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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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown color with a tan color along the bottom of the glass. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight toffee. Fits the style of a smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight hop finish. Overall, smooth, good blend, and nice body.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -4.1%
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 Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +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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Photo of IPAcraig
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 akorsak
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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 drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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 spiveym
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Jredner
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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 John1985
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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 SheepNutz
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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 whartontallboy
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Dithyramb
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this back for me from his trip to Tennessee. This one pours a nice deep brown color with a small ring of head over the beer. The nose is really roasty, with huge roasted nut and coffee tones. It smells really nice. The flavor is right there with big roasty, nutty tones that finish very slightly coffee bitter. The feel is a bit thin. I'd like more body, but its still not bad. Overall, a very servicable beer. I would have it again.

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 aracauna
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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