Nut Brown Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Developed in London, England, Brown Ale has been brewed for hundreds of years. English and American brewing techniques, combined with generous amounts of Amber, Brown and Honey Malts, give Bitter Root Brewing’s Nut Brown ale its nutty, sweet character.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2005

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of GClarkage
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

01/22/05- Purchased at the brewery in Hamilton, MT.

Presentation- Poured into my 20oz Radeberger Pils glass. 22 oz bottle with no date.

Appearance- Reddish brown coloring, Huge ass big bubbled head and light lacing. (Possibly and older bottle, July or August?)

Smell- Almost nothing but tons of nuts. Walnuts maybe? Heavy roast nut fragrance.

Taste- Maybe more like an English Brown Ale. Extrememly bitter kinda like a ESB almost. Way to bitter for my taste. Then again, maybe it has gotten bitter from being a tad old. I may have to try this one again when I go back in September.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated and hard to suck down. Almost dumped the rest.

Drinkability- Hopefully I just snagged an old bottle. This one was tough for me to finish. Bitteroot is usually a much better brewery than this sample.

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Photo of Shango42
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of beertunes
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thank you to Whitney K. for grabbing this for me on a trip back to her home town. The visuals were what was expected from a brown, but on both the nose and tongue, roast and coffee dominated. Surprising since the use of coffee isn;t mentioned on the label.

The body was a bit thin, while also smooth and even. Drinkability was (for me, I hate coffee) hurt by the roast/coffee flavors. Overall, a solidly decent brew, one that's worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to colts9016 for the extra!

Pours light brown out the bottle, creating a good three finger off white almost light tan colored head. Body is a real nice dark amber/brown. The head sits real tight on this beer and doesn't move or go anywhere, very impressive. Head is supper foamy too very dense. No lacing, but manages to keep a puck throughout drinking.

Bouquet on this is a nice caramel malt, sour roast sensation also. Quite nice, that kind of sour tinge seems not overpowering but almost complimentary. Soft and bold.

Taste unfortunately and literally falls flat. This is a wet but also really carbonated sense of dead cola. Much of what was on the nose is completely missing in the taste profile. Perhaps that sourness was a hint of a bad sign? Really this is almost lifeless in the palate. Sort of a weak tannic bitter, and no malt to speak of.

I can't drink this again, this does nothing for me unfortunately. Things seemed to start off so well then just felt like they went downhill fast with this beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No bottling date.

A: Dark shade of copper with a huge off-white pillow atop. Persistant head retention.

S: Toasted brown malts, graham cracker, and a bit of mustiness that gets worse as the beer warms.

T: Not your typical brown ale, flavor-wise. Brown malts are on the lighter side to the effect that toasted and nutty characters are underdeveloped. There’s also a bit of unexpected fruity sourness that carries into the finish along with a hint of hazelnut.

M: Lighter body with moderate carbonation but still a pretty lively feel to it.

Used to drink this back in my Missoula days and remember it as the best of the Bitter Root beers. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite measure up to my recollection. Judging by the huge head and slight sourness, this bottle may have been a bit past its prime. Regardless, I think they need to up the malt bill.

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Photo of csmiley
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to colts9016 for sending this beer my way.

A - Color is on the darker side of brown. There is a hint of amber in the right light. Head is off white and minimal. It sticks around for about a minute. It recedes to a thin ring around the edges of the beer. Pretty avererage.

S - Starts out with butterscotch and nuts. Alot of bread notes come through in the middle. Kind of reminds me of buttered toast. Alcohol is hidden well. Pleasantly mild.

T - Nuts come through a little more in the flavor. I'm picking up hazelnut among others that kind of come and go on the palate. There is that buttered toast agian. It works in this beer pretty well. Bread crust comes in midway as well. Caramel and nuts finishes it up. No hop presence to speak of.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is light with just a light tickle on the back of the throat. Finish is light and sweet.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. I'm guessing this has a relatively low alcohol level which makes it disappear quickly. The mild flavor and smooth feel are a nice combination. The appearance probably could use a tweak or two but that's the only real issue I can find here. Glad I got the chance to try this out.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of elektronen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear cedar brown, two fingers of creamy tan head retained very nicely
S - mix of nutty and sugar toffee aromas with a hint of graininess
T - mild nutty malt with molasses and some burnt sugars, with a mild grapefruit rind hop on the later finish
M - medium body with a stickiness, sugary feel with a mild bitter finish
O - a nice offering from a brewer I discovered on a trip to Montana, nothing stands out about it but it is flavourful and easy drinking

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Photo of Edie
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Dark, clear reddish-brown in color with a finger and a half of tan head. Good retention and some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Slight tart fruitiness in the back.

