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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

3,514 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,514
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 200
Gots: 415 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 3,514 | Reviews: 1,422
Reviews by ryanonline:
Photo of ryanonline
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Has a beautiful deep brown body with ruby highlights and a tan, voluminous head that appears very frothy, and leaves gobs of sticky lacing that hang around for a while longer than they were invited to.

The smell is sweet and nutty with a healthy earthy aroma that is backed by raisins and figs.

The flavor is much the same with a delicious presence of hazelnut and a brown sugar like sweetness.

The Mouthfeel is lite and creamy with a dry finish, simple and satisfying.

Very drinkable.

Overall a fantastic beer, a credit to brown ales and to English brewing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of ricke
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of claytong25
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good smooth taste and very mellow, but too expensive!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

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...?

Photo of newcastleme
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of NWer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of grynder33
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, but I'm not ready to rate it as high as everyone else.Amber brown color, foam exploded out of the bottle, malty aroma with a fruit tinge. Intial taste slightly sweet then quickly went dry.Nice lace on glass. I didn't get the nut part.Good but a little pricey to buy for what you get.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It builds a thick and foamy head with a creamy tan color over a dark reddish brown body. The body has good clarity and some visible carbonation. The head has very good retention, lasting until the last sip, and it leaves light tan lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a strong malty character with notes of mixed nuts and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a malty, sweet bread character that's doughy and nutty. The presence of hops is mild and only noticeable towards the finish. Its carbonation is mild and the body is about medium making the texture smooth and creamy.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of dditto2
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

My basic description would be newcastle on steroids, for better or worse, but only because more have drank newcastle. Nut Brown being the better in my opinion.I would rather say newcastle is like watered down nut brown ale.
A- Dark and beautiful, with medium head that retains the color of the beer amazingly. Beautiful natural dark woody color.
S- Nutty! Very nice.
T- Also very nutty, and stoney like all sam smiths. Good taste.
M- The mouthfeel is quite unique. In my own strange words, medium carbonation but with smaller more powerful bubbles?!? on a very smooth beer.
D- Very drinkable. Why do I get the craving for morels? If you dont like this beer let me show you where the sissy drinks are.
The name of the beer says it all. What a perfect simple description, NUT BROWN ALE.

Photo of Chinook
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, this ale is a clear cherrywood colour. Somewhat dense cream-coloured head on pouring fades to less than half a centimeter retained at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Nutty, and caramel malts combine in a way reminiscent of vanilla, with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Sweetness that almost immediately defers to a nutty flavour, with a balancing of present but unconfrontational hazelnutty bitterness. An apple aftertaste lingers very pleasantly on the palate. Definitely improves as it warms. I would caution against serving it too cold.

Mouthfeel - Almost something one doesn't think about while drinking this beer; it just seems right for the style. Carbonation is certainly present but non-aggressive, and the beer is of a medium density.

Overall - Very straightforward and pleasant beer to drink, with a depth and richness of flavour that puts it ahead of many nut brown ales.

Photo of Jason
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown chestnut in colour with a caked on lace.

Smell: Nutty aroma ... a mix of sweet and grain with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste: Smooth with a creamy textured mouth feel coming from the medium body. Sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish. There is an underlying buttery flavour from the Yorkshire yeast and a sufficing hop bitterness that seem to do a good job of putting the missing pieces together for this brew.

Notes: Truly one of the best brown ales in the world ... this is the cast and mold for lots of brewers trying to come up with a nut-brown ale. The lasting nutty finish leaves a pleasing hazelnut or walnut aftertaste.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 12 oz clear bottle with foil wrapping. Pours an engaging clear hazelnut brown color into the pint glass. Luscious light tan head is thick, and carbonation is evident. Color in the glass is like a new copper penny and lots of lacing appear as the head gives way.

Nose is almost sweet, very enticing with malts and definitely some walnuts. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and there's plenty of carbonation here. Taste is not overwhelming, but it's a nice balance of roasted nuts and hops. Crisp and clean finish with a touch of hops. Nowhere close to the richness and creaminess of the Sam Smith oatmeal stout I fell in love with yesterday, and seems light for an English brown ale. Alcohol seems absent for a 5%abv, but makes for excellent drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smaller clear bottle, without any freshness dating to be had. Pours dark honey amber and just about clear. Light almost white head and some non-descript lacing left behind. Nice nutty/malty nose. Lovely malty, subtle nutty ale, clean and refreshing. Classic British take on the style, IMHO, fine, fine sessioner.

Photo of nem2006
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, amber/brown with a good head that did not last as long as I expected. There was some visible carbonation.

The smell was nutty and bready with plenty of sweetness from the malts.

The overall taste is nutty. It starts with some sweetness and a mild bitterness and finishes with a little stronger, but still fitting, bitterness. The beer is medium-bodied.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy kaki 1 finger head. Clear dark brown to maroon body. Smells of toffee, Carmel, sweet malts, some woody notes as well. Tastes sweet and Carmel at first then some earthy carmelized to burn sugar tastes. Medium full bodied, very coating on the way down. I could only have one of these at a time. $4 a bottle.

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