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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

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2,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 2821
Reviews: 1366
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of scarfacecrowe


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with minimal head. The beer has a smooth robust flavor with hints of chocolate, and had a pleasant light hops finish. The aroma of the beer was a little weak but not unpleasant. This is an easy drinking tasty beer, tastes alot like Killian's Irish Red in my opinon. My first experience with an English Brown, will definitely purchase this beer again.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2009 00:02:28 | More by scarfacecrowe
Photo of bskrtz


4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ML bottle served very cold in glass beer challis

A) Clear mahogany brown, short off white head that turns lacy very quickly. Appears a bit flat but actually isn't.
S) Sweet orange peel, baked sour dough bread, coriander
T) Mild hops, toffee, sweet citrus fruit.
M) Ample carbonation, sticky sweet, mild bitter finish
O) An outstanding beer that is easy enough to find here in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:46:44 | More by bskrtz
Photo of fscottkey

New York

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Transparent brown. Close in color to a maple syrup. A 1/2 finger head of foam dissipates quickly.

S: I get the odor of a dense bread with molasses.

T: Nothing jumps to the front on taste. Slight metallic taste with malts and hops.

M: Clean and crisp.

O: Very underwhelmed. This one misses the mark for me. It doesn't taste bad - but it doesn't taste good either. It is just bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:39:27 | More by fscottkey
Photo of Jerryb1961


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this stuff. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. I went through a period a while back when I was hooked on English brown ales like Newcastle; also at the time I was brewing my own using kits. This was far better than anything I ever made. A sweet taste, not hoppy at all. Good with food, and I say that as someone who rarely drinks while eating.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 05:44:29 | More by Jerryb1961
Photo of Retroman40


3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber-brown color with a strong, lasting head and excellent lacing.

S - Caramel, molasses with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - Caramel malt dominates with a hint of nuttiness and light hopping - excellent balance.

M - Rich and creamy with a good sweet finish - excellent carbonation level.

O - This is to me the definitive brown ale. I expected a lot and got it here.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 09:07:26 | More by Retroman40
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger of sand colored head sits atop a rich brown with ruby noted body. A slow but steady stream of bubbles rises to the top. The head dissipates to a light frothed ring around the top in a little over a minute. There is the light attempt to lacing noted.

Smells of light caramel with rich toasted malt and a little nuttiness. Also getting a whiff of medicinal alcohol that (I know this is likely contrary to popular opinion) smells delicious.

Malt and nuts up front. Light caramel swings in more for the sweetness than anything else. Earthy and gardeny hop flavor shows up here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and I almost want it to cling a little more.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 17:59:55 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's 'Nut Brown Ale' @ 5% , served from the SS gift box (3 hand picked authentic beers , 1 'tulip' Pint glass , 2 brewery coasters) purchased for $15

A-pour is a .. brown from the bottle to brown/light amber in the glass with a big frothey tan head which is leaving a spotty lace along the supplied pint glass

S-sweet caramel malt , nuts ?

T-smooth & clean tasting , well crafted , slight mellow bitterness on the finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium to full body

Ov-good beer , decent English brown ale

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 07:09:05 | More by LampertLand
Photo of ZagZagg


4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into goblet glass

A: Pours caramel that is clear but quite dark, almost like maple syrup. Low carbonation appearance, some tiny bubbles climb to the single finger light tan head that was quick to dissipate. Looks medium bodied that flaunts little to no lacing.

S: Smells like a Belgian Dubbel, straight up. Dominant banana nose with sweet dark bread; Caramel notes with big malts coming forward. Light spices of anise and clove – light chocolate

T: Bready in the forward taste and malty. Beechy-rye dryness that comes up crisp. The banana profile arises in the middle mouth melded with the clove and bits of pumpernickel. A mid-mouth exhale reveals an almond liqueur flavor. The finish is a dry variant, but differs from the middle-mouth. Big malt. Notes of caramel play in and out throughout the encounter with pangs of fig or prune. Not distinguishing the nuttiness, assuming that’s a facet of the finishing dry factor.

M: Lighter mouthfeel that I had expected, but still medium - mild carbonation. Aftertaste is relatively dry and a little flat. Sports a certain ‘hotness’ that’s not boozy, but a bit spicy.

O: The smell is wonderful, very enticing. Plays like a lightweight dubbel with a decent portion of its profile. I wish it were a bit creamier with a fuller body. I think it provides a more pleasing experience closer to room temperature. Overall, it’s pleasant and easy to drink. If it crosses my path again, I’ll drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:37:46 | More by ZagZagg
Photo of deadchef


3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle to pint glass...

a: healthy off white head, transparent brown, dark copper.

s: mint, sweet malt, bready

t: medium toast, little hop bitterness with minty-floral hop flavor. dark malt flavor, roasty.

m: moderately carbonated. lingering bitterness/astringency. medium to medium light body.

o: this is a shining example of an english nut brown ale. sessionable, easy drinking mild style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:29:49 | More by deadchef
Photo of slusk


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a clear, deep copper/ruby color with a dense light tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: There's a lot going on in this beer. There's a pronounced deep malty aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel, and a nutty bread crust. there's also a subtle hint of dark fruit coming through amidst a noble earthy hop. A tiny alcohol aroma tingles the nose in a most pleasant way.

