Holdwine (1150) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ordered an oatmeal stout and the waitress brought me this. Just as well, I suppose, both are great examples of their style and I had never rated this before. Mahogany in color with a nice tan head. This brown ale goes down quite easily with a nice toasty quality. Great balance, etc... buy this beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Which way to go tonight? Pale Ale, Nut Brown Ale or perhaps that Barleywine that I've been saving? Looks like the Sam Smiths Nut Brown wins! As I decant most of the bottle into my pint glass, I'm amazed by the size of the head easing up. I let it sit on the counter for a moment, the deep brown color and rapturous, rocky head reminding me more than a bit of an old fashioned root beer. Ah, but the aroma, definitely beer of the malted barley and hop variety. Toasted grains, molasses, pine, and a smidge of soy. The first sip brings a complex blend of roasted malt with a nice balancing hop bitterness. The long hoppy finish includes a bit of coffee and spice. The malt flavors matured and deepened as the ale warmed. Not one that I'll go out of my way for in the future, but quite pleasant overall.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Whoa this bottle tastes awful. Tastes like window cleaner smells. Carbonated harshness and poor bitterness and mouthfeel. I really don't understand the point of bottling in clear glass when it is known that light affects beer quality.
TehBeerMonsta (25) - USA - MAY 21, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was a bit dissappointed. Maybe I just had an old bottle or something, the flavor tasted like a mix of nuts, alcohol and unfortunatly ...skunk. It's almost like one of the bad malt liqour brewers tried to get all fancy and add some walnut flavor to one of their crappy brews.
It can't even be saved by chugging it because of the nasty aftertaste. It does have a nice color, but so what? Like I said, hopefully I just had a bad bottle because if not I'm a little dissappointed this beer gets rated so high.
JFGrind (1972) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had the bottled version, drank it as a session beer. Roasted malt flavor is evident, has more flavor than other brown ales I have sampled.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Color is deep mahogany. Head it mediun, beige and quickly diminishing. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and finishes slightly dry and carbonated.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a fiery reddish color with a creamy pearl and beige head that lingered for quite a while. The aroma is filled with a mixture of fresh and stale hops and a hint of caramel malt. The taste is where it really comes through...very nice caramel malty ending..some nut, and a hint of chocolate in mid taste with a very long, dry, and drawn out aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, fairly active carbonation for a brown ale...a hint of sourness in the finish..very good rich beer
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep reddish-brown color with quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma seemed slightly skunked/light struck -
not surprising considering the clear bottle. Nutty aroma detectable underneath. Fairly smooth with a slight tang in
the middle. A rich nutty roasted flavor comes out most fully in finish - clean with a pleasant bitterness.
Body a bit thinner than I might like.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A passable brown ale, but I have the sneaking suspicion that if Smiths' would bottle this in brown glass, it would be much better. Wasn't skunky as such, but I am convinced that it was lessened in some way. As it is, this not as good as Newcastle on draft.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber brown. Lovely nose, nutty and roasty-sweet. Mouthfeel is watery at times, but carbonation seems to hold it... and malts come in near the finish to help out. Roasty, nutty, piney and earthy aroma. Drinkable and enjoyable.