DougsBeer (29) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 10, 2017 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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Undated imperial pint > pint glass
A: Clear mahogany or tea color with a short tan head that falls to a stubborn film.
S: Sweet chocolate, a little stone fruit or fig, dark bread and faint alcohol.
T: Unsweetened Chocolate and bitter hops blend nicely with bitterness lingering. A hint of tart cherry and hazelnut.
M: Light and crisply carbonated. Slight resin on an otherwise fairly dry finish.
O: Haven't had this in years and it's nice to revisit. Old standby still recommended. vinivini (2818) - Gomel, BELARUS - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle. Clear chestnut brown. Moderate off-white head. The nose is caramel, toffee, minor nuts, cocoa. Light body. Fairly dry tasting. Really nutty here. Rich toffee and caramel. Flavourful. Lightly hoppy ending. Floral. It's OK because of the entire dryness. A very pleasant brew. Benters (48) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2017
Pours a clear, dark amber/mahogany colour with average carbonation. Aroma is earthy, lightly roasted malts, slight nuttiness and some caramel. Taste is sweet, nuttiness shines through along with some caramel and fruitiness. Well balanced with slight hoppy bitterness. Medium-bodied, very enjoyable beer. Paired really well with Thai Red Chicken Curry - robust enough flavours to stand up to the dish; carbonation and hop bitterness help to cut through the spice and cleanse the palate whilst malty sweetness blends together with sweetness and spices in the dish to make a great match! Bacchus66 (877) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Clear medium brown with a frothy off-white head. Caramel, nuts, cocoa, wood, dark fruit, dark bready malt. Medium-light body. Lingering nutty, mildly malty finish. Don't drink this too cold.
Bill Becker (1273) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 4, 2017
Clear light brown red, 2 fingers of foam, off white foam.
Very nutty aromas with caramel and butterscotch, sweet overall.
Nutty taste, some butterscotch, burnt malt, medium bitterness in the finish. Nice end reliable.
kryon (3797) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2017
Pours clear brown with low bronze brown head
Aromas and taste has malty notes of butterscotch, nuts, caramel, hints of cherries and red berries brnandersen (4066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2017
355 ml bottle. Med gashåndtag. Dark amber colour with a medium sized lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with caramel malts, nuts, fruits, candid sugar and a lightly toasted note. Taste is light sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and an average carbonation. Finishes slightly drying with caramel malts and fruits. Liquorice. A nice classical Brown Ale. kaserov (922) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 29, 2017
Color marrón, translúcido y rojizo si le da la luz, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarronado de tres dedos de grosor (pequeñas burbujas y buena retención). Carbonatación media. Textura oleosa. Aroma a malta tostada, caramelo, cacao, frutos secos, reminiscencias herbals. En boca mucho caramelo y menos cacao, azúcar, algo de avellana y nuez. El sabor va ganando profundidad a medida que uno va bebiendo. Mucho fruto seco en postgusto. Brown Ale de manual. k_gadeberg (148) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2017
On bottle @Ølfred - Aarhus Streetfood
Pours hazy brown with small amount of foam.
Boring and watery, malty, woody aftertaste