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

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Reviews: 1,410
Hads: 3,588
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours bright chestnut brown under a rapidly dissipating 3” rocky foam collar that produces thick lace.
S: Fresh baked bread crust, nuts.
T: Nutty, toasty biscuit with a dry finish and a moderate bitter hop accent.
F: Exceptionally creamy medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: this is a well balanced brown ale with nothing over stated. (350 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true classic, though I prefer some of the richer American Brown Ales that are being made these days. Either way, Sam Smith wrote the book on many of the traditional English styles, and I would never turn this down. (216 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle no date (SK17N1 mark):
Auburn brown, a bit clear in appearance despite deep color. Head off-white to light tan. Lasting foamy head thick at the edges, but really no lacing.

Nice nutty smell, a tad floral perhaps. I mean that I the sense that it's not a dark, bitter nut smell, at least. But I do think it's the buttering agents that add a light floral note to the nuttiness.

Definitely a British feel to this beer. Nutty front is subdued, mainly by a mildly grassy bitterness. Strange that this balance happens right up front. I sort of don't get to enjoy the nutty malt flavor a before the classic British hop notes take over. The balance of hops and malt interestingly meet mid-end taste as I get what I was missing up front, a balance of the "brown malt" flavor along side a lightly spicey, more earthy hop bitterness.

Seemingly classic version of the style, but I think Browns canbe a little more amped up without losing their roots. Even if you "don't like brown ales", you should be able to at least appreciate this brew. (1,046 characters)

Photo of JoLight
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Khaki, frothy head that retains well; brown, clear body.

Aroma: sweet upfront, with an almost gum aroma. Some kind of nut is detected. Toasted malt in the background.

Taste: slight hop bite at the beginning, and then the majority is toasty bread crust. Slightly sweet. Slight bread crust and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: semi light-fluffy, carbonated.

Finish is mostly dry. (391 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Updating from previous tasting

A — Pours a deep and clear honey colored brown, very nice and crystal clear. There is a puffy toffee colored head that is quickly forming and leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells of richly roasted sweet malts and a nice hazelnut sweetness as well.

T — Tastes very nutty and rich, without being too sweet or assertive, nice balance.

M — Light-Medium bodied, there is a lingering sweet finish to this.

O — The benchmark for "Nut Brown" ales for a reason, very nicely done. (519 characters)

Photo of Karma_is_flawed
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nut brown, almost a dark honey color, can see the carbonation
Smell - mild and crisp, like a pear or an apple
Taste - Fairly bitter with a nice almond or cashew after taste
Feel - Very light, good amount of bite from the carbonation, but nice (249 characters)

Photo of Leo-Dean
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice maple syrup brown color, pour with a small amount of carbonation. Tastes of hazlenut, sweet, a little bit of malt taste. Almost a bit of a milk chocolate taste. Good dinner beer. (183 characters)

Photo of Jericho7x
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New to drinking beer, so take this with a grain of salt. Smell was wonderful. Taste was very nutty at the start, then kinda of light and sweet on the finish. Other than 4pk for $12, it is a great beer. Not hoppy at all. (219 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown pour with thin tan foam. Aroma of caramel and biscuit with a slight, not-unpleasant astringency. Flavor is remarkably balanced - sweet caramel malt offset by a semi-dry nutty finish. This is smooth and delicious. A favorite of the style. (249 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown pour with an amber tent when put up to the light; A two finger soapy egg shell colored head

Smell: Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit esters from that classic SS yeast

Taste: The taste doesnt add up to the smell. That funky SS yeast gets in the way of what little caramel, toffee notes there are from the malt. The aftertaste is a little better than the initial taste

Mouthfeel: This is a SS beer so im not surprised at how smooth this is; A little watery but thats expected. Slight bitter finish

Overall: This is the first Samuel Smith's beer that i felt underwhelmed with and found completely overrated. Its like a SS base beer with their classic yeast character and not much else. I had some hope with the smell but it didnt follow through in the taste. Samuel Smiths is probaby my favorite English brewery right now, but i cant really say id recommend this offering. Id stick with American offerings such as DF Indian brown Ale or Smuttynose Old Brown Dog. Will most likely not buy this again (1,026 characters)

Photo of pugbutter
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to other brown ales, this one tastes far too much like a stout for my liking; very rich, very sweet, with a chalky mouthfeel. If I had been blindfolded while drinking this, I would actually have thought it was a darker offering from Rogue or Brooklyn.

This is probably the most overrated beer I have had yet. I recommend Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog instead, if you want a nice malty brown. (398 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous mahogany pour with a perfect sticky head that laces beautifully as it crawls down the glass. The smell is a mix of sweetness and nut husks. The taste isn't quite as rich as the other aspects of this beer, but even so it feels amazing going down. This isn't my favorite from Sam Smith (I think that honor goes to their Oatmeal Stout), but I am always happy to find one of these on the shelf. (401 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Used a Samuel Smith pint glass that I got in a winter variety pack back in probably November or December. Beer is a clear, copper brown, just a shade lighter than a scotch-style's ruby. Topped with spongy, rocky light brown head that devolves into a nice, long-lasting film, leaving moderate lacing. Smells and tastes perhaps a little estery, it could be that this is related to the vanilla or green apples others have noticed, although I'd say more akin to bananas. Caramel is the main aroma. English hops present as well. The taste I like better, nutty and crackery grains at first, but tart and fruity (again, banana), as well as faintly black peppery as it settles, with nuttiness and hops strongest on the aftertaste, accentuated by the warming. The dark chocolate that others have noticed I think can be parsed out to these other tastes, although it is definitely present. This one's a smooth, medium bodied, rich, moderately carbonated, only mildly astringent brew. Not overwhelming on the palate, despite its cornucopia of flavors and sensations, so I could easily drink the whole pint and more in one sitting, although I chose to save what wouldn't fit into my first pour for later. (1,191 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing that lasted a long time;

