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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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3,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,488
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 202
Gots: 388 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now packaged in a brown bottle - Good! BB 11/2008, served (only a month past the expiry date) cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a deep and dark mahogany colour with great clarity, very elegant; topped with a well-lasting dark beige froth that, in turn, is supported by very fine carbonation.
S: the aroma (expanding since the pouring) comes predominantly caramely, jammy fruity, and nutty, almost like a dark Bock for the intense sweet edge... as it settles in the glass, an assertively sour edge of dark dates and even ripe red grapes combines with more caramel malts to render a solid nutty and malty platform on the nose, ringing a bell of a Porter w/o the more roasty hint. Very pleasant overall.
T: the foretaste is dominated by lots and lots of syrupy dates and carmalised walnuts, followed by sweet black-tea, fat raisins, brown sugar, toasted malts, and more sour-sweetness of dark stone-fruit jam, all of which, in a sense, are integrated well in a swallow. The aftertaste, with a semi-salty kick, prolongs the sour-sweet fruity-malty taste, while quietly the bitterness from earthy and tea-leafy English hops as well as from roasted malts also manifests itself, providing a soothing balance from the back of the palate.
M&D: pretty soothing on the carbonation, with random spritzy bites from the microscopic fizziness; this ale is a delicious, richly fruity malty brew, more in line with a richly fruity Premium Bitter enjoyed in winter time (or Winter Warmer?) than a generally milder Brown Ale tasted elsewhere. Comparing with the notes of the last bottle tasted two years ago, however, it seems this bottle gives out a much richer fruity presence of dark malts than the nuttiness overall. Well, I have to say I quite like both.

* Tasting Date: 11/07/06
BB May 2007, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.
4.5 A: bright and dark-reddish chest-brown in colour, coming with an effervescent creamy frothy head, building up to a 3cm thick and sustaining very well; very gently carbonated. Elegant.
4.5 S: hop resins combine with a deep-running aroma of slightly sweet-roasty tinge of nuts, creamy toffee, melted brown sugar, raisins and date-preserve, plus a mild but soothing flow of citric as well as tea-leafy hops at the back. Harmonious, semi-rich, delicious.
4 T: a floral+tea-leafy flavour of hops approaches surprisingly early on the palate, mixed well with a creamy-smooth roasted-nuttiness with both the sweet edge of chestnuts and the sour edge of raw nuts or grains; hops' bitterness gradually develops, which, along with bitterness from roast walnuts, creeps down to the ends of the sides of the tongue, providing a soothing bitter kick towards a satisfying and superbly lingering nutty finish... A restrained diacetyl undertone stays deep down in the aftertaste as well.
4 M&4.5 D: rounded, creamy-smooth on the mouthfeel, plus a softly-carbonated texture, this medium-bodied, delicious beer drinks only too well. Reasonably flavoursome, with a subtle balance arrived at b/w bitter-sweetness of roast-malts and a sour tinge of dark fruits, this simply has to be one of my all-time favourite English brown ales alongside "Rigglewelter" (Black Sheep).

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Variegated dark tawny (like tanned leather) with distinct ruby highlights when backlit. The head is indeed nut brown in color, although it's more raw almond than roasted pecan. It's also substantive enough to resist immediate aerosolization and is preventing me from assessing the aroma for the time being. The colors of head and beer contrast nicely. Modest lace.

Even though the nose is dark malty, it eschews any sense of roastedness that would cause it to bump up against the style guidelines. I smell a toasted brown bread bottom, a lightly oven toasted nutty middle and a lightly brown sugary top. Not outstanding, but more than solid.

Still solid, more than solid actually, on the palate. I get the sense that if I looked up 'nut brown ale' in the BA dictionary, I'd see a picture of this beer. It's predominantly malty with a brown bready, nutty, somewhat cocoa-like flavor profile. I can also appreciate a certain amount of spiciness (cinnamon? nutmeg?) and a somewhat stingy degree of English hoppiness.

