Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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3.64/5 rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Appearance 4.0: Nice lacing. Pours out a very distinct, mahogany brown color. Translucent and striking in appearance. Small head that looks the CO2ed part.
Smell 3.50: Good bouquet. Strange, sharply sour smell of caramel and deep barley malt. Subdued and certainly no hint of the tastes to come.
Taste 3.50: Front is big on the barley malt and that is about it at this taste level. Middle is dry, with more of the barley and slight hints of caramel. Finish is smooth, but dry and bereft of much flavor at all. Aftertaste is dry, with a subtle taste of grassy English hops. Very balanced and refreshing.
Mouthfeel 3.0: Mouthfeel is off, for some reason. Watery in the mouth and dry on the palate. Carbonation is too much in the front of the palate and is distracting. Not bad, but not outstanding and could do with some revision.
Overall 3.50: A good beer and probably a reliable go-to choice. However, I was not impressed with this legendary beer at any level. It is dry and somewhat flavorless at some taste levels. There is a good balance here, and it is probably amazing with food, but this beer simply does not stand on its own, nor make enough of an impression to be a brew I would consider sessionable. Nonetheless, worth a try if you have never had it before.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2013 05:05:32 | More by BeerDocT
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is THE traditional English Brown Ale, brewed with hard well water (which was laid down in 1758 - that's old school) and fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'... I could go on but I'll spare you from the harsh glare of my encyclopaedic beer knowledge [I was reading from the bottle label]. The only other traditional EBA I've tried is Newcastle Brown, which was average at best, so the bar has been set pretty low for Mr Smith.
Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Deep hazy caramel body with a sizable 2cm tan head that slowly settles after the pour.
S: Nuts. As advertised. I like that. There is an earthy hop aroma and some caramel malt thrown in, but you know you came for the nuts, admit it [that's why you bought a "Nut Brown Ale" Dok].
T: Nuts, walnuts specifically, on the front palate, then we get a caramel middle (with an added pecan flavour) before it finishes with some dry earthy hops. These are subtle flavours but they do play nice together. The after taste has a touch of hazelnut biscotti and café latte to it. Earth and beauty in its purest simplicity.
M: Mid to light bodied with a light (almost English pub but a touch fizzier) carbonation.
D: Easily the best EBA I've tried, the nuttiness and the complexity of the palate, for what is essentially a lightweight beer style, has impressed me thoroughly... shame about the difficulty to obtain it and the price in general ($8.50 a bottle in Plonk) whilst Hook Norton Old Hooky is half the cost and not so bad. If however you are asking yourself what a nutty beer should taste like you need to seek out the fine Mr Samuel Smith and ply him for this Ale.
Food match: Stilton cheese, game such as roast grouse; pheasant; partridge; roast duck and guinea fowl... yeah I read from the label again.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 10:26:25 | More by doktorhops
4/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: clear ruddy brown body of ale, few fingers of tan head draped some lacing down the glass
S: toasty and nutty malts; dark herbal bread dough; something herbal and earthy
T: nut and biscuit flavors up front, highlighted by lighter points of wet toast and tea; drying malt tastes on finish
M: mellow and smooth, slight coating on the close; slim-bodied and easy drinking
O: a nice brown English pub-style from renowned English brewers. No wonder it's a classic.
My first English brown ale, I found it only vaguely comparable to various American brown ales I've had. While not partial to brown ales, I was very fond of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown and DFH's Indian Brown ales, and while you would never confuse this with them, I would consider it on par.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 20:48:41 | More by Greywulfken
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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