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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2065   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’.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
This is a lovely ale. Dark, nutty, just the right amount of hops. Like <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= 1845, everything is balanced wonderfully, though otherwise the two beers are quite different (this is a darker, more bitter, almost porter-like ale). The aftertaste is bitter, but balanced by a subtle warmth. I really, really like this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2002
As Austin Powers would say ’It’s a bit nutty’. good brown ale

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Nice dark brown color, head disapears quick. Very nutty and rich.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Again I don’t like nut brown ales, but Samuel Smith has been good to me lately so I tried this one. A little too much nut flavor, not enough beer flavor. Aside from that, it was a bit skunky, but looks very nice and has nice malt tones other than the nut flavor that I liked.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
I had very high expectations – so needless to say, I was a little let down. I think this has the potential to be very good – but again on the slight skunking!

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
Again with the clear bottle and slight skunking! I am really disappointed that their stouts can be so good but their Pale, Nut Brown, and Winter Welcome can suffer so much from the clear bottles. Granted, this one was not skunked as badly but it still detracted from my enjoyment of this beer. There were some nice nutty tones in the aroma as well, but they were masked by the skunk smell, same with the flavor. Decent hazelnut flavor imparted with malt, but again, change the bottles!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2002
A nice auburn color. I didn’t find it too flavorful, but there were hints of a nutty taste. An overall good brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
Sweet malty aroma. Chestnut colour, slight head. Roasted malt taste. A bit on the sweet side. Average.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Smooth and a nice overall impression. Color is good, head decent. A solid performer with a good flavor. Too bad it is as pricey as it is.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2002
The nutty aroma and strong roasted body leave no doubt that this is the leader of the pack as far as brown ales are concerned. A much, much better alternative to New Castle.


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