Beer 261/365 – Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Very flavorful for a brown ale

Will I be drinking this again: They are retiring the beer, so probably not.

Grade: B+

7/27/2010: I remember reading somewhere that this beer is being retired by Goose Island. Sad because before I even knew much about craft beer, this was one beer that I could easily recognize. I guess with the big beer fad going on lately they decided to focus on higher ABV beers.

Goose Island Nut Brown has a nice toasty smell, with some brown sugar in the mix. The flavor is really good; nutty, caramel, roasty, and I am even getting a little bit of chocolate in the finish. Very drinkable. Average mouthfeel and carbonation for the style, although admittedly I could never pick out the difference between an English/American Brown Ale as far as styles go.

Picture of the day: This chick needs a reality check.

Beer 188/365 – Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan

Style: English Brown Ale

ABV: 4.25%

Purchased at: Total Wine – Ft Myers FL

What makes this beer different: I’ll give you one guess… and you will probably be right.

Will I be drinking this again: Would love to get my hands on some more of this stuff.

Grade: A-

5/15/2010: The fam brought me back a bunch of beer from their Florida vacation. This is my first beer from Mississippi. Anytime I type this state, I still say the old M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-I limerick I learned in grade-school. I actually just recently brewed my first batch of beer. Like Souther Pecan, it is an English Brown Ale. It was a starter kit, but I just couldn’t help myself and added pistachio and some chocolate malt to the steep, and maple syrup in the fermenter. Its actually probably ready for bottling now so, maybe that will be one of my 365?

Southern Pecan without a doubt has a nutty smell, but not sure if I could pick out that it was pecans. The taste is a very sweet at first, but not as sweet as I was anticipating. You really don’t get any pecan until the beer warms up a bit. The flavors as a whole are a lot less intense than I thought, which makes this beer very drinkable. Pretty light on the mouthfeel also. I wish I had an entire 6 pack of this stuff.

Picture of the day: A little back story. Every year I grow a playoff beard for the penguins, and every year I shave something stupid into my face just because. Well this year I decided on a huge mustache (which can be seen above on the right). My sweet stache is the inspiration for todays comic.

Published in: on May 15, 2010 at 11:40 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 79/365 – Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale

Style: English Brown Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Lots of Brown Sugar

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: B+

1/26/2010: The girlfriend made me get this one because of the Labrador on the label. At least she didn’t make me buy her a real dog, although by the time I am done with the 365 beers I probably will have spent enough to buy a couple purebreds.

Ellie’s Brown Ale is a very easy drink. Smell and taste are both brown sugar up front, and a little bit of a toffee type taste to it. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but very creamy for a brown ale. This beer is very sessionable (for those who don’t know that means able to drink more than one of these). Nothing too “wow” about this one but to me most brown ales aren’t meant to wow you.

Funny Picture of the day: I’ve had a job or two similar to this one.

Published in: on January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 52 – Pretty Things Saint Botolphs Town

Style: English Brown Ale

Purchased at: Received via trade with Jared @

What makes this beer different: Dark and complex as hell for an English Brown

Will I be drinking this again: If I can get my hands on it again

Grade: A-

12/30/2009: I just received this beer through a trade with Jared at Beer Advocate. I sent him some beer he cannot get here such as Great Lakes and Bells, and he sent in return a ton of stuff from the northeast that I cannot get here in the burgh. Not sure what made me pick this one to drink first but, I am glad I did.

As you can see the color of this beer is kind of a muddy brown. Smells like roasted almonds covered in brown sugar. The taste of this is VERY toasted and malty for a brown ale, but at the same time very complex. If I didn’t know ahead of time that this was a brown ale I would have assumed it was a porter. You can taste roasted malts, brown sugar, a little bit of some kind of sour fruit that I can’t put my finger on, and a tiny tinge of coffee in the aftertaste. Mild hops jump out also. Each sip brought out a little bit of a different flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy for a brown ale, and as I mentioned almost had more of a porter character to it. This whole bottle went down very easy, and might have to get Jared to send me another in the near future.

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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Beer 15 – Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale

Style: English Brown Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Nutty/Brown sugar flavor

Will I be drinking this again: Without a doubt

Grade: A

11/24/09: To date this is my favorite English brown ale. The only other two I have had are New Castle Brown Ale and Samuel Smith Nut Brown. This one is less hoppy than the Samuel Smith, and much smoother than the New Castle Brown. This beer goes down super easy, and has a nice nutty and brown sugar flavor.

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm  Comments (2)  
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