Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 3,027 | Reviews: 1,377 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ncfranklin:
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tulip glass.
A : Pours a lovely deep brown with amber red, highlights of speckly gold from fizzy bubbles. The tan head is roughly a finger and a half, and simmers slowly to a fuzzy topping. This is a lively looking brew if I've ever seen one.
S : The malty brew brings forth lots of nutty smells, almost of almond, with little bits of syrupy sweetness.
T : Mimics the smell almost exactly. The strong maltiness is all this brew is about. There is some level of hops to keep it from being too sweet, and it is a perfect balance. It finishes a smooth, fuzzy feel.
M : Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Doesn't roll or swish well, as the higher levels of carbonation tingles.
D : The price brings down the drinkability here. A 4 pack ran me 12 bucks. This is a beer designed to be slowly enjoyed, and the heavy mouthfeel leads itself to that.
This is, possibly my favorite beer yet. A quintessential brown ale. Fabulous. A must for anyone who likes the maltier brew.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2010 01:44:39 | More by ncfranklin
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is THE traditional English Brown Ale, brewed with hard well water (which was laid down in 1758 - that's old school) and fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'... I could go on but I'll spare you from the harsh glare of my encyclopaedic beer knowledge [I was reading from the bottle label]. The only other traditional EBA I've tried is Newcastle Brown, which was average at best, so the bar has been set pretty low for Mr Smith.
Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Deep hazy caramel body with a sizable 2cm tan head that slowly settles after the pour.
S: Nuts. As advertised. I like that. There is an earthy hop aroma and some caramel malt thrown in, but you know you came for the nuts, admit it [that's why you bought a "Nut Brown Ale" Dok].
T: Nuts, walnuts specifically, on the front palate, then we get a caramel middle (with an added pecan flavour) before it finishes with some dry earthy hops. These are subtle flavours but they do play nice together. The after taste has a touch of hazelnut biscotti and café latte to it. Earth and beauty in its purest simplicity.
M: Mid to light bodied with a light (almost English pub but a touch fizzier) carbonation.
D: Easily the best EBA I've tried, the nuttiness and the complexity of the palate, for what is essentially a lightweight beer style, has impressed me thoroughly... shame about the difficulty to obtain it and the price in general ($8.50 a bottle in Plonk) whilst Hook Norton Old Hooky is half the cost and not so bad. If however you are asking yourself what a nutty beer should taste like you need to seek out the fine Mr Samuel Smith and ply him for this Ale.
Food match: Stilton cheese, game such as roast grouse; pheasant; partridge; roast duck and guinea fowl... yeah I read from the label again.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 10:26:25 | More by doktorhops
4/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: clear ruddy brown body of ale, few fingers of tan head draped some lacing down the glass
S: toasty and nutty malts; dark herbal bread dough; something herbal and earthy
T: nut and biscuit flavors up front, highlighted by lighter points of wet toast and tea; drying malt tastes on finish
M: mellow and smooth, slight coating on the close; slim-bodied and easy drinking
O: a nice brown English pub-style from renowned English brewers. No wonder it's a classic.
My first English brown ale, I found it only vaguely comparable to various American brown ales I've had. While not partial to brown ales, I was very fond of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown and DFH's Indian Brown ales, and while you would never confuse this with them, I would consider it on par.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 20:48:41 | More by Greywulfken
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,027 ratings.