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%
 
 
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7
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20
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 70
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 Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of brm300
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 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 bigox420
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bryehn
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rusty brown colour with ruby tones. A moderately-sized light tan-coloured head gets retained as a collar and film while leaving some spotty lacing.

Strong nutty aroma, like hazelnut or walnut with a ripened cherry-like fruit tone backing it up. Fresh grains and dark malts poke through as it warms.

Tastes of thick, slightly sweet dark malts at first with a nicely-balanced crispness. Thick, oily nuts and dark chocolate come through in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a mild but noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Goes down creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and has a nice, bitter tartness to the aftertaste.

For me, this is an excellent example of an English Brown Ale. It has a robust aroma and is very drinkable, particularly with a meal that involves red meat.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of a sixer picked up at my local booze emporium.

Poured into a nonic. Ruby chestnut, a large off-white head. Great retention, patches of lacing cling to the upper reaches of the glass.

Nose is malt, caramel, biscuit, roasted something-or-other (hazelnut?), hops, and a nice smoky aroma.

Tastes smooth and about what I've come to expect from Black Oak. A solid brown ale, flavorful, with a big malty, chocolate and caramel opening, and a dry, lightly hopped finish. Reminds me a great deal of StoneHammer Dark, which is a good thing.

Medium-light bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Dry, bitter sensation remains on the tongue.

Just what the doctor ordered: a readily-available Ontario brown ale, well-made and decently priced for a sixpack. Nothing pretentious about this beer: just a solid, easy to drink ale, perfect for a fall evening.

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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 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 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 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 StephenRich
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the first local breweries to show me great beer was the Black Oak Brewery located in Etobicoke Ontario, just outside of Toronto. Black Oak is a true small batch brewer focused on quality beer, local support, and passion. If you frequent many of Toronto's beer bars you can often find Ken Woods, owner and founder, running around with kegs in both hands making sure that all his patrons have ample supply of beer!

Black Oak brews all of their beers using reverse osmosis water, allowing the brewer to completely control the mineral content of the water to best reflect the beer which is being created. This is the type of attention to detail you can expect from thisbrewery. My favorite thing about Black Oak is how Ken came to become a brewer. Ken studied business and became a Certified Management Account working in Finance. But in 1999, after years of working as an accountant, he realized that he just loves beer way too much not to turn that passion into his livelihood.

Ken dropped business and started the Black Oak Brewery in order to realize his true dreams. Thank you Ken for your beer, and for your inspiration!

The first Black Oak beer I ever tried, which is still the one I look for the most, was the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale. Nut Browns have for a very long time been among my favorite beer styles. They offer such a great range of savory and sweet flavors in perfect harmony; Black Oak's version provides exactly that!

The Nut Brown Ale is available at both Beer Stores and LCBO across southwestern Ontario in 6 packs on 341ml bottles at 5% abv. It pours a deep brown with a light golden shine piercing through it, but it is very dark, close to brick. It lifts a short tan to brown head capping a very alluring beer, but eventually fading.

The nose is rich in malt, nuts, dark caramel and roast. There is also a whiff of dry coffee which seems like it will come back later to add a needed bitterness to restrain the sweet nuts. One of the nicest aspects of the nut brown is that it is not trying to trick you; when you drink it, it is very straight forward. It comes at you with caramel malt, sweet and creamy nuts, dry roast, and finishing with a crisp and dry coffee note. The sweet malts play across your tongue, while you really get a nutty and earthy flavor in your cheeks and across the top of your mouth.

There is a light hop that helps quench at the end of the beer, but really what stands out by then is now crisp and clean this beer really is. It tastes like quality, and it feels amazing. It's not heavy, but it is full. But it also dances on your palate without making too much of a fuss. It is still among my favorite beers, and is incredible in the summer by the barbeque.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

341ml bottle from a sixer at the LCBO. Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of creamy off white head which has really good retention, maintaining a creamy topping and a few spots of lacing on the glass..

Kind of a boring style but these folks do it well - Really approachable beer, lovely nutty roast, hint of cocoa, biscuit, pleasant, quenching drying roast bitterness in the finish, a light fruity sweetness, hint of hops, medium/light mouthfeel which makes it feel not too thin and yet mega quaffable. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with a hint too much carbonation.

I've oft overlooked this offering but it is a top notch session-brown, the type of beer that appeals to many and goes with many a meal. It's not the Imperial brown that many top beers in the style are but well crafted nonetheless.

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Photo of IllNate
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This courtesy of Liamt07, cheers!

A - Poured with minimal head, disappearing quickly. Very nice colour though, nice light brown. Would like to see more head/retention.

S - Smelling a lot of caramel malts in the nose. Hint of roast.

T - Nice nuttiness. Again tasting caramel malts. Slight roastyness. A little residual sweetness, but that's pretty common in this style.

M - Nice. Smooth a little thinner than expected.

D - Pretty drinkable for the style, but I wouldn't have more than 1 or 2.

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