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Charleston Brown Ale - Carolina Beer Company

Charleston Brown AleCharleston Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

23 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 21.5%


Brewed by:
Carolina Beer Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-29-2002)
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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, on the deck at Tubby's on the Riverwalk in Savannah. Great atmosphere, surely making the beer taste even a little better.

Overall, though, a dark brown, leathery color. Not too much of a head on my pint. Not much lacing to speak of. A pleasant enough smell, hinting of the flavor to come.

Had a smooth, mild taste. Roasted, but not too strong or overpowering. It went well with my meal (burger and fries).

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 14:32:24 | More by Nutleybeer
More User Reviews:
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Gad

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Brown Ale style brew. I think some people are missing the true value of this beer. This is an English style with American overtones. And it is about as perfect as it gets. It is not a Porter or a Stout, it is about a perfect as one can get for a Brown Ale. It's a bit dark for my personal taste, but none the less it is perfect to the tredition. Especially on TAP in my kitchen. Pull a pnit of this now.

Oh, and the file size (exact)requirement for this site sucks!

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2005 05:23:02 | More by Gad
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany color, with some dark amber highlights. Thin white head with decent retention. Patches of lace on the sides of the glass as the beer was drank. Slight roasty and chocolatey aroma. Nice roasty and chocolate flavor. Sweet, but not to much so. Not much bitterness. A bit thin, light body moderate carbonation. I found this to be pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2005 17:21:17 | More by Bierguy5
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at A Taste of Carolina at the Charlotte airport. The beer came off tap a light brown color with a small head that rings the beer. I think the color is a touch light. The nose was weak, with a slight roasted nuttyness. The flavor was a touch better, with a slight brown sugar sweetness with a slight roasted nut character. Nothing really grabs me. The feel was moderate wtih a nice lively carbonation. Overall, its just okay. Everything was just average.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2005 01:54:27 | More by kmpitz2
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Stimack

New York

2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had the Charleston Brown Ale while I was on a business trip in NC. The brew poured to a medium brown color with an off white head that had some retention but not much lacing. The aromas of this brew are of roasted malt and caramel, but have a very similar off aroma that I noticed in the Charleston Pale Ale. The taste is of caramel malts that seem to be overly sweet? Again is has a off taste in the finish similar to the pale ale, it may be me but something with this brew just seems off? Not a very good brown in my book, but that is just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 14:00:07 | More by Stimack
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very fresh bottle straight from the brewery pours dark, chestnut brown with a moderately fluffy beige head that laces quite well.

Aroma is malty sweet with lots of chocolate, coffee, raisens, and dates. Roasty, nutty, and with a definitive floral hop presence.

Flavor is a pleasant surprise. Tons of creamy chocolate, mild coffee, hazlenuts, and darkly roasted and carmelized grains. A very unexpected floral hops taste does a beautiful job of balancing out this brew.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and smooth. Very thirst quenching and highly quaffable. This beer could satisfy a stout or porter craving as it packs quite a bit of dark, roasty flavors. Well done, but could use a bigger body to support all that malty goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 17:09:41 | More by AlexJ
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Carolina Beer & Beverage brews this and the Cottonwood Low Down Brown, my personal favorite for this style. This one just does not compare as favorable. Definitely too hoppy for the style. Nice mouthfeel but nothing too impressive in the smell or appearance. not a great after taste. Paid $1 per bottle at the Carolina brewery. This has been my least favorite that they have produced so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 03:11:55 | More by Backer2004
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Boto

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ the brewery: This was an OK beer. Probably being kept down a bit by the NC 6% law. It pours a chestnut color, with a tinge of ruby to it. Some head. The aroma is pleasant but not too strong. Some notes of malts with a hint of roastiness. The taste is along similar lines, with a hint of nuttiness. Decent and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2004 20:10:41 | More by Boto
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with an “Enjoy by date” on the label.

Appearance: Medium sized tan froth, obvious brown color … spot on for that.

Smell: Dark bread aroma with hints of raisins.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth and slightly creamy with a thin body. Nice all around maltiness with a faint sting of hop bitterness. Some warmth in the back of the mouth from the alcohol. Light toasted malt and a ghost like chocolate flavor present.

Drinkability & Notes: An extremely drinkable and a quite enjoyable brown ale. Sometimes basic comes by as being better.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 00:29:00 | More by Jason
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) deep mahogany body with a crimson cast displays thousands of very tiny bubbles rising steadily towards its creamy, dark tan head. The retention is good and it initially leaves some craggy rings of lace. The nose is distinctly cocoaish, and quite welcoming. It's medium bodied and it's very fine, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning leaves it lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests it might be, and it has more of a dark chocolate character to it than sweetish cocoa. Some floral hops linger in the background, and some nuttiness and a touch of caramel add to it, but it's not rich or complex. Still, it has enough character to keep it interesting throughout a pint. It's well-balanced with a solid bitterness, and it finishes short and dry. And when enjoyed at cellar temperature where its flavors are fully revealed, it makes a nice session ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 21:30:02 | More by NeroFiddled
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear garnet with ruby accents, forming a thin off-beige head which has poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is medium-light. Aroma is very English with a pronounced molasses note at the beginning and butterscotch and caramel creeping in. Mouthfeel is crisp and semi-dry with a medium-light body. Taste begins with molasses and malt extract, giving in to a bright butterscotch note, followed by a pleasant wood and pronounced moist pipe tobacco note in the finish. Toffee and nuts are somewhere in the mix. The hops are relatively restrained and add just a hint of bitterness to offset the malts. The finish is also initially "zingy" with a spritzer like quality, though not in the carbonation sense...perhaps it's the light body. There is a semi-metallic rubbery note in the finale.

I really wasn't expecting much based upon the "I want to be a microbrew but taste like Leinenkugels" label...that and the fact that, hey...it's from North Carolina:) Overall though, it's not to shabby..I would recommend it to those who like English Browns. It's certainly better than Newcastle:)

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 00:53:44 | More by Mitchster
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really dug this one. I thought it was a little bit malty for a brown, infact it had more of a taste of a weak Imperial. The aftertaste was balanced out though, with a chocolate malt and semi-sweet citrus taste. The smell was very strong. I got a steak sauce smell out of it. The color was a dark brown, almost a black color with a tan head. The head was very thick for a few minutes and then died down to a laceing. I actually enjoyed this, but was worried when I saw the reviews for it. Guess everyone's tastes are different.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 04:48:09 | More by JISurfer
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beerguy101

California

2.25/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet.. Toffee flavor, not very hoppy. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty. A spectacularly unimpressive brown ale. Drinkable and better than some but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 00:35:11 | More by beerguy101
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aracauna

Georgia

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark brown, and it has a nice head fluffy head with decent retention. The aroma is malty and woody. The flavor is not rich, but it has more of that woodiness with a little brown sugar. There is a mild bitterness and a mild sweetness. It's boring, but not really a bad beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2003 22:36:59 | More by aracauna
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oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown reddish color,mine had little head both in bottle and draft.I liked the malty aroma, somewhat earthy,one of the most buttery tasting beers I have ever had.The buttery taste was most evident on tap but even out of the bottle it was apparent.A decent beer couldnt drink many but the butterieness was something different.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 19:30:18 | More by oberon
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured limply out of the bottle. Average head. Taste was very one dimensional, slightly sweet, malty, perhaps nutty, but probably not. Complex....NOT. Hops?, I guess they were in there somewhere, but hardly had a say. Very boring brown colored beer. Did nothing for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 08:39:12 | More by bmills1608
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish color with amber tones and a low light tan head. Light fruity aroma and light brown malt aroma (kind of wheaty?). Tastes much like it smells; fruity ale character and malty but not overly sweet. Light bodied.

I prefer this English-style Brown Ale over any imports I've tried.

Label states "A classic New English Brown Ale"

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 09:50:21 | More by RBorsato
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sponberg

New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish brown with a cream head that disappears very rapidly. Interesting aroma - sherrylike maltiness with a background aroma from my wood shop, sort of a freshly sawn oak smell. Maybe a raisin in there too.

Rather thin body which improves slightly as it warms. The flavor is English style brown ale all the way, sweet, but it takes a while to show up. After an intial aspect of little flavor whatsoever, a sweet malt flavor consisting of nuttiness, hints of smoke, and some notes that remind me of how unburned pipe tobacco smells arrives. It finishes slightly dry and has hints of sherry. Average in a different sort of way.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 20:13:10 | More by sponberg
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John

New York

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Charlotte Douglas airport main concourse bar. The color is, simply put...brown. Decent tan head that's revived with a vigorous swirl. Very little nose with this beer, though some roasted chocolate malt and breadiness is detected. Good balance of roasted and sweet malt...hops are minimal. Some hop bitterness is there if you search hard enough. Not bad, but at best, an average/entry level brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2002 10:26:39 | More by John
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AaronRed

New York

2.2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was quite dissapointed with this brew. I poured it hard, to induce some kind of head. I got nothing (and my glass was clean). Brown murky looking without much aroma- some slight malty smell- almost like dough. Taste wasn't bad, just average at best. Sort of like brown sugar and malt cooked together, but unrefined. No hop presence whatsoever. Overall, a bland beer. There is little reason to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 18:29:26 | More by AaronRed
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marc77

California

2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy deep garnet / brown hue w/ a light tan head that promptly recedes into a meager thin ring. Nutty, sweet dark caramel and chocolate malt along with hints of roasted barley. Mildly spicy hop nose. Light chocolate is perceived at first in flavor, then fades quickly to allow one dimensional dark caramel malt sweetness to dominate the flavor profile. An out of place light tartness emerges late palate along with subdued biscuit malt. Hop bitterness is low, and leaves caramel malt sweetness unhindered. Lightly bodied, and thin, borderlining watery in mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a hint of butterscotch, but otherwise bland and clean. Not a particularly good brown ale. Thin and uninspired. Passable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 17:31:57 | More by marc77
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Gusler

Arizona

2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep ruby red color on the pour with the head negligible in size and off white in color, the lace elemental. Nose is malt, Carmel hints, somewhat sweet with the front lightly sweet and the top flimsy. Finish is astringent and the hops trifling in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste does little for me, but that’s only my opinion

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 18:02:42 | More by Gusler
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Easy pour with only moderate carbonation and head that doesn't last. Roasted malt nose and flavor is real good with slight sweetness. Finish is good mix of hops and malt. The recipe is based on an American version of an English brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 15:53:15 | More by jdhilt
Charleston Brown Ale from Carolina Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.