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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 1946   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’.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - JAN 17, 2003
This beer was very strong and bursting with flavor. The ’nut’ portion of the name is a slight understatement. It was VERY strong in a caramel/hazelnut way. It is not at all an everyday beer, but is great for special occasions, IMHO. I think that gold foil crap adds to that charge. Sam Smith has never let me down. OK that is a lie, but I do think they have great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5117) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 In the world of Northern style Brown Ales it either has to be Newkie Brown or Sam Smith"s Nut Brown. MJ gives them both three stars, but puts Newkie in his 500 Classic Beers, while raving about Nut Brown as the best in his Companion. It"s interesting to note that there are something like 90 different beers produced in America under the name Nut Brown Ale suggesting that America"s craft brewers appreciate and wish to reproduce Sam Smith"s version. The caramel malt flavour leans toward the Scotch Ale style, while the hoppiness is that of an English Bitter. The geographical location of Newcastle, where this Nut Brown style originated, would have a foot in both camps. The colour is spacious and expensive - something to wallow in while cracking walnuts before going down town to purchase your Rolex. Newkie Brown doesn"t even come close to this in terms of sheer beauty. Even though having a bit of a Louis tang, this is an impressive bottled ale. Sam Smith"s don"t do bottle conditioned, in fact these days they only have one cask ale, the rest of their pub gear being dumped into kegs, but they do manage well the necromancer"s art of keeping a dead body alive. Fruity and gorgeous. A fine ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
The taste of the hazelnut is very evident. An incredible candy-like aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
clearn brown in color, nice cream head. This beer is quite nutty, and malty. The hops presence is nice, not very bittery at all, finishes gently.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1858) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2003
a unique hoppy taste, light body and dry after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goforbroke (5) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2003 does not count
Thinner than expected head,color was weaker than expected. Nice nutty flavor and when I finished I wished I had another.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Not one of the better Nut Brown’s that I’ve tried. Great color, not much aroma. It was good, but not as good as I had expected.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Dark brown colour. Aroma is sweet, with caramel, licorice, malts and nuts. Flavour is sweet, slight malts. Finish is slightly malty and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Nice deep brown color, little head that fades to a clinging lace on the sides of the glass. Malty aroma. Tastes of malt and lightly nutty. Finish is pretty dry and sweet. Not very carbonated. Better than Rogue Hazelnut Brown.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hansen (6205) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2003
Fine color and nice aroma. But I don’t like the flavor of this beer. It was hard to get to the bottom of the ½ l bottle.


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