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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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Ratings: 3,005
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 141
Gots: 143 | FT: 2
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To be fair, I have a soft spot for Sammy Smith's beers from my underage days when my friends and I would go to New York City and get served underage and drink these.

Serving type: Bottle from the four pack

Appearance: Dark brown

Aroma: Nutty and malty

Taste: THIS IS IT!!! Exectional taste and character. Smooth with a creamy texture yet also sweet at the beginning and then ends with that dry nutty taste.

Drinkability: Awesome is what comes to mind. So easy to drink.

Overall: All other nut brown ales should bow to this offering from Samuel Smiths. It is everything an English nut brown ale should be. Exceptional character with a remarkable taste. I actually knew then what I know now and that is quality. Only wish I could find it on tap at a reputable establishment in the New York/Philly area.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 22:19:32 | More by dahlen22
Photo of TommyW


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light brown body with tints of amber; medium tan head that sticks nicely.

S- Semi-sweet malts and pretty nutty.

T- A semi-seet malt profile with notes of butterscotch and nuts. Just enough hops to keep it balanced.

M- Medium to thin body with an easy carbonation.

D- A really easy drinking beer; could go well with a lot of different foods.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 03:28:04 | More by TommyW
Photo of NODAK


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has a sweet caramel quality to it, with a bit of roasted malts in the background. Pretty restrained overall, but nice.

Pours a nice, brown complexion in the glass...pretty clear. Nice, rocky head was present.

Taste has a good flavor profile that isn't in your face, but is certainly present and balanced. Upfront, there's a presence of restrained caramel malts with a note of roasted malts intertwining. Taste a bit "mineral-y" and metallic as well...maybe it's the well water. The nuttiness shows up in a very restrained fashioned after that...in a lesser strength than in many other nut browns. Lastly, there's a small but crisp hop bitterness from the English hops that closes it out rather nicely.

This is definitely a classic and perhaps the definitive beer of the style. It's extremely drinkable and has good balance. The malts upfront with the nice English hoppiness in the back works well. I would like to see a more pronounced nuttiness from a nut brown ale, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:48:36 | More by NODAK
Photo of Mdog


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear light brown, good head.

Smell: Fruity, malty.

Taste: Toast, toffee, a little dark fruit, and a little nuttiness.

Drinkability: Could a be session beer, mild flavors and easy to drink.

#3 from the sampler pack is the Nut Brown Ale. A lot less nut flavor than I expected, it was more of a secondary flavor. Kind of a "generic" brown, I'd rather have a more adventurous beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 23:01:31 | More by Mdog
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into an oversized pint glass--mahogany with hints of orange around the edges, with a monstrous, frothy tan head that faded down to about 1/2 inch with plentiful lacing.

Nose is good but not overpowering, roasty malts, hints of walnuts, and something I can only describe as a spicy apple butter.

Taste improves on the nose. Earthy, nutty as expected, a malted sweetness that gave way to just the slightest bitterness. Only got better over time.

Feels great in the mouth, not overly thick, smooth and slightly creamy. Very pleasant aftertaste.

Extremely drinkable. I understand now why this beer is so highly rated. At this ABV, could easily drink several of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:18:11 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of Yojimbo1941


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass

A- Tan, off white head; body is dark reddish amber with tangerine highlights

S- Heavy toffee, faint scent of strong cheese, light hops, earthy, light bitter chocolate, hint of vanilla and caramel, almonds

T- Smooth, leading to light bitterness; roasted grain and a tiny hint of malty sweetness

M- Light, rolls down the tongue. Very smooth.

D- Slides down the palate perhaps too easily. I can see getting extremely drunk off this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 21:41:22 | More by Yojimbo1941
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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark cooper/amber color with a nice, light linering head that settles to leave some nice lacing as u drink tihs beer down.

S- Carmel, sweet maltiness is predominant. with hints of nuts, caramel and earthy hops. very pleaseing aroma, but not overly powerful.

T- taste is very similar to the smell on this beer. caramel sweetness up front with some nutines to it. finishes with a very slight, earthy hop bitterness.

