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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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1,417 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,417
Hads: 3,634
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 237
Gots: 516 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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

served in clear bottle.
maybe the greatest session beer ever in my book. definitely a great great ale. super complex malt taste. beautiful nutty aftertaste that is scrumptious. goes great with food. great on a hot day. great on a cold day. just an amazing all-around beer. what's left to say. my favorite sam smith beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok second Sam Smith product this week..I was bitterly dissapointed by a skunked Pale Ale..so I am wary tonight ..but this was on sale ..so here goes.
Comes in the (oh no) clear Sam Smith Bottle..same simple label.
Well this certainly looks like a great beernice dark walnut brown with a largish off white creamy head..it went down fast bit laceing was good.
Smell thank goodness is nice and fresh..malty and nutty..simple yet well done.
MM this is a delicious beer..low alcohol yet the taste is luxuriant..nice and creamy..with a full malt profile..finishes with nice nuttiness( pecan..maybe black walnut)..nice semi bitter aftertatse.
Very nice on the tongue..creamy.
an exceptionally drinkable Nut Brown..wonderful stuff..how do the English put so much flavour into such medium strength beers?

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Photo of alexgash
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't drink browns or nut browns too often, but what a way to start! This one may be tough to beat. Pours a cola-brown with a light tan head. Subtle malt and nut smells detectable. The taste is sweet, nutty-chocolatey with hints of cherries (?) on the palate. The finish is roasty, woody, and bitter. Mmmm... The mouthfeel is surprisingly big. I would love to try this on tap. Another great Samuel Smith concoction.

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Photo of taez555
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Drank it out of my Sammy Smith Imperial Pint glass. It poured a reddish brown body with big white/tan head.

The nose unfortunatly had a lot of skunk flavors due to the clear glass bottle. (when will Sammy Smith learn) Lots of malt, earthy hops, some almost german smelling yeast, wood and slight hints of fruit..

The taste was very smooth, light and easy drinking. Lots of dark roasted malt, some slight roasted bitterness and even some faint hints of smoke. Very bitter with lots of earthy hops. I could also detect some soft fruit sweetness.

The beer ended with a lot of lingering bitterness.

It's sad that the bottle was skunked as it was, but amazingly a lot of the flavor still fights it way through and make this a damn good beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a tan head with medium sized bubbles. The body was clear and the hue of this beer is dark brown. A good brew with a good smooth taste which is much to my liking. I have found another brew that I could drink all night at a bar or party.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.