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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BLADT (60) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 550ml bottle. Pours a dark, blood dried brown with one finger of beige head atop. Clean smelling, with limited nuttiness on the nose. Some brown sugar there as well. Flavor is pleasant malts (nothing dominate) with metallic roundness and hazelnut burn through. Only the metallic taste detracts.
charule (745) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark hazy brown with thinning beige head. Aroma of grain and dark fruit yeast. Med carb and bod. Nutty fruityness.
bley7211 (13) - - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Very clear pour with a slight head. Nutty, caramel aroma. Dry fruity taste that leaves the palate looking for more. I'll take another!
Torrefacto (326) - SPAIN - FEB 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color rubí limpio con espuma color crema. Aromas de azúcar moreno y toffee. En boca es ligera, los sabores van desde un dulce inicial algo tostado a un final amargo seco. Bien.
Ron (2312) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice nutty nose, caramel, light fruit, some grassy hop. Sweet and malty, fruity tang, lightly hopped but rather dry finish. Good Brown.
CopterScott (76) - Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown with a thin off white head. aroma is yeast, malt and nut. flavor is malts and nuts with a hint of cocoa. soft carbonation
wnoble (1206) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium leathery brown and clear. Nose is immediate yeasty tartness, toasty malts and some light nutty character. Flavor is toasty and medium light crackery malt character. Light body but has a slick fullness that I can’t pinpoint. Pretty solid but I could ask for some more complexity and malt sweetness.
brewbattles (40) - - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
We conducted a blind taste test with this beer and 5 other brown ales to objectively determine which one was best. The 5 beers were: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool, Newcastle Brown, and Wychwood Hobgoblin. You can view the video here:
EdInSaltLake (503) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
English ale fruitiness is dominant in the aroma, with caramel malt and subtle bread crust. Caramel malt, bread crust, nutty malt flavors. Gets sweeter in aftertaste. The fruity ale flavor is there--but much less prominent than in the aroma. Also some subtle dark fruit; maybe from the malt rather than the yeast?
gunnar (4726) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Siri. Pours clear deep amber with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of red ripe fruits and nutty malts. Taste is light sweet nutty malts, toasted caramel, medium bodied, light hops at finish, nice one.