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Brewed by Merchant Ale House / Murray Street Brewing
Style: Brown Ale
Saint Catharines, Canada

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Nut Brown Ale
Brewed for the winter months this dark brown ale is 6.5%. Chocolate Malt and Dark Crystal malts are used and balanced with Goulding Hops to produce a robust beer with a very round mouth feel. As with all our seasonal beers it is a limited addition and will be available till it is gone.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1175) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
On tap at brewery. Hazy dark brown in colour with roasted caramel and almond notes. Also has a certain apple cider note in it that I donít enjoy. Nutty, roasty flavours with malted and dark fruit. This is a decent beer but not a style that Iím fond of as I find them always a bit thin.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SoberDave (152) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Weak malty aroma. Clear brown colour. Flavour includes chocolate and some roast malts, maybe coffee bean. Mild carbonation and a nice bite.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Studentofbrrs (91) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
Had a light hop scent with some cocoa. Tasted of sweet chocolate malts, nicely contrasted by the hops, not too bitter and not too sweet. Warms your heart on a cold evening

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
nutty aroma. nice roasty malts. some chocolate and coffee malts with a nutty flavour. pretty good beer. s/b classified as Nut Brown though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2345) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Nice roasty malts this one. it had and aroma of nutty and roasty, dark colour, this beer is definitely a not a barley wine. It taste like anyone other nutbrown ales I have had

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6954) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Another one with three years between rates, and a drastically different beer in my eyes from what was described in previous ratings. On tap at the Merchant Ale House. Pours a hazy dark cola brown with a faint crimson hue to it and a medium sized creamy tan head. Dark chocolate, plum. Light coffee, lots of milk chocolate, light dark fruit. Finishes with a nice light roast and sweet chocolate. Rather tasty.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Draught at the Merchant Ale House. Dark ruby-amber. Aroma is fairly roasty, with some tobacco & smoke & a bit of coffee. Flavour is muted, with some mild coffee and roasted nuts. Not sure what they were going for here - weíre pretty sure they said it was a barley wine, but it seemed more like a brown ale. Whatever itís supposed to be, it wasnít overly impressive.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Merchant Ale House, shared with jerc and GregClow. Poured murky ruby-brown with a thin light brown head - looked more like a porter. Aroma of roast nuts, mild coffee and chocolate, prunes, dry hops - dry and sourish (too cold out of the tap, took forever to warm up). Flavour was similar, with more sour fruit and dry stale hops - roasty, but stale. Mouthfeel very acidic, fizzy, not any alcohol to notice (barleywine???). Seemed more like a sour dunkel than anything else. Didnít hate it, wouldnít have it again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (8091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Black body, very small tan head. Very mild roast aroma, touch nutty. Takes forever to warm up, and the aroma of cocoa and malt is very muted even after. Flavour has a dry chalky roast and slight acidity that lingers in the finish, leaving the most lasting impression. Average palate. Not what I was expecting really - I figured it was a barley wine but this was similar enough to their stout that I had to ask for a side by side comparison to confirm that they were in fact different brews. Disappointing.


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