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Oaked Finger Lakes Nut Brown | Ithaca Beer Company

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Oaked Finger Lakes Nut BrownOaked Finger Lakes Nut Brown
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Oaked Finger Lakes Nut BrownOaked Finger Lakes Nut Brown

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very true-brown mahogony color; rich brown with the slightest hints ruby coming through. The aroma is upfront nutty oak, which might be this beer's best aspect. The taste is similar, but it is much sweeter than I expected. There is almost a syrup-like quality to it. It could use a bit more bitterness. Pretty drinkable beer, but I did guess a higher ABV...maybe I thought that because of the oak.

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Photo of tedstertm
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant deep brown with a quickly dissipating head and shallow head. The beer smells wonderful, vanilla, nuts, and a little bit of cherry. Has a nice toasty malt flavor to it with just a touch of vanilla and a subtle hop profile. A soft sweetness that stays on your palate after swallowing. The mouthfeel is largely unremarkable, but the light carbonation fits well with this beer. In terms of drinkability, I could tackle another two or three before I've reached my limit.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of the regular Ithaca Nut Brown, I was surprised and pleased to find this at Liberty St. Tavern. I hadn't even heard this brew was coming out.

I found this beer to be a nice alternate version of the original, as opposed to a great improvement. The flavors run together a but more for a very smooth beer that has more chocolate and earthy (wood-like) character. It's almost like the oak treatment made this beer taste darker, go figure. Worth a try if you like brown ales.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque color with a deep tan head that was pretty persistent leaving a good sticky lacing.

S: a sweet dark roasted malt, and a rich nuttiness.

T: For flavor there was dark roasted grains, dark chocolate that is followed by coffee. There was a slight breadiness to the palate, with a great dry roasted nuttiness to finish things. There was a noticeable hop spiciness from the hops.

M: lighter then expected with a sweet nuttiness, some brown sugar, and very lightly carbonated on the tongue.

D: A nice flavor and easy drinking solid example making for a good session.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Ithaca Ale House.... served in a standard pint.

A: Almost a tawny coloured brown... some definite red notes to it. Head is about a finger tall, retention is mediocre, but leaves a decent little trim of lacing behind when it's done.

S: Soft hints of caramel, the nuttiness is warm and mellow... oak is also not overdone, but offers a nice little touch to it.

T: Fully flavoured... a big nut flavour; mixed nuts come to mind but I do certainly get something out of it lke cashew sweetness. Detecting a hint of biscuit in there. Oakiness is a bit of an afterthought, but there is a presence. As it warms, some chocolate flavours start to become more apparent.

M + D: A little bit light, though fortunately not thin and watery. Carbonation is about right, and would greatly complement a little more body. An easy going brew, though, and enough going on to session without complaint.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with a tan head that instantly fades. Not so much as even a bubble on the side of the glass. Looks like flat diet root beer.

Smells like smokey oak and brown, nutty malt. Very appealing.

Brown ale nuttyness comes through as a soapy, sour swallow. Oak comes through as watered down coffee. Very watery. I know that English browns are supposed to be mild and subtle but c'mon, more flavor! Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of duffextracold
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours amber brown color. tiny head fades rather quickly. almost can't see through it.

S- Smells like a wet oak barrel. slightly sour. no hop aroma.

T- Some roasted malt, no noticeable hops. Sour, yeasty flavors. it got better as it warmed up a bit. Nutty finish. has a refreshing sour taste.

M- Medium to heavy carbonation. thin mouthfeel.

D- Not bad, but a bit too sour. it just tastes too much like a new barrel to me. now if it had been put in some sort of used whiskey barrel, that could be interesting...

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This one poured a hazy chestnut brown color with a small tan head that quickly fizzled down to just bubbles.
S: First hit to the nose is a musty roasted and burnt malt aroma and then some roasted nuttiness. Looking for a little more malt in there. No hop presence in the aroma. Faint burnt caramel in there too.
T: Pleasant roasted malt flavor has a hint of oak to make it unique and standing out. Some bitter hazelnut like flavor sticks a bit in the finish. Nothing for hops coming out only to balance a bit.
M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit slick on the tongue.
D: This beer lacks in some areas but the taste is probably it's high point. It makes it drinkable and possible to have a few. Not my favorite from the mixed case I bought.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is hazy and cloudy mahogany brown. Thin creamy head. Nice to look at; nice and thick-looking.

