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 (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, 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 (1447) - 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.
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.