Last month I reviewed a brown ale from the relatively young Left Field Brewery in Toronto’s East End.

Today, I’m reviewing The Nut Brown Ale from the Southern Ontario craft beer pioneers Black Oak Brewing Company in Toronto’s west end.

Black Oak Brewing Company has been around since the late 1990s, and they have been putting out quality craft beer for over two decades, winning multiple awards.

Today we’re taking a closer look at their Nut Brown Ale, one of their flagship beers that have been around since the beginning. My first Nut Brown Ale I tried and loved was made by Amsterdam Brewery in the early 1990s, out of their old Rotterdam Brew Pub.

For a while, Black Oak became my Nut Brown Ale of choice, especially when Amsterdam decided to focus on their blonde ale and lager and left the brewpub business.

it was time to revisit this ale in light of my recent review of the Eephus.

A classic Anglo-American recipe, Black Oak’s Nut Brown Ale gives you chocolate and roasted hazelnut tasting notes, courtesy of the delicious malts used. If you are going to compare this to the Eephus,  the Nut Brown is slightly less bitter.

Nut Brown Ale by Black Oak Brewing

Like all Anglo American Brown Ales, the Nut Brown ale can be enjoyed year around with a variety of foods, especially ones that have been grilled.

If I were to introduce someone to dark ales, I would recommend the Black Oak Nut Brown Ale.

This is a nice beer that can be enjoyed with a nice burger, steak or on its own. Find it, try it! If the East End has the Eephus, the West End has the Nut Brown Ale, and that’s great.

GOLD – Canadian Brewing Awards, 2013: Brown Ale Category category
SILVER – Ontario Brewing Awards, 2012: Dark Ale Category
PEOPLES CHOICE – Ontario Brewing Awards, 2011: Dark Ale Category
SILVER – Ontario Brewing Awards, 2009: Dark Ale Category

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • ABV: 5%
  • IBU: 24
  • Taste: Chocolate, hazelnut, malt 
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Bill Smith
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