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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 2062   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’.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4709) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a huge, frothy beige head and a a dark brown body. Nose of roasted malt, nut and caramel. Sweet malt flavour with slight bitter finish. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2003
Huge, frothy beige head with beautiful lacing. Body is brown and transparent. Aroma combines nuts, caramel, licorice and roasted malts. The flavour starts sweet with a strong presence of nuts and finishes with a dryer and bitter note. Very smooth but not overly tasty. A nutlovers dream though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Not bad, not good. A very ordinary beer. Metallic finish, fairly bland otherwise. Looks very nice in a pint glass. Stick with the Oatmeal Stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2003
This just what a nut brown ale is supposed to taste like. Either you like it or you don't. Lots of tannin / chalky mouth feel, which in Rogue's version actually comes from hazelnuts. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, coffee, and hazelnuts, with a nice, sour and bitter brown ale finish. Low enough in alcohol that you can drink it as a session beer, if you can afford to keep buying them ... Like most British beers, and all of Smith's, it would be a mistake and a waste of money to drink the beer too cold! Would have rated it higher, and would drink more of them, if they were not so expensive. I think that the Brooklyn Brown, or the Rogue Hazelnut Brown, are better buys.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
A very weak tasting brown. Has no real punch to it. Rather, it just kind of sits there with no real flavoring. Everything else about the beer is mediocre. A disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 A nice, well rounded beer, that, like most Sammy Smith brews, is always a worthwhile pint. Good flavor, and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Samuel Smith makes a good nut brown ale. The flavor is malty, nutty, and sweet. Finish is clean and slightly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 This was ok for a brown, but not amazing. A drinkable beer none the less.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Not a lot of flavor here after the Oatmeal Stout. Well carbonated and nice balance. Slight bitterness on the finish. Good, but not great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2003
This Brown poured a nice amber color with a light frothy head. The aroma was sweet, nutty and malty. A nutty flavor with caramel malts. A metallic finish that I did not care for. My rating would have been much higher without it.


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