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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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3,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,486
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 199
Gots: 385 | 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 nickd717
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from BevMo.

Exceptional appearance for this one. Brilliant reddish-brown in color with a lasting two-finger khaki head and thick lacing.

Nice rich aroma, with fruity English yeast very big. Some milk chocolate and toffee notes as well as good nuttiness.

Good balanced flavor with toffee, English yeast, and milk chocolate. The nuttiness asserts itself on the finish. The nuts are substantial, if not as big as some of the American brown ales that actually add essence of nuts to the beer. Hey, sometimes you'd rather not have a brewer smack you in the face with a big ol' nut sack.

Medium-bodied and smooth, maybe a little boozy for 5%. Soft carbonation and a long finish.

Hey chief, if you dig the browns you should check this out. It's nice, balanced, and classic. I'd go for it again if I wasn't a ticker.

Photo of BennyL1
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a NB globe. Didn't find any freshness info on the bottle.

A - This brown ale pours a dark auburn color with a good two or so fingers worth of creamy colored head forms which settles down a bit. Above average lacing leaves a nice presence on the glass.

S - A few different nutty aromas are the first noticeable thing in the nose. A bit of English toffee and caramel in there as well.

T - Loving the taste on this. A ton of roasted nuts combined with a nice sweet malt backbone make a great brew. A bit or brown bread element in there as well. Just the slightest touch of hops round it out.

M - The feel of this beer is spot on. Smooth and creamy with a nice full body, but not especially filling which makes this easy to put down.

D - Drinkability on this one is through the roof. I could drink this one all day. One of the best brown ales I've ever had and probably will ever have.

Photo of sj660
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seductive maple color leaving good lace above a ribbon of aromatic foam, only tarnished by an uneven bubble composition.

Aroma is mild and matches the nutty taste with a subtle liaison of fruit and stone, but nothing to interfere with the nutty, malty, slightly caramel elixir. A kiss of hops follows to complete the very well balanced flavor.

The feel is creamy and full bodied without unnecessary alcohol or gas.

A world-class beer that should be the archetype for the English Brown Ale. For me, a favorite among favorites.

Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark brown color with ruby hues and a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, I am not able to detect much of anything. Taste is also rather mild, some nuttiness, a bit of hops, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me in a pint glass. The waiter actually poured it at my table, which was nice since I got to see the initial head.

A - Nice, two finger tall, foamy, white head. Deep reddish brown.

S - Nutty smell with a hint of sweet like caramel.

T - About the same as the smell. I really enjoyed the lasting malty nut taste.

M - Perfection? Super smooth with a medium body. Creamy with a slight carbonation.

D- Probably the best brown ale I have had thus far in my limited experience. It matched perfectly with my steak dinner and I would have ordered another had it not been over priced.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4 Pours a clear, reddish-brown. There's a quickly dissipating one-finger layer of bubbly tan head that ends up being less than 1/4" throughout. It has silk sheet-like lacing.

S- 4.5 Delightful smell, I just wish it were a tad stronger! I get candied pecans and hazelnut, possibly a slight roasted tone as well. Dark malts are present here and contribute to a sweetness that makes brown sugar and caramel come to mind.

T- 4.5 Great-tasting brown ale. It is nutty and malty/caramel sweet, with an ample level of hop bitterness that brings it in balance. None of its individual flavors stand out to me in general, but rather they combine to make one really good, well-rounded taste. Slightly dry aftertaste.

M- 5 Perfectly carbonated, this is a clean and smooth medium body ale that has just enough creaminess to it.

D- 4.5 One of my favorite brews in a favorite style, the Sammy Smith Nut Brown is a go-to beer for me. It is balanced in flavor and goes down easily. I'd recommend it to almost everyone. One of the best aspects of this brew - you can get it almost anywhere!

Photo of KajII
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a rich medium to dark brown with a translucent red hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown foamy head that had decent retention and produced some nice lacing.

The aroma was that of a roasted caramel malt and a leathery yeast with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and molasses.

It tasted very malty and mildly sweet with a hint of chocolate at first and finished with a slightly bitter coffee flavor that stayed with you for a nice long while after the swallow.

Its mouthfeel was tremendous, smooth and creamy in texture and a solid medium in body with a very soft carbonation.

Overall a superb Nut Brown ale, one of the best I have ever tried. But then again most brews from this brewer are just awesome!!

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Medium copper color, two fingers of pale tan head subsides slowly leaving faint lace.

S: Roasted notes predominate, some funky/fruity caramel in the background.

T: Lovely roasted notes, faint sweetness, no hops. Flavors are clear and pure. Some minerals emerge over time, also sweet biscuit.

M: Medium body with slight creaminess. Quite satisfying.

D: Very drinkable indeed-- none of the flavors are too strong, so it almost teases you into drinking more just to see if you can find something else in there-- and you can. Leaves me wanting more, but in a good way. Understated, even somewhat delicate.

