Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours fairly thin for a brown ale, but with a good head. Color was less dark than I would have expected and the aroma was more of a lager than anything. More refreshing than the average nut brown, but seems to have a little less flavor than I was looking for.
lesifflebiere (444) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
D’un brun plutôt rouge-orangé à la lumière, cette brown ale anglaise est mince, et sa mousse est rare mais présente. Au nez, notes très discrètes de sucre d’orge et de boisé. En bouche, elle débute sucrée et ronde, pour se finir sur une note âcre, à la limite amère. Aqueuse, elle recèle quelques céréales très tranquilles. Un brin décevante étant donné la renommée de la brasserie, mais elle manque définitivement de caractère, de punch, bref d’audace.
kaser (1007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle at americano. Brown with no head. Clear ish. Definatly nutty. Dank stale taste tho. Average brown beer
boozedude (1006) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at americana...brown pour with white head..raisen malt arona.. had it b4 dont care to much for it
john1704 (26) - SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Still as good a Nut Brown Ale as there is. Complex in flavour and genuinely consistant as drinking it for over 25 years.
Headbanger (2471) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
18.7oz bottle 5/7/13 (Jewel Clearance Rack)-48° in Mug-Pours a medium brown with a small loose tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with some nutty aspects coming thru. This medium bodied brew is pretty darn tasty.
jhp40219 (146) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lighter brown/copper color with initially a large 2 finger fluffy off-white head that had good retention and left a lot of lacing. Huge nutty aroma with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and a hint of hops. Taste is just as huge as the aroma. Nuts and roasted malts up front with caramel and toffee behind it and a great hop bitterness following. Very robust. I don?t ever recall tasting a nut brown with quite this much flavor. Medium body with a bit of a thin, slick texture and average carbonation. Long finish of malt and nuts. Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable. Quite possibly the biggest tasting nut brown ale out there.
superspak (1480) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, raisin, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and moderate fruity notes. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, floral, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, floral, nuttiness, light roast, and light earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; very robust for 5% with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent english brown ale! Great balance and complexity of robust flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
coreyc1221 (64) - USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet carmely aroma and thin soon to disperse head. yeah..it left as I was typing that last sentence. Dark brown color. Nut packed taste with kinda bitter aster taste then back to nutty for a while. Not a bad bitter. In a good way. I’d like a burger now.
Bamaboy1975 (85) - 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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Markkind (10) - - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great smelling beer - toffee notes with some dried fruit. Clean tasting beer, very drinkable. Wish there was more of that nose in the palate, but it's still very enjoyable. Pair with beef, burger, steak, chili.
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