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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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Draft at AleSmith Brewery Thanks to Peter for letting us in only 10 minutes before closing on a Saturday. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a nice retentive sticky head. The nose is ripe with some caramel and various melanoidins along with a bit of roast and chewy toffee notes. The flavor is a little dry with a nice solid malty body and a creamy roudned finish. Balanced and tasty, a definite good drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Ho-Hum! Not bad - but certanly not great. Poured a woody nut-brown color - had high hopes based on alesmiths reputation, but they were let down a little. Certainly nt a bad beer - but not a rave either. A woody, nutty flavor that was a little better than the neutral nose. no variation in flavor - a littel bubble, but nothing that really riches out and grads ya. (But not offensive either). Better than other brown ales - would try again - maybe it was unfair - tasted after speedway stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Draft, Liar’s Club from early Dec ’05. Pours ruddy brown (looked dark but also was viewed in low lighting). Rich nutty caramel aromas and flavors, and a touch of roast and fruit. Very flavor-ful and with a nice body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
twcguy (32) - USA - FEB 1, 2006
Delicious. on Tap at O’Briens in San Diego. One of the best nut browns I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2006
On tap at the Liar’s Club, San Diego. A fine Brown Ale! Malty, malty, malty! An excellent Brown from a top-notch brewery, srved at one of the best beer bars in the world!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Tasted on draft @ the brewery. Nice job here. Fluffy, white head with a creamy, smooth, nutty finish to this beer. Very well balanced. I like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
tap@Liars Club: Dark brown with a reddish tint. Aroma and flavor similiar, especially after drinking for 12 hours and having a fuego. Malty with notes of toffee, fruit, and nuts. Tasty. Thats about I can say and read.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2005
This finally made it on tap here in Portland. Pours very dark cherry red, close to black with a off-white head. Very bit burnt roastiness to this, biscuty malts and burnt chocolate. Way more complex than most brown ales that you find, almost smokey quality to it, tasting much bigger than 4.8%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Reddish brown, small white ahead. Some toasty, some nutty aromatics. Mellow toastiness with rich malt flavors, some bitterness especially noticale in the finish with some roast astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
On tap at brewery. Toasted, nutty qualities in both the aroma and flavor. Good balance of malt and hops, but I thought both could be bumped up to get a 5-5% ABV brew with a little more body. Overall, pretty good.

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