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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2012 On draught at Liar’s in San Diego. I had smapled this at the brewery yesterday and enjoyed it greatly for the style. Roasty, milky, creamy aroma with slight smoked hints. Amber/copper color that’s transparent with a frothy light tan head and nice lacing. Smooth and roasty flavors to start with hints of chocolate with more roastinees. Mildly thin. 7/5/7/4/15~~~~~~Re-Rate~~~~~~Aroma is a bit chalky, toasted, with some lightly sweet cocoa, and coffee hints. Slight nuttiness. Pretty nice aroma. Transparent dark brown/mahogany body with a creamy off-yellow head present. Pretty scant. Starts a little more carbonated than I would expect, before this becomes quite toasted, and slightly roasted. Scant burnt popcorn is here in the middle. Nice balance between the sweet maltiness and the metallic hoppy bitterness. Bottle seems a little heavy on the carbonation. Still, a damn tasty brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Why is it that every brown ale I really dig isn’t available in Buffalo? On tap at the Liars Club (2 of.. uh..) Doughy hop nose. Sweet up frong followed by this really cool cascade of sweet caramel, some fruit and a solid caramel/dough finish. Damn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2005
this was awesome. nutty, hints of carmel, chocolate, toasted flavor. easily the best brown ale i could imagine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Tap at Alesmith. Deep brown, nice head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Flavor had a pronounced depth of malt flavor, with a focus on chocolate. Having said that, there was a dry finish to the beer. Easily one of the best brown ales out there. Alesmith dude (Brad?) described it as sort of a hybrid between a brown and a porter. Good stuff. Should make note of the small sample size. Unfortunately, not a bottled offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2005
On draught @ Alesmith Brewing Company. Medium Brown. A great brown ale overall with a lovely aroma showing hints of toasty, roasty and caramel malts and a zesty, hearthy, rich and meaty malt accented flavor. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Growler: Bright reddish brown appearance, thick head formation. Malty, chocolaty caramel aroma. Rich chocolaty cocoa flavor with almond nutty balance. Mildly bitter in the finish. Full in flavor but fairly light in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Deep brown, good head w/ light lacing. Hint of coffee on the nose, but roasted nuts and coffee on the tongue. Dry to the palate w/ tingle on carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2004
Sampled from draught at AleSmith Brewing Company.
Dark brown beer with an orange gleam and a fine light tan head. Mostly dark roasted malt and little spices in the aroma. Tones of bitter chocolate. Roasted malt in the flavor as well along with plenty of fruit (oranges) and light spices. Another tasty one from AleSmith!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2004
a very dark tasting beer, heavy malt , a lot a chocalate. Very heavy for a brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
One of my favorite beers! There is only one bar where I can find it on tap (NAJA’s Place) and I get this beer all the time. It has a great nut brown flavor, thick head and a bit sweet yet bitter taste to it, definitly a winner for me.

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