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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

3,112 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,112
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 178 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 3,112 | Reviews: 1,382 | Display Reviews Only:
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

01-25-2004 03:15:45 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2012 02:03:55 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

07-26-2012 02:34:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-14-2011 21:30:21 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

05-15-2010 11:35:34 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-14-2011 04:45:14 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

06-08-2005 14:22:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-22-2014 06:33:46 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-30-2012 13:55:02 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-02-2011 17:23:16 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-03-2012 08:54:01 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-14-2013 04:31:53 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-21-2013 06:39:16 | More by GRG1313
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2014 03:38:08 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-10-2013 00:36:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

04-20-2010 03:22:13 | More by largadeer
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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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