Nut Brown Ale
Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
English Brown Ale
Ranked #24
Ranked #18,703
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
May 29, 2022
Feb 06, 2002
Very Good
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Notes: Our Nut Brown Ale is a British Inspired Brown Ale. This medium bodied ale is rich and smooth, boasting lots of roasted coffee & chocolate notes. It is balanced and satisfying all months of the year. This brew was one of the flagship Black Oak beers back when Ken opened up the brewery in 1999.
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Courtesy of @coronaeus NBS BIF 15:

This one pours a beautiful dark (but see through) brown, and it is crystal clear. The head is dense and long lasting and it has just the slightest brown added to its head. As I sip it down I'm getting some great lacing.

Nose on this beer is roasty, nutty, with a slightly sweet fruity note that gives of raisin like vibes.

The taste is where this beer really shines...first and foremost a walnut like nuttiness is very evident, this gets followed up by a raisin like fruit note. As the beer finishes the roast shows as well as some subtle chocolate. It also shows a nice hop note on the finish, earthy like.

A very drinkable beer for me, light body, noticeably dry yet fruity (raisin) like finish. The hop and roast both show themselves with a low but obvious bitterness.
May 29, 2022
Rated: 4 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark brown with a medium head.
The malts come through on the smell, but a hint of the hops too.
The taste starts out hazel nutty and chocolates but on the back end things settle back and you notice the hops with a three bears dry finish....just right.
Mouth feel is dry and refreshing.
This beer gets an A in my book, a go to beer for me, especially in the summer.
Feb 22, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by madhungarian90 from Canada (ON)

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Vyacheslav from Canada (ON)

3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bought in cans in Toronto. Second review on beer advocate...

Not my kind of beer but maybe for those who are into a spoiled almond nut taste if there is such a thing, maybe I had a lemon but it seemed a bit foul, the best I can describe it is it seemed that the almost wooden, nutty, deservedly so named nut brown flavor was way too much, it just didn't seem balanced to me.
Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours reddish brown with a generous off white head. Aroma: Caramel sweet, slightly nutty. Flavour - caramel sweetness offset by well balanced sweetness.
Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Apr 12, 2018
Rated: 5 by tomghiley from Canada (ON)

Apr 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Motski from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
It.s okay. Black Oak makes some tasty brews, but this one is mediocre. I've had much better nutty brown ales. Clear dark amber, decent off white head. medium carbonation decent retention and lacing. Nice aroma of roasted chestnut. Kinda of a bland, sweet nutty flavor. Finishes mildly bitter. Not a repeater for me
Mar 10, 2018
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Rated by garthbrennan from Tennessee

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Typical Brown colour. Nice nose, smooth flowing and flavourful!!!
Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by BigBry from Canada (AB)

Jan 21, 2018
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Service: Can
Canned: Aug-25-2017

Pours a clear mahogany with hints of ruddiness in the light, a couple fingers of airy tan head that lowers to a film. Okay retention; specks of lace. (3.75)

Nutty malts, brown sugar, toast. (4)

Follows the nose with some light dark fruit sweetness, hard water, and a light hop herbal bite at the finish. (4)

Pretty thin body with active carbonation, and a soft malt finish that lingers a tiny bit, very drinkable. (3.75)

This is a tasty, old school brown ale that was drinkable and enjoyable.
It pours pretty nice and seems like a solid, to-style type of beer. Nothing flashy, everything is there. Easy to drink and doesn't really encourage thinking about it. A nice beer that I could definitely drink two or three of. (3.75)
Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by ConnorG from Canada (ON)

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by The-Jolly-Imbiber from Antarctica

Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by JPNesker from Canada (ON)

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by MeadEater from Canada (ON)

Jul 10, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by dcollinge from Canada (ON)

4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My favourite brown ale in every taste-off that I've had. Beautiful copper-brown colour, perfect head retention, pronounced malt sweetness balanced with just the right bitterness to make me want another. Medium body is dead-on for the style.
Mar 23, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by KellyGaudreau from Canada (ON)

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

May 06, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Feb 18, 2016
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Reviewed by akdo from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: The beer has a body that is in the darkest shade of browns. In a nutshell, it has the same colour as the darkest dark chocolate. It produces a one-finger mocha head, which is pretty resilient. The head ends up being a crown ring that laces the glass.