T: Beautiful toffee and caramel sweetness explodes on the palate with a subtle cream flavor. A small raisiny flavor competes with the mild hop bitterness. There's also a nice tang that dances across the back of the tongue and finishes semi dry. Low to medium carbonation fits well.

M: A bit fuller body than a typical northern English brown that fit's this beers complexity.

O: This is one of my favorite English ales. It has everything an English brown ale should and then some. Do yourself a favor... Pour this brew and try it cold but let it warm and take another sip every few minutes to fully appreciate the complexity of this supreme being.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:09:40 | More by slusk
Photo of brewbattles


2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We conducted a blind taste test with this beer and 5 other brown ales to objectively determine which one was best. The 5 beers were: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool, Newcastle Brown, and Wychwood Hobgoblin. You can view the video here:


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 17:39:18 | More by brewbattles
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I see this one in the stores a lot so I decided to have a go. Well, I can't say it was the most impressive nut brown I've had. The caramel color and aroma of nut and molasses are rather nice, but the flavor and body seem a tad watered down for the price I've paid. It goes down ok but has an earthy after taste that comes back after an hour that made me want to brush my teeth. I can't say this will be a repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 03:26:46 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of scotorum


4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 18.7 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark copper with an inch tall tan head which dissipated salowly to rocky surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt with light hop balance. Dry finish.

m: Moderate and smooth.

o: A fine quality brown ale, tasty from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:47:53 | More by scotorum
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a nearly opaque earthy brown color and a foamy tan head. The aroma is pretty one-note, with a dry, nutty, mineral-like quality and only a little bit of caramel sweetness creeping in. The sweetness is more pronounced in the flavor, but the dry nuttiness dominates again, and the fine but active carbonation keeps the beer relatively light and dry. Maybe I'm just missing some of its nuance, but this beer is merely solid in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 18:19:16 | More by devilben02
Photo of Michaelcbyrnes


4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - thick cream color head with tight small bubbles, color is deep red/dark brown. Crystal clear. Nice lacing.

Aroma - layered malt with toffee, burnt sugar, and a sweet floral hop around the edges.

Taste - malty with dark roasted malts coming through first and most obviously. This is followed by a very slight hoppy bitterness and a dry finish which gives it a nutty quality.

Mouth Feel - round and smooth much lighter than one would expect from the aroma. Dry finish which combines to make this beer very drinkable.

Overall - the malty aroma and flavor of this beer are outstanding, the slight hoppy finish keeps it from becoming overly sweet making a beer with heavy dark roasted malts clean smooth and very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 04:48:27 | More by Michaelcbyrnes
Photo of salvadorwill


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A550 ml bottle served about 48 degrees, poured into a Pyrex straight-walled lab beaker.
Color is deep brown, with a sort of ruby tanned leather color. Creamy, foamy head that lingers and provides nice lacing.

The head retains the toasty sweetness of the malt with no astringent CO2 smell.
After the head goes down, it has a slightly dough-y smell with a hit of brown sugar.

Taste & Mouth feel
Taste is a nice sweet toasted grain flavor, its the malty-ness of this beer is the reason to drink it. A good example of a distinct malty flavor that coats the tongue well, but isn’t cloying, and hops that balance the beer out with a nice sharpness that cleanses the palette well.

Overall Impression

A well made, traditional ale that is a pleasure to have more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 00:40:36 | More by salvadorwill
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, poured into a stein.

The appearance is along the lines of what I always expect from Samuel Smith's beers: a huge, frothy head that could support a bottle cap over a beautiful liquid. The copper brown liquid seems cloudy and unfiltered and shows abundant carbonation. The head takes its time dissipating and settles into a finger thick layer, leaving traces all along the upper regions of the stein.

The beer isn't overwhelmingly complex as far as aromas, but there are good notes of chocolate alongside robust maltiness.

Things get much more interesting and tasty with the taste, as the potent malts offer some caramel and toffee and bittersweetness, but the finish becomes bitter and baker's chocolate lingers on my palate.

The beer is exceptionally creamy and smooth until the finish takes you out with some dry and bitterness courtesy of the chocolate notes.

I've yet to be disappointed by a Samuel Smith beer and that includes with this beer. An easy-to-find gem of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:57:41 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle in a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: poured an unsurprisingly hazelnut brown with a fluffy white three finger head which broke down quite slowly leaving a thin film of foam.

S: malts, caramel and nuttiness

T: the malts are up front on this beer. Caramel is also present and the hops sneak in a bit too, but nicely.

M: low carbonation and creamy and smooth mouth feel to it.

