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Carolina Nut Brown Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Nut Brown AleCarolina Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 46
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Brown with orange hues, lighter than chestnut, head is bone white, settles to just a thin film around the edges of the glass

S: Nice warm toasted malt, light caramel, and bread

T: Wheat toast, pretty one dimensional, but easy and pleasant, hops are very, very light, floral flavor, gets a little sweet

M: Low attenuation and full body accentuated by low carb, good for the style, but when combined with the one dimensional flavors it feels a little lackluster

O: Ok, nothing wrong but not much flavor there either

Photo of macrosmatic
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dogdoc for throwing this one into a recent box. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Medium brown, clear, with low carbonation and a thin white head.

S: Sweet malt, grainy, toffee. Not much else.

T: Follows the nose. Toffee, heavy grains, a smidge of hop bitterness. The graininess here has reached the point of detracting from the other flavors present.

M: Thin body, low carbonation sensation. Essentially no alcohol presence.

O: This isn't very good. English brown ales are not a favorite style of mine, but this one falls short.

Photo of fastrodney
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a few times but for this review, the sample came from a pick-yer-6 from Whole Foods in Raleigh. Poured into my standby weizen glass.

A: Nice dark amber. A decent head with reasonable retention.

S: Amber malt.

T: Slightly toasted malt balanced with a light hoppiness.

M: Just shy of heavy carbonation with a medium thickness.

O: Not bad; a good example of the style. A good balance of toasted amber malt and indistinct hops. I have to give this one props for not exhibiting the cloying sweetness that plagued the last few brown ales I've tried.

Photo of Morey
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours brown in color, but it's really more of a reddish-brown when held to the light. It also has really good clarity for a Brown. The head is cream colored, and stood about a finger tall initially, but settled pretty fast. There's some decent lacing on the glass.

AROMA: Chocolate, Coffee, Toasted Nuts, Tree Bark, and some Earthy aromas.

TASTE: This is where this beer really shines in my opinion. It's got really nice flavor for a thin low ABV Brown Ale. There's a nice nutty flavor right up front, but it doesn't take long before some really impressive chocolate/cocoa flavors start to sweep over the palate. There's a bit of malty sweetness near the back-end as well. The finish is pretty clean with a touch of coffee.

MOUTHFEEL: At first, the body seems to be a bit on the thin side for the style, but then all of the sudden there's a powdery chocolate flavor that coats the mouth. Pretty low carbonation.

MOREY'S BOTTOM LINE: This beer was given to me as a gift from a friend who went down to NC. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I would definitely sip on this beer in the fall if I lived near the brewery. Cheers!

Photo of Arborescence
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark amber, virtually brown. Pours a very thin head.

Aroma: Pretty basic brown ale, a little underdeveloped. Malty.

Taste: Somewhat bland, mild. There's a pleasant maltiness and a little bit of sweetness, but frankly this is quite close to some non-alcoholic beers I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, quite smooth.

Overall: Easy to drink and thirst quenching, but lacks character, depth, and flavour.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light translucent brown color. Off white head with decent lacing.

Smells very dry. Like pistachios. Slight notes of caramel sweetness.

Taste is very nutty, dry. No real subtlety here. Up front dryness. Fills the mouth with flavors. Medium body, and clean finish.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a firm overtone of molasses and hints of brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. It pours a lovely clear cola brown with a typical pale tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Flavor is crisp and malty with a molasses undertone and hints of chocolate and burnt wood. Smooth texture has average body and fizziness, but is still pleasing.

Photo of MacQ32
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice deep brown into my brooklyn snifter, nice looking half finger of caramel colored head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing that slides down the glass rather quickly

S - Slightly roasty nuts and roasty/chocolaty malts, a wee bit bready, little yeast as well.

T - A little roasty and nutty, some sweet malt character. Pretty simple, a little underwhelming

M - Really really light, which is good in some ways, super drinkable, appropriate carbonation. Way too light though

O - As the appearence would hint at, this beer is very very light, weak body. Decent smell, decent (but mild taste) mouthfeel isnt doing it for me, as i said, super drinkable though. just not bold enough for me, but that could be a plus for many

Photo of adevans
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Rich brown liquid with a slightly brown head: ~1 finger. Didn't dissipate quickly and had moderate lacing.

