Nut Brown Ale | South Shore Brewery

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6-5-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark brown, cloudy with 1 finger of foam, decent lacing ring with carbonation present

S - Roasted malts, roasted nuts, caramel notes

T - Medium bodied yet smooth, roasted malts and nuts with caramel, slight hop bitterness

M/D - Pretty tasty, nice blend of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, hop bitterness was low which helped balance this brew. I recommend this brew

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Photo of Metalsnota
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is really an English dark mild (and a damn fine one at that). Transparent brown, with quickly dissipating head. Smells of caramel, toffee, and is a bit fruity. The taste is a complex does of all of the above with some earthiness added to it. I would love to try this on cask and it has become a local go-to for one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I bought this beer up in St. Paul, MN but I'm not sure. I've been saving it for awhile.

Nice dry brown ale. It reminds me of a dry version of turbo dog or Real Ale Brewing's Brewhouse Brown Ale.

Lots of roasted coffee notes. A tinge of cream maybe, some dark brown bread, A little bit of prickle on the tongue. A nice rich lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin but otherwise this beer is quite good.

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Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown color ruby hues are able to shine through when held up to the light, with a very thin white head that dissapears rather quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the outside edge of the glass as well as in the center of the glass
s: cocoa, sweet, caramel malts with little hop beitterness for balance
f: roasted caramel malts with not much hoop bitterness nothing overwhelming but nice
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew and will get it again

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Photo of mwilbur
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Sven & Ole's in Grand Marais.
A: Slightly cloudy brownish red color with high carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head with decent retention.
S: Roasted malt, slightly bitter note, and definite nut aroma.
T: Dry bitter roasted malt hits first, then gives way to a creamier almost smokey wood note. Interesting. Hint of nut develops more as this warms. Faint banana ester note too.
M: Medium body but light on the tongue. Taste lingers decently with some maturation. Smooth and coats well.
D: Very drinkable and a good beer, especially for the style. Excellent sessionability. Glad I got to have this one on tap and will try more offerings from them.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big English Brown Ale fan to begin with but the price was right at $3.99 a 4 pack.

I can't really rate this against other Brown Ales as I'm not fully experienced with them yet. Overall I'm getting some of the general brown ale flavors; coffee, biscuit, bread, sourdough.

The head was nonexistent and dissipated quickly. The smell was almost not there as well.

Overall I would say this is a positive experience, I would probably get this again because I'm finding it very sessionable, and I'm actually enjoying the coffee/biscuit taste (which is something I usually try to avoid).

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Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown body under an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Strong retention, solid lace. Quite nice.

S: Pretty sweet, with candied hazelnuts, caramel, and toffee being the main components. Rich, but perhaps a bit unbalanced.

T: Nuttier and toastier than the nose, but still full of rich toffee + caramel sweetness; the sweetness and toastiness combine in a distinct flavor of toasted marshmallow. No hops presence to speak of, which is a shame, as the finish is decidedly too sweet.

M: Solid medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Lovely.

O: This was a tasty brew, and with some more hops it could have been really terrific. Underrated, if you ask me.


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Photo of Hanby
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- About a finger of head, and light brown in color.

S- I could pick up a light nutty scent.

T- Malt with subtle nut, maybe almond. The alcohol taste wasn't too strong.

M- Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Not very strong carbonation, but not too weak either.

O- I enjoyed this. I first had it at Morty's Pub in Bayfield, WI, then picked up a six-pack. I'd definitely try it again; it was my first nut brown ale, so I'd like to try other's to compare.

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Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deepwater. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. Smell is malty. Taste is pretty much what I expect a brown ale to be, I can taste a slightly nutty taste if I use my imagination and some pleasant malt flavors. Mouthfeel smooth. Very drinkable and well balanced. A decent offering from South Shore.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

filled the glass with a clear and brown colour, kind of light. small off white head that disappeared rather quickly. i can't pick out much from the smell other than a sweet malt. the smell is good and makes me want to take a big swig.
upon swigging said ale, i tasted a nuttiness and lots of malts. very little hops, which makes this a very sweet ale. it leaves a very malty aftertaste which lingers, with a bit of tang, agging you on to take another sip.
the drinkability of this is very good, and since i just now go availability, i may just pick up a 6'er for drinking out in the backyard while grilling zucchini and mushrooms.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent by a friend in Wisconsin for a sampling, poured cold into a pint glass this nut brown ale shows a nice reddish brown clear color with a solid light tan head that settles but holds full and decent lacing. The aroma is a pleasant chocolate coffee malt and yes, some nuttiness detected, quite good as nut browns go. The flavor is malty sweet with some yeasty grain goodness, well carbonated for a lively yet near mid-bodied feel. I get the sourdough idea which settles into a near charcoal sense. Very refreshing and very drinkable. The hop aspect is somewhat muted but it comes through in grassy highlights of the finish, almost a dryness despite the sweet malt qualities. It's a somewhat aggressive effervescence which in some ways kills any hope for creaminess, bordering on astringent such that I may not want to pound these too much, but it's definitely decent and worth a try. I'm just not crazy about the finish, a little too grassy for me.

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Photo of Skidz
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out light orange-brown and sits sienna brown in the glass with a small off-white head that fades to a light skim.

Aroma is chocolately and full of caramel. Nuttiness makes up the background. Sweet maltiness is inviting and also provides some nice hop aomas.

Tastes of caramel and nuts. Hints of cocoa. Finishes mildly bitter with light acidicness and caramel-like sweetness.

Crisp yet creamy in the mouth, light carbonation. An easy brown, not outstanding.

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Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly-murky golden brown in color, topped with a minimal off-white head (just a ring around the glass really.) The nose has the prerequisites going on, with roasted malt, a hint of unctiousness and a slight tang. SWEET rich malt from the get-go, as in sugar cane sweet, molasses sweet . . . sort of intense. For those of you who don't respond favorably to unbalanced, cloying sweetness, the good news is that it relents, yielding big notes of caramel accompanied by a toasty, nutty malt quality. At this point it settles in for a smooth, slightly creamy glide to the back of the palate with each passing sip, with mild diacetyl lazing around on the tail end of the palate (and in the aromatics). The nuttiness also lingers nicely once you've become inured to the sweetness, and the tanginess in this brew is tempered, perhaps a bit too attenuated to call this truly well-balanced. Although it's not a strong offering (and not-quite medium bodied) the effect of the alcohol is lightly boozy, and this could easily become 'warming' after a few pints. Back to the 'unctiousness' in the nose (signifier of the the oily, nutty character) - there are light tannic notes related to this aspect which definitely add to the overall complexity and drinkability. It's a quite drinkable Brown, a Breakfast Brown if you will, with a good taste and mouthfeel. It's really not a bad beer at all, and rather true to style. I've had this on draught several times over the years and several times in bottles as well, and it's been a solid, consistent drinker each time. I consider it my favorite of South Shore's year-round packaged offerings, but am not surprised it doesn't rate higher here. Still, good on South Shore for finally making it to the Twin Cities area! Hopefully we'll see some of their more adventuresome draughts in the future.

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Photo of brdc
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Similar to the tap version, it is not exactly brown, but a murky reddish color, but the off-white head has less retention than the on-tap version.
The aroma is again quite good, perhaps better than the on-tap version, malty, earthy, nutty and fruity, even sweetish on the nose.
It is, however, just like the on-tap version, a bit thin on the mouth, and just nutty and malty, but lacks some of the complexity found on the nose.
All in all, a decent brown ale.

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Photo of steorn
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown with a thin head.
Malty nose,nice ad mellow.
Sweet malt at first sip followed by a move to gentle hoppiness.Rather a thin mouthfeel,and a thin yet resilient head.
Short-lived aftertaste leaves me wanting. A little more to it as it warms,more malt.A very easy drinking ale.Certainly not the best Ive ever had,but it would be a great everyday beer.Not scary for the novice.A good session beer for when you are just drinkin.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent enough looking ale, although there is not much for head, retention, or lacings. Clear chestnut in colour with a mild level of carbonation.

A nice english style brown ale aroma, though certainly more toffee in the nose versus nutty aromas. A very mild estery character also present that hints at McIntosh apples. Some earthy and leafy hops present as well.

Some hazelnut comes through in the taste, as well as a nice toffee character. Esters are quite mild and are almost lost in the other, richer toffee and nutty flavours present. The leafy hops with a kiss of earth and bitterness appear at the finish. This is a pleasant english brown.

Not quite medium bodied, decent malt backbone is offset by the hops with their leafy character and clean bitterness. Slightly creamy in feel, with just the mildest hint of astringency.

This happens to be their flagship beer and it definitely happens to be a tasty and drinkable brew that would be quite nice to session. A good beer to have if looking to get into darker brews, as well as for fans of the style. Glad i picked up a six to split with friends back home while in Ashland.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy brown. Ale yeast toasted malts in the smell with a bit of caramel. Clean, nutty, toasted malt taste. Slightly sweet malts with caramel notes.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beach Club in La Pointe, Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Tasted 21 August 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium reddish brown. Brought to me with little head, but what was there stuck around, and lots of lacing clings to the glass. Taste is malty but balanced, with a nutty, light sweetness. Finish slowly fades away. Mouthfeel is the highlight - medium-bodied, creamy, with lots of little bubbles. Overall it's a decent, light, brown ale - refreshing and good, but nothing special.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a transparent bay. Head is small and off white. It quickly disappears to nothing.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate, dried nuts, and sweetness.

Taste: Caramel and dried pecans. Very sweet with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Almost no bubbles.

Drinkablility: Pretty decent. I could drink a few but its not good enough to waste a night on it.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brown burgundy color with a smoky white head that dies down quickly. The beer has a very pleasant smell, nutty and malty sweet. The taste has a sort of smoky flavor to it, and also exudes nutty malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with amber highlights, traces of patchy off-white skim.
Toffee notes on the nose, with vague suggestions of peanut brittle, and damp earth, and roasted grain. The nose is not strong, but it's pleasant.
The same can be said for the taste. Sweetish, at first with some caramel, sweet dough, and toffee. It's backed with toasted grain, and a flash of roastedness. Hops are negligible.
Light-medium bodied. It's pretty decent interpretation of a English Brown, and plenty drinkable. One of my more favorable experiences with South Shore.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is actually an English Mild (according to the website). I checked because I didn't find the full flavored brown ale in this.
Pours an amber brown with an almost white, tan head that doesn't last and doesn't lace much.
Aroma's of nutty, chocolate malts not much hops on the nose.
Taste is the same, nutty, dark malts.
Mouthfeel is lacking for style, thin and maybe even a little over carbonated.
I could definatly drink a few of these it is extremely sessionable and a good flavor overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky rustic orange with highlights of bronze and red. One of the great mysteries in this life, at least for me, is why brown ales aren't brown. The cap is a fetching shade that is roughly the color of golden brown sugar ice cream and has enough gumption to hang around for a bit. Arching strands of soft lace appear as the foam recedes.

Nut Brown has a pretty standard nut brown nose, but it's a pretty good one. It's lightly dark malty with plenty of earthiness, a modest sour fruitiness and a trace of untoasted nuts. No great shakes, but if the flavor follows suit, I'll be satisfied.

Good beer. Given the dictates of the style, I'd say that South Shore did a more than creditable job with this one. It's 'brown' malt dominant with flavors akin to the aromas noted above. If anything, there's more sweet nuttiness on the palate than there was in the nose. The sourness is easily managed and adds interest without intruding.

Along with the fruity sourness (fermented fallen apples) is a twinge of phenols, but they too are subtle and they too contribute in a positive way. Too much more of either one though and Nut Brown Ale would start to slide the other way on the drinkability scale. As well, I appreciate the tongue pleasing amount of flavor... for the style.

The body/mouthfeel fits well within the parameters of an English Brown Ale. It neither impresses nor disappoints and, in that sense, is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes. Bigger would, of course, be better.

Nut Brown Ale is the second South Shore Brewery beer that I've had and I'd put it a nose in front of Honey Pils in terms of likeability. It isn't likely to blown anyone out of the water, but those Wisconsonites looking for a solid brown ale could do a helluva lot worse.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost like a burgandy. Very little head that is gone in less than 10 seconds. Not a lot on the nose. Maybe some nut aromas. This beer improves when you taste it. It has a full body and a viscous, creamy mouthfeel. It has a nice caramel malt flavor with a nice roasted nut accent. Very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. pours a semi hazy, deep brownish amber. has one finger of tight white head that dissipates into a soapy ring.

smell is of malts, namely caramel and chocolate. not much for hops here. notes of coffee, citrus (very light), and mild bitter hops (distant), all atop a nutty base which is light, but present.

taste is also malty, with the same caramel and chocolate malts, but some pale malts as well. hops are reserved and mild, mainly bittering. the taste has a nutty base with a touch of coffee. almost synonymous with the smell.

aftertaste is light hops, nuts, cocoa and coffee. semi-dry with a slick mouthfeel. pleasant.

mouthfeel is slick and creamy. medium-bodied.

drinkability is decent. this brew has good concentration, but is a bit held back overall. there could have been more bold flavors to reduce the watered-down character, although it is still well balanced.

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