Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 2165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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’.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle. Medium brown colour, small tan head. Slight nuttiness in aroma, but not much. Taste is of some caramel malt, mixed with a watery mouthfeel. There was also a slight tang of flavours I associate with clear bottled skunkiness, but thankfully, this went away as I sipped it. The beer improved greatly in fact, the more I let it sit, the watery thinness giving way to a medium bodied decent brown ale. But this was only ok in this clear bottle pasteurized form.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
18 oz bottle. Poured color of strong tea. Large fairly long lasting head. Not much of an aroma. Mild malt and possibly hints of fresh bread. Mildly sweet and bitter at the same time. Overall a decent English brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
18.7 oz. bottle. Nice nut brown color. Very nice head that sticks to the sides. Tastes like I’m eating acorns and dirt, but its delicious as if I were a squirrel or earthworm. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
Dark red/brown, creamy head an texture, easily quaffed. Mild bitterness, hint of chocolate/caramel/port wine in the nose, taste is a little astringent and not as "nutty" as it could be. Still a fine example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2004
From a 12 oz bottle. Very dark brown color with amber highlights. Thin off white head. The aroma is malty with plums, raisins and some apples. The taste is definitely nutty and earthy. It also has dark chocolate, a little port and a touch of vanilla. A full mouthfeel. This is the way a brown ale should be made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Deep amber colour, with a frothy but quickly decaying head. Lovely malty character and not too sweet, but a crisp bite. Not much lacing, and not a very strong odour, but a pleasant one of fresh bread once I did detect one. Maybe my nose was frozen from shovelling the pavement.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
You can tell right away this is definitely an English brew. Has that familiar bad smell to it. I think it would be even better in a dark bottle. Plently of malty nutty flavor followed by a slightly dry bitter flavor. A tad too dry for my liking. Nevertheless, this is an OK brew. I won’t ever drink it again as there are far better Browns out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2004
This is some pretty good brew. Fairly dark, and quite dry, unlike some brown ales that are a bit on the sweet side. The malt is balanced perfecty with the hops. The overall flavor reminds me of a good home brew. Too bad this brew is so darn expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
May i start off with saying this is a delicious brown ale. Even though, I don’t like brown ales this one is a standard example of what it should be all about. Dark leather brown, and tthin layer of head across the glass. Aroma of sweet malts and fresh nuts. Toasted flavor of malt, and roast cooked nuts of pistachio or cashew blended with almonds. Also I sensed a small dose of the alcohol on the inital sip. I enjoyed it all the way to the finish, and think it is in the best beer category for Samuel Smiths catalog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
This is a unique and special beer. Very attactive brown color with a creamy smooth nut flavor. Last time I had this was with Lebanesse food. Great stuff.

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