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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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81
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002)
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JefferyDean


4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

03-06-2012 01:28:03 | More by JefferyDean
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gruberbeer

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 02:40:54 | More by gruberbeer
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp brown with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is a nice blend of caramel and chocolate malts. The beer has a good chocolate flavor to it with a nut flavor lingering directly in the background. There is also a very respectable citrus hop backbone doing its job quietly. The beer is crisp and very light. This was a surprisingly enjoyable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 04:39:57 | More by atsprings
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aelthwin

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:38:55 | More by aelthwin
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 00:34:00 | More by ppoitras
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NCLorax

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-05-2011 00:15:07 | More by NCLorax
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-05-2011 01:57:28 | More by nmann08
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TKHawn61

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-09-2011 05:42:39 | More by TKHawn61
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hdwilli3

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-18-2014 01:58:43 | More by hdwilli3
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-15-2011 16:49:53 | More by NCbeerpirate
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-15-2011 21:50:17 | More by jak
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sabrills70

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 9/12/07 and a drink by date of 12/12 - oh well. Pours a medium brown with a three finger head, good longevity and good lace. Rich malt with chocolate aromas but not as much roasted malt as I had expected. Rich malts up front with a nice smooth chocolate flavor and modest roastedness. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Could be a bit more robust but its still a nice beer and easy drinking as brown ales go.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 20:49:38 | More by sabrills70
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-23-2013 23:29:29 | More by BigTrubble
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light hazy, brown body with a small, wispy white head.

Smell: Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted nuts with a handful of spruce twigs and spice.

Taste: Chocolatey, with a taste of burnt nuts, a dash of mocha, and a muted sweetness - like a Nutella-based beer. Hops tasting of spruce with a medium bitterness. Spicy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation that pricks the tongue at times and enhances that spicy finish.

Drinkability: Loads of character for a humble brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 22:54:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jtw5877

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown hue with a white head. Nice malty flavors, kinda nutty, a hint of anise, a little biscuity. A great beer that I could enjoy vast quantities of if it was available to me on a regular basis. Thanks to Joj for the recommendation. My first beer from North Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 06:49:44 | More by jtw5877
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 03:28:56 | More by cnjohn19
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:48:56 | More by porterwoobie
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 01:55:16 | More by SIRIUS2
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davidt

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a moderate, quickly dropping head. Strong nutty aroma. Flavor is nutty, with a sweet malt backbone. A faint smokiness in the background. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated on the tongue with a medium body. A nice English brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 15:54:00 | More by davidt
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 21:40:28 | More by VncentLIFE
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KevBrews

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours mahogany, with red highlights, and a thin, white head

Smell: low hops, aroma dominated by crystal and chocolate malts

Taste: somewhat more aggressive than other browns I've tried--some hop bite upfront, then a mellow, malty flavor, with suggestions of coffee and hazelnut; nutty flavor extends through the finish

Mouthfeel: some slickness, suggesting diacetyl; some astringency pricks the tongue

Drinkability: smooth and easy to drink, while more assertive than other browns I've sampled (the Bell's Best Brown Ale, for instance); a tad bit heavy on residual sweetness in the finish

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 11:49:14 | More by KevBrews
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:22:19 | More by Cyberkedi
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halfbeer

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:16:30 | More by halfbeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 17:58:01 | More by twiggamortis420
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-29-2013 04:30:06 | More by KevinGordon
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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.