jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Re-rate: Aroma of English hops and malt. Slight nutty malty flavour with a Pleasant finish. Initial Rating: Toronto Festival of Beer 2001 = Very nice nutbrown ale, with a lot of flavour. The aftertaste was a little odd though... Couldn't quite place it. 2.7/5
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 mL bottle served in pint glass. Average sized, off-white head diminishes quickly. Ruby / brown color. Dark but clear. Toasty, nutty aroma. Very subdued hops smell (grass). Yeasty dough smell. Not an overpowering aromatic beer. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a nutty chocolate taste. Starts sweet and finishes slightly bitter. Light carbonation. Not as much nuttiness as I expected. Lingering dryness builds over time. A very good beer-beer but outshined by Rogue's HazelNut Brown Nectar in this class.
Frank (3102) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Malty toffee aroma. Slippery mouthfeel. A bit of grassy bitterness in the finish. I'm not a big fan.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samuel Smith's are always a good choice, you can pick one up and no that it is going to be easy to drink. This is no exception. A nice dark amber in the pour, with a great frothy head and impressive lacing. Unique for a brown ale in the flavor, rich and malty well balanced and sweet in the finish.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good nut brown thats readily available. Nice head and lacing, aroma was a little skunked so was the flavor, it's beyond me why they put a good beer in a clear bottle. The flavor was malty, but not much nuttiness. Mouthfeel was a little thin, finishes well. Never had on draft, and would like to try.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark ruby-brown with little off-white head disapating quickly. Aroma is of nut roll (chopped nuts, slight yeast), little molasses, rubbing alcohol, maybe some cherry. Definitely some pear. Flavor is with malt and strips the mouth dry leaving it with an unpleasant aftertaste most know as "hops". Very easy to drink, though, but not going to be one of my favorites. Sampled at 73 degrees.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had 2 bottles of this over 2 nights. The first one I swaore was skunked, except the second one, bought on a different day from a different shop, smelled just the same. The aroma was a hoppiness gone wrong. The bitter aroma spliied over to the flavor where it obscured any nutty flavor that may have been present. Less body than I'm used to in a nut brown. Won't drink again.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probably THE ONE nut brown that I enjoy. Caramel malt flavor playing with just enough of the right hops to make me take notice. Found in an overpriced three pack with a Pale Ale and Stout + glass. At least the box kept the clear bottles from harms way. An I sure did appreciate it as this was delicious.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from the bottle. Rich brown color with a sweet malty aroma. Taste was mostly caramel malt with enough hop bitterness to avoid cloyness. Got a strong taste of hazalnut in the aftetaste; by the time I finished the bottle I felt like I'd eaten a bushel of the things.
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice easy drinking brown ale. This beer doesn't challenge one to come up with all sorts of aromas or descriptions for flavor. It is straightforward with an exellent roasted malt aroma and flavor. Quite good at what is does.