Nut Brown Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BA SCORE
61.5%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 39 ratings
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States
bitterrootbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,851
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
39
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
10.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 18
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 jordanginsberg
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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 Andalee
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%

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 sjmad23
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cgman1985
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of elektronen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. Watch out with this one- pour gently, because a big billowing, creamy white head results from a moderate pour. The froth sticks around, leaving enough suds along the sides that it will have to be scrubbed out before I pour another (since I have no more of this- pity). The beer is a very dark yellowish brown with a tinge of red.

Subdued nose, but with some noticeable toffee-like aroma, with a very nutty malt-forward flavor. I get some hazelnut and maybe something a bit more astringent, like acorn. Flavors suggestive of dark cherries and plums lend a good deal of pungent fruitiness.

A very nice brown ale, and locally produced. I must visit this brewery soon.

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Photo of beergil
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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 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 neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DeekNayvuz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Nut Brown Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
Beer rating: 61.5% out of 100 with 39 ratings
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