Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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’.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Larry_Duffman (188) - - NOV 25, 2015
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. The aroma is nutty, caramel, and toffee. The taste is caramel, dried fruit, toffee, and nutty. It’s smooth with a roasty finish. This is one of the best browns out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cervmagpt (485) - PORTUGAL - NOV 25, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 13B). Bottle 35.5 cl - Batch L15092. AROMA: slight dark caramel aroma with a light fruitiness. APPEARANCE: dark ambar color and clear. moderate ivory head with good retention. TASTE: malt flavour dominates with notes of toffee, dark caramel, slight biscuity and dark chocolate. medium-low bitterness with balance towards malt. no hop flavour discernible. finishes medium-dry. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: a nice english brown ale with a lot of caramel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (39) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Shared 550 ml. bottle. Brown color, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel. Tastes of roasted malt, caramel, some nuttiness. Smooth. Simple but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
darbeer75 (29) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Aroma: caramel, bread aroma with a touch of grass; Appearance: reddish brown, clear, with pillowy head; Taste: sweet with bitter notes; a little twang of something; Palate: fairly full body with average carbonation with some lacing; long finish with unpleasant aftertaste; Overall: disappointing; could be partly the style and partly the execution; would not buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (445) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Nutty, malty, not bready. Lightlly hopped, earthy. Pours a dark brown, softly carbonated. Fairly thin. A refreshing fall dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Austin_Ripper (66) - Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Everything that you could want in a brown. This type of beer is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and with the very fair price of these, it could very well become one of my "go to" beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ston3s42 (102) - - OCT 29, 2015
Dark amber colour with a small layer of head. Tastes of nuts, earthy hops, toffee, spruce and hints of caramel. Medium body, somewhat aggressive carbonation and a nutty finish. A fine nutty ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuchessOfIowa (99) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Strong hazelnut and caramel aroma. Ruby & brown color with frothy white head that sticks with nice lacing. Toffee and nutty notes that linger to a hoppy profile of herb and earthy with a good bite. Crisp and snappy mouth feel as the malt is kinda thin. One of my favorite nutty browns that I wish we would appreciate more from across the pound.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (512) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
L: -pours a clear ruby-brown with copper tinges and a medium to big,foamy,beige head -medium carbonation visible S: -caramel,toffee,strawberry,chocolate, finish F: -medium to high carbonation (overcarbonated) -light to medium body O: Godly Brown ale

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