Taste: Roasted malts, some caramel, and a touch of green apple. Nutty middle and back, with just a touch of coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately, somewhat lifeless. Light bodied and rather flat.

Drinkability/Overall: Decent beer save for the lackluster feel. Lighter in flavor and alcohol, good choice for a session beer. Not overly filling and you can have a few.

Final Notes: Pretty good brown, but they could use to use a bit more malt to boost the feel and give it a bit more carbonation. Other than that, I like it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather sweet with the biggest aromas being a mix of toffee and caramel. Along with these smells comes some more roasted malt smell and a nice hazelnut like smell. A little bit of chocolate is there is well, complimenting the sweet, roasted and nut nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel with a hint of toffee as well as a decently strong showing of a roasted malt taste. Right from the start there is a nice nutty flavor that grows stronger as the taste moves on forward. All the while the roasted tastes initially grow stronger in flavor and then end up later fading. With a little bit of earth and more caramel developing at the end, one is left with a smooth and sweet roasted nutty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. A little thicker body and a lower carbonation level may have been slightly more appropriate for the nut and roasted flavors of the brew, but overall the feel wasn’t too bad as it did make for an easy drinking feel.

Overall – A somewhat sweeter and nicely nutted brown ale that was rather easy drinking. Rather enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy garnet tone. Huge head that disappears quickly. Not great, but certainly not gross looking.

S - Very nutty, with a tart hoppy twang in the background. nice.

T - This isn't a bad beer, but i've had better nut brown ales. The finish is nice and malty, and lasts quite a while. Lots of toasted nutty character, but not much else that stands out. Tart notes are a little out of control.

M - Decent, slightly on the thin and carbonated side

D - This beer is certainly drinkable, but there are other beers that I would choose to drink first.

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of colts9016
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance A two finger head that has some retention the head is foamy creamy light tan head. The color of the beer is a dark mahogany color with reddish copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A rich roasted caramel malt with hints of nuts. There is a nice light hop floral bouquet with a light citrus.

Taste: A rich roasted malt with hints of nuts a nice light malty sweetness. There is a light hops with floral and light citrus.

Overall: A mildly tannic creamy mouthfeel The body of the beer is medium to medium full. The finish is slightly astringent. The beer isn't too bad The flavors are there but not well rounded.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown in color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-roasted brown malt, chocolate, toffee, earthy

T-roasted brown malt, chocolate,brown sugar, hint of coffee, some hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-solid brown ale, rich flavors, easy drinking

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Photo of Sark
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nice finger of creamy head, dark red brown in color. Very nice.

Smell- sweet notes of malt, almost indiscernable notes of hop crisp

Taste- a little tart on the tip of the tounge, but very nice mild roasted middle, leaves with almost no alcohol finish

Mouthfeel- nice brown ale character, not heavy nor watery

Overall- a very solid brown out of the bottle, I can only wait to try it fresh from the tap.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich red-brown hue with plenty of red highlights when held up to the light. Body is haze-free with a strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of creamy tan foam which is subsiding slowly. Attractive!

Smell: sweet and malty with plenty of nutty, caramelly character. A hint of roastiness and a touch of biscuit (thankfully, not too much) round out the flavor; this is a smooth, yet nicely complex, aroma. I like it.

Taste: much drier than the aroma, the toasty, nutty and caramel character remains. Finish has a definite bitterness, perhaps a little bit less well-rounded than I'd like. Still, a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of creaminess that has a lot of staying power. Quite good.

Overall: I like this beer a lot, although the finish on the palate is a bit rough, especially considering the smoothness of the other characteristics of this beer. Not bad.

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Photo of jordanginsberg
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Nut Brown Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
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