We’re going to try something new here at BeerRevolt: reviewing individual beers.

This should be a fun experiment, if nothing else – we get to drink beer! The challenge though is to be able to describe what I’m tasting. I’ve never been one to be overly descriptive of what I’m eating or drinking, I just know if I like it or not.

So I’ll be digging in to other beer reviews and theiving learning from their adjectives and whatnot. At first it should be fairly basic, but we’ll see if the reviews get more advanced and nuanced in their descriptions of the beer.

Here we go…

For our first review, we’ll be looking at Nut Brown Ale, by Mt. Carmel Brewing Company near Cincinnatti, Ohio.

Beer Info

Nut Brown Ale
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Cincinnatti, Ohio

Style: American Brown Ale
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%
Availability: Year-round

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

Our Take

Alright, to start, the packaging is really cool. Pleasing and it relates to the product, setting a mood to start the beer drinking experience.

Smell: It smells sweet, vaguely of honey. But really there’s not much scent, or at least it’s not overpowering. Just vaguely sweet and non-offensive. Not something that really conveys much or compels you to keep smelling it.

Taste: Very smooth. Not a ton of flavor up front, but a finish that lingers welcomely with caramel & creme.

Not much aftertaste, at it’s least not powerful. What aftertaste there is is GREAT.

The beer is beautiful, dark and you can barely see light through it. Almost stout-like in appearance.

As far as nut brown ales goes, this is a winner.

It’s very, very smooth.

Again, it’s not a huge taste, like a dark, rich stout or like a hoppy IPA. It’s a middle-of-the-road beer that doesn’t offend the taste buds in any way. Yet the more experienced beer drinker may find this nut brown ale a bit mild and mediocre.

Maybe that’s not a bad thing, it just is what it is. It’s a great nut brown ale that goes down smoothly and doesn’t offend. Like Wolverine, it’s very good at what it does.

It just isn’t something that we’ll be screaming from the rooftops about. There is no YOU’VE GOT TO TRY THIS! It’s simple and straightforward, and we like it.

It might be the sort of beer you being out to your friends that are just testing the craft beer waters. It’s a GREAT introductory beer to friends that are used to the standard Buds, Coors and Miller. Grab a six-pack of this to stash in the fridge and bust them out when you’re watching a game with friends. The next time someone reaches for a Budweiser, thrust a Nut Brown ale into their hands.

Then sit back and watch their face as they appreciatively slip into the taste of smooth nut brown ale and smile as you see a craft beer drinker in the making. Congratulate yourself on expanding the taste horizons of a friend!

And as my wife said, “It’s not bad, it’s good!”

Check out Mt. Carmel Brewing at http://mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com.