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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BHeart (72) - - AUG 4, 2012
Fantastic nutty chocolate malt aroma, with some coffee notes. Dark brown pour with a reddish hue. Crisp dry taste, nutty chocolate malty, slight hoppiness. really a terrific brown! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lobs_ols (205) - LATVIA - JAN 22, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 Clear crimson, strong beige head. Chocolate, toffee and nuts on the nose. Very smooth, sweet but not overly so. Nuts and toffee, finishes on a bitter note. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MadRobin (2112) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 22, 2015
On tap at 83° in Carlsbad, CA. Clear, very dark mahogany with a khaki head and good lacing. Very nutty aroma of hazelnuts, chestnuts, chocolate and roasted malt. Equally nutty taste of hazelnuts, chestnuts, peanuts, roasted malt, cocoa, bitter orange, rusty metal and a touch of tartness. Medium body and medium carbonation. I was disappointed by this over-the-top nutty beer. Beyond a certain level of intensity, the nuts add an astringency and do not se m to blend well with the other bitter flavors in this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3953) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Brum. Proficient yes, but couldn’t Professor Profile this one. Sweet, cakey. Certainly nutty - like caramelised hazelnut topping on a krispy kreme donut. A bit sickly maybe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2015
Tap at Brewdog Glasgow. Aroma is lightly spicy and nutty! Bit of chocolate. Easy drinking. Malty. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (105) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle from Brewdog. Nutty smell, nutty taste, sweet malts, chesnuts, touch of dark chocolate and a wee bit of coffee, some fruityness in there too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2156) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Keg at Brewdog. Dark brown, small white head. Aroma is musty with some coffee. Body is medium, quite foamy, lowish carbonation. Taste is big rounded malt, slightly sour-ish, coffee vibe, jammy raspberry, old ale. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMalloy (5) - - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
Burnt coffee, milk chocolate, moderate hops. Notably sour. Bitterness and sourness out of balance with richness from malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1015) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy head. Slight nut aroma, taste is quite sweet, caramel? Think the keg might be too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2015
English inspired brown ale with sticky, pale beige, stable head and dark wine red colour, clear. Aroma of cocoa powder, nutmeg, iron, dried leaves, peanuts, dried orange peel, maple syrup, cane sugar, vanilla, candied figs, roasted chestnuts, cigarette tobacco and a faint, strange, sourishly sulphuric and sweaty hint of Sauerkraut, but not too disturbing. Dried fruits open the taste profile, on a nutty and caramelly malt base, restrainedly sweetish, a bit more spicy in the end (retronasally, I get a vague hint of that nutmeg flavour again) with a leafy and slightly citrusy hop bitterness of medium strenght and length; thinnish body. Ending is primarily soft nutty and caramelly malts. English brown ales were never my favorite style and as much as I came to admire this brewery, this is my least prefered AleSmith beer so far - though I hasten to add that in this particular style, this is surely a more than decent example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (1015) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Sean. Happy 1000 beers to me. Nuts and between malt in the aroma. Chestnuts, sweet toasted malts in the flavour. Light in body, soft carbonation. Nice and sweet in the finish.

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