chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Papillon (362) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
johndan (3) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, Tulip glass, Nice head, nice brown colour, malty aroma and taste, light hop finish and lacing, beautiful beer.
cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
HeistAlmighty (1032) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[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.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341mL bottle from my OCB mixed pack from the LCBO. Pours a very nice copper brown with a large tan head. Aroma is great, nice nutty elements complimenting some caramalt, as well as some roastyness, and a hint of smoke. Flavour reflects the aroma perfectly, with some nice body to it. The nuttyness is very apparent, and adds some great dryness to the finish which balances out what would otherwise by somewhat of a caramalt defined beer. Very solid stuff. This brewery consistently makes great stuff and I look forward to more from them hopefully in the near future. I wish this product got better distribution to my area.