A woody, oaky top aroma, backed by a nutty malt. Hints of brown sugar. The malt is more roasted than sweet in this beer.

The taste is a very nutty bitter brown, with a slight sweetness at the end. The brown sugar takes a backseat to the nutty/bitter side. The oaky wood flavor is merely an accent, and the beer doesn't make a fetish out of it.

In the mouth, it's dry and ashy. Creamy on the front of the tongue, dry at the swallow. It's a nutty, roasted, bitter brown ale. The oak is only slight. Pretty good.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a small tan head, leaves plenty of lacing around my glass. Smells of Maple, Caramel, with some Faint Woody notes. It starts off with a bunch of Chocolate and some Coffee up front, followed by some Nuttiness, and ends with a nice dry Oak finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

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Photo of Deuane
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special Oaked-aged version of Nut Brown for the Spring 2008 cask fest at Zeno's, State College, PA.

A-Dark brown with slight ruby highlights. Thin tan head that left some lacing.

S-Very faint aroma overall. What smell there is sweet caramel, breadiness, nuttiness, and a bit of roast.

T-Sweet caramel malts and roastiness. Oak astringency and a bit of chocolatey flavour kicks in late. More flavour overall than the regular version due to the aging.

M-Medium-light body with a nice smoothness.

D-Nice...thanks for the special offering. Certainly more interesting than the standard version which I find to be a bit blah. The bitter astringency and chocolate notes really make this brew.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of oak, nuttiness, and roasted malts. The taste is good as well. It has a roasted malt character with a very smooth oakey finish. The oak flavor is subtle, but quite complimentary to the roasted nut taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good nut brown. I love what Ithaca is doing these days. This is another quality offering. Hail to the Chief!!

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Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for hooking me up with this one.

It's been quite some time since I had Ithaca's Nut Brown and I don't recall being particularly enamored with it, so this is quite intriguing. Pours a reddish dark brown, fiery scarlet red when held to the light, with a fizzy two fingers of beige head. Head settles pretty quickly to just a thin lace.

Smells like the normal nut brown, with some nutty aromas, caramel malt and toffee. There is some oak and vanilla, as well, but they don't really stand out much. Nose is pretty weak overall.

Taste isn't all that different than the regular version either, with some caramel and nutty sweetness, bit of cocoa, and a smooth nutty aftertaste with a bit of oak flavor. As it starts to warm up the cocoa flavor gets even more pronounced, and mingles with some nuts and oak and is pretty nice actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, softly carbonated and smooth.

When Adam gave me this bottle I wondered if this was oak barreled or chipped, and based on the taste I'm still not sure. Oak is not very prominent in aroma or taste. It's a bit more interesting than the regular nut brown, but still a pretty simple, straightforward brew. A tasty one nevertheless.

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Photo of joepais
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Israel for sending this along for Easter.
The bottle poured into my Sam Adams glass produced two fingers worth of tan head that settled to a wisp of lace at the top of the glass. The body of the brew was mahogany brown in color and wonderfully clear

Aromas of caramel and nuts filled my head with a light woodiness coming thru as well. The flavors are great sweet malts and nuttiness. The oak gives the nuttiness an added depth. It feels good in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep it interesting for my tongue

This is a great brown ale, very drinkable, easily sessionable as well. If I was in the mood for brown I grab this again in a heartbeat

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Photo of BDIMike
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown and slightly hazy color. The color turns more of a moron in the corners when held to the light. There is very little carbonation and almost no head at all.
Smell is almost non-existant. There is a slight bit of toffee malt in the nose, and a bit of smokey oak.
Taste is almost exactly what a text book brown ale should taste like. There are good malt tastes and a slight bit of hops.
Mouthfeel is average as well. A bit chewy, which is normal for the style, but a little too thin.
Drinkability is good because of the lack of strong taste makes it easy to keep drinking. A little too boring to want to drink a lot of it though. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer, but I also wouldn't turn it down if it was opened and handed to me.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a thick pale head that stuck around for the entire beer into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a variety 12 pack.

