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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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1,427 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,427
Hads: 3,669
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 249
Gots: 539 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Reviews: 1,427 | Hads: 3,669
Photo of santoslhalper
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: In the glass its a simple brown color, with a thin beige head. Loads of yeast evident at the bottom.

Smell: In the nose this beer is a very strong caramel and nutty smell, almost like a scotch of sorts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: In the mouth, this beer is one potent bastard. It taste really strong, and feels like its much more than 5% alcohol. The nutty taste is only evident in the end, and by then it's kinda bland. The mouthfeel is thin but a little chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a kind of regular. No huge tastes that are good. Bland. I don't know, but I don't really enjoy it. Try Sam Smith's Oatmela Stout instead.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brownish copper colour evident through the clear bottle. It pours a nice tan/beige head. Leaves nice thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is very nice. A really strong aroma, you cant miss it. Smells like old leather (in a good way). Hints of coffee aromas too.
Slightly roasted taste, very balanced. A very nice creamy mouthfeel.
Great pub beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love this brown ale! Pours a clear brown-ruby color. The head is large with good retention.

Smells sweet and malty.

Taste buttery and malty with some hazelnut. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

If I had the money, I would make this my number one session beer. What perfect English brown ale!

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

A clean brown colored beer with ruby highlights. Has a small beige head with some lace effect. The aroma has a malty sweetness and some carmel in the background. A good roasted malt flavor at the start. With some bitterness along the sides of the tongue and a smooth bitter and toffee sweet finish.

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

This is a deep chestnut brown ale that has a hint of caramel and chocolate in its complexity. It's not as great as some small batch brown ales but is really top notch for a more largely produced one. The flavor is deep, the brew is well done and it is significantly better than a Newcastle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan, three finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Deep, clear amber color. Nose is not distinguishable. Starts with a light mellow sweetness and finishes with a good balance of malts and hops. $2.32 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown, somewhat murky, with thin head and nice coating.

Aroma: Crystal-malt caramel, slight butterscotch.

Flavor: Good, rich toffee-ish malt character, again some slight diacetyl. Hop presence is quite in the background, only a small bit of bitterness. Finish is clean and smooth.

Body: Low carbonation and a creamy, smooth texture. A tad astringent at the end.

Mmmm, this, for me, is the signature brown ale. Very quaffable.

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Photo of CVC
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in a slim 12 oz. bottle with gold foil on top; served in a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark, hazy brown/amber color with a thick, off-white two-finger head. A noticeably taller head than most other beers by Samuel Smith. Dies fairly slowly, and leaves some lacing. Smells really nutty, with few hints of butterscotch. Tastes of roasted malts and nuts. Has a medium mouthfeel--not really thick or thin. Really drinkable. One more please!

This beer looks, smells, and tastes great. Has the best head out of all the Sam Smith beers, and has some of the best aromas.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep coppery-brown with a relatively thick head that lasts. The aroma doesn't wow me, but has a toasty / alcohol scent. Now for the all important taste... toasty malt, not sweet but not bitter, just flavorful followed by a slightly burnt bitter finish. An overall warm taste that doesn't burn going down. Very drinkable and enjoyable... a nice example of the style... not over the top, but a well-done example.

On a side note... there's a flavor here I just couldn't figure out... and now after writing my review and reading a few others, another reviewer made me realize what it was... root beer! Not the major component of the flavor, but it's in there...

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Photo of beersarang
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptional Medium brown color with an off white head that is quite creamy and strong. Lace is abundant.

Smells wonderful, nutty aroma with mild roasted notes.

Tastes sweet at first, with a mild bitterness and roasted toffee aftertaste that cuts the sweetness. This is what a brown ale was meant to taste like.

Considerable carbonation, I hoped this beer would be more creamy.

Quite drinkable, I finished the large bottle with ease.

All in all my new favorite brown ale. Samuel Smith makes consistently good beers.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice brown color with reddish hues. Only a small head that goes away very quickly. On the nose, I get some faint maltiness, maybe some nutty characteristics pretty much what I would expect to find in a Brown Ale. The taste is pretty good, I get the nuttiness, with some malt and a nice hoppy finish. The mouth feel is oily and bubbly. I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a strange one to figure out. Brown ales are some of my favorites, so, I was expecting better. I chilled this for only two hours, could be the reason for the strange taste.

Pours a dark amber, not the typical brown ale color. It is very clear with ample carbonation and a nice tannish thick head. The lace sticks in places, but not abundantly.

The smell is leafy and minty, kind of grassy too. The taste is nutty with a metallic aftertaste. I will try another when they cool more and possibly update this review. Not as good as other I have sampled from Smith.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish-brown colour with an almost white head that thins out but lasts for the whole glass.

Smells like hops, mild toffee and and hazelnut. Mild taste of hops and malts, nothing predominates. Nutty/toffee flavour.

Smooth drinking, not too fizzy. Would make a good session beer, but a bit pricey to buy in quantity. Comes in a 550ml bottle, tasty and smooth drinking.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with thick tan head, that never completely goes away and laces very well. Aroma of malt and some hops, nothing much else, but that's good. Taste was a great toffee malt with a buttery feel and nice hoppy finish, hints of chocolate and nuttiness as well. This would be great session beer if it were more readily available around here.

