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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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3,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 187 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of natelocc787


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Nice creamy off white cap atop a dark brown body that appears light brown when held towards a light source. Nutty aroma, toasted brown bread and a metallic note. Same metallic taste noted in the taste with light brown sugar, dark toasty malt and pralines. Mouthfeel is a bit thinand the body isn't as full as others in it's class. A good example of an English brown.

01-11-2010 22:02:06 | More by natelocc787
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

550ml bottle, poured into a British pint.

Clear brown with orange highlights. Minimal fast fading head and no lace. *A more agressive pour yielded quite a nice 1.5 finger head. Hung around a while and faded to a delicious thin rug of bubbles and got good lace.. (Bumped up from a 3.5-> 4)

Smells of some sweetish malt and a hint of cola.

Taste: Sweetish malts at first, finishes with some light dry and nutty bitterness. Balances very well. Medium body with low but sufficient carbonation.

Could drink all day.

Dots the i's and crosses the t's.

01-10-2010 16:34:08 | More by Trizzle
Photo of baseballrock


4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

a - pours a clear dark reddish brown with a beautiful thick and hearty head. It left a fair amount of lace on my glass.

s - nutty with some fruity characters

t - sweet breed maltyness. I taste a heavier creamy flavor from the yeast as far as i can tell. as the medium bodied beer goes down it taste even more sweet before it finishes clean and nutty. The hop flavor adds a perfect amount of bitterness to round out a great beer.

m - well balanced and smooth

d - I drank my 550ml bottle and felt very happy about the beer. i wish i would have drank this with a home cooked meal, i will buy a few more bottles next time i find it.

01-07-2010 07:05:25 | More by baseballrock
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear brown body boasting 3 fingers of off white frothy head. Decent retention and thick lacing.

S: Sweet malts, biscuits and some hoppiness. Nothing to distinctive, but a nice blend.

T: Biscuity, some caramel, also a substaintial amount of hops to it.

M: Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Leaves a sticky-bitter finish. Nothning to major, but not off putting.

D: It's a decent beer. I found it to be to thin/watery and the smell/flavours were good, but not great. Nothing special imo.

01-07-2010 02:44:13 | More by Long813
Photo of Josievan


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance: Not too dark in color for being called a brown ale, which is pretty common. More of a dark amber with a decent head.

Smell: Nutty, but not too strong. Quite sweet and malty, too.

Taste: This is one of the sweeter nut browns I've tasted. More sweet malt than nuts, but the nuttiness does comes through on the finish, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and quite smooth, characteristic of Samuel Smith.

Drinkability: There'd be no problem drinking the whole 17 oz. bottle oneself.

Notes: One of the best nut browns I've had. Not as much nut character as some, but that's fine by me. Samuel Smith has never disappointed me.

01-06-2010 22:53:21 | More by Josievan
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Source/Serving: 550mL bottle, no expiration date.

Smell: Caramel, yeast, vanilla, general nuttiness (pecans, perhaps) and a hint butterscotch. Very aromatic and delightful!

Taste: Pecans, vanilla along with complex caramel, maple, and buttery combine up front to form a wonderfully sweet brew. A good bit of pear in there too. Some brown bread. Quite smooth but the carbonation and bitterness balance out the sweetness after a few sips. The finish is slighty bitter, quite dry, and deliciously nutty (walnuts).

01-03-2010 04:52:57 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of ribby


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Served from 550 ml bottle, poured into a glass.

This beer is a medium-dark reddish brown. It pours with a very thick head, and it has a moderate roasted malt aroma. The taste is very malty, with good bit of roasted malt present. Very subdued hoppiness, without tasting excessively sweet. due to the roasted malt. This tastes a lot like a light porter might taste. On the whole, a very nice beer, very well crafted with nothing out of place.

01-01-2010 22:34:41 | More by ribby
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%

Last of the three beers from the gift box I got in a Yankee swap.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy beige head that sticks around forever. Smells of brown bread, a touch of dark fruits, a bit of sulfur, and a hint of honey in there as well. Taste is malty with bread and some light fruits, a little butter with a touch of bitterness or astringency in the finish. I get an almost ashy taste and texture every now and again which seems really weird in this beer. Medium to full body, medium level of carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but not one of my favorites. It grew on me towards the end of the glass, but given the price and my palette I'll probably pass in the future.

12-30-2009 23:50:39 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Part of a gift pack poured into pint glass provided. Clear chestnut brown color with a creamy light tan head that hangs around a long time before turning into a film. Nice nutty aroma. A nice nutty flavor too, to me this is one of the better examples of a nut brown ale. Very smooth in the mouth, goes down real easy.

12-30-2009 16:02:43 | More by bob3701
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

poured from a 550ml bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance: Beautiful brown color, crystal clear with a nice tan creamy dense head. Medium lacing.

