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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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3,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,126
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 186 | 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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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

I have had this beer before and love it - however, now that I come around to review it I find that I got a bad bottle of it.. must be on the older side.. noticeable skunkiness and this is in a brown bottle so that means it has to just be old.. it also is a little bit spoiled tasting.. but for the most part i get the general flavor profile so i will proceed..
this is a sweet complex brown ale with a noticeable nutiness (hence the name).. this is a typical english complex malt with light floral hops sort of beer.. everything about this beer is just about perfect.. nice complexity, a slight crispness that evens off the sweetness also a touch of delightful bitter roastiness.. if you have tried newcastle you should deffinately try this to see the difference.. it is truly a revelation - everything a brown ale should be.. and despite the bad bottle.. this at least brings back memories of all the pleasant past experiences I have had with this and other samuel smith beers.

06-15-2010 03:01:14 | More by mcdevster
Photo of GilGarp


3.35/5  rDev -18.1%

550 mL bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Nut Brown Ale is a dark brown beer with redish highlights. It has great clarity and creamy light-tan colored head. As the head settles it leave some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is malty and sweet with a definate apple quality.

Taste is similar. More like a nutty apple cider. For the most part, very mild but with a little tart apple and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with low carbonation.

Overall a disappointment. It's just not very good.

06-14-2010 02:10:39 | More by GilGarp
Photo of missingsense


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Cola brown with a nice tan head, but no significant lacing. Smells of sweet malty caramel, hazelnuts, and toffee. Very smooth aroma. Light and smooth on the palate. Flavors really develop themselves in the aftertaste: a light creaminess and hazelnut flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. Hops are faint and nearly undetectable, but their presence is felt (rather than tasted) in the way that the sweetness is cut off before becoming overwhelming.

For someone who appreciates a smooth & well-rounded, but very flavorful beer, this one is excellent. If you're looking for bolder flavors, you might be disappointed, but is far as a balanced taste is concerned, it's hard to beat.

06-11-2010 04:35:00 | More by missingsense
Photo of alkemy


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a ruby brown/mahogany color with minimal beige head. Lots of sweet caramel up front followed by a plum note. Some chocolate and lots of dark fruit in the form of plums, raisins, and black cherries in the taste. I really like the mating of the tart taste and the sweet nutty malts. The taste is really enjoyable and the finish is clean. I wasn't expecting much as I'm not really a fan of the style, but this beer is pretty impressive.

06-09-2010 23:17:38 | More by alkemy
Photo of bbeane


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice 3/8" head that lingers a bit before almost completely disappearing. Beer is a crisp brown color but appears ruby when held up to light. Very light activity

S- After some agitation... roasted nutty aroma with hints of sweet malt toffee, and caramel

T- Definitely wouldnt put this up with my favorite brown ales. Has a toasty but flavor with bits of caramel or toffee notes coming through

M- Very smooth... light carbonation and medium/heavy body

D- I could definitely put a few down, but other beers, or better yet, brown ales id rather be drinking


06-09-2010 03:11:41 | More by bbeane
Photo of bundy462


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Dark reddish brown with a thick tan head that settled down to a lasting and sticky lacing.

S: The best beer I've smelled to date. Very nutty aroma with some surprising chocolate smells. Sweet malt with some tofee or butterscotch.

T: Caramel malts with some surfacing hops that balance the sweetness nicely. Dry finish that leaves a nice toffee taste behind. Also a hint of chocolate throughout.

M: Medium bodied but very creamy with plenty of substance.

O: Very good, I only had a single 19 oz. bottle and wish that I had more. This stuff is great.

06-02-2010 02:36:06 | More by bundy462
Photo of juju7


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a beautiful dark, tawny red with a fine head. Somewhat elegant in flavour. Some dried funky strawberries and a bit of oatmeal and huskiness on the nose mirrored by sweet malty goodness. Superbly long finish. Don't agree with the serving suggestions on the bottle- pairing with Thai or Malaysian food would be a mistake. Far too malty, viscous sweet for such food. Pub lunch of steak with a sweet jus would be more the go. A fine beer.

06-01-2010 12:56:31 | More by juju7
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a pint glass this beer pours a copper brown with a frothy tan head. The head quickly dissipates after a few minutes.

The aroma is very similar to ferrero rocher chocolates. Hazel nut is the dominate nut in the smell. Surprisingly there is a strong chocolate prescience in the nose. One of the tastiest smelling beers I've had in a while.

The taste of this nut brown ale doesn't stand up to the hype I got form it's aroma. Hazel nut takes over the flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness as the beer goes down. Toasty malt and maybe a little oatmeal.

The mouth feel is good without being to impressive. Very lightly carbonated, but full bodied.

