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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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3,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,231
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 162
Gots: 238 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of goalie33
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Clear, brown in color with redish hues. Two fingers of fluffy, off white head stick around. Leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Caramel malt with a nutty sweetness. A slight note of roasted malt.
T: Sweet malt, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Leaves an aftertaste of butter pecan. Very nice tasting beer.
M/D: Very soft, smooth mouthfeel. Not a very thick, chewy beer, but it is by no means watery or thin. The beer goes down easily and is somewhat refreshing.

goalie33, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of EagleTalon
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an amber-brown color, brilliant clarity and a very generous and lacy buff head. Aroma is earthy, nutty and malty. Flavor is a nice mild blend of sweet, toffee-like malt and mild, earthy bittering hops to balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light and moderate CO2. Overall, a very well-made Brown.

EagleTalon, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second bottle out of the gift pack I purchased last night. Poured from 550ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a finger and a half of fluffy tan head that settles after a minute or two.

Smell: Hints of toffee and walnuts in the nose along with a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Sweet malts, toffee and a pleasant nuttiness. A very mild brown ale, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I love a good brown ale and this is one of the best. Always a treat to get to enjoy this one.

Axic10, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber with finger sized head.

Smell: smells a lot like Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout. Amber and chocolate malts.

Taste: Follows the nose. Sharp amber malt, chocolate, nuts, honey and coffee.

Drinkability: Fantastic beer, not much too improve upon. I like the dark malt flavor that is akin to their oatmeal stout. It mixes with nut flavor and amber malts to produce an interesting brew.

wmtxbb, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tall skinny bottle into my Ommegang schooner. Deep ruby brown color and beautiful two finger head. The nutty (imagine that) aroma was nice. The taste was of butterscotch and malt with a slight kiss of hops. The mouthfeel was medium heavy and the drinkability was high. Easy to drink and a nice brew in-general. I felt like I was in a pub.

rdub, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of dansmcd
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from a pint glass along with a sharp cheddar and spicy biltong.

A - nice 2 finger head, appealing dark red/brown colour.

S - walnut, caramel, a hint of chocolate.

T - as advertised, nutty, caramel with a real roasted maltiness. Some carbonation. A mild bitter finish. Some coffee notes towards the bottom of the glass. A pleasant match with the cheese and biltong.

M - a little thinner and less creamy than expected but still a lot going on to take pleasure in.

D - smooth, extremely drinkable, and highly enjoyable. Id love another one or two now.

I read the reviews before picking one up and it certainly justifies the props. Not cheap at my bottle shop, but Ill be grabbing another one in the near future nonetheless.

dansmcd, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of gdrydenc
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a perfect looking brown ale. Dark brown, if not slightly amber. 2 fingers of light brown head that disappears quickly but maintains a bit on the top.

S - Not what I expected, but doesn't surprise me. Less in-your-face smell, subtle hints of sweet malts. I like my beer to have a powerful smell though.

T - Taste is similar to smell; slightly underwhelming. Honestly, I was expecting to be blown away by this beer, as I've loved the past couple beers of this style I've tried. It is certainly a good brown ale, but not the top one I've tried.

M - Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation seems pretty on point for the style. The flavor is less syrupy, so it doesn't remain on my tongue very long, which I would have liked to see.

D - Because it's less powerful, I could see drinking several of these and have no problem finishing a bottle.

gdrydenc, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber red color with an impressive 2-finger head that sticks around. Lacing is very nice

S: Malty with nice nutty undertones

T: Quite bitter at first, but that is followed by a huge nutty aftertaste that stays on the tongue for a while. Not sweet AT ALL, which I think actually adds to the nut flavor

M: Nice and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation

D: Definitely a great example of a brown ale, and a highly drinkable one at that. Not sweet or high in alcohol

BEERMILER12, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown with a two finger cream colored head. Good retention throughout. Nice aroma. Toffee, nuts and a bit of chocolate and coffee. Malty flavor. Toffee right off the bat, a little dark fruit malt and then finishes with the nutty flavor which lingers a bit into the aftertaste. A very creamy mouthfeel.

uustal, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red to brown with a thick foamy head. Nose is sweet nutty caramel malt with no noticeable hops. Medium to full body. Palate is of earthy hops, coffee, balanced by nutty juicy malt, hints of sherry. Finish is unremarkable. On the whole, it is wonderful Brown Ale

mikeg67, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super freaklin clear dark brown amber color. Nice fluffy cream color head. Head hangs our for a while, about a 1/4" lingers nicely. Some spottey lacing on glass. Moderate to full malty aroma with some dark apple (red delicious?) aroma; quite nice. Same level of maltiness in flavor with the dark apple fruitiness to flavor. Moderate to semi-high carbonation. definitely Pick up
more of the nuttiness to flavor when the beer gets more warmth and at the end and finish. Not super dry, has sweet with a bit of tartness to finish as well. Very drinkable. Medium on weight with a clean moderate mouthfeel. Enjoyed this one. Pretty solid example of style, not overly complex but simple and very well done.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brownish red caramel body with small head, good lacing.

