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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Nut Brown AleBlack Oak Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based on the traditional Nut Brown style, Black Oak’s award winning Nut Brown highlights the best features of this style of beer. Often referenced by local beer connoisseurs, and used in beer appreciation classes by local culinary institutions, with repeated appearance in magazines such Food & Drink. The Nut Browns accolades include being voted Best in it’s Class, accompanying a gold medal at The Canadian Brewing Awards in 2004. It additionally received a medal at Gourmet Food & Wine Show. A favorite enjoyed in winter or year round, this satisfying and robust Nut Brown Ale will pleasantly surprise you.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

P: Thank you to my big sister and her family for turning me onto the Ontario Craft Brewers' Discovery Pack No. 2: 6 assorted bottles. All the way from Toronto. Nice Christmas gift, EH?
#4 in a series.

A: Pours a chestnut brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Faint malt sweetness in the aroma.

T: Malty and sweet on the palate with a nutty character that emerges in the foreground. Finishes moderately dry.

M: Thin-bodied to a fault with minimal carbonation.

D: Decent for the style. Easy drinking, but not complex enough to warrant multiple sessions.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this around for a while.

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a modest off white head. Settles to a thin layer.

Aroma: Whaffs of chocolate malt, some toffee, a bit of fruit.

Taste: Holding up pretty nicely. Fairly sweet, fairly malty, not enough hops to balance it out. I question their choice of yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

Final Statement: Reminds me a lot of Big Rock Traditional Ale, that may not be a great thing.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Deep amber/brown pour with a half finger beige froth. Brown sugar, caramel and nutty aroma with a bit of milk chocolate and metallic nuances. Sweet nutty and slightly roasted malts with good bittering hops and a slight metallic twang towards the finish. Sweet lingering aftertaste. Nice.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with gold highlights -- with an aggressive pour I got a finger of off-white head, but it faded to a thin ring of fine bubbles, leaving some weak, droopy lace and rings of spots. Aromas of roasted nut are present, but so are butterscotch, caramel, and a bit of coffee. I don't know why, but they're less appealing than they sound. A bit of sourness on the palate, which is a good thing, as it would be dominated by the sweetness otherwise.

I usually quite nut browns, but this didn't bowl me over. I think it's too sweet, but the fizziness keeps this from being syrupy. Disappointing for the style -- probably would not get this again.

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Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Clear brown with 1/8" creamy white foam which was gone pretty quick.

S - Burnt toasts, malts, a little nutty, hint of coffee.

T - Strong toasted malt flavor with some bitterness. Also pretty complex with traces of caramel, coffee, nuts and wine notes.

M - Low carbonation with a smooth finish.

D - A little better than average because of the tasty complex flavours.

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Photo of Voonder
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally I got to this one! Thanks bobsy!
Pours dark brown colour with literally no head. Smell - earthy, malty, nutty, sweet notes coming through as well. Taste - malts, some coffee, spises, nutmeg. Plain, but still enjoyable. Smooth, good carbonation, easy drinker. Pretty good beer, I'd drink it on occasion.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle acquired in trade with blankboy (thanks!).

Poured a medium brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of stronger caramel with some roast and nuts. Tastes of the same strong caramel, chocolate, and toasted nuts. On the sweeter side.

Notes from 12/29/06

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark reddish/brown with a thin beige head that leaves lots of lacing.

Not much on the aroma, some malt, grains and some dried/fermented fruit maybe.

Nothing special, pretty malty and sweet/syrupy, needs more hops!

Pretty drinkable thirst quenching beer, but I would never buy this.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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

20oz pint at Volo Cafe on Yonge Street North in T-dot. It's been another one of those days in CIBC-land, and I need a local salve - could this be it?

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, thickly soapy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent scattered lace around the glass in its short wake.

It smells of nutty, kind of grainy caramel malt, a bit of wet ash, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and herbal, earthy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, some hazelnut and walnut, well, nuttiness, a weird, but generally benign medicinal tinge, weak day-old coffee, and a mere suggestion of lightly fruity and floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its tickling and supportive frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes well off-dry, nutty in a vaguely caramelized sense, and yet with a few persistent souring notes.

Overall, an ok enough nutty brown ale, but nothing particularly worthy of sending out for, as it kind of reminds me a little too much of my teetering apathy towards the style. However, sitting here in the near-darkness, looking out on the slushy environs of the center of the freaking universe, I suppose that I could do much, much worse, eh?

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle sent to me by pootz, poured into a pint glass.

Nice looking beer. Pours a lovely clear reddish-brown colour. 1 inch of head erupts off a vigorous pour, leaves some nice sticky lace. Carbonation is very mild. Aroma is sweet. Nutty and full of caramel with a hefty crackery malt backbone. Hops are floral and peppery, mildly herbal.

