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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 2165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2003
The mix between the creaminess and nuts didn’t do it for me. Looks very nice—big, quickly dissipating white head. The hoppy smell in the glass wasn’t borne out by the taste. I felt the malt was overbalanced, and that it took away from the great astringent nut taste. It felt disjointed. Mouthfeel was nice and solid and the finish was clean but not bitter enough. Good but lacking in some areas.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
A solid nut brown ale. Good flavor; smooth and drinkable. I was hoping for a little more given the cost.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
THIS ALE HAD GOOD COLOR WITH A NICE FIRM HEAD. ONE OF THE BETTER IMPORTED ALES OUT THERE WITH NO RUFF EDGES. VERY DRINKABLE. A LITTLE EXPENSIVE

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (5101) - 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 (1377) - 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 (1024) - 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.


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