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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.


3.1
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1147) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2865) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (1090) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elbernays (756) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
Pours reddish brown with thin head. Caramel nose. Nutty dry, caramel flavour. Light body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5362) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours dark brown, no real head. Nutty, toffee aromas, sweet taste. Clean finish, bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, light chocolate notes, dates and figs with light earthy hops. Flavor is toast and nutty malt with light earthy hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (710) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a dark, chocolate brown with nice thick, foamy head. The aroma has hints of fruit and chocolate, with some floral accents. Flavor is very smooth and malty, with some chocolate, some leather, some nuts. Nice, smooth drinking beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5228) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2014
Appearance: Dark nutty brown color with a fine tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Nutty, roasted and chocolate.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet and an ok bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Bready, roasted, chocolate and some coffee.
Overall impression: A really tasty, powerful and pleasant brown ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (327) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Brown colored ale. Heavy body with a lot of malt and a sweetish yet hoppy aroma. Very well balanced.


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