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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.

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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
Photo of scarfacecrowe


4.05/5  rDev -1%

Poured a dark golden color with minimal head. The beer has a smooth robust flavor with hints of chocolate, and had a pleasant light hops finish. The aroma of the beer was a little weak but not unpleasant. This is an easy drinking tasty beer, tastes alot like Killian's Irish Red in my opinon. My first experience with an English Brown, will definitely purchase this beer again.

11-26-2009 00:02:28 | More by scarfacecrowe
Photo of losdizzel


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

O k here we go very very nice beer to start with.
Came in a gift set that i bought to get the glass .
poured very nice head smelled nice .
Tast very nice at first thene even nicer at the end .

Very nice looking beer even in its own glass to boot!
Darkish red color .
Very well rounded beer from start to finish .

HIGHLY recomend .Two other beers to try in this set so untill we drink again later .

11-25-2009 03:30:03 | More by losdizzel
Photo of BrandonWardlaw


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

A- Deep red-brown. 1.5 finger head that melts down to a tiny layer.

S - Malts, roasted nuts, perhaps caramel.

T - Heavenly. Starts out with a rich caramel flavor, which transitions to nuts, and finishes dry with a hoppy flavor.

M - Subtle carbonation, which is just perfect for this beer.

D - This is a fantastic beer; I've never been more pleased with a random selection. This is simply a must-try for beer enthusiasts everywhere.

11-25-2009 02:26:05 | More by BrandonWardlaw
Photo of BillyBoysPie


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Bottle into a pint glass. Too bad I don't have an imperial pint...

Pours the perfect example of nut brown with ruby hues. Beautiful colors. Nice 1.5 inch barely tan head, dissipates leaving lots of clingy clouds and a layer of foam. Really exceptional.

Nice balanced nose. A touch of clean hoppiness (from the goldings) and rich, concise malts. This is all married into filberts and a touch of walnuts. Great smell.

No sugar or caramel, but very malty, slightly bitter. And, of course!, nuttiness. I get filberts, a touch of walnut, and some almond. The bitterness is a marriage between the hops and the roasted malt, really a pinnacle of a well crafted ale.

Great to drink. Light carbonation typical of the British style of Brown Ale, but still refreshing. Light body, which is a great balance against the bitter flavors.

If this was cheaper, I'd drink it every day. I'm really looking forward to my next one.

11-24-2009 00:17:52 | More by BillyBoysPie
Photo of gpogo


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

A- Clear brown body with large light cream colored head. Head sticks around and keeps a decent size. Leaves a nice lacing.

A- Nutty fruity aroma. Some caramel sweetness.

T- Sweet nutty flavor. Leaves a nice biscuity aftertaste. Light caramel.

M- Lighter body than I expected, almost crisp with the carbonation. Moderate to light carbonation.

D- Wonderful. If I could drink any brown ale non-stop it would be Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale.

11-22-2009 06:07:06 | More by gpogo
Photo of CHL


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

This is not a bad beer, but I felt let down by it.

It's a neutral brown beer that makes several fingers of head that quickly recede to nothing more than a ring around the glass.

The smell is decidedly nutty with a burnt butterscotch sort of smell. This translates into a smooth nutty beer, which is drier than I expected. Significant esters in this beer, with quite a bit of fruity complexity.

It's not bad, but in my view suffers from the body. It's remarkably thin compared with Samuel Smith's others. It was also nearly flat.

Not bad, but I did not feel it was worth the imported premium.

11-22-2009 04:35:14 | More by CHL
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

First from the Samuel Smiths 3-pack gift set, which in my opinion is one of the best priced gift packs the LCBO has to offer. Review from notes.

Pours a clear, deep amber red with a one finger light tan head that quickly dissipates leaving some decent lace. Minimal carbonation is visible.

Roasted malts, earthy nuttiness, light hazelnut, caramel, biscuit and some dark fruits.

The taste is very much subdued in comparison to the smell. Roasted malts, toasted biscuit, a touch of caramel and dark fruit with a dry nutty finish.

Well balanced, smooth and medium bodied, but a bit too watery for my liking.

Overall, a nice, tasty and simple EBA, but I would take Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar or Black Oak's Nut Brown over this in a second. Still worth a shot.

11-21-2009 21:51:00 | More by ludachris
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

A - Pours a reddish brown, 3 finger head that diminishes to a thin layer, some lace left behind.

S - Sweet malts, roasted nuttiness, caramel & a hint of graininess.

T - A fair bit of caramel up front, some nutiness & hops make their presence known in the middle. It finishes dry & somewhat bitter, a little metallic as well.

M - Feels nice in the mouth, the carbonation is perfect. Light - medium body, could be a little creamier.

D - This is a decent beer, but I was expecting a little more to be honest after hearing such great things.

