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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,096 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 154
Gots: 174 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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JohnnyS17

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer was served to me in a pint glass. The waiter actually poured it at my table, which was nice since I got to see the initial head.

A - Nice, two finger tall, foamy, white head. Deep reddish brown.

S - Nutty smell with a hint of sweet like caramel.

T - About the same as the smell. I really enjoyed the lasting malty nut taste.

M - Perfection? Super smooth with a medium body. Creamy with a slight carbonation.

D- Probably the best brown ale I have had thus far in my limited experience. It matched perfectly with my steak dinner and I would have ordered another had it not been over priced.

03-12-2011 17:52:12 | More by JohnnyS17
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a medium brown with a medium sticky head,the aroma is of course nutty and malty sweet.The taste is pretty rich for the appearance pretty nutty and earthy with a sweet malt backbone.Somewhat with a lighter looking brown ale with such a rich taste to it.Not a bad brew but maybe a little overated.

08-04-2003 23:19:26 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance – Yes, it’s brown, albeit with a ruby hue. The tan head came up quite nicely as well. It looks like a soft pillow cushion.

Smell – This one is balanced for sure. The sweet malt aroma and floral hops come together just right. The caramel undertones and musty nature of the nose are great.

Taste – Boy, did this hit the spot. The hops come out a tad bigger at the taste, but the beautiful malt flavor is there as well. There also seems to be a good amount of butter and a faint hint of oak.

Mouthfeel – This was the ale’s strong point, IMO. Maybe I was just parched, but I couldn’t put this thing down. It’s medium-bodied and dry enough to quench, but the incredible balance just kept me wanting more. There was also just enough carbonation to keep things lively and interesting.

Drinkability – With only a 5.0 ABV I let ‘er rip after making my tasting notes. I downed this bottle in a New York minute and will be sure to pick up a few more this weekend. You gotta love a beer that’s this good and that they sell in the supermarket.

Comments – I felt the key to this ale was its balance. I enjoy the one-sided “extreme” beers as well, but this one was right on the mark. By far the best Brown Ale that I’ve tried to date.

12-18-2003 01:28:50 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-03-2013 02:15:01 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-31-2012 01:22:23 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-26-2014 11:02:38 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-22-2012 00:58:41 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Clear mahogany brown with a small head that settles into a cracked lacework.

S: Great caramel malts with hints of chocolate and butterscotch. Nutty with faint grassy notes.

T: Fantastic taste of caramel, butterscotch, plenty of nutty flavors and some grainy notes. Slightly buttery backbone. The finish is medium bitter with some faint grassy hops, hints of herbs and lingering nutty aromas.

M: Medium body, kind of creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This beer is just oh so delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable almost beyond belief. At 5% ABV it ought to be conceived of as one of the best session beers around, at least in my book.

05-09-2009 22:32:55 | More by ricke
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

This was an okay beer, just too sweet for me and not the taste I was looking for. Had a sweet strong honey taste. I enjoy the oatmeal stout much more. Glad I only bought one bottle of this to sample. Priced too high for the rather average amount of ABV.

06-12-2009 23:40:58 | More by ExtraStout
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%

This beer is a dark rust/brown with a big foamy khaki head that falls quickly the a 1/2 inch layer and leaves an elegant, stringy lacing.

The nose is light brown sugar, malt, and extremely faint hops and apple.

I get hops first in the taste. They are earthy and spicy and backed by a sweet nut toffee flavor. Occasional hint of nugat. Big ale fruitiness toward the end, almost tastes like pear. Finishes with a light spice bouqet and a suprising earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and lively. Perhaps just a tiny bit thick. This is a light, playful, but still very complex beer I could drink gallons of.

02-05-2006 19:54:11 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-24-2013 02:33:37 | More by tbryan5
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CBOLAND17

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

A good low alcohol brown ale with a rich maltiness and complex flavor that never fails to please. A lot of brown ales have a high alcohol content which takes away from the malt flavor but not in this case. This is a beer that lets those malty and nutty flavors come through.

09-20-2010 18:44:10 | More by CBOLAND17
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Shakerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-08-2012 16:03:01 | More by Shakerman
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Lovely translucent walnut brown with dark amber showing against the light. A nice clean, light head that fairly quickly dissipated to a thin ring which left a nice spotty lacing as it is consumed. Carbonation is light but visible.

S: Nutty (obviously) but aromatic - reminds me of their Oatmeal Stout

T: Light and clean. Tasty and well balanced. Nutty with a hoppy aftertaste that is very satisfying. Great tasting quality beer. Although it is thinner than a stout, even the taste seems to have a stout meatiness to it - real substantial.