Smell: The malt dominated the nose. There are hints of chocolate.

Taste: The beer tastes like caramel, nuts and dark chocolate. Then, it moves on to notes of roasted chocolates mixed with a subtle hint of coffee. Unlike other Brown Ales I have tried, the malt in this beer is not as present as it is in a Doppelbock.

Feel: A moderate carbonation can be felt at the beginning of the tasting. Other than that, the beer has a medium body because of its bitterness at the end makes you think of a toned down Schwarzbier. It is also a little bit creamy. The beer has a low dryness, no astringency and is creamy.

Overall: In general, I loved this beer as it is not too sweet. In fact, the malt complements the hops well whereas some Brown Ales' malt kill the roasted and bitter taste. Well done.
Feb 13, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by Tilly from Kentucky

Jan 20, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON)

Dec 28, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by OneTuffPony from Canada (ON)

Nov 28, 2015
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Rated by Tacticalreload from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
It's a good beer, but I found the oak after taste was a little over powering
Nov 06, 2015
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Reviewed by kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
473ml can into nonic pint glass. "PKG ON AUG 24/2015" clearly printed on the bottom of the can. consumed sep 12 2015

a: pours light brown, then develops into a transparent dark brown colour. a finger of tan head

s: sweet caramel, roasted nuts, coffee, and a bit of milk chocolate and cocoa. slight herbal hops too

t: up front is the sweet caramel malt, milk chocolate, and herbal/leafy hop flavours. mid-palate comes quickly and shifts greatly to the big roasted nuts flavour -- think hazelnuts and almonds. finishes mostly sweet with a light bitterness and some earthy notes

m: medium-minus mouthfeel, close to watery, with sub-moderate carbonation

o: a fantastic brown ale. can't say much else!
Sep 12, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by KrisDLSmith from Canada (ON)

Aug 25, 2015
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high whitish/brown head that lasts forever. Very dark brown color and filtered clear.

S- Good hop and malt base.

T- A bit light considering how dark this beer is. Not very intrusive but has a nice nutty aftertaste. Not a big one but this mild brew is not in your face

M- Like a regular mass produced beer like a Bud

O- Nice but will not buy again. There are more beers out there to try. Not saying this is a bad brew, just that it's a brown that doesn't do anything outstanding good.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with........ Sliced cured meats. Salami, sopressata, prosciutto and hams.

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 4.51 by nate_pacino from Canada (ON)

Aug 03, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by jemarent from Michigan

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by KyleMcD from Canada (ON)

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Mar 06, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by Devon_ from Canada (ON)

Feb 08, 2015
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Reviewed by abner from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Just the right amount of hops and flavour when the uber-hoppy ales are too much. Nice chocolate and coffee hints but again, not over-the-top like some newer trendy ales are wont to be. It will be on my 'go to' list from now on.
Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by FRANKIE65 from Canada (ON)

Jan 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this one at the LCBO while at home this past October

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 25 September 2014
OG: 12.3 degrees Plato

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with excellent retention. Mahogany brown body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. A nice full wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew all around.

SMELL: Caramel, nut aromas, with light black and chocolate malts as well. Some grassy hop notes in there too. Good stuff.

TASTE: Caramel, nut flavors and chocolate up front, with a bold and lingering finish of roasted nuts, caramel and toffee sweetness, light grassy hops, touches of dark chocolate and some burnt flavors as well. Bold and interesting. Good stuff here too.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry.

OVERALL: Another more-than-solid Black Oak brew. It seems like these guys know what they’re doing and make sure they nail a beer before releasing it out on the open market. This one, their Nutcracker Porter and Ten Bitter Years are all brews I’d happily drink on a regular basis. Well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the style. Cheers!
Dec 30, 2014
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is exactly what a brown ale is supposed to taste like, in my opinion. Pours mahogany in colour with a nice 1cm head. This doesn’t taste like chocolate or coffee just malty goodness. A tad sweet but otherwise Fantastic.
July 18 2020
Nov 15, 2014
Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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