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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
On tap at the brewery: Nutty brown in colour with minimal head. Aroma is malty sweet and nutty. Flavour is caramel, nuts, chocolate with a dry hoppy bite at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
On tap at the brewery: Beer pours medium brown in color with a nice off white head. Aroma is very chocolatey and malt. Flavor is one of the best chocolate malt I have had. Up there with Robert the Bruce in my book. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Re-rate. Grrrrrrrrrrrrowler Full flavor, with nice chocolate tones and malty goodness. Slight tinge of sweetness...it all fits together very very nicely. Dry finish. Has wonderful ability to be consumable is massive quantities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Yeah, so the commercial description about sums it up. This is malty session beer, featuring smooth hazelnut and coffee flavors and aromas. In my opinion, a very good example of a mediocre style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3026) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
(Draft: Liars' Club in SD) Wonderfully nutty flavor with a mildly sweet and toasty maltiness that adds just a touch of bitterness; Very mild hops is definitely subdued in this beer and is part of the reason why the finish is so light and short-lived; The nose has very little aroma and is faintly malty; Dark ruddy brown in color; Light tan head has excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
This brown pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a medium thick off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with nutty notes, a slight roastiness and a touch of fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a roasted nut note, a hint of coffee and a nice hoppiness. It's medium bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
On tap at the Liar's Club. Dark brown hue bordering on blackness. The aroma is slightly malty and nutty. Very nice smooth texture, however there really isn't much flavor in this beer. Hints of nuts and malts but pretty weak and/or too subtle. I ate some pretty spicy food before I had it though so maybe that affected my palate a bit much. Not on par with other Alesmith beers I've had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Darkish red/brown head, nice and hoppy for a brown. A little sweet for my taste, but a nice ale. Thanks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2003
(draft) Deep brown body with medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, nutty, caramel, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, nutty, chocolate, light caramel, finishing nutty. Light-medium body. Very flavorful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Color is dark brown with slight red hue. Medium light brown head. Nutty aroma. Taste is nutty and slightly roasted malt. Hop bitterness after the swallow. Like this one very much.

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