Blackstone Nut Brown Ale

I had the APA and the Chaser Pale Ale from Blackstone before, and I have found their attempts to be more than a little weak. BUT, I can hope that Nashville has been able to produce a more manly beverage this time. I want something with flavor, but I'm not sure that's really the best wish with a nut brown ale, as the result could very well be an abomination.

The very thick head dissipates to a crust of frothy bubbles with special attention to the sides of the glass. The color is a dark reddish brown that might be confused for even a weak porter from a distance. The aroma is all kinds of nutty with some maltiness and even a bit of flowery notes in there with it.

The beer is a bit warm by the time I get to it, but the first sip is - if anything - helped by it. It is distinctly sweet, with a very nutty center. The touch on the top of the tongue is very carbonated - like it's soda entering the mouth. There is a hint of caramel in there as well; the whole thing is slightly toffee, I think.

A bigger swig is called for. Like the two other Blackstone beers, the beginning is watery. the middle hits with the nutty caramel, and the finish is a bit bitter. It's odd that the end is bitter if the overall feel of the beverage is sweet, but that's my experience. It's not a bad beer, but it lacks the fortitude of a truly good beer. After the other two others, I should have expected a weak beer, but browns normally bring out the worst in me, and adding nuts to the mix should only make matters worse. As it is, this is just a middle of the road beer without enough character to remember much.



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