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Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale - Carolina Beer Company

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Cottonwood Low Down Brown AleCottonwood Low Down Brown Ale

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131 Ratings

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Beer Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 07-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 119
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish with a red tint. Mahogany, light tan head.

Aroma: Nutty. With a hint of chocolate. Sweet smell.

Taste: Most of the flavor appears in the mid to back part of the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, with a smooth aftertaste. The lingering taste, brings to mind a roasted nut flavor.

Notes: A very solid brown. Very good, strong flavors. Would be a good session beer. A good beer, nothing too spectacular, but it's right on the mark.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice medium brown color with minimal head, aroma was very earth like a good brown ale should be.Malty sweet and earthy with a little chocolate tinge in the taste.Never got to watery on the tongue.I think a pretty good brown ale from down here in NC,I like everything I have had from Cottonwood.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from bottle into pint glass. Color was dark brown but translucent in the light. Virtually no head and zero lacing.

S: Very little in the way of aroma.

T: Pleasant nutty malt flavor with slight bit of smoke in the finish. Hops were there but not prevalent until the finish and then were still quite light coming in second to that sort of earthy/smoky aftertaste.

M&D: On the light side of a medium bodied brew with relatively light carbonation.

I wasn't very taken by LDB. At the pour I began to wonder if perhaps I had a bad bottle as there was literally no head at the end of an aggressive pour. Upon closer examination I noted there was plenty of carbonation but hardly (if any) aroma. Odd. The taste is good with an immediate earthiness and some lingering light sweetness but I don't know if I like that smokiness that sort of hangs in they back of your throat.

Overall, it was okay but not a favorite.

Photo of sponberg
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium dark reddish coppery brown with a creamy tan'cream colored head - nice lookin' brew. A sweet, tealike earthiness is apparent in the nose - this baby uses Fuggles or some sort of variant.

Very smooth - starts out with an earthy, tealike maltiness (not all that dissimilar to some Weyerbacher brews) with some nuttiness (for some reason I get coconut) in mid sip, very restrained bitterness and hoppiness, somewhat steel-like in the finish - starts out better than it finishes, but still a very enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with no bottling date on the label.

Appearance: Lively froth drops down to a sticky lace and island of head, deep leather brown shows off a bit of clarity.

Smell: Aromas of dark fruit, mild burnt sugar and toasted grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Slickly smooth mouth feel with a very light carbonation. Highly toasted grain on the palate, nearly roasted and chocolaty. Mild malt flavors middle to end with a faint fruitiness. Finish semi-sweet with a dull roasted malt finish.

Drinkability & Notes: These are the Brown Ales I love, very easy to drink without any overpowering characteristics to get in the way.

Photo of merlin48
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany, that is a clear, dark ruby body when held to the light. Small beige head is long lasting, eventually falling into collar, film, and patchy lacing.

Aroma is subdued. Chocolate malt, and pine and grapefruit hop notes are picked up.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, and has moderate carbonation.

The taste features a variety of malts up front, chocolate stands out here. Hops are subdued, and difficult to identify, but provide a good balance of bittering. A hint of nuttiness is noted. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.

I don't generally care for brown ales, but this one is better than most I've had. This one is very close to a porter. Another solid offering from Carolina Beer and Beverage.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

served in a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap

Mahogany.very slight haze with a 1/2" thin head dissapating quickly to a thin coating.Some staggered streaming bubbles.not much lacing.

dark fruity aromas hints of fig,nuts and toffee,had and English nose to it, but not vinious like some are.

Clean taste,bit watery some dark fruit,nutty,bits of chocolate towards the finish was a slight sour/acidity feel,clean tangy finish very light on hops.

