice.

Taste is sweeter than the smell, more straightforward and sugary. I get mostly molasses. Finish is rich and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, kinda low on the carbonation. Slow fade-away finish.

Another beer where the smell promises things the taste doesn't deliver. Pretty good, but the flavor is rather simple and one-dimensional.

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Photo of Holland
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown with heavy head that disspiates to form a nice lacing and a very thin layer of head on top.

S: spices, malt, and molasses dominate this smell.

T: same as the smell, but the spices come out much more than the smell indicates.

M: malty and crisp at the same time - the heavy carbonation, even when cold, brings out the tastes nicely but allows the smooth brown ale feel as well. Heavy feeling in the mouth for a lower gravity brew.

O: drinkable, but kind of heavy for a 6%. Nothing wrong with that, since that's how a decent brown should feel. I'd do it again - didn't even know this existed before it was shared with me.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark, dark brown beer with a large, compact, very dense head, over an inch thick (poured into an English pint glass). The nose provides a nice rich caramel aroma, with a dash of roastiness and a touch of hops. The flavor offers plenty of black patent cocoa flavor, moderately roasted, with dark chocolate notes. Hop bitterness is moderate, but increases throughout to dry out the finish substantially. Lightly fruity yeast character. Body is, perhaps, a tad thin. But otherwise, a solid offering.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Deep brown body, bordering on black, that blocks all light. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a little scattered lacing.

Definitely some complexity to the aroma. Roasted malt and molasses up front, followed by some earthy hops. Just a hint of chocolate in the background.

The taste steps it up a notch, and follows the aroma very closely. Some light sweetness from the molasses is balanced very well by the slight hop bitterness and minor coffee notes. Good finish with dark chocolate.

A bit light in the mouthfeel but very easy to enjoy. No notice of alcohol at all. Excellent offering.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Fantastic creamy head with millimeter thick froth lacing that has 100% occlusion. This is the perfect vision of a brown ale. Hazelnut brown, similarities to a light soy sauce, hang time like Jordan. I'm all about how this bad boy looks. Even formed a good finger initially with a light poor.

S- Nice toasted bread aroma, some light brown sugar sweetness, a hint of bitterness, just a hint. Overall, the aroma isn't as full in your face as I was expecting it to be, but its complex enough. The bitterness brings some minor cardboard notes along with it, woody and enjoyable.

T- This beer is three for three in being different than my expectations. Both exceeding and changing what I wanted. Starts a malty sweetness, brown sugar and molasses mixture with a light bitterness to it. The sweetness has that earthen nature causing it to be chewy and easy to drink repeatedly. The bitterness sticks around into the finish with some nutty chocolate tones, and a general clean appearance. Standard but with great evolution. Low alcohol presence in terms of flavor.

M- Not too sticky, very creamy. Velvet smooth and full bodied. Fluid is one way to describe the middle of this. There is no problems with the alcohol, can barely notice it at all. This beer fulfills all objectives, my only request is the middle become a bit fuller.

I like this beer. Probably the best year round offering from Flossmoor, hands down. I would drink again without a complaint.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 neorunner
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #7

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

22 oz. bottle poured into a new holland 12 oz. glass. Dark amber brown pour with copper head. Aroma is biscuit and brown sugar. Flavor is rich in malt and some caramel with a solid kick of soured malt in the finish. The soured I'm talking about is more like what you'd taste in a guinness and less like a funk sour.

Guessing a brown ale here.

The reveal: Pullman Brown Ale. Awesome! A solid american version of an English brown, and a want as this is from my book project.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, copper/brown color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left soapy patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled nutty and roasty with caramel notes.

T - It tasted fairly nutty with toffee, caramel and roasted maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, snappy finish.

O - This was a pretty nice brown ale. Really a great sessionable brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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 WillCarrera
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown, approaching black, opaque to light, with a thin light tan head.

S- Lots of sweet roasted malts, sugary molasses, has an earthy undertone that could be either wood or nuts.

T- Very nice, lots going on. Plenty of roasted malts gives it a bit of coffee and cocoa. There's a considerable sweetness to it, not sugary but with more weight and maybe like molasses or dark fruit. Finishes with hazel nuts and sweet alcohol. Alcohol isn't at all overwhelming and produces some slight warming.

M- Creamy, palate coating but not sticky, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O- A pretty good brown ale, loads of flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Treebs
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass. Served at slightly below cellar temp.

A: Pours a creamy dark brow almost nearing black with some cherry hues around the edges. Tan one finger head that leaves pretty quickly leaving a thin film on the top. Slight lace as the beer goes down, but nothing substantial.

