I brewed this nut brown ale for my father in-law as a Christmas gift. To help ensure it went off well, I ordered a kit beer from Northern Brewer. Yes, it was tasty!
The recipe for this batch can be found here.
Aroma – Light and sweet. Slight yeast esters present. Not much caramel or toffee sweetness as expected. Aroma fairly minimal.
Appearance – A bit on the dark side for a brown, but I like it that way! Not much red, unless held up to the light.
Flavor – Toffee and caramel notes end with a medium-dry finish. Not much sweetness, so it’s quite drinkable, but I would expect it to be slightly sweeter. Low levels of fruity esters are present, but hidden in the background.
Mouthfeel – It’s a bit thinner than I would have liked. Very drinkable! Mashing at a higher temperature might contribute some additional dextrines for added body.
Overall Impression – Pretty great! This one got rave reviews from family and friends, but mentioned that it was too “strong.” I’m thinking that’s short-hand for too dry. Additional sweetness and body should cut that out.