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 IchabodcraneIpa
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass

The color of this one was a pitch black with an almost aura of copper coloring around the blackness at the edges of the glass. The smell of this was strongly of roasted nuts and molasses with some definite hints of dark fruits like raisins and possibly dates. The taste of this one began with a nice smattering of the roasted nuts and malts followed by a sweetening sensation of molasses and the fruit with an alcoholic end note that was not overbearing really at all. The mouthfeel of this one was heavy and it definitely was more of a sipping beer, but not overly so. The drinkability was low to me because I am not really a huge fan of this style beer. It definitely piqued my interest and my taste buds though for this style beer.

To me the best of the dark beer I've had at the flossmoor station. A pretty solid choice from the menu for sure.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, roasted malts, caramel malts, and toasted malts,

t - Tastes of caramel malts, nuts, roasted malts, chocolate, and toasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth.

d - I thought this was a very good brown ale; one of the better ones I've had. Would love to have again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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 drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just found this in the back of beer fridge and realized it was a top 10 American Brown ale...yes please. Beer is nearly still, completely uncarbonated, dark brown, bordering on black. No lacing and nearly no head. Not off to a great start are we?

Aroma is nice though, good level of roast and sweetness / molasses in the nose. Smells good.

Beer is a little thin, surprisingly, and has this kind of late lingering bitterness from the roast. It is not unpleasant. The lead off here is the sweetness, giving way to a vacant midpalate and some nice bitterness / coffee / roast at the end of palate. it tastes good but I think a lot more could have been done ot connect the palate throughout.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Khazadum, I'm opening
Blind Beer #6

Poured into a pint glass, this one is pitch black with a fine layer of bubbles on the surface. The aroma brown sugar, chocolate and coffee
Nice roasted flavor with a bitter chocolate finish.
Medium bodied with light carbonation, its easy to drink and light enough to have multiple glasses.
and the bottle is Flossmoor Pullman Brown Ale


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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark brown on the edges otherwise almost black. Minimal tan head quickly dissipates to a spotty ring of lace.
S: chocolate and coffee. Some dark dried fruit.
T: medium sweet dark chocolatey coffeeish malts. Subtle smooth hops and roastiness bring it to a semisweet finish. Dark molasses is present as well.
M: medium bodied round smooth and slick. More carbonation would have helped a lot.
D: this was more of a porter to me. A good porter, but undercarbonated.

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

Thanks to Sean Granger for this one.

Pours a very dark brown almost opaque color with a beige head that has good retention and avg lacing.

Nose is of dark malts, mollasses, toffee and caramel. No hop presence whatsoever.

Taste starts very sweet with mollasses, caramel and nutty malts. Chocolate follows. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but mainly from the malts.

Body is medium and carbonation is towards the lower side. Drinkability is high for a brown ale. This has somewhat a dry finish.

Overall a good brown ale with lots of malt charachter and chewyness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-deep brown with a light tan head. Mild lacing and pretty good retention. The nose brings some light cocoa and molasses plus a bit of brown sugar and toasted bread. The taste is some roast and bread plus a bit of chocolate. Fairly plain, but backed up by a nice body. A good brown that I'd have another of.

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

This beer was pitch black with a small light brown head and nice enough lacing. The nose is very chocolatey, and the taste has a great complexity--I got notes of chocolate, of woodsy toasted nuts, of molasses, maybe a little bit of coffee, with a very hoppy and somewhat bitter end. The two people I allowed to take sips both immediately proclaimed it too bitter, but I thought it was a great beer--a very complex, delightfully drinkable American brown.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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 MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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 glazeman
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A: I know this is a brown ale, but it pours completely black in color and is 100% opaque, even when held up to the light. There's a 1 finger of light tan head with moderate retention and moderate lacing.

S: With the added molasses there is some sweetness on the nose, but not as much as I had expected. Somewhat typical light, light yeasty smell that is characteristic of a brown ale on top of some brown sugar.

T: The main flavors that I get in this beer are tobacco, chocolate, brown sugar, and a little bit of wild yeast. I was surprised at how complex and flavorful this beer was.

