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Nut Brown Ale has been through several incarnations since its inception. Co-founders Ted and Skip first brewed the beer as a mild ale (lower-strength brown ale) to represent Q.U.A.F.F. (a local homebrew club) at the Southern California Homebrewers’ Festival in 1995. The beer was popular and well-liked so we adjusted the recipe to increase its body and strength. It was initially released as a seasonal brew named Brownie in the early spring of 1997. A year later, after several requests to brew it again, we made further recipe refinements, designed a new label, and renamed the beer Nut Brown Ale. It continues to gain popularity and win awards. Appearance: Deep brown but still translucent with a rich, chestnut to ruby hue. Its brilliant clarity and fine white foam make it almost as appealing to view as to drink. Flavor: Rich malty flavor balanced by a slight dryness provided by chocolate malt. The hops are subdued but present enough to keep the beer from being too sweet. Aroma: Clean, fresh malt aroma heightened by the nutty scent of the chocolate malt and fruit aromas from the hops and fermentation. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Smooth and lush yet dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1479) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2014
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh, NC (Triangle). Pours dark brown with a frothy light khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, lightly toasted nuts, and faint floral hops. Flavor is really good with smoky roasted malts, cocoa, and light citrus. I dare you to find a better brown ale and a better example of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2053) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2014
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage, served in a wine glass. Pours with a very durable tan head that leaves excetional lacing. The body is very dark red-brown, clear but almost opaque. Aroma: the weak point. Nutty malts with some faint off odors. Flavor: Moderate strength nutty flavor with dark grains and a impression of dark bread. Good, lingering malty aftertaste. O: a decent nut brown but the weakest offering I’ve had from this fine brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (937) - SPAIN - JUN 27, 2014
Botella de 65 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color marron oscuro, casi negro. Sabor a malta tostada, dulce, quemado, muy ligeramente a caramelo y chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Handypaul (240) - - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a big mostly lasting beige head that leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Medium bitter, very lightly sweet in a light body, thin texture, lively carbonation and a brief dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - bomber c/o J&K. Slightly hazy ruby-copper with a smallish foamy beige-tan head. Smells good - very malty, but not all that sweet, nice nutshell and light low-level green herbal bitterness; not much alcohol - oddly, smells "creamy" - loved it, all US brown ales should smell like this (8+). Taste follows, more bitterness, not much alcohol at all, nice and nutty, with no cola or obnoxious sweetness (7+). Slick, weak carbonation, dry nutty malt in the quick finish, quite a bit of roast, like porter level, in the aftertaste - solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (755) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Dark reddish brown color topped by a rocky beige head. Rich nutty toasted malt nose. Soft creamy tangy mouthfeel. Rich and earthy with notes of caramel, pecans and light caramel. Smooth and flavorful. This is a nice brew that appeals to the British sense of tradition while tipping it’s cap to the American West Coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubelknv3 (991) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Reddish-brown, tan-off white head, and mild lacing. Chocolate, caramel, roast, and earthy notes. Medium bodied, malt dominated, mild syrup, chocolate and roast finishing notes. Tongue zing throughout, decent balance, and mild hop bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BobGuts (22) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
I am not a big fan of this type of beer, a friend brought it over to sample. It was, especially for the price it sells for decent. Good to sample it, now I know for sure it isn’t for my taste. But fine to wash down mouthfuls of pizza. But their bottle of Speedway we had was delics ’-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (405) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Deep red-brown color, huge beige head. Roasted malt and caramel nose, earthy. Nutty taste, hints of chocolate and yeast. Medium body, over carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4009) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
22 oz Bottle share with son-in-law on 12 March 2014. Poured into tumblers during a pleasant early evening session on his balcony. Good looking brew, dark brown with full tan coloured blanket of foam on top. The malts dominate both the aroma and taste, with mild chocolate and coffee flavours vying for notice along with nutty undertones. A caramel style sweetness arrives as the beer warms a little in the glass. This is not a really sweet Brown but it does not have much bitterness to temper the roasted malt flavours either. I enjoyed it.

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