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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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3,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 164
Gots: 241 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of ljbrisson
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear brown into a weizen glass (why? because I felt like it) with a finger-width off-white head that eventually faded to a thin film, leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and a little chewy, low-medium carbonation. Taste is caramel, vanilla, walnuts, figs, hint of chocolate, no bitterness to speak of. Different from American brown ales in that the taste seems much milder and subdued. Overall this is a great beer and one of the best in its style that I've had.

ljbrisson, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Punkyg0608
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Punkyg0608, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Robeerto89
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Robeerto89, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TedSneakman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

TedSneakman, May 17, 2012
Photo of Soomars
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Soomars, May 04, 2013
Photo of hiker1701a
4/5  rDev -2.2%

hiker1701a, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of wcdoyle
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml (18.6 oz) bottle

Even a light pour caused an aggressive head off white, brown-tinged head, but this settled down quickly to a thin, light brown film. Solid lacing. Light, clean brown with just a touch of red. Complex smell that got to my nose w/o me even putting my sniffer in the glass: nuts, molasses, grain, and a bit of earthiness too. Taste was mild, light, but quite nice. There's the nuttiness, and a creamy buttery quality too. Sweetness comes of more as caramel, but it also has a light touch. Low, low apparent hops that are there only at the very end. I might describe the taste as "delicate," but that gives the impression that I don't like it. I do. It's delicate, but not fragile. Carbonation gives it an added crispness in the first part of the taste (and also at the finish). That is it peaks on both ends, with the creaminess coming through in the middle. As the carbonation dies down towards the end of the glass, the creaminess takes over. I think I actually prefer the lower lighter carbonation feel of the end of the glass. (That's why the mouthfeel sinks below the other scores.)

wcdoyle, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of tsulli
4/5  rDev -2.2%

tsulli, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of brown2cu
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copperish ruby color. Small amount of head formation, I believe this to be my fault I should hme have poured more aggresively. Top notch though, has the appearance one comes to expect from a brown ale not a very light porter or stout that as seems to be the tradition with some other brews of this style.

Smell: rich and malty with some fruity berry and nut undertones. The berry reminds me of something like strawberry. Back, really far back, I detect some hop bitterness.

Taste: incredible and complex. Very clean at first with a definite nut character coming into play I think I detect hazlenut, however I could be wrong. I taste something akin to grape somewhere as well. Some caramel notes as well as roasted malt is apparent as well. It is balanced with a definite lean towards malt only a small amount of bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing, a tad heavy and perhaps overbearing at times though. I feel that if it had a bit more hop character I would give it a 5. Overall though it leaves you quenched and reflective.

Drinkability: I love this beer! I could go for another couple. The only thing that I can possibly criticize would be the formidible sweetness within.

brown2cu, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of atlason
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tapered pint glass.

A: Decent head with nice lacing. Light brown color.

S: Coffee, toffee malts. Some steely notes. Nutty aroma comes as it warms up.

T: Really comes through in resembling the smell. Deep roasted malt with strong coffee notes and a nuttiness, perhaps hazelnut ? Reminiscent of Nutella. Slight grassy hops keep it interesting.

M: Not a terribly easy drinker due to the strong maltiness and low carbonation compared to the medium viscosity.

atlason, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of MouldyCrow
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

MouldyCrow, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Rymish
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Rymish, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of dogma33
4.5/5  rDev +10%

dogma33, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of kgammell1
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

kgammell1, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep brown color like that of mahogany wood. There is about a finger's width, or less, of off white head that clings to the glass rather nicely.

The smell is a nice malty blend of toasted bread, earthy grains, and some caramel sweetness. Nothing too over the top, no coffee or chocolate in the aromas, just toasty malt and a hint of caramel.

The taste is malty up front, with some nice bread-like flavors and perhaps a hint of some nuts but not a lot. There is an interesting bitterness that seems to be trying to break through and almost edges on being sour - hope this is the hops, not an infection. Overall, though the balance is pretty spot on.

ClevoPiwo, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of mjw2808
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice mahogany color with a one finger head that left some lacing. The smell is heavy on caramel malt and roasted malt. The taste is pretty much the same but I can taste a little but of hops in there. It has a pretty good mouthfeel and is also very drinkable. An exceptional brew.

mjw2808, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of bayougutter
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. Nice dark brown color with red highlights when held to light. Good size off white head that dissipated quickly and left good lacing. Smells of sweet malt mostly with some dark fruits and toffee. Taste is the sweet malts at first then blends to nutty toffee/caramel with overripe dates. Mouthfeel was good with carb just to my liking. Overall a well done brown ale and a good example of the style. Worth a try.

bayougutter, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of antique
3/5  rDev -26.7%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of slimpickens101
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

slimpickens101, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of conradh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

conradh, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of UffDaBock
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

UffDaBock, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of JasonCoop
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice deep brown. fairly clear. nice off white head.

smells very nutty. a little buttery. very malty.

taste is quite sweet and nutty. nice full body. very creamy. pleasantly and subtly hopped. great example of a brown ale.

mouthfeel is nice, full and creamy. very smooth and drinkable also. one of the best brown ales by far.

JasonCoop, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of scarnold8
4/5  rDev -2.2%

scarnold8, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of bwyu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

bwyu, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of mdtnelson
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mdtnelson, Jan 23, 2012
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,238 ratings.