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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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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’.


0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
I like Brown Ale to be a little sweeter, this one is quite bitter, not as good as All the hype Ive heard....very fizzy too...I think I’ll stay away from Samuel Smith Brown Ales...the taste is too bitter for me...has a cough syrup aftertaste..yuck!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
A little lighter in color than I expected - very Brown. Also, crisper than expected with a nice malty, nutty flavor. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2002
transparent dark brown colour, few head and a nice lace, caramel and nutty aroma, notes of licorice, sweet and rich with a slightly dry and bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - APR 9, 2002
Beautiful beer, probably why they bottle it in clear glass despite the problems that can cause. Unfortunately, there is not much aroma at all. The flavor, while not bad, is tilted more toward the bitter than the sweet, and while I more often complain about beers being too sweet than too bitter, my idea of a brown ale is a little on the sweet side. Thin body, almost more lager-like than ale. I really wanted to like this more, as I love their oatmeal stout, porter and even pale ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2002
Nice head on this one. Foamy, stiff-looking with bigg bubbles. It hangs around for a while, too. The beer is dark red brown, very clear. There are flowery hops and roasty maltiness to the nose. The taste is good, roasty and bitter but not exeptional. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 5, 2002
This brew pours a hazy medium red caramel. The average creamy light brown head is fully lasting with fair lacing. The complex malty nose is pure caramel, toasted grain, nuts, flowers, herbs, resin, cask wood, and cheese. The rich flavor is slightly unbalanced toward sweet, but overall excellent with decent acidity and bitterness. The finish is long and yeasty with a nutty quality. The medium body is smooth and creamy with plenty of bite, low carbonation, and a moderate alcoholic feel to the finish. Another winner from Tadcastle.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cruddler (32) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2002
A nice switch from the stouts and porters Im used to.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (light bread, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately bitter. Medium body, dry and creamy texture, lively carbonation. Not much aroma going on, and not all that exciting in other respects, but pleasant and clean.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
mleahy2499 (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2002 does not count


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