11-20-2009 06:16:55 | More by Dawkfan
Photo of mjw2808


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A nice mahogany color with a one finger head that left some lacing. The smell is heavy on caramel malt and roasted malt. The taste is pretty much the same but I can taste a little but of hops in there. It has a pretty good mouthfeel and is also very drinkable. An exceptional brew.

11-20-2009 03:44:01 | More by mjw2808
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Finally found this one at the ol' LCBO. Heard good things from Sam Smith, and can't wait to try this one!

Pours a lovely chestnut-ruby, about an inch of foamy head. Quickly disappears, but the brew leaves terrific lacing. Very attractive.

The nose is mostly malt and chestnuts, possibly a bit of fruit.

The high grade average for this beer may have set me back initially, but after a few sips, I've gotta say this beer is fantastic. Wonderful blend of nuttyness and maltiness at the forefront, a little bit of bread and butter, spices, and ending with a sour, fruity finish. Complex and intriguing.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with such a persistant head. Medium carbonation, more so than I'm used to for nutbrowns, which is helping the fruit and nutty flavor last even longer.

A terrific brew, a great nut brown to savour on a cool fall day. Will be back for more!

11-18-2009 03:15:52 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of erz316


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

bottle into sam smith pint glass

slightly red brown colour for the body and the same colour foam that all of sam's beers seem to have, off white/cream. the foam is rich and thick retaining for a hefty portion of time. the nose is less than satisfactory: i think i may smell malts, but I'm unsure, I think i do. the taste is astringent, malty, and sometimes sweet; I think this, like most sam smith's should be had over food or at least had in such quantities that the lack of flavour doesnt matter. the feel and drinability are not worth mentioning, just average.

11-13-2009 00:35:50 | More by erz316
Photo of yuriruley


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance - Golden-brown honey color with an almost white head on it. The head is holding at about a fingers worth. Moderate lacing.

Smell - nutty obviously, with a sweet smell like honey or a syrup. After drinking a bit I smell the apple flavor mentioned in taste.

Taste - Nutty flavor isn't as prevelant as I thought it would be. It almost has an apple cider flavor. Though the nutty flavor lingers after a taste. Not what I was expecting.

Mouthfell -Meduim and possibly a little too much carbonation.

Drink - Easy to drink lower alcohol content and goes down easy.

Notes: I enjoyed it, but wasn't awed by any means. Didn't leave me wanting another much as their oatmeal stout, but I suspect that's because I am a stout man. I would buy it again though if the mood struck me

11-13-2009 00:35:39 | More by yuriruley
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

550ml bottle, pours a clear auburn with 2 finger of light tan head, dies down but maintains a nice layer and spots of lacing down the glass.

Nose is nice bready malt, hints of raisins and grassy hops.

Really quite a balanced drinker. Light toasted grains, caramel malts, toffee, hints of fruit, raisin, nuttiness/earthiness, light grassy hop finish, light sweetness to balance it, slight drying finish.

Medium - light body serves this well, easily working through the bottle, would gladly put this with just about any meal. A winner in the style.

11-12-2009 20:34:07 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy reddish-brown with a foamy two-finger head that recedes quickly, leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet, nutty malts, biscuit, brown sugar and maybe even dark fruit.

Taste: Smooth sweet malt taste that finishes with a pleasant hop bittereness. Not a lot going on here, in my estimation, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Decidedly medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkabillity: Only a 5% ABV makes this 550 ml bottle go down pretty easily.

Overall, this is a decent brew but I'm not picking up a whole lot of the complexity that I think other reviewers have. Still, a good, enjoayable beer.

11-07-2009 20:50:17 | More by zoso493
Photo of mwalters


4.5/5  rDev +10%

This beer is one of my English favorites. Classic brown with more flavor than almost any craft made brown. Cool retro bottle and a classic label. Pours perfect and has a nose that makes you feel like your in a pub in England. Head is a tan color with white edges. Good carbonation, but not to much. The taste is rich smooth and caramel roasty treat. Perfect with roast meats. The water must be hard that they use in the brewing of this beer, the mouthfeel is solid. I had this beer years ago when I first started drinking good beer and the flavor too me back to those days when it was an adventure trying new beers. This beer is like going home. Highly recomended.

11-05-2009 22:44:02 | More by mwalters
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

A - Clear brown body, with a ruby red glow to it. Some very small bubbles rising. Light-brown head. Good lacing and very decent head retention. Looks beautiful if you ask me.

S - A very nutty malty smell to it. Some prominent hints of caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Some pleasant graininess and a touch of floral hops.

T - This has got to be the pinnacle of the style! You get a nice mild flavour, full of nutiness, some roastiness and balanced sweetness. Then it opens up with some gentle bitter chocolate and plum undertones. The finish is a bit dry, with lingering toffee and hazelnut notes. Nothing in this beer tastes off, that's certain!

M - Great. Its velvety smoothness is extremely pleasant. Medium body to it. The carbonation is quite low all in all.

D - Fantastic. Easily the most drinkable nut brown ale. Can make a great session beer if needed, but it's even better in moