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Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 06-30-2007

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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bold brown ale, one with a very strong nut flavor. The maple isn't as strong as I expected, but it does add just enough sweetness. The roasted malt tastes great, and there seems to be a bit of a coffee note in there as well. The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, as the beer, for as rich and heavy as it is, goes down smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good brown ale, but the nut flavor is a bit more pronounced than in many others within the style. This isn't terribly expensive and it's worth trying for sure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LyonsHead
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a rich and creamy lighter tan head about 1 1/2 fingers with some pretty decent staying power.

S: I could have had a little more here. There are rich malty aromas with caramel, biscuit, and toffee notes. There is an overall bready feel.

T: Enters the mouth sweet with a maple syrup taste. It then moves to a very nutty biscuit flavor. Finishes with a dry maltiness.

M: Medium body and decently smooth

D: This is up there on my list of nut brown ales. Very good rendition

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No best by dates, no born on dates, on encrypted codes, or dated notches...that bugs me. Pours into a mini imperial pint glass a dark cola tinted amber brown body with a light tan head forming thick and dwindling down slowly. Fine speckled lacing left behind. The nose has some mild fruitiness, roasted malts, and hints of maple syrup. Flavor upfront is very sweet like maple syrup sickeningly sweet but that fades and the nice darker roasted malts with a hint of nutty dryness mellow things out saving it's drinkability. Overall mouthfeel is a bit rough with the unfermentables still hanging around each sip gets a little harder to take, medium bodied mellow carbonation no other complaints no over booze. Overall not as well refined as I like my beers this is rough around the edges to be polite and the best of the three offerings I've tried from them thus far.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An as-advertised mahogany brown in color, it sits in pretty much the exact median between light and dark on the scale. On top grows a decently sized light head that stops t almost precisely one finger. The head is retained well, some semblance lasting all the way, and lacing is left in patches with some legging, and in good quantity.
A nutty aspect doesn't seem the focus in the nose, though the malts are strong enough to set a foundation on. Mostly perceivable is toast. Generally, it's a bit too light to get a whole lot out of.
Nut comes out strongly in the flavor, coming alongside the toastiness rather than being overcome. Into the middle, a note of smoke comes through, even adding a hint of something just a bit meaty on the end. It's kept in check, allowing the toast and nut to command, and it works in this beer.
A brown ale needs to not be too light or crisp, but to avoid being heavy either. As a style, it needs to meet in the middle, and this beer does. Not too crisp but enough to keep it from being flat, not too smooth but enough to keep it moving, this beer's easy to drink.

Photo of Dave128
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at an ocharleys in Florence ky. Poured into a pint glass.

A - brought to me with no head but left nice lacing. Dark amber in color.

S - very neutral.. light dark grain smell. Not much on hops.

T - the nuttiness comes through pretty good. Light hop bitterness on the finish.

M - A little overcarbonated.

O a good local brew that is definitely a good example of the style

Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: The remaining bottle form a six pack I picked up on a recent trip to the Dayton/Cincinnati area. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is reminiscent of a primitive painting and shows a farmhouse in the countryside with attached brewery. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, nearly complete cap of foam leaving behind nice puffy lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear deep mahogany and shows moderate activity. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Intensely sweet caramel malt aroma with distinct notes of cherries and bubblegum. Very slight smoke in the finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront against an earthy backdrop; almost tea like. Long lingering husky graininess in the finish with a slight astringency and the barest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: The brown ale used to be one of my favorite styles, but I eventually grew to find it too simple. This one falls victim to the same pattern; while it is well done and an enjoyable enough sipper, nothing worth seeking out in the future.

Photo of wspscott
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a Sam Adams glass (no date)
From Rick, thanks

Note: I try to review to style.

A: Dark ruby/light brown color with a thin off-white head.
S: Slight caramel sweetness, a hint of nuttiness that I attribute to the malts.
T: Dark toast, a little bit of caramel, no obvious hops, just a slight bitterness in the background. As it warms, a little graininess becomes apparent. No hint of the maple that is mentioned on the label.
M: Drying on the tongue, a little too much carbonation for my preference. Feels a little too light/thin, almost watery.
D: There is nothing wrong with this brown ale, but there is nothing out of ordinary or extraordinary about it either. I would not turn another one down, but I would not buy another one either. Glad I had a chance to try it, wish I liked it more.

Photo of marcobrau
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee and a bit of oak in the aroma. Nice bit of hazel nut character in this dark red to brown-hued ale. Lots of good caramel and roasted malts here. Very drinkable. Definitely a malt accented beer, but it's very much in balance and not sweet. Very smooth and lightly carbonated with not much foam when poured. Any type of head is pretty much non-existent, but this styles scores pretty high on flavor and real high on drinkability.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mac's Pizza Pub.

Pours a rich, hazy, dark brown color with a hint of mahogany. One fingered head that dissipated to a nice cap and some slight lacing. Looks delicious.

