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Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 18 | 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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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 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 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 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 Ryan011235
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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

Appearance Medium brown,cloudy and translucent. Rich tan head of 1-2 fingers and some lace on the glass

aroma Some maple touch but not quite enough to fully define as maple. There's a rather Euro Ale/Lager effect where grain,yeast,bread,tend to lead,rather than the caramel or coffee type malts and the various pale ale type hops

Taste As the aroma suggests a rather dry Euro/English type. Cincinnati's 3 micro brewers all tend to lean toward German/English style rather than the looser US versions. The Maple add in adds nice complexity but the Euro style dry hops/yeasts keep a bitter end. As it warms however,it's sweet side emerges, the maple and nutty flavors ride some caramel malts to the front. This beer has a sweet spot when it comes to temperature. If a bit too chill the hops go a bit metallic and that clashes with that touch of maple. warmer,a nice Brown Ale Caramel Nut steps up,and rather than clash the maple can enhance.

Don't look for a LOT of maple,it's a supporting actor,not the star.

Mouth Carbonation is good,not excessive. Like the flavor,the body shapes up as the Malt bill hits it's happy temp.

This ain't Canadian Breakfast stout,but it's an interesting brew,though fussy about temp. The aftertaste is a bit too woody,not a pine or spruce needle but more a German old oak. A cleaner finish would help this. It's a real good drinker as is but Mt Carmel could have a winner by cleaning up the finish a bit.

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

I like this a lot. It smells nutty and malty and sweet. the taste is very nice bitter but sweet no hops to speak of but tons of hazelnut and sweet malt.The way this one goes down is amazing you could chug it if you wanted to but that would be a waste to not savor the taste and creamy mouth feel. Over all I am enjoying this while watching football and the weather has a fall feeling to it and it just fits.

Photo of ltjska04
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of becktone
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer is a dark brown with a nice head that doesn't stick around long

S: Malt, smoke, and some hops present.

T: Malt is sweet along with a touch of hazlenut. Very enjoyable.

M: Carbonation is medium.

D: This beer has a lot o drinkability in my opinion. Found this at the Comet in Cincinnati and decided to give it a whirl based on the IPA going down pretty well.

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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Using this to quench a sweat-induced, hot buffalo chicken wrap.

Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours an attractive, deep dark brown with a 1.5 finger off white micro bubble head that quickly settles to a thin foam.

Aroma is an enticing nutty malt. Picking up slight cocoa notes. Very well done up to this point.

First sip lives up to appearance and aroma and description - roasted hazelnut body. Just what the Dr. ordered to put out the fire in my mouth.

To date, the best Cincinnati-brewed beer - too bad it's a nut brown.

Photo of currysage1
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as part of the Little Guy BIF, thanks nlmartin!

Had the amber last night and it was very good, looking forward to this one.

Pours a clear mahogany with a three finger head that sticks, but is kind of crackly.

Smell is of unfermented sugars, carmels, kind of Belgian in the smell, some diluted red wine.

Taste is very nice, good carmelized sugars, toasted cereal grains, got a little nuttiness to it, the label says hazelnut and I think thats pretty spot on, but really slight, metallic in the finish like tin, overall very good.

Feel is nice could be a little chewier, but the feel on the tongue is great nice and smooth. I would love to be able to get this regularly.

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 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 TheBierBand
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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 ThaBobfather
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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 bamadog
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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.

Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.