O: I quite enjoyed this beer. I could easily enjoy several pints of this in an evening and not be upset. There is something comfortable and workmanlike about this beer and that is not to say it is common, it is quite nice. I will revisit this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 22:36:30 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is a beautiful auburn color, with a creamy looking, tan head of about 1/4". It's retention is excellent, as there is plenty of carbonation. For the aroma, there's scents of caramel, molasses, and a very bready, toasted malt presence. The taste is unbelievably smooth, with butterscotch and walnut notes, and the slightest hint of hops. The balance achieved here is second to none. It's got a very full mouthfeel but relatively light body. The finish pleasantly lingers. Perfect for drinking with a nice dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:15:01 | More by Neorebel
Photo of delta490


4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a deep clear brown. Nice retention on the creamier tan head. Decent lacing left behind and a hint of carbonation.

S- richly malt. Caramel and a nice nuttiness dominate in a most pleasing way.

T- the taste closely follows the aroma with a nice subtle hops bite kicking in as a counterweight.

M- silky smooth with a pleasant fullness on the palate.

O- this is what a nut brown ale should taste like. It hits every note.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:20:52 | More by delta490
Photo of FLima


3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown copper color with a two finger thick head with low retention and leaving laces.
Light hazelnut malty aroma.
Delicious nutty malt flavor, I needed to check the label if they were added to the recipe. Notes of almonds and walnuts, caramel, roasted malt, earthy hops and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Excellent Brown Ale, flavorful and very easy to drink. For all tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 23:30:49 | More by FLima
Photo of Archimetez


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate to deep brown color, clear. Minimal cream colored head.

S: Sweet malty/caramel smell

T: Roasted malt with caramel nut flavors, almost faint pecan pie, that linger well after the slip is finished

M: clean, moderate body, minimal carbonation

O: Great English Brown Ale. Glad to have tried it to use as a bench mark for other microbrewers in the area. Only concern I have is not knowing how fresh my bottle was.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:57:24 | More by Archimetez
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Usual 550ml Bottle: BBD Apr 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 17th Nov 13.

Looks impressive: clear body of redwood (teak/mahogany), a deep blanket of beige foam sits on top, nothing moves as you stare at the glass, apart from carbonation bubbles rising through the body. One of those moments to savour.

The nose is dry, as is the taste: malts rule the roost here, nutty (obviously by the name) and slightly over roasted in smell and flavouring.

This is a fine beer and I'm glad I found it after years of not having any since my youth. An old school Brown with nothing fancy or clever about it, just good ingredients and blended well, then left alone to sort it's self out.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 12:07:52 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

550 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO. Early on in my beer drinking career, brown ales were probably my favourite style - malty and sessionable, sweet but balanced - a great style to draw beginners into the realm of craft beer. I still enjoy them, but finding new ones is becoming more difficult - so I am pumped to try a new one from one of my favourite UK brewers. Served only slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear brownish-amber colour with crimson highlights. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of dense, creamy, off-white head that retains cohesion for quite a long time, lacing the glass as it recedes. Mild, malty aroma - a little bready, a little nutty, with some brown sugar and raisins. The hops also contribute some somewhat earthy notes, but the malts are in the driver's seat, which is ok by me.

Very nicely balanced, with no real flavour flaws for me to gripe about. Toffee comes through at first, followed by plums, raisins and dates. Toasted bread and roasted nuts come to mind as far as the malt backbone goes. The hops are earthy and a little leafy, as English hops are apt to be, providing a fine counterpoint to the malts in the finish. Bittersweet in the finish, with some light roastiness that dries the palate out. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with relatively firm carbonation that gives this brew more of a bite than I tend to prefer from my brown ales. Still, it's absurdly quaffable, showing the same level of professional brewmanship I have come to expect from this outfit.

Final Grade: 4.19, a very respectable A-. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is an excellent example of the style. Perfectly balanced, moderately complex and a pleasure to drink; this is the sort of ale that is made for sessioning. Not my favourite beer from this brewery, but still a superb brown that all English ale fans should give a shot or three. Hopefully the single bottles will make their way here eventually!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:46:53 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this the other day at a Hamilton establishment. Was curious about it so figured I would give it a try and really glad I did. Served fairly cold into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, mahogany color. Nice 2 finger light tan head with good retention and leaving some foamy goodness around the glass even after the head is mostly gone. Some decent lacing as well.

Smell - Caramel, nuts, molasses and hints of vanilla. Not overpowering but very pleasant and inviting.

Taste - Like the nose especially the nuts and caramel really standout here. Just enough bitter taste from the hops to cut through the sweetness of the rest of the beer. Also a little bit of smoke comes through to enhance the roastiness of this brew. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - For a beer that has this much flavor and gives the appearance and has the aroma of a heavier beer, it is exceptionally light and fairly refreshing. Nor is it thin in any manner. Medium low carbonation works well here too.

Overall - Really glad I followed by curiosity and got this since it is delicious full flavored but light enough that more than one could be consumed in a sitting. Would recommend this to all types of beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 15:09:39 | More by DenisKolkin
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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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