Taste is nutty and chocolatey, lightly roasted and very crackery. Lightly herbal. There's a bit of soapiness that's a little unpleasant, but I think this bottle might be just a little past it's prime. Medium bodied but still seems watery for some reason. Carbonation is zippy. Finishes very dry. This is a tasty brew that I'd love fresh on tap or on cask, just this bottle is a bit past it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Bar Volo blind cask tasting. Aroma sweet chocolate and coffee. Dark amber. Thinnish body. Drinkable but needs to sit for a while.

I had it in bottle 2.5 years earlier: Some coffee, mollases and licorice taste. Nice black with white head appearance.

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Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black Oak Nut Brown pours a clear light brown with a thin but lasting head. I smell a bit of sweet toffee malt and just a hint of a darker roasted malt. A bit of malt sweetness comes through at first, giving way to crisp, darker malt and hop bitterness. The bitterness and roasted malt meld together into a dry finish. The body feels a little thin at the end.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not overly brown, but its getting there. Nice and clear, half finger pale tan head subsides to leave a nice collar.

Decent aroma. Some floral and herbal notes from the hops, as well as some toffee and walnut from the malts.

Taste is much like the nose, but some esters with the character of apple and pear make a brief appearance between the malt and the hops.

Not bad, but not great either. Somewhat light and watery in body. Would prefer a touch more malt character as well. But other than my minor quibbles this is a very well balanced ale.

Also quite drinkable, and easy enough to session. Pretty approachable fare. Something i would enjoy again with the opportunity, although i wont be turning over stones to try to find more.

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Photo of hegelec
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341 mL bottle into a chalice. Decent amount of off-white head and great retention (thanks to torrified wheat). Good lace. Looks appetising.

Smell is somewhat subdued. Hints of chocolaty sweetness and a slight earthy hop. Nothing is jumping out at me yet.

Taste is good, and gets better when it warms. This is bready, chocolaty, floral, and nicely nutty. It seems to me that the fine balance owes more to the roastiness than the hops. Finish is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is much, much lighter than expected; also, the beer seems slightly over-carbonated. Try this and the Sam Smith Nut Brown back to back and you'll realise why I scored so low on mouthfeel ... the SS is liquid velvet.

I'd ratchet up the body a bit and maybe lighten the carbonation a tad. Otherwise, it is tasty and quite drinkable. A good effort, but not the best this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of Long813
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: NA
From: liamt07

A: Dark brown body with light escaping the edges and one finger of white head. Poor retention and little lacing.

S: Nutty aromas, roasted malts and some hops.

T: Much like the aromas, nutty and roasted malts, faint hop notes.

M: Thin bodied and medium carbonation. Thicker than water texture and leaves a nutty aftertaste.

D: Pretty solid brew. Thanks again Liam. Overall it's very pleasant.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stumbled across this brewery while browsing beerfly. I grew up a five minute bike ride from them so I decided to check out what they had. I am not really familiar with brown ales so lets see what they're about - Not bad - this is a pretty good beer. A dark copper color (copper/brown i guess) mild head but at least it sticks around for a while. Lacing is decent too. The smell is very lively - a little spicy. Tastes ok too - but the taste doesnt quite live up to the aroma. Bitter mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I may have found my new session beer. Delicious. Poured a clear brown with a small, half finger head. Head stuck around, and left occasional lace on the glass. Smelled like a good breakfast. Toast, butter, peanut butter and coffee. Decent amount of hops as well. Oooooh, good taste. Not sweet, but... Starchy? Bit of nuts as well, with a smooth buttery swallow completed with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is about medium. Crisp, and smooth. Very drinkable. It's simple, but damned good.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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.


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Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber/brown pour. Medium off-white head w.little head retention. Clear pour, little carbonation. Semi sweet nose....malts, light chocolate notes with minimal "nuttiness". Taste i seem to pick up more chocolatey notes. Some hop bitterness, subtle malts and a good combo of chocolate/nuttiness. Hop bitter lingering finish....Drying, chalky finish. Dry, crisp mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. A good sipping beer, nice for a cool fall/spring day like today.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cola color topped by a 1/2" head of bubbly, bright white head that leaves a film and laces really nicely.

The aroma is mildly caramel and a little roasty. Nothing mild blowing though.

There's a mild roasted nuttiness here, along with some minor toffee notes, some nice chocolate is at play also -- a decent amount of bittering hops in the finish lingers in the after taste. Finishes dry.

This is far from my favorite style of beer, but this is certainly one of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of this summer's OCB pack, I picked this up on a recent trip to Ontario.

Pouring into a mug results in a nice dark brown colored ale, with a finger of off white head. Lacing is present, but very minimal.

Scent is a light malt with a hazelnut or walnut tinge to it.

Taste starts out slightly hoppy, but mellows out into some malts and nutty flavors. A hint of chocolate rounds it off.

Overall, a very nice, smooth, drinkable brown ale. I was surprised to look down and find it gone so quickly.

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