There's a good mix of malt and hops as evidenced by a near perfect balance among sweet, sour, and bitter. The finish tends toward dry and is increasingly hoppy, with wonderful flavors of English Breakfast tea-soaked brown bread. The body has just the right amount of heft for the style and the beer has a soft, well-mannered mouthfeel. Drinkability is sky high.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is classic beer. I can imagine a better version, but I don't know that I've had a better version. There is very little wrong with this one and I'm sorry it took me so long to find that out. I'm grateful to be able to add another beer to the depressingly too short list of locally available worthies.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atr2605
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a nice red amber with a tan sudsy head that clings to the side of the glass and has pretty nice retention
S-caramel, a bit nutty,lingering sweetness, hop aroma to speak of
T-More caramel sweetness up front followed by a nutty, biscuit flavor and finishes a bit dry. Hops provide nice balance and keep the sweetness in check.
M-light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-Damn fine beer. Excellent balance and very drinkable beer that is a straight forward take on the style.

Photo of SteveB24
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance; very enticing color, a deep brown with some red mixed in, head is a little disappointing, pours a finger of head which settles quickly into thin lacing, beer is pretty clear, dark but not cloudy. carbonation is hard too see.

smell; the high score is due to how unique the aroma is, a nice sour/ sweetness with some grain and nuttiness.

taste; taste is very similar too smell, which i find to be a surprisingly rare occurrence. the taste is nutty, with grain, sweetness, hints of chocolate and spice, with a bitter finish that is not unwelcome.

mouthfeel; medium body, with good carbonation despite the bubbles being hard to see. beer is not creamy, but not thin.

overall; there is wonderful contrast between the strong tastes but relative lightness of the beer. this is a great introduction to nut browns, and also a good option for an ale that is dark and flavorsome but not too strong and filling, would buy again if I'm in the mood for a brown ale.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Newcastle Brown Ale.

Appearance: Clear brown with moderate carbonation. Huge, off-white and creamy head that was mostly lasting. Good lacing.

Smell: Bread, roasted, and nutty aromas. The aroma improved as the beer warmed.

Taste: Matched the aroma. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Roasted and nutty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight earthiness and spice. The finish had an average duration.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body that was creamy. Lively carbonation. The alcohol was not at all apparent.

Overall: This was and still is one of my favorites. This beer definitely improves as it warms. It might be a 5 for me if it had a more vibrant and nutty aroma.

Photo of kjyost
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. The beer had a beautiful cap, deep brown body and heavy lacing. The aromas are initially muted, though later uncover some molasses. The body is thick and sticky to the mouth with a residual sweetness. The flavours and dominated by molasses and licorice, not expected and enjoyable. The only weakness to this beer in my opinion is that the carbonation is too strong which is biting to the mouth... A wonderful drink.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance was a great change from the Sam Adams Boston Lager, Deep Brown in color but sparklingly clear.

Smell: Not very strong, but it could be me, this is back to back days.

Taste and mouthfeel: Delicious, nutty dark malts with a rich flavor, mouthfeel was rich and buttery. I gargle the best of beers like this one regardless of where I'm at, what an asshole I've become...

Drinkability: This is to be enjoyed like fine wine, sip this as slow as your thirst allows.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a an attractive deep ruby brown and forms a massive tan creamy head in my imperial pint glass, speckled lacing forms as the head dwindles. Aroma a nutty soothing tone under slightly caramel malt sweetness very nice and mildly robust in the aroma department, where this beer shines though is the taste. Taste: Smooth slightly sharp sweetness partially dry but overall awesome nut tones in the background what an awesome beer this is by far the staple for the style. Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of body easy flowing carbonation great beer. Drinkability is effortless only wish there was another bottle sitting in the fridge, what a wonderful English nut brown to be tried by everyone this is the type of beer that turns people on to craft beers and remains part of the beer diet for eternity.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear deep brown amber, decent off white head the retains well and left some lacing
S - nutty with caramel and earthy malts, along with a sweet cherry syrupy scent
T - roasty caramel malts, followed by a rich nutty flavour, a little of that syrupy sweetness, with just a little bitterness of the finish
M - light carbonation, a good smooth factor, and the slightly bitter finish lingers on the tounge
D - this is a great nut brown, a fine balance between the rich roasty nutty flavours and sweetness boost the drinkability, and a little bitterness provides even more complexity. Well done!

Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top notch. Pours reddish brown but translucent - light carbination. Sweet smell of caramel, toffee, chocolate jumps from the glass. Smooth taste, with just a touch of hop bitters at the close - but otherwise a very clean finish. Very powerful sweet taste, but not overpowering - could definitely have a few. Don't mess around with the little bottles, upgrade to the 18.7 oz. bottle and you won't regret it.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank God for Trader Joe's, my regular stop for beer between runs to BevMo in Brea. Bought this in a 550ml bottle thinking "might be like Newcastle Brown Ale", a beer I chased around in Japan but haven't had in a few years.
This is better than Newcastle Brown ale. It poured a dark brown color with a terrific creamy beige head. Minimal carbonation was observed. The smell was of caramel toffee, nuts (maybe hazelnuts) and a faint smokiness that I really liked.
The taste was a nutty caramel with no bitterness and a slightly smoky aftertaste. The feel was smooth, medium bodied, creamy as it warmed.
Overall, a well put-together beer I could enjoy these on a daily basis. Very tasty!

Photo of SHODriver
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a pint glass to a nice medium shade of brown with some reddish tint and a small but persistent off white head. decent lacing
S: smells slightly fruity and nutty with a nice caramel sweetness and slightly toasty
T: malty caramel sweetness at the front, a little toasty, nutty flavors as well, a little bit of fruitiness. swallow is more nutty flavor and a bit of hop bitterness
M: medium in the mouth with adequate and soft carbonation
O: an exceptional example of the style. easy to find, quite delicious, and well balanced as well

Photo of sarahvoss
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours a dark brown with some amber hints against the light. It has a very small tan head that remains through most of the glass.

Smell is very sweet yet earthy. Caramel and roasted nuts come through mostly.

Taste is much like the nose. Caramel and sweet earthy nuts. Maybe a bit of almond in there. Very complex for a brown ale.

Very smooth. Not too thick, not too thin. Very well done. When I think of an English Brown, this is the beer that comes to mind.

Photo of mbusster88
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith's Pint glass.

A: Pours with frothy off white head. Brown body with amber around the edges. Little carbonation noticeable.

S: Smells of wood and nutty notes. Good roasted notes.

T/M: Tastes of roasted malts, nut characters and also light woody notes.

D: Good brew, not super robust. Although I am not a huge brown ale fan.

Photo of n0rc41
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my goblet, showed deep brown/red color with good one inch head. goes down kinda fast and had good lacing

smelled great nutty and butterscotch aromas on the nose.

Tasted great I really liked it. nut brown ale tasted like a nut brown ale, butter, nuts, nice hops tasted great

Felt nice on the palate, its not as thick as i was thinking it was going to be so i was really impressed

could drink a few of them for sure, not a beer i would drink for a marathon though.

Photo of funkengruven
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a dark brown. almost red with a head that leaves some lacing at the top. Smell is sweet, fruity, some pear and apple in the nose. This is just as complex in the flavor. Fruity, with some prunes there, with a clean, easy finish. This has a somewhat astringent finish which comes as very easy to drink.

A nice ale. one I'd definitely get again.

