Nut Brown Ale
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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English Brown Ale
3.58 | pDev: 11.45%
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 81
Photo of therica
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled review, not quite as good as my previous experience with a nice keg a few years ago.

A= nice medium-brown, very small head for a tap-beer.

S= nose-catching aroma. Hops florals and bitters evident, slight liquor traits. Hints of nutty traits.

T= smooth, hops-bite, florals, dry malts. Maybe some prune and apricot in the finish with a little liquor in there. Woody hints and some smoky nutty qualities.

M= Nice finish and aftertaste, a little dry with a slight bite. Some earthy dryness.

D= decent, worth the try or in session. If you like it, get a bullet-keg if you can.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

The beer has session ale written all over it. Only 4.3 percent ABV and its being called a Nut Brown Ale are obvious traits. The moderate level of carbonation sparks a healthy-looking lace, crystal clear tawny color. Both toasted and caramel malt flavors run deep with rustic bread and dark sugar in the aroma, fruitiness leans toward plums and pears. Smooth mouthfeel. Shows a little bit of body. Nice handful of malt flavor for a smaller beer, you do get that trademark toasty nutty malt flavor and a good dose of bready and light caramel flavors too. Mild on the hops, bitterness is subtle and balanced with a kiss of woody herbal flavor. Hint of fruitiness with a vague chocolate tone middle to end, perhaps a faint buttery flavor within.

A session ale it is and without uncertainty, par for the style. Very easy to quaff, it can also be used as a stepping stone beer for the less adventurous.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Style: English Brown Ale, ABV: 4.30 %
reviewed 9/11/09, (this is a retired brew)
bought a dusty 6 pack from Broudy's JB on sale

bottle>Duvel tulip glass


Appearance was a deep cola color, respectable 2F tan/creamy head with short retention. Left a nice tan foam skim/cap entire beer.

Smell is a semi-sweet deep fruit aromas on a solid malt backbone. Rich Pecan pir complexities in aroma.

Tastes as it smells with some fruit forward nutty-ness. Ballanced on a sweet but not cloying maltyness. Nut character is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light carbonation, medium-full body, full bodied for a nut ale IMO.

Drinkability is a sessionable nut ale @ 4/3% abv, too bad it is no longer being made. It held up to my nut ale expectations as an inspiration for my next seasonal home brew.

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Photo of ralree
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, cola colored. Head is decent, but short-lived. Laces a little bit.

S: Brown sugar, some hops detectable, pretty flowery. A little yeast in the background. Some caramel.

T: Flavor is a little weak, but mostly of brown sugar, caramel, and some fairly bitter hops. Aftertaste has a nutty flavor. Some chocolate flavor in the background. Really needs to be less watery. Needs to have a stronger flavor. Aftertaste is completely gone about 5 seconds after swallowing.

M: The mouthfeel is definitely watery as well. Light body. Non-astringent. Leaves the mouth dry.

D: It goes down alright, but isn't that satisfying.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like pouring a coke or a pepsi. Dark brown with some reddish hues. A small white head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Mostly caramel with some bready malt scents. Nothing too strong, but evident.

T: The caramel malt is the most predominant flavor, with some hints of bread. On the back end, you can get a slight taste of hops, but nothing really prevalent.

M: Seems a bit thin, lots of carbonation.

D: Very low ABV, easy to drink, nothing overly complicated. A nice brown ale, which is a good change of pace on occasion.

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Photo of Goliath
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with ruby hues in the light. A half inch light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention leaving some nice lace behind.

The aroma is ok. Notes of chocolate and caramel are the big players.

The taste is decent. A good bit of chocolate with a nice grainy profile as well. Almost burnt malts, with a hint of smoke. A little nutty, and slightly dry. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Easily sessionable, and the flavors are there. A nice easy drinking beer, a pleasure to have.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color that turns reddish when held to the light. There is a white fluffy head at the beginning that dissipates to a thin lacing.
Smell is dominated by a very strong caramel malt scent. There is a slight hop smell as well.
Taste is also dominated by the caramel malt. Much like the smell, there is a slight hop tinge at the end, but mostly the caramel malts.
Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation for the style, with a good amount of thickness too.
Drinkability is very nice for the style. This beer has a good amount of taste while keeping a good drinkability. Definitely a good nut brown that one could easily drink a six pack of during a sitting.

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Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of seanpachefddfa, thanks again!

Beer pours a dark brown / cola color, very clean with a thin white head. Lots of bubbles visible.

Aromas are sweet, chocolaty, with some nuts and roasted malts.

