Friday, July 2, 2010

Howe Sound Nut Brown

Howe Sound Nut Brown

Nut browns have never appealed to me. Perhaps all the styles have been focused at mass markets and not very interesting.

Ratebeer 3.39 81st percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +3

This one was a refreshing change of events. The nose was roasty and slightly nutty. I was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of caramel, roast, bourbon, wood and pecans with every sip. Your mouthfeel was medium and slightly creamy. I think there was a little cocoa powder thrown in there.

Aftertaste +1

It was clean with dry pecans, wood and bourbon. Sadly it faded quickly leaving a slick coating.

Alcohol Content -1 4.7%

This should count as a +2; a beer this flavourful with such a low ABV is unusual.

Value +1

This is one nut brown I would buy again and not just to get the fancy bottle.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This was the perfect beer to make me forget about the Big Rock Lager.

Overall 5/10

All of the beers from Howe Sound have been excellent; this was no exception. The flavours were unexpected and welcome: wood, bourbon, pecans and creamy caramel.

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