Black Oak Nut Brown Ale | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of dcollinge
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 KellyGaudreau
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boo-urns
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rukeli76
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akdo
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Tilly
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Isaac420L
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tacticalreload
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of kevinlater
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of Jaisell
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of nate_pacino
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jemarent
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KyleMcD
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Glorithm
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Devon_
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abner
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 FRANKIE65
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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