Grainy texture,light,watery feel,a little rough on the edges. Not interesting enough to make me want another. Not a bad beer,just not worth buying again

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of niknar
4.63/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This hearty offering pours out a deep caramel color with some reddish / auburn accents. It produces a nice head that dissipates to a thin foam within a minute or two. Some moderate lacing. Smell is indistinguishable, but pleasurable (I've already had a few of them as of this writing...haha). The flavor is among my very favorites. A moderately hopped beer with a distinctly nutty aftertaste. Smooth and tasty! Mouthfeel has good substance, but not quite like eating a sandwhich. The drinkability is superb, as I am proving this fine Sunday afternoon. I hope that you enjoy this excellent example of our beverage of choice as much as I do!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a mahogany ruby brown hue with a large thicket of light tan head, after dwindling down forms sporadic uneven thin specks of lacing. Aromatics offer a semi sweet milk chocolate note with toasted nuts and herbal hop qualities. Fresh baked cookies with a faint air of black licorice. Flavor has some rough tobacco leafiness in the finish but upfront it comes off with sweet roasted malts a touch of caramel and dry chocolate. Also a strange mineral character rolling around my pint as well with a tart dark fruit finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied in that range with a soft carbonation, nothing remarkable or cloying going on. Drinkability I grade this as an average brown that does nothing special for my palate, bare minimum palate pleaser. Definitely something I could drink a couple of without getting tired of but nothing I feel like I need to have again.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A--Saddle brown with considerable red highlighting, which is weird. Head is about a finger and a half of off-white foam that retains decently but doesn't lace much.

S--Pretty good in this department, I felt. You get some faint cocoa powder underneath clear walnut and hazelnut tones, and even a faint whiff of like prunes or figs or some dark sweet fruit that's novel and intriguing. Let's taste this...

T--Not as interesting as the nose, mainly because most of the fruitiness that made the nose so interesting has been substituted with a sourness that's vinegary and kinda gross, in all honesty. That doesn't come on until the end, though. Up until then it's your solid brown profile of straightforward sweet caramel flavors backed by nutty bitterness, mostly walnuts but a little darker, more almondy type flavors, too. But that finish, man--just a buzzkill.

M&D--Mouthfeel's the typical thin, on the verge of being watery until the carbonation saves it. Overall they handle it well, I feel. Drinkability's not all that great as I don't want another.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a chocolate/ruby brown, with a small tan head. Bubbles rush madly to the top, which comes into play (in a negative way) a little later.

Aroma is really nice, especially for a style I've always found hard to get much out of, smell-wise. A sweet nuttiness comes on strong, bringing with it hints of toffee, caramel, Ovaltine, and dark raisin.

Flavors aren't quite as exciting or varied as the aroma, with the expected nuttiness being there; also some caramel and cola.

Mouthfeel is ruined by the overcarbonation, which seems to be an issue with this brewer.

Other than the ultra-fizzed body, this is an okay brown ale that does even better if the chill is taken off a bit. Maybe let it sit a little before drinking. But if brown is indeed the new black, I'm still siding with black.

Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice brown colour with white head. Thanks crwills. Mollasses and licorice in scent and in taste.Malty, but not well malted, more sugary with fizzy carbonation. Got sick of it after first swallow. Another brown and not all that satisfying at that, more body needed.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, deep mahogany body is capped by a short head of light tan froth that holds quite well and leaves interesting splashes of lace throughout most of the glass. The nose delivers a cocoa-ish malt and a touch of spice. The body is medium-light and its very fine carbonation gives a light tingle on the tongue. The flavor delivers a dry, bittersweet chocolate malt that's perked up by some grassy and spicy hops and a very light fruitiness. As it warms it reveals some roasted nuttiness that's quite charming. The bitterness is solid, and this is quite reminiscent of a southern English brown. It finishes long and dry with some residual fruit that quickly fades; dry, baker's chocolate; spicy hops; and then a lingering nuttieness. It only truly reveals itself at cellar temperature, and I'd love to try this cask conditioned!

