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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 2134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed at Samuel Smithís 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 ístone Yorkshire squaresí.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Light brown and clear, with a nice creamy head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, which is well matched with the flavor. Moderately carbonated, smooth hoppy & nutty flavor. Clean moderately bitter finish. I tried this one because other offerings from Samuel Smith have been excellent. Not my style but obvious quality and drinkability.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottle - a touch of the "typical" Euro-brew shipped to America in a clear bottle funk, but not bad. Malty and nutty otherwise. Medium brown witha purplish hue on an off-white head. Very nice flavor! Unlike many of the American nut beers, this one is not overdone. Just the right amount of nut for my palate. This is an impressive beer!

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle. Light brown color, crystal clear, with a cream colored thick head. Just arrived at this particular liquor store, so I was hoping for freshness. I am so surprised to smell a little skunk!(that was sarcasm). Moderately carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Malty, of course nutty, with an adequate hop bitterness, a detectable hop flavor, and no hop aroma. Slighty fruity and vinous, this quality increases with temperature. I think the slight skunk adds to the winey perception. A decent beer, but canít go ga-ga over a beer that will almost always be skunked in this country. Please, give brown glass a shot, it doesnít bother Fullerís.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
Light brown colour, thick tan head that fades to sticky lace. Nutty malt aroma, light fruitiness. Flavour is malty, nutty, with a hint of caramel and molasses. Slightly roasty as well. Long, slightly sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Clear brown with a small tan head. Malty aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts. Flavor was mildly sweet malt with a bit of caramel and a touch of hops. Not a big brown ale fan but this was rather tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (685) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Pours brown with thin tan head. Nose is mildly flowery and quite a bit of malt character. The flavor is quite good and contains aspects of currant, raisin, and an oily nutty quality. Mouthfeel is a little watery. There is early malt and later hops, actually pretty well balanced. Alcohol is noticable, which I feel is a negative for this style. Finish is clean except for an oak charcoal flavor at the end. Low bitterness. Overall very good beer, but I have been rather taken lately with more spicy alternatives.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2004
This is a really decent beer that had ok taste. This was the first time I had the style so I have nothing to compare it to.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2004
Very good and not too heavy. Every beer I try by this brewery seems to be quality stuff. A nice, nutty flavor and maybe a little caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Pretty durn good beer. Follows in that tradition of English beers that you think will be pretty heavy but actually arenít. Nice nutty flavor, very tasty. Itís nice to have a tasty beer that isnít too heavy. This beer is nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Brown in color with high carbonation and a light beige head. Aroma is rather fruitty. The flavor is nutty, but there is a smokieness in the background that is hard to overcome to enjoy this beer. Iíve noticed this in many Sam Smith beers (are they skunked? I wonder.)


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