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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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Reviews: 1,412
Hads: 3,601
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 231
Gots: 489 | FT: 1
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of Mustard
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 19oz. translucent bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date.

Appearance: A clear ruddy-brown; mid-sized, off-white head which is quick to dissipate; light, sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate/caramel maltiness with a light nutty bend.

Taste: Medium in body, somewhat prickly carbonation-wise; malty sweetness upfront, fairly strong earthy/spicy hop-bitterness in the follow-through; light nutty notes pervade. This particular bottle was strongly phenolic.

Notes: I'm always disappointed by this brew. I love nut-browns -- hence my willingness to give this puppy shot after shot. I attribute these bad experiences to skunkage. Darken your friggin' bottles, Sam Smith. Mustard is irritated. (717 characters)

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

This is a beer I keep coming back to. It is well balanced and is consistently very drinkable. It has a great texture that gets creamier as it warms, yet remains quite lively. In fact, it seems to change character dramatically with the temperature (more of a bite when it was cold than when it warmed). The color is a reddish brown. The head was a little disappointing and petered out about midway. (397 characters)

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

Nice malty aroma. Its initial pour yielded a nice light brown head full of medium bubbles with a dark brown transparent body. Initial taste was full of flavor and went down very smoothly while leaving the remains of a subtle after bite. All in all, it is a very nice first brew to sample this evening. (301 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank God for Trader Joe's, my regular stop for beer between runs to BevMo in Brea. Bought this in a 550ml bottle thinking "might be like Newcastle Brown Ale", a beer I chased around in Japan but haven't had in a few years.
This is better than Newcastle Brown ale. It poured a dark brown color with a terrific creamy beige head. Minimal carbonation was observed. The smell was of caramel toffee, nuts (maybe hazelnuts) and a faint smokiness that I really liked.
The taste was a nutty caramel with no bitterness and a slightly smoky aftertaste. The feel was smooth, medium bodied, creamy as it warmed.
Overall, a well put-together beer I could enjoy these on a daily basis. Very tasty! (687 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a light reddish-brown with superb clarity. A light tan head starts out thick and fluffy, and holds at a thick cap.

Smell: The aroma is quite faint. It's rich and nutty with a hefty dose of malt. Diacytel makes it's obligitory appearance...

Taste: Malty and oh-so-slighty sweet with just enough hops to balance everything. Extremely nutty in flavor, with a touch of chocolate and toffee. There's some buttery diacytel (like in all of their beers) that is kept well in check. Small hint of a minerally taste. Ends with a green, floral hop note.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth, dry mouthfeel. There's a bit of astrigency on the finish that I've never encountered before...could be just this bottle.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is not only a tasty brown ale, but a great 'gateway' brew that can be used to turn macro drinkers to better beer.

A solid and dependable beer, this is a classic example of the Northern England-style brown ale. (979 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a nice, easy drinking brew. Pours a nice tawny brown with a lacy white head that stays most of the pint. Aroma is that of fruit/nuts with a slight yeast-y smell or skunk - not really strong, just there.

I found it highly carbonated, but quite refreshing. Not a ton of flavor, but it's mostly in the finish; nutty taste, pine, caramel. Very subtle flavoring. The body was quite thin, but I would say fairly typical of this style - similar to a Newcastle. Drinkability is way up there, though! I could see myself downing this all night if not for it's price. A very fine example of the brown ale style! (612 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with good head that leaves decent lace. Some light skunkiness in aroma that carries over into the flavor, but not enough to be a real drawback. Also some great British mustiness in the aroma from the yeast (for me it is a highlight of any good UK beer). This is a mellow beer with quite a bit of flavor but you have to dig for it, it doesn't hit you over the head. Caramel flavors are sugary, strong, buttery, complex, severely tempered by minerals from water and dominant musty yeast. Some tartness towards the very end but this is more of a sour quality than any hop bitterness. Quite fizzy on the mouth and this doesn't feel right for a British ale to me. Mellows a bit in the glass and becomes creamier. If this was all there was to drink in the world, I could certainly manage, but it doesn't quite jibe with my personal tastes. (845 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is a light scarlet red. A thin and whispy beige head caps the beer off. The nose is herbal, earthy, sticky sweet and a little skunky. The flavor is pretty heavy on the English Toasted Malt tones. Bitterness is a little too sharp. And there's the slightest hint of an acrid off flavor. There's also some carmelized sugar and light nut tones. All in all, this is pretty bland, especially when compared to the beauty I just had (the New Glarus Fat Squirrel Nut Brown). The mouthfeel of this beer is too carbonated and thus it hinders drinkability some. (572 characters)

