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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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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 6.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002

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Photo of halfbeer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of cnjohn19
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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... (269 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of kneeland
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of aelthwin
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of porterwoobie
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of gruberbeer
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of skeeordye11
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
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). (593 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of davidt
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (626 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of KevBrews
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 (612 characters)

Photo of jhammerly
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (390 characters)

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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.