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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Brown Ale
Etobicoke, Canada

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This is a darker offering from Black Oak. Rich smooth taste, slightly roasty and chocolaty. It’s a bit less hopped, but still has a fantastic balance with the malt.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
This one really surprised me. Black Oak is a great brewer, but their Nut Brown is, to say the least, exceptional. Perfectly balanced, with just enough bitterness in the finish. Chocolate notes are pronounced, and the coffee undertones give the impression of drinking a brownie. Alcohol is moderate, and hidden behind a rich tapestry of flavour. Probably the best nut brown in Ontario, certainly the best I’ve had. If you see this, try it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papillon (391) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
341 mL Bottle. Deep copper body with a small beige head that settles to a clingy film. Aroma is astringent but intriguing, prunes and raisins accompany the sweet dark malts and crystal malt. There is also an accent of treacle and a very subtle innuendo of fresh-ground coffee beans. MMMMMMMM!!! Interesting! Nice full body and bold flavor. Rich dark malts, good black coffee, chocolate, toffee; a certain bitterness rounds out the sweetness bringing out the best of both worlds. Cocoa-toffee aftertaste lingers nicely into the finish. This one is a high flier on my scoreboard.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johndan (3) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2006 does not count
bottle, Tulip glass, Nice head, nice brown colour, malty aroma and taste, light hop finish and lacing, beautiful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2008
341ml bottle
5.0%
I tried this beer on May 6, 2008 at Smokeless Joe’s in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was mahogany brown with a tan coloured head. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and some slight hoppy tinges. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, some coffee hints, and some hoppy bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
341ml bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany brown with a good sized, off-white head. Aroma is malty with some sweet nuts like pecan or hazelnut. Roasty nuttiness in the back of the mouth with a brown sugar malt. Touch of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, like velvet. Overall, very nice, like lighter, nuttier porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (330) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Really a nice brewing accomplishment. Mild chocolate, coffee and a forest floor mustiness on the nose. A brown opaque body with a light white head. This is a really tasty, balance and smooth brown ale. The taste profile features slightly roasted malt, nuts, a slight creaminess, a touch of lush dark fruit, some woodiness and a hint of vanilla. Really light on the hops, but it really works well. Fresh tastes perfectly blended.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Mild aroma that is perhaps nutty. Dark brown but thin enough to see through. Lasting light caramel head. Smooth, slightly roasty with a nice bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
341ml bottle. Nice, smooth, malty brown ale. Pours a dark chocolately copper colour with a nice white head that left a nice lacing in the glass. Lots of malts, hazelnut, toffee, chocolate...actually fairly complex in flavour. There’s a nice hoppiness in there in the finish to back up the malt. Good stuff from Black Oak!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
[037-20060905] 330mL. Rich, roasted malt aroma. Brown body with an off-white creamy head and a few outer rim bubbles. Coarsely roasted nutty package, light alcohol. Full body, nicely comes together. Would love to try a smoother package.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. Rich, nutty brown colour, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel and hazelnut...smells delicious. Flavour is nicely nutty, with chocolate and grapefruit bitterness coming through. Smooth and clean on the palate. Overall, a fantastic beer.


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