Photo of BierReise
1.48/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why they insist on bottling this one in a clear bottle is beyond my imagination. Looks nice poured, brown/amber color with a decent frothy head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with a hint of more skunk. Flavor is malty and skunky. Thin on the palate with a watery feeling. I'm sure this was good before they ruined it putting it in a clear bottle but I have to give it an honest review. A dissapointment for me and hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to re-rate a better sample. (483 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although any ale that comes in a clear bottle leaves me with an uneasy sense of apprehension right from the get-go (regardless of any shiny foil around the cap), Samuel Smith has yet to disappoint. To think I used to drink this stuff right out of the bottle in college. It's nice to evolve.

A beautiful copper tone, this brown ale pours out with a nice creamy head, which sticks around long enough to leave a nice film of lace right to the sweet end. The nose is sweet, with the faintest hint of hops, it could all be in my head it's so faint. The initial flavour is a burnt nutty taste that blends into a sweet caramel aftertaste, followed by that faint hint of light hops found in the nose (so I wasn't imagining it).

A very smooth brown ale, one of my favorites of the style, Samuel Smith does not disappoint. (819 characters)

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

A nice colored beer. Lightish-brown, lots of reds. The head is fantastic, though. Choppy and offwhite, it settles even more unevenly and leaves beautiful lacing. Not at all an overpowering aroma, but it is very good. Rich and cherry-ish. Heavy taste, a little smoky and a little (tiny) bit sweet. Complex. Godd mouthfeel, but a little bit of a mettalic aftertaste. The other flavors (coffee, chocolate) make up for this. Wonderful brew. (436 characters)

Photo of jlervine
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with the nut brown ale. To me, it tastes too similar a dry-hopped Winter Welcome. The head retention is great - clears to a ring that sticks with the brownish red beer all the way down. Aroma is nutty with a nose of hops. The taste is very smooth, tingling the tongue with bubbles all along the leading edge. I'm beginning to wonder if my bottles of Samuel Smith that I picked up tonight are a bit skunked. This is my second type of Samuel Smith tonight, and they are just too similar for it to be coincidence. Come on, I'd be willing to pay extra for the beer if it didn't come in a clear bottle! (634 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer to drink on a cold winter day. Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades away quickly, leaving a thin lace. The aroma is extremely nutty with lightly toasted malts and subtle fruit undertones. The taste, like the aroma, is very nutty with some sweet caramel undertones. This is beer has a lot of character. It’s a very smooth and easy drinking brew. (392 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes off as the bigger more flavourful twin of Newcastle
Brown both in fruity tones and nutty aftertaste. The colour is deep
and dark with a fantastic head that makes this beer a joy to behold.
One thing you notice about almost all of this breweries beers is the
commitment to quality and drinkability. It is hard to not salivate when a fresh shipment comes into the Liquor store, (395 characters)

Photo of Running4beer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber/brown color(iced tea color) with a thick head that slowly goes down to half its original size. Aroma was not strong at all but there were hints of mixed nuts and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy easily drinkable. Tastes of mixed nuts especially walnut, some malt and little after taste. Very good beer. (340 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slender, 355ML clear bottle, foiled cap. Looks like tea in a bottle, looks are deceiving! Pours a deep amber with a rapidly disappearing head, tons of lace left in the bottle. Beautiful roasted, nutty aroma. Smooth roasted malt, a light hazelnut, slight coffee taste. Very smooth and balanced, a rich caramel aftertaste. Tasty, delicious, this is an awesome brew! (363 characters)

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in the notorious clear bottle, 550ml size. It poured a dark reddish mahogany brown, with a pale head that started out tall and proud, but soon dissolved to lacy watermarks. The aroma was of bitter hops. Flavor was mostly the same hops bitterness, plus walnuts and fleeting malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is thicker and more syrupy than most ales. The finish was sweet caramel, fading to dry hoppiness.

