Nut Brown Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nut Brown is mahogany in color, entering with hints of maple, followed by a roasted hazelnut body, balancing a clean malty finish.

Added by bluejacket74 on 06-30-2007

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany hued body; one-finger thick head; creamy. Nut and tree bark aroma. Toasted, slightly charred flavor: tannins and bitterness; tree nuts. Medium-heavy body; mild sugary body.

Rich and flavorable, roasty and subtly sweet but tempered with a mild bitterness. A fine nut brown ale...

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Photo of mlockman
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really not much going on here. Certainly drinkable and not offensive by any means, its flavors were subtle and did not stand out as much as I would have liked.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, hazy body. Huge fat white head, fading slowly. Minor lacing.

S - Mild caramel, a bit of sour grain, a hint of limestone.

T - Very nice malt open, toffee and dark bread, a moderately dry close, with mild hop spice and bitterness.

M - A touch sticky in the open, drying in the close, to a clean end.

O - A nicely executed brown, balanced and tasty.

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Photo of nazdrowie23
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nut brown with deep ruby reds underneath. About a half inch head with beautiful lacing as you enjoy the beer. Head is light brown in color with a nutty maple smell. Mouthfeel is watery and too hazel nutty for my liking. Overall, an ok beer but would go out of my way to find it!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Nut Brown is decent....but had no head and no lace what so ever.....nevertheless it poured a clear deep amber. The scent carried hints of maple, nut and some espresso. The taste was too far off from the scent. The mouthfeel was medium in body with so so carbonation. Overall its ok.....would like more head! But who wouldn't????

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nut Brown Ale brewed by Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.00% This brew pours out a nice brown color, with a nice off white head. I like the color of this brew. The smell is rich with flavors , and sweetness. You also pick up on roasted grains ,malts, and nuts, in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it bold with flavors, you pick up roasted malts and nuts. There is a lot going on in Nut Brown Ale. I like the taste of this brew\, it is really smooth , you can not pick up on the 6.0% in this brew. The mouthfeel of Nut Brown Ale, is bold, rich and smooth. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpoweing about this brew. Overall I'm giving Nut Brown Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Mt. Carmel Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and eggshell brown with lateral lacing, and a deep brown body.

I smell very nicely roasted malts, along with a bit the maple the brewer's note mentions.

Tastes like a solid balance of the bolder grains and malts mentioned above,along with some caramel and more maple. This would really hit the spot in the fall.

Mouthfeel here is clean and smooth.

I'll give Nut Brown Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company a 4.5.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

It pours copper in color with some amber highlights. It is capped with three inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

It has a nutty, earthy aroma highlighted by the maple sweetness.

The taste is just like you would want a nut brown to be. The sweetness from the maple compliments the nuttiness of the beer creating a wonderful flavor experience.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is a good representation of an English nut brown ale. It is not fancy. It is just well done.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity, nice khaki head that lingers.

Aroma is very nutty, with toasted malt and caramel sweetness contrasting fruity specialty malt notes.

Flavor is equally toasted and nutty, though the specialty malt fruitiness is more pronounced. In the end, the toasted malt dominates, with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Appearance: Nice "smoke". Pours a dark, but clear brown; transparent. 3/4" beige head, quickly fades to frothy 1/8". nice retention. Good lacing rings.

Aroma: Caramel malts; roast, but not the heavy bloody/flinty smell some brown ales have. Can smell the maple, especially after it warms up a bit. Distinctive, with a very sweet aroma.

Mouthfeel: Midweight to light.

Taste: Dry, clean arrival, with a roasty, mild sweetness across mid-palate. Slight taste of alcohol; dry finish with a slight lingering roastiness.

Overall: Wow. Really impressed. Glad I bought two. Will be buying again, a real winner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mt. Carmel Nut Brown Ale has a medium, fluffy, cream-colored head, a sort of brilliant rust-red-brown appearance, and a lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, maybe some syrup, malt, and possibly a bright fruit of some sort. Taste is of sweetness, a touch of syrup, brown bread crust, and a noticeable, somewhat unpleasant bitterness, like one will get from pecan shell. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mt. Carmel Brown Ale finishes semi-wet and easy drinking.


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Photo of patpbr
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint it appears a semi see thru brown color with a nice tan head.
S - Malty, carmel and a bit of maple
T - Sweet malty flavors, a little toasty and a hint of maple.
M - Medium feel and crisp creamy finish.
O - This is one of the better Mt. Carmel brews and a pretty good brown ale.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bold brown ale, one with a very strong nut flavor. The maple isn't as strong as I expected, but it does add just enough sweetness. The roasted malt tastes great, and there seems to be a bit of a coffee note in there as well. The mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, as the beer, for as rich and heavy as it is, goes down smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very good brown ale, but the nut flavor is a bit more pronounced than in many others within the style. This isn't terribly expensive and it's worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darker brown with ample head. Good rim of head remains on the glass during consumption. Large chunks of lacing.

S: Molasses, malty aroma.

T: Good malty sweetness from front to back. Really nice molasses flavors on the far back. Hint of earthy nut somewhere between.

M: Nice carbonation. Good body yet light enought to have a couple.

O: Good brew.

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Photo of Kearneytheking
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great brown ale. It has characteristics of a porter/stout, but maintains a lighter body and adds some fun flavors.

a- a good solid almond brown. Nice thick light beige head that dissipates but keeps a nice thin layer as you drink.

sm - Definitely a chestnut/almond smell mixed with a little toasted bread.

taste - nice smooth brown ale, not many overwhelming notes here. Just a nutty, woody drinking ale. The 6% abv is completely hidden in this.