Taste is clean, a bit crisp, with a sort of vegetal and earthy malt flavor. There are some lightly light cola notes, some nuts, and a spicy hop finish. A little on the overly dry side, with a slight metalic feel and taste.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Feels about right for the style, a bit full and first, then settles into good carbonation, maybe a little too dry for my liking though.

Drinkability is good. This is a pretty nice and sessionable brown ale. It's not going to wow you, but I'd be happy to drink another one.

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Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Thinking Man's Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a big three-finger off-white head that I have to let settle before pouring the rest of the beer. The head dissipates pretty quickly into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Smells a bit fruity with a good amount of caramel malts and nutty aromas.

Tastes good. Up front the malt and nut flavors predominate, then as it warms the fruit flavors come out a bit more. The nutty flavors aren't quite as nutty as others of the style, rather they're on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a decent thickness with subdued carbonation that make this go down relatively smooth.

Drinkability is good. The flavors aren't the most inviting in the world, but it's certainly not hard to finish the bottle.

Overall this is a decent offering for the style, although there are many others that capture it better. Worth a shot if you're hankering for a light brown ale.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a deep mahogany brown, near opaque with ruby highlights. A frothy brown head forms and disappears very quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell is clean and fresh with dark toasted malt and dark chocolate tones with a hint of hops.

Taste is of dark chocolate and the roasted malts, some nuttiness with a bitter slightly sour finish in the back of the mouth. Slightly astringent in taste along with some chalkiness. Flavors improve some with warming.

Mouthfeel is medium though slightly watery with slightly flat loose carbonation.

Not the greatest drinkability I've encountered but not bad, I'm sure there are better samples of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear russet brown with a rocky cap that leaves a few dots and dashes

Smell: Milk chocolate dust over a nut bread backbone

Taste: Opens with a brown bread character that adds some hints of chocolate and nuts by mid-palate; after the swallow, it turns a bit grainy and takes on a flavor that is reminiscent of nut oil that is just about to go off

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another average ale from Wild Goose; not much going on in these parts

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Photo of merlin48
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear, cola brown body with a small beige head that quickly vanishes. Some sparse patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is muted, just some hints of chocolate and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overcarbonated. Taste has some chocolate and vague hop bitterness. Very underwhelming. Starting to think that maybe this is an older bottle that has lost its freshness.. I'll try to do a repeat tasting if I can locate a bottle known to be fresh.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium brown in color, with a small fizzy cap for a head. No lace is to be found, and the little cap is gone in a minute or two.

S - Caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. Smells sweet, like caramel fudge brownies...albeit not so heavy.

T - Underpowered toffee, milk chocolate, and root beer. Tastes like a chocolate tootsie roll pop.

M - Light bodied, lightly carbonated, and fresh.

D - A boring but unoffensive brown ale. Drinkable enough, but it's quickly loosing my interest. I'll forget about this one in a few days and probably buy it again several months from now thinking that I've never reviewed it.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger head with good lacing and a dark brown color.

Smell is of nuts and caramel malts. It is pretty strong and seems to indicate that I'm in for a nice malty brown ale.

Taste is a nutty with a good burst of caramel malt sweetness. I'd like their to be more flavor though. It's pretty weak. There is a sort of floral/citrusy/minty flavor on the finish. The hops just balance the beer out. As the beer wamrs it does become more well rounded of a brown.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but is slightly thin for my tastes.

Not a bad brown. I could drink a couple of these, but it might get a bit boring after a while.

Thanks to seanpacheffeddfa or however you spell his name for the sample.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a perfect amber color, head is almost nonexistent. Not surprising for a brown ale, yet it certainly is the best brown ale I've had to this point, besides Sam Smith's which just completely destroys anything else. For a reasonably priced brown ale, this is a hit. Newcastle is put to shame, and I anticipate another brewer to put out a better tasting brown ale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Beer Express in Harrisburg as a Variety Pack

A- A nice deep ruby red color. No lacing head left on the beer. No head at all. Somewhat clear.

S- molasses and malt and nuts and raisins.

T- a sweet molasses and nut flavoring. slightly bready and malty as well. Not tongue popping but a decent taste.

M- like cream soda. smooth and carbonated.

D- a decent session beer. could definitely put a sixer of this down in a couple hours.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger head that mostly diminishes but leaves little blobs of lace on the sides of my pint glass.

Aroma is toasted bread, molasses, malt and a bit of spice. Very mellow and appetizing.

Taste is very smooth caramel, bread, nuts and bits of diacetyl

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation and a bit of a bitter finish. Good balance.

