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Beer vs. Wife, Round 1: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

There is only one way to separate the good beers from the great beers, and that is have my wife Kylie render judgement. I have pretty particular tastes when it comes to beer but I can get myself to enjoy just about any style. Kylie, on the other hand, expects great things from her beer. We recently sat down with a bottle of Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. Here is what she had to say about it.

We stopped at the Keweenaw Brewing Company tap room between our wedding ceremony and reception :-)
I had pictures of the beer but I lost the camera so this is a picture of Kylie and I at the Keweenaw Brewing Company tap room on our wedding day 🙂

Packaging: The foil is a goofy concept but it looks good. They emphasize the age of the brewery on the packaging and the style of the bottle and label fit well with that.

Appearance: Thick ivory head, not very lacy. Reddish brown in color, high clarity.

Smell: Not great, can’t really pick anything out. Maybe some amber-like skunkiness. [Kylie is NOT a fan of amber beers!]

Taste: Sharp, followed by a gentle flavor. Light body. Light finish that fades quickly.

Overall: On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 4. Not great but not bad. I feel pretty neutral about it. A little too close to an amber for my taste. Catch me on a hot summer day and my opinion of it would be swayed more favorably. This is my idea of a nice light summer beer.

For some contrast, here was my overall impression of the beer:
“Very drinkable brown ale, almost leans toward the amber category. Goes very well with cookies 🙂 This would be a great beer to have next to a roaring fireplace during a blizzard. 6/10.”

Have you ever tried Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale? What was your impression of it?

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