Overall, a very pleasant beer. Will buy it again.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a light brown color with a finger of off-white head that holds and laces better than expected.

S: Caramel, toast, light hoppiness (goldings), and faint fruitiness.

T: Mild berry fruitiness, caramel and biscuit malts, toasted pecans and almonds, and some nutmeg.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbonation and creaminess.

D: This is a great example of excellence in subtlety.

Photo of SisuPride
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer with great aroma and taste. This beer is more complex than a simple run of the mill brown beer without being too complex. I guess the less is more theory holds true. The bottle makes for a beautiful presentation with the foli covered cap and traditional graphics. A beer and brewery I'd recommend without reservation to anyone. One of my favorites in their line-up.

Photo of starkystark
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a dark tan color. Level-headed with some pretty thick lacing left behind.

Toffee aroma. On the 3rd or 4th whiff I picked up that smell of roasted nuts.

Awesome complex flavor. I picked up that nutty taste at first. Then as it moves toward the back of the pallet it slowly turns to a roasted malt flavor. I caught caramel too.

Smooth. Lightly carbonated. Goes down pretty easily.

At 5.00%, this is definitely a very sessionable beer. I had two, but could have had two more for the night (although they were expensive). I would recommend this to my friends that enjoy Newcastle.

Photo of weizenbob
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 550 mL bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. I could not locate a bottling date. I poured it into a pint tumbler. Upon pouring, a nice three-finger ivory head forms. Retention is very good. Sticky lacing lines the glass. The brew is walnut-brown with a healthy amount of active carbonation visible through the pint. The look is textbook to style.

In the nose this ale is giving off scents of caramel, and fresh baked bread. There is a nutty aroma and the alcohol is also detectable on the nose.

Despite the depth of flavor, this is a pretty mild-tempered ale on the tongue. There is indeed an implied nutty character to this beer. It is malt-forward, giving impressions of caramel and chocolate. There is a subtle smokiness and a mild alcohol warmth. It finishes with a mildly bitter hop presence and an earthy aftertaste. To my Americanized palate it comes off being a little watered down. There is nothing inherently wrong with the flavor of this beer, but this is one of the rare instances that I prefer an American take on a style as opposed to a more traditional interpretation.

The body of this brown ale is on the heavier end of light. The presence of carbonation is fairly high, thereby increasing the effect of lightness in the mouthfeel. It feels a little watery, but pleasant on the whole.

The biggest testament to this beer may be its drinkability. It is complex in flavor without overwhelming the palate. It is inoffensive in the mouth. The moderately low 5% ABV makes finishing this bottle (equivalent to almost 19 ounces) a breeze. As an import it is a little bit pricey for a beer this close to sessionable. I would suggest that everyone give this a try (if nothing else but to have an anchor for reviewing the style), but even as a lover of brown ale, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is not something that I would go to often.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. Despite the cost, its durability strikes a chord with the romantic in me.

Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with orangish hue with 1 finger off white head.

smell: roasted malts, toffee

taste: caramel, malty,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, little thin

drinkability: easy drinker. very smooth brown ale.



Photo of SacredBeverage
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this and it was a good beer. I'm not going to go super in depth but just give an overview.

A: Good appearance, dark brown with a brown head and nice lacing.

S: I get some malt and chesnut, with some caramel and other flavors. Not quite as rich as I thought it was going to be but then again I'm new to Brown Ales.

T: I liked the taste, rich and flavorful, refreshing.

M: It wasn't as full-bodied as I expected it to be, just a little more watery than it looks; not that it is watery, it's fairly creamy, it just has a lighter body to it than it looks.

D: I could have a couple of these with a nice roast, or by itself, very enjoyable beer.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Appearance - Clear, dark amber body. Thick off white head with plenty of texture, lacing, and retention.

Smell - Nut, wood, tea. Something like taking a walk in an ancient forest. Mossy with just a touch of flora.

Taste - Extreme metallic taste. Might be a tainted bottle. I'm almost certain. But I'll let the review stand just in case, and come back and re-review this another time to be positive. The metallic taste goes away a little after each drink. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be the style, or of this is a result of their using well water in the brew, or if it's a bad batch. Not going to sink pour this though. Not bitter. Tastes like copper.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, but not syrupy.

Drinkability & Notes - Almost undrinkable. Has some underlying character and notes that make this an interesting beer, but the metallic taste ruined this beer completely. I couldn't find any identifying markings on the bottle other than "SI17J1" printed on the glass on the neck of the bottle, just below the foil.


Appearance - same

Smell - same

Taste - No metallic taste this time, but my wife says it tastes the same as last time. I have no idea how this is possible. Re-rating it from 2 to 4.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/copper color with amber highlights and a thick, frothy, tan head that slowly recedes.

Aroma is nutty and minerally up front with sweet malt, toffee and slight caramel. Very inviting.

Taste is malty, it begins with sweet, toffee malts and a very light toastiness. Hints of butterscotch and a subtle yet balancing hop bitterness emerge midway. The finish is fairly dry and leaves some mineral and caramelly malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium/low carbonation.

