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
mstrcrwly (536) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
had this awhile ago..shared with a friend..light brown with a fluffy white head..aroma of roasted malts,nuts..dry,malty taste..not horrible.
Lore (1359) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautyful appearance of clear reddish-brown colour and 1 inch beige-ish off-white head; aroma of toffee, hints of cocoa, herbal notes, some fruitiness and nuts; taste of caramel, roastedness, herbal notes, slight fruitiness and nuts; masterpiece of brown ales
GoufCustom (964) - HONG KONG - APR 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015
550 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.
Looks: Deep amber brownTwo finger head with crumpety light beige foam which lasted for 2 minutes. Beautiful sticky lacing with active small carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet roasted Ale malt, with strong caramel, light almonds, sticky toffee, sugar, rich chocolate, raisins, yeast and light grass.
Taste: Mid to light sweet, light-roasted Ale malt, with light roasted nuts, strong metallic, tartness, strong caramel, light toffee, molasses notes, very light red fruits, dry biscuits, yeast, fair lemon, low bitter hops and grass.
Body: Light body. Watery and dry palate.
Mouth Feel: Very malty but in a very watery body, maybe due to wheaty influence as there is potent tartness. Very strong caramel with thin red fruits, toffee, sweetness fairly light. Strong biscuit, dry low hops to round. Quite good so far.
Hoppiness: Light grass in nose, Lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness is moderate for a lasting, fairly astringent malty finish.
After taste: Very dry. Malty and fairly bitter to mouth.
Coments:After Sam Smith’s great Imperial Stout and Oatmeal Stout, I was expecting more or less greatness from this one. Well, only half really: nice head and neat roasty aroma aside, the palate is too watery thin and very dry, the empty Northern Brown Ale taste strikes again. It has the looks but only has half the substance. Decent but not worth buying again.
tectactoe (2937) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Chestnut brown pour with moderate translucency, creamy beige head on top. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, woodchips, & a modest stale twinge somewhere in the back. Almost papery? Flavor is a bit sweeter up front, but the sweetness is quickly blunted by a dry caramel dust & nutty attack that sends you into an abrupt finish. Well attenuated, perhaps a little too well for the style. Nothing lingering in the finish. A hint of mid-palate earthy bitterness offsets the caramel malts. An okay brown ale at best; there are many others I would choose over this.
20107589 (405) - randers, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
nutty aroma, apear brown without any head, taste light bitter, average carbonation medium bodied and a short bitter aftertaste.
UXO (629) - CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear medium to deep amber with one fat finger of light tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is toffee, raisins, nutty. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, slight tart. (7/10) Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish. (3/5)
Pleasant, mildly fruity nut brown. A good example of the style. (14/20)
alomtnez (127) - SPAIN - MAR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big off-white head with average retention. Reddish dark amber colour. Prune, toasted malt, toffee, dried fruits (raisin) and caramel aroma. Taste is roasty, dried fruits acidity and caramel tinge. Watery medium creamy mothful, medium carbonation and lasting fruity Aftertaste. Very good.
olliejobbins (1208) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
550ml bottle at princess Louise, holborn. Pours clear relatively light brown with a large off white head. aroma is nutty, malty, slightly burnt toast, toffee. It is quite a thin, watery beer but great tasting. Roasted malts, nuts and toast. Dry burnt toast finish.
fatbarbu (33) - sherbrooke, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thats a well brewed ,greatly balanced brown ale of wich kind im not used to here in quebec. The complex nose of bourbon-ish woodness brings me some sweet subtle pear. A little thin in mouth but the subtle sweetness in mouth with light caramel and roasted malt bitterness carry on a long and great finale. Great.
alteregoo (183) - POLAND - MAR 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pian niska, nietrwała, szybko gaśnie do kożuszka, barwa brązowo-miedziana, klarowna. W aromacie zioła, karmel, rum - generalnie delikatny zapach, nieintensywny, przypominający angielskie ESB. Po ogrzaniu dochodzą rodzynki i miód. W smaku też mało intensywności, czuć lekką karmelową słodycz, ciemne pieczywo, kwas chlebowy. Kontra w postaci ziołowo-korzennej goryczki również na niskim poziomie. Wysycenie średnie do niskiego, pełnia niska. Obiecanych orzechów nie wyczułem.
Angielski Nut Brown Ale niestety również nie zachwyca. Może jest dość pijalny, ale zdecydowanie zbyt wodnisty, cienki, zapach bardzo nikły, smak jednowymiarowy.