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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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127 Ratings
Black Oak Nut Brown AleBlack Oak Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
blackoakbeer.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,950
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
127
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
Trade:
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of JPNesker
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcollinge
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of nate_pacino
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brm300
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Phoenix, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario.

Appearance: Brown (obviously), mild carbonation/head.

Smell: Sweet malt & nuts.

Taste: No apparant taste from hops. Sweet, but relatively balanced with chocolate malt bitterness. Certainly more of a complex nutty taste than typical brown ales (Newcastle, Neustadt 10W30). Fresher, with more flavour than imported Samuel Smith Nutbrown. This is a world-class beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderate malty body.

Drinkability: The balance is slightly tipped to the sweet side, but it's VERY drinkable.

I've had this by the bottle as well, and enjoy it very much.

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Photo of MeadEater
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindsquall
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of this out of curiousity. Interestingly, one of the labels was put on the bottle upside-down. I found that to be quite amusing.

Anyways.

This poured a transparent dark brown brew with a centimeter thick head, a good looking beer if you ask me. To the nose, a very bold malty smell. Very clean, like a whiskey malt. This very clean malty taste makes it's way to the palate, with a defined hop presence in the finish. Fairly smooth with a slightly bitter undertone.

This goes down nicely, and it is quite a delicious beer.

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Photo of akdo
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at C'est What. Told the nice barkeep that I wanted something local, full flavored and interesting. She chose this as my first of the day. Poured dark brown, though clear, with a fluffy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Nutty malty aroma with some earthy hop highlights. Very inviting.

More malty than anything else, with the expected nutty malts taking center stage. There were a good bit of roastier malts in there, chocolate and some fruits. Very light earthy or herbal hops hanging way in the background.
Medium bodied with a tingly carbonation that washes away the malts. Very drinkable and hard to put down.

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Photo of KellyGaudreau
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abner
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TheHammer. You're the man Marky.
Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white, creamy head. Decent retention. Leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
Smell of roasted nuts, caramel and bready malts with a little bit of chocolate. Man does this smell good.
Taste almost identical to the nose. Like the bottle says, very robust. Sweet bready malts anc caramel nots are balanced out very nicely with a nice, dry hoppy, roasted nut finish.
Mouthfeel is clean, smooth and well balanced and the drinkability is excellent.

Overall, the best English Brown Ale Ive had to date. They didnt hold back at all in the flavour sector which helped its drinkability. I didnt want to put this thing down. Thanks again Marky for this mother of a beer. Highly recommended for anyone fond of English brown ale's.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of wiseguy142
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plops out of the bottle with an audible glurp. Seems very light when the beer is going from bottle to glass, almost like gasoline. Very clear. Nice off white head, but not pretentious like in a west coast IPA etc. Dies down gracefully.

Aroma of light biscuit, chcolate, and caramel malt. Not overly assertive but very well rounded out and pleasant.

Taste really hinges on great use of crystal malt. Very pleasant sweetness almost overshadows some of the chocolate malt.

Very smooth and velvety. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of EpicHobo1
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

341ml bottle from a sixer at the LCBO. Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of creamy off white head which has really good retention, maintaining a creamy topping and a few spots of lacing on the glass..

Kind of a boring style but these folks do it well - Really approachable beer, lovely nutty roast, hint of cocoa, biscuit, pleasant, quenching drying roast bitterness in the finish, a light fruity sweetness, hint of hops, medium/light mouthfeel which makes it feel not too thin and yet mega quaffable. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a hint too much carbonation.

I've oft overlooked this offering but it is a top notch session-brown, the type of beer that appeals to many and goes with many a meal. It's not the Imperial brown that many top beers in the style are but well crafted nonetheless.

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Photo of StormAles
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cant believe I passed up trying this beer for so long. Its one of the tastiest micros in Ontario.

I pours a clear brown copper color with a creamy tan head that leaves tonnes of spindly lace behind. The carbonation is amazing, a dense pack of tiny bubbles moving very slowly to the surface. The bubbles are microscopic. The aroma is of dark malts, cocoa powder and herbal hops. The taste is lusciously malty with a nutty crystal malt flavor as well as raw barley notes. Hop flavor is more assertive than most Brown Ales, it really comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy with carbonation.

This is one awesome brown ale, up there with Ringwelter and Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a very light head and some slight lacing

Aroma was fairly nutty and malty as I would have expected.

Taste was dominated by sweet malt with minimal hop flavour. The caramel malt is well pronounced and there is a lot of nuttyness to it as well. Quite good but not as complicated and bold as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is pretty low and soft. Very drinkable.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the first local breweries to show me great beer was the Black Oak Brewery located in Etobicoke Ontario, just outside of Toronto. Black Oak is a true small batch brewer focused on quality beer, local support, and passion. If you frequent many of Toronto's beer bars you can often find Ken Woods, owner and founder, running around with kegs in both hands making sure that all his patrons have ample supply of beer!

Black Oak brews all of their beers using reverse osmosis water, allowing the brewer to completely control the mineral content of the water to best reflect the beer which is being created. This is the type of attention to detail you can expect from thisbrewery. My favorite thing about Black Oak is how Ken came to become a brewer. Ken studied business and became a Certified Management Account working in Finance. But in 1999, after years of working as an accountant, he realized that he just loves beer way too much not to turn that passion into his livelihood.

Ken dropped business and started the Black Oak Brewery in order to realize his true dreams. Thank you Ken for your beer, and for your inspiration!

The first Black Oak beer I ever tried, which is still the one I look for the most, was the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale. Nut Browns have for a very long time been among my favorite beer styles. They offer such a great range of savory and sweet flavors in perfect harmony; Black Oak's version provides exactly that!

The Nut Brown Ale is available at both Beer Stores and LCBO across southwestern Ontario in 6 packs on 341ml bottles at 5% abv. It pours a deep brown with a light golden shine piercing through it, but it is very dark, close to brick. It lifts a short tan to brown head capping a very alluring beer, but eventually fading.

The nose is rich in malt, nuts, dark caramel and roast. There is also a whiff of dry coffee which seems like it will come back later to add a needed bitterness to restrain the sweet nuts. One of the nicest aspects of the nut brown is that it is not trying to trick you; when you drink it, it is very straight forward. It comes at you with caramel malt, sweet and creamy nuts, dry roast, and finishing with a crisp and dry coffee note. The sweet malts play across your tongue, while you really get a nutty and earthy flavor in your cheeks and across the top of your mouth.

There is a light hop that helps quench at the end of the beer, but really what stands out by then is now crisp and clean this beer really is. It tastes like quality, and it feels amazing. It's not heavy, but it is full. But it also dances on your palate without making too much of a fuss. It is still among my favorite beers, and is incredible in the summer by the barbeque.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 6 pack at Summerhill LCBO in Toronto, ON. 5.00% abv, 341mL twist bottle. No freshness date, unfortunately. Into a wine glass @ fridge temp.

Even chestnut brown body with a small off-white head. Loses the head quickly.

First aromas I get are sweet and fruity. A bit of yeasty funk. Roasted malt. Very organic.

Carbonation is just right. Very creamy and full mouthfeel. Palate is a bit sweet, offset with roasted bitterness and a hint of sourness. Finish is malty, caramelly, but restrained and dry. Coffee is apparent. Spices and dark fruits. Yum.

The best brown I've had thus far.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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