This was a cheap six pack at my grocery store but I love this nut brown. I'll be trying the oatmeal stout and IPA soon.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single at Abe's.

Mmm. There's a interesting pepper and maybe oregano spice element to this one. The base malt here, with that spice, reminds me of a good pizza crust. There isn't a ton of character on top of it, just a bit of roast toffee and bitter cocoa. Really though, this beer mostly reminds me of pizza. There's even a slight acidity to brings tomatoes to mind. That isn't a bad thing, it just makes this interesting.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a solid brown color with a weak head that dissolves quickly. Nose is lots of sweet malt, a bunch of fruit and nuts as well. Incredibly strong nut flavor in the taste. A ton of caramel malt in there as well, with a very subtle hop backbone that keeps things nicely balanced. Overall, not a bad brown, but nothing particularly mind-blowing about it. Nicely drinkable, but I preferred Wild Goose's IPA.

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Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a light brown head that very quickly settles into nothingness. The brew looks very flat. The aroma is of a toasted caramel malt, honey roasted nuts, and very light smoke. The taste is a nice smooth caramel malt, a little buttery but more nutty, hint of milk chocolate, the hops are there but take a very secondary role. The feel is light, almost watery, with tingely carbonation; finishes a touch dry and with a malty bitterness. This nut brown is quite sessionable with the 4.3ABV and has nice caramel malt flavor. The feel could use some improvement but overall a nice brown ale.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle with a best before date of "218FX08" (a ridiculous, useless method I don't understand, makes no sense, and that I always bitch about), poured into a shaker pint glass yields a sparkling clear brown amber body capped with a thin lid of creamy ecru foam that shrinks to a ring and leaves only the least of lacing.

Smells of a little malty caramel with a miniscule hint of chocolate, with an earthy perfume of British hops.

Taste is of a dry caramel with a dark chocolate note. Smooth, polished hop-flavors give the beer a nice mellow earthy character and a lightly bitter finish. The drink is a little sweeter and more chocolatey as it warms, but that's a good thing.

Excellent drinkability in this little 4.3% ABV gem. Friendly, refreshing, and inoffensive, this is definitely one to seek out on a hot day.

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Photo of JamesS
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice brown color, but with very little (and rapidly diminishing) head and no lacing to speak of. Earthy scent, but very light, a little bit of malt in it. Very sweet initial taste, too sugary for my tastes; the earthy scent does not translate into a nice deep draught like I hoped; it does have a little bit nuttiness in the aftertaste, but is quickly over powered by the sweetness. It does go down smoothly, although a little rough from too much carbonation.

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Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to Tbn2 :D

Poured from 12oz bottle to flare pint, pours a cherry wood brown, head disappears, clear in complexion.

Smells roasty and malty, slight nuttiness and bitterness

Tastes light and easy to drink, nicely bittered, slightly nutty but very well balanced, roasty, hops play in nice but this is a far hoppier nut brown than i'm used to. Brown sugar notes, really good, seems like it would pair well with pizza.

mouthfeel is bitterly smooth and sessionable, crispness as well

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark copper with red highlights when held to the sun. Fluffy head that settles into a nice thin layer.

S: Very aromatic with caramel malt scent.

T: The caramel comes through in the taste like the smell. It lingers around for a while, and then politely steps aside for a gentle hop aftertaste.

MF: Nice body here, and the carbonation level fits the style well.

D: A very good nut brown. Wild Goose Porter was one of my very favorites when I was in my very early twenties, but I did not think it was available in these parts anymore. Imagine my surprise. I am glad to see my taste was good then too (at least about this).

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Photo of Hatch
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very reddish brown, or maybe a really, really dark amber if you can imagine that. Forms a lightly tanned head about one finger thick, which doesn't last too long, leaving some light lacing behind.

Smells of sweet malts, light floral notes from the hops, somewhat earthy, toasty, maybe some hints of toffee or molasses.

Tastes of grainy and earthy malts, but it didn't come through as strong as I'd hoped for. Some earthy hops to finish it off, leaving some faint bitterness. Has a sweet taste, from the malts, taste of dark chocolate and molassas. If only the flavors were a little more dominant and rich.

Feels pretty watery on the palate. You can tell what they are trying to pull off, but it almost makes you think they skimped on the ingredients. There's something there, but it doesn't come through strong enough. A pretty good session beer though, and easy to drink.

Notes: Like I said, there is something on with this brew, but it doesn't come through strong enough to make this a extraordinary beer. It is a good brown ale, but if you're looking for complexity and richness, you best look elsewhere. It's no Indian Brown Ale by Dogfish Head, that's for sure!

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Nut Brown Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 81 ratings