Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose Nut Brown AleWild Goose Nut Brown Ale
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Wild Goose Nut Brown AleWild Goose Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 04-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by pmcadamis:
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 oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lighter brown color that what I thought it might with small/medium head.Taste was pretty sweet and a little earthy.Taste was mild and sweet with a earthy aftertaste.In my opinion nothing really to write home about,have had much better.But very drinkable for the style.

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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 JasonA
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a faily clear dark brown, maybe a slight reddish hint. 2 fingers of head with lacing. Settles after pour.

Smells delicous. Nutty, malt little barley.

Taste leaves something to be desired. Does offer some decent brown ale taste, but not as it tastes. Some alcohol bite, not much staying power.

Almost medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation for style. Would like it to be a little thicker, but overall a nice selection

Good beer for the colder months. Certainly good for the style to have more than 1 or 2.

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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 far333
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany brown color with a large tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Very low aroma, which is difficult to decipher. Carbonation is slight, and allows a smooth mouthfeel with flavors building across the tongue. There is a mild hop flavor upfront, with smooth and well-balanced malts which leave hints of caramel, hazelnut and chocolate. Tons of character in the flavor without any characteristics being overwhelming, but contributing to a well rounded flavor. This is a really fine beer with high drinkability.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I was thinking I was going to be little biased toward this beer due to the fact that I had fell in love with it originally on tap at Fuel and Fuddle where it was being sold as the house beer Firebrick Brown Ale. Well, I still enjoy this one, just I hope I get to try it on tap again someday because it's just not the same beer. Pours an deep ruby amber with nice fizzy cream colored head, along with a little trickled lace to be noted. The aroma is full of a sweet nose, but underneath is the roasted nut tones. Seems sweet for a brown mild but I still like it. The flavor is very sweet, candi like sweet and the nut brown comes through with toasted almonds and other variety of nut tones in the beers finish. A nice session beer that is nice when you run into, but not a beer to be sought out. The mouthfeel has a creamy texture to it but overall I would say the body is a little watered down. Very drinkable this one definitely pairs well with pizza and other bar fare quite well.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As you pour it a creamy white head rises over its beautiful dark chestnut body. Glints of ruby-accented orange show through the clear robe. The head retention is fair, and it even leaves some lacing along the side of the glass.

Sweetish, toasty malt and softly fruity and buttery yeast greet you in the nose.

The mouthfeel is smooth and just lightly creamy with a medium-light body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The yeastiness is a big component of this beer, and it works well with the gently toasty, slightly caramelish, and sublimely cocoaish malt lending a nutty and buttery side that gives it greater depth. Not that it's complex or rich, it's still just a basic, straight-forward English-style brown ale. Which brings us to the hops, which are leafy and tea-like behind the malt, and appear in the swallow and aftertaste. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with some lingering, residual nutty and toasty malt and a touch of walnut-skin-like bitterness.

An enjoyable English-style brown ale that's pretty well-balanced and very well-brewed.

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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 Imbiber
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Chestnut brown in colour, minimal head. Aroma is assertively malty and a little bready. Well-balanced on the palate, hops are subtle (that figures - the use of East Kent Goldings is revealed from the label). Malty and a littly nutty, with a clean finish after the malt notes dissipate.

A good session beer (again, as suggested from the label), and a very close cousin to a true British mild ale.

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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 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 mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice medium colored caramel brown with a good two finger head of off white lace and foam across the top. Decent retention left behind an average amount of side glass lace and I could see some carbonation streaking up towards the top. The was a good amount of light peaking through this making it evident that it was pretty clear without much haze or cloudiness.

S – Aroma was light and very sweet. This one was full of cereal grains and nice well rounded earthy malts. A nice subtle caramel sugar like smell started to mix its way in along with a hint of something a little sweeter, maybe vanilla, and hard to tell as the aroma was not all that strong.

T – The flavor was very nice for sessionable brown ale. Good solid back of grains and earthy malts that came right through the door and was blended in very well with a good chunk of caramel and sugar. This actually got sweeter as the session wore on. A nice roasted nut flavor was deeply rooted in the finish and left a long lingering taste. Very well rounded and blended.

M – Very nice light bodied ale. The carbonation was very good and held up until the last drop. The light feel was not too thing and did not have any characteristics of being watered down or too light.

D – Very nice session ale. The flavors were very good but at the same time not too strong as to distract. Nice light body and good carbonation made the whole package work very well. I could easily see putting down a few of these in the course of an evening.

Overall this was a nice little brown ale. I really did not expect much out of it as the style seems to have been done to death and this was not a bad example of it. Nothing really spectacular, but still a solid offering with no real downside. I would see no problem with this one in a pinch and it should be considered a good call.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive nut brown, very caracterful malt profile, very balanced hop bitterness that does not overpower the malt flavor, very good medium dark brown color, carbonation is light. Love the esters the yeast leaves behind, I gotta try it out (this strain) on a homebrew.

