Bamaboy1975 (194) - 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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Studentofbrrs (85) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty soft aroma,dark golden appearance with minimal head, nutty taste with hops, slightly harsh finish with
KansaiBeerLvrs (880) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
5% bottle from Rakuten served in a pint glass. Slightly reddish-brown pour with a light beige head & a sweet caramel & molasses aroma. The beer is medium bodied with a zesty carbonation & a sweet syrupy flavor that gives you caramel, maple, molasses & some nutty notes in the finish. Pretty good, a cut above the average English ales Iíve had in Japan.
chucklemation (159) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark brown with a foamy white head. Maybe it was shelved too long, but I didnít find much of a flavor here. Has a watery feel as well. Not very memorable.
Majek (200) - Ząbki, POLAND - NOV 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, copper colour with medium and quickly disappearing head. Moderate aroma of malts, caramel and nuts. Taste is sweet with caramel, resin and nutty note. Over carbonated. Thin body. Medium sweet finish. Nothing special.
shaynsawchuk (289) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 mL bottle. Pours crystal clear, medium brown with a tight tan head. Aromas of almond, apple sauce, toffee, cocoa, and earthy hop. A hint of sweetness back by good hop bitterness. Moderate body with low to moderate carbonation. Palate coating. Getís better as it warms, solid.
BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Usual 550ml Bottle: BBD Apr 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 17th Nov 13.
Looks impressive: clear body of redwood (teak/mahogany), a deep blanket of beige foam sits on top, nothing moves as you stare at the glass, apart from carbonation bubbles rising through the body. One of those moments to savour.
The nose is dry, as is the taste: malts rule the roost here, nutty (obviously by the name) and slightly over roasted in smell and flavouring.
This is a fine beer and Iím glad I found it after years of not having any since my youth. An old school Brown with nothing fancy or clever about it, just good ingredients and blended well, then left alone to sort itís self out.
bwyu (9) - - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty and nutty as advertised, but nice dry bitter finish. Gets better as it warms up in the glass.
kevnic2008 (6608) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a medium brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, some nuts, and lighter chocolate.
monk191 (607) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice but brown. Pours a cloudy red with a thick grey head. Smells very nutty. More nuts in the taste, with some sweetness coming in halfway through. Finishes nice. Had on tap at Billcos.
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Mibeersnob (28) - Howell, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Smelled caramel and nutty. Mahogany color, off-white two-finger head with some brown intermixed. Taste brings out the malty character but is balanced by hops. Finished dry. Overall, a pleasant drinking ale.