S: very subtle. mostly sweet roasted toffee and nuts.

T: sweet nut/toffee up front, then mild bitter finish

M: smooth, light amount of carbonation.

D: good nut brown, but I have had better. fine session beer and very easy to find almost anywhere.

BeerLover99, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes reviewed on 11/29/10:
Victorian pint poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
bottled on 6/16/10

A: Brownish red, tiny bit opaque. 2-finger off-white bubbly head that sticks around a while, leaves little lacing.

S: Lots of malt, has an apple cider like aroma in the background. Does have a nutty smell reminiscent of a dry aged steak.

T: Lots of malt come through in the nose, has some dark and nutty characteristics, somewhat musty. I can taste the apple cider like flavors, but it isn't sweet or intense. Has decent complexity. Finishes very mellow with a hint of bitterness and roasted malt. Earthy.

M: Medium carbonation, light body. Has a clean mouthfeel. A little chewy, finishes dry and clean with just a little tartness. Seems too thin and weak.

D: Drinks really easily due to the light finish and body.

Overall I was expecting something a bit more flavorful, especially in the finish, and a thicker body. Perhaps the food I was eating threw the body off for me, but it seemed a lot thinner than what other people have noted. I'll definitely be trying this again.

Satchboogie, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props again to the nice bottle presentation. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Color is a dark reddish brown with just a little light getting through. Nice two finger light tan head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is mild. Some light toffee, a hint of nuts, just a little roasted malt.

The taste clearly follows the aroma but with a stronger roasted maltiness. The nutty flavor is present but not overly potent; just a slight bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation over a fairly light body. Very drinkable. The best brown ale I've had so far.

FanofHefe, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice caramel brown pour, red tint as the beer fills the glass. Off-white frothy single finger head which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Wish there was more here, struggling to pick much up. Do get some coffee and cocoa, roasted malts.

T: Nutty up front, sweetens out mid-drink, some bittering hops in there and gently fades away.

M: Low carbonation, great mouthfeel.

D: One of my favorite nut browns.

jiggahertz, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amer color, with a slightly off white head. The aroma smells of english earthy hops, there is also a sweet malty note. The flavor is sweet, and ends with a nutty malt note. There is also a good mild english hoppiness to back up the malt. The mouthfeel is medium light, and is drinkable.

arboristfish, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of SteveoNY
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 550 ml brown embossed bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found, but daycode stamped on bottle.

Appearance: deep reddish amber hue, tan foamy 1 finger head in a pint glass.

Smell: sweet nutty aroma, slight carmel.

Taste: smooth very creamy textured. sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish.

Notes: my first 'nut' brown ale, like a new castle on a nut diet...exceptional

SteveoNY, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chesnut brown (surprised?), lighter orange around the edges when held to the light. Creamy and slightly offwhite head, with some dense retention. Nose is nutty , with some maple and light chocolate. Dominated by the nuts, but has some darker bread and cereal here too. Light metallic finish, creamy with medium carbonation. High drinkability, a definite winner and something that should be kept year round in the fridge.

liamt07, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of KeOw
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle (1pt, 2oz) into a shaker at around cellar temp. Rich, pale buff head, 3 fingers thick, retains well all the way down, leaves patches. The body below it is the dark red brown of well-steeped black tea, and shows some carbonation.

The brew exudes a malty sweetness of deeply roasted nuts, dark and yeasty bread.

The flavor is of course predominantly malty. In addition to the aforementioned aromas, I taste a little more yeastiness and, nearly drowned in the bread and malt, some dark fruit, perhaps figs. Also something buttery, perhaps butterscotch (diacetyl), and even some alcoholic fruitiness--both surprising, in light of the sessionable 5% abv. Perhaps it's their propietery yeast. It is somewhat drier than I expected from the bouquet, like the dryness of roasted almonds. Finally, upon swallowing, some hops bite--well, softly nibble at--the tongue, the dulled edge of bitterness staying with malty sweetness through the aftertaste and preventing it from being cloying. Overall, it's more complex than I'd expected. (It's my first time drinking this in more than ten years!)

The mouthfeel is silky, the carbonation slightly present and lending a slight crispness. The finish is wet, slick, and silky at first, but dries very quickly, leaving the mouth uncloyed and wanting more.

