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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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 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 StephenRich
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +10.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.2%
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 -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 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 jhall00
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a muted red brown highlight. Little head with no retention.

S- roasted nutty maltiness. Muted, but nice.

T- straightforward beer taste, caramel, maltiness. Some prolonged roasted flavors

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel. Carbination was too high for the style

D- Over all good beer for the stylel.

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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 demcorhip
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 cloakNdaggar
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted malts, some nuttiness, sort of bready, sweet chocolate. The aroma overall, was a bit muted though.

Looks brown with red highlights in colour. Medium sized off-white head. Left some lace behind. OK head retention.

Tastes great, not really a very complex beer, but delicious nun the less. Chocolatey, caramel, nutty, and a pleasant restrained roastiness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation was a bit high in my opinion.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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 cratez
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Chancey Smith's in London, ON, along with the Saison and Pale Ale.

Pours a dark brown hue with ruby edges and a thick beige head. Smells of caramel, toffee, hazelnuts, chocolate, and faintly floral hops. I'm also getting some tree bark. Taste is chocolate, almonds, mild sweetness, grassy hops, malty tartness precedes a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with moderate carbonation. Somewhat slick, though it dries out nicely towards the end. Overall, a very tasty drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plops out of the bottle with an audible glurp. Seems very light when the beer is going from bottle to glass, almost like gasoline. Very clear. Nice off white head, but not pretentious like in a west coast IPA etc. Dies down gracefully.

Aroma of light biscuit, chcolate, and caramel malt. Not overly assertive but very well rounded out and pleasant.

Taste really hinges on great use of crystal malt. Very pleasant sweetness almost overshadows some of the chocolate malt.

Very smooth and velvety. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of ericj551
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 mintjellie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown and shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a well retained finger of beige head that leaves behind a good lace.

The scent of nuts and chocolate waft up from my glass with a nice compliment of toffee. It has an earthy quality to it as well.

Delicious chocolate and roasted malt flavour. It's deliciously nutty. Mildly bitter, and wonderfully balanced. I expected it to be on the sweet side when I smelled it, but it's actually pretty dry.

It's a little bit on the thin side, and would benefit from a heavier body. The low carbonation leaves it feeling pretty smooth though. I don't think I'd mind sessioning on this easy drinking brown ale.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of hegelec
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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 Bestuurder
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341mL standard brown bottle. Poured a medium walnut colour. Fine lacing, minimal head. Yet lacing lasted throughout consumption. Light fluffy head (considering lack of head).

The smell is heavy in nuttiness; specifically that of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

Taste is very similar to the scent. Balanced hoppiness with almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Possibly a hints oc chocolate notes, and a strong finish. Very little oak flavour, more subjective than anything else.

Fantastic texture, thick, but not chewy. Excellent carbonation patterning.

Very balanced and presented nicely. Would definitely be have again.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark amber-brown beer with 1/4-inch sustained head of a soft and foamy nature. Solid lacing present, excellent to behold.

Smell - beautiful roasted barley malt with nutty aromatics. Lingering noticeables of chocolate-caramel also.

Taste - very full flavour with a very even, complex malt taste for an extended period but gives way to a molasses-hazelnut taste with just a little hoppiness to keep it balanced.

Mouthfeel - there's a strange way this brew seems very active at the beginning yet fades into a smooth, almost creamy feel in a very subtle way. Nice indeed.

Drinkability - probably only a couple of these. Tasty, but not a beer I'd have gallons of.

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Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of TheHammer. You're the man Marky.
Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white, creamy head. Decent retention. Leaves sheets of sticky lacing.
Smell of roasted nuts, caramel and bready malts with a little bit of chocolate. Man does this smell good.
Taste almost identical to the nose. Like the bottle says, very robust. Sweet bready malts anc caramel nots are balanced out very nicely with a nice, dry hoppy, roasted nut finish.
Mouthfeel is clean, smooth and well balanced and the drinkability is excellent.

Overall, the best English Brown Ale Ive had to date. They didnt hold back at all in the flavour sector which helped its drinkability. I didnt want to put this thing down. Thanks again Marky for this mother of a beer. Highly recommended for anyone fond of English brown ale's.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Came in a brown bottle with an Acorn and Chipmunk on it. Poured with a half finger of head that did not lace but retained quite well. The beer itself is a deep brown with red highlights and yet is surprisingly clear. Carbonation also looks exceptionally good.

Smell: Definite nutty smell, as I'm catching a blend of almonds, walnuts and chestnuts. The background has a nice array of sweet malts, caramel and a light chocolate hint. I'm also catching hints of dry and fruity hops. Very good and true to the name but took a bit of warming to come out.

Taste: Very true to it's name, starts with a nice sweeter malt flavor then turns to a very well balanced bitter taste. An influx of nut flavor with roasted malts and a mix of hops makes this beer a treat.

Mouthfeel: It is quite good, but a bit conflicted as it does leave a nice nutty flavor, however it is a bit dry and lingers for a bit too long. It does make up for it though with how smoothly it goes down and for having solid carbonation.

Drinkability: This stuff goes down smoothly and refreshes nicely. However on the downside, the slight dryness hinders this aspect and I can see it causing stomach issues around the 5 or 6 beer mark. Still solid stuff.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a solid offering which is frankly is a beer for many different seasons. I can see this going well with food, being good on the patio, good for nursing, good as a desert beer. After I polish this six pack, I'm going to certainly try some of Black Oak's other offerings.

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Black Oak Nut Brown Ale from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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