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Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 169
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 23 | 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: 66 | Hads: 169
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 (870 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours clear reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Small amount of glass lacing is present as well. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, maple syrup, and roasted nuts. Very nice aromas with good strength as well. Taste of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nuttiness, and a bit of maple syrup and breadiness. Fairly strong roasted bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit with nuttiness, caramel, and roasted flavor. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. A bit of a prickly feel as well, but has nice smoothness and drinkability. Nice balance of flavors as well. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall a very nice brown ale, I would get this again, really sessionable stuff. (796 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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! (606 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity, nice khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is very nutty, with toasted malt and caramel sweetness contrasting fruity specialty malt notes.

Flavor is equally toasted and nutty, though the specialty malt fruitiness is more pronounced. In the end, the toasted malt dominates, with a dry, lightly bitter finish. (322 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew included as an extra in a trade with projectflam86, Thanks Kyle!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Murky brown color with a tight beige head that hung around as a layer and left a few spots of foam lacing.
Sweet molases/brown sugar with a roasted malt aroma as well.
Starts out sweet on the tongue before nuttiness and roasted malt flavors kick in finishing off with an overall pleasantly sweet taste in the mouth.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy and very smooth. (517 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours the advertised mahogany, a touch of red and a light haze to go with. A thin layer of light tan bubbles, and an impressive coating of lace lining almost the entire circumference of the glass.

Aroma - a light roasted grain aroma, soft suggestions of coffee.

Taste - good roast grain start, the grain has a near smokiness to it. Pleasant caramel and nutty flavor, not near as sweet as I remember the growlered version. A mild bite of hoppiness on the swallow, just for balance. Ends with the proper balance of hops and roasted grain. The flavors are on the mild to medium side but they are in stride for the style.

Mouthfeel - crisp, mostly medium to light body, a trace of smoothness. Could use sa bigger footprint here, but that only enhances the final section...

Drinkability - the lighter mouthfeel is in perfect step with the flavor profile, making this one of the more sessionable nut browns in my book. (929 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -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. (537 characters)

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 12/9/10

Many thanks to CruisaC

Lots of bubbles clinging to the glass. Stained cherry-brown color with a three finger cap of foam. Though the head dies down, puffy retention remains. A wall of crackled, dry lace stays.

The aroma is malty & cleanly blended. Notes of freshly baked & toasted bread, maple, fall foliage, earthy hops, brown sugar & a hint of caramel. The taste is plenty smooth & equally malty. Baked bread with a subtle hop presence. Maple & brown sugar manifest mid-swallow, though neither incorporates much sweetness. The finish is toasty with lingering overtones of waffles & maple syrup. For the style, the feel is a notch lighter than medium. The first sip seemed too prickly but carbonation embraced a more moderate approach for the rest of the glass.

I've had a couple Mt. Carmel beers before; this is easily the best one I've tried. Very tasty & enjoyable. The finish alone is great but on the whole the beer really comes together as it warms. Highly recommended. (1,029 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't one of my favorite styles, but this is a good beer, and probably a good example of the style. It even seems to have a subtle nut taste.

It looks great in the glass and has good aroma (subtle). It has a bit of a roasty taste, which I do not really like.

I probably won't repeat, but I wouldn't refuse one if one were offered! (339 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (575 characters)

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Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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