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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sdavies83 (20) - - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, rich, deep flavours with a nutty and bitter finish. Very drinkable. One of Sam Smith's better brews.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
Sjohnh (105) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a tinge of red, little head. Medium body. Aroma of malt and strong tea, accompanied by over-ripe fruit in the taste. Nuttiness comes in mostly at the end. Very good.
Zoret (43) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromes de nous, crosta de pa i caramel. En boca trobo café, xocolata amarga, pa i nous. Bona per postres dolços.
moderrnlifeiswar (51) - Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUL 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Színe az elnevezése alapján nem okoz túlzottan nagy meglepetést, mogyoróbarna testére vastag habpaplan kerül. Illata némiképp visszafogott, akárcsak az íze, mely kissé fehérborszerű zamatokkal indít, majd előkerülnek az enyhén pörkölt, malátás jegyek is, valamint szinte önkéntelenül is mogyoró, dió aromáit véljük felfedezni benne, a címke által sugallt mandula megjelenéséhez azonban kissé talán nagyobb képzelőerő szükségeltetik. Egy nem túl harsány, viszont mindenképpen hangulatos és kellemes ízvilágú ale.
RexTalionis (2337) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355 ml. Pours mahogny in color with a tan head. Dark bready dough, roasted malts and nutty notes in aroma. Malty notes in taste, some sweetness is present but also some dark chocolatey vibes are there as well. Dry, slightly nutty finish.
KoNrRiI (433) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.55 bottle. Clear, brown color with a reddish tinge and a small, off-white head. Malty aroma of chocolate, wood, nuts, coupled with slight earthy and leathery tones. Taste strikes a balance between malts and hops as it introduces some herbal tones and a generally fresher sensation. Medium body, creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Finish generally follows the taste with its malty-herbal forest blend. Overall the beer is alright but it lacks a strong, definitive taste; much the same can be said about the finish which is mediocre at best.
TXBadger (1222) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark brown color with tan head. Nuts, roasted malt, and caramel malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very nutty on the finish.
scottgoeft187 (6) - taipei, TAIWAN - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
A nutty taste with desent aftertaste full malty taste and hoppy aroma. I think it isnt as good as samuel smiths imperial stout but a decent one.
miquelcrush (1198) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.