S - Smelled of bread malts, some yeast, and a touch of roasted nuttiness.

T - Not terribly sweet. Starts out mostly nutty with a little hops. Near the end of the beer, it tastes more of caramel malts. Pretty dry, however.

M - Good carbonation, good mouthfeel.

O - With the easy drinkability and not-too-sweet taste, I could go for a few more of these...

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brownish amber with little head. The smell is caramel malt with some faint nutty notes. The taste is nutty and with faint bread and caramel. There's just enough hops for balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but at times thin with decent carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer. The balance is there, it just comes across a little thin.

Photo of halfbeer
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice brown ale and lives up to the name. Carolina was one of the original Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Cary area) North Carolina microbrews. It just isn't spectacular. If you are looking for a better similar beer from the same area, you might go for Big Boss's Bad Penny or Lone Rider's Sweet Josie (Yum! But Shotgun Betty is better). You could probably have a keg of it for a party and be ok. It just isn't tasty (maybe a little bitter for a brown). I think I might get sick of it in a kegerator (even though the Carolina Summer Bock is awesome to have around). A 6 pack every once in a while (ok, maybe a few, it really is not bad), and worth a buy.

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a small nonic pint glass at The Pit in Raleigh.

Creamy two finger light brown head is given off the pour, sitting on a simple chestnut brown body. Straight forward pretty simple and good looking.

Nose is kind of spritzy clean and weak for a brown ale. Weak sense of nut and malt. No roast character, also a strange smell of banana.

Taste though is big improvement. A just right enough thick body with a very distinct taste of milk chocolate. There's that banana again also in the palate, but big roast dryness coming through on the finish. That spritzy feeling comes through also kind of wet and clean on the finish.

Overall this was really quite surprising, it's very different from what seems to be coming on the nose. If it didn't have that banana character to it I would have scored it higher.

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

Poured a clear medium brown with an average sized off white creamy head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of a nutty bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of coffee, brown sugar and milk chocolate. It tasted rather mild yet slightly bitter with a hint of coffee in the beginning and finished quite malty with a note of chocolate and had a nutty flavor at the end with the flavor lasting only a short while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and creamy in texture with a medium carbonation. Overall a nice nut brown, very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of cnjohn19
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this was my super bowl XLV drink of choice...

looks flat to the pour with a typical dark brown color...smells delicious with sweet caramel dominating...

the rest speaks for itself above in my numeric review...but all in all not bad for a local brown ale...

cheers...

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber color with minimal tan foaming. Average retention and some spotty lacing.

Nose is a little bit of toasty malt, bready yeast and light nuttiness. Smells more like an amber ale to me and shows a touch of piney hops.

Taste is a nice mix of chocolate and toasty malt, maybe even a little coffee. Tastes much more like a brown ale than it showed in the nose. Not a huge amount of nuttiness, but enough to compliment the other malt flavors. Decently clean finish, with a lightly hopped bitterness. Body is a little thin and carbonation low...but overall this is a pleasant, easy drinking session beer.

Photo of kneeland
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When first opened I took a whiff. Nothing special at all about the scent. I typically enjoy nut brown ales, but this one didn't do it for me. It tasted like a flat New Castle with some chocolate nut flavor added in.

Other than the taste, it's a good beer. A good amount of foam, decent mouthfeel, good enough drinkability.

Photo of aelthwin
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Harris Teeter

I popped the top off the bottle, and inhaled deeply. What I smelled was nice roasted malts, a nutty and chocolate overtone. The smell was representative of taste. It starts out with a roasted character, shift to a nuttier taste, and finishes off with a chocoloate aftertaste, all the while maintaining a light bitterness to balance it out. It felt smooth and rich going down, and had me reaching for a second.

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with a 1/2 finger of light tan colored head. Thin creamy retention yields a cascade of patchy foam which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of hazlenut character and lighter notes of roast and malty sweetness. Some earthy and citric hops round of the back of the nose.