S: What a smell! I could smell it from a good 2-3 feet away after it had poured. A light black liquorice comes through right away with a boozy undertone as well. Malts are noticeable as well.

T: A heavy roast taste is immediately apparent with an emphasis on the molasses. This is followed by a nice coffee bean and bitter cocoa flavor that stays nicely on the tongue between each sip. The boozy/liquorice smell isn't too heavy in the actual taste which i like.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, bordering on a whole milk type feeling with a medium carbonation

O: A really great brown ale. I like the bitter chocolates and coffee and the molasses really comes through to make it a great lounging around on a cold night (or morning!) beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours velvety dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is smokey charred dark grain with an underlying dark fruit sweetness.

Taste is exactly what the nose lead me to expect. Intensely smokey dark grain overshadows the mild dark fruit sweetness. A good bit of chocolate makes an appearance. Finishes with a dry, cedar quality, and lingering dark fruit - notably plum.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Viscous, but very smooth.

Overall a very interesting and flavorful brown ale. The intense charred dark grain grain presents a porter-like character. However the finish is sweet and woody like a brown ale.

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 byronathon
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine, who runs a liquor store, got this in fresh a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, compared to some barrel-aged brews I've run into, lately, this one is ever-so-slightly deficient. Compared to other molasses/coffee influenced brews I've tried in the past, however, this one stands out like a champion! The color: dark. The head: not so thick, but nice lacing. The smell: rich. The taste: malty sweet upfront, slightly bitter carmel after. Mouthfeel: luxuriant. Overall: nothing wrong with this one. Would love to try it on tap. Very drinkable and not over-the-top ABV or IBUs.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany-brown and is capped with sudsy, short-lived khaki head. It quickly resembles root beer.

S: Those has a full complement of malty tones, from molasses and caramelized sugar, to nutty and toffee-like notes.

T: This beer tastes good. It has a strong contribution from the molasses, flavor-wise, contributing the sweet acridity typical of sugar’s version of crude. It is not tremendously roasty, more so heavily caramelized. There is also an appreciable herbal hop presence, offering a bitterness that lasts well beyond the finish. After a while, a coffee impression becomes quite evident.

M: Silky feel, very light carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: This is a very drinkable brew, and replete with some interesting dynamics.

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Photo of claspada
2.62/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma begins with an earthy and musty smells with some prominent coffee smells as well.
The taste begins with dark roasted coffee maltiness. Soon after you are greeted with a strong earthy hops presence which is really not appropriate in my opinion. There is this odd aftertaste which I can't quite place; it's almost metallic, which is really a detriment to the overall flavor. Maybe this is just a bad batch/bottle. The thick lacing on this beer makes me think it is just overly hopped with Kent Golding hops or something similar.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with light carbonation.
Overall this beer is a large disappointment. Flavors are just not balanced and the lingering odd aftertaste it quite horrendous. It gets worse as it warms as well.

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Photo of dayvayen
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: way darker than expected from a brown ale, cream-colored head.
smell: very sweet, lots of molasses and toasty malt
taste: sweet, molasses, toast...pleasant bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
mouthfeel: a little thin for what I expected but good
overall: I want to put vanilla ice cream in it and make it into a float. Really wonderful as a dessert, feels like a good fall or winter beer.

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Photo of veinless
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to ChadQuest for this brew, first one I've had from Flossmoor Station.

This may be called a brown ale, but it appears jet black with a coffee scum head that dissipates quickly leaving some swirls and decent lace.

Nose is of the coffee variety, with some roasted malt behind it. It's mostly coffee though with a touch of earthy oats. very pleasant nose and a good rubbery cafe that is enough to carry the aroma.

Taste starts a bit metallic, and in this case it hurts, but after that its a balanced blend of coffee, semi-sweet malts, and molasses to finish. This is definitely a stronger than usual brown ale, and it's ok to be strong, but combined with the long-lingering sucking-on-zipper metal the taste suffers a great deal. It's unfortunate because the other flavors are really solid and I wish I could fully experience them.

Mouthfeel is more sticky and thick than your average brown ale, and it might be too much for some, but I happen to enjoy it. The molasses is very imposing in terms of taste and mouthfeel, and it can get a bit much. Drinkability is harmed a great deal by the metal and uneven alcohol strength/molasses. This beer could be so much better that it's disappointing to point out its shortcomings. I feel bad giving this such a low score since I can see how good it could be, but I couldn't get through too much of this beer (thanks to AwYeh for jumping in to finish the job).

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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