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Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 06-30-2007)
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

05-04-2008 02:11:29 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2008 02:05:27 | More by grub
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PEBKAC

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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. :)

Serving type: growler

02-25-2008 05:23:46 | More by PEBKAC
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2007 15:38:43 | More by nlmartin
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-30-2007 23:41:57 | More by bluejacket74
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patpbr

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint it appears a semi see thru brown color with a nice tan head.
S - Malty, carmel and a bit of maple
T - Sweet malty flavors, a little toasty and a hint of maple.
M - Medium feel and crisp creamy finish.
O - This is one of the better Mt. Carmel brews and a pretty good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:49:43 | More by patpbr
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:48:55 | More by DeFaz
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darker brown with ample head. Good rim of head remains on the glass during consumption. Large chunks of lacing.

S: Molasses, malty aroma.

T: Good malty sweetness from front to back. Really nice molasses flavors on the far back. Hint of earthy nut somewhere between.

M: Nice carbonation. Good body yet light enought to have a couple.

O: Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 22:41:52 | More by Oakenator
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great brown ale. It has characteristics of a porter/stout, but maintains a lighter body and adds some fun flavors.

a- a good solid almond brown. Nice thick light beige head that dissipates but keeps a nice thin layer as you drink.

sm - Definitely a chestnut/almond smell mixed with a little toasted bread.

taste - nice smooth brown ale, not many overwhelming notes here. Just a nutty, woody drinking ale. The 6% abv is completely hidden in this.

Overall- Weak review on my part for this beer which seems to be more complex than I can wrap my palate around. Like I said initially, it has characteristics of a porter or stout, but with a tiny bit more nutty and hoppy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:57:54 | More by Kearneytheking
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Brenden

Ohio

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 16:42:06 | More by Brenden
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:51:17 | More by ONUMello
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 02:58:51 | More by Dave128
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jsisko01

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a nice brown color with a slight amber hue. Has a centimeter thick, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Also has a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Strong malts and caramel, maple, and grains.

Taste - Very sweet, mostly from the maple I believe.. Toasted malts, caramel, a feint hint of coffee and chocolate, with a nutty character that dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a little too much on the sweet side for me but this is one of the best brown ales I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:07:15 | More by jsisko01
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 20:24:34 | More by metter98
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fauxpunker


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice crisp mahogany with thin off white head.
S: Rich. Maple jumps right up. Roasted nuts. Pleasant and different.
T: Can taste the maple and nuttiness. Roasty bitterness lingers and finishes kind of dry. Nice balance with the sweetness at the beginning.
M:Clean and not too full. Nice brightness from the tap.
O: Enjoyable. A bit different than I'm used to. Probably won't be a go to, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 05:14:37 | More by fauxpunker
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Duff27

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Full inch-tall, off- white head on a reddish-brown colored body. Good head retention and lacing splatter all over the sides of my glass.

S- Whiffs of brown roasty toasty malts, copper pennies.

T- Sweet and rich maltiness with just a touch of coffee/hazelnut character on the back-end. I have to say, this has so much flavor that I almost question the stated 6%abv...would guess higher!

M- Full bodied mouthfeel with low and soft carbonation.

D/O- I really like this brown ale, the finish to each sip (soft hazelnut to me) really set it apart from other browns I've had in the past. Recommended. Thanks for the Ohio "Top 50" brew, MaxSpang!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:05:21 | More by Duff27
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been quite some time since I've sat down with a nut brown ale.

This one looks real nice on the pour. The nut tones seem to be very appropriately placed accents. This beer has excellent balance. I think that's what I would say if I had to use just one word: balance. Extremely easy drinking and well worth the ride. Suggested.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:18:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another BIF beer, the last of 3 from this brewery. Tonight, I'm just craving a brown ale, and feel lucky to have this sitting in my refrigerator.

Pours a deep chocolatey brown. With light behind it, reddish hues come through. One finger of yellowish head, gone in a flash, little lacing.

Smells nutty, malty, and mildly sweet, just as I'd hoped. Very well-rounded, full-bodied, and complete. Hazelnut and maple syrup come through clearest. I love the light touch that the maple syrup adds, providing soft syrupy sweetness. Plenty of different things going on here, and they're all good.

The taste was always going to have trouble living up to the billing laid out by the smell. It comes close, but doesn't bring the same level of complexity or fullness. Quite nutty, more like walnuts here, thinner and less sweet. Some grassy hops in the back-end round things out. I've been saying this about a lot of beers lately, but it taste slightly hollow, like the malts are all riding high in the mouth with the hops, and lacking that rich mid-body taste to fill in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium-bodied, carbonation rising and falling, and a rather quick finish.

Quite a good brown ale. The addition of maple syrup does great things for the smell, but strangely not much for the taste. Feels like a fall beer, but I'll take it on an unseasonably chilly spring evening. And I look down, now, disappointed to find that my glass is empty.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:19:19 | More by zeledonia
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:47:34 | More by DavoleBomb
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 20:37:44 | More by macrosmatic
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 09:29:18 | More by deadonhisfeet
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rodney4130

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice carbonation, translucent brown color. Smell is of roast with hints of maple. Taste is much the same. The maple blends very well with the grains, better than most in the style. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel.

Well made and drinkable. One of my favorites brown ales.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 14:56:55 | More by rodney4130
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 19:03:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:11:51 | More by keeganfrank
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dewey's Pizza in West Chester, OH

Served a clear ruby-brown.

Smell is of roasted malt along with a hint of nuttiness. There is a slight piny hoppiness as well.

The taste is of light roasted malt and some maple nuttiness. It finishes with some mild piny hop bitterness. The body is thicker than I expected.

Overall this is really an excellent beer. I admittedly was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. I really think this is on of the better examples of this style that I have had. I'll have to pick up a sixer next time I am in the Cincinnati area.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 18:41:23 | More by rangerred
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Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.