A classic version of the style, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale is an English Brown Ale that’s easy to find and great for sessioning.
That’s me on the right, enjoying my Nut Brown with Marideth, who’s enjoying a glass of Ommegang Hennepin. As you can see, the Brown Ale poured a deep ruby brown with only a little head that dissipated rather quickly. Aromas of caramel, malt and brown sugar were present – this went perfectly with my BBQ chicken sandwich.
Its fresh, crisp carbonation made it very drinkable, yet it had a smooth, medium body… I’ll admit I was a bit surprised that it had a medium mouthfeel, since it’s only 5% ABV. It tasted of nutty malts, caramel with a slight bitterness in the finish. Really a lovely brew and one I’ll enjoy again. If you don’t believe me, see what reviewers on BeerAdvocate had to say.
Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale even made Deron’s Top 5 English Brown Ales. Check out his post for history, characteristics and food pairings for the style.
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