Saturday, January 6, 2018

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOB: 6/20/17 (SF20Q1)

2015 BJCP Category: 13B British Brown Ale

AROMA: Brown malt with slight toasty component. Subtle confectionery notes. Hops are moderate with a floral/earthy character. Slight fruity yeast esters. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear reddish-brown hue (17-22 SRM). Large tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate brown malt flavor with mild sweetness with toffee and caramel notes. Background nutty/toasty character. Bitterness is fairly low, with a moderate earthy/floral taste. Subtle fruit flavor from the yeast esters can be found in the background, especially on the finish. Aftertaste is briefly sweet, but then dries out quickly. Quite dry for the style. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and high drinkable. Spot-on for 5% ABV and probably sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: World Class when fresh, but still to-spec and drinkable with some age. 8/10


NOTE: See my 2009 original review here:

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