Nut Brown Ale | South Shore Brewery

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
105 Ratings
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of dav2080
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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 Nickyscott1899
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Metalsnota
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
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 dose 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 +21.2%
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 Fuzzycuffs
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of xmasboy
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of bscalt
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Zatch90
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of happygnome
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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 NodakEric
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ipeters1017
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby brown with no head. No bubbles are visible. Smells of rich malt and nuttiness, with caramel notes as well. Taste is pretty much the same, malty and nutty with some caramel sweetness. There's an earthy undertone to the whole thing that's very nice. Medium mouth feel, very smooth and a bit of carbonation. Overall, a damn fine brown ale.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +10.9%
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 The_Original_Drinker
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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 ManWithNoName
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Giesch
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of beerformyhorses34
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery
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