Nut Brown Ale
Black Oak Brewing Co.

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #20
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,563
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
137
From:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  29
SCORE
86
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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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +7%
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
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Vyacheslav from Canada (ON)

3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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
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Motski from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -33%
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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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Service: Can
Canned: Aug-25-2017


A:
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)

S:
Nutty malts, brown sugar, toast. (4)

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

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

O:
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
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dcollinge from Canada (ON)

4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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
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akdo from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Enjoy

Aug 24, 2015
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abner from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle purchased for under $5 CDN from LCBO. Served well-chilled into an Alexander's Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - Solid 1.5 fingers of ivory head, leaving some sticky lacing on the sides of its glass during its rapid retreat. Clear dark honey brown color, with a few copper hues thrown in. Little carbonation is present.

Smell - Nuts, especially walnuts and almonds, with a slightly chocolaty undercurrent. Faint floral note bursting with energy. But overall nuts are the star here.

Taste - Nuts again with a slightly spicy earthiness that takes over and doesn't let go. Well ingrained mild hop flavors blend well with the malts in play here. Pretty tasty overall

Mouthfeel - Watery and a touch on the thin side, this is more noticeable due to the lack of carbonation. Medium- light body with a moderately dry finish. I was expecting a little more distinction here.

Overall - A tasty nut brown ale that has good aromas and flavors just is lacking abit win terms of texture and feel. Still a pretty good brew from this Ontario Brewery that has quickly gained my attention with my first couple of experiences.

Mar 08, 2014
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first out of the OCB holiday mixer pack.

A - Pours a crystal clear brown colour, thumb of off-white head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is quite nice with musty caramel, toasted almonds, hints of maple and burnt sugar.

T - Again quite nice offering up a heavy nut flavour with the toasted almonds and a solid caramel and burnt sugar malt backbone. A leafy green hop flavour lingers amongst a touch of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A solid brown ale that fits the style to a T. Nothing over the top, but definitely flavourful. Well worth seeking out.

Nov 03, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the OCB giftpack, 341ml into a tulip. Having had this numerous times, curious as to why it's taken me so long to review this.

Mahogany brown, with some chestnut highlights. Filtered as all Black Oak beers are, a cream coloured head of a finger and change sits atop. Good head retention, solid lace. Substantially nutty and toasty with some light fruit esters in the nose. Maybe a hint of chocolate. Simple and pleasant. Taste follows, more toasty malt notes, grains, hint of nuts and dark bread. Generally low carbonation, smooth feel. Probably the best beer in Black Oak's year round line-up, barring 10BY.

Jan 08, 2012
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear brown/ruby color to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing all the way through.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, some definite cherry, nuts, roasted malts, and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice upfront nutty character to it, dark fruits and malts, a bit of chocolate and some light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Dec 06, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, herbal notes, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts, and chocolate. There is also a grassy/herbal flavour and some light hops. It ends with a chocolatey malty aftertaste.

Overall – One of the best beers within it's style that I've tried so far. It had a lot of great flavour but it isn't cloying in any way. I'll be happy to buy this one again and will keep my eyes peeled to find it on tap.

Nov 29, 2011
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from this season's OCB sampler, served a bit warmer than fridge temperature.

Pours a clear, deep brown-bronze colour, with a decent-sized finger of frothy, off-white head seated on the surface. Decent retention; it takes a few minutes to seep away, leaving a creamy coating on the surface and respectable quantities of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good aroma; heavy on the toasted malts, a little nutty with a healthy dose of molasses and bittersweet chocolate. Some leafy, herbal hop notes but for the most part its just malts on the nose.

This is a tasty brown ale. Once again the dominant flavour is roasted malts; nutty in nature and a little biscuity with hints of almonds. Molasses, brown sugar and more bittersweet chocolate are also prominent with a few notes of dark fruit. Herbal hop dryness mingles with roasted malts and a vaguely coffee-grind-like bitterness in the finish, lingering for a short while on the palate. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Kind of thin-bodied, maybe pushing medium, with a bit too much carbonation for my liking. Leaves a slick feeling on the tongue afterward.

