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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
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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
Reviews by aelthwin:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  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.

Photo of sponberg
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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 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 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 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 wedge
3.48/5  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.

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 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 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 daliandragon
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Loki. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" tan head, which laces well. A reddish brown hued brew, with a distinctive nutty, malty nose. Almost so nice an aroma it seems artificial, but we'll hope fo the best. Taste is nutty malts, with a slight bite of hops at the end, but that's certainly not the focus. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but it goes does well, and taste is good, both drinkability boons. A nice nut brown representative.

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 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 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 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 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 brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium brown body with a small head but decent lacing

Smell: Caramel malt with a bit of nuttiness; rather understated

Taste: Malt backbone, with a very English (not too sweet) malt flavor, topped by the anticipated nuts; finishes dry with an ever so little taste of hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability: A good straightforward nut brown with a moderate amount of flavor

Photo of loren01
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light an amber color with 1 finger white head with minimal lacing and no carbonation in the glass.
S: Smell is very sweet and malty, slight nutty aroma also.
T: Slightly sweet with a slightly nutty taste.
M: Very easy drinking a little more light than most brown ales I've had in the past.
D: Pretty good brown ale, good amount of flavor, could drink quite a few of these. But I'd rather @#$% my girlfriend.
P.S. She told me to say that.

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 MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed fresh and on-tap at the brewpub during the free tour.

Pours a clear brown in color with nary much of any head. Essentially flat in appearance. Nose is malty with just a slight hint of sugared almonds.

Flavor is quite nice and smooth for the style. Rich in malts. Just a slight hint of smokiness. Both canided almods and pecans rise up throughout the flavor but came out more pronounced in the after taste. Medium body. Nice session choice if you are looking for a rich flavored beer.

Photo of jhammerly
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Loki for this.

Bottle has a best by date of 02/08/07, so I'm a little late as far as the dating is concerned. A nice looking beer. A brownish-amber body with a thick, foamy head that held up nicely. Dwindles down to a thin ring leaving lacing upon the walls of the glass after each drink. Typical aromas of a brown ale - nutty and toasty. Same goes for the flavor. It has a slightly sweet taste to add to the nuttiness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin at times, but is very drinkable...especially for a brown ale. A good beer overall.

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