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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,829 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2829
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good beer with food, its astringency or is it bitterness works to add to roast beef and patatoes meal. Haven't done a sample but I bet UK reviewers rank this higher. Canadians can try a couple of more balanced lighter versions of this type such as Wellington's. Brown colour looks like matter is there and suds on top look like dish soap. Also strong carbonation begs for food relief.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 03:15:45 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, burnt caramel/toffee, slight nuts, and some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that makes it quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:34:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 14:22:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:55:42 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel brown with a touch of garnet. Decent head with nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and nuts from the malt with a distinct bit of alcohol on the nose

Taste: A bunch of flavor jumps out at you and gets better as the beer breathes a bit. Caramel sweetness with a dry nutty bitterness that blend quite nicely and linger for a while.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit too much carbonation but otherwise full bodied.

Drinkability: The carbonation limits my appetite to drink more than one of these, but overall it is a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 22:03:30 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a clear brown colored beer with a medium head that has very little retention. Smells of hops is clearly present with a very subtle touch of nut sweetness. Taste is very ''creamy'' with again a sweet touch of hazelnut. Medium body with standard carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer but I would have enjoyed it more if the hazelnut taste had been more accentuated.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 13:55:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking a lot of high gravity beers lately, it's nice to have a lower bodied beer with the roasted complexity, well brewed, matured, and handled beer that's more easily drinkable and less alcoholic. The look is of solid brown with deep amber highlights. Aromas and flavors of good old barley malt, nicely roasted or toasted. Good caramel, toffee, and butterscotch flavors. Cashews and hazlenut flavors deep into the body. The body is smooth without being thick or cloying. Sweet, but balanced with light hop bittering and slight yeasty sour notes. Finishes mildly sweet and bitter from hops and grain. A good beer to get back to basics.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 15:04:29 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

A: Pours a moderate brown with a nice off white head.

S: Plenty of malty sweetness alongside caramel, toffee, and a nice nut scent.

T: The nuts make quite the appearance and match well with the sweetened malt.

M: Light-to-medium body with good carbonation and a nice creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. Great Fall season session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 11:35:34 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark amber with a moderate level of carbonation. The head died down rather quickly and just left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There's a distinct nutty smell with a bit of malty sweetness.
T: The flavor is nutty, sweet and buttery and also has some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is very much sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:19:14 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, garnet-hued body with a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Decently aromatic toasted malt aroma that certainly is nutty with light traces of hops.

Taste: Smooth toasted maltiness with some roasted nuts and a light caramelly sweetness. Spicy hops with a light bitterness. The sweet tries to rebound, but ultimately the mild bitterness wins out on the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, easily drinkable English Brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 06:37:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a medium sticky head,the aroma is of course nutty and malty sweet.The taste is pretty rich for the appearance pretty nutty and earthy with a sweet malt backbone.Somewhat with a lighter looking brown ale with such a rich taste to it.Not a bad brew but maybe a little overated.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 23:19:26 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance. Russet brown in color with excellent clarity and a full, but not very dense, tan colored head. The head holds well and leaves some very good lace. Light bodied but somewhat creamy. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt with a lightly mineral character and just a touch of diacetyl. The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a fairly dry, softly biscuity malt with some light caramel undertones and only a very slight touch of hops. There's no chocolate or toasted malt character present. A firm bitterness balances and it finishes quickly, dry with some residual earthy hops. A very memorable beer that keeps you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 10:57:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Ah, one of the few positive attributes of the LCBO - selling products of British origin at half the price as that in other parts of the country.

This beer pours a clear dark orange-tinted amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somehow gritty dirty white head, which leaves a perfectly distributed array of snow rime lace in its splattered wake.

It smells of lightly toasted, sweet bready, richly nutty malt, creamed caramel, and some mildly citric, pleasantly leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, robustly nutty malt, lesser caramelized toffee, subtle aged dark fruit, and a smallish drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is patently reserved, and of course up to the menial task of structural integrity, the body a decent medium weight, well-rounded, and agreeably smooth. It finishes rather clean, with some silken caramel malt, lingering oily nuttiness, and mild noble hops.

