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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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer has a date and time stamp just below the label, but in a code that doesn't mean anything obvious to me.

Appearance: A clear dark mahagony brown on the table - ruby red colors when held up to the light with plenty of bubbles moving up through the beer. The beer poured a 1/4" thick off-white foam that died down to a thin layer all the way across the top. What lacing appears slowly slides back down the glass and rejoins the foam. Good looking color overall.

Smell: Not a lot of anything when cold, but as it warms up there is some mild burnt/toasted malt and a hint of maple at the end of a deep inhale.

Taste: Definitely have to let this one warm up quite a bit before drinking it. When cold what comes across the most is a burnt/toasted malt flavor which at times moves between char and tobacco-like smoke flavors. When warmer though, now the malt and other flavors start to come through. The roasted malt is up front, followed by another slightly sweeter malt flavor (not quite caramel) that then goes into a mild bitterness and then that burnt malt/char finish at the end which ends abruptly with a very mild hop lingering taste. Never could taste any Maple until the beer was just under room temperature, and even then it was pretty mild. Shame that it was hidden under everything else.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but not too spicy on the tongue. The beer is slick and wetting of the mouth and goes down easy but there is some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: Not bad, but the char/burnt taste is a bit much for me. I think it must be something about a particular combination of toasted malt and hops that makes me think of cigarette / tobacco smoke, which I don't care for. Definitely better when warmed up, but I think one is enough for me.

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Photo of nazdrowie23
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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 LyonsHead
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a rich and creamy lighter tan head about 1 1/2 fingers with some pretty decent staying power.

S: I could have had a little more here. There are rich malty aromas with caramel, biscuit, and toffee notes. There is an overall bready feel.

T: Enters the mouth sweet with a maple syrup taste. It then moves to a very nutty biscuit flavor. Finishes with a dry maltiness.

M: Medium body and decently smooth

D: This is up there on my list of nut brown ales. Very good rendition

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of juicebox
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dinkel
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of elBecko
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No best by dates, no born on dates, on encrypted codes, or dated notches...that bugs me. Pours into a mini imperial pint glass a dark cola tinted amber brown body with a light tan head forming thick and dwindling down slowly. Fine speckled lacing left behind. The nose has some mild fruitiness, roasted malts, and hints of maple syrup. Flavor upfront is very sweet like maple syrup sickeningly sweet but that fades and the nice darker roasted malts with a hint of nutty dryness mellow things out saving it's drinkability. Overall mouthfeel is a bit rough with the unfermentables still hanging around each sip gets a little harder to take, medium bodied mellow carbonation no other complaints no over booze. Overall not as well refined as I like my beers this is rough around the edges to be polite and the best of the three offerings I've tried from them thus far.

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Photo of StayCeeJay
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 nhirsch04
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of wildcatboy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Dave128
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StewartWatson
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mlockman
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
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 nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: The remaining bottle form a six pack I picked up on a recent trip to the Dayton/Cincinnati area. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is reminiscent of a primitive painting and shows a farmhouse in the countryside with attached brewery. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, nearly complete cap of foam leaving behind nice puffy lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear deep mahogany and shows moderate activity. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Intensely sweet caramel malt aroma with distinct notes of cherries and bubblegum. Very slight smoke in the finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront against an earthy backdrop; almost tea like. Long lingering husky graininess in the finish with a slight astringency and the barest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: The brown ale used to be one of my favorite styles, but I eventually grew to find it too simple. This one falls victim to the same pattern; while it is well done and an enjoyable enough sipper, nothing worth seeking out in the future.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wspscott
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a Sam Adams glass (no date)
From Rick, thanks

Note: I try to review to style.

A: Dark ruby/light brown color with a thin off-white head.
S: Slight caramel sweetness, a hint of nuttiness that I attribute to the malts.
T: Dark toast, a little bit of caramel, no obvious hops, just a slight bitterness in the background. As it warms, a little graininess becomes apparent. No hint of the maple that is mentioned on the label.
M: Drying on the tongue, a little too much carbonation for my preference. Feels a little too light/thin, almost watery.
D: There is nothing wrong with this brown ale, but there is nothing out of ordinary or extraordinary about it either. I would not turn another one down, but I would not buy another one either. Glad I had a chance to try it, wish I liked it more.

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Photo of leinie13
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of misterkew
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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Nut Brown Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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