Smells of roasted malts, carmelly and sweet. A hint of maple syrup.

Tastes astoundingly good. The maple syrup flavor, while light, makes itself known. The carmelly malts come through with a roasted quality. Bit of hazelnut. Bitter and dry at the end, like coffee.

Carbonation is higher than expected, but feels good on the tongue. This is very smooth and extremely drinkable. A tad shy of being full bodied, I could easily and happily stick with this beer all night.

Notes: A great brown ale and one that I would feel comfortable stacking up against the more well known versions like Avery's and DFH.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler picked up from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. Aroma is very malty and nutty, with a bit of hops. It tastes like nuts, roasted malt, maple, toffee and some hops. Overall it's a very sweet tasting brew with a light bittersweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and a bit on the thin side. However, the drinkability is very good. The carbonation is just right, it's very smooth and very, very easy to drink. Definitely a sessionable beer with good flavor. I'm glad a got a growler, because it won't last too long! I'd recommend this beer to others to try.

Photo of Beejay
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice deep brown, almost mahogany. Good amount of head, but it goes away almost instantly.

S: Lots of malt in there, a faint hint of smoke. Not a lot of hops, fairly sweet.. Smells good.

T: Man that is yummy. Malty a touch sweet, with a little bit of hops and a nice roasted aftertaste. Very nice indeed.

M: Perhaps a little too much carbonation, but other than that it is pretty good.

D: Very nice, and finally in a grocery store near me. A fine showing from a brewery that it fairly small.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Pimpp came through with the goods. Oh yeah. :D

Creamy, absolutely creamy; In look as well as in feel. A simple mellow brown haze of a colored body. With a big bellowing oatmeal-colored head even after traveling for a few days, then sitting in my fridge for a few more. Eight hours later for round two, & it's still just as sturdy. I'll take a strong hairy arm & a little electrical tape over a pretty little thing in a pink outfit sending me stale beer any day. I'm confident in my sexuality, really. :P

The nuttiness is so light. A soothing chocolate caramel/marshmallow/pecan-ish mix. I didn't see the point in reviewing smell & taste separate, because what you smell, you really do taste with this one. Even cold, it's just about all there. Diacetyl is so insignificant; Very clean. Now I wouldn't knock them for it, I happen to love those butter notes, but not a whole lot of people do. If you could take the bitterness out of French-vanilla coffee, mix it with a dip of milk, a drip of maple syrup, & just serve it up like that... :)

Carbonation is healthy, but it doesn't kill the smooth lather on your tongue. It all thins out once it starts going down & even a wuss like me nearly killed the growler during the 11 o'clock news. Bad news is though, a little oxidation in there changes things up a whole lot. In just eight hours, coffee flavors had invaded everything, & a stronger roasted toffee presence came out the closet. A real veteran wouldn't of let it last that long. :)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle as an extra recently and having had some good experience with them last time I was in Ohio I was anxious to give a bottle a shot. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/16/2009.



The pour was decent enough with a light brown color and good clarity to it. The small light tan head came up to a height of a round an inch at first but quickly dropped down into nothing. Light caramel and nut like aroma are the main players here, well balanced, but again quite light in nature. The taste was nice, even, and again well balanced with lots of caramel and nut notes, a hint of light bitter hops in the finish and a smooth overall profile. Very easy drinking and went down without a fight during dinner.



Overall a very solid little brown ale, nothing to go nuts over, but very well presented and I would try it again

Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

It pours copper in color with some amber highlights. It is capped with three inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

It has a nutty, earthy aroma highlighted by the maple sweetness.

The taste is just like you would want a nut brown to be. The sweetness from the maple compliments the nuttiness of the beer creating a wonderful flavor experience.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is a good representation of an English nut brown ale. It is not fancy. It is just well done.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale has a medium, fluffy, cream-colored head, a sort of brilliant rust-red-brown appearance, and a lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, maybe some syrup, malt, and possibly a bright fruit of some sort. Taste is of sweetness, a touch of syrup, brown bread crust, and a noticeable, somewhat unpleasant bitterness, like one will get from pecan shell. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mt. Carmel Brown Ale finishes semi-wet and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of Ragingbull
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this beer on tap at the Machine Room Bar at the Great American Ballpark. The beer had a smooth amber color. There was little to no head on the beer and it was poured right in front of me. Caramel malt nose that is actually quite malty. Smooth flavor and nose that gives whiffs of various caramel like flavors. Creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish. Faint nut notes in the aftertaste. Plenty of smooth caramel in the nose and the flavor. I would call this more of a brown than a nut brown, but no matter how you slice its drinkable and I would say a B-.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: There are light aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of maple syrup.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of maple syrup are a bit stronger and there is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this nut brown ale because there's just enough maple syrup in this beer to make the smell and taste interesting without having any sweetness.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Newcastle Brown Ale signature glass. Pours a nice clear mahogany color with a thin head. Very tight bubbles. Nose is practically nonexistent. I'm getting very faint biscuit notes and nothing else.

