Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance: Pours a light reddish-brown with superb clarity. A light tan head starts out thick and fluffy, and holds at a thick cap.
Smell: The aroma is quite faint. It's rich and nutty with a hefty dose of malt. Diacytel makes it's obligitory appearance...
Taste: Malty and oh-so-slighty sweet with just enough hops to balance everything. Extremely nutty in flavor, with a touch of chocolate and toffee. There's some buttery diacytel (like in all of their beers) that is kept well in check. Small hint of a minerally taste. Ends with a green, floral hop note.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth, dry mouthfeel. There's a bit of astrigency on the finish that I've never encountered before...could be just this bottle.
Drinkability: Pretty good. This is not only a tasty brown ale, but a great 'gateway' brew that can be used to turn macro drinkers to better beer.
A solid and dependable beer, this is a classic example of the Northern England-style brown ale.
06-28-2003 13:45:34 | More by MJR
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Paid $11.79 for a 3pk. (550mL) gift set with pint glass and two coasters...
The appearence is another top-rate quality as assumed from Sammy Smith. An Amber body beer with a tanish-white head, med-to-small sized retains well, lacing is a nice touch to the beers' overall appearence. The aroma is a wonderful mix of mixed nuts with a few hints of candy smell flavors.
The taste is awesome, smooth as can be it's like a fresher more flavorful Newcastle, without any flaws. The mouthfeel and drinkability are up there. No harshness detected, no desire to stop drinking... great palette feel, great blended ale.
Final Thought: Wow, just as stated above, a Newcastle++ one plus for the full taste the other plus because it's just that good!
07-10-2004 19:49:30 | More by mobyfann
4.6/5 rDev +12.5%
Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale
Recent bottling (SG13B1), celebrated 04/07
Medium pour in an English pint
Poured a clear brown with a mostly lasting large fluffy light brown head.
Smelt of moderate mixed nuts, toffee, stone.
Taste was upfront strong bitter nuts and sweet caramel followed by a strong bitter rustic and nutty flavor and light caramel on a moderate finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, fizzy and moderately astringent.
Overall, this is a classic nut brown with awesome flavor. The flavors are bold, balanced and complex. A personal favorite. Easily one of the best nut brown ales out there.
04-21-2007 06:37:02 | More by xav33
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
Excellent Brown Ale. Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Incredibly smooth and malty - but not too much so. I was able to enjoy this without being overwhelmed by the sweetness. There's just enough hops here to round it out properly. Feels great and has an excellent taste.
Moderate ABV and stellar smoothness makes this an excellent session beer. I intend to always keep some of this on hand.
09-22-2009 23:50:58 | More by Mavajo
3.18/5 rDev -22.2%
After reading the reviews and seeing this beer on the shelf every time I go to the liquor store, I thought I would give it a try. After trying it, I don't see what the big deal is. Smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all pretty average. Nothing really jumps out in the nose or the taste. The mouthfeel is pretty thin too.
Overall, I'm not terribly impressed. It's not a bad beer but it's not great either. Just average, I guess. I don't think I'll buy this again.
10-10-2007 01:17:24 | More by jdubjacket
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.
A: Medium copper color, two fingers of pale tan head subsides slowly leaving faint lace.
S: Roasted notes predominate, some funky/fruity caramel in the background.
T: Lovely roasted notes, faint sweetness, no hops. Flavors are clear and pure. Some minerals emerge over time, also sweet biscuit.
M: Medium body with slight creaminess. Quite satisfying.
D: Very drinkable indeed-- none of the flavors are too strong, so it almost teases you into drinking more just to see if you can find something else in there-- and you can. Leaves me wanting more, but in a good way. Understated, even somewhat delicate.
Overall, a very pleasant beer. Will buy it again.
03-09-2011 00:12:21 | More by AmericanGothic
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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