M: Solid in this category. Nice level of viscosity, carbonation, and a great aftertaste.

D: Overall, I feel like this beer was a little bit more like a porter than a brown ale. With that being said it is very balanced, interesting, and very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Eriktheipaman
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

They call this a Brown Ale but to me it taste more of a Stout. Not to say its bad by any means just judging beers by a certain cagegory can sometimes be difficult.

There isnt much of a head but has a nice touch of carbonation, not to overpowering at all. The color is pretty much black. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and has a medium to full body.

It has a slight coffee taste with some carmel attributes as well but the after taste is very much of coffee.

If your looking for the usual nutty Brown Ale I wouldnt choose this beer but if you want a mix between Stout and Brown Ale this is your beer!

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color with a very thin tan lacing scattered out across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a pretty big nutty flavor to it with some caramel and roasted flavors coming through as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall wit ha great mix of flavors.

The taste shows more of the bitter, roasted, burnt malt flavors found in a a lot of stouts. Both chocolate and coffee seem to come through somewhat as well. Some of the brown ale nuttiness and caramel sweetness shows up and helps balance it out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is moderate to slightly below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was also pretty balanced and complex at the same time. It almost seemed like they mixed a stout and brown ale and managed to show some of the nice characteristics of both.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours nearly opaque brown with some mahogany edging and a thin, tan head on the pour. Barely a whisp left on the surface for the duration and a few dots of lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of chocolate, roast, coffee, and molasses. A hint of smoke and char follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with slight chew, and a fairly creamy and oily mouthfeel.

A balance of cocoa husks, espresso, dark fudge, and molasses lead off the palate. A substantially acrid char note follows through and lends a dryness to the malt bill.

Finishes with lingering roast, char, and chocolate drizzeled coffee beans.

Tasty enough, and certainly substantial for a brown ale. I'd like to see where this one would go in a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of coffee, alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and slight wood. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of jera1350
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark chocolate brown color with a frothy tan head that is a bit short.

Nutty with some caramel and a bit of a soapy scent that's not too bad. Some chocolate milk on the nose as well.

Quite big and rich for a brown ale. Mildly deep roasted malts with a good presence of coffee and a bit of chocolate milk. Unfortunately, I am getting a metallic taste near the end as well.

Definitely medium bodied. Pretty big for a brown ale. Smooth feeling.

A very nice brown ale that borders on being a porter. Big and ballsy for a brown. Worth a try in my book.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +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 Macky20
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade, and what a good one it was!!

Poured from bomber into Perfect Pint glass. Dark brown with a thin one finger head that quickly dissipates. Gorgeous looking beer..

As great as it looks, I only got a faint hint of aroma... mostly chocolate malt. This is not a beer of powerful aroma.

Taste is amazing. There is a roasted malt flavor up front that ends in a beautiful coffee aftertaste... there seems to be something oatmeal there too, reminds me a little bit of an oatmeal porter. I took one taste of this and immediately noted that it is one of the best brown ales I've had.

The look, taste and feel of this beer are all exceptional. It is extremely complex but consistent. It is one of the thicker brown ales I've had, which made it perfect to me. The carbonation and creamy texture of this just felt right.

I could drink one of these every night... especially in the winter!
Great beer.... Hope to get my hands on some more sometime.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is a dark brown, slight off-white tan head. Smells are coffee, nutty and some caramel. Tastes are malt, roasted nuts, some sweetness with a somewhat bitter finish. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Good beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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 DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Big thanks to lurchingbeast for this one.

4.0 A: Clear dark brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy medium brown head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Nutty, toffee, caramel come to mind quickly. There's also something else in there that is hard to explain, almost like a harsh roastiness. Still, very nice.

4.0 T: For the most part, taste follows the nose. The nuttiness and roastiness are the main flavors, with toffee and caramel coming next. Good balancing bitterness, which hops otherwise taking the back seat.

4.5 M: Thicker medium body. Good carbonation. Lots of creaminess. Very good here.

4.5 D: Definitely enjoyed this one quite a bit. Right up there with some of the best browns I've had.

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Pullman Nut Brown from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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