Clear brown ale, with an oaky flavor to it. Seems to have a slight bitter taste possibly from the oak it was aged with. Nut flavor is definitely present and as it is in CAPITALs on the bottle, I guess it does the labeling justice. Pretty good brew, could drink a few of them. Possibly past its prime - Best if Drank before Feb 09.

No description other than the name of the beer on the bottle. The name of the beer does it justice, but it wouldnt hurt...

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown with a single-finger tan head and some visible carbonation. The smell is mostly toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness and smoke. The taste starts off with some sweet toasted malt that gives way to a bit of bread and nut flavors with just a hint of hops and oakiness in the end. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with low carbonation. This is The beer doesn't really taste remarkably different from Ithaca's Nut Brown Ale, but I think I like the oaked version a little bit better.

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Photo of armock
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted nutty malt and oak

T - Follows the nose with an oaky nutty malt flavor

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this beer unfortunately it was pretty thin and watery if they thicken up the body slightly this would be a good sessionable beer worth trying sometime

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours dark brown with an amber hue. Good clarity with a bit of sediment that dropped into the glass. A thin tan head dissapated quickly and lead to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with caramel, hazelnuts, vanilla, and nougat. Hints of cocoa, toffee, and a suggestion of sweet bourbon follow through.

Medium bodied at best with a thinnish mouthfeel and a slick, quick finish.

Dry malt, drizzeled caramel, cocoa-dusted biscuits, and chipped toffee start the palate.
Hints of an oaky dryness and nut skins follow through. Hops are here only to offset the sweet malt.

Finishes with cocoa overtones, fading vanilla and oak, and a hint of bourbon.

This one is great in the nose, but falls kind of flat on the palate. Carbonation is on the low side also.
I could really see diggin' this one on cask though.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to my man crush, Adam....aka Beertruth. This guy hooks me up with so much good shit, I wouldn't know where to begin....

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with a meek little head. The head disappears to nothing in short order. No lace or real carbonation to speak of.

S: I love this one. Subtle, but in such a nice way. There is alot going on but nothing is really screaming at you. Nice sweet caramel malt up front with notes of hazelnut toffee. Brown sugar comes next along with slight notes of chocolate and coffee. Wow!

T: Man talk about sessionable. I am not a huge brown fan but this one has been knocked out of the park. Nothing overpowering here but complex does not even start to describe this one. Tons of sweet caramel malt up front with notes of chocolate pushing thru. Touches of coffee, brown sugar, and rich nutty toffee come next. A touch of hops can be picked up along with just a hint of oak and vanilla. This is sessionable barrel aged brewing at its finest.

M: Medium in body. Low on the carbonation but drinkable none the less. Wonderful sweetness abounds.

D: Very. If I am in the mood for a brown ale this is it... well until Cigar City releases the Bolita Brown. I am partial to that one as I named it and my name will be on every bottle.

Overall: Once again Adam Lang comes thru. He lives in what I refer to the arctic, but thank god its not the artic when it comes to beer. Keep sending shit my way Adam and I promise to do the same.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a clear amber brown color like cream soda. Very fizzy tan head that rapidly dissipates. Smells of caramel coated nuts. Tastes initially of oak with some familiar oak notes such as coconut and vanilla followed by a mild nuttiness. Rather thin bodied with minimal carbonation. Glad I had the chance to try this one. Certainly not my favorite from Ithaca, but I'd try it again if someone was buying a round.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Like the nut brown, dark brown with ruby highlights arouind the edges when held up to the light. Poured a bit less than a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was broken and inconsistent.

S: Some sweet bready malts, caramel and nuts. All were very subdued.

T: Slightly sweet caramel roasted malts. Oak astringency and a bitter chocolate tasted in the finish. Brighter and cleaner than the regular nut brown.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Silkky and smooth.

D: Very nicely done and better than the standards version. Oak astringency and biter chocolate really differentiate it.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice ruby-esque mahogany color. nice light brown head. low retention rate. subtle lacing.

S: nice malt aroma, very nutty, pine nuts and pecans, hints of vanilla and some oak.

T: great nut brown flavors from the malts, some cherries and vanilla from the barrels. some hints of coconut.

M: medium bodied, with a great palate for a brown ale. mild carbonation.

D: interesting brew, very nice. I enjoyed this a lot, very drinkable if you like oak aged brews with a mild body.

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