nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:12 oz bottle.
Appearance:Clear brown pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:Caramel, nuts and a hint of baking chocolate.
Flavor:Chocolate and caramel dominate, with an earthy bitter finish. Very enjoyable.
Palate:Medium body with solid carbonation.
Overall:As I traverse the six pack, I may change my mind here, but if I closed my eyes, this tasted very similar to Brooklyn Brown. Very enjoyable.
IrishBoy (3618) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Flacoalto. My 50th state. Thanks Sebastian! Nose of caramel, black walnuts, and oatmeal. Clear medium brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is caramel, nuttiness, and a super light hint of hops.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with a very thin off white head. Aroma is very nutty, light caramel, mild smoke. Taste is a bit fruity followed by a nuttiness, light caramel, some roastiness.
Elwood (2493) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Clear, kind of thin brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head.
Aroma: Light nose with a bit of nuttiness, some caramel, and a little earth.
Flavor: Watery with notes of caramel, nuts, and a bit of toast. Very underwhelming.
Palate: Medium-high carbonation with a light, watery mouthfeel and a short finish.
Overall: Watery and thin. Not recommended.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk sampled on 7/26/09: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of toasty dark caramel malts with a touch of light fruits and graininess. Starts with lots of effervescence and average body along with light caramel and strawberry sweetness before a drier fizzy finish. Doesn’t have much nut brown character to it and could use a little more body.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 15, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy with a frothy top bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated copper brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was malty and toffee. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a acectyl aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt and toffee. There was something slightly off tasting in the flavor I did not care for. Not one that I would likely buy again.
MaltDawg (1345) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from 12 oz bottle. Very nutty slightly sour aroma with caramel and roast. Light brown slightly cloudy. Flavor is quite nutty with roast and chocolate and light sour astringency. Very dry. Dry nutty finish.
biznizness (1056) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wasn’t exactly packed with flavor, but I didn’t think it was as bad as the rating indicates. There was a little chocolate in there. Pretty good. Thanks to Chris for picking this one up in WV.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, thanks to alexanderj. Copper brown pour with a tiny bit of head. Aroma is bready and nutty and not fresh tasting caramel malt. Flavor is the same, sorta watery and soda-like. I don’t like brown ales, and this is no exception.
otakuden (1616) - Vero Beach, Alabama, USA - AUG 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
He (a mountaineer must be a rugged old-fashioned outdoorsman, after all) poured a somewhat disturbingly light brown, clear as day with no foamy white-caps to speak of anywhere. His nose, on the other hand, is replete with chocolate and nuts fresh from the shell. I have never understood the fascination with overly salted nuts; I want to taste the nuts, not the salt. Also evident in his nose is a gentle undercurrent of sweet dark breads and dessert cakes. Candied fruit leads me dangerously close to a plate of logic-defying fruit cake. Instead, I find myself sitting before a pot of hot water being poured over black tea bags, possibly stale. Interesting. My first quaff is clean and light, just like his body suggested, and largely in conflict with his nose. His exciting nose proved to be an empty promise, after all. All the rich chocolate, nuts, and faintly sweet dark breads have fled the scene, even the candied sugars reminiscent of fruit cake. All I am left with is a faint mouth-drying essence of stale tea bags which blanches the front of my tongue and roof of my mouth. Instant cotton mouth. A few more quaffs in and it continues he continues his downward spiral; though I am still enjoying his nose.
I feel as if I am treading very thin waters by deriding the Nut Brown Ale from Mountaineer Brewing Company which was shared with me by my good friend and Mountaineer Alumni. Maybe he won’t read this review… but, I tell it like it is, and I was wholly underwhelmed by this beer, unfortunately. He could just be a dud amongst a basketful of winners, but I won’t know until I try some of their other beers. In the meantime, I shall take a pass on their not-so-rustic Nut Brown Ale.