Overall- Weak review on my part for this beer which seems to be more complex than I can wrap my palate around. Like I said initially, it has characteristics of a porter or stout, but with a tiny bit more nutty and hoppy flavor.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An as-advertised mahogany brown in color, it sits in pretty much the exact median between light and dark on the scale. On top grows a decently sized light head that stops t almost precisely one finger. The head is retained well, some semblance lasting all the way, and lacing is left in patches with some legging, and in good quantity.
A nutty aspect doesn't seem the focus in the nose, though the malts are strong enough to set a foundation on. Mostly perceivable is toast. Generally, it's a bit too light to get a whole lot out of.
Nut comes out strongly in the flavor, coming alongside the toastiness rather than being overcome. Into the middle, a note of smoke comes through, even adding a hint of something just a bit meaty on the end. It's kept in check, allowing the toast and nut to command, and it works in this beer.
A brown ale needs to not be too light or crisp, but to avoid being heavy either. As a style, it needs to meet in the middle, and this beer does. Not too crisp but enough to keep it from being flat, not too smooth but enough to keep it moving, this beer's easy to drink.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Translucent brown with a nice two-finger tan head that slowly settles
S: Roasted malt and fairly nutty
T: Roasted malt initially, a pleasant toasted nuttiness throughout (almond/walnut); a bit of bitterness on the midpalate and a nutty finish
M: Medium-bodied, easy to drink
O: I didn't pick up any maple syrup which the label specifically mentions. That being said, if you like toasted nuts overall this is almost like drinking a bag of mixed nuts which I personally very much enjoy. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Dave128
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at an ocharleys in Florence ky. Poured into a pint glass.

A - brought to me with no head but left nice lacing. Dark amber in color.

S - very neutral.. light dark grain smell. Not much on hops.

T - the nuttiness comes through pretty good. Light hop bitterness on the finish.

M - A little overcarbonated.

O a good local brew that is definitely a good example of the style

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Photo of jsisko01
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a nice brown color with a slight amber hue. Has a centimeter thick, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Also has a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Strong malts and caramel, maple, and grains.

Taste - Very sweet, mostly from the maple I believe.. Toasted malts, caramel, a feint hint of coffee and chocolate, with a nutty character that dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a little too much on the sweet side for me but this is one of the best brown ales I've tried.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: There are light aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of maple syrup.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of maple syrup are a bit stronger and there is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this nut brown ale because there's just enough maple syrup in this beer to make the smell and taste interesting without having any sweetness.

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Photo of fauxpunker
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice crisp mahogany with thin off white head.
S: Rich. Maple jumps right up. Roasted nuts. Pleasant and different.
T: Can taste the maple and nuttiness. Roasty bitterness lingers and finishes kind of dry. Nice balance with the sweetness at the beginning.
M:Clean and not too full. Nice brightness from the tap.
O: Enjoyable. A bit different than I'm used to. Probably won't be a go to, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Full inch-tall, off- white head on a reddish-brown colored body. Good head retention and lacing splatter all over the sides of my glass.

S- Whiffs of brown roasty toasty malts, copper pennies.

T- Sweet and rich maltiness with just a touch of coffee/hazelnut character on the back-end. I have to say, this has so much flavor that I almost question the stated 6%abv...would guess higher!

M- Full bodied mouthfeel with low and soft carbonation.

D/O- I really like this brown ale, the finish to each sip (soft hazelnut to me) really set it apart from other browns I've had in the past. Recommended. Thanks for the Ohio "Top 50" brew, MaxSpang!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been quite some time since I've sat down with a nut brown ale.

This one looks real nice on the pour. The nut tones seem to be very appropriately placed accents. This beer has excellent balance. I think that's what I would say if I had to use just one word: balance. Extremely easy drinking and well worth the ride. Suggested.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another BIF beer, the last of 3 from this brewery. Tonight, I'm just craving a brown ale, and feel lucky to have this sitting in my refrigerator.

Pours a deep chocolatey brown. With light behind it, reddish hues come through. One finger of yellowish head, gone in a flash, little lacing.

Smells nutty, malty, and mildly sweet, just as I'd hoped. Very well-rounded, full-bodied, and complete. Hazelnut and maple syrup come through clearest. I love the light touch that the maple syrup adds, providing soft syrupy sweetness. Plenty of different things going on here, and they're all good.

The taste was always going to have trouble living up to the billing laid out by the smell. It comes close, but doesn't bring the same level of complexity or fullness. Quite nutty, more like walnuts here, thinner and less sweet. Some grassy hops in the back-end round things out. I've been saying this about a lot of beers lately, but it taste slightly hollow, like the malts are all riding high in the mouth with the hops, and lacking that rich mid-body taste to fill in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium-bodied, carbonation rising and falling, and a rather quick finish.

Quite a good brown ale. The addition of maple syrup does great things for the smell, but strangely not much for the taste. Feels like a fall beer, but I'll take it on an unseasonably chilly spring evening. And I look down, now, disappointed to find that my glass is empty.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is average and a few whisps of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Dry toastiness with a solid nuttiness backing it up. Smells great, but could use a bit more power.

4.0 T: Toasty and nutty with a good bit of neutral maltiness to satisfy. Clean graininess overall. Simple, but quite nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Frothy creaminess.

4.0 D: Simple, but a pleasure to drink. Good flavors, very clean, and super drinkable.

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