968: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

Name: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
Brewery: Samuel Smith
Country of Origin: England
City & State: Tadcaster, United Kingdom
Style: English Brown Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5%
First Brewed: ca. 1900

Tasting Notes
This ruddy brown beer is exceptionally clear in the glass, with a fine, persistent carbonation. The aroma really does have a nutlike quality, some toffee, and an earthy hop note. Medium dry, with nutty malt dominating, and a slightly woody quality to the finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I have had this beer before, but now I have a reason to drink it. I haven’t been impressed with Samuel Smith’s in the past, having only drank a few of their beers because of the overall quality that I experience. But tonight, I am drinking with a purpose. (Thanks to Kyle Lacy for helping me decide that our new tagline is, “It’s fun to drink with a purpose.”)

The beer smells good. Not really getting the nut nose that everyone talks about. Sorry, that sounded funny. But it does smell good, almost sweet. But the beer smells better than it tastes.

I have a feeling that this beer would get better the warmer it gets. But again, I am not that impressed with Samuel Smith’s. Even their porter is weak. I will give this beer some credit, though, for being traditional. Plus, it’s a staple in nearly every liquor store. And cheap. The big bottle and the gold wrapper gives it away.

There’s just something about the “nut brown” that turns me off from the start. But that nose… man. Anyway, the beer is just mediocre at best. Oh well, hopefully we will only have a couple more of these Samuel Smith’s on the list.

Rating: 2/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
We are back at the Beer Sellar again tonight.  Looks like tonight’s beer is Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.  So let’s see… poured into a glass, it looks like… a brown ale.  Not much of a head, really.  It smells, to me, kind of like bread.  That’s about all I can get from the faint scent.  Let’s find out what it tastes like.

First taste… I didn’t really get a lot of flavor out of it.  It leaves a bit of an aftertaste, but I didn’t get much out of the initial sip.  Second taste is a little better, but still really nothing special.  It really just tastes like a typical brown ale to me.  And I like brown ales, but for being one of the “1001 beers” – I expected more.  Especially out of Samuel Smith’s.  I have liked most of their beers that I have tried so far.  But this one just doesn’t jump out at me.  I probably wouldn’t buy it again – it’s just ok.

Rating: 2/5

967 bottles of beer on the wall…

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