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
foyle (254) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that slowly recedes with moderate lacing. Color is a mostly clear light brown with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich roasted malts, caramel, nuts, earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, frothy, with a wet finish.
Flavor: terrific combination of roasted malts, sweet caramel, ripe fruit, and a definite nuttiness. There are some tangy and earthy hops in the backbone.
Overall: a world class beer for sure. Perhaps the standard by which all other English style Nut Brown’s should be judged.
BrettTaylor (543) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Pours a clear brown with rich, thick soft khaki head. Aroma - malt, toffee, touch of milk chocolate. Taste - definitely some malt, nutty, touch of English hops. Smooth and delicious.
GuideDogSaint (483) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours mid brown with a white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Bittersweet creamy finish.
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear medium brown pour. Tan head. Nutty malty aroma. Rich nutty malty with slightly bitter finish. Good served out of the fridge for a while with some funky nutty cheese.
CTKlubben (69) - randers, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2014
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.
Travlr (13411) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear brown color, beige head. Aroma of nutella on toast. Taste is similar.
ruigo (1257) - PORTUGAL - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Clear brown colour with a thin tan head. Toffee, caramel, dough, vanilla and nut fruits in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is more on the bitter side with some fruity notes and a dry/sour finish. Overall, a very good beer.
Mittenator (1390) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark copper with a beige head. Caramel and toffee aromas. Sticky toffee with a molasses and dry finish.
djoeye (1848) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gusher. Fawn head, copper to hazel clear body with red tones.
Aroma; dough, rye bread, dark wort, dark malts, fruits.
Taste; nutty caramel malts, sweet hazelnut syrup, prunes, fruity mild hops.
Normal body and carbonation. Sweet finish.
[35.5cl brown bottle, abv5%, BB.NOV14]
ciaranc (980) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Vineyard. Clear brown, thin off white head. Nutty brown malt nose. Lovely flavour, loads of hazelnuts, touches of coffee, some fruity bitterness from the hops. Decent body, fairly high carbonation, complex finish. Really beautiful.