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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ianwelby (770) - SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish-brown beer with a bubbly head which quickly dissipates (this may be because I had to cart it home in my backpack.) Nutty malt scent with a flavour to match, as well as having a bit of fruit in there and a rich, earthy chocolate taste in the aftertaste. A pity it went a bit flat but very nice all the same.
RodrigoPacheco (99) - - AUG 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown Ale que representa bem o tradicionalismo do estilo. Equilibrada, saborosa e com excelente drinkability.
AStoutFan (20) - Geneva, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours thin from pint bottle with large but very weak head, almost foamy like an ALB. Reddish brown to amber color. I got a very distinct aftertaste from this and after pouring it into my glass warm I finally picked up on the scent, it is exactly like a Tootsie Pop right when you are reaching the inside. Which brings me to the taste. Very fruity but very easy to drink, wan’t getting much nuttiness. Fruity but not zesty and sharp like an IPA. Not a bad beer but it’s mediocre all around and just as watery without as much biting carbonation so easier to drink even than an ALB (American Light Beer).
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml. bottle. Pours brownish red with a decent beige head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and malt. Taste is dark fruit, malt, grain, caramel, and nuts. Decent enough.
JPC1524 (33) - Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear brown pour with short lived white head. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Lacked complexity, bit boring.
fugitive (1696) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Color clear brown with medium head. Aroma malt, light caramel. Taste caramel, malt, some bitterness, nuts.
mateuszk (1040) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. In aroma caramel, nuts, malty. In taste medium sweet with caramel, hazelnuts, toffee. Medium to low bitterness. Decent beer.
Beerkenstock (81) - - JUL 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
drink cool 10-14°C.
Eye: pours a cola brown color with a rather quickly dissipating white to beige head and medium to low carbonation.
Nose: sweets, cassis, berries
Mouth: wild berries, hops and nutty malts
Palate: milky, oat meal, somehow dusty, and nuts as well as nut shells and leaves
Overall: nice beer, not as chewy as I expected it to be.
crossovert (9573) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml embossed gold foiled bottle. Amber/brown pour, light tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, raisiny, lightly vinous. Flavor is dry and fruity, some nutttiness, mild bitterness. Pretty ho hum i think.
allmyvinyl (6629) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
550ml bottle from the Golden Baal, Scarborough. Pours clear brown, thin beige head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, burnt sugar. Taste is more burnt sugar. Not my bag, grandma.