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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circinus (217) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 55 cl from Barleywine in Copenhagen. Deep brown red with a very nice beige head. Black currant, raisins, very nice bitterness, nutty, some caramel, . Medium/light body, medium carbonation, bitter finish, dry. Felt a bit thin, could maybe have some more malts to back up the flavours. Otherwise very nice and interesting taste combinations.
Franzen (336) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is black currant, nuts, chocolate, honey and raisins. Taste has a short interlude of pears followed up by a moderately bitter nuttiness and raisins. Clear EKG presence in the bitterness. Body is a bit to thin and carbonated. A really good brown ale with ale the malty nuttiness you’d expect. Could have had fuller body though.
bergstaden (1305) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with an off white head - Malty aroma with some caramel - Good malt body that has sweet caramle malt - Caramel and sweet malt goes into the finish - This was nice
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good ale, no wow factor, but can you really expect a wow from a traditional brown ale? this one is perfect for the style. thin in body, but with a great taste and classic nose."
MarcHS (14) - - OCT 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown beer with a little light brown head. Some hints of caramel. Tastes bitter and nice: nuts hard to discover till the finish.
erickok (3701) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bodied, tan head. Biscuit malts, nutty, lager like fermentation, caramel cookies. Light body, soft malt sweetness, not that expressive. Nice but I expected more, a bit too clean. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
aumentm (44) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Amazing aroma. Very complex. Thought it tasted a bit like carmel and coffee and nuts.
bpar73 (494) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt dark chocolate and an underlying slightly earthy dankness Dry palate throughout. Decent brown but I am more of an American brown fan than of the English style browns.
UrbanCaveman (16) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a pint bottle, into a giant Paulaner dimple stein at around 50 degrees F.
A: Poured a clear brown, not unlike watered-down cola, though holding it to sunlight reveals a beautiful bronze red-amber beer. A thick pale head formed with large bubbles, which dissipated somewhat quickly, leaving only a ring around the very edge of the glass. No lacing formed at all in the glass. Plenty of bubbles appear along the bottom of the beer, occasionally shooting upwards as single bubbles rather than streams.
S: Toasty caramel malt woven through with a heavy hazelnut / chestnut presence, the nose is primarily sweet and warm.
T: Opening with toasted caramel malt with the usual hints of toffee, the flavor opens nicely into a blend of nuttiness, featuring the aforementioned hazelnuts and chestnut. There is a hop presence that also appears, which stays in the background and takes the edge off the malt sweetness. The finish ends quickly, without much lingering aftereffect.
M: Sparkling and medium-bodied, this is a lively ale to drink.
O: A salute to Tadcaster on an all-around enjoyable brown!
eduardovl (868) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle poured in a chalice.
A: Beautiful clear dark amber color with a small yellow head which dissipates quickly. A lot of lacings left.
S: Delicious smell of roasted caramel malts. Brown sugar and a bit of scotch smell.
T: Also delicious taste of roasted caramel malts. Light citrus bite and light "hoppy" end
M: Light body. Low carbonation. Balanced bitterness. A bit molasses. Very refreshing
D: Good. Very light and refreshing beer but at the same time with strong British personality
An authentic British Ale. Simply delicious! Light in alcohol and balanced bitterness, dry taste, strong smell and taste of roasted malts. I really recommend it.
[ BA Review @ 4/19/2010 ]