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 macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Medium brown in color. Half-finger head but laces nicely.

S: Nice caramel & malty sweet aroma.

T: Well-balanced taste - just sweet enough - with a finish that doesn't linger.

M: A little thin for my preference for this style, but not a deal-breaker.

O: It was a decent example of the style. This bottle was given to me by a cousin of mine, and I have no idea how old it was. As has been pointed out, I *really* wish more breweries would put some kind of dating on the bottles.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Newcastle Brown Ale signature glass. Pours a nice clear mahogany color with a thin head. Very tight bubbles. Nose is practically nonexistent. I'm getting very faint biscuit notes and nothing else.

The beer is mild and slightly sweet with a medium body and is slightly creamy in the mouth. Sweet, bready toasted malt flavors in the front of the palate become slightly nutty at mid-palate. There is a mild hop presence that comes in on the finish, but it's not nearly enough to dry things at all.

I probably shouldn't review or critique beers of this style. To me, they're just nice relaxing, understated drinks and are too mild to show much character. This is simply a well-made, traditional brown ale. It's slightly sweet, slightly dry on the finish, and quite tasty.

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Photo of rodney4130
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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 keeganfrank
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a red tint and a thin, foamy head. Aromas of roasted grain and caramel with faint hints of chocolate and fruit. Roasty chocolate, caramel and nut flavors. Has a creamy body that's not too thick or too thin. Really nice example of a brown ale.

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Photo of rangerred
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dewey's Pizza in West Chester, OH

Served a clear ruby-brown.

Smell is of roasted malt along with a hint of nuttiness. There is a slight piny hoppiness as well.

The taste is of light roasted malt and some maple nuttiness. It finishes with some mild piny hop bitterness. The body is thicker than I expected.

Overall this is really an excellent beer. I admittedly was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. I really think this is on of the better examples of this style that I have had. I'll have to pick up a sixer next time I am in the Cincinnati area.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't one of my favorite styles, but this is a good beer, and probably a good example of the style. It even seems to have a subtle nut taste.

It looks great in the glass and has good aroma (subtle). It has a bit of a roasty taste, which I do not really like.

I probably won't repeat, but I wouldn't refuse one if one were offered!

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Photo of BB1313
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally decidced to review this one, since I've had it numerous times now. Ok, pours a transparent brown on the lighter side, very nice color with a decent white fluffy head and nice lacing. The aromas are great, and become even better as they warm. Lots of maple syrup in the nose and flavors as well. The taste is bittersweet.. maybe more on the bitter side. There's an obvious nuttiness to this one, which is a pleasure. Lots of caramel, giving it a nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is maybe a little too fizzy, but nothing overboard, still drinks smooth. This brown can hang w/ the best of 'em! Very earthy brown.

If you're into brown ales, this is a must! Great use of maple syrup.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours clear reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Small amount of glass lacing is present as well. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, maple syrup, and roasted nuts. Very nice aromas with good strength as well. Taste of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, nuttiness, and a bit of maple syrup and breadiness. Fairly strong roasted bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit with nuttiness, caramel, and roasted flavor. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. A bit of a prickly feel as well, but has nice smoothness and drinkability. Nice balance of flavors as well. No alcohol in the taste or finish noticed. Overall a very nice brown ale, I would get this again, really sessionable stuff.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 DoctorDog
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Thanks again to "beveritt" for passing tossing this new'un my way.

A- Deep copper/brown and clear. Pours with ~1 finger tan head, which settles quickly into an incomplete thin cap.

S- Toasty, slightly nutty, and a moderately malty caramel aroma. Subdued earthy hop notes.

T- Bready, caramel malt sweetness. Lightly earthy bitterness, and a bit cidery on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium light feel.

O- Decent. A nice, easy drink, but didn't really stand out in any way....nothing major to harp on, and nothing to sing the praises of.