M/D- medium bodied and creamy, not overly carbonated. good mouthfeel and drinkability. good session brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 21:37:07 | More by Pabs311
Photo of billshmeinke


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil top bottle. Poured into pint glass.

Hazelnut brown. Fairly clear. Nice finger and a half head that resides to a decent foam cap on the beer. Substantial lacing as well.

Semi sweet, vaguely fruity fragrance. A bit nutty as well.

Taste starts off as a light caramel sweetness with a touch of dried dark fruit in the middle that gives way to a buttery nutty flavor. This is all complemented by a subdued hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with a nice dry crisp finish.

Very, very drinkable. The poster boy of brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:40:11 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks decent enough. Still a little thin, but I can't say I've ever had a traditional brown ale I didn't think that about.

Aroma, faint biscuit nut toffee thing going, and that resonates on the taste buds as well. Don't come here looking for hops or bitterness. Mouthfeel maintains, doesn't grow or subside, a little pricey and bland on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 17:16:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Kristing


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a brown, wonderfully inviting ale with a tall, creamy head. All in all it looks like a true liquid delight.

The aroma is full of hazelnut, walnut and malt, while I did not find that much hops. When you taste the beer, the malty goodness is ever so present. The name is also validated by a strong element of nut in the taste, with that special bitterness that nuts often have in their aftertaste. As the brew has stood for a while it becomes much more delicious with a mellow mouthfeel.

In conclusion, this is a great beer, and by far the greatest brown ale I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 16:03:19 | More by Kristing
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Beer is clear and has good carbonation and an off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is reddish to brown.

Aroma is sweet and malty overall. About what's to be expected, overall its weak.

Slightly bitter in the back but overall good. Medium to full bodied, a mild roasty flavor with some caramel and sweetness in there. Some carbonation in the mouth. Overall a really good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 05:00:33 | More by drabmuh
Photo of DmanGTR


4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review on 6/24/09

A- poured clear garnet brown with some rising bubbles supporting a creamy, piling beige head that retained well. Some nice lacing as the drink is consumed. 4.5

S - Sweet caramel malts, hint of nutmeg, and light hops. Touch of dark and ripe fruits: plums and raisins, melded wonderfully with the malts. Very well balanced. 4.5

T - Initial sweetness of caramel and mildly toasted cereal. Hint of coffee, earthy English hops, and a bit of dark fruits. Again, wonderfully balanced, one off the best nut browns I've ever had. 5.0

M - rich and full bodied, mild carbonation, very smooth and creamy. 4.5

D - a most excellent session brown ale. Another pint please! 4.5

Reviewed on 12/28/08

A - poured a clear garnet/roasted nut brown with a long lived 3/4" head in a pint glass

S - roasted nuts, nutmeg, pale malts, and chocolate malts. Semi sweet with light hints of bitters

T - sweet and nutty in the forefront, followed by toffee and ending somewhat dry with a slight aftertaste of well blended hops and nuts

M - seemed a tad lighter than expected with moderate carbonation, very smooth though

D - excellent, could easily do a few pints

Overall - Poured from a 500mL bottle, it definitely isn't enough for one person! An excellent example of the style, I daresay the paradigm of nut browns. Samuel Smith's reputation is well deserved and this is no exception. Cheers to the oldest brewery in Yorkshire!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 18:31:11 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt-caramel brown with a nice white head. Excellent lacing throughout the drink.

Smell of caramel and hops. Taste starts of sweet with a tart pungency in the middle. The hops slowly build into a powerful puckering bitter crescendo.

A nice nutty aftertaste developes later....

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:09:42 | More by jbonapar
Photo of Hershdawg


3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle into an Nonic glass

A: Dark amber color. About a finger head that leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Hops, caramel. a little toffee

T: I wasn't impressed with this as I was with other Samuel Smith beers. Not as nutty as the title suggests and for the amount of hop aroma I was getting when smelling it did not meet. Still it did have a little sweetness to it but not the type I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: For all the carbonation I was seeing when I pour it it was a bit watery.

