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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malingil (9) - Luzern, SWITZERLAND - SEP 27, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tolle Farbe, schönes Braun. Cremefarbener Schaum.
Holzig, nussige Geschmackspalette mit einem trockenem und leicht säuerlichem Abgang. Nur ganz leichte Hopfennoten und dezente Bitterkeit. Leichtes, süffiges ale das zwar nicht so viel hergibt wie die Farbe verspricht aber im Grossen und Ganzen alles bietet was man von einem Brown Ale erwartet. Gutes Bier für zwischendurch.
gueuze (660) - - SEP 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Farbe braun bis dunkelrot. Geruch komplex und leicht säuerlich. Leichte Nussnoten (Einbildung?) Im Geschmack mundvoll, aber nicht süß, eher säuerlich. Im Abgang nur leichte Hopfennoten.
TorbenJensen (1278) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s been a while since I last enjoyed a brown ale, then the joy is great at again having such a glass. This brown ale smells of caramel and some dried fruit. Taste-wise, it has a syrup sweetness that quickly followed up by hazel- and walnuts. Dried fruits such as raisins and figs carries it into a pleasant hoppy bitterness with dry aftertaste. Caramel malt lies in the background all the time and gives good fill. A delicate and brewed brown ale.
Cuso (6249) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botle from 100 piv. Dark Amber color with thick off-white head. Caramel, nuts, light coffee in aroma. Sweet caramel malt with coffee, light hoppy bitterness in finish.
FatPhil (11497) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle (Pudel, Tallinn)
Nice dry nutty aroma, some bitter. Mellow body. Nice brown, tight persistent head. Just sweetish bready malts. Finish brief. Nothing big or clever just a really tasty drinkable nutty brown ale. Does what it says on the tin.
Marduk (4203) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Clear hazelnut brown color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Sweet, caramel in aroma. So simple aroma that there is almost no aroma at all. Twiggy, very mild hops grassy hops, slightly metallic and limestone in taste. It might be some aids left in me, but everything is so mild and hidden.
martjoobolut (1780) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,355L bottle. Pours copper with beige head. The head stays. Aroma is malt, grains, caramel. Flavor is sweet and bitter, caramel, fruits, nutty. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: ok.
walrussell (190) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of prunes and nuts and, a bit of green weedy hops, a tiny bit of soy sauce
Dry, mild bitterness and sourness. Caramel, prunes, and a bit of green weedy hop.
Very good. Much easier to drink then I knew a brown ale could be.
Kavu (3128) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,355l bottle @ Underground, Santa Fe. Pours clear chestnut with a low head. Aroma is malts with loads of nuts. Flavor is nutty malts with some hops. Good.
HerrBierkoenig (672) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 0,33l bottle, BBD: JAN 16 Pours cloudy dark brown to red liquid, medium frothy white to tan head, Aroma: malty, biscuit, caramel, nuts, flowers, peach, Taste: light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light to medium sour, malty, caramel, biscuit, nuts, light fruity, Palate: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, long biscuit nutty finish, Overall: fine brown ale, bit too much original style - boring, but nice representative of the style. Enjoyed.