This past Friday brought colder temperatures and a thirst for really good beer. Headed to Winstons, asked for their recommend for a honey nut, and was pleasantly surprised with Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.
Yes, I know it’s in a glass with the name of a prominent brewer who produces a world class stout… but that’s not what is important. What is in the glass is what I’m talking about.
Initial nose and aroma was great, brilliant combination of caramel tones over deep coffee. Truly a different introduction of what was in store. The first taste of the beer started like a porter, but cold and smooth like a really good red, this is a medium body and not for your average lager drinker. Deep ruby amber in colour when held up to the light. Even after topping off the pint with the remainder of the bottle, still held a good bit of the head.
Decent head size about an inch, but I’m not measuring in the bar. Nice lattice remained on the side after the head diminished. Tight and active carbonization, almost spicy on the tongue if left too long. But that actually played nicely with the rich nut flavors of the ale.
Speaking of which, nice roasted walnuts and mild hazelnuts present, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dark coffee, barely any hop aftertaste and the only slightest hint of citrus on the aftertaste. Very clean finish. Almost compare this to a porter, but not as cloying as some that I’ve tried. It finishes very clean and almost dry.
Its a good fall beer with great character. Those of you who are just starting into beer sampling may want to try something a little less complex, like the Newcastle brown ale. Please don’t dismiss this first time around if you don’t like it. I’m just happy that you are expanding your tastes and getting out of the mainstream beer.
I’m still here,