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
Photo of yeahman
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of PEBKAC
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Pimpp came through with the goods. Oh yeah. :D

Creamy, absolutely creamy; In look as well as in feel. A simple mellow brown haze of a colored body. With a big bellowing oatmeal-colored head even after traveling for a few days, then sitting in my fridge for a few more. Eight hours later for round two, & it's still just as sturdy. I'll take a strong hairy arm & a little electrical tape over a pretty little thing in a pink outfit sending me stale beer any day. I'm confident in my sexuality, really. :P

The nuttiness is so light. A soothing chocolate caramel/marshmallow/pecan-ish mix. I didn't see the point in reviewing smell & taste separate, because what you smell, you really do taste with this one. Even cold, it's just about all there. Diacetyl is so insignificant; Very clean. Now I wouldn't knock them for it, I happen to love those butter notes, but not a whole lot of people do. If you could take the bitterness out of French-vanilla coffee, mix it with a dip of milk, a drip of maple syrup, & just serve it up like that... :)

Carbonation is healthy, but it doesn't kill the smooth lather on your tongue. It all thins out once it starts going down & even a wuss like me nearly killed the growler during the 11 o'clock news. Bad news is though, a little oxidation in there changes things up a whole lot. In just eight hours, coffee flavors had invaded everything, & a stronger roasted toffee presence came out the closet. A real veteran wouldn't of let it last that long. :)

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Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 StayCeeJay
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of StewartWatson
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of SaltofOH
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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 bigeyedfish89
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bjmh
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ALRIGHT! Mt. Carmel has begun to bottle their beers. So, here is my third review for one of my local favorites... first growler, then on tap and now in bottle form.

Poured into my pint glass to form a 3/4" head of off white foam. This dwindled down to a thin cap leaving almost no lace. The color of the beer is brown (go figure) and just a little hazy.

The nose is great.... I love the smell of this beer.... hints of whats to come.... Maple syrup, hazelnuts and a nice toasted malt smell intermingles for a nice first hint.

Taste: Great as ever! Just like the smell, with a sweet maple syrup taste and a nutty goodness to add complexity all backed up by a nice roasted malt flavor. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness to add to the complexity.

MF: Just a hint thicker than thin. Nice body and refreshing. Carbonation is appropriate.

Drink: Hell yes! Enjoy these all day long.... nothing offensive here.... great session beer.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First brew from Mt. Carmel. Picked up at Party Town in Erlanger, KY on recent Cincinnati roadtrip. Great looking brew. Poured into my favorite beer glass, a duvel tulip. Even better smelling. Very earthy, musty. Tastes very woody. Label says 'malt beverage brewed with maple syrup.' Great tasting beer. Will definitely pick up again.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have tried many other of the Mt. Carmel beverages and they are all high quality.

Poured into my guinness glass, pours into a dark brown color with a two finger head that leaves a nice lace down the glass.

Smells of roasted nuts and caramel. Has a very nice taste and goes down smooth. Has a medium mouthfeel and drinkibility is high. Grab yourself some of these and recline by the fire and watch an episode of the golden girls.

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Photo of hrking
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is an awesome brew! Highest praise to the folks at Mt. Carmel for this beer. Great over the top flavor with hints of maple,brown sugar and all the great things that make a brown ale what it's suppose to be!. I've had this on draft @ the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati and from a growler and both have pleased my pallette. Smooth drinkability,creamy finish,it's all here! Not much of a nose on this one but from the first sip the flavors jump all over the place! I recommend if you're in the Cincinnati area seeking out a growler of this at one of the local outlets ...It will be worth your effort! CUDOS!!!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Using this to quench a sweat-induced, hot buffalo chicken wrap.

Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours an attractive, deep dark brown with a 1.5 finger off white micro bubble head that quickly settles to a thin foam.

Aroma is an enticing nutty malt. Picking up slight cocoa notes. Very well done up to this point.

First sip lives up to appearance and aroma and description - roasted hazelnut body. Just what the Dr. ordered to put out the fire in my mouth.

To date, the best Cincinnati-brewed beer - too bad it's a nut brown.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of rodney4130
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice carbonation, translucent brown color. Smell is of roast with hints of maple. Taste is much the same. The maple blends very well with the grains, better than most in the style. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel.

Well made and drinkable. One of my favorites brown ales.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 12/9/10

Many thanks to CruisaC

Lots of bubbles clinging to the glass. Stained cherry-brown color with a three finger cap of foam. Though the head dies down, puffy retention remains. A wall of crackled, dry lace stays.

The aroma is malty & cleanly blended. Notes of freshly baked & toasted bread, maple, fall foliage, earthy hops, brown sugar & a hint of caramel. The taste is plenty smooth & equally malty. Baked bread with a subtle hop presence. Maple & brown sugar manifest mid-swallow, though neither incorporates much sweetness. The finish is toasty with lingering overtones of waffles & maple syrup. For the style, the feel is a notch lighter than medium. The first sip seemed too prickly but carbonation embraced a more moderate approach for the rest of the glass.

I've had a couple Mt. Carmel beers before; this is easily the best one I've tried. Very tasty & enjoyable. The finish alone is great but on the whole the beer really comes together as it warms. Highly recommended.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mac's Pizza Pub.

Pours a rich, hazy, dark brown color with a hint of mahogany. One fingered head that dissipated to a nice cap and some slight lacing. Looks delicious.

Smells of roasted malts, carmelly and sweet. A hint of maple syrup.

Tastes astoundingly good. The maple syrup flavor, while light, makes itself known. The carmelly malts come through with a roasted quality. Bit of hazelnut. Bitter and dry at the end, like coffee.

Carbonation is higher than expected, but feels good on the tongue. This is very smooth and extremely drinkable. A tad shy of being full bodied, I could easily and happily stick with this beer all night.

Notes: A great brown ale and one that I would feel comfortable stacking up against the more well known versions like Avery's and DFH.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. More of a brownish amber than strictly brown, but it's a handsome beer capped with a big frothy head. Good retention with lazy swirls and streaks of lacing.

Pleasantly fresh nutty and toasty aromas. Maple syrup is somewhat of a vague presence in the nose, but lends a nice element of depth to the flavor. Dark malts keep the added sweetness under control with ease. Rather bitter with a nice earthy bite. Full-flavored and satisfying. An aggressive and adventurous take on the style. Well done.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew included as an extra in a trade with projectflam86, Thanks Kyle!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Murky brown color with a tight beige head that hung around as a layer and left a few spots of foam lacing.
Sweet molases/brown sugar with a roasted malt aroma as well.
Starts out sweet on the tongue before nuttiness and roasted malt flavors kick in finishing off with an overall pleasantly sweet taste in the mouth.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy and very smooth.

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Photo of svraines
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good in a pint glass. Needs a hard pore for a tight foamy head. Aroma of toasted malts is right up there with the best brown ales I have had. Not overly sweet like some, nicely balanced by pleasant tea-like bitterness. Lower carbonation makes this any easy drinker. As it warms, you get a little touch of hops to keep it interesting near the bottom of the glass. You will drain it without realizing it.

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