Tasting: December 28, 2012
Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
If I went back in time — say about 20 years — I’d probably find this beer or Samuel Smith’s IPA in my fridge. Then the “wine infatuation” period in my life (1994 – 2005) took over and I lost touch with a lot of craft beer and can say with certainty that I probably haven’t had one of these in about ten years. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, craft beer went through a very dull and unexciting period (at least for me) during that time period. Now that I’m back, I’ve found that other beers (like Dead Guy Ale) have stood up to the test of time – let’s see if this one makes the leap as well.
Has that familiar roasted malt sweetness over what I call a flinty, mineral flavor. The hop bitterness is just right to transition from the malt. There’s little carbonation which makes the feel quite nice. It isn’t a massive beer by any means, checks in at 5% ABV. In my book, this is still a nice beer – 88 points.