Willoughby Northern Trail Nut Brown Ale



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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A malty but clean ale in the tradition of southern English brown ales. This beer has all of the full-flavored body and still finishes dryly enough to keep you coming back for more. 20 IBUs

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UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
a: deep brown color, light foamy head with fair retention, does reduce to very light lacing rings and cap. s: nutty, slight hint of caramel and toffee t: caramel and toffee flavors are pleasing. Slight hint of bitterness, but just enough to balance. hint of alchohol as it warms. Over all a very nice brown ale, almost wish they made this year round/ m&d: light to medium bodied, light carbonation. Quite drinkable and amongst the best I’ve sampled from WBC.

Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
On tap at brewpub
My first pint of the afternoon was a ho-hum brown ale. It’s a reasonable representation of the style but for some reason it didn’t do anything for me. Still, at $2.50 per pint, it was not a bad choice.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep mahogany brown body clung to the sides of glass weakly. The smell of liquid toffee was ever so slightly malty but needs more strength.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee, caramel, and Wurther’s were a decent blend but do not really do it for me. The dry woody finish hung around but did nothing to assert itself even at the outset. Overall this was a fairly average brown ale with not much going for it.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
Objectively speaking: Clean and exemplary brown ale.
I like: Highly nutty, suave even, perfumey and caramelly brown ale. Excellent malt extraction. Sweet and desserty flavours provide lots of aroma. Very take on this usually dull brewpub staple.
I dislike: It took on the sweet road and could use more roast to counterbalance because its hops are adequately kept at a low level, just soft and balancing.

Sammy (12600) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
Not to be compared to the present review at all as Larry is only in his first few months. This is a thin mouthfeel sweet brown with a bit of head and high carbonation. I don’t think he made it. Nothing special.

shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2007
7/20-21/2007: Willoughby Northern Trail Nut Brown Ale was the least impressive of the three Willoughby brews I had a chance to try, but decent nonetheless. The aroma is nutty with some faint roasted maltiness hiding in the background, but not quite willing to make a formal appearance. The color is dark amber brown and appears to be quite clear. The flavor is nutty with light chocolate and roasted malt complexities. This beer has a medium-light to medium body and feels a bit thin and watery. Some additional body and a slightly more robust flavor would really go a long way in improving this beer.

Draught at The Pig Skin in Athens, Ohio during the Ohio Brew Week 2007. Rating #6 for this beer...

mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2007
[374-20070629] Tap @ Brewpub (Willoughby, OH). Charcoal burnt meat aroma. Clear, dark brown red body with not much head. Roasted malt flavour has a very nutty aftertaste. Medium-full body. Nice blend though a little over-nutty.

jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Brown body with a small head that fades. Sweet malt aroma with very light roast that carries over to the flavour. Tastes quite similar to the porter actually, light roast and malt but less intense, and the malt shines through a bit more. Average to thin palate. Serviceable but they have much better options.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Smelled of mint and robitussin. Ewww. Looked just like the raspberry; red color. Not at all how a brown ale should look. It looks like red wine. Tasted gross; like malty alka-mints and Robitussin. Very unbalanced. It was really undrinkable. Too much of a chalky antacid tatse.

hershiser2 (3590) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Appearance: NICE dark brown with a small head that disappears quickly. Smell: roasted coffee beans, roasted nuts... mmmm Taste: same: very coffee and nut flavored, a hint of smokiness; creamy Mouthfeel: NICE! smooth... Whenever I run out of something new to try at Willoughby, this is the beer I go back to. My favorite offering from WBC.

Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Orange/brown clear body, nice lacing. Light nutty malts with a nice hop balance. Smooth, but also overcarbonated. 28 IBU and 4.7% abv

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