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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a chalice.
I'll say that one concern of mine is that this came in a clear bottle... this possibly harmed the beer over time?
Other than that this beer's a winner.
Great, bubbly mouthfeel that compliments the other traits of the beer; keeps the sweetness from being cloying and offers it a dry finish.
It also makes this really drinkable.
Smells good, looks good, tastes good.
Definately something one should have around at all times.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, stained mahogany colour with a firm, bu thin head. Lace sticks to the glass like veneer. Sweet smell. Butterscotch, sweet malts, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and a dry hop smell that's not quite grassy. Delicious. Starts sweet. With some malts, butterscotch, and english toffee, with a blend of mixed nuts. Ends dry, with the nutty taste dominating and an earthy texture. Smooth, creamy, even a buttery mouthfeel. Drinkable? Oh hell yes. I'll be buying this beer, and this style, more often.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with some dark ruby highlights. Medium khaki head that did not retain well ( could be the restaurants glasses.) Aroma had a bit of bitterness upfront, followed by a hint of cola sweetness and some toffee.

Taste has a bit of maltiness up front that has just a touch of molasses bitterness. After that some nuttiness ( shocking) and some cola nut sweetness. No real hops, but the beer does remain balanced and not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice with enough carbonation to keep the palate clean. Also despite the looks this is not a heavy beer and seems medium to light bodied. Drinkability is good. This would go well with foods, but I dont see this as a session beer as the flavour would grow a bit weary after a few.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a large brandy sniffer. The beer is dark brown (surprise!) with reddish hues fand a creamy tan head. The head is light though and a bit fizzy. It thins faster than I would have liked. Swirling brings back the head a bit, but it again falls down like a toddler learning to walk.

Smell: Dark malty nose with a light hop scent and some roasty and coffee scents.

Taste: Light fruit like opening that is blitzed with a sharp malty and sweet flavor. There are many many flavors in this beer once you get past the powerful maltiness. The flavors diversify and seperate as the beer warms up, which is nice. There is a biscuity malt flavor that is chewy, soft, and sticky. There are notes of oatmeal (like your mama made for you as a kid), popcorn, almond, sweet walnut, and raspberry seed. The ending of the beer is sandy, roasty and a bit sour though not puckering or very tart.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with some sharp flavors from malt make it a bit awkward. To its credit this beer gets much smoother as it warms up.

Drinkability: Nice complex flavors make it wonderfully drinkable. Serving it too cold robs it of most of its good flavors and complexity. It sits well with food.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SS Nut Brown is dark reddish-brown with an average-sized brown head. Head is creamy and has above average retention. The aroma has a light malty sweetness with touches of nuttiness and spice. The taste has the malt profile of a good brown ale with a subtle nutty flavor. Hops provide just a tiny hint of drying and spice. Drinkability is great, however I was expecting more from Samuel Smith with this beer and I was hoping that Nut Brown would be more robust.

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Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's brown alright. Reddish brown; auburn. A decent head which lingers a bit then leaves a bit of clottage. The aromas are of caramel, sweet malts, a flowery, grassy note; nutty, of course, or toasted grain. The taste is simultaneously clean and earthy; roasted malt and a pervasive gentle bitterness; yeasty and buttery. Medium bodied and smooth. It all works together to deliver a heavenly brew. Session beer? Absolutely.

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

Pours a coppery brown, topped with a one finger creamy light tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Floral, nutty, malty and fruity aroma.
Malty, nut taste, toffee, light chocolate when it warms up, tea and herb, fruit that has been baked for a bit.
Medium bodied, good drinkability.

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Photo of droomyster
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown, with small and slow carbonation bubbles making their way up. A small tan head that doesn't last. Smells of zuchini bread, with a whiff of cola. Malty taste of molasses and walnuts, with a very pleasant, creamy texture. Medium bodied, finish of a light coffee bitterness and a deep nuttiness.

