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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
92
outstanding

3,309 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,309
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 167
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown with hints of red in the spots where light shines through, very dark but not anywhere near a stout. There was almost no head, just a creamy ring running around the side of the glass and a few small bubble patches in the middle.

Smell: There is a strong malt character to this beer, and it does have a nice nutty presence to it. It actually shares a peculiar characteristic that with their Oatmeal Stout, I can't help but think it is related to the use of 'Yorkshire Stone Squares'. Very clean smelling and very intense maltiness.

Taste: A manifestation of the aroma in full form, you get that wonderful nutty character and a slight bitterness. There is also a slightly fruit like aftertaste that may be some lingering character from a subtle hop presence. The roasted, unmated barley also comes through in a wonderful way, paying excellent tribute to the nutty tones in this beer.

Mouthfeel: I have trouble thinking of a more unique and splendid mouthfeel to beer than what Sam Smith has showed me so far. Both their oatmeal stout and this beer have a very unique character to them that I find nowhere else in the realm of beer. This is not to mention the wonderfully crisp carbonation that opens up the palate to all of the characteristics of this beer.

Overall: Just a superb brown ale, the kind of thing that Sam Smith is so good at. There is nothing obscure or wild about this beer, it is just made with basic ingredients using old fashioned methods and the the result is a legendary nut brown ale. This is surely regarded as a classic to many and I will advocate for the same, so wonderfully simple and yet so unique. Sam Smith is a hell of a brewery.

Siriusfisherman, Jan 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RoyalT, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev -2.2%

cam477, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

beerhunter13, May 31, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ricke, May 09, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ExtraStout, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.2%

tbryan5, Mar 24, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

GBfan75, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of CBOLAND17
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CBOLAND17, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Shakerman
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sgoodship, Sep 19, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of JMD71
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JMD71, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of steelerguy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

steelerguy, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Dmann
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Dmann, Nov 15, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jackplane, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of chOAKbarrell
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...?

chOAKbarrell, Jan 11, 2006
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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,309 ratings.