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Kelso Nut Brown Lager | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Kelso Nut Brown LagerKelso Nut Brown Lager

Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by plaid75 on 10-22-2006

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 142
Photo of Nickls
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Half-finger of light tan head; foggy dark brown color

S - Sweetish malts; light hint of grain and a bit of chocolate

T - Malty sweetness; grainy-metallic flavors

M - Thin with muted carbonation

D - Decent; and I could see this being a decent session brew if the metallic flavor wasn't there. Otherwise has good potential

Overall, nice to try this out, but not the greatest example of the style. Not sure how this is a Euro Dark Lager IMO; anyway, decent brew.

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Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint at Mothers in Williamsburg Brooklyn on Graham Ave. It has a good blend of smokey and nut, crisp and refreshing to drink.

Pours a clear brown/red with a slight foamy head, semi-bubbly. It has a somewhat soapy smell, but in a good way?

Slight bitterness, great, robust flavor, carbonated with malt in the back of the throat.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Rich bready two finger head that won't quit. Sizable active bubbles and plenty of lacing. Body is pretty textbook copper with red overtones.

S--Not much. Faint whiff of lager yeast, maybe some almond on it.

T--I've never had a lager this full-bodied before, and it intrigues me. Lots and lots of yeast on this, with nice hop character that freshens it up. Cold this isn't much of a beer--faintly metallic, and really just clean. Once it warms up, however, you get plenty of hops blossoming out and the nuttiness, which is somewhere between chestnut and almond (less deep than Sammy Smith's Nut Brown), comes through. Deep barley, almost roasted tasting, shines out with some warmth, too.

M--Even after all that head there's a heap of carbo that isn't really necessary for such a rounded-out brew. Other than that it's your typical, mellow medium-bodied lager feel.

D--Very high, especially given the ABV. Packed with flavor for a session beer. An interesting, good, if not great, beer. I'd call it a hang-your-hat-on kind of beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dirty garnet-colored pour, with a heavy, but wavering head. The few, the proud, the... infantry is running in the other direction. The lacing laps around the glass in boring Nascar fashion. The brew is just a few degrees off my prescription.

Roasted almonds & toffee while still very cold. A healthy amount of hazelnut & alcohol comes into play as the glass sweats. Smells like an iced down Frangelico.

More hazelnut, whole grain bread, even some peanut. A mild, but lingering taste of citrusy bitterness finishes it off.

Carbonation is middle of the road, but very soft on the tongue. Quite easy & clean while chilled, though finishing off the growler got a little sticky, with the alcohol becoming more evident & separate from the other flavors. I should of kept the bottle in the insulated fried chicken bag Whole Foods gives out. Just a result of my laziness, not wanting to get up for the fridge five times. The Giants were getting killed & it was just so much fun to witness. :P Still, the beer fell apart at the very end.

One growler down before the third string quarterback got thrown to the dogs. I'd call that drinkable. :)

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this is my fourth growler since whole foods on the bowery started offering this great service. only 7.99 for the growler....I got to say that it is a pretty sweet deal. Also I like Kelso...they are one of the few breweries that do mostly lagers, and I don't really have to much to complain about with this beer. It is an easy drinker, that is full bodied, and I think that it is a good cross over beer for people who might want to try something than their typical macro.

A- Pours a opaque brown color, with a minimal white/tan head...with very little lacing.
S-Nutty chocolaty malts....slightly sweet, with a bit of hop muskiness.
T/M/D- Almost a medium body with light chocolate, and nuttiness. Smooth and full bodied....does not appear to be a complex beer, but has nice subtle flavors. Hazelnut, pecan, and some walnut. A bit of planty hops, and a slight bitterness that does not overwhelm in the finish.

It's pretty nice to be able to take this one home.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a bunch of times in Brooklyn, and was surprised to see that there haven't been more reviewers for what I consider our finest brown (surprisingly, I think this well-hopped lager's got more bite than Brooklyn's Brown Ale or Six Point's Brownstoner).

Pours a coppery brown with very little head and thin droopy lace. I'll admit, it doesn't smell like much cold -- some subtle malts, some nuttyness, but once it warms up a bit, the citrusy hops come out. As I said, I think it tastes great. They must use a blend of citrus and bitter hops to give this beer its complex character. Sour fruit, roasted malts, and a hazelnut / walnut thing going on (not a surprise with the name and all...).

Medium body, but a crisp finish for the lager style (it's something they do with the hops), it's very drinkable. One of my standard choices at local bars.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found on Tap at 67Buger in Fort Green, Brooklyn. Pours a nice chocolate, copper color with about one finger worth of fluffy white head. Smells of toasty malt and subtle hops. Taste is a strong caramel malt and brown sugar up front followed by a nice solid hop flavor and bitterness. Nice toasted barley character in there too. Mouthfeel is a bit off. Its nice at first, but then thins out in the middle of the sip and then picks up again at the back of the palate. Not bad. It went great with my blue cheese and bacon burger and sweet potato fries. Very drinkable to boot with enough flavor and character to keep me interested.

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Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes of a Brazen Head cask festival.

Poured out a dark copper brown color, with a big uneven off white head, nice lacing. The nose offered a good malty spine surrounded by mild spice, and a hint of wood. The taste countered with some hop action, but balanced nicely by the sweet malt. Mild spicing adds good character to the beer. Crisp mouthfeel and a clean finish, this beer has sessioning written all over it.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong up front toasted grain. Smattering of spicy hop as well.

The taste also featured a nice roasted dark malt with a good hop spiciness. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was full, yet clean.

Overall a nice drinkable lager. Certainly a solid session beer.

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Kelso Nut Brown Lager from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
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