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.
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Japalo (1174) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@home. Two finger foam. Brown clear. Caramalty notes. Sweet dry bitter nutty mint taste. Medium body. Nice.
azzie (232) - - AUG 28, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany liquid with light beige head. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Bitterish with aroma of roasted sugar. Touch of caramel. Medium sweetness. Watery.
HammerTroll (493) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color, big off-white head. Caramel aroma, but really weak and mild again. Finish is slightly bitter. Thin body, average carbonation. I’m not amused with this one. And I don’t get why weighted average is so high.
(Dobro Pivo Pri Ščurku 0,55l bottle)
Procent (89) - POLAND - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
W aromacie słodowość i orzechy a także lekki chmiel. Połaczenie aromatów przywodzi mi na myśl jakąś oranżadę, taki słodki, nieco cukierkowy. Wyczuwam także lekką żelazistość. Ciemnobursztynowy kolor przechodzący w rubin, piwo przejrzyste, piana obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa z ładnym lacingiem. W smaku słodowe, lekko chmielowe, także lekko orzechowe. Goryczka co najwyżej średnia , lekko słodki posmak także jest. Nasycenie wysokie a także całkiem wysoka pijalność. Nie zaskakuje natomiast ani smakiem, ani aromatem. Warka do 05.2014r.
veceo (525) - CROATIA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown color, average sized tan head that quickly disappeared. Medium body, soft carbonation. Aroma of caramel and nuts. Sweet with very little bitterness. OK I guess.
jrob21 (2561) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from greens and part of my adventure of getting through the most rated list. Molasses. Lots of molasses some caramel and a bit of light but flavors. Almond. Finish is a touch sweet and caramel again. Decent but not worth adding to a regular rotation.
BOSSbrewer (1637) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at 28 Springs. Pours medium brown with two fingers of head. Aroma is slight roast nutty slight maltiness. Flavor follows. Slightly bitter. Nice beer. Medium to light bodied.
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Darkmagus82 (1283) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-10-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance- Pours a light brown- mahogany color with a big off white head. The head has a great level of retention hanging around for quite some time with it very slowly fading to give a great level of lacing.
Smell - The aroma is of a malty and nut aroma. The malty aroma is mostly of a brown bread nature and is complimented well by a caramel and toffee sweetness smell. The nut smell is a nice blend of a walnut and almond aroma which when combined with the sweet smells creates a great nut brown aroma overall.
Taste – The taste starts out with some sweet caramel and a malty flavor of a brown bread nature. Nutty flavors of a mostly walnut nature become more and more prevalent as the taste advances. An almost cider like flavor also develops more toward the middle of the taste. This results in a sweetening of the beer, which over time then starts to fade as the caramel and toffee loss some ground. A grassy and earthy hop flavor come to the taste at the end, bittering the taste ever so slightly. With the lessening of some of the sweetness that was originally upfront, a bready, walnut, and lightly grassy hop flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is a little on the thinner side with a carbonating level that is on the below average to average side. Not bad, although a little more creaminess and chewiness may have been better for the nut and bready flavors of the brew.
Overall- A easy drinking nut brown. Not the smoothest of flavor transitions and a little weak in body, but still one to try if you get a chance.
Bork (172) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2014 Roasted caramel malts and gently sweet fruits, but a little too little of both. Ultimately a bit watery and forgettable.
digitalviking (14) - - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes fairly similar to Newcastle, but has a stronger, more pronounced flavor and bitterness as well as a nice chocolatey aroma. Still seemed a bit watery on the palate.