Future outlook: A perfectly fine beer, I'm sure, and probably just my palate bias against being delighted by most brown ales that left me unmoved by this. Will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of svraines
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 wspscott
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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 damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Landfill21
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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 cadizkyguy
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Ryan011235
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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 rembrant
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance Medium brown,cloudy and translucent. Rich tan head of 1-2 fingers and some lace on the glass

aroma Some maple touch but not quite enough to fully define as maple. There's a rather Euro Ale/Lager effect where grain,yeast,bread,tend to lead,rather than the caramel or coffee type malts and the various pale ale type hops

Taste As the aroma suggests a rather dry Euro/English type. Cincinnati's 3 micro brewers all tend to lean toward German/English style rather than the looser US versions. The Maple add in adds nice complexity but the Euro style dry hops/yeasts keep a bitter end. As it warms however,it's sweet side emerges, the maple and nutty flavors ride some caramel malts to the front. This beer has a sweet spot when it comes to temperature. If a bit too chill the hops go a bit metallic and that clashes with that touch of maple. warmer,a nice Brown Ale Caramel Nut steps up,and rather than clash the maple can enhance.

Don't look for a LOT of maple,it's a supporting actor,not the star.

Mouth Carbonation is good,not excessive. Like the flavor,the body shapes up as the Malt bill hits it's happy temp.

This ain't Canadian Breakfast stout,but it's an interesting brew,though fussy about temp. The aftertaste is a bit too woody,not a pine or spruce needle but more a German old oak. A cleaner finish would help this. It's a real good drinker as is but Mt Carmel could have a winner by cleaning up the finish a bit.

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Photo of rcwhiteky
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this a lot. It smells nutty and malty and sweet. the taste is very nice bitter but sweet no hops to speak of but tons of hazelnut and sweet malt.The way this one goes down is amazing you could chug it if you wanted to but that would be a waste to not savor the taste and creamy mouth feel. Over all I am enjoying this while watching football and the weather has a fall feeling to it and it just fits.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. Poured into my Perfect Pint Glass, this beer is a clear dark mahogany color. There's barely a head but it settles into a thin white film that leaves a nice ring around the glass. The smell is of faint chocolate malt and I think I detect a wheat-like smell but could be wrong. The taste is a bit thin and muddled; I can't pick out any distinguishable flavors. It's not a bad taste it's just unremarkable. The mouthfeel is pretty good for a session beer but I'd like it a bit thicker. The drinkability is high; this beer goes down smooth and easy and would probably pair well with lots of different food. Of all the Mt. Carmel beers I've had I'd say this is one of the weaker ones. When compared to the stout or IPA this is rather mediocre from a very good brewery. Maybe my taste buds are off tonight but based on this bottle it's probably not something I would seek out often.

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Photo of becktone
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-15-09

Eye: Again, crystal clear just as the blonde. Head retention is nice just like the blonde but formation is much the same. Could have a larger head but still this smaller steady creamy and long lasting head is better than many others. Color is garnet when held to the light and brown when light strikes it but is not at eye level. Very nice.

Nose: Lots of roasty notes and some slightly burnt notes upfront, cereal grains in the middle with some sweet malt behind it all. Nice aroma overall, simple and clean. Maybe some biscut like notes. The label states maple but I'm not really getting that...I mean now that I read the label I might be able to get those notes, but I think tis still a stretch... Still quite a nice aroma though.

Tongue: Roasted barley is evident, carmel malt is evident. Some coffee tones, or roasted malted barley are evident. Very nice overall, but I think that malt sweetness is lacking. Huge amounts of roasted notes, but not really any biscut like or sweetness from darker malts. Wait...sweetness is there, but roasted is in front of it. Deeper than I thought on first inspection. Overall pretty nice.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium in body, with lower carbonation, yet fine and prickly. Dry finish, leaving a roasted and quite dry feel in the mouth. Not bad, but nothing real groundbreaking either. Good to drink on, but I'll be looking into others before coming back. Give it a go, its good. Glad I tried tried it, prolly pick it up again, just don't know how soon. Nice clean beer, but nothing special and nothing damning...good and quality beer.

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Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer is a dark brown with a nice head that doesn't stick around long

S: Malt, smoke, and some hops present.

T: Malt is sweet along with a touch of hazlenut. Very enjoyable.

M: Carbonation is medium.

D: This beer has a lot o drinkability in my opinion. Found this at the Comet in Cincinnati and decided to give it a whirl based on the IPA going down pretty well.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted coffee and a bit of oak in the aroma. Nice bit of hazel nut character in this dark red to brown-hued ale. Lots of good caramel and roasted malts here. Very drinkable. Definitely a malt accented beer, but it's very much in balance and not sweet. Very smooth and lightly carbonated with not much foam when poured. Any type of head is pretty much non-existent, but this styles scores pretty high on flavor and real high on drinkability.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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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