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Nut Brown Ale | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG: 1.052
IBU: 23
Color: 22L
Hops: Willamette
Yeast: Ballantine Ale (1056)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 181
Photo of Bluesman2383
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best brown ales I've ever had, and I've had several. I wish I could get it North of the Cumberland Gap! I got this off the tap with a steak and it paired up brilliantly. I had two glasses and the consistency was amazing. This had an infallible taste with the food I ordered. From the perfect quarter inch head of sparkling white foam to the caramel brown color, this is one beer that is best served on tap and taken multiple times. It smells of walnut, understated hops, and caramel. I can't say enough good things about it.

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Photo of garuda
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby body, white head has good retention and good lacing.

S/T - Roasty sweet malt, bready, nutty, touch of earthy hops in the finish to balance.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, finishes clean.

O - Nicely rounded and balanced. Went very well with BBQ.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice light, clear brown.
S - Just like any other brown ale.
T - This is where the beer shines. Excellent taste. Nutty, not too sweet, and very drinkable. I have had this beer several times now, it is best on draft. Goes well many things but especially red meats and pasta.
F - Very light and drinkable.
O - Probably the best nut brown I have had. Blackstone has some great beers and I think this one is the best. Much better than Newcastle, which I suppose is the one everyone has had.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into an ale glass.
A-Nice, clear amber with fingers of tan foam. Some lacing.
S-Good. Slight malt and some nice spice.
T-Good, Balanced hops, spice and malt. Nice aftertaste.
M-Feels good in the mouth and the carbonation allows good coating.
D-Very drinkable. Good thing I have a growler.
Nice brew pub/restaurant in Nashville. Several good beers on tap.

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently they bottle a few of the beers from Blackstone now. I saw this one and their Pale Ale at one of the local (Nashville) beer stores. 12oz bottle. Pours a standard brown color with a moderate head and decent retention. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty with a nutty character and also has some crystal malt. The flavor is much what I remembered from the tap version. Nice malt character with some crystal character in there. Slight chocolate flavors along with a large amount of nutty character. Has a tiny bit of bite that I wasn't expecting. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is slightly thin, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that was purchased my mother as she was traveling through Nashville; you got to love when mom hooks you up with a new beer from a state you never had a beer from. This seems as good as any beer for my 700th review.

Clear, reddish-brown in hue, the color is very attractive and very shiny when held to a light. A tiny beige head struggled to reach a fourth of a finger in height. This foamy cap lasted a moment and then faded to a bubbly collar. There was no lacing. Still it is a good-looking beer. The nose is lovely with toasty malt, nuts, chocolate, and finishes with a clean and small whiff of British hoppiness. I really enjoy the aromas. The bouquet is well-rounded and has good potency. Very inviting. I love beers that taste like this, toasty, nutty, chocolaty, with a kiss of roasted coffee bean, the hops are very secondary and they seem to impart little in the way of true favor. I only get a suggestion of taste from the hops; they seem to whisper “British.” Or maybe that is the yeast talking, regardless I am listening. Even though the impact of the hops is low, this beer remains dry and not very sweet. Both are excellent qualities for a Brown Ale. Medium in body, the carbonation is low but that could be the result of transporting the growler back to Nebraska, regardless the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. This is exceedingly drinkable. Damn tasty actually and as good as my favorite Brown Ales. I see why this beer has won two medals at both the GABF and WBC. If you find yourself in Nashville this beer is worth quaffing. Recommended.

Thanks mom!

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came into this Brewery and saw that they had their World Beer Cup Gold Medal Beer on Cask so couldn't pass up! Served into a pint glass and enjoyed thoroughly!

Appearance- Caramel brown color, 1 finger of head and had nice lacing.

Smell- Caramel and nuts from the malt with a distinct bit of alcohol on the nose. The hop aroma was very distinctive from its style. Nice!

Taste- A bunch of flavor jumps out at you and gets better as the beer breathes a bit. Caramel sweetness with a dry nutty bitterness that blend quite nicely and linger for a while.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Complex, but mild carbonation. Was a smooth beer but couldn't find the contrast the between the viscosity and body.

