Black Oak Nut Brown Ale | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada | website

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2002

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Ratings:
119
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Derek
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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 wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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%
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 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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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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Photo of kwjd
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 bobsy
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Viggo for sending this along in my CanBIF 3 package.

Pours out a deep transluscent walnut hue, a sandy coloured head that falls to a thin creamy cap.

Toffee malt, milk chocolate, and twig bark on the nose.

Oowee, this is good stuff. Creamy smooth mouthfeel that delivers toasted toffee malts and a rounded milk chocolate flavour, the latter that gets even stronger and more prevalent on the aftertaste. Hooray for a brown ale that isn't dominated by coffee notes. Wet grassy hops start to round out the finish as it warms.

This brown would make a great session ale, and does a service to the Ontario crowd for having it so readily available (or at least moreso than out here in Alberta). Many thanks once again to Viggo for sending this out my way.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 pootz
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RE EVALUATED 04/11/04: Poured a clear chestnut brown color... 3 finger tan sticky head stacks out of the glass and that goes to a 1cm cap and glass clinging lace that lasts the drink.

Medium carbonation. Aromas are pronounced.. sweet bready malts, nutty yeast mustiness and a slight dried apricot note.

Starts with a nice smack of chewy caramel malts then this balances with the grassy hops as the palate gets an oily feel...the middle is malt and nut pronounced...then this fades back as some sweetness is detected and the finish takes over...which is drying,... nutty-fruity and hoppy with a metallic after taste..

A very nice brown!..nutty-carmel a wisp of chocolate-smoke in the finish with good hop balance...my standard session brown.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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 allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a nice creamy, sticky head.

S - Very nutty. Lots of roasted, not burnt, grain and caramelly goodness.

T - Again, nutty. Hazelnut comes to mind most. Solid maltiness as well, and a mild hop presence to clean up.Nothing identifiable in the hops besides a bitterness. Roasted malt is forefront.

M - Dry, creamy and smooth. Body is medium-heavy with a low carbonation.

D - A very solid brew. Sessionable for sure, but also with tons of flavour. Would go nicely with a meal or afterwards.

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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.

Enjoy

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