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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,412 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,412
Hads: 3,601
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 231
Gots: 487 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,412 | Hads: 3,601
Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  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. (415 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

as good as advertised, and super cheap for the quality, I cant believe how long I waited to try this. what was I thinking?! the pour is a remarkably clear dark maple syrup color with a bubble bath head of tan foam that wont quit. the nose is the weakest like, smells like malty ale yeast, rather bland really. the flavor through really opens up. this is a caramel almondy malt bomb, but it isn't sweet if you can imagine that. its got a bitter dry finish more akin to cashews or something, unsalted of course, with some mild chocolate essence, and this only gets more dramatic as it warms up. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple elegance vibe here. did I mention this beer looks sexy? im down to my last swig and the head is as big as it was when I poured it some 45 minutes ago, just astonishing. lovely mouthfeel as well, cleanish in the finish with a flatly medium body and that casky English ale carbonation nice and mellow. this is a really drinkable brown too, glorious without all those residual sugars. I always knew sam smith wash high quality stuff, but I think its wide availability made me overlook it in favor of some of the rarer American craft stuff. with two delicious offerings from these guys in the last week, I will no longer walk past their shelf. I will be grabbing up the other varieties as quick as I can now, this stuff is the nectar! (1,368 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  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. (540 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  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. (436 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (383 characters)

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

550ml bottle into a nonic. The beer is aptly nut-colored, a dark woody brown, with a finger of off-white foam topping the body. Clarity is excellent, and while the head dies down faster than I'd like, it's still a beautiful beer.

Toffee is strong on the nose, nuttiness surprisingly not, though there's a very pleasant toasted malt backbone that, combined with the toffee-like sweetness, vaguely resembles peanut brittle. The English yeast profile is distinct and characterful, lending a buttery cream-caramel note that's thoroughly enjoyable.

Very flavorful, with toffee again prominent but matched by an equally strong toasty bitterness. Earthy hops are faintly detected, along with some husky grain, buttered toast, biscuit and the slightest mineral twang. Near the finish a bit of over-steeped-tea-like astringency pops up, melding with the hops to create a drying, mildly bitter finish.

Quite enjoyable overall, an easy-drinking almost-session beer with plenty of character, though slightly rough around the edges. (1,022 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,716 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  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. (317 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown with a 1/2" off-white head which recedes to the rim and leaves spotty lace. Aroma of malt, and faint sweetness. Flavors of nutty grains and malt. Somewhat rustic and pleasant. (197 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium sized light brown head that settles to a film of large bubbles. Dark brown body with good clarity.

S - Nutty with a slight caramel note and brown, toasty malt. Clean fermentation profile with little to no hop aroma.

T - Malty toffee flavor with sweet, nutty flavors in the middle. Caramel and light hop flavor in the finish with mild bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Excellent nutty, malt character. A little lacking in aroma and could use a bit more hop character. Overall, a good example of the style and reasonably drinkable. (586 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. Decent retention. The smell is sweet and grainy with some toffee and a fruity note. The taste follows from the smell. It's sweet but not overly so. I'm getting a slight fruity note along with some caramel. The finish is full of slightly sweet grain. The beer is dry, seems slightly chalky. Smooth carbonation. (369 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  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. (710 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69. I was surprised a little by my review, but tasted alongside American browns it must seem lighter. I want to review again for comparison.

A - a light tan head crowns the ale w/ medium redish brown body. A slightly hazed appearance w/ slow streams of bubbles rising. Good lace patterns form on the tumbler.

S - Like a mild red grape fruitines in the aroma w/ a subtle prune scent and woody hop fragrance. The yeast gives off mild citrus hints

M - Slightly acidic, light fruitiness and crisp feel w/ med body and mild nutty texture w/ subtle roasty finish.

T - Taste is mildly vinous w/ dark fruit and biscuit/bran taste. There is an almost almond flavor w/ gentle brown sugar tinge and the mailt is taken over by the yeasts fruit. The hops are light and mild w/ dark red apple skin taste.

D - A taste that deserves praise for it has unique elements and does not dissapoint, w/ lasting flavor from the yeast and caramel malts. (1,020 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium sized light tan head dies out quite quickly above a clear caramelly brown colored beer.

Chocolaty nutty strong aroma.

Nice full chocolaty malt taste with some roasted nuts flavors added.

Slightly dryish aftertaste that brings along some of the flavors of this beer with it on a full bodied beer.

A very good beer with some slightly different tastes adding to the nutty chocolate taste, well worth a try. (414 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown chestnut in colour with a caked on lace.

Smell: Nutty aroma ... a mix of sweet and grain with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste: Smooth with a creamy textured mouth feel coming from the medium body. Sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish. There is an underlying buttery flavour from the Yorkshire yeast and a sufficing hop bitterness that seem to do a good job of putting the missing pieces together for this brew.

Notes: Truly one of the best brown ales in the world ... this is the cast and mold for lots of brewers trying to come up with a nut-brown ale. The lasting nutty finish leaves a pleasing hazelnut or walnut aftertaste. (783 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (433 characters)

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