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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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3,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,108
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 178 | FT: 2
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 micromaniac129


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours with a deep brown with rubby red high lites. A robust foam head sits atop the brown nut ale. It fades, but a good shake or swirl brings it right back.
Smells of rich malts candied sugar.
On my fist sip I did't pick up any nutty nuiances, just rich malt flavor. But latter as the brew warmed these nutty flavors came to the fore front.
I thought it felt thin on the palette.
A flavorfull English beer.
Drink well my friends

10-14-2010 00:08:19 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is as clear, clean caramel brown with copper undertones. Two fingers of thick, slightly tanned head rose and dissipated slowly.

Smell: Very reminiscent of London Pride or ESB, but much bolder. Sweet and toasted caramel malts, dark fruit (mostly plum and raspberry), and a little bit of toffee. The "nut" namesake provides a backbone for all the other aromas; as the pint warms it reminds me of walnuts.

Taste: Similar to the taste, but it has a much hoppier/bitter edge. Sweet and toasted caramel malts, a nutty backbone (sorry for not being a nut expert), and there are hints of dark chocolate and coffee. An adequate hoppy aftertaste leaves the tongue and back of the throat tingling.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Very tasty and drinkable.

10-13-2010 20:30:08 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of jgasparine


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Poured from the bottle with an offwhite, light tan colored, proteinaceous head, which was well-retained, somewhat rocky, and formed some decent lacing on the sides of the glass... over a chill-hazed garnet-tinged dark amber colored body. No visible carbonation.

S- The nose is comprised of some mild malts, a touch of faint huskiness... no esters... no noticable hop aroma.

T- Flavor starts out somewhat sweet and malty. The sweetness is balanced out with some dry husky and nutty flavors on the midpalate. And on the finish you have a very faint flavor of some low-alpha hops that perfectly balance that sweet malt into a sustained finish.

M- Medium body, complimented by a reasonably soft carbonation. No astringency, no EtOH heat.

D- An incredibly drinkable Brown ale. I could easily consume several of these in a session!

10-13-2010 00:27:27 | More by jgasparine
Photo of nickhiller


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

A: one finger head, good lacing, ruby colored.

S: fruit, raspberry, malt loaf.

T: brandy, roasted malt, fruit, minerals. A very tasty mix, but it's a little sweet for a Brown Ale.

M: steady carbonation and medium body with great warming alcohol on the finish.

D: English Brown Ales are not really my thing--too sweet, not enough hops--as I prefer mine on the dry side. But I liked the brandy and sour fruit.

10-11-2010 04:21:16 | More by nickhiller
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

a- this beer pours so beautiful, it had little more then 2 fingers of beautiful tan and great lacing, the color is a nice dark brown with good carbonation

s- smell is of toasted malts and barley with toasted nut undertones

t- this beer tastes great it has the perfect amounts of bitterness. similar of coffee or a dark chocolate undertones. Overall this is one of my new favorites and would definitely recommend this beer

m- very smooth and crisp mouthfeel great body and nice balance of dryness to it

d-great drinkablity this is one of my new favorites

10-09-2010 23:44:10 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

I'm new to this style and british beer is hard to find by me but managed to find this one elsewhere and to say the least I'm pleased.

appearance; beautiful, clear and pale dark red-brown. Very light tan head that holds for the duration of the drink, with beautiful lacing. Mild malty aftertaste, best bescribed as a waterdown Bock aftertaste, all the best flavors but not nearly as strong.

smell; mild barley sweetness and very light hop spice.

taste; very rich and flavorful without being overpowering. Some bitter hops and rich malts in the aftertaste but initial flavor is a perfect balance of barley sweetness and hops. Mildly toasty and maybe some minerals as well. Complex and delicious.

mouthfeel; very creamy and rich foam. The beer itself is loose and smooth and at the same time chewy, quite a rare achievement. Carbonation it tight and comforting and the alcohol burn is present yet mild.

drinkability; this taste so good and goes down so smooth. The aftertaste makes one beg for more. I could easily see myself drinking this all night long.

10-08-2010 17:03:42 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of megahurts4


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with lacing.

Smell: Nutty malts.

Taste: Malts, nuts (hazelnut, cashew, almond), brown sugar, and subtle hops with a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

This is a good, warming and nutty ale. It has a good balance of flavor that is complex and subtle. There is a lingering bitterness that leaves you wanting more.

10-08-2010 06:08:13 | More by megahurts4
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4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

Served in a pint glass at ~50 F

A - Coarse, tall, bubbly brown head over rich amber beer. Seems to have some structure to it. Quite inviting.

S - Two aromas that stand out are rich roasted maltiness, and vanilla. As it warms, the vanilla lends an illusion of sniffing an oak-aged cognac.

T - What a lot going on in this pint! At first, the roasted malt lends a warm rich sweetness... molasses perhaps, or butterscotch? But just before it has a chance to become cloying, the hop crew reassuringly bring in a slew of brighter flavors from behind. It's hard to identify all that's going on... hazelnut is in there; even a citrusy note to counter the rich malts. The oaky vanilla teases in the background. I keep wanting to go back for another taste.