D: I could drink a couple of these no problem from the lower ABV but from the less interesting qualities I wouldn't

I normally love Samuel Smith but I think I'm going to stick to their darker beers that they excel at.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 07:47:55 | More by Hershdawg
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Ah, one of the few positive attributes of the LCBO - selling products of British origin at half the price as that in other parts of the country.

This beer pours a clear dark orange-tinted amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somehow gritty dirty white head, which leaves a perfectly distributed array of snow rime lace in its splattered wake.

It smells of lightly toasted, sweet bready, richly nutty malt, creamed caramel, and some mildly citric, pleasantly leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, robustly nutty malt, lesser caramelized toffee, subtle aged dark fruit, and a smallish drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is patently reserved, and of course up to the menial task of structural integrity, the body a decent medium weight, well-rounded, and agreeably smooth. It finishes rather clean, with some silken caramel malt, lingering oily nuttiness, and mild noble hops.

The prototypical English Brown Ale, veritas, the real deal - the nut adjunct is suitably laid back, and the hops are just there to make sure that you aren't scared away by this little adjustment. Wow, it's hard to describe the subtly of the old-world styles sometimes, engineered as they are for drinking, and perhaps not explicit contemplation.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 23:45:49 | More by biboergosum
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith is becoming one of my favorite breweries. The Nut Brown Ale is one of the best Samuel Smith beers I've had to date. It pours a dark amber color and has a nice creamy head. The beer itself is relatively sweet. It isn't until the aftertaste that you can really taste the nut flavor. The aftertaste is only slightly bitter. This is an exceptional beer. It's probably one of my favorites now.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 02:20:45 | More by Cubsfan1087
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a russet reddish brown with a finger of tan head and strings of lace. Subtle grassy hops on the nose, a little bit of maple and pancake, roasted nuts in the background. Taste is sweet dark malts, caramel, a mild mix of almond and walnut, spicy English hops, and a toasted malty graininess to finish. Last time I noticed some pecan and molasses, but I'm not getting either here. The flavour is much more subdued than I remember. Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, dry bite mid-body, lightly tart aftertaste. A well-balanced brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 05:03:17 | More by cratez
Photo of taigor

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear light brown/amber color with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly sweet, roasted malts upfront with caramel, toffee and nutty scents afterwards.

T - Sweet to start with nuttiness and caramel aftertaste. Very smooth overall.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good brown ale which I am looking forward to having again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 20:26:39 | More by taigor
Photo of Jesstyr


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a foil wrapped bottle into a peroni glass at osetra in Norwalk. Paired with a warm lobster roll.

A: Thick brown with noticeable carbonation and excellent thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing as the beer lingers.

S: definitely subtle nutty nose, but not particularly powerful, perhaps would have been better served with proper glassware.

T: Really diverse mix of nuttyness and malt. Lingers on the palate and must be paired with food in my opinion. Would be great with a heavy beef stew or other comfort food. Very smooth and great for a brown ale. Slight bitterness gives this some diversity.

M/D: this is the type of beer that must be paired and really is one and done in my opinion. Cabonation is a little strong, and lingers on the palate with a thick finish. If I had a preference the finish would be a little more sugary, but this works for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 14:08:38 | More by Jesstyr
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in my Samuel Smith nonic. Poured a translucent reddish brown with a 2.5 inch cream-colored, rocky head. Lots of tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a consistent quarter inch cap with concentric bands of lacing coating the glass during the session. This beer looks great in a glass - makes you feel like you're at the pub. Nice malty nose - a little bit of caramel, a little nutty, but aromas are nicely coalesced and subdued. Taste consistent with nose; however, I also get some spent teabags in the middle before culminating in a slightly sweet and malty/nutty finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but falling much closer to the light side of the spectrum, with a subtle and smooth background carbonation - very well-balanced. This beer pretty much sets the benchmark for English Brown Ales. A top notch session beer; however, a bit pricey for what it is in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:33:56 | More by Jwale73
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4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best brown I have ever had, and one of my favorite styles

Pours reddish brown with lacy white head

Smells of nuts, malt, toffee

Taste of toffee, cashew, pecan, malt. Brown ale with complicated nut tones...but very easy to drink. very.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy.


Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 20:29:55 | More by Dster
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After some hunting I found another Samuel Smith's selection pack, and then remembered I still had this bottle in the fridge. I've been looking forward to this, as the Oatmeal Stout and Pale Ale were excellent.

Appearance: Pours with a solid two fingers of head that retained exceptionally well, and modestly laced. The beer itself is a very dark brown, which reminds you of a Porter until you hold it up to the light to reveal hints of red. A bit more lacing and a light color is what is needed for a perfect.

Smell: There is no doubt that this is a nutty beer as the smell of almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts dominate the nose. In the background a solid fruity malt character can be detected as well, but it does take a bit of warming to come out.

Taste: This beer definitely grows on you as you approach the end. Starts with a nice sweet fruity malt, it then shifts to a more nutty bitterness that at first is a bit excessive but gradually calms down as the beer reaches it's end.

Mouthfeel: In my opinion, this is the weakest part of the beer as the nutty bitterness really likes to linger at the back of your tounge. The carbonation also runs a little tame near the end of the beer. Excellent transitioning, and the fact that the fruity malt also like to stick around though lets the beer make up for it.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy, and sits down well despite the medium body. The nuttier elements leave it a little bit dry though. I wouldn't mind another but I think three would be a bit much.

Final Thoughts: I'll be honest, I prefer more of a malt and fruity presence in my brown ales, and less nutty bitterness. This beer is very good, and I can see why it is widely regarded as one of the best English Brown's out there. Still exceptional, but probably the one I liked the least from the mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:52:02 | More by TheHammer
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. 12oz. bottle, 2009 vintage

Appearance -

Between chestnut and deep maroon in color. Opaque and beautiful. 2 finger head, and great caked on lacing.

Smell -

Heavenly nut aroma, hops, and caramel. It is a delight just to smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel -

Smooth and delightfully creamy for a medium-bodied beer. Complex sweet flavors leap forward, only to be surpasses by a delectable dry nuttiness. The bitterness of the hops creates a tremendous balance.

Notes: This is one of my favorite nut brown ales. I had it first at BLT Steak in NYC with a filet mignon served with bernaise sauce. The trifecta of flavors was perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:51:59 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= dark amber-brown, little head, modest lacing around the rim.

S= huge caramel, toffee, dry malts, whiffs of something that must be nice English floral hops, some nuttiness.

T= very pleasureable, dry grassy malts, caramel, moderately complex, light but peppery hops. A bit more biting carbonation than I would prefer.

M= grainy with light caramel, dry malts, modest hops bitters, some astringency.

D= very drinkable if you can carry enough of these large US$2.99 single-bottles that never seem to come in 6-packs or cases.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:18:13 | More by therica
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a medium-sized head atop a dark amber body. Very little carbonation and no lacing. Some decent legs as I tilt the glass.

Aromas of toasted almonds, slightly roasted malts, and bread along the lines of rye. Not a lot of strength, but a pretty good depth.

As this is an English beer, I may be drinking this too cold, so I am delaying my review until it warms a little...(10 min. goes by). Ok, onto my review. So stronger aromas are starting to come through, and the flavors exhibit a bit of the aforementioned nuttiness as well as a little toffee, with some of bitterness by way of the malts. This is both very quaffable and very session-able.

Exhibits a slightly tingly mouthfeel, which includes a slight wetness on the pallet (don't know a good SAT word to characterize that). Pairing it with some Dutch Gouda on crackers and the flavors are explosive. The mouthfeel is nice and tingly.

Overall, this is a benchmark among English browns (mainly for English-style browns brewed by American breweries, cuz, let's face it, England is not going to come out with a brown that can rival AleSmith's Nautical Nut any time soon). In short, if you can't brew something comparable to this, start over and try again. A great brown that balances out beautifully. If there were any justice in the world (and there isn't), this would be OUTSELLING Newcastle Brown with nooo problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 08:23:37 | More by jminsc76
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,005 ratings.