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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 2020   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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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4.6
   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (955) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 26, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3327) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
A malty and quite sweet aroma. Smooth and quite rich texture. Full flavoured with a nice balance of sweet versus dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (674) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours reddish brown with a foamy tan head that lingers long. Nose is a bit like raisins with a hint of caramel. Taste is on the dry side with a touch of bitterness. Not particularly appealing to me. Medium body. Vigorous carbonation. Nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (2094) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle by a friend. Aroma fruity, dark fruits, also caramel . Clear amber to brown colour. Taste is mostly bitter, lightly metallic, otherwise light roasted malt and some mild grassy hoppiness. Thin bodied. Overall average beer.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (461) - - NOV 14, 2014
Reddy brown appearance. Shines like a ruby. Clean tasting with a hoppy hit. A little fizzy. Strong fruity aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fashawn (168) - Montesarchio, ITALY - NOV 13, 2014
rra marrone, color mattone, schiuma a frana grossa beige, persistente e compatta. Aroma di caramello, toffee, un po’ di cioccolata. Cioccolata fondente, caramello, tanto tofee, polvere di cacao. Finale amaro e astringente. Carbonatazione media, buona struttura. Consistenza media, ottimo equilibrio. Corpo rotondo. Ottima birra

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomasus (217) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours a nut brown (?) with a just off white that sticks around. Aroma opens up a little after the head bubbles down: caramel, floral, dough, and some vanilla. Taste is very well balanced but nods a little heavy towards bitter/sour. Palate is fairly clean with some sticky bitter. Good brew. Would drink again. Would not buy again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (65) - Minneapolis, - NOV 10, 2014
Beautiful amber brown color. Hints of roasted nuts. Full bodied but drinkable. Very good beer and a nice switch from the pale ales and IPA’s I normally drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magpieken (58) - - NOV 1, 2014
550ml bottle. Aug 14. Pours a reddy, amber-brown colour with a dense light tan head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Aroma of sweet butterscotch and nuttiness. Medium sweetness and an underlying medium bitterness. Creamy, smooth body with a surprisingly thin body. Bitter, almost dry finish. Plenty of interesting things going on here but not really my cup of tea (or glass of beer).


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