Smell: Smells a little soapy, nutty and finishes with some caramel. Nose is a bit off for me but nice.

Taste: Nice rich nutty, caramel backbone with a good malty taste. Not overpowering at all, but a good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect. Great carbonation, great texture. Easy drinking and refreshing

Drinkability: Perfect session beer. Great weight, and great texture makes this an everyday drinker.

12-30-2009 14:49:20 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of jjanega08


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

A= pours a nice brown or mahogany when held to the light. The head is a beautiful two fingers and an off white color. The head falls to one finger and stays around there throughout the drink. Great retention and the lacing is spotty but still good.

S= Sweet and malty. Nice doughy biscuit notes. There's a little bit of an earthy hop note to it as well. Nice smell and quite pungent. Really good and pungent for a lower alcohol beer.

T= Awesome flavor. Light and smooth yet still flavorful enough. Great biscuit and doughy notes just like the nose indicated. I do notice a little bit of a sort of belgian fruity thing going on in the background which I'm not enjoying as much. The hops are still there as well. Nice and earthy. Reminds me of an english brown ale for sure.

M= Perfect. For the lightness of this beer it goes down similar to water. Light carbonation and clean finish. Great for a session beer.

D= Awesome session beer. Good flavors not to heavy and not too light. Sweet and hoppy. Well balanced. Such a nice mouthfeel makes it even more drinkable. This beer is great for a session.

12-29-2009 04:06:17 | More by jjanega08
Photo of kylejohnson03


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Enjoyed this beer many, many times but this is my first time to review it on BA.

A: Pours into a Sam Smith pint glass a very rich copper color. This particular bottle has a very thin head, and it quckly fades to a very small collar.

S: Rich, nutty, and caramel notes.

T: You can tell right away when you're drinking a Sam Smith. Sweetness and toasted hazelnut set this brown ale apart.

M: This beer was not as carbonated as other bottles I have had in the past, but this is the exception and not the rule. Drinks pretty thin, smooth.

D: As always, I feel like I could finish this Sam Smith in about 3 drinks. Drinkability is nearly off the scale. Sorry Bud Light, not even your marketing savy holds up to this English gentleman!

12-22-2009 02:59:46 | More by kylejohnson03
Photo of burnerfinger


3.15/5  rDev -23%

WIFE bought me the bomber for my birthday....

A I'd have to call this a deep ruby Red. Nice looking brew indeed. impressively thick 2 finger head that settles with light lacing. lots of clarity

S: faily bland to the nose...a bit malty is all.

T: not bad - sweet / leaves a bit (just a bit) of a hoppy follow-up. too sweet for my taste but not horrible

M: faily heavy carbonation, a bit of alcohol bite, lots of depth here

D: this one is a mixed bag. I dont really like it but appreciate its complex qualitries.

12-22-2009 02:05:57 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of DrDemento456


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Nice light brown color. Pretty much as expected.
S - Malts and nutty smell. If I had to say walnuts!
T - Smooth and nutty! Little hop bite and full flavor.
M - Creamy and delicious. One of my favorite nut brown ales!
D - For the ABV and price it would be easy to get a six pack down (For me about 15 dollars for a sixer in price). But I can't really say I would want more than a couple in one sitting.

Great french beer overall! Love the Imperial and this lovely nut brown goodness!

12-21-2009 08:35:05 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of theboozecruise


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked up a part of a Sam Smith holiday gift pack, poured into the accompanying imperial pint glass!

The beer is a lighter brown color, creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing. Clear, so obviously filtered but a great looking beer nonetheless.

Smells of malts, caramel, definite nuttiness but it's hard to pick out the exact flavor. Still very good.

The taste follows up well on the smell... malt up front, a little bit of hops in there, the nutty flavors are more on the back end of each sip.

Fairly light in body, really easy to drink, smooth going down and each sip leaves me waiting for the next one.

As usual, Samuel Smith does not disappoint.

12-12-2009 23:59:42 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of wknight167


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Apearance - Pours a crystal clear mohagany with a half finger off white head that fades quickly.

Nose- Pretty simple, mostly caramel malt with just a hint of earthiness, nuttiness and toffee

Palate- sweet caramel and toasted malt up through most of it, but finishes with an abrupt, but easy, nutty, earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A bit watery and low on carbonationfor my taste, but not surprising for the style.

Drinkability- Easliy a session beer.

12-11-2009 05:27:05 | More by wknight167
Photo of confer


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

A- Crystal clear and carmely brown.
S- The smell is sweet and bready.
T- The taste changes as it warms. It becomes a little hoppy in the aftertaste. The rest is all malt. Nothing outstanding just plain, but good
MD- Definitely a session beer. Goes down easy. Could have several.

