Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by beabear:
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Head subsides after a minute or two.
Smell: The first whiff is pure hazelnut, with a generally sweet maltiness coming after.
Taste: Like any Brown Ale, it tends toward the dry side. Still, it's very crisp, and though the taste lingers on your palate, it's pleasant.
Mouthfeel: It feels great normally, but it holds up even better if you swish it around your mouth a bit. Suddenly, the taste becomes a little sweeter, and the texture becomes velvety smooth. Carbonation is perfect, to the point where it's easy to forget it's even there.
Drinkability: Personally, I could drink 20. The alcohol and taste are perfectly balanced.
Like all Samuel Smith beers, it's a little pricey -- especially for a style that many other brewers do well. Still, it's a great beginner's beer. People who don't like the taste of beer (or don't know they do) will still love this. Best of all, it's a beer I still come back to and enjoy, and I expect to do so for years to come.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2008 03:40:17 | More by beabear
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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