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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

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002)
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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MacQ32:
Photo of MacQ32
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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

MacQ32, Dec 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a pint glass at the brewery during one of the weekly Saturday tours.

A: Sort of a hazy medium brown in color with about 1/4" of light brown head. Good retention with little lacing.

S: A bit malty, with an earthy, nutty smell underneath. The malts seem to be moderate and sweet, and there is a hint of hops as well.

T: I was a bit surprised at the hop presence right off the bat on this one. It wasn't overpowering or anything but it was a nice addition. Flavors are a bit malty, something moderate like a caramel toast. There is an earthy nuttiness that is to be expected but this is different from most nut browns I've had before. There's a complex finish of hazelnut, malts, and hops that lingers for just a while.

M&D: Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with lighter carbonation. Flavors stay together nicely for an enjoyable experience. Nice change of pace for the style.

SIRIUS2, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of sponberg
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium dark amber - sorta like Grade B Maple Syrup in color but thankfully not in taste or aroma. The nose is sweetish malt with a bit of nut/roast.

Starts out with a malty-sweet background along with a good amount of nuttiness. Some bitterness in the background, along with a "just ground it" chocolate malt graininess that's rather interesting. The nuttiness continues through to the end. Medium bodied, a decent nut brown of the sweet side of the spectrum.

sponberg, Mar 27, 2003
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet-brown color under the light with a small slightly creamy head. Not much as far as retention and lacing but a decent color. Nose of sweet, possibly bready malts, some lightly roasted + toasted notes with various nuts. Tastes alike with toasty nuttiness, and a little bit of smokiness moving steady through the finish. Not bad and certainly sessionable.

Decent and easily drinkable.

tastybeer, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

tdm168, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Kegatron, May 12, 2010
Photo of sonofliberty2
3/5  rDev -15.5%

sonofliberty2, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of DCdawg
3/5  rDev -15.5%

DCdawg, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of lzepplin01
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

lzepplin01, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

KevinGordon, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Dodo2step
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Dodo2step, May 14, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddened amber with a small, soapy head. Nutty, earthy, leafy aromas...sweetish with a hint of coffee grounds. Smells familiar - all the CBC brews seem to carry similar traits when it comes to the nose. Dry malty sweet flavor with some nutty coffee. Medium-light body. A little thin overall, but certainly drinkable and session worthy.

wedge, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A rough pour into my imperial pint glass creates a .5" off white head that slowly recedes into the glass, eventually leaving a layer of bubbles on the surface. Sparse lacing is left behind as the glass is drained. The beer is a very clear, medium mahogany color.

smell: First notice a dry, nutty aroma. Earthy, woody flavors of nutshells and leaves. Hops are subdued and remain in the background, as they should. The nutty character is pretty dominant here.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is slightly less than medium, and the body on the heavier side of light.

taste: Not much sweetness at all, and a pervasive nutty flavor. A light hop bitterness provides some balance. The finish is dry with nutty flavor lingering. Not bad, but nothing special.

drinkability: Very easy drinking, and tasty too.

Picked up a six pack from the brewery on the way to my hunting grounds at the nearby Shearon Harris lake. Printed on the label is a bottled on date of 11/30/05 and a best by date of 02/30/05. Just a little over a week in the bottle...gotta love fresh beer straight from the source.

blackie, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

jerefreakinmiah, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ColdOneKev, May 12, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Arborescence, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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).

DavoleBomb, Aug 19, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

RichIron883, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of aelthwin
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

aelthwin, May 22, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a headless dull brown into my pint glass, not exactly awe inspiring stuuff. Nose is caramel tinged malt with coffee tones, which smelled nasty out of the bottle but has improved as it's warmed.

Flavor is malt with the same coffee tones and a creamy, almost eggy note. Carbonation is overdone, especially for an Engliish style ale, and hurts the flavor.
The nuttiness isn't as pronounced as I expected and the beer suffers for it. I'm not a huge English brown fan, but this seems too sweet for the style and definitely not for me.

daliandragon, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +12.7%

NCLorax, Dec 05, 2011
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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.