vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite nut brown. Has subtle sweet and tangy malt flavor like other Sam Smith products. Good nutty flavoring throught.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose has a definite caramel, malty aroma with just a hint of hops. A great looking ale, it pours dark amber or “nut brown”—as the label clearly declares—with a large foamy tan-colored head. The head rapidly vanished, and there was a little lacing. I found that this ale offers a balanced malty sweetness, light hops and medium carbonation, but I missed the advertised hazelnut palate. It finishes long with a light dryness and a hint of alcohol taste.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good nut brown. Of course it has a rich nutty character. A nice round lingering beer.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don't think that the clear bottle really helps this beer much. I noticed a skunky aroma upon opening the bottle and I think that the skunkiness impared my ability to fully taste this beer. This particular bottle may have been a little past its prime as well. Poured a nice amber color and had a decent tan head. didn't last long though. As for flavor I noticed a sweet, almost wine-like flavor. Slightly fruity. Most sam smith beers seem very similar in flavor to me. Typically a sweet/wine with some maltiness. I certainly didn't think that this was very characteristic of a nut brown. To me, it was very similar in flavor to the Samuel Smith's oatmeal and imperial stout varieties.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better nutbrown ales, the color is ok as is the nose (somewhat sweet and malty with a hint of nuttineess). The flavor is quite similar to the nose, but more pronounced all the way around. Not very rich, but a pleasant beer for easy drinking.
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown ale, nutty and sweet. Mine was a bit stale, but I'm letting that go assuming it was from the clear bottle. Little hops, limited aftertaste.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I got this beer because some of my favorite have been of the nutty ale variety. i was kinda turned off by the boring and archaic label, but whatever. It was very dark in color. when i tasted it i immediately noticed how fizzy it was. very overly so. that and the taste itself made me think of the words "choco-skunk". no detection of the hazelnuts as was promised in the description...just Choco-Skunk. i guess that's what i get for buying a beer that's in a clear bottle.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown Color with a little head.Slight nutty malty flavor.Goes down rather smooth with that nice brown ale feel in the mouth.Nice balanced finish.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 Not bad but not great. Nice lace with a little head . Kind of watery with a little seetness and nutiness. Aftertaste is unexpectantly bitter. Gets better as I drink more, but am not sure if I would buy again. Rogue hazelnut brown is much better
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Why they insist on bottling this one in a clear bottle is beyond my imagination. Looks nice poured, brown/amber color with a decent frothy head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with a hint of more skunk. Flavor is malty and skunky. Thin on the palate with a watery feeling. I'm sure this was good before they ruined it putting it in a clear bottle but I have to give it an honest review. A dissapointment for me and hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to re-rate a better sample.