Overall I very much enjoy this beer, I have had it many times. It is malty, slightly sweet yet crisp on the finish. It offers depth and drinkability.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really a decent pour here with a nice medium brown color and a smooth even head of tan that came up from the bottom and coated the glass rather nicely i have to say. aroma is light chocolate with hint of nice roasted malts and a touch of coffee, well rounded for sure and definetely a nice way to end an evening. a mix if light carbonation with a smooth, velvet like texture to it led me to sip it down quite nicely and left a really nice overall impression.

very solid beer for sure and one i would have no issue in going back to again.

Photo of Mit
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a pours with a nice head...decent lacing on the glass...deep reddish amber colour.

s-malty notes...sweet for the most part. I'm finding that there is a very slight citrus smell at the end but it's faint.

t-def sweet and nutty in flavour, nice tartness from hops that is much more prevalent in the taste than in the smell.

m-solid mouth feel for the abv.

d-really drinkable. Lots of breweries make a brown ale but I think this is one that stands near the top.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy kaki 1 finger head. Clear dark brown to maroon body. Smells of toffee, Carmel, sweet malts, some woody notes as well. Tastes sweet and Carmel at first then some earthy carmelized to burn sugar tastes. Medium full bodied, very coating on the way down. I could only have one of these at a time. $4 a bottle.

Photo of evanlarkin
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, almost brown. Red through the light. 2 fingers of foamy head which disappears quickly leaving just a bit of lacing.

Sweet and malty. It could be described as nutty. Not much detectable hops other than a light lemony note.

Sweet and malty, with some apple notes. Nothing resembling bitterness at all. Not boozy either. Very "fresh" tasting.

Full and thick, kind of chewy and creamy. It has all the smoothest feelings in spades.

Okay. I wouldn't have one every day, but available on tap I could see it being a good session beer when I'm not in a hops mood.

Photo of dciBA
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a nonic. Light brown with a crimson tinge and about 2 fingers of tan head. Smell is nutty with a decent amount of raisin coming through as well. Taste is similar. Plenty of maltiness on the palate. Not overly complex just a nice solid brown ale. Nutty, malty, tasty. No hop flavor at all. Just enough bitterness to stand up to the malt. Finish is fairly dry with flavor lingering for a short time after each sip. Carbonation is on the low side but doesn't bring the beer down at all. Glad to finally taste this, the benchmark of the style.

Photo of dmfrench
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, dry, nutty, wine-like... perfect with foul

A: Deep clear amber body with a quite persistent two finger off white head.

S: Not particularly aromatic... just hints of toasted nuts, spices, neutral hops, and, believe it or not, alcohol.

T: Quite wine in its malt profile... there is buttered rye toast, but at the same time I can almost taste white grapes. Nuts are certainly represented, as almond I believe. Hopping is light but present, lending a nice balance, though somehow reminiscent of BMC.

M: High carbonation almost gives this brew a champagne-like quality... perfect with food, especially fowl.

D: A bit drying and metallic on the finish, so not perfect, but good.

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A moderate pour into my Optimator mug produced about 2 fingers of cola head, lifting above the rim without spilling over. No lacing would be present by the finish of this beer. The color reminds me of old photo negatives--deep brown, yet completely translucent.

The smell isn't too complex, sort of earthy with sweet, fruity notes. Besides the expected nuttiness, the taste is malty with something of a buttery sweetness. As it warms to maybe 50-55F, really no bitterness/hoppiness can be detected at the finish and I'm immediately ready for another sip.

I think the "fleeting" nature of this beer (disappearing lace, no lingering bitterness) contributes to the lack of feel--but I suspect that isn't so much a goal for brewers of this style, so I don't want to ding it in this category.

This ale is at least on the level of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and could have another or two. This one will probably show up in my regular rotation.

Photo of engagechad
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased in a 3 pack along with the Oatmeal stout and the IPA - Poured into the Samuel Smith imperial pint glass

This beer poured fantastic! Great carb and the foam looked like whipped topping.. Looked like I have a root beer float the way the proteins were affecting the foam formation. Very ruby colored brown, You could see right through it, but it was beautiful.
Smell great too, it smelled.. wel.. nutty! And there was a big apply aroma in there that was so interesting. Taste was wonderful as it was incredibly drinkable and was full of complexities. Nutty, malty and apply but light as well. At times the mouthfeel was a bit stingy but other than that it was a solid brew. I would buy it again.

Photo of webbcreative
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber to ruby color. Had a nice thick, tan head.

Smell is sweet malts, bready, nutty, smells like i would expect a Nut Brown Ale to smell.

Taste is more of the same, sweet malts, nutty, lightly toasted bread, really really good.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, I would prefer just a bit more body.

Overall, really solid NBA, almost perfect. Not one thing grabs me as being outstanding - but indeed is a nicely crafted nut brown ale.

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