Overall- Very nice ale to enjoy with Pretzels and Pub Cheese. It is definitely a "classic British nut Brown Ale" they said @ Blackstones. Could enjoy many back to back but decided to try their Coffee Stout as well. Hope to have again!

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The ice tea colored beer arrives with a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass

Smell: Brown bread, hazelnut and caramel notes

Taste: Brown bread and caramel, up front, with a developing nut and mocha character in the middle; the finish marks a return of the caramel to bring a bit of nutty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't drink a lot of English Browns but I found this one to be flavorful and well-crafted

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Photo of spiveym
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of enjoying this beer literally 30 feet from where it was brewed at the Blackstone brewery and pub in Nashville. The server, Matt, was very knowledgeable in the beers of Blackstone. My first beer was the hefeweisen. My second was this beer - the Nut Brown Ale. I like this beer - a lot. Simple as that. Roasted malt rolls over your tongue and up your nasal cavity. It's a smooth, friendly beer. If Newcastle is the standard, than this beer is stronger in flavor. The aftertaste is more pronounced. It's an exceptional Brown Ale.

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Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mid-to-dark brown with some decent head and decent lacing. Nice malty scent, deep and almost-Entish. Nice flavor, good thick maltiness with a nice slight nuttiness. Goes down well, with a nice semi-sweet finish. A very good example of a no-frills nut brown.

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-04-2011
Freshness: Best by 02-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Geordie Schooner
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Color is a clear, dark brownish-red with an off-white head. The 2 fingers of head fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice amount of lace behind.

The aroma is lightly sweet and nutty. Dark malt smells include toffee, caramel and a little chocolate.

Taste is rich and malty. Somewhat sweet, with a touch of bitterness to round it out. Features toasted and caramel malts and a nutty character. Mouthfeel has medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is malty and lightly sweet.

Overall, a very enjoyable brown - easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler: Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin lacing. Very nutty aroma. This beer is super easy to drink and has a nice nutty and hoppy flavor that keeps your interest. The finish is good and consists of brown sugar and more nuts. Good session beer.

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Photo of brysonbreakey
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A really good medium ale, smooth and nutty as you would imagine. I'm sure a huge reason I loved the beer so much had to do with the great service at their brewery/restaurant, but the mouthfeel of this brew was one of the best and I know it's a weird thing to be particular about but it pushed this beer from the good level up into great. If you ever have the chance to stop by their brewery in Nashville, do it! The food is decent but the beer is great. I haven't had it in a bottle yet but I am sure I will have as soon as I can get to the grocery store to pick up a six pack!

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Photo of akorsak
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from unclejedi. This crosses Tennessee of my list of states to 'visit'.

A: The ale is a dark brown, not quite black, color, impossible to see through. The head made a vigourous splash on pour before receding to a thin white layer.

S: The nose, well, the nose doesn't offer up much. There is a stale vegetal aroma, celery-like, that I found up front. Beyond that though, there isn't too much.

T: The first sip more than makes up for the lack of nose. Dry nutty malts hit the tastebuds right away, providing a very chewy body. The nuttiness smoothly translates into some darker, roasted malts, adding a chocolatey depth to the ale.

M: The mouthfeel really makes up for the poor nose, providing a stout-like chocolate to match the dry nuttiness.

D: I went in not expecting much and have been quite pleased. This means that I've never had a bad beer from Alabama.

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Photo of mustang70
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. serving temp. 55° f

A. pours a 2good finger off white head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring. good lacing that sticks to the glass well. a mahogany brown color that you can see through.

S. I not really getting much from this. maybe some caramel.

T. slightly sweet then the bitterness from the hops shows up. the bitterness stays with you but doesnt get in the way. I am getting toasted bread, walnuts, a light coffee.

M. a medium body with good carbonation that leaves you wanting more.

O. this is a solid beer. not much to complain about. would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, pretty par for the course for a brown ale. No head but I think it was because of the fact that she had to bring a number of drinks to my table so it may have dissipated before she got to the table. Good amount of lacing. Great look, brown ales always look very inviting, this was no different.

