Carolina Nut Brown Ale | Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Nut Brown AleCarolina Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
carolinabrew.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of nc_america
4.9/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JefferyDean
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of gruberbeer
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so I liked this beer more than most I see. But why? Well, I ordered it at a local restaurant. Maybe it just went well with my whole hog BBQ. This beer had a nut brown frat party in my mouth. I would say that there is nothing fantastical about its appearance--it's even a little watery-looking--but man, this beer had a good strong smell and a nice subtle nutty flavor rolling throughout. I'll have it again with something different on my plate, and we'll see how it goes.

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Photo of atsprings
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp brown with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is a nice blend of caramel and chocolate malts. The beer has a good chocolate flavor to it with a nut flavor lingering directly in the background. There is also a very respectable citrus hop backbone doing its job quietly. The beer is crisp and very light. This was a surprisingly enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of aelthwin
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Harris Teeter

I popped the top off the bottle, and inhaled deeply. What I smelled was nice roasted malts, a nutty and chocolate overtone. The smell was representative of taste. It starts out with a roasted character, shift to a nuttier taste, and finishes off with a chocoloate aftertaste, all the while maintaining a light bitterness to balance it out. It felt smooth and rich going down, and had me reaching for a second.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Loki. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" tan head, which laces well. A reddish brown hued brew, with a distinctive nutty, malty nose. Almost so nice an aroma it seems artificial, but we'll hope fo the best. Taste is nutty malts, with a slight bite of hops at the end, but that's certainly not the focus. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but it goes does well, and taste is good, both drinkability boons. A nice nut brown representative.

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Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TKHawn61
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of hdwilli3
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date of 9/12/07 and a drink by date of 12/12 - oh well. Pours a medium brown with a three finger head, good longevity and good lace. Rich malt with chocolate aromas but not as much roasted malt as I had expected. Rich malts up front with a nice smooth chocolate flavor and modest roastedness. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Could be a bit more robust but its still a nice beer and easy drinking as brown ales go.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a dark amber-brown color, it is balanced and all-round for the style. It is nicely malt-forward with a light bread taste, pleasantly refreshing light biscuit and dried fruit aftertaste and a slightly light, but refreshing, mouthfeel. It’s a bit like having ice coffee! Not enough body like the Nut Brown Ale from Santa Fe Brewing Company, but still a good choice until Goose Island brings back their Nut Brown Ale!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light hazy, brown body with a small, wispy white head.

Smell: Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted nuts with a handful of spruce twigs and spice.

Taste: Chocolatey, with a taste of burnt nuts, a dash of mocha, and a muted sweetness - like a Nutella-based beer. Hops tasting of spruce with a medium bitterness. Spicy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation that pricks the tongue at times and enhances that spicy finish.

Drinkability: Loads of character for a humble brown ale.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown hue with a white head. Nice malty flavors, kinda nutty, a hint of anise, a little biscuity. A great beer that I could enjoy vast quantities of if it was available to me on a regular basis. Thanks to Joj for the recommendation. My first beer from North Carolina.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: medium brown with a slight orange hue, one finger off-white/semi-tan head, slight lacing

S: malty, caramel, some hazelnut notes

T: malts, caramel grains, and hazelnuts blended together with good hop balance. finishes slighly sweet.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation

Drinkability: overall a pretty good beer. very sessionable. it has a good, rich nutty flavor.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a firm overtone of molasses and hints of brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. It pours a lovely clear cola brown with a typical pale tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Flavor is crisp and malty with a molasses undertone and hints of chocolate and burnt wood. Smooth texture has average body and fizziness, but is still pleasing.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a pint glass at the brewery during one of the weekly Saturday tours.

A: Sort of a hazy medium brown in color with about 1/4" of light brown head. Good retention with little lacing.

S: A bit malty, with an earthy, nutty smell underneath. The malts seem to be moderate and sweet, and there is a hint of hops as well.

T: I was a bit surprised at the hop presence right off the bat on this one. It wasn't overpowering or anything but it was a nice addition. Flavors are a bit malty, something moderate like a caramel toast. There is an earthy nuttiness that is to be expected but this is different from most nut browns I've had before. There's a complex finish of hazelnut, malts, and hops that lingers for just a while.

M&D: Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with lighter carbonation. Flavors stay together nicely for an enjoyable experience. Nice change of pace for the style.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this was my super bowl XLV drink of choice...

looks flat to the pour with a typical dark brown color...smells delicious with sweet caramel dominating...

the rest speaks for itself above in my numeric review...but all in all not bad for a local brown ale...

cheers...

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Photo of davidt
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a moderate, quickly dropping head. Strong nutty aroma. Flavor is nutty, with a sweet malt backbone. A faint smokiness in the background. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Lightly carbonated on the tongue with a medium body. A nice English brown ale.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light translucent brown color. Off white head with decent lacing.

Smells very dry. Like pistachios. Slight notes of caramel sweetness.

Taste is very nutty, dry. No real subtlety here. Up front dryness. Fills the mouth with flavors. Medium body, and clean finish.

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Photo of KevBrews
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours mahogany, with red highlights, and a thin, white head

Smell: low hops, aroma dominated by crystal and chocolate malts

Taste: somewhat more aggressive than other browns I've tried--some hop bite upfront, then a mellow, malty flavor, with suggestions of coffee and hazelnut; nutty flavor extends through the finish

Mouthfeel: some slickness, suggesting diacetyl; some astringency pricks the tongue

Drinkability: smooth and easy to drink, while more assertive than other browns I've sampled (the Bell's Best Brown Ale, for instance); a tad bit heavy on residual sweetness in the finish

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Photo of halfbeer
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a nice brown ale and lives up to the name. Carolina was one of the original Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Cary area) North Carolina microbrews. It just isn't spectacular. If you are looking for a better similar beer from the same area, you might go for Big Boss's Bad Penny or Lone Rider's Sweet Josie (Yum! But Shotgun Betty is better). You could probably have a keg of it for a party and be ok. It just isn't tasty (maybe a little bitter for a brown). I think I might get sick of it in a kegerator (even though the Carolina Summer Bock is awesome to have around). A 6 pack every once in a while (ok, maybe a few, it really is not bad), and worth a buy.

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Carolina Nut Brown Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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