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Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 170
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 19
Gots: 25 | 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

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Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 06-30-2007

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 170
Photo of wspscott
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
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.


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Photo of Ragingbull
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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-.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy/light brown color with a small, thin, off-white head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of a caramel, floral notes and touches of maple.

T - It tasted of biscuity caramel malt. Despite the fact that it is a "nut" brown ale, it lacked any nutty flavor. even though the label mentioned maple flavor, it was lacking much maple flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay brown ale. It is sweet but lacks much nutty or maple flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of AwYeh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint; couldn't find any freshness info, but to my knowledge Mt. Carmel is just beginning to hit NE Ohio, so this bottle is reasonably fresh.

A: Pours a clear, reddish-amber-brown color with two fingers of foamy white head. Good head retention, even if there isn't much lacing. Nice label too, even though that doesn't affect the score.

S: This beer smells like breakfast- the combination of maple syrup and toasty malts make the connection obvious. Caramel malts also appear, along with a light touch of earthy hops.

T: Lots of roasted and bready flavors here, accented by more caramel, hazelnut, and (a very light) maple sweetness. Long, lingering bitter finish that didn't really show up in the taste- more of those earthy hops noticed in the aroma.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate+ carbonation, which lends the beer a somewhat creamy texture. Rather filling, likely in conjunction with the quantity of grains that showed up in the flavor.

O: A good but not great beer; I did enjoy the glass a bit more than my taste rating might reflect. Somewhat hard to finish due to how filling it is, but I won't knock the beer for that- after all I did pour it at ten in the morning.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Thanks again to "beveritt" for passing tossing this new'un my way.

A- Deep copper/brown and clear. Pours with ~1 finger tan head, which settles quickly into an incomplete thin cap.

S- Toasty, slightly nutty, and a moderately malty caramel aroma. Subdued earthy hop notes.

T- Bready, caramel malt sweetness. Lightly earthy bitterness, and a bit cidery on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium light feel.

O- Decent. A nice, easy drink, but didn't really stand out in any way....nothing major to harp on, and nothing to sing the praises of.

Future outlook: A perfectly fine beer, I'm sure, and probably just my palate bias against being delighted by most brown ales that left me unmoved by this. Will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. Poured into my Perfect Pint Glass, this beer is a clear dark mahogany color. There's barely a head but it settles into a thin white film that leaves a nice ring around the glass. The smell is of faint chocolate malt and I think I detect a wheat-like smell but could be wrong. The taste is a bit thin and muddled; I can't pick out any distinguishable flavors. It's not a bad taste it's just unremarkable. The mouthfeel is pretty good for a session beer but I'd like it a bit thicker. The drinkability is high; this beer goes down smooth and easy and would probably pair well with lots of different food. Of all the Mt. Carmel beers I've had I'd say this is one of the weaker ones. When compared to the stout or IPA this is rather mediocre from a very good brewery. Maybe my taste buds are off tonight but based on this bottle it's probably not something I would seek out often.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a brown coloration with a slight amber opaqueness to light. The head was a finger and 1/2 high and resolves down to a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is pretty good. A bit of cocoa and caramel maltyness play with floral hops.

Taste: The beer delivers a very comfortable combination of cocoa, caramel and vague nuttyness. A slight bitterness brings up the rear of the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just slight bigger than light bodied. The carbonation is paired well with the beer. This beer delivers in spades what you would want with a brown ale. This beer is an easy drinker with no extremes. This beer is all about sessionable goodness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near clear, brown body with a thin layer of ivory-hued head.

Smell: Dark nutty maltiness with subtle notes of brown sugar and molasses. Milder scents of earthy hops and roastiness in the distance.

Taste: Nut Brown Ale displays some darker maltiness with a touch of nuttiness and sweet hints of dark brown sugar and molasses. Why, there's even some lightly roasty aspects to it. Predominately earthy hop profile with a subdued bitterness. Finishes dry with a bit more of that light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: One of those nice easy drinkers. A befitting lil' nut brown ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Nut Brown is decent....but had no head and no lace what so ever.....nevertheless it poured a clear deep amber. The scent carried hints of maple, nut and some espresso. The taste was too far off from the scent. The mouthfeel was medium in body with so so carbonation. Overall its ok.....would like more head! But who wouldn't????

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Medium brown in color. Half-finger head but laces nicely.

S: Nice caramel & malty sweet aroma.

T: Well-balanced taste - just sweet enough - with a finish that doesn't linger.

M: A little thin for my preference for this style, but not a deal-breaker.

O: It was a decent example of the style. This bottle was given to me by a cousin of mine, and I have no idea how old it was. As has been pointed out, I *really* wish more breweries would put some kind of dating on the bottles.

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Photo of becktone
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-15-09

Eye: Again, crystal clear just as the blonde. Head retention is nice just like the blonde but formation is much the same. Could have a larger head but still this smaller steady creamy and long lasting head is better than many others. Color is garnet when held to the light and brown when light strikes it but is not at eye level. Very nice.

Nose: Lots of roasty notes and some slightly burnt notes upfront, cereal grains in the middle with some sweet malt behind it all. Nice aroma overall, simple and clean. Maybe some biscut like notes. The label states maple but I'm not really getting that...I mean now that I read the label I might be able to get those notes, but I think tis still a stretch... Still quite a nice aroma though.

Tongue: Roasted barley is evident, carmel malt is evident. Some coffee tones, or roasted malted barley are evident. Very nice overall, but I think that malt sweetness is lacking. Huge amounts of roasted notes, but not really any biscut like or sweetness from darker malts. Wait...sweetness is there, but roasted is in front of it. Deeper than I thought on first inspection. Overall pretty nice.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium in body, with lower carbonation, yet fine and prickly. Dry finish, leaving a roasted and quite dry feel in the mouth. Not bad, but nothing real groundbreaking either. Good to drink on, but I'll be looking into others before coming back. Give it a go, its good. Glad I tried tried it, prolly pick it up again, just don't know how soon. Nice clean beer, but nothing special and nothing damning...good and quality beer.

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Photo of Dave128
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this growler while watching the games!

Pours a hazy dark reddish/brown, some orange edges, medium sized off white head forms, drops some lace spots, forms a solid ring around the glass. Smell is interesting, very fruity, bit of alcohol, caramel, nuts, a bit grassy, light chocolate, light butter, chemically aroma, can't place it. Taste is similar, lots of caramel, some butter, very nutty, light chocolate, very malty flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth body, easy to drink. Some strange aroma/flavour action, but decent. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of keeganfrank
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a red tint and a thin, foamy head. Aromas of roasted grain and caramel with faint hints of chocolate and fruit. Roasty chocolate, caramel and nut flavors. Has a creamy body that's not too thick or too thin. Really nice example of a brown ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Translucent brown with a nice two-finger tan head that slowly settles
S: Roasted malt and fairly nutty
T: Roasted malt initially, a pleasant toasted nuttiness throughout (almond/walnut); a bit of bitterness on the midpalate and a nutty finish
M: Medium-bodied, easy to drink
O: I didn't pick up any maple syrup which the label specifically mentions. That being said, if you like toasted nuts overall this is almost like drinking a bag of mixed nuts which I personally very much enjoy. Worth seeking out.

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Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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