Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (2009 original review)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
If there’s any type of beer that is most drinker-friendly. I’d have to nominate the brown ale for that title. Beers of this type tend to be sweet and flavorful and yet mild. That’s certainly true of Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, a beer that is sweet and genuinely flavorful and yet ridiculously easy to drink.


The beer pours smoothly to form a two-finger, foamy, off-white head which lasts throughout the life of the beer, but leaves very little lacing on the glass. The body is a beautiful clear shade of maroon, brown, and amber. There didn’t seem to be any carbonation to the brew at all. The aroma was rather mild, but sweet with hints of nuttiness.


What surprised me about Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale was how creamy the composition of the body seemed upon my first few sips. I tend to associate beers of this type with having a flat, watery texture, but this was much richer.

Caramel seems to be the predominant flavor with a walnut-like taste noticeable in the background. Overall, the palate is very sweet, not unlike an artificially-sweetened cola, and yet it’s also quite mild. The flavor doesn’t overwhelm you, but it does make its presence known.


This is quite possibly one of the most drinker-friendly beers on the planet, not only due to its taste, but its overall presence on the palate. The slight creaminess combined with the mild taste and apparently light carbonation make Nut Brown Ale almost ridiculously smooth.


At only 5% ABV, this is most definitely a session beer (and is probably its intention). I drank my pint in under 10 minutes without feeling the least bit full or overwhelmed. This is definitely the type of beer I could drink in marathon sessions.


Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale has it all – genuine, delicious taste; smooth finish; and a light body. It’s a perfect introductory beer for lightweights and mass-market drinkers looking to experience a true craft brew.

Grade: 10/10

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