Photo of garymuchow
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's always a little scarey to sample from a clear glass bottle. This one seems to have turned out okay. Nice somewhat complex aroma of sweet caramel that moves to a mild roast quality. Nice appearance although the head after pouring medium had very little retention. Dark golden to red and brown. Clear. Really pleasant taste with remarkable smoothness. Nutty, roasty (but not too strong) with caramel qualities too. A little rich, but not sweet. Terrific blending of flavors. Just enough dryness in the finish with nice lingering. The feel is quite expcetional with good carbonation balance. Best example of style that I've had so far. A good nearly anytime beer.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into the glass to discover a not-so-brown appearance. I was thinking to myself, where is the brown in my nut brown? Other than this strange scene, the rest of the experience was great. It smelled wonderful - a full nose of matly and bitter, but not over bearing...subtle really. but i like subtle. Taste was a great combination of bitter and malt...very full bodied and rich. I could easily lose myself in a case of these.

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- sparkling brown with one finger of light brown foam that dissipates quickly

Aroma- baked apples, oatmeal cinnamon and fresh bread. not to many hop aromas...

Taste- malty and roast y like cinnamon raisin toast. Hops blend well. Some light astringency on the back end. very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied subtle carbonation.

Overall- a great brown Ale, I will have another.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in hue with a three finger foamy off-white head. Silky until it starts to dissapate, leaving nice rings of lacing. A little fruity on the nose, in the form of dark cherries maybe. Molasses is also very prevelant. Very sugary to the nose. Very aromatic, I could sniff this all day.

Sweet on the front of the palate, but not overly so. Molasses and caramel are there, with just a smidge of that fruitiness from the nose. A small but notable hit of hops touches the middle of the palate, spicing it up. The back of the palate plays the caramel malts up, showing off a sweetness that rounds everything out superbly. A nutty taste resides in the back of the palate as well, sticking around with the linger as well. This gives the beer the full balance, and as it drinks smoothly and finishes dryly, you are left wanting another sip. This is a nice little beer with high drinkability and a great taste. Sam Smith always has great beers brewed to style and never with any off flavors, giving them the longevity that they have prospered from.

Photo of bnes09
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It pours a transparent reddish brown with an off-white, creamy head that maintains itself for as long as you decide to savor the brew. Nose is sweet and complex with hints of banana and caramel. Taste is somewhat roasted with a mild hop bitterness that contrasted the smooth flavor. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low level of carbonation, goes down smooth! Exceptional drinkability, plenty of flavor without being too filling. Great for enjoying with dinner, drinking at home, or bringing to a party.

Photo of ZBerkeleyan
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A dark brown brew with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Carbonation was not visible.

Nice nose on this one: a slightly sweet malts remind me of brown sugar, there's a little chocolate and nuttiness as well.

Taste was similar to the nose, but was surprisingly dry and not too sweet. This brown ale could serve equally well alongside a dinner or dessert. As the beer warmed more roast-y flavors combined with the malt flavor for a nice twist.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish.

Overall this is a tasty and versatile offering from Samuel Smith. I like the flavors, and it did a good job of warming me up on a winter evening. In fact, for a winter treat I would prefer this brew rather than Samuel Smith's Winter seasonal. The Nut Brown is a good addition to Samuel Smith's lineup, though not quite as good as their famous Oatmeal Stout, in my opinion.

Photo of taxguyjase
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a brown, I was expecting a bit of a darker color than the rich amber that I go. Fortunately, the beer got much better as I took in the nice malty and nut aroma, then took a sip. The malt and nutty taste was the key flavors, with a hint of some fruity sweetness that wasn't overpowering, but added some distinction to the brew. There was a mild aftertaste, but very clean and crisp. Would definitely have again and will be featuring another brand of the Samuel Smith's line later on.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Lighter than I expected; more amber in color than brown - good head that sticks around
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - malty and nutty aroma; flavorful
Taste -4.5/5.0 - walnut, really malty, nutty taste, hint of fruit at beginning; "woody" - distinctive flavor without being overpowering - very flavorful
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - mild aftertaste, but good. Clean and crisp taste;
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - Very good taste and would definitely try something else from the brand

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