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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 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 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 Jredner
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is hay/grass and grains. Comes across lagery smelling. Reddish brown with a diminuitive pinky thick tan head. Fore is nutty, a tinge tobacco-like with peanutskins and sweeter malts. Fairly low intensity flavor gives it a steeped tea bag feel flavor wise. Not at all bad tasting just very thin.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and heavy with maple syrup, roasted nuts and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the smell, but the same flavors of maple syrup, roasted nuts & caramel are the ones that dominate. The malt character is heavy and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is dry and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, decent representation of style, but overall I just wasn’t very impressed.

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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 fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in colour with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Aromas of nuts, malt, and toffee are dominant. There are flavor notes of caramel and chocolate malts, nuts, herbascious hops, and a touch of bread. It also has a lasting sweet finish. Very complex.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on cask at the brewery whilst on vacation in Nashville. the bar tender was quite friendly. This is a place worth chekcing out. On to the beer.

A - This one looked great. It had a big creamy head that had the appearnce of coming from a nitro tap. Poured a dark ruby brown; nearly black.

S - There is not much here despite being served near room tempreture. There is some hints of a malt sweetness, but not much; pedestrian at best.

T - the taste was ok, but I was expecting a bit more flavor. It had a slight taste of dark fruit, with a bit of nuttiness and barely any roasted flavors. Some sweetness lingered, but all ofthe flavors were fairly muted.

M - Was excellent, creamy and rich. Again it had the feel of coming from a nitro tap, which I like.

D - This one is a easy drinker because of the light flavor. However it is the absence of flavor that makes me not want to have another.

This beer is worth a shot, and was nice to have on tap, but nothing special.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Blackstone as a part of the sampler. Honestly, this was my least favorite. Pours a nice brown color, but there was little or know head to speak of. Smell was lightly toasted malts, some almond, though not too strong. Likewise, the taste wasn't bad, it just seemed watered down. Maybe the bottled version is better. Lighter body than some others are reporting, in my opinion. Decent drink, however, wouldn't mind sessioning this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent representation of the style. The beer has some nice chocolate, malt, pecan, and caramel flavors. Good toasted / roasted character without the harsh roasted grain bite. Nice flavors without having a big body. Remaining medium bodied and easy to drink. Cleans up a bit in the end, except for a light grainy flavor that lingers.

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Photo of aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't one of the rich browns with a lot of malty complexity like the late, great Boyne River Brown. Istead, it's pretty much a basic brown flavor. Low sweetness, a bit of wood. Little to no hopping, a tiny bit metallic, but it is an easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Repeal of Prohibition tasting event in St Louis.

Very nicely balanced brown ale. This one caught my attention because it had a much fuller body than I expected. There was a lot going on in this beer and it is different and stands out from more traditional brown ales I h ave tried.

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Photo of hopdog
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in trade with SpringsLicker (thanks!).

Poured a deep and slightly cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, chocolate, and toasted malts. Tastes of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Has a sweetness to it.

Notes from 10/16/05

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Nut Brown Ale is of course a brown ale with a huge rocky head that laces the glass. The aroma is slight chocolate and sweet malt aroma, but both are somewhat difficult to detect. The flavor is slight chocolate andwith an ever so slight nut flavor. The bitterness is good, and the beer fairly drinkable.

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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 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 gmfessen
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #2 on the sampler, beer is a deep amber brown color and a thin, creamy head. Nose is faded but I pick up malty notes, especially dark, toasty ones - bits of burnt chocolate and coffee. The flavor agrees with the nose, lots of roasty, toasty dark notes, almost a bit smokey. I would have to say that burnt chocolat dominates. The mouthfeel is full bodied and has a creamy carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer and one I would order again.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received through a gone by BIF from Clvland0. Nice, simple labeling with no born on or freshness dating. Pulled from the cellar during a down time in my stash limit.
Poured a beautiful clean and dark brown with a small off white head. Just a little lacing on the glass.
Simple brown ale, with a tinge of caramel and darker malts. Not overly complex, but simple and true. Doesn’t have the hops that most American versions have, but seems to stray more towards what you would find on cask over the pond.
Light bodied, it finished extremely clean, with no real sweetness or dryness.
Would win over the hearts of the macro lovers. I could see myself drinking several while sitting in a pool hall or just hanging out talking with some friends on the deck.

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Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice dark ruby color with a quarter inch off white head. There is a strong malty aroma with nutty hints. The flavor is nice and malty and not too heavy. There are nutty caramel flavors and some sweetness as well. This is a decent beer but there is something in the flavor that is a slight turn off.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above its deep-chestnut body and creamy tan head, a swirling aroma of nutty-cocoa with a hint of darker chocolate and a cusp of roastiness reaches out to you. Its suggested richness, or perhaps sweetness, doesn't carry through to the flavor though, and at first sip it may at first seem a bit thin. Such is not the case, as it's intended in the English style; and subsequent tastes prove it to be satisfactorily flavorful. It's mainly malty, although some leafy, grassy and floral hops are present along with a touch of yeasty fruitiness, and it displays everything that the nose suggests. There's a bit of acrid astringency to it however, perhaps from the use of some deeply kilned or roasted malt, that's not particularly pleasing. Still, it's otherwise a very clean, and very drinkable, brown ale. Moderate bitterness balances it, and it finishes short, dry and flinty.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleased to find a local microbrew on tap at a hotel bar in Nashville. No carbonation or head to speak of and basic mouthfeel. Nice taste with hints of caramel and nuts. Easier to drink than many nut browns I've tried. A good versus the other options but not my ideal recommendation if heading to Tennessee.

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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, and ok representation of an English Brown Ale.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark copper, almost brown in color with some orange highlights. 1" head lingers a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: nuts and some caramel are picked up by the nose.

Taste: mild nuttiness, caramel, light breadiness, and a mild bitterness make up a decent but not overwhelming nut brown.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very short lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent to quaff, almost a session beer. I thought this was one of the better offerings at the brewpub.

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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 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 Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What a head unit – an easy pour produced a massive cloud of tan, floating on a dark oak pour. Sticking to the side of the pilsner glass like streams of glue.

Quaint aroma of roasted English nuts, woody and earthy. Light bodied quaff revealed some chocolate and a touch of coffee. I’m hoping this is under 4.5% - if it is, we have an exceptional session brew. You know, the kind of brew a lot of BAs always want to have available.

Another nice brew sent via the CEO / Old farters BIF from undlejedr.

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