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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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3,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,162
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 201 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.6%

bmcduff2, Jan 24, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Ouroborus, Jan 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

yas, Jun 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Maurod4d, Jan 05, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Brant629, Aug 28, 2014
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1.16/5  rDev -71.6%

DarkenedLoki, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of BierReise
1.45/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why they insist on bottling this one in a clear bottle is beyond my imagination. Looks nice poured, brown/amber color with a decent frothy head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with a hint of more skunk. Flavor is malty and skunky. Thin on the palate with a watery feeling. I'm sure this was good before they ruined it putting it in a clear bottle but I have to give it an honest review. A dissapointment for me and hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to re-rate a better sample.

BierReise, Jun 08, 2003
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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

brutusmuktuk, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of allbrigs
1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

allbrigs, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Chrash16
2/5  rDev -51.1%

Chrash16, Dec 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

mhaugo, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have had this beer before, but now I have a reason to drink it. I haven’t been impressed with Samuel Smith’s in the past, having only drank a few of their beers because of the overall quality that I experience. But tonight, I am drinking with a purpose. (Thanks to Kyle Lacy for helping me decide that our new tagline is, “It’s fun to drink with a purpose.”)

The beer smells good. Not really getting the nut nose that everyone talks about. Sorry, that sounded funny. But it does smell good, almost sweet. But the beer smells better than it tastes.

I have a feeling that this beer would get better the warmer it gets. But again, I am not that impressed with Samuel Smith’s. Even their porter is weak. I will give this beer some credit, though, for being traditional. Plus, it’s a staple in nearly every liquor store. And cheap. The big bottle and the gold wrapper gives it away.

There’s just something about the “nut brown” that turns me off from the start. But that nose… man. Anyway, the beer is just mediocre at best. Oh well, hopefully we will only have a couple more of these Samuel Smith’s on the list.

rickyleepotts, Jun 21, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

durwood64, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of DoctorDog
2.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Victorian pint bottle into a large mug.

A- Medium auburn color. Tan head ~2 inches high off harsh pour; fades slowly with some lacing. Virtually no head retained after it has receded.

S- A bitter, "skunky", coppery/metallic smell. Perhaps a product of my nasal sufferings, but this is fairly unpleasant, and borderline awful.

T- Just like the smell; "skunky," bitter, and coppery/metallic. I have had this beer in the past and enjoyed it, so I give it a few more minutes to warm, then return. Same fetid results. I'm starting to think that I was sold an extremely out-dated bottle, or one taken from a highly unfortunate batch.

M- Somewhat thin and slick.

D- In this incarnation, very low. At this point, I'm fairly well convinced that I was sold a very outdated and/or tainted bottle. This one will have to be revisited and re-reviewed at a later date to ensure that I've given it a fair shake.

DoctorDog, Oct 21, 2008
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2.23/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Deep brown with a two finger mocha head. Slight lacing.

S - Tequila and a variety of nuts. Not very good.

T - Very sweet and nutty. Caramel malt, light toasted malt as well.

M - Light carbonation with a light body.

O - Overall, this beer was wayyy too damn sweet. I doubt i'd have it again.

SometimesIfart, Nov 21, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -45%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
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2.33/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/5/2006 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark brown, color, tan head, good-sized, diminishing. Malty, nutty aroma. Just malty but a good amount of aroma. Malty, bitter taste. Acidic & watery. A good session beer, but weak on flavor. Alcohol stands out w/bread & pasta.

jujubeast6000, Jan 23, 2009
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2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a clearish brown with a creamy head. Typical of the style but a bit watery.

Smell contains a touch of sourness to the beer lent from light cranberry and hazelnut flavors.

Way too watered down and misleading nuttiness turns into light alcohol tint and more water. Brown color does not lend much to consistency or hop balance.

Yorkshire yeast too harsh and does not leave a memorable taste in the mouth. Creamy head dissipates into inconsistent carbonation.

TLove, Jun 18, 2009
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2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As I opened the bottle it was like a geyser of beer shooting all over my floor. Not fun! Hopefully the beer makes up for this mishap.

The head is a light tan head that is extremely frothy. Light in bubblage and amber in color. Quite cool to look at.

Smells sweet and yeasty, nothing too noticeable, just malty and light hoppiness.

Light and smooth in the mouth. Leaves the mouth try.

The sweet taste is present but as soon as it came it leaves with an abrupt bitterness. A metallic taste at first but disappears a few sips later. A noticeable caramel and toffee malt-iness. A definite dry hop bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste as well.

Overall, I'm not impressed with this Nut Brown Ale. I wouldn't want another one.

9InchNails, Nov 24, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

JHarris1717, May 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2nd sam smith of the night. This one goes out to my professor who taught an entire class on Milton and Paradise Lost. He loves saying "English Nut Brown Ale" at any chance he could.

Pours a very semi-hazy deep amber color with a nice two finger off white head.

Very Nutty nose with hazelnuts and chocolate being very prominent. Again the alcohol is noticeable on the nose which is odd for the abv. Definitely some mocha in there as well.

I expected some bigger body from this. Oddly very thin up front. Very watery mouth feel up front which is kind of a big turn off. It gets bolder near the middle of the tongue as well as chewy but still, not a good start. Carbonation is high. Mouth feel gets very big and chewy after a while. Flavor profile is very malty with a bit of a nutty presence but getting more chocolate.

Nutty after taste. Some detectable alcohol oddly enough on the swallow with a slight warming sensation.

I dont see the appeal to this beer to be honest :(

jtierney89, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

cdoan4, Jul 12, 2013
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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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