Carolina Nut Brown Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Nut Brown AleCarolina Nut Brown Ale

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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 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)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (746 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown color. Has a nice nice head that seems to stick around the glass a little as a lace. Smells very rich with caramel and sweet nuts.The taste is malty. A good amout of caramel and roasted nuts. Has a faint hoppiness to it. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. Not the best I have every had but I must say I like this ale. Very drinkable and taste good. (375 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 (450 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (255 characters)

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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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