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Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a robust dark amber with a wonderful ruby glow, and developed a small tan head. The aroma was classic Samuel Smith. It had plenty of malt and hops and got you ready for what was to come. The taste was pretty straightforward and again classic Samuel Smith's. It had a rich malty taste up front with just a dab of sweetness to it, then rounded out into a nicely balanced hop finish. That small sweet kick was really all that I saw different between the Nut Brown and the Tadcaster Ale, so loving the one I had to love the second. In fact that slight difference might put me in the Nut Brown column instead of the Taddy. It had a nice medium body to it and as usual you got a nice quenching and satisfying fullness to the taste and feel. Samuel Smith consistently delivers really quality beers that you can truly enjoy. The taste and feel show excellence in both the brewing and the ingredients. This is the type of beer that would show anyone the light of quality beers.

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Photo of JoeNobody
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received the Gift Box containing 3 Samuel Smith beers, this is the first time I am trying this brand. The ale poured beautifully into the pint glass provided in the gift set. A nice foamy light brown head, not a huge head but very foamy looking, if that makes sense. A very woody/roasted nut smell, and a clean pleasant taste. A decent mouth feel but almost that of a cold soda. It's a nice beer to sip but not to drink too fast. The head disappears rather fats and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. It's a decent beer to drink but maybe not one I would go searching for.

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Photo of foamer
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with red hues and lots of frothy tan head which dimishes rather quickly to a layer of bubbles. Lots of sweet malt and some nuts in the aroma. Taste is very nicely balanced with the sweet malts and the nutty flavours developing to a nice subtle hopped finish. Not too overboard on the nuts which is good considering some of the poorly balanced nut browns I've tried. The mouthfeel is a little overly carbonated for my palate - a little less in that regard (maybe bottle-conditioned?) could be an improvement. All in all a tasty pint, and a decent brown ale from Sam Smith.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper color with a full tan rocky head that hangs around for a while. Smells of roasted coffee and faint hop aroma. Taste is much like the aroma - strong coffee flavors and hops predominate, with a nice, bitter and dry finish. It is not really that drinkable. Overall, it reminds me of a much smoother and lighter version of their Imperial Stout. Another winner from Sam Smith.

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Photo of ski271
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized, light brown, creamy mostly diminishing head. Some streaky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Nutty with traces of molasses and butterscotch. Very nice, but maybe a little too mild.

Taste: Same thing here. Wonderful taste, but I’d like a little more of it. Nutty again, especially toward the finish, which is short to medium in duration and has the slightest hop kick before mellowing out and fading away.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy/slightly buttery texture. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, but I do have to figure its inflated cost into the number. That’s its biggest downfall.

I used to think this was THE nut brown ale. The past two bottles haven’t wowed me though. I mean, it is very good, but I still think there’s plenty of room for improvement. Good representation of its style though.

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

Appearance: Clear reddish chestnut colour bopped by a dense, light brown head. Retention and stickage were both good and there was still foam left at the end.

Smell: Good depth of malts (nuts, caramel, crystal malt sweetness) with just a hint of milk chocolate and earthy hops.

Taste: Firm bitterness without being overpowering and good malt base. Crisp to start, followed by caramel sweetness and nuttiness with some earthiness. Finishes very balanced with a combination of milk chocolate, walnut/hazelnut, and increased bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Velvety texture is aided by fine bubbles.

Drinkability: This has a lot more character than any other nut brown I've tried and is a great example of what the style can be. So many others seem to focus on making an inoffensive "dark" beer and miss out on all the flavour and complexity that is possible. I'll definitely be looking for this one again.

550 mL clear bottle with no freshness date.

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

Simply satisifying. Pours reddish brown with a healthy head. It tastes as billed; the caramel malts are balanced with a subtle nut flavor. This one is the hoppiest of the Sammy Smith's, which isn't saying much. The balance is simply elegant. The hop finish is slight enough to add a refreshing crispness without detracting from the more prominent malt flavor. As solid as they come. Cheers.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep, dark amber with a light tan head that sticks to the glass. Lacing was excellent.

Smell: Malt and nut aromas, with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The beer has a big, buttery taste of roasted nuts and caramel, and it's complimented with a light touch of floral hops in the finish. It's sweet, but it has a smoky element to it that keeps it balanced.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully thick, with just enough carbonation to keep things lively. Very nice.

Verdict: Another excellent brew from Samuel Smith. Samuel Smith beers are widely available, so I can always count on this brewery whenever I need an interesting go-to brew.

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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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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.