Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not really a brown ale- MBC Nut Brown is closer to an amber ale. Pours a clear red-brown, with a thin off-white head. Nutty aroma is deceptive; the flavor is actually cerealy and bready with a touch of fruit, finishing with grassy hops. Nutty flavors are toned down. Confusing as a brown ale but perfect as an amber.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is from my firent Terry. Very nice amber, dark brown no head at all. Nutty and sweet smell. I'm drunk sorry. Very nice for a brown ale. Good.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a fully "sour" brown, and not an overly nutty brown, this is instead truly thin and incomplete. Some toasted nut character, some sort of unusual sourness that I get in several English style browns, but the palate is the killer here; light light with absolutley no...and I hate to use the word...complexity. Not recommended. Aroma is relatively nice...almonds and some sweet malt bits.
DrnkMcDermott (2812) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, at MBC taproom. Well, I should give it a higher rating just to help it up after they fixed their initial problems, but this still needs a little work. I'm used to nut browns having a much more complex flavor profile, and this just wasn't there. There is a fine, slightly toasty aspect to its fine brown frame, and just a peek of nuttiness. They seem to be working on it with each batch. But the friendly atmosphere at their taproom makes it all worht the trip.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bright amber/ruby. Tan head. Sweet, lightly roasted aroma of caramel, light nuts & fruit. Medium, spritzy body. Sweet, lightly roasted, caramel flavour w/ hint of nuts. Highly carbonated, mildly acidic finish w/ a touch of alcohol.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 blah blah blah blah blah. Nut Brown Ale..as if.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright auburn color with a thick foamy tan head on top. I think that one misses out on the head and overall appearance of a beer when tasters are taken at a brewpub. Anyway, Sharp, sweet nose of fudge/light chocolate and a touch of fruit, maybe apple, with just a hint of alcohol. The body has a firm, sweet choclatey malt character that finishes with a light spritzy hop bite. A subdued hoppiness compared to a lot of other American brewpubs. Not a bad brown, a little too sweet.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2003
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a good example of a brown. Kinda like Wonder Bread compared to Pumpernickel. Not worth trying unless its free.
jsquire (3508) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This poured out of the bottle with a big, fluffy tan head and a red-brown color. The nose had very slight roasted hints, but I had to search for them. I think my bottle was over-carbonated. It was watery, with a sweet, acidic feel to it. Very light roasted grain flavor and no real balance. Not very interesting. I have another bottle in the fridge that I will probably pass off on someone else.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I just had this after a day of working on my friend Dave’s roof. I’m not big on heights, so something stronger might have suited me better, but Dave knew I liked brown ales so what can you do? Anyway, the beer has a pleasant enough, lightly nutty flavour, but it is so faint, and the body is so weak, and enough odd aftertaste kicks in, that it feels like they cut a nicer brown with a little Miller Lite.