M - Light carbonation. Structurally solid

D - I admit I'm fairly biased here, as my go-to styles tend to be less thought-provoking. And so by default I expect not to drink a few of something so thought-provoking. That said, each taste beckons another, so maybe a few would be in order after all

10-08-2010 02:05:04 | More by raymondofrish
Photo of perrymarcus


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, russet brown tone with a good two fingers of a creamy beige head. decent retention; patchy lacing evident.

the nose is mainly toasted malts with notes of nuts and (though fainter) caramel. a pleasant if somewhat tame aroma.

toasty, bready, biscuity flavors come through in the taste, along with a slight but perceptible hop presence that arrives mid-palate; a distinctly dry finish. smooth and tasty. unquestionably one of the better english brown ales i've sampled.

medium body/carbonation; a bit watery. very drinkable.

10-06-2010 04:44:08 | More by perrymarcus
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1%

Pours a deep brown colour with a thick cloud of white head and some lacing. Smells of toasted nuts and toffee. Flavour is quite sweet and nutty with some mild bitterness. Lots of toasted hazelnut flavour in the aftertaste. Carbonation is quite nice, very smooth. One of my favourite brown ales.

10-01-2010 23:38:57 | More by kwjd
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

Poured a 550ml bottle into my 22 oz style pint glass.

A- Rich, thick, bubbly tan colored head, takes forever to settle. Can be real thick depending on pour. As an ale the head reminds me of that of a stout. Lacing all over the glass. Nice carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass as well. More of a reddish brown color to the beer with hints of orange throughout. Weird observation that I notice later, but the beer seems to get darker as you let it sit.

S- HAZELNUT. Hints of caramel and malt, but the hazelnut smell is dominant. I get a fruity aroma as well.

T- Definitely taste the hazelnut, hints of peanut as well. Also picking up the slightest hint of coffee, vanillea, a espresso and caramel taste. The Hazelnut reveals itself the strongest in the aftertaste. Absolutely delicious beer. You can taste a good amount of barley in this beer, not as much malt taste as I expected.

M- In my young days as a beer advocate, this has the best mouthfeel of any beer I'VE EVER HAD.(so far that is), I give it a 5. Super creamy, very rich, thick bodied. Feels like a beer milkshake. This beer is so soft and delicate it feels like a pillow on your tongue.

D- Would prefer to drink this all day. Samuel Smith seems to have their sh*t together. Low abv, great taste, incredibly smooth. A little on the thick side which is why, and ONLY why this is down slightly. Overall an excellent beer.

Notes: Had high expectations for this, and was still blown away by it. Had heard so much about Sam Smith's Oatmeal stout which was very good, but IMO this blew it out of the water. I'm very curious to see what else this great English brewery has to offer because so far they've delivered on all fronts.

09-30-2010 02:25:28 | More by haazer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with nice size beige head. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation. There is some fairly decent lacing, and the head lasted for several minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - Slightly metallic, nutty, hops, caramel and malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a perfectly carbonated mouth feel. It suits the beer very well. It is creamy and light. I can taste caramel and toffee, and then there is a nutty hop finish and aftertaste. The beer has the perfect blend of flavour that leaves it full bodied but now overpowering at all.

Drink - I could drink this every day for the rest of my life. A terrific beer that I will continue to drink as long as I can track it down

09-24-2010 00:17:34 | More by spinrsx
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

12oz bottle, I guess they switched to brown bottles, but kept the familar gold foil.

pours a bright dark copper brown, with ruby highlights. nice thick light tan colored head that leaves great lacing. couldn't look better. aroma is of caramel, toffee, buttery

taste is a little sweet but well balanced, nutty. body is super smooth with a creamy head. excellent drinkability, its the ultimate session beer. I would agree with the rankings that its the top of the style

09-23-2010 02:33:21 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of CBOLAND17


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

A good low alcohol brown ale with a rich maltiness and complex flavor that never fails to please. A lot of brown ales have a high alcohol content which takes away from the malt flavor but not in this case. This is a beer that lets those malty and nutty flavors come through.

09-20-2010 18:44:10 | More by CBOLAND17
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours copper brown with a lovely off-white lasting head.
Nose is subtle, with some soft toffee malt and light nuts.
Flavours are stronger, more nuttyness and chocolate malt. Some soft green hops later on.
Nice creamy low carbonation, body could be thicker.

09-20-2010 11:07:41 | More by CrazyDavros
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into a tulip. The beer had a beautiful cap, deep brown body and heavy lacing. The aromas are initially muted, though later uncover some molasses. The body is thick and sticky to the mouth with a residual sweetness. The flavours and dominated by molasses and licorice, not expected and enjoyable. The only weakness to this beer in my opinion is that the carbonation is too strong which is biting to the mouth... A wonderful drink.

09-20-2010 02:21:38 | More by kjyost
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a transluscent medium-brown, has a nice thick, foamy white head. Has a definite sweet, nutty aroma. Taste is great too, mostly a sweetish malt and nut flavor, not very bitter. It has low carbonation and although it's more medium-bodied I think it's highly drinkable since it's smooth and not too overpowering.
Would make a great session beer, perhaps a good intro to craft beers as brown ales tend to be on the mild side. Highly recommended.

