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 (5133) - 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.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
malty medium thickness, quite a letdown ,not a top choice from this brewer,Nutty, Malty,lacking and quite average
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2003 Pretty sweet and rich, tastes strongly of a nuts and a somewhat like maple syrup. Pretty expensive though, if it wern't so $$$ I would drink this stuff all the time.
GiddyBoy (120) - USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was very strong and bursting with flavor. The ’nut’ portion of the name is a slight understatement. It was VERY strong in a caramel/hazelnut way. It is not at all an everyday beer, but is great for special occasions, IMHO. I think that gold foil crap adds to that charge. Sam Smith has never let me down. OK that is a lie, but I do think they have great beer.
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 In the world of Northern style Brown Ales it either has to be Newkie Brown or Sam Smith"s Nut Brown. MJ gives them both three stars, but puts Newkie in his 500 Classic Beers, while raving about Nut Brown as the best in his Companion. It"s interesting to note that there are something like 90 different beers produced in America under the name Nut Brown Ale suggesting that America"s craft brewers appreciate and wish to reproduce Sam Smith"s version. The caramel malt flavour leans toward the Scotch Ale style, while the hoppiness is that of an English Bitter. The geographical location of Newcastle, where this Nut Brown style originated, would have a foot in both camps. The colour is spacious and expensive - something to wallow in while cracking walnuts before going down town to purchase your Rolex. Newkie Brown doesn"t even come close to this in terms of sheer beauty. Even though having a bit of a Louis tang, this is an impressive bottled ale. Sam Smith"s don"t do bottle conditioned, in fact these days they only have one cask ale, the rest of their pub gear being dumped into kegs, but they do manage well the necromancer"s art of keeping a dead body alive. Fruity and gorgeous. A fine ale.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The taste of the hazelnut is very evident. An incredible candy-like aroma.