The prototypical English Brown Ale, veritas, the real deal - the nut adjunct is suitably laid back, and the hops are just there to make sure that you aren't scared away by this little adjustment. Wow, it's hard to describe the subtly of the old-world styles sometimes, engineered as they are for drinking, and perhaps not explicit contemplation.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 23:45:49 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with light getting through around the edges of the clear bottle, and a thick, sizzling tan head. Aroma is nutty, herbal, with a notes of caramel, butterscotch, and almonds, and the lush feel of the deep woods. On the palate: sweet and buttery, with a mellow and medium body. Small hop presence here, more a malt emphasis, and a great balance between. Sweet enough to please the folks, but with a solid enough body not to disappoint the serious ale lover. Quite unlike the ever-present, flimsy and bland Newcastle. Very pleasing, and rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 13:51:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, nuts, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, honey and nuts. There's a decent hops presence for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, if I were in the mood for this style, I could certainly drink quite a few of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 02:40:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours caramel to brown with a 1" tan head that fades too fast. No head retention or lacing

Smell: Nutiness, frutiness, & slight oaky notes

Taste: Tasosty malt, sweetness, slight hops bitterness on the tounge. Finishes sweet.

MF: Slight undercarbonation, but good balance maltiness &grainy/hop bitterness

Very drinkable. Certainally had better nutbrowns, but this was my first & still shines as great example of the style

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 06:02:40 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It is malty and full of roasted and victory malts. The taste is also good. It is malty, but a bit watery. It finishes dry, but good down smooth. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is an excellent nut brown ale. It is refreshing and not at all bitter like most English ales I try.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 02:09:55 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Beer is clear and has good carbonation and an off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is reddish to brown.

Aroma is sweet and malty overall. About what's to be expected, overall its weak.

Slightly bitter in the back but overall good. Medium to full bodied, a mild roasty flavor with some caramel and sweetness in there. Some carbonation in the mouth. Overall a really good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 05:00:33 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a pillowy, three-finger head. Leaves great lace.

S - It smelled of grains, malt and nut.

T - It tasted of malt, hazelnut and some spice.

M - It was a little thin and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good brown ale, but not the best offering from Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 03:58:05 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, brownish amber color when held up to the light. Otherwise it shows an opaque, deep dark, amber tinged, almost black brown color. The head is a frothy, rockied surface, tan colored head that starts out at about two fingers in thickness and even leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Aromatic notes of sweet plums, nutty toasted grain, rich toffee, and a hint of diacetyl combine together in the aroma after a first glance. After a bit more inspection ample notes of caramelized raisins and a touch of roasted grain become noticeable. At the first pour there might have been a hint of light struck hops, but my palate and nose seem to be desensitized enough from Sam's Pale ale that I don't really notice it in this brew.

Sweet fruity notes of caramelized fruit greet my tongue upon my first sip. The finish is lightly nutty with a subtle, toasted, even a touch roasted, grain type note. A touch of carbonation adds a prickly zippiness to the middle of this beer, and in the same vein a hint of hop bitterness rounds out the finish. The hop bitterness in the finish is joined by a dark grain astringency, which also helps to add a touch of balance to the other flavors in this beer. Notes of sweet plums, a touch of raisin and even a nice subtle fig note add to the fruitiness of this brew.

This beer has a really nice malt character to it, the interesting malt tapestry that this beer weaves is its selling point. It is quite easy drinking, and I am enjoying it, but it could use a bit more oomph, or even a bit more character. Not bad, and certianly a touch better than the pale ale from the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 04:16:33 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out as a really nice brown color. The head is pretty good size for the style with a light tan color. The lacing doesn't leave much behind on the glass. The smell of the beer has sweet nutty and roasted aroma. The taste has a good bitterness to it with a subtle brown sugar sweetness and a good roasted nut flavor also. The mouthfeel is thin but has a carbonation that keeps it interesting. Overall it's a damn good Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:53:11 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured medium brown with ruby highlights. The foamy head lasted for the duration.
The smell was of nutty caramel with undertones of fruit and bread. Very inviting.
The taste was of nuts, caramel. fruits (esp. applish), and bread. There was an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.
The mouthfeel was light, buttery, smooth and refreshing. Some of the tastes linger, along with a bit of stickiness (otherwise would be a "5" IMO).
A very drinkable brew and an excellent example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 22:31:34 | More by jwc215
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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
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 20:34:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown color with a thick bubbly head. The aroma was somewhat lacking as hints of malts were present. The flavor was of a nice malt, nut, and slight hop balance. There was a sharp bite on the tongue which gave a crisp sensation. The malt lasts quite a bit on the tongue. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 22:29:53 | More by Gavage
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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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