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 Shango42
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours what Hemingway would call "a medium brown" with a frothy, two finger khaki head with nice retention. On the nose there is a nutty quality, dark roasted malt, acetone, a really nice mixture. In the mouth the nuttiness takes a step back a bit, the roasted malts coming forward a bit, perhaps a bit too far considering how much I liked the rich nuttiness in the nose. The body is medium, maybe a bit slick, with a decent finish.

Overall, I liked this beer quite a bit, especially at cooler temperatures. This is the second pretty great brew I've had from Bitter Root, after thinking I didn't like most of their stuff.

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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 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 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 JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Brewforia a few days ago... Paid a price $6.. but oh well... I am stoked to see such an underrated brewery here in Boise.

Pours with a tan head... great lacing and retention.. the brew is a polished deep chestnut.

Nose smells "brown" ... definitely nutty from the darker malts... hints of cocoa and roasty character translate well....

Flavor mirrors the nose with a mild sweetness that helps drive the maltiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thick side for the style... but I'm nitpicking.

This is a very nice well made brew that I will certainly pick up again now that I don't have to be in Montana to get it.


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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 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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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 mdwalsh
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this guy at the Mammoth Inn Dining Room in Yellowstone NP on our honey moon. Wasn't going to get a beer since we'd had what we'd wanted off the list, then my wife noticed this and decided she wanted it, so we split the bomber.

A: Murky brown with minimal active carbonation but a nice two finger tan head. The head was kinda expansive like a hefe, growing fast all of the sudden and came close to overflowing. A little lace. Looked really nice once it settled.

S: Toffee and cooking caramel, some nuttiness, no hops. A very mild roast. It really smelled like making caramel from scratch on the stove.

T: The taste was more of roasted chestnuts, almost exactly in fact. This was the thing that kept coming back to me every sip. There was also some caramel and what seemed to be a very small amount of very roasted malt or perhaps just roasted barley. Not a coffee roasted taste, but more of a burnt sugar roasted taste.

M: Light, but very flavorful. It ended up having little or no carbonation in it though.

D: Excellent, though you have to like Nut Browns.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Dark ruby color with 1/4 inch dark cream head that dissipates fairly quickly. High carbonation.
S: Nice roasted malt, sweet caramel, and molasses notes.
T: Very fresh and sweet nutty flavor. Nice backbone of roasted malt, molasses, and caramel.
M: Nice light effervescence from the carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
D: Very drinkable...definite sessionability. Not a great beer, but definitely a solid one. Thanks to my father-in-law who brought this one back for me!

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