I was in the mood for a brown ale tonight and this one really hit the spot. Easily one of the better browns available in Ontario; highly sessionable and smooth with a thoroughly enjoyable, balanced flavour. A bit more body would put this into must-try territory. If you like brown ales, this is a very safe choice that comes highly recommended.

Nov 28, 2011
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Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a one finger head into a pint glass, little retention or lacing on this ruby brown brew

Malt, molasses, floral hops with dark bread

Taste follows the nose on this well balanced brew
with some dark fruit

Light bodied for the style, smooth, dry with some carbonation, this is a crisp sessionable brew that is lightly bitter - I will pick this up again sometime soon

Nov 27, 2011
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bryehn from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rusty brown colour with ruby tones. A moderately-sized light tan-coloured head gets retained as a collar and film while leaving some spotty lacing.

Strong nutty aroma, like hazelnut or walnut with a ripened cherry-like fruit tone backing it up. Fresh grains and dark malts poke through as it warms.

Tastes of thick, slightly sweet dark malts at first with a nicely-balanced crispness. Thick, oily nuts and dark chocolate come through in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a mild but noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Goes down creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and has a nice, bitter tartness to the aftertaste.

For me, this is an excellent example of an English Brown Ale. It has a robust aroma and is very drinkable, particularly with a meal that involves red meat.

Aug 10, 2011
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of a sixer picked up at my local booze emporium.

Poured into a nonic. Ruby chestnut, a large off-white head. Great retention, patches of lacing cling to the upper reaches of the glass.

Nose is malt, caramel, biscuit, roasted something-or-other (hazelnut?), hops, and a nice smoky aroma.

Tastes smooth and about what I've come to expect from Black Oak. A solid brown ale, flavorful, with a big malty, chocolate and caramel opening, and a dry, lightly hopped finish. Reminds me a great deal of StoneHammer Dark, which is a good thing.

Medium-light bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Dry, bitter sensation remains on the tongue.

Just what the doctor ordered: a readily-available Ontario brown ale, well-made and decently priced for a sixpack. Nothing pretentious about this beer: just a solid, easy to drink ale, perfect for a fall evening.

Oct 30, 2010
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, poured into a beer glass, received in trade via TheSevenDuffs

Pours an amber red, with a touch of a brownish hue about it. Too nice for my liking, but saved by globs of lacing and a bit of mocha-white head that retains forever. The nose of the beer is dominated by biscuit malt, along with a caramel sweetness, but I love biscuit malt so all is well...

The body itself is dominated by biscuit, but not overly so with hints of coffee playing into it. It is a bit thin with solid carbonation. An easy drinker, but I was hoping for a bit more dark roasts in here to play with the biscuit malt / nuttiness aspect of the beer.

Oct 15, 2010
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass

A - Dark brown colour with one finger of thick, foamy cream coloured head.

S - Toasted pine nuts, hazelnut, some roasted malts and a slight coffee and chocolate nose. There is also a nice light sweetness in the background.

T - A nice palate of roasted malt, toasted nuts, sweet caramel and the faintest hint of coffee. A nice palate for a nut brown ale.

M - Light body but somewhat silky and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - my favourite nut brown ale and one of my regular go-to beers. An excellent beer!

Oct 11, 2010
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo. Pours a dark reddish-brown colour with big white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells very nutty with mild chocolate roast. The beer fairly sweet tasting with the nuttiness coming through. Cabonation is a bit higher than I would like, but other than that it is a very good brown ale.

Sep 24, 2010
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Enjoyed last night.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown body with a rocky 3 finger head that's not quite tan and not quite white.

Smell: Very nutty, some malt, a bit of chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Some nuts with malt and finishes with a tinge of hops. A whisper of chocolate in the background. Found the flavor to be good but not lasting.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium-bodied and some bitterness. Balanced and finishes clean.

Drinkability: I could see myself having this again probably.

Overall: A good effort though it lacks a little sustenance in the flavor. Still worth trying though.

Aug 31, 2010
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