WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Samuel Smith makes a good nut brown ale. The flavor is malty, nutty, and sweet. Finish is clean and slightly bitter.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2003 This was ok for a brown, but not amazing.
A drinkable beer none the less.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a ligh ttan head. Light roasted malt aroma. This one does not reach its peak until it warm a bit. Malty and nutty.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A better offering than Newcastle's Nut Brown. Good beer, rather tame.
Thick light amber head, spongy, medium/large bubbles, partially receding, lacy.
Deep brownish-red color, like dark iced tea.
Aroma of baking soda, light hops, light diacetyl, and a "band-aid" aroma.
Surprisingly tangy (sour) on the tongue; half acidity, half effervescence.
Persistent effervescence gives a creamy feel, though the liquid itself is a bit thin.
Light roasted malt notes, low bitterness, finsihes dry, without much of the diacetyl, but some lingering "nuttiness".
A nicely balanced, if a bit tame, beer.
I realize that the "style" implies a somewhat tame brew, but I treat Rogue's Nut Brown Nectar as the testpiece in the world of brown ales.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a Brown! Lovely deep brown color. The huge head grudgingly dissapates to a lasting thick tan layer. Lacings are very rich. The nose is all malt, roasted and rich. And the malts are big in the mouth and linger. The hopping is almost ideal if you want to cut the malt sweetmess without adding distracting hop flavors. Nice for the English Ale lovers.