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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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3,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,025
Reviews: 1,377
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 143
Gots: 148 | 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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Reviews by subyman:
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at a local liquor store today as I've been doing a run on Samuel Smith's selection. So far, this is an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

Appearance- Deep umber coloration with red edges in direct light. One finger light beige head forms directly after the pour and tapers to a thin lace. Beautiful to look at.

Smell- Heavy caramel aroma tinged with roasted malt and nuts. Very distinct and heavy smell.

Taste- Light carbonation and refreshing body are the first sensations. Not much taste at the initial intake but as the beer moves across the mid-mouth, a rush of heavy caramel flavor explodes and slowly tapers to a nutty after taste. The nut flavor leaves as the alcohol disperses and the caramel returns around 10-15 seconds after the swallow. This then lingers for another 30 seconds before tapering of. Fantastic sipping beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a creamy feel. Very smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability- There is nothing about this beer that gets tiring. One could sip one after another all night. The tastes are great and nothing about it gets tiring. Slightly heavy feel in the stomach may limit the quantity, but who pounds a beer like this?

Overall, a great sipping beer with a variety of flavors. Highly recommended and reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 00:42:42 | More by subyman
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-01-2014 02:46:05 | More by BlueAndBrew
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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
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New York

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

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