Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 2180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed at Samuel Smiths small, traditional British brewery with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, roasted barley, yeast and aromatic hops. Nut Brown Ale is relatively dry with a rich amber-brown colour and nutty flavour derived exclusively from small amounts of dark malt. Brown ales are a specialty of northern England. Fermented in stone Yorkshire squares.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10091) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Nice brown color. Aromas of nuts, malt, and slight hops. Tastes like malt, hazlenuts, and slightly dry. Finishes strong, crisp, and smooth. Not as sweet as other nut browns I've had, but that seems to be the British style, and is not a complaint. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
The ale does, indeed, pour nut-brown with a really nice head. Aroma is somewhat fruity and hoppy with traces of caramel. Wonderfully smooth drinking, big thick, malty body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
Not much aroma really. Slightly cidery with a touch of malt, raspberries and some other fruit. Lightly sweet maltiness, caramel, light bitterness, slightly vinous. Good appearance, though pretty light for a brown ale, low carbonation and nice mouthfeel. OK, but boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2004
Back to my favorite style, at least lately. Sweet citrus smell eminates from the glass. A clean liquid sweet taste follows. I drank my glass and wondered where it all went. Would recommend this one to friends

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2004
This is a great brown. The color and head are perfect and scream "drink me". The taste is great, yet it could be stronger. Great brown overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
calivania (62) - USA - MAR 30, 2004
I find it a challenge rating Sam Smiths, because for me they kind of set the standard for quality beers. You first Sam Smith is like your first English or Itallian tailored blue suit. Unlike many on this site, I have always liked this style, mainly because of this beer. First of all it is beautiful, both in the bottle and the glass, a perfect chestnut brown. The head and lace is exactly how I want it to be. The aroma faintly sweet, with a hint of Grandfather musk. Mouthfeel is buttery and soft. Comes on strong with butterscothy malt, a middle that is nutty and not a bit sweet, and a finish that is longer and cleaner than a Jordan foul shot. No beer matches cured meats better. I consider this the one against others of the style should be judged.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2004
dark tan rocky head. ruby brown at center, red at edges. faint sweet aroma, mild malt sweetness (but not roasted). fizzy. strong hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Perhaps I am not a fan of brown ales, they always seem to be a little lacking on flavor and palate, but this one was a little ahead of the curve. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but still found the taste to be flat and unappealing. Great smell, nice mahogany color. I would recommend this beer to someone who hasn't had much experience with brown ales, but no one else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Back in the bad old days, this was one of the beers that was always a standby. Sure, it was $12 for a sixer, but for that price you got something decent with actual flavor! The taste, unlike so many other beers from this time period 10+ years ago, hasn't changed a bit. Deep reddish brown, decent tan head that fades into a medium sized ring. Aroma of molasses, toffee, and butterscotch. Somewhat nutty flavor with a solid malt middle, emphasis on toffee flavors, and a buttery, soft finish. A fine traditional example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 2/14/11 Its been a while since Ive had this...and my opinion is much the same. Its a really nice brown, easy-drinking, smells like apple juice, looks amazing, a little thin...good blend of flavors. Amazing session beer, refreshing, well-crafted. Wet, but finish dries out, roasty finish, hazelnuts, apple skin. A great brown. Appearance was wonderful amber with red as a brown should, with a nice head and good lacing. Aroma of nuts, apples, English style hops; sweet, balanced and pleasant. Front sweet with apple and toasty almond and hazlenut flavor with strong apple flavor followed by a distinct bitter finish. Aroma had some skunk, as in the acutal animal and not just stale beer, which I rather enjoyed. Overall: as a brown should with nuts and great appearance and lovely all around for a brown with apples, nice balance; medium body with a bit foamy carbonation. Not my favorite style, but perhaps my favorite? of the style.

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