12-10-2009 05:48:00 | More by confer
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Nice, light brown with an off-white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very pronounced with caramel. There's also a little nuttiness in there but also lots of malt. Not much in the way of hops. The taste is very similar to the smell, i.e. dominated by caramel and malt with some nuttiness and not much in the way of hops. Its easy to drink and an enjoyable brew to drink. Its very simple in flavor and I think that's what they are going for, which is kind of nice when one is used to drinking stuff striving to be complex at all times. I like it but will probably not get it again. Definitely give this one a go though... you'll be glad you did.

12-07-2009 03:01:27 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%

A-Poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. It is a beautiful brown/auburn with an excellent billowy off-white head that causes a nice cascade effect.

S-Caramel dominates, a touch of toffee. Mostly malts in the nose with some hops.

T-Caramel once again dominates, then toffee, and a nice nuttiness as well. It gets better as it warms. Its a malty as expected, but has a nice hop balance.

M-Rich and creamy.

D-Very, very drinkable ale. I could drink this all day.

Overall thoughts: I believe that in America we have become way to obsessed with making everything more extreme. All the time a new beer is coming out with more hops and more alcohol in the effort to be the most extreme or "the greatest." This has caused me to become somewhat burnt out on craft beer. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale reminds me of how great perfectly crafted and balanced beers can be. This is an excellent ale all across the board. It defines the style and is a must try for all lovers of beer in general.

12-05-2009 21:24:00 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.2%

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's pint glass

Appearance - Dark translucent brown with 1+ finger head with great retention and good sculping and good amount of lacing

Smell - Nuts, nuts, and more nuts. Traces of cinnamon as well

Taste - Nuts and a bit of cinnamon with lots of good spicing

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and well spiced, a lingering nutty aftertaste

Drinkability - Something to drink delicately but can be drank with almost any type of food

Overall - Probably one of the best examples of English Brown Ale, this hits it right out of the park.

12-05-2009 20:19:33 | More by tjd112
Photo of CheckMate


4.95/5  rDev +21%

550 ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a reddish brown liquid with a good inch of caked on off white head that dissipated with a couple minutes after the pour leaving some lacing in its wake. scents of a nutty sweetness and malt grace the nose, with some toffee. flavors of nut, malt, toffee are directly on the tongue with a roasty quality in the background. light mouth feel but the first sip invites another. A great pick for someone looking for a sweet and roasty drink.


12-05-2009 02:04:33 | More by CheckMate
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber/light brown with a rocky, fluffy white head, mild thin lace

S: Very soft malt, with a mild nutty aroma to differentiate it from an ordinary brown ale

T: Mild like the smell, traditional british brown ale - mild, session beer, slightly toasted malt, nice earthy british hops, but soft enough not to dominate the delicate malt

M: Definitely thin, without much carbonation, again very traditional though

D: Easy, a british session beer true to form

Notes: I was expecting a little more umph out of this beer, however keeping in the mindset that it is an example of a classic english style, it represents that image perfectly. Very enjoyable and easily drinkable.

12-02-2009 20:18:12 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12 00z bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a deep copper hue that can be easily seen through with a thick, fluffy tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smells of some toasted malts, a hint of toffee, a little bit of hops and a nice nutty finish. Nice aroma.

Tastes very sweet and malty up front, with the sweetness fading away to reveal an underlying hint of hoppiness and a nutty finish that is paired with some sweet toffee. Absolutely great taste. Nice carbonation up front and a medium body make this brew very drinkable.

This ale is extremely tasty and drinkable. Will definitely be a brew I will revisit.

12-01-2009 23:47:34 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of u2carew


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

12 oz bottle. Consumed Thanksgiving 2009
A - Clear body. Pours with two finger head. Settles to thin sticky lacing. Amber in color.
S - Dark fruit notes. Caramel and toffee mix.
T - Blast of malt sweetness. Caramel. Hints of Anise. Then the malt blast mellows. Lingering nutty sweetness in the finish and beyond.
M - Light fizziness up front. Fairly smooth. Medium body.
D - The slight anise flavor throws things off just a bit - did I get a bad beer? A decent beer overall.

11-26-2009 19:37:16 | More by u2carew
Photo of brewtal

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured in a Sam Smith pint glass.

Copper-ish brown and shiny red hues. Good cream-white head with big bubbles.

Smell is reminiscent of brown sugar with nutty notes.

Tastes of caramelised malts. A lot more of brown sugar with a strong grenoble nuts flavor and Amontillado sherry-like complexity. Good stuff! Fruity (figs). Finishes dry on earthy hops, even a slight astringency towards the end. Pretty much dark chocolate with an iron-like metallic taste thats lingers on.

Great brown ale. Good complexity for the style and one that looks like it would be appropriate with a stew or other braised meat-based meals. Creamy cheeses on nut-bread, too. Cheers!

11-26-2009 06:58:49 | More by brewtal
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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