This is my favorite brown ale by far. I always want to drink another and can't ever have enough. Almost a perfect 5 for drink-ability. Samuel Smith's is always a go to beer when I can't make up my mind. I think of them as the Sierra Nevada of England in the way that their beer is always on point to style, and is of the best quality.

05-31-2010 21:23:37 | More by TKEbeerman
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3.35/5  rDev -18.1%

Maybe I had an odd experience with this or I just wasn't in the mood to try this for the first time. I feel a little strange giving it a less than stellar review when most people seem truly blown away by this beer. It was everything I expected I guess, nutty, caramelly and sticky in feel. Nice deep brown in color. I just really didn't enjoy the taste that much, I drank half a bottle and didn't really want the rest. I also had it with a meal (mexican) and this was probably poor planning. I'll try it again in better circumstances.

05-30-2010 16:52:21 | More by Zekezilla
Photo of railcaider


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

This beer is a nice chestnut brown with a slightly reddish
tinge. However, it's still light enough that objects on the other side
of the glass can be seen. The head is a bit small but has a sandy tan color that complements the beer's color well.

Initially, it's got a slightly acrid smell that reminds me of
vinegar. It's got a subtly sour taste that matches the prickly
carbonation well, though the body is a bit thin. I'm afraid that I
might have chilled this too much, because overall the taste was a bit thin as well.

This beer is well balanced but not that exciting. Samuel
Smith's makes some great beers but this one is merely good.

05-27-2010 13:22:22 | More by railcaider
Photo of markb33


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Wow what a beer. Just perfectly executed.

A--Poured into a pint glass generates a nice thick tan head. Body is a deep reddish chestnut brown. Holds sticky thick lacing all the way to the finish.

S--Notes of caramel and toffee with a dry roasted nutty finish.

T--Round warm caramel and toasty malts. Beautifully balanced with nice crisp hop notes which punctuate the body giving way to an anise or walnut finish that lasts forever. There is a certain round, full, smooth flavor that underpins the beer, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

M--medium body with a slightly dry finish.

D--At 5% a very sessionable beer, especially during the colder months. Complex yet straight forward and incredibly drinkable.

05-24-2010 19:42:13 | More by markb33
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4.13/5  rDev +1%

Got this beer from The Beer Box MTY (my local beer store)

A- a deep brown color, very nice

S- nut and caramel malt

T- nut, toffe and caramel

M- a little bit dry, medium body

D- if they still sell it i will go at least 1 time a week for one or two of this one, very good brew, a clasic

05-21-2010 05:25:50 | More by nano
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of tan head. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It is brown in color. It has a sweet buttery toffee aroma. The taste is more of roasted malt and is then followed by some sweetness. The hopsprovide enough bitterness that offset the sweetness. It tastes better than I recalled. The mouthfeel is decent. Its a pretty good beer. I prefer their Taddy Porter, but that's the kind of guy I am.

05-20-2010 01:05:11 | More by buschbeer
Photo of yankiac


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

A solid brew.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a decent head

S: Pleasant nutty aroma

T: Rich malt character with hints of nuttiness throughout

M: Creamy and smooth

D: Very drinkable

This is a great representation of a British Brown Ale. I will certainly return to this drink

05-19-2010 21:20:50 | More by yankiac
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a moderate brown with a nice off white head.

S: Plenty of malty sweetness alongside caramel, toffee, and a nice nut scent.

T: The nuts make quite the appearance and match well with the sweetened malt.

M: Light-to-medium body with good carbonation and a nice creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. Great Fall season session beer.

05-15-2010 11:35:34 | More by Thorpe429
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Appearance - Clear, Dark Amber with golden, red highlights. Very smooth and creamy off white, cream colored two finger head with very nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt with hints of walnut and caramel.

Taste - Taste of walnut with slight pecan flavoring that was very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium, chewy mouthfeel that really hangs on the palate. Very smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability - I want another!!! Probably couldn't drink very many of these during the real hot days of summer. I would love to have this during the fall and winter months however.

Definitely the best brown ale I have had thus far.

05-02-2010 00:37:18 | More by Shrews629
Photo of WhiteOak


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

A- Bright medium-brown with a mohogany tint. There is a nice, retentive, lacy head.

S- Aroma of nutty malt, warm cereal grains with maple.

T- Rich cereal grains, malt and yeasty biscuit flavors make up the front. Mid palate is a slightly sweet rich maltiness. The finish is creamy, rich and dry simultaneoulsy.

M, D- Medium bodied but rich with malt. The level of drinkability is very high. Don't drink too chilled, of course, which will dumb the aroma and mute the flavors!

A British icon. The S.S. Nut Brown is a classic example of the characteristics produced by the Yorkshire Squares.

05-01-2010 16:38:53 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -2.2%

550ml bottle into a nonic. The beer is aptly nut-colored, a dark woody brown, with a finger of off-white foam topping the body. Clarity is excellent, and while the head dies down faster than I'd like, it's still a beautiful beer.

