CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a huge, frothy beige head and a a dark brown body. Nose of roasted malt, nut and caramel. Sweet malt flavour with slight bitter finish. Good.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, frothy beige head with beautiful lacing. Body is brown and transparent. Aroma combines nuts, caramel, licorice and roasted malts. The flavour starts sweet with a strong presence of nuts and finishes with a dryer and bitter note. Very smooth but not overly tasty. A nutlovers dream though.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, not good. A very ordinary beer. Metallic finish, fairly bland otherwise. Looks very nice in a pint glass. Stick with the Oatmeal Stout.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This just what a nut brown ale is supposed to taste like. Either you like it or you don't. Lots of tannin / chalky mouth feel, which in Rogue's version actually comes from hazelnuts. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, coffee, and hazelnuts, with a nice, sour and bitter brown ale finish. Low enough in alcohol that you can drink it as a session beer, if you can afford to keep buying them ... Like most British beers, and all of Smith's, it would be a mistake and a waste of money to drink the beer too cold! Would have rated it higher, and would drink more of them, if they were not so expensive. I think that the Brooklyn Brown, or the Rogue Hazelnut Brown, are better buys.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very weak tasting brown. Has no real punch to it. Rather, it just kind of sits there with no real flavoring. Everything else about the beer is mediocre. A disappointment.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 A nice, well rounded beer, that, like most Sammy Smith brews, is always a worthwhile pint. Good flavor, and very drinkable.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Samuel Smith makes a good nut brown ale. The flavor is malty, nutty, and sweet. Finish is clean and slightly bitter.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 This was ok for a brown, but not amazing.
A drinkable beer none the less.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a lot of flavor here after the Oatmeal Stout. Well carbonated and nice balance. Slight bitterness on the finish. Good, but not great beer.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Brown poured a nice amber color with a light frothy head. The aroma was sweet, nutty and malty. A nutty flavor with caramel malts. A metallic finish that I did not care for. My rating would have been much higher without it.