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:
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

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

Photo of Motski
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
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

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Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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 -17.2%
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 yancot
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of mrmanning
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 -12.2%
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 Pmicdee
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - Dark brown with a tan coloured head.
Smell - I sense a bit of chocolate and toasty malt.
Taste - Sweet, nutty, bready, not bitter at all, a tad smokey.
Feel - Soft and creamy. Mild carbonation.
Overall - Nice brown ale.

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Photo of brittmoore_13
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Tilly
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jemarent
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Voonder
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -10.2%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.6%
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

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Photo of Jaisell
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 130 ratings