Even as someone who has a taste for hops, I find this highly drinkable. Samuel Smith's managed to counter the sweet maltiness with some dryness and hints of aromatic hops, making it a mellow, easily quaffable drink.

KeOw, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

The second of the Samuel Smith beers from the gift set I bought a few weeks back.

A - Pours a rich and deep chestnut color, crystal clear with a foamy, yet quickly fading 2-fingered head. Some spattered lacing around the glass, but a bit inconsistent.

S - Smell is smooth, full of earthy tones and sweet malts. I'm getting some darker fruits and berries as well, along with a yeasty breadiness. Smells deeper than a mere 5%.

T - The taste also doesn't feel as if this is a lower alcohol beer as well. It's full and round, yet it also has a much higher bitterness than I would've expected given both the meager alcohol as well as the almost non-existent hops in the nose. Sugary sweet malts and fruits hit first, then the bitter mid-palate washes everything down. The bitterness does subside for the most part, however, and the berries and figs come back to make the finish clean and smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasantly medium-bodied, leaning towards thin. Ample carbonation. Finish is sweet, yet a bit too thin and watery.

D - Drinkability is high. A beer full of flavor and complexity given the alcohol. Besides the bitterness in the middle, the alcohol is masked well. If there were a way to amp up the thickness of this beer, it'd be great.

nhindian, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was accidentally given to me when I meant to order a draft of the Ithaca Nut Brown, which I'm crazy about. It was not as good as the Ithaca for my taste but certainly similar in a lot of ways. Most disappointing was the lack of nutty character that I've enjoyed from some recent local browns.

Color was a medium brown with an almost fizzy head. Aroma was mostly malt and not too overwhelming. Flavor as well had a good balance but there was nothing about it that I was blown away by. Overall, an ok beer but not one of choice for me.

david18, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reviewed this beer two times. The numerical ratings above are based on the most recent tasting.

Review of 7-14-12:

550 mL bottle poured into a glass

Nutty maple-ish aroma. Surprisingly, it reminds me of Paulaner Salvator.

Pours a rich mahogany brown. No haziness. Huge fluffy off white head.

The flavor starts off dry then moves to some sweeter, toasty dark brown bread notes. Some hazlenut maybe, definitely some lingering maple. Slight tangyness too. A little bit of rich cream thrown in too. A faint hint of spices. Very faint hops in the background but they become more noticable as the beer warms.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

This beer is very balanced. It is a different experience from most American Brown Ales that tend to emphasize one or another trait --- either being super sweet, or very nutty or very dry, or very toasty. This beer stays right in the middle. Today it is what I'm in the mood for. Another day, I would prefer the brashness of an American Brown Ale (especially Real Ale's Brewhouse Brown).

Review of 12-3-2010:
AP 4.0/AR 4.5/F 4.5/MF 5.0/D 4.0
Mahogany brown clear liquid with generous fluffy light tan head.

Malty aroma with a little bit of tangyness.

Flavor is interesting and improves as it warms. Dry but rich, malty with a little bit of a buttery undernote. Slight tangyness in the background. Just a little bit of bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and becomes better as it warms. Very smooth, medium bodied.

Interesting for sure. I think I like some of the American Brown Ales better but I do like the unique tangy background of this beer.

jmbranum, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of depechemode1983
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light orange/brown color with a decent off-white head that has good consistency. It stays around for a good while. It has smells of sour fruit with caramel/toffee notes. Also smells a bit nutty in the middle of the nose but just slightly. Taste is sour and bitter to begin with. then there is a touch of fruity sweetness. There is a toasted characteristic appearing towards the finish. Its well carbonated yet smooth and surprisingly creamier that I anticipated. It washes over nicely. This beer is highly drinkable. I could drink this all night. Wish I could get it in six packs. Its a little pricey at 3.99 a pint. Well worth the money though, in my honest opinion.

depechemode1983, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of bens0n
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber/brown with a small amount of off-white head, not the least bit murky, you can see through it when held up to the light. There is a small amount of lacing that etches the glass on the way down.

It has a rich malty smell with a hint of yeast, its very complex and has a slight sweetness to it.

Flavor wise, it starts out slightly sweet, but the maltyness and roasted malts quickly take control and it finishes with an almost bitter nuttiness. The nuttiness stays on your tongue afterward and is more prevalent in the aftertaste than the initial flavor.

Its not too thick or overly carbonated; a very satisfying beer.

bens0n, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of HiLLWiLLiam
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Immortality rings through my inner-ear when I think about ways to describe this ale. A delightful smell combined with a rich, dark hue concoct one of the boldest nut brown's I have had the pleasure of trying. Not to mention Samuel Smith's are so classy.

HiLLWiLLiam, Nov 27, 2010
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,231 ratings.