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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danlo (2200) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Brown amber colour, white foam head leaving lots of lacing and aroma of malt, nutty, caramel. Taste is bready malt, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, raisins, and some earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry nutty bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
HarryPlopper (57) - - MAY 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red Amber with plenty of carbonation and a thin head with some lacing when poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Very nutty taste comma slightly bitter, and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Some notes of coffee.
lello4ever (508) - ITALY - MAY 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bella brown ale, tonaca di frate con poca schiuma, aroma fantastico di nocciola, invece al palato spicca meno.
DandyWolfFloyd (991) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - nice malt roast, caramel, and nut.
Appearance - a clean brown in color, and a 1" off-white head.
Taste - roasty taste with hints of nuts and caramel.
Palate - medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, and roasty nut finish.
alvaro78 (172) - Sevilla, SPAIN - APR 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas a caramelo con toques a Malta tostada
Buen aspecto y carbónatacion correcta con espuma hasta el final
En boca tostado y caramelo
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Quafco (10) - - APR 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Brown Ale as a nice change to zingy Golden Ales or bitter Bitters, saucy. Very good with crisps and nuts, better at home with pie and chips. prefer it to Newcastle Brown ale, not as heavy. Not necessarily a winter only drink but not a light summer night session brew.
Melkart (431) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nut Brown Ale is relatively dry with a rich amber-brown colour and nutty flavour derived exclusively from small amounts of dark malt.
Mattxwilson (2) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2016 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2016 Thoroughly enjoy this beer Sam smith has quite a few great beers and I always recommend this one and the oatmeal stout! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Excalibur123 (341) - Soria, SPAIN - APR 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vierte marrón oscuro con media corona de espuma beige, presentando buena retención, aromas a caramelo, frutos secos, maltas tostadas y licor; en boca entrada media, maltosa con ligero amargor que se mantiene constante a lo largo del trago, cuerpo medio-ligero y correcto carbónico, notas terrosas y caramelo, correcta y bien balanceada cerveza que se bebe fácilmente.
DrNosha (1385) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml Flasche. Braunes Bier, wenig Schaum. Nussig und malziges Aroma. Vollmundiger Geschmack. Röstmalz und Nüsse. Bitteres Finish.