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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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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-05-2011 01:57:28 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

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

03-03-2005 03:54:45 | More by brentk56
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-12-2010 12:40:48 | More by Kegatron
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Clear brownish mahogany color with a quickly dissipating thin off white head that leaves some webbed lacing in the glass.
S: Nutty, malty, slightly sweet aroma. Nuttiness is stronger than anything else but some molasses and earthy flavors are there.
T: Not as nutty as expected from smell. Some light bitterness in finish and is slightly dry. Not remarkable, not bad.
M: Light carbonation and light body, though not quite watery.
D: Not a bad beer, could drink a few of these easily but not much to distinguish it from other brown ales. I think I enjoyed Big Boss's Bad Penny to this.

01-15-2008 21:05:50 | More by yourefragile
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

07-02-2011 13:20:50 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

10-07-2011 23:07:39 | More by tdm168
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-30-2013 02:29:09 | More by Cynic-ale
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-29-2013 04:30:06 | More by KevinGordon
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blackie

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

12-10-2005 21:36:08 | More by blackie
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%

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).

08-19-2008 00:47:59 | More by DavoleBomb
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

The beer poured into the glass clear amber brown with a yellowish head which rose medium, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty and malty with chocolate and caramel malt. The chocolate contained just a light hint of roastiness. The aroma was also lightly fruity.

The flavor was crisp with a light chocolate and caramel and a bit of roastiness. The flavor was not sweet, dry in fact and while a bit of nuttiness was present the flavor was not what was represented by the aroma.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of roast into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and a bit on the watery side. An OK nut brown, but a bit on the light side in flavor and body as compared to the aroma.

12 ounce bottle. Best by 12/28.

12-01-2005 23:04:54 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Boto

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev 0%

The beer pours a good brown color with a big,thick head with good retention. The aroma is nutty with hints of chocolate. Good,rich malty flavor with hints of nuttiness, but without an overall sweetness to it. Some hops in the background. A very good beer!

05-08-2003 17:00:06 | More by Boto
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wedge

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

01-11-2007 03:34:49 | More by wedge
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

08-01-2012 23:19:34 | More by Morey
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macrosmatic

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

12-17-2012 03:04:58 | More by macrosmatic
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-15-2011 21:50:17 | More by jak
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

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

12-28-2011 20:30:46 | More by MacQ32
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

11-01-2006 02:13:59 | More by daliandragon
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GTB

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

04-24-2013 02:59:19 | More by GTB
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2%

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.

12-23-2006 22:11:08 | More by MuddyFeet
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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.