Toffee is strong on the nose, nuttiness surprisingly not, though there's a very pleasant toasted malt backbone that, combined with the toffee-like sweetness, vaguely resembles peanut brittle. The English yeast profile is distinct and characterful, lending a buttery cream-caramel note that's thoroughly enjoyable.

Very flavorful, with toffee again prominent but matched by an equally strong toasty bitterness. Earthy hops are faintly detected, along with some husky grain, buttered toast, biscuit and the slightest mineral twang. Near the finish a bit of over-steeped-tea-like astringency pops up, melding with the hops to create a drying, mildly bitter finish.

Quite enjoyable overall, an easy-drinking almost-session beer with plenty of character, though slightly rough around the edges.

04-20-2010 03:22:13 | More by largadeer
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Poured dark amber with a moderate level of carbonation. The head died down rather quickly and just left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There's a distinct nutty smell with a bit of malty sweetness.
T: The flavor is nutty, sweet and buttery and also has some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is very much sessionable.

04-20-2010 01:19:14 | More by metter98
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Small bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Beautiful clear dark amber color with a small yellow head which dissipates quickly. A lot of lacings left.
S: Delicious smell of roasted caramel malts. Brown sugar and a bit of scotch smell.
T: Also delicious taste of roasted caramel malts. Light citrus bite and light "hoppy" end
M: Light body. Low carbonation. Balanced bitterness. A bit molasses. Very refreshing
D: Good. Very light and refreshing beer but at the same time with strong British personality

An authentic British Ale. Simply delicious! Light in alcohol and balanced bitterness, dry taste, strong smell and taste of roasted malts. I really recommend it.

04-19-2010 16:53:38 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.13/5  rDev +1%

A. Poured into a nonic pint glass. Beautiful amber with a thick creamy tan head that fades to lacing.

S. Sweet malt with more subtle molasses.

T. Sweet upfront with a yeasty bread middle and a dry nut finish.

M. Slightly thin with a bit too much carbonation.

D. As you finish a sip, you are compelled to take another. Plenty flavorful to be interesting, but goes down easily; perfect for relaxing on a cool spring night watching the stars.

One of the best brown ales I've tried so far. I grabbed it out of the fridge because it has been sitting around for awhile (not because I was really compelled to drink it), but I was pleasantly surprised. I'll be picking this up again.

04-15-2010 04:01:43 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

550mL bottle with gold foiled neck. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-brown color with a creamy one-finger tan head.

S: A malty explosion of caramel, toasted grains, roasted nuts, brown sugar, and butterscotch.

T: Sweet malts up front, mostly in the form of caramel, toast, nutty, coffee, and molasses. The yeast gives it an underlying smoothness.

M: Medium-bodied; smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

D: Not as heavy as some other browns; fairly easy to drink.

Notes: I'm a big fan of brown ales, and I'm glad that my 50th beer review is one of the best out there.

04-12-2010 02:51:21 | More by NeutroMan
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Medium amber brown with thick tan head and lots of carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Caramel malt nose up front followed by raisin and dark cherry sweetness throughout. Slightly nutty without much hop presence.

Sweet maltiness with more raisin flavor. Slightly bitter with an herbal hoppiness present. The finish and aftertaste show good nuttiness with some more raisin flavor.

Very crisp mouthfeel with a slightly thin body and mouthfeel.

04-09-2010 22:32:54 | More by goldbot
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4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A : Pours a lovely deep brown with amber red, highlights of speckly gold from fizzy bubbles. The tan head is roughly a finger and a half, and simmers slowly to a fuzzy topping. This is a lively looking brew if I've ever seen one.

S : The malty brew brings forth lots of nutty smells, almost of almond, with little bits of syrupy sweetness.

T : Mimics the smell almost exactly. The strong maltiness is all this brew is about. There is some level of hops to keep it from being too sweet, and it is a perfect balance. It finishes a smooth, fuzzy feel.

M : Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Doesn't roll or swish well, as the higher levels of carbonation tingles.

D : The price brings down the drinkability here. A 4 pack ran me 12 bucks. This is a beer designed to be slowly enjoyed, and the heavy mouthfeel leads itself to that.

This is, possibly my favorite beer yet. A quintessential brown ale. Fabulous. A must for anyone who likes the maltier brew.

04-03-2010 01:44:39 | More by ncfranklin
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured this into my goblet, showed deep brown/red color with good one inch head. goes down kinda fast and had good lacing

smelled great nutty and butterscotch aromas on the nose.

Tasted great I really liked it. nut brown ale tasted like a nut brown ale, butter, nuts, nice hops tasted great

Felt nice on the palate, its not as thick as i was thinking it was going to be so i was really impressed

could drink a few of them for sure, not a beer i would drink for a marathon though.

04-02-2010 02:47:12 | More by n0rc41
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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