09-19-2010 01:47:20 | More by Sudsy89
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

I picked this beer up at a local liquor store today as I've been doing a run on Samuel Smith's selection. So far, this is an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

Appearance- Deep umber coloration with red edges in direct light. One finger light beige head forms directly after the pour and tapers to a thin lace. Beautiful to look at.

Smell- Heavy caramel aroma tinged with roasted malt and nuts. Very distinct and heavy smell.

Taste- Light carbonation and refreshing body are the first sensations. Not much taste at the initial intake but as the beer moves across the mid-mouth, a rush of heavy caramel flavor explodes and slowly tapers to a nutty after taste. The nut flavor leaves as the alcohol disperses and the caramel returns around 10-15 seconds after the swallow. This then lingers for another 30 seconds before tapering of. Fantastic sipping beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a creamy feel. Very smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability- There is nothing about this beer that gets tiring. One could sip one after another all night. The tastes are great and nothing about it gets tiring. Slightly heavy feel in the stomach may limit the quantity, but who pounds a beer like this?

Overall, a great sipping beer with a variety of flavors. Highly recommended and reasonably priced.

09-19-2010 00:42:42 | More by subyman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

A- Pours a dark cherry brown color. Medium carbo. Acceptable head but great lacing.

S- Dark malts, nuts, and caramel. Very much a roasted aroma.

T- Slightly more sweet of the get-go. You can taste a bit of what almost seems like coffee and cocoa. Good nut backbone. My first nut brown ale, and I would have to say it has more of a hazelnut flavor. The initial taste of it too me is unimpressive however. What I appreciate more is the 30 seconds after a sip where all the malts and flavors drop by. You get all the cocoa on your tongue at that point and the roasted flavor tastes incredible. Sadly you need to sip it ever 30 seconds to experience it as the flavor leaves far too soon.

M- Fuller body. Extremely smooth and feels perfect. Feels incredibly clean as well.

D- Couldn't be much easier to down. The biggest flaw of this drink is that the best part of it is in the aftertaste.

09-17-2010 01:06:40 | More by BBP
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: This beer pours a really nice light brown/caramel color. There is about 3 fingers of head, that never reduces all the down and clings all over the glass.

Smell: I get a light smell of darker malts, and more caramel, nuttiness and some sweet bread.

Taste: Smooth and caramelly. I can taste some darker malts and nuttiness as well. Hops at the end are faintly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Fine carbonation that makes it very pleasant to drink. Overall, probably the best known beer of this style out there. I like it quite a bit and would have it again.

09-11-2010 00:29:06 | More by zhanson88
Photo of TheSarge


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours exceptionally well. There is about three fingers of clumpy light tan foam, along with a clear dark copper colored body.

The aroma is chocolaty cocoa up front, but gives way to metallic hops character, along with sweet bread, and dark over ripe fruit traits.

The taste is more herbal than I anticipated, at least in the beginning. The hops kick in secondly, and then the slight cocoa finishes up with a mild semi sweetness.

Mouth feel wise, it is medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, and leaves the palate somewhat powdery dry.

09-10-2010 20:39:01 | More by TheSarge
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4.83/5  rDev +18.1%

A-When you think Brown Ale and close you eyes this is What you should see.

S-Toffee and malts with some carmel apple mixed in for good measure.

Taste- Simple and complex at the same time toffee and malt mix with some bittering hops but it is just so balenced and the yeast gives it some odd fruity falvors that mesh right in.
M- smooth very smooth
D-I love this brew and so should you

09-06-2010 00:34:02 | More by rcwhiteky
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

My favorite brewery continues to never let me down

A - absolutely gorgeous red-brown with swirling bubbles coming off every part of the glass. thick light tan head stays around for multiple sips

S - buttered wheat toast, like breakfast in the morning. hints of sweet candy flavors like toffee and caramel

T - more rich and complex than I thought it would be, smooth nutty toasted flavor dominates with a whisper of hop bitter underneath, fabulous balance of flavors

M - smooth, medium bodied, just the right amount of bubbles on the tongue

D - a great one to spend some time with. and maybe repeat once or twice afterwards

09-05-2010 04:22:34 | More by obrendano
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours nicely into a pint glass, decent if somewhat thin head that dissipates fast, leaving a small lace. Very deep brown tea color. Smells of typical malted ales. Flavor is decent but somewhat "soft", a very smooth english style ale. Mouthfeel is thin, with flavors of mild, barely roasted malt. Not real interesting or complex, but an easily drinkable session beer. I can't say much more about it, it's just average. I give it a solid 6 of 10, FAR better than any crap American stuff (bud light, coors, etc.) but nothing I would hunt for.

09-05-2010 02:34:13 | More by keith712
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

Medium brown colour with a head that sticks around for about 30 seconds. The smell is mainly yeast with a bit of sweetness, I didn't like it much. The taste starts of a little weak, but it builds into a dark sweetness and has a bitter aftertaste. Overall, I kinda like it.

09-03-2010 01:27:36 | More by vandemonian
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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