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: 183
Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

part of a flight at The Casual Pint, Knoxville, TN

Nice looking brown ale, dk brown, off white head which retains.

not much on the nose, malts are prevalent.

Has a decent sweetness to it, and a bit of a bite in the finish.

mouth was medium.

All in all, an ok representation of an English Brown Ale.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice brown ale. Beautiful dark brown hue. Smells a little yeasty. Well balanced to my palate with neither the malt not the hops overwhelming the flavor. Again a little bit of the yeasty flavor coming through.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Refrigerated 12 oz bottle dated notched with a BB date of Nov. 2015.

Clear medium brown body; some sediment from the bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting.

Mild but pleasant aroma with borwn bread and toffee dominating. The flavor is even milder, with a near equal bitter/sweet balance.

Near medium body with low carbonation.

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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 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 gopens44
1.97/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Overall, this was disappointing. Not a ton of depth and what was there tasted similar to river water. Some non-river water earthiness but nothing beyond that. Just not a good thing here.

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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 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 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 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 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 russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a Publix in Maryville, TN, BBD of mid-june 2013

Pours amber/cooper with a pinky of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness & nuttyness

T: Toastyness, some nuttyness & a touch of dryness up front. Slight astringency mixes with a bit of caramel, dryness & toastyness as this warms & a tinge of sulphur. Finishes nutty, toasty & slightly grainy & a bit roasty

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

A fairly drinkable English brown, would take this over New Castle brown any day

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Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan collar. Aromas of lightly roasted coffee. The flavor is coffee again up front, followed by some toasted bread, then a nice anise flavor, finishing with leafy, earthy hops. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a tasty brown ale I would purchase 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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Photo of rangerred
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger tan head.

Aroma of caramel, coffee, cocoa, along with some toasted malt. Really a nice roasty character with this beer.

The roasted characteristics continue into the taste. Some cocoa and coffee up front with caramel in the background. Toasted malt and maybe a little pipe tobacco. A light bitterness emerges towards the finish with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a run of the mill brown ale that doesn't really stand out from the pack. Although it is fairly refreshing and a local brew that I would probably get again sometime.

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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 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 elgiacomo
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by end of Nov 2011. Served at 45F.

Pours clear copper brown with a small light beige head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy cap.

Aroma features some mild nuts, toffee, but also some unfortunate cardboard and maybe slightly metallic. Moderate strength but does get a little better as it warms.

Flavor is better than the aroma and has some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, some herbal hops, fair sweetness mild bitterness, little alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Average Brown Ale, not terribly impressed overall.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery in a pint glass. Dark brown body with a red tint; not much light getting through. A one-finger fan head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is very light overall and only provides a bit of a nutty and toasty smell. A hint of hops comes through at the end.

The flavor is a good bit better than the aroma would suggest. Nice toasty malt flavor with some lighter nut flavor along for the ride. The best feature is the hop flavor that adds just enough of a spicy note to keep this from being totally boring.

Light to medium mouthfeel that is pretty drinkable. Although this is not one of the more popular styles, this one works well overall.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Copperish brown. The color of a semi-old penny. Minimal off white head.

S- A really big nice smelling brown ale. Nutty, dark malt. No real hop presence, but still a slight bitterness. No alcohol. A straightforward, very clean aroma for the style.

T- Nutty malts, followed by a slight sweetness on the finish. Again, no real hop presence (not that one was expected.) Taste is fairly well in line with the smell, but much more mild.

M- Fairly light. A little more watery than I'd prefer.

O- A pretty good brown ale. I remember it being a little better on tap, but rated this by what was in the bottle.

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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 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 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 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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