Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kickin' it old school this evening: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale! Turn back the dial of time 3 decades and the beer store shelves had a fraction of what is out there today, and much of it was lousy until the rise of the craft brewed beers.
Buying Samuel Smith's 30 years ago was the sign of a beer drinker that appreciated quality and good flavors, and the same still rings true today. Far above the watery Newcastle Brown Ale in quality, this one is the real deal.
This ale belongs in the rightful place, which is an Imperial Pint glass. Important to remember the Brits swill their brews @ basement temperature, so don't be in a hurry to chug this one after pouring it cold form the fridge.
Brown, well, how about auburn in appearance with a two finger foamy ecru head that hangs on resulting in a permanent cap that stays until the bottom of the glass with average lacing.
The nose is pure British: heavy on the malts, which are roasty, nuts and toffee are hiding in the background and make their play as it warms in the glass. Hops? Don't look for them in the nose and you won't be disappointed (not the case with Timothy Taylor's Landlord strong ale,which has a pronounced hoppiness in the aroma).
Nut Brown glides over your palate in a velvety manor,and is rich without being too heavy in the mouthfeel or overall body. Definitely a sipper, the rich flavors are robust and start out with a good deal of malt that fades into some great nutty caramel tones with some slight vanilla extract creaminess. The creaminess is impressive and more apparent as it reaches the designed temperature for consumption.
There is a uniqueness to Samuel Smith's because of the slate it is aged in: it results in a different character that cannot be duplicated, and it is the oldest brewery in Yorkshire after all, so these guys are steeped in tradition and you can taste it in the glass. A solid buy as well considering the lengthy process of making it, aging it, and sending it to another continent.
Respect for the old school is required here even if it isn't your thing after trying it, which everyone should. My personal favorite was always the Old Brewery Pale Ale, and I will be sure to grab one of those to review on my next trip to the beer store.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fugitive (1681) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Color clear brown with medium head. Aroma malt, light caramel. Taste caramel, malt, some bitterness, nuts.
mateuszk (809) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. In aroma caramel, nuts, malty. In taste medium sweet with caramel, hazelnuts, toffee. Medium to low bitterness. Decent beer.
Beerkenstock (74) - - JUL 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
drink cool 10-14°C.
Eye: pours a cola brown color with a rather quickly dissipating white to beige head and medium to low carbonation.
Nose: sweets, cassis, berries
Mouth: wild berries, hops and nutty malts
Palate: milky, oat meal, somehow dusty, and nuts as well as nut shells and leaves
Overall: nice beer, not as chewy as I expected it to be.
crossovert (9190) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml embossed gold foiled bottle. Amber/brown pour, light tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, raisiny, lightly vinous. Flavor is dry and fruity, some nutttiness, mild bitterness. Pretty ho hum i think.
allmyvinyl (6341) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
550ml bottle from the Golden Baal, Scarborough. Pours clear brown, thin beige head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, burnt sugar. Taste is more burnt sugar. Not my bag, grandma.
McWorta (995) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nut-browncolour with a fine off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, some caramel, hazelnuts, walnuts and somewhat dried fruit develop. Light carbonation, light slick and medium-full bodied. Nutty sweetness offers also hints for a light floralness. Medium finish.
aloiscarvalho (80) - - JUL 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma caramelo, amadeirado, boa espumação, marrom escura.
Encorpada mas equilibrada, sabor amadeirado com amargor leve.
Jimsal27 (286) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
550 ml bottle, pours dark brown with a small bubbly head. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, dried fruit and nut. Medium to full bodied. Creamy texture with soft carbonation.
tapthis (168) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong aroma and taste of nuts, caramel and roasted malts. Strong brown appearance with small tan foam head. Has some sweetness with medium body. not much carbonation or lacing
jamaty (1241) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caoba, brillante. Deja pasar la luz ligeramente. Bonita espuma ligeramente manchada y bastante consistente. Aroma tostado, de frutos secos, almendras…Cuerpo ligero, carbonatación media. Y en el sabor, rica malta aderezada de frutos secos… almendra amarga. Porque el final lo es. Otra buena cerveza de la casa, aunque no entre sus mejores..