The taste is similar, with nuttiness and roast up front, while sweeter caramel tones round out the back. There a touch of an acrid edge to the roastier notes here but it's not too troubling. A tingle of earthy hops and some green citrus run through the profile, finishing this dry with some lingering grit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation in the mouth and generally easy feel. Seems right on target with its ABV.

Completely adequate Brown Ale here, that packed just enough flavor into itself. The easy body on this actually gives this a bit of a sessionable air to it. You could do far worse than a couple of these.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Thin off white head of fine bubbles doesnt last long. The beer itself is a clear light brown- ruby.

Smell: Toasty and sweet caramel malt. There's a definite nuttiness to the smell.

Taste: Again toasty malt and hazelnut is now more prominent. Almost nothing in the way of detectable hops or bitterness. Finishes a little dry with lingering toast and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin or full. Pretty much right. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: I've had many beers from this brewery, but never this one until right now. Its pretty good, but nothing great. I could drink a few.

Photo of porterwoobie
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: medium brown with a slight orange hue, one finger off-white/semi-tan head, slight lacing

S: malty, caramel, some hazelnut notes

T: malts, caramel grains, and hazelnuts blended together with good hop balance. finishes slighly sweet.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation

Drinkability: overall a pretty good beer. very sessionable. it has a good, rich nutty flavor.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks skeeordye

A- a nice foamy head that is lightly browned like a creme brulee. a beautiful amber color. quite clear and nicely done.

S- a nutty and biscuity maltness. quite complementary of each other.

T- very malty and quite astringent as well. A roasted burnt caramel finish. Taste was too much malt and not enough nuttiness as i would like in the nut brown ale.

M- a very sour lining on the mouth with the malts. No hops presence in the feel or the throat. not very smooth but alright.

D- really struggled towards the end with the extra added malt. if you like malty beers this one is for you. not bad but not good. a decent brew.

Photo of gruberbeer
4.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so I liked this beer more than most I see. But why? Well, I ordered it at a local restaurant. Maybe it just went well with my whole hog BBQ. This beer had a nut brown frat party in my mouth. I would say that there is nothing fantastical about its appearance--it's even a little watery-looking--but man, this beer had a good strong smell and a nice subtle nutty flavor rolling throughout. I'll have it again with something different on my plate, and we'll see how it goes.

Photo of skeeordye11
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep red in color with an inch tan head that falls into the beer and leaves a thin film after two sips. Good lacing.

S: Fantastic nutty, biscuity, maltiness with no sign of hops. Exactly what I would expect from a Nut Brown.

T: Very malty, nutty, biscuit taste with a very roasted finish, almost burnt or astringent. No hop presence noted.

M: A bit thinner than expected from such a malty smelling and tasting beer. Low carbonation and very smooth.

D: Decent. A bit roastier than I would expect even from a Nut Brown. The nutty and biscuit flavors are fantastic, just a little to much roast for my tastebuds. A good beer, but not my first choice in the realm of Browns. Worth a try though.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Very dark brown or perhaps a deep purple. Good head retention with lacing here and there. I really like the color, but overall not too impressive.

4.0 S: Really nutty with powerful caramel. Hints of wood. Cool spring water.

2.5 T: After the appearance and smell, the taste was disappointing. There just isn't a whole lot going on. Flavors are mainly nut and nothing too much else.

2.0 M: Empty carbonation (bubbles with no bite or flavor).

2.5 D: You can chug these all night and not miss out on anything (so long as you smell it's wonderful scent first).

Photo of NCBeernut
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is what I think of when I think of a brown ale. Beautiful brown hue, with a nice off-white cap that thins out but never completely leaves. Surprising amount of lacing for the style. Nice nuttiness. Sweet chocolate and a little toffee. Somewhat earthy. A kiss of hops work well with the malty sweetness. It could have a slightly less carbonic bite in the mouthfeel. Also, its missing a little bit of body and complexity. Good drinkability makes for a nice session brew.

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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.