joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Yet another brew from a couple huge boxes sent my way courtesy of russpowell, thanks again Russ! A standard pour produces an impressive two + finger beige head sitting atop a clear but dark chestnut body. Mahogany highlights show up when directly backlit. As the head falls very slowly it becomes dense and somewhat craggy leaving a good deal of chunk lace on its way down. Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve Nut Brown is a very good looking brown ale.
As I stick my nose in the glass I’m instantly greeted by toasted grain, toasted pecans, brown sugar and a well done floral hoppiness all in that order. A mild clean alcohol is present in the background. All these aromas are very well integrated and none outdo the others. I’m a fan of the more pronounced hoppiness when compared to other brown ales.
The flavor seems to follow the aroma stride for stride although the flavor is a bit more subdued. A toasted graininess and toasted pecans start things off in equal parts and last throughout. Brown sugar sweetness comes along mid palate before the floral hoppiness and clean alcohol show up to finish things off. The brown sugar and pecan nuttiness linger around after the swallow. Starts a little on the soft side but grows as it works through the mouth.
Body is moderate with a healthy carbonation. As a matter of fact I’m going to be picky and say there is just a little too much carbonation. This beer moves through a little too quickly. There is a nice creaminess though that keeps me coming back.
This bomber is emptying pretty quickly so I’d say this is an easy brown to put away. A solid sessionable brew with good flavor.
I don’t drink too many brown ales for whatever reason. I need to get back into the swing of it because I really do like them. This is another high quality brew from Full Sail with a great balance of flavor. Thanks for the treat Russ!
6/21/08 alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle, sampled at Christmas during family beer tasting. Color was a dark brown with reddish hints to it. Aroma was very nicely blended with chocolate, nuts and caramel. Flavor was equally as impressive with cocoa dust, caramel, some fruit and toffee. Palate was a tad watery, but this is only a small complaint from a very impressive beer. hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a very dark red that looked muddy brown from the front but was very clear held up to the light. It raised a robust rocky tan head, and left very sticky lacing like carpenters glue on the sides of the glass. Nose was of roasted malts with some light coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was very smooth and rich tending to being almost slick. The flavor is mostly of the roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt toast, and the nuts that give it the name. The finish is long and dry This is a without a doubt one of the finest brown ales I have seen. A worthy brew. I know I am going to be one of the highest raters, but I loved this brew. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2008
Draft at Full Sail Brewing Company. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has roasted mlaty caramel aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty caramel flavor with some nutty chocolate hints. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate finish. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Very good.Almost like a porter or light stout. Quite malty with almost zero bitterness. Enjoyable.
ceffalo (40) - , Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Aroma is thinly nutty with alcohol. Color is a very dark brown and there’s almost no head with the pour. Strong nutty flavor with chocolate notes. A nice buttery follow through with a touch of bitterness. A bit watery but overall a really nice brew. Not special, but not bad, either. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
dark brown body with a nice light brown head.aroma is very nutty with some coffee and chocolate hiding in the background.flavor is mostly nutty with some roasted malts.pretty nice session brew. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2008
22oz bottle. Typical brown body, clear, filtered, all that, with a toast colored tan head on top. Very fresh, very full, well attenuated, rich and delicious almonds, vanilla and bread crust, with some chocolate malt and cocoa notes. Some dusty mineral notes in the finish, a bit of mold perhaps, but overall very few complaints. Good brown ales are difficult to find... but I always have been a sucker for the Full Sail house character. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Another decent offering from Full Sail. Most of their beers I’ve had I’ve enjoyed to some degree and this was no different.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
The beer pours out a dark chocolately brown color, semi transparent, with a nice three finger thick tan head. The aroma starts out with some sweetness, but I swear I could pick up notes of weak whiskey. It rounds out with some subtle nutty/roasted malt combo which is nice
The flavor is backed up with a solid malt profile. It kinda gets a bit off when it warms up a bit and gets a bit too much like warmed ice tea or used tea bags. But cold to cool and it’s not bad. Not a lot of nutty character in this one, almost like a porter in training.
Slightly transparent redish dark brown, roasted malt, smokey, little chocolate, slighty nutty as well.