jake65 (2514) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a chesnut brown color with a finger of creamy beige head. The nose is rich with roast, espresso, and chocolatey sweets. Nice. A nicely balanced flavor of coffee, light roast, cocoa, and a milky sweetness take effect. What a pleasant suprise amongst some sub-par Bitter Root beers... this nut brown ale is quite nice.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clear brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel and some unpleasant sourness. The flavor is bad, there’s some burnt caramel and nuts in there, but the sourness is the dominant element. This beer is problematic.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
She poured a perfectly burnished brown with a touch of haze. Large bubbles cluster along the sides of my glass while a few invigorating swirls produces a soft tuft of bleached khaki foam. I could have let my Nut Brown Ale lie, but then I wouldn’t be under the influence of toasty, buttery, and nutty delights accompanied by raisins, and crunchy toast sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Brisk, refreshing, and just what the doctor ordered, I dive into her shimmering depths. A gentle crunch of maple and cinnamon glaze with a further sprinkling of cinnamon-sugars leads into a plate of freshly picked apples and apricots. Like a proper English nut brown ale, she is both dry and fruity with an earthy undercurrent of toast and bitter nuts. While her body is clean, it is also a bit hard which serves to enhance and compliment the toasted, nutty, crisp apple and apricot presence that personifies this tasty Nut Brown Ale. Easy to drink and highly refreshing, my glass empties far sooner than I would have liked.
Bitter Root Brewing is another new foray for me, and I can’t think of a better beer to start with than a solid interpretation of a classic English Nut Brown Ale. The style itself can oft be attributed to the classic dry English mild, but over the years it has evolved into its own style, albeit a bit fuzzy around the edges. Don’t fear the flavor. Let your senses break free and you will be surprised at the largesse of indulgence available to you.
Beerdedone (2460) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small off-white head. Aroma was malty and nutty with a hint of caramel. Flavor was sweet malts, nuts, chocolate and some light caramel with a thin body
mbgrayson (487) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent brown ale. Notes of molasses and carmel. Not great, but smooth and very drinkable. Thumbs up.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
CPLYFO 09. Pours a deep coppery brown with an ok head. Aroma is nutty with burnt toast and some diacetyl and fruity esters. nutty with chocolate burnt toast, brown sugar, diacetyl- butter, and a light artificial sweetness and off esters. Meh.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at Otownthrowdown. THis one is much better than the mountaineer nut brown ale. Has brown (obviously) body. Dark fruits and roasted malts. Really malty. Nice.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of kyzr. Pours brown with a white head. Smells of raisins, caramel, some vegetal hints. Tastes of sweet malt, raisins, some spice, hints of pepper. Full bodied and very enjoyable.
TaktikMTL (5498) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagées lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité légèrement sûrette. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #1935)
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
My Bottom Line:
This frail Brown Ale’s earthy and caramel sweetness is quickly spun into citrusy, lactic tartness, veering away from any semblance of a sessionable malty brew. This bottled batch is highly problematic.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the coppery brown.
-That earthiness in the nose is redolent of forest mushrooms.
-The finish is vacuous; neither the malts or the infection stay very long.
-The body is on the anemic side of things, but that might be caused by whatever’s awry with this batch.