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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 2029   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed at Samuel Smith’s small, traditional British brewery with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, roasted barley, yeast and aromatic hops. Nut Brown Ale is relatively dry with a rich amber-brown colour and nutty flavour derived exclusively from small amounts of dark malt. Brown ales are a specialty of northern England. Fermented in ’stone Yorkshire squares’.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Smells of dry, english malt, lightly roasted with a bit of a zing. Color is a very light chestnut brown. Nice, but ultimately too clear for my likings. Decent off-white "walnut" colored head. Flavor begins lightly sweet, caramelly and the trademark Sam Smith yeast flavor. Medium body, dosent seem to thin out as it warms. Not a ton of nuttiness though, just lots of brown sugary malt, with some earthy/roast tinges. I should have let it warm more, but didnt have time. Probably tastes better closer to room temp. will rerate. Rerate Well, I let it warm and it wasn’t much better. Sharp graininess, dry hay with a high amount of iron in it. Some watery coffee. Dead and pasteurized, watery and filtered. I think I need to stop trying to make myself like Sam Smith’s beers and just rate them for what they are. Pasteurized, filtered beer that is well-brewed but obsolete.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
Bottle. A chestnut-colored ale with a distinctively nutty aroma. Medium bodied with nutty, woody, and malty flavors throughout, accompanied by an earthy, hoppy dryness that lingers beyond the finish. A pleasing, flavorful, dry, and nutty brown ale from a North Yorkshire brewery that rarely disappoints.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Dark brown in color with thin brown head. Dark malty rich and somewhat hoppy nose. Very malty and caramel roasted malts in the taste. Medium to full body, very pleasant

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Deep brown with a large head. Malty, nutty nose. Flavor begins sweet and nutty and finishes with a dark chocolate-hazelnut bitterness. The nut brown that all others (better or worse) should be compared to.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
almostfrozen (26) - USA - JAN 23, 2004
Frothy brownish head that really clings to the glass. Rich brown colour. Not particularly pungent. Very slightly bitter, little aftertaste. Hints at flavours of Sam Smith Stouts but is considerably milder. 18.7 oz bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 This is not a beer for the lightweight but it balances its complex flavor with just a touch of bitterness. Tasted best slighty chilled and not warm or cold.Looks good smells good and no aftertaste. Yes I did taste nut in it. Not my faveorite style but another winner from Sam Smith

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Sam Smith Nut Brown pours a deep brown glass with just enough head to get by. Sweet malty aroma and flavor with a hint of hops in the finish. A step up from Newcastle yet not spectacular either. An easy to drink Brown Ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3912) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Bottle at Cittie of Yorke, Holborn, London. No real head, minor lacing. Wonderful red/brown colour, with a sweet, bready aroma. Delicious, sweet, malty, biscuity, gingery flavour. Full, balanced taste. This really is excellent stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Slightly skunked in the transparent glass contained. Medium head, decent lacing. Sweet malty nose. Flavor would be better without some of the skunk, nutty and sweet with some hints of roasted hops, very malty sweet. Terrific, reminds me of why I used to regard New Castle so highly, this one is clearly on another level.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2004
Brown, lightly carbonated, with a tight, slightly off-white head which fades to a light covering of bubbles. Good whiff of hops while pouring, but only very slight aroma from the glass. Bitter, slightly malty, drying, sparkling in the mouth.


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