S: There was little to no smell here. Really the biggest drawback to this beer.

T: Tasted great, hints of chocolate, a bit of nuttiness with a malt finish. I usually don't enjoy brown ales that much, but this one tasted great.

M: Smooth, very little carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, finished mine faster than I meant to and had to order another to have with the meal.

This was a great brown ale. I've had a few browns, and I'm not usually a huge fan, but this had won a number of awards so I decided I'd give it a shot. It was worth it, I really enjoyed this. And it paired really well with my steak and biscuits.

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Photo of John1985
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a dark opaque brown color. Head starts off thinly white but quickly disappears, Nice rich malty aroma, flavor is dominated by a chewy toasted malt that is dutifully hopped at the end. Aftertaste is smooth. An adequate brown ale, nothing glamorous, but that's not what brown ales are about. A good fall transitional beer for me that will lead from the pale ales into the winter stouts,

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Photo of AbeyBaby66
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent brown ale over all. Didn't know what to expect from this brewery because I had never seen or heard of the. I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with two finger of light tan head. There is a tiny bit of lacing. The smell has some roasted malt character to it, with a slight nuttiness, but not much else going on. The taste also has lots of roasted malt character. There's a little bit of oak, and some almonds. Not bad. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability is great though. Thanks to Chris for this solid brew.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite of the sampler from tap at the restaurant. Poured a nice dark brown with good clarity, a creamy white cap that faded slow and gave spotty sea foam lace. The smell was of bready malts, chocolate and a hint of roast. The taste was of caramel, cocoa, and bready malts with earthy tones. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly sweet. Very good brown ale.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Nashville airport bar in the Southwest terminal. A pleasant surprise while I waited for my flight.

Pours a dark brown that lets little light through; head was small and didn't hold too well.

Smell is rich with dark roasted malts and chocolate, as well as a faint piney hop scent. Nice.

Flavor is fairly rich with roasted malt and chocolate as well, but there's a nice smokiness through that gives it a nice little extra kick. Mouthfeel was a little thin/watery, but overall, it's a very drinkable nut brown ale, definitely one to try if you're in the area.

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Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely mild, even for an English style, however it had an interesting coffee finish, which I don't think I've ever found in a nut brown before. Particularly curious, since the malts were not all that roasted. Hmm.

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Photo of midmarchsnowman
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oftentimes the expectation for American Microbrew of traditional styles with a sweet or flavorful reputation is to turn everything to 11. While the english brown is typically both sweet and flavorful, it's nice to see restraint in this brew. It's has a sugary malty nose and a strong malt finish, with the notes of grass, cream and (obviously) nuts that you'd expect in a nice balance. All that with a relatively light body and a quickly vanishing aftertaste.

While it's a nice light brew to accompany a reasonable savory meal, it would be overpowered by rich entrees. With it's light body someone might try to adopt it as a craft beer drinker's session ale.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rusty brown with golden highlights. A little less than a finger of off-white head. A good amount of film and lacing.

S: Caramel and nutty, this beer has a nice, but subdued nose. Also has a bready like quality to me.

T: Very nice taste. Caramel, biscuit, nutty with a semi-bitter finish. There's also a mild coffee like taste in there.

M: Medium bodied that leaves behind a thin film of aftertaste.

O: Blackstone made a nice beer here. It's nothing mind blowing, but neither is the style to be honest. It's a straight forward, drinkable, and very enjoyable beer. I'll pick this up again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big light tan head that settles into a nice light creamy lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

A rich dark roasted caramel malt aroma that brings with it some black licorice, dark fruits(apricots), molasses and nuttiness.

Dark roasted malts with some cocoa hints taste that seem to lose a lot of the molasses, licorice, and nuttiness of the aroma.

A dry aftertaste that harbors the dark roasted malt taste on this medium to almost full bodied beer.

A pretty decent nut brown, drinks real easy like.

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