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Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours to a dark but clear brown color with a huge frothy tan colored head that breaks down very slowly and leaved incredible thick, clump lacing on the sides of the glass. It is a fine looking brew! The aromas are intoxicating, scents of malt, sweet toffee, caramel, with a nutty scent that goes perfectly together. This is a very nice, pure smelling brew! The taste is very nice, a heavy malty taste that leads to a sweeter sensation in the mouth (not overly, a very nice balance) along with a nutty taste and a modest hoppyness. Together with the flavors that this brew has it is a simply incredible tasting brew and one that is extremely well balanced. If you have not tried this brew, give it a whirl, I am sure you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of BadBadger
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fine English Brown Ale. It pours from the bottle as a rather dark brown color. The head was some what disappointing in being both small and short lasting. The smell was certainly pleasing as was the taste, a pleasant malty sweetness with a nice nutty undertone. Definitely a beer to search out and enjoy.

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Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer having had it many times before this is my first bottle in a couple years.

It poured a beautiful translucent black-brown and had a decent head that over topped my SS glass. The nose contained hints of caramel and roasted malts puncuated with nobel English hops. The taste was everything that the smell promised and more the only thing that detracted from this beer was a metallic taste the came through in the after taste. I guess the English water around Yorkshire has more than I am used to. Very delightful to drink and not heavy on the alcohol. These beers would make for a good night of drinking.

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Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Deep Red. Moderately aromatic, fruity and fresh, with a strong fragrance of hazelnut along with a hint of caramel and fruit. Taste begins with a note of browned red apple. Immediate mid-palate flavors of caramel take place followed by a long and satisfying finish with notes of hazelnut and vanilla. A wonderful tasting brew and a pinnacle for its style.

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Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/2 liter clear bottle. poured a reddish chestnit brown with a rocky 2 finger cap that laces well. moderate carbonation. Hints of caramel and nuts in the aroma. Nice mix of malts sweet caramel, some roasted tones...hops tamed back (as should be) in this brown...finishes mild ...nothing unique here...this is the secons Sm smith's ale that disappointed in expectation....maybe a standard for the style but there are better domestic browns with better character..no need to go back here at the import price.

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Photo of swid
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Nut Brown Ale was my first beer from this Samuel Smith, and I had high expectations for this beer. Fortunately, this beer surpassed my expectations.

The ale pours a dark amber to brown color (slightly lighter on the bottom than on the top), somewhat hazy. A thick, creamy head; moderate lacing. So many smells--where to begin? I pick up a bit of everything; a hint of sour aroma here, a bit of nut there, and a pleasant malt throughout; just the slightest touch of bitter aroma was well.

The nut flavor in this beer is evident, but not overbearing. Likewise, the slightly sweet caramel and chocolate flavors of the malt are balanced very well with the hops. This is a supremely well-balanced beer. A crisp mouthfeel, slightly dry; finishes with just a bit of bitterness and roasted flavor.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is an excellent beer, and it's a shame I hadn't tried this beer before. Truly an excellent brown ale, and one I wish wasn't sold only as a single. A wonderful session beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt amber ruby color with a nice sized almond head that literally coats the glass. The aroma is of deep caramel and bready malts and floral english hops. The taste is a remarkable blend of toffeeish malts and floral herbal hops. Quite hoppy, especially in the finish. Theres a great crisp a fruity yeastyness, as well as a pleasan subtle diacytel flavor. The aftertaste is a lingering caramel, hop bitterness and fruity yeast flavor. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is one hell of a good brown ale. Its definitely my favorite example of the style. Anyone who likes English Ales should like this.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, big head that refuses to die. Brown.

Smells like roasted malt and caramel. Tastes the same. Nuts and malt up front, a more dry caramel malt in the back. Just sweet enough, but not very complicated. Good, smooth body, very light carbonation. Goes down smooth. I could drink this stuff all night--at 3.99 a pint, though, I think I'll switch to something else.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great presentation of a beer that automatically ups its appearance...nice 550 ml bottle wrapped in gold foil at the top (also, only $2.79 a the local grocery store). Pours with a ncie head and medium carbonation. A little too amber colored to remind me of a nut brown. Smells of strong hops and no nuttiness to speak of. A bit too bitter, almost tastes like an ESB. I've had this a few times and each time I've tried to be impressed but it's just not making the grade in comparison to other local nut browns.

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

Pours dark reddish-brown with a small tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smells of toasted malts and sweet carmel. Taste is toasted malt, nutty, with a little carmel sweetness. Also some mildly fruity esters make a welcome appearance and just a little bitterness on the finish. Very tasty. Good session beer! I liked it a lot.

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Photo of zacharius
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although this beer calls itself a nut brown I would call is more of a dark amber. Has an off white head sitting on top. Smell is of malt and esters but there is a sulfury note reminincent of wine and an unpleasant one at that. Taste is of roasty malt throughout. Hops are there for bitterness only. There is a slight fruity ester with a winey acidic twang but very mild. Moderately carbonated and thick syrupy body. As it is very mild on the palate it could make a great session beer.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.