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a bar in the main concourse at the airport in Charlotte (3 hour wait for flight= ample oppurtunity to sample). Did have to let this one warm a bit

Poured light chestnut with a 1/2" offwhite head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Slight grainyness & not much else

T: Slight hints of nuts& choclate up front followed by grainyness. Finshed dry & slighlty oaky & astringent

MF: Thin & slightly overcarbonated. sure doesn't feel like 5.4 abv

Had this on draft before & didn't impress. Drank okay, just a very simple brown IMO. Works in a pinch

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish with red highlights, a finger’s worth of khaki head, active, very good retention, some unorganized lace. Pleasant nose, toasty chocolate malts, light hint of caramel & coffee beans. Odd palate… the mouthfeel is slick & smooth but the flavor profile is chalky, slightly bitter with notes of toasty chocolate and caramel. It tastes “good” but there is something about it that doesn’t click with me. The carbonation is low. At some point I’d like to try this one again… it had some unique qualities that I might not have liked at this setting. Verdict: hung jury. Seems to be a very solid beer nevertheless.

Thanks Loki!

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat opaque brown color with a nice tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt and a hop scent that seems somewhat earthy and citrusy.

Taste has a lot of chocolate to it. Roasted malt qualities as well. Balanced. Again the hop flavor I can't quite put my finger on. Low Down Brown has some qualities I really like, but at the same time there's some flavors that are detracting from the overall experience. Something comes off as a bit sour, not sure if this bottle has seen better days or if it's just part of the beer's flavor profile.

Good mouthfeel with some creaminess.
Drinkability: again some odd flavors and a touch of sourness hurt this beer.

Overall, I'd like to give this one another try with a bottle I knew was fresh and well cared for. Still a decent beer, but possibly better than this bottle showed it to be.

Photo of Backer2004
4.57/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Everything I love about a brown ale found in one bottle. This has been the best English Brown Ale I've recalled. Smell is wonderful - full of caramel, nuts, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes even better (even its light aftertaste). I wish the Low Down Brown was available nationwide. I may be spoiled from now on since the brewery is about 30 miles away.

Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep reddish-brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, raosted malt, a hint of chocolate, and tobacco on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not a very good brown ale. I wouldn't go as far to say that is was horrible, but the tobacco aspect I got just killed this one for me. Personally I wouldn't suggest this to anyone.

Photo of andrewm190
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty suprising beer for me. the taste is really different from what i was expecting. There seems to be a very strong apple taste, which is odd and different from what i would normally taste in a beer. Honestly, i think that the taste is pretty good, but not terrific. However, I think this is more a reflection on my personal preference than the quality of the beer. I have rated the taste pretty hight because i think it was a ballsy effort and they pulled it off pretty effectivly. I like any beer that goes for an off the wall kind of taste. Not one of the all time greats but I would have not problem picking up another 6 pack of it at the store. i recommend it.

Photo of TAMU99
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good - I'd recommend - same taste as a darker bock.
Appearance - slight hazy brown.
Smell - I served it a bit cold, but still not much there. A bit of hops, maybe some caramel?
Taste - Nice & balanced. mild hops to mild malt - hops last longer leaving a hoppy aftertaste (liberty/cascade hops?)
Mouthfeel - taste is slightly overpowered by carbonation
Drinkability - just above average. after one or two that fizz gets the better of the taste and it's just not worth it.

Photo of akorsak
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The ale is a deep brown color with garnet highlights but no head.

S: The nose is slightly nutty with a bit of a metallic aroma.

T: The taste seems to lack the nuttiness that it should have. The flavor is bland, slightly metallic and finishes rather quickly. Hops bitter only and don't make a statement.

M: The mouthfeel is blah, not really doind anything.

D: The beer is not so hot, seeming to lack any really defining character.

Photo of Murph
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice brownish color with a decent tan head that fades quickly and leaves absolutely no lace. A bit of caramel malts in the nose but also a slightly sour smell that sits in the background. Starts off with some decent malty sweetness and has some hops in the background but again there is that sourish taste that is hovering over everything. Slick and not very drinkable are the only ways that I can describe this brew. I really hope that this was just a bad bottle that I got. Freshness dating on the label was not used by brewery?? Had the months listed but none of them had a notch in it. Not having tasted this before I can't really tell you if this was a bad bottle or night, but I hope it was.

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Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale from Carolina Beer Company
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