Beer Review #10: Naramata Nut Brown Ale

It's 2012, apparently the last year of existence according to the ancient Maya and modern-day mental people, so let's waste no time in jumping back into sampling everything the brewing world has to throw at us.

This week I've gone for Cannery Brewing's Naramata Nut Brown Ale . Picked this one up as part of a sampler pack in November last year and it's been lurking at the back of the fridge ever since. I would have had it sooner but I wanted to make sure I had the chance to make the most of it - it just looks too pretty to chug back on my way to the bar.

Cannery Brewing take their shit seriously by the looks of things; there are promises of 'velvety soft Ale', 'rich, dark malts' and a 'smooth finish'. This is borderline beer-porn and it might sound sleazy if the can wasn't so damn classy looking.

They seem to have hired the same guy who produced WW1 propaganda posters to draw the little mural on the front of the can. These people have mastered the art of making drinking premium strength beer take on the appearance of being wholesome and respectable. Hats off to you boys!

Naramata has set the bar high - but can it measure up to the hype?

It looks nice on the pour. Dark cola brown colour with a foamy brown head that hangs around and some lacing that stays on the glass. It smells chocolatey with lots of malt. There's a hint of caramel lurking just on the edge too.

Taste is a little bit of a surprise - sweeter than I'd expect with lots of nutty flavours in there too. It's quite well carbonated and not too heavy either.

Naramata has been a good start to 2012. It tastes good, it weighs in at 5.5% and the can makes me want to go fishing or do some other rural, wholesome activity. Maybe badger-baiting? Whatever countryside people do.

Verdict 7.5/10


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