Another soild english craft beer from the usa. Recommended.

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

Poured caramel bordering on chestnut. Nicely moderated malt flavor with some gentle, nutty flavors and a hint of chocolate malt. A bit of sweetness, but not out of balance. Maybe a tad thin on mouthfeel, but a pleasant beer. Best as a second-player with a meal.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour a deep ruby red color and the head appropriate in size the texture frothy and the lace nice thick sheets to seal off the glass. Nose has a nutty sweet aroma with sweet malt and caramel, quite pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny in feel, the finish mediocre in its carbonation, the hops apropos to the style with the aftertaste dry and pleasing to the palate, a just plain decent “Brown Ale”, and quite a good representative to the style.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured straight, silent & true. Nicely aromatic, aroma of roast nuts, dark chocolate, stale black licorice, warm raisins, prune, maybe some woodiness. With some air roasted & caramelized malts come alive, a subtly sweet yet earthy tone. Head was a finger's worth of loose, latte stained foam that faded rather quickly to a thin sheen of surface cover with a glass ring that does eventually fade to almost nothing and with no lacing. A very unusually red/ruddy tea stained amber hue, it almost has an odd coral quality to it, but it is very pretty. A few lone bubbles rise thru it.

Its soft, smooth, slight nut quality up front and nicely unsweet, which is welcome in a Brown Ale. Some subtle char to it, its pleasingly bitter, which balances well with the bittersweet caramelized malts. Easy on the tongue yet certainly not wimpy nor overly sweet or bitter. I like a Brown Ale that has some oomph to it but no real muscle. This is nice.

Its does get a wee bit sweeter on the palate, a little more of the malts shine thru, maybe a tiny hint of some lukewarm herbal tea, then it finishes with more bittersweetness, a trifle chocolately with some room temperature, silty coffee, leaving an almost toffee/nut caramel like chewiness, clean, coating, slightly fuzzy.

This was enjoyable, a very nice Brown Ale and would be a great session brew. In that regard I could see it pairing well with fistfuls of munchies such as nuts or standard bar bowl fare, as well as simple pub food like burgers, sandwiches, etc. I would definitely drink this again and recommend it with no hesitation.

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

Translucent, but barely, brown pours thin and dissipates quickly. There's no noticeable carbonation other than the initial head. Sweet-sharp initial smell with mostly caramel coming through. Sharpness has a little floral hoppiness. What carbonation comes through is there in the first taste with a bit more complexity of flavor (maybe a bit of strait brown sugar and a bit of roasted coffee (the smell of roasting coffee not so much the taste). The hops that do kick in come after the first few sips. They are mild and pleasant. They don't punch through, but make a nice balance to the maltiness in this beer. Overall, the aftertaste is clean/balanced--not too sweet and not too bitter. Mouthfeel is light as is the body.

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

12-oz brown longneck into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: dark red-brown with creamy off-white head that stays and sticks all over the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and nutty malt. Maybe floral hops?

Taste: I really like this; it's sweet and toasty and nutty all at once. A very impressive malt base and not cluttered with hops. In any other style this would be unbalanced, but as a brown ale it's near perfect.

Mouthfeel: Tightly carbonated and I almost want to say creamy, but not quite.

Drinkability: Mild enough that it would be excellent for a session, and it's not too sweet either.

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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 Hollister
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If this beer were my sister... I'd sleep with it. In other words, the appearance was decent, but I kind of wanted to slap it. Slightly too much clarity for the style -- but I thought it would be great from the nose -- pure toasted malt, and balanced well. But it let me down. Poor head retention (giggidy), followed by an appropriate taste for the style but an uncomfortable mouthfeel (giggidy). Very minimal aftertaste. Not bad, but easily prefer other nut browns. I don't have a sister.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light brown color with some strawberry highlights and a wide collar of white.

Smells of hazelnuts, maple syrup, a slight Hershey’s syrup and a pungent brown sugar. There was a slight sour dryness balancing this one out.

Tastes of a slightly nutty malt subsumed by a woody dry maple syrup with a slight ash in the dryness.

The mouth feel was light bodied with a light easy carbonation. Seemed rather thin.

Not too bad but it seemed to lack something.

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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 ppoitras
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from some hole-in-the-wall bottle shop south of Westmister, MD.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear coppery brown brew. Head recedes slowly, with plentiful foamy lacing. Aroma is nutty grains. Taste is creamy malts, coupled with light hopping, and a current of nuttiness runs through it all. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, and drinkability is superb. The bottle says it is a "true British session ale", and I can go with that.

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Wild Goose Nut Brown Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 81 ratings