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Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 06-30-2007)
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Photo of TheBierBand


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ALRIGHT! Mt. Carmel has begun to bottle their beers. So, here is my third review for one of my local favorites... first growler, then on tap and now in bottle form.

Poured into my pint glass to form a 3/4" head of off white foam. This dwindled down to a thin cap leaving almost no lace. The color of the beer is brown (go figure) and just a little hazy.

The nose is great.... I love the smell of this beer.... hints of whats to come.... Maple syrup, hazelnuts and a nice toasted malt smell intermingles for a nice first hint.

Taste: Great as ever! Just like the smell, with a sweet maple syrup taste and a nutty goodness to add complexity all backed up by a nice roasted malt flavor. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness to add to the complexity.

MF: Just a hint thicker than thin. Nice body and refreshing. Carbonation is appropriate.

Drink: Hell yes! Enjoy these all day long.... nothing offensive here.... great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 18:10:52 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of LyonsHead


4.15/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:15:46 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of ThaBobfather


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

Pours a medium dark brown with medium bodied off-white/beige head.
Smells light the opening of a can of a Planter's Nuts Mixer. There is peanut, almond, chestnut all together is a small hint of caramel.
Flavor has a little sweet and roasted malts with some caramel and chestnut taste.
Finishes smooth, almost with a peanut butter taste.
Highly drinkable with its nuttiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 19:20:09 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 00:33:15 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of bamadog


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just had this on tap over at the Dilly Deli, and it's my first Mt. Carmel beer (kind of blasphemous since I've been in the Cincinatti area for almost a year now, but hey, better later than never), and I'm not disappointed. I've heard some concerns from some fellow BAs that there is sometimes a metallic/tin-like taste that is occasionally found in beer from Mt. Carmel, but may be I was lucky because I didn't come across that at all.

Appearance: Came to me a nice, solid dark brown; not much light coming through but it also appeared to be a little cloudy; came with a quickly fading 1 finger head that fell to a faint skim and rink around the top. I especially liked the color and thought it was solid.

Smell: Not especially discerning at first, but there's definitely some malty sweetness to it, as well as a fruit-like sweetness (I think of bananas for some reason, but that may or may not be entirely accurate, perhaps raisins - no real similarites there, so take that for what it's worth); there is a slight nuttiness to it in the back, but as it warmed up it became much more prevalent and that was pleasing.

Taste: Much like the smell, the sweet maltiness is there, as is the fruit-like sweetness. The taste of this mild fruit-like bit still reminds me of bananas, but more along the lines of artificial banana flavoring - still, I like it because it's mild. There's a slight hint of nuttiness in the aftertaste at first, but again, as it warmed this presence became much stronger, making it much more enjoyable. I must say, this beer was probably served a little too cold, but fortunately I was having dinner with a good friend and the conversation made it easy to allow the beer the sit and warm appropriately to a better suited temperature. Very nice by the end and there was really no hint at all of alcohol in it as I would think this style is typically not overly high in the ABV category, which helps make this a very pleasant tasting nut brown.

Mouthfeel: Nothing overly special about it, but it's fairly refreshing; moderate carbonation and a mildly sticky coating. Average for the style.

Drinkability: I would give this a fairly high rating here as it was easy to drink, would go well with several types of food (I had mine with fish and chips, but this would probably be even better with pasta) and the ABV would allow it be drank in session. I could likely get through several of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 01:17:32 | More by bamadog
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 13:02:39 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:37:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Ragingbull


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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-.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 05:04:45 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of 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
Photo of 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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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
Photo of hrking


4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is an awesome brew! Highest praise to the folks at Mt. Carmel for this beer. Great over the top flavor with hints of maple,brown sugar and all the great things that make a brown ale what it's suppose to be!. I've had this on draft @ the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati and from a growler and both have pleased my pallette. Smooth drinkability,creamy finish,it's all here! Not much of a nose on this one but from the first sip the flavors jump all over the place! I recommend if you're in the Cincinnati area seeking out a growler of this at one of the local outlets ...It will be worth your effort! CUDOS!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 03:39:44 | More by hrking
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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
Photo of bluejacket74


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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Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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