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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
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:
#13,868
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
127
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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 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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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nutty shade of brown indeed; this shares the colour of roasted pecan shell and displays vivid chestnut highlighting. It's a dark, toasty tone but offers just a smidgen of smeared clarity. There isn't much topping although it's threadlike outline is surprisingly adhesive and tattoos layers of thin, gangly lace. Black Oak Nut Brown not only looks good, it also looks to theme!

The aroma displays a soft, quiet bouquet of cocoa dusted malts, heavy toasted bread, weak coffee and a handful roasted nuts. Neither the roast nor hops are very forward like they are in many American variations but they are present nevertheless. Despite all this making for a very pleasant smelling beer it never really becomes a very time consuming activity.

This is one tasty beer. It's fairly robust for a nut brown, showcasing ample roast, sweet caramelization, and crisp bitterness. Flavours of toasted bread, fresh roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder and a big bowl of candied nuts ensure the beer is drank in big gulps. I can't think of any more suitable pint to have around the cooling autumn season.

I can't make any sense of anions, cations or charged ions but I can notice that this RO (reverse osmosis) water certainly imparts a kind of mineral rich profile synonymous with the classic, original English nut browns. Although I know it's brewed 40 minutes from my house down Highway 401, you might guess it's a product of Newcastle or Yorkshire.

Ontario's craft brewers aren't exactly the most visionary or imaginative bunch but most of them do a pretty fine job at replicating traditional British ales; Black Oak's Nut Brown is evidence of that. Although this brewery has proven themselves capable of being creative with one-offs and casks releases, I still like their reproductions of the classic UK styles best.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass jan7 2010

A clear amber except for a few random chunks and some suspended particles and some bubbles. a thin fast falling head leaves just a patch of lace

S lots of caramel with some mild hops and it's a little nutty

T not far from the smell but some chocolate comes out that I didn't notice on the nose and perhaps even a little coffee

M no too much visible carbonation but a fair bit in the mouth

D no major complaints with this beer, well rounded and worthy

thanks again adil for the chance to try this one. another pretty good beer I may not see this far west again for some time

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear chestnut brown colour. The pint came with a thin, light tan head with good retention.

Smell: Rich and malty with a distinct nutty aroma complimented by very light, earthy hops. Very enjoyable balance.

Taste: Chocolate and toasted malts blend nicely with a pronounced nuttiness. Bitterness stays just in balance, but takes a backseat to the malts until the finish, which is on the dry side.

Mouthfeel: Dry, grainy texture in a medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Great malty flavours without being overly sweet. Excellent for a session. Main downside is the slight grainy astringency, but this doesn't detract much from the drinkability.

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Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally reviewing this one.

Pours a clear red/brown, dense off white head forms, settles down into a thin layer with plenty of lace. Smell is nutty, very malty, some toffee, crisp floral and citrus hops, nice balance. Flavour is sweet up front, malty, grains, toffee, finishes with a smooth floral hop kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Lots of breweries in Canada make a nut brown, but Black Oak is the only one that does it with some sack. Great session beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -21.9%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kwjd
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Rich, nutty brown in colour, with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of caramel and hazelnut waft upwards...this smells delicious. Flavour is nicely nutty, with chocolate and grapefruit bitterness coming through. Smooth and clean on the palate. Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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