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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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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002)
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Photo of macrosmatic


2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:04:58 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of caaameron

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-08-2012 22:49:32 | More by caaameron
Photo of TheZzyzxScarecrow

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-05-2012 22:45:40 | More by TheZzyzxScarecrow
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-04-2012 13:36:00 | More by RWLawman
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a few times but for this review, the sample came from a pick-yer-6 from Whole Foods in Raleigh. Poured into my standby weizen glass.

A: Nice dark amber. A decent head with reasonable retention.

S: Amber malt.

T: Slightly toasted malt balanced with a light hoppiness.

M: Just shy of heavy carbonation with a medium thickness.

O: Not bad; a good example of the style. A good balance of toasted amber malt and indistinct hops. I have to give this one props for not exhibiting the cloying sweetness that plagued the last few brown ales I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:12:11 | More by fastrodney
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-29-2012 18:09:35 | More by strohme2
Photo of Morey


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-27-2012 18:20:34 | More by SmokeyDaVillain
Photo of Jason_Quad

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-09-2012 21:39:57 | More by Jason_Quad
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2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:14:35 | More by Arborescence
Photo of JefferyDean

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

03-06-2012 01:28:03 | More by JefferyDean
Photo of carrollmel7

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.5%

03-04-2012 21:42:57 | More by carrollmel7
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-03-2012 18:43:55 | More by Hopman1985
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-27-2012 01:49:42 | More by jskennedy
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3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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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South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

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

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Rich brown liquid with a slightly brown head: ~1 finger. Didn't dissipate quickly and had moderate lacing.

S - Smelled of bread malts, some yeast, and a touch of roasted nuttiness.

T - Not terribly sweet. Starts out mostly nutty with a little hops. Near the end of the beer, it tastes more of caramel malts. Pretty dry, however.

M - Good carbonation, good mouthfeel.

O - With the easy drinkability and not-too-sweet taste, I could go for a few more of these...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 16:01:21 | More by adevans
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-09-2011 05:42:39 | More by TKHawn61
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-15-2011 16:49:53 | More by NCbeerpirate
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:07:39 | More by tdm168
Photo of halfbeer

North Carolina

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:16:30 | More by halfbeer
Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.