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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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3,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,093
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 154
Gots: 172 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

08-03-2012 18:43:41 | More by Brubaker
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

10-15-2012 16:07:39 | More by JMartin
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-30-2012 20:52:31 | More by Peg2009
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-20-2013 20:43:43 | More by rw1992
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4.13/5  rDev +1%

A dark brown color, a slightly creamy colored head was about two fingers thick and stayed for an incredibly long time. light lacing around the glass as it went down

Smelled kind of weak, slightly nutty and bitter, hints of caramel and toffee.

Tasted about three times better than it smelled, very full flavors of nuts and toffee, hints of caramel and a distinct but well balanced bitterness in the finnish.

Well balanced mouthfeel, very full flavored and slightly carbonated

A fantastic English Brown Ale, kind of expensive but worth the cost.

05-05-2006 00:31:29 | More by afordney
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3.68/5  rDev -10%

A nice, nonoffending mellow brew. Appeared dark brown out of the bottle with almost no carbonation or foam. Smell is very nutty and reminds me of a Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Taste was okay. The malt sweetness is very mellow with the nuttiness from the aroma also present. While I liked this beer, for some reason, this felt overly heavy.

02-15-2008 16:17:39 | More by WaveRebel51
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance- Sam Smith's does a great job maintaining an authentic old-world look, feel and taste... the bottle labels are intricate but not overdone... elegant. The gold foil around the neck adds to it's charm, giving a feel that each beer recieves individual attention... something that is lost among many mass-marketed 'premium' beers.

The Beer pours a deep red-brown with a very nice head, however, the head does not linger very long.

The aroma of this beer is the only aspect of it's composition that I took issue with... while there are unmistakable nutty aspects to the aroma... something seems slightly off, almost artificial about the richness of the malty aroma.

The flavor make up for any doubt about the quality. The beer is sweet, but not syrupy, extraordinarily well balanced with a tinge of nutty-chocolate roasted malt. The beer finishes so clean, I had finished most of my glass before i realized I was long past my first sip. The beer does not weigh you down... very very well made... One of the best brown's I have had the privilege of drinking.

04-10-2008 05:05:37 | More by PBBC
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-08-2012 15:16:14 | More by brenjames
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-30-2012 13:40:42 | More by philaflava
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-27-2012 03:08:36 | More by YoPo
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-04-2014 05:11:50 | More by Davideo
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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%

Very dark brown, cloudy. Head is very fluffy and creamy looking. Looks fantastic.

Carmel hops and a slight sweetness comes through. A very crisp and pleasent smell.

Increadible flavor. Slight burnt and malty taste intially.. fades into a creamy, sweet nutty taste. One of the best I've tasted.

Thick and creamy in mouth. Carbonation level is dead on. Once again one of the best.

May be the best beer I've ever had... tastes great. I could easily drink a few of these.

04-03-2004 01:38:18 | More by jsolack
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-09-2013 04:00:25 | More by jcoulighan
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-30-2014 19:41:52 | More by DannyWils
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-17-2014 03:21:57 | More by Doodamis-Maximus
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from gold foil-capped bottle into my favorite tulip glass.

A: Deep ruby-hued brown with a thick soapy head that dissipates to a thin, wispy film and collar that hugs the rim of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: Nutty, buttery aroma with hints of dark fruit, a little butterscotch, and some faint breadiness.

T: Sweet nutty, bready malts, herbal hop notes, butter, and some sweet sticky fruits. Very clean. A lingering aftertaste of buttered whole wheat toast. There's a flash of an almost La Folie-esque sourness in the middle that gives it a nice little kick.

M: Medium-full, creamy, with low carbonation. A little watery.

O: No question why this is such a world-renowned Nut Brown Ale. It's nothing flashy, but hits everything on the head. A true classic.

05-14-2011 04:44:13 | More by machostacos
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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%

This is an amazing beer. I love the nuttiness about it. I have been on a english brown kick as of late and this is by far the best in show. Almost all 5's, I did smell one better Brown Ale so I will reserve the perfect score but that is nit-picking. If you haven't tried this it is a must.

03-05-2012 04:20:45 | More by kimbo33
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -10%

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.

02-14-2011 21:35:38 | More by evanlarkin
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

09-06-2012 02:34:08 | More by agammon
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-12-2012 21:23:28 | More by rpaine
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

03-20-2013 02:51:32 | More by bohemyth
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-21-2013 06:39:34 | More by KRella
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-27-2014 20:22:16 | More by l0rddavis
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale pours a dark red, brown with lots of off-white head. It leaves lots of lacing which sticks to the glass for a long while. Mmmmm…it smells like caramel, no, better! Butterscotch! It has a great creamy aroma with layers of nutty breads.

Tastes like roasted malts and toffee. It has lots of veiled tones like chocolate, coffee and butter. It is a moderately dry beer that finishes almost like hazelnut. The carbonation is a little higher than what I like, but it isn't overpowering at all.

I think that this is the cookie cutter for nut brown ales. This is the one. Other breweries base their beers on this one. If you aren’t sure what a nut brown should be, give this a go and don’t be surprised if you fall in love. Good stuff!

12-16-2005 07:20:48 | More by Mitchel
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

This is not a bad beer, but I felt let down by it.

It's a neutral brown beer that makes several fingers of head that quickly recede to nothing more than a ring around the glass.

The smell is decidedly nutty with a burnt butterscotch sort of smell. This translates into a smooth nutty beer, which is drier than I expected. Significant esters in this beer, with quite a bit of fruity complexity.

It's not bad, but in my view suffers from the body. It's remarkably thin compared with Samuel Smith's others. It was also nearly flat.

Not bad, but I did not feel it was worth the imported premium.

11-22-2009 04:35:14 | More by CHL
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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