M: Clean, smooth. Carbonation was perfect for me. Really like the strong finish - just keeps giving.

D: Once I get into the nut brown zone, I could put a few of these away. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Again, Samuel Smith has not disappointed me.

09-19-2008 04:04:08 | More by sgoodship
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blackwingedhorde

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

01-06-2012 05:47:06 | More by blackwingedhorde
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-17-2013 08:14:21 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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JMD71

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sampled & reviewed 2/2/07:

Ap: Solid finger of tannish head which is rocky & bubbly. Thin head lingers for a while as the pint diminishes. Deep ruby red to brown color with minimal carbonation visible.

Ar: Slightly astringent aroma with slight sour cherry notes. Candied fruits. Very familiar Samuel Smith aroma from yeast strain & uniwue fermentation techniques (Burton squares?). Rich sweet malts, candied nuts. Minor alcohol edge.

Ta: Excellent deep, rich, nutty flavor. Buttery raisin toast, candied fruit & toated malt. Nice hop bite toward the end to balance the sweetness.

Mo: Medium bodied. Carbonation perfect which leaves palette clean & fresh. Not cloying at all.

Dr: High. This has a wonderful full flavor with great balance. Very drinkable. Not too rich or "heavy". Crispness enhances the experience.

Comments: Another hit from Samuel Smith's. This may be one of my faves, alongside the Oatmeal & imperial Stouts.

04-04-2007 19:44:00 | More by JMD71
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steelerguy

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Mahogany in color, two finger tan white head which fades to covering on top. Crystal clear lots of carbonation for a English Brown Ale.

S - Dark crystal malt, more complex than just "nutty". Has some dark fruit smells on the noise.

T - Toasted malt, fresh bread, slightly sweet with hints of caramel.

M - A little thin with a slight carbonic bite.

D - Clean, crisp, and drinkable.

Overall, a very good beer. Looks great, especially the brightness. Brown ales can sometimes be boring but though this tasted and smelled better than a traditional English Brown Ale. Could use some more body and some less carbonation, perhaps served at cellar temperature it would have been better. Could drink a few without complaint.

04-16-2009 23:57:31 | More by steelerguy
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Dmann

California

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%

This is the best brown ale I've had and should be what other browns aspire to be! This great brew poured a nice dark brown color with a supprisingly big head that lasted about 2 min before turing into a nice lace around the whole glass. The smell was of grain and burnt nuts, very nice. The taste was out of this world, with a great mix of nut, hop, malt and toffee/carmel flavor. This is a great beer to kick back and enjoy, and one could eaisly make a session out of it. Good stuff!

11-15-2003 09:46:11 | More by Dmann
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-26-2013 01:08:51 | More by SuomiHobbit
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

03-06-2014 03:09:04 | More by bulldogg915
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

5/5  rDev +22.2%

Well, this is pretty much the best Nut Brown I have ever had, so judging by style, my score has to reflect that.

Lucky me, this is my second S.S. in a row that hasnt been skunked. Gigantic light brown head that I couldnt wait for to die down, so I started drinking it. Sweet, soft, and malty nose. Just a glimpse of what's to come.

The taste is so smooth & perfect. Truly a world-class professional brew. Bold & complex, but still easy to drink. A very hard balance to achieve, but S.S. has done it. A touch of creaminess and toasty at the end that is splendid.

Extremely drinkable. Possibly addictive...?

01-11-2006 23:37:53 | More by chOAKbarrell
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newcastleme

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Solid brown. Average for a deep brown ale.

Smell: Incredibly unique mixture of nuts with hints of sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It is unique among all brown ales for it's strong nutty flavor.

Drinkability: This is an awesome pub brew but I would limit it to 1 or 2 pints.

This is a great beer.

08-07-2010 03:06:38 | More by newcastleme
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

I haven't had a ny Samuel Smith products in like forever. This is what a nut brown ale should taste like. It's a medium brown color with a moderate head and some nice lacing. It has a chocolate/ malt odor, and a coffee taste with a small bit of hoppiness. Good body, not thin tasting. Very drinkable.

03-23-2006 12:59:02 | More by lordofthewiens
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NWer

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into pint glass. Clear brown appearance with incredibly abundant head retention. Nice looking beer. Head laces well.
Smooth taste up front. Almonds with some bitterness at the end.
Another great offering from Samuel Smith's Brewery.
My only problem is it went down too easily. Not a sipping beer unless you have more discipline than I have.

06-29-2011 18:23:54 | More by NWer
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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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