S: vanilla is predominant - almost to the point where I would think this was barrel aged; there is also some caramel and brown sugar;

T: moderate roasted grain profile up front; vanilla comes in before mid-palate and dominates to the finish; the nutty character, along with some bittersweet chocolate, is only noticeable at the end; very light bitterness after the swallow;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the vanilla caught me by surprise; I like the vanilla, but it doesn't really match the style; (676 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent bronze color with a good centimeter of fluffy, cream-colored froth. Aroma smells of clean, Saaz-like hops, caramel, peat, green apples, and a hint of currants.

The taste is very mild, with the aforementioned bright, springy hops and a dilute, bready caramel malt laced with apple peel. The gestalt is evocative of a traditional Munich lager, just with a little more caramelly sweetness (a marzen would be another fair facsimile). The trademark Samuel Smith acetaldehyde character is here as well, however its less obtrusive than usual. The body is fairly light, but fortunately the fine, creamy carbonation adds some much-needed texture.

Overall, this is light, drinkable brew with enough flavor to keep you engaged. It’s missing the nuttier flavors I normally find in a brown ale, but that doesn’t diminish its quality any. (855 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark amber in color with a one finger (slightly tan colored) head produced.

Aroma- Sweet caramel malts, nutty, and an almost roasted quality you'd expect from an imperial stout.

Taste- Once again sweet nutty caramel malts are big in the flavor at first. Towards the end a earthy/spice hop provides a quick bite of bitterness as well as some bitterness from the roasted malt.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, medium to high carbonation, and semi dry in the finish.

Overall- At only 5% alcohol there is a ton of flavor packed into this beer. Really nice complexities in the malt ranging from sweet caramel, nuttiness, and a little bit of bitterness from a roasted malt. The earthy hops add a nice balance, but almost add a bit too much spice in the finish. Also, relatively speaking this was surprisingly bitter, especially at first, but that fades a little with warmth. Overall, this is a great brown ale, and one that will a go to for the style when I want a brown ale. (991 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably my all time favorite English Brown Ale. This brewery does it right and this is why.
I've had it in mugs and pints and it always looks the same.
Today, its in a mug.
The appearance is a thick dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clings and then slides nicely.
The smell has a thick rich nutty, toffee, light caramel and a bit of chocolate in it all combining wonderfully.
The taste was sweet and nutty allowing all of the previous ingredients to combine nicely. It has a nice rich nutty aftertaste that flows into a smooth wet finish.
The mouthfeel was thick and rich rolling chocolate nuttiness over my tongue with about a medium body on it. Subtleties of toffee lay in and around my tongue as well. Its fairly sessionable.
Overall, I love to have this beer in Winter and watching the end of this Winter Classic hockey game makes it perfect. Booyah! (934 characters)

Photo of Foyle
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that slowly recedes with moderate lacing. Color is a mostly clear light brown with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich roasted malts, caramel, nuts, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, frothy, with a wet finish.

Flavor: terrific combination of roasted malts, sweet caramel, ripe fruit, and a definite nuttiness. There are some tangy and earthy hops in the backbone.

Overall: a world class beer for sure. Perhaps the standard by which all other English style Nut Brown's should be judged. (593 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nutty, toasty, slightly sweet malt with specialty malt fruitiness in both aroma and flavor. The finish is slightly bitter. A classic example of the style. (154 characters)

Photo of twosheds
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. Transparent reddish brown in color.

Smells very sweet and nutty with some hints of toffee or caramel.

Taste is very similar to smell. Starts off pretty sweet with buttery toffee notes and has a fairly nutty almost tea-like aftertaste.

This comes pretty close to perfect as far as brown ales go. Well balanced, but very interesting flavor. (388 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head that dissipates into a thin lace. Aroma is incredible! Very nutty, roasted malts, grainy and hints of coffee. Taste is nutty sweet with a smooth and slightly bitter finish. Creamy and smooth feel, great to drink on a cold day by the fireside. A tasty wintertime ale! I love it and will definitely continue to buy! (351 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A well balanced beer with a hop forward offset by an equal amount of malt and adequate carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. Nutty, earthy flavors with a clean finish.
Easily quaffable with its low ABV - and solid representative of the style. (246 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Pours a clear brown with an off-white head.

Smells of hazelnut, cream, a little butterscotch.

Taste is subtle, similar to the nose, is nutty, hazelnut I pick up the most, with notes of cream and toffee, fairly sweet to start. Bitterness takes on a very astringent tone for the aftertaste and overpowers the end. For 5% ABV the alcohol is poorly hidden, and shows up in full force as it goes down.

Medium body, smooth feel, leaves clean. (439 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark tan colour. Beautiful tan Lacey head. Sweet coffee, toffee nutty nose. Walnut, pecan, toffee flavours. Light body. Gets the back of the tounge. Nice beer! (159 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a very clear fairly dark brown, with a nice fluffy, tan two finger head. Little retention and lacing. Aroma was kinda slight, with a bit of toffee, caramel, and nutty notes. Just a faint hint of sweet malty aroma. Flavor was nutty, like hazelnut, almost like Nutella with half the the chocolate missing. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, but very smooth and silky, went down very nicely. Overall, quite a nice beer, what you'd expect from a great brewery like Samuel Smith's. (518 characters)

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