I liked it, just not as much as the stouts I usually drink. (474 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's always a little scarey to sample from a clear glass bottle. This one seems to have turned out okay. Nice somewhat complex aroma of sweet caramel that moves to a mild roast quality. Nice appearance although the head after pouring medium had very little retention. Dark golden to red and brown. Clear. Really pleasant taste with remarkable smoothness. Nutty, roasty (but not too strong) with caramel qualities too. A little rich, but not sweet. Terrific blending of flavors. Just enough dryness in the finish with nice lingering. The feel is quite expcetional with good carbonation balance. Best example of style that I've had so far. A good nearly anytime beer. (665 characters)

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

Dark brown color, with light getting through around the edges of the clear bottle, and a thick, sizzling tan head. Aroma is nutty, herbal, with a notes of caramel, butterscotch, and almonds, and the lush feel of the deep woods. On the palate: sweet and buttery, with a mellow and medium body. Small hop presence here, more a malt emphasis, and a great balance between. Sweet enough to please the folks, but with a solid enough body not to disappoint the serious ale lover. Quite unlike the ever-present, flimsy and bland Newcastle. Very pleasing, and rewarding. (561 characters)

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

Sammy Smith's has never disappointed me. This brown ale is simply a beautiful experience to drink. It's a medium bodied brown with a creamy tan head. The taste if of hazelnuts, toffee, and toastiness, with a creamy sweet mouthfeel; just very easy to enjoy and drink. There are no bothersome qualities at all. This is my session brew of choice when I have the money to afford it. (378 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish ruby color with a creamy tan colored head that dissipates into a nice sticky lace. Nose is butterscotch and lightly roasted chestnuts—very nice. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste with a touch of caramel followed by a nice creamy and buttery nuttiness. Medium creamy mouth feel with a nutty finish and walnut-like aftertaste. This is one of the finest brown ales in the world. (411 characters)

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

Very clear ruby color, cream coloered head that stays well and is easily regained by agitating the brew.
The smell is perfectly nutty, hint of licorice and walnut sherry.
Taste is very much like the smell, very smooth and round taste, gentle on the taste buds but still has alot of character to it.
Mouthfeel is good, the brew has alot of body, alittle chewy even. A beer I will have again.

-Oelergud (406 characters)

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

I'll admit to this point that the Samuel Smith phenomenon has been a bit of a mystery to me. Drinking this one, however, led me closer to the appreciation expressed by so many others. It's a really beautiful brown with just a slight hint of red and a pretty tan head. It does have that wonderful nutty smell, but has other things going on too. A hint of toasty aroma and taste is noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully alive. I could drink this stuff all day. (461 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Reddish russet brown, with a clean and thick white head. Very nice malt aroma precedes the smooth malty taste. Although called Nut Brown, I got less of a nutty flavour out of this than, say, Newcastle. That seems to me a good thing, however. Light hint of hop flavour, but little to no bitterness.

To quote Father Jack: "Drink!!" (363 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply stated, this is a great ale. It's full of flavor yet it maintains a drinkability that should be easy for just about anyone to enjoy. It's a good beer with appeal.

It poured a beautiful ruby-brown with a luscious tan head. The smell was that of malty goodness, with a touch of chocolate n' fruit underlying the scent. The flavor is smooth and nutty. The body is full and adds a creamy "choco-caramel" feel to the overall composition of the ale. Suprisingly, the hops come through with an assertiveness that does not hinder the natural sweetness that this beer possesses.

A most excellent choice. (607 characters)

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.