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.
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?