The beer is mild and slightly sweet with a medium body and is slightly creamy in the mouth. Sweet, bready toasted malt flavors in the front of the palate become slightly nutty at mid-palate. There is a mild hop presence that comes in on the finish, but it's not nearly enough to dry things at all.

I probably shouldn't review or critique beers of this style. To me, they're just nice relaxing, understated drinks and are too mild to show much character. This is simply a well-made, traditional brown ale. It's slightly sweet, slightly dry on the finish, and quite tasty.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer has a date and time stamp just below the label, but in a code that doesn't mean anything obvious to me.

Appearance: A clear dark mahagony brown on the table - ruby red colors when held up to the light with plenty of bubbles moving up through the beer. The beer poured a 1/4" thick off-white foam that died down to a thin layer all the way across the top. What lacing appears slowly slides back down the glass and rejoins the foam. Good looking color overall.

Smell: Not a lot of anything when cold, but as it warms up there is some mild burnt/toasted malt and a hint of maple at the end of a deep inhale.

Taste: Definitely have to let this one warm up quite a bit before drinking it. When cold what comes across the most is a burnt/toasted malt flavor which at times moves between char and tobacco-like smoke flavors. When warmer though, now the malt and other flavors start to come through. The roasted malt is up front, followed by another slightly sweeter malt flavor (not quite caramel) that then goes into a mild bitterness and then that burnt malt/char finish at the end which ends abruptly with a very mild hop lingering taste. Never could taste any Maple until the beer was just under room temperature, and even then it was pretty mild. Shame that it was hidden under everything else.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but not too spicy on the tongue. The beer is slick and wetting of the mouth and goes down easy but there is some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: Not bad, but the char/burnt taste is a bit much for me. I think it must be something about a particular combination of toasted malt and hops that makes me think of cigarette / tobacco smoke, which I don't care for. Definitely better when warmed up, but I think one is enough for me.

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First brew from Mt. Carmel. Picked up at Party Town in Erlanger, KY on recent Cincinnati roadtrip. Great looking brew. Poured into my favorite beer glass, a duvel tulip. Even better smelling. Very earthy, musty. Tastes very woody. Label says 'malt beverage brewed with maple syrup.' Great tasting beer. Will definitely pick up again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is average and a few whisps of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry toastiness with a solid nuttiness backing it up. Smells great, but could use a bit more power.

4.0 T: Toasty and nutty with a good bit of neutral maltiness to satisfy. Clean graininess overall. Simple, but quite nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Frothy creaminess.

4.0 D: Simple, but a pleasure to drink. Good flavors, very clean, and super drinkable.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mt. Carmel beers are now available in six packs.
Picked up some Mt. Carmel Nut Brown at the store.
Pours a cocoa brown in color with a very nice half inch of head forming on the pour. Looks good in the glass. Smell is roasted malts, some roast/burnt flavors and some hops. Taste is quite good. More of the roasted malts, some very nice toffee undertones. This is quite enjoyable. Very smooth and easy drinking.
This is a good development. I had tried most of Mt. Carmel's stuff when it was only available in growlers and was unimpressed to say the least. This bottle is very good and something that I could easily revisit.

Photo of BB1313
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally decidced to review this one, since I've had it numerous times now. Ok, pours a transparent brown on the lighter side, very nice color with a decent white fluffy head and nice lacing. The aromas are great, and become even better as they warm. Lots of maple syrup in the nose and flavors as well. The taste is bittersweet.. maybe more on the bitter side. There's an obvious nuttiness to this one, which is a pleasure. Lots of caramel, giving it a nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is maybe a little too fizzy, but nothing overboard, still drinks smooth. This brown can hang w/ the best of 'em! Very earthy brown.

If you're into brown ales, this is a must! Great use of maple syrup.

Photo of Landfill21
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried many other of the Mt. Carmel beverages and they are all high quality.

Poured into my guinness glass, pours into a dark brown color with a two finger head that leaves a nice lace down the glass.

Smells of roasted nuts and caramel. Has a very nice taste and goes down smooth. Has a medium mouthfeel and drinkibility is high. Grab yourself some of these and recline by the fire and watch an episode of the golden girls.

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this as an extra in a recent trade with pimpp. thanks patrick!

64oz growler. sampled may 3/08.

pours deep red-brown with a small very dense tan head. the head drops quickly with a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. lots of caramel, bit of toffee. i get a bit of mineraly, almost chemical, aroma too. actually, i think it's more of a bock-like buttery character. touch of green apple.

taste is good. nice toasty bread character. bit of biscuit. bit of nut. caramel and a touch of toffee. hint of alcohol. low bitterness level. earthy hop character. still a touch of mineral character too.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body. pretty smooth.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance with the alcohol hidden well. like the malt character too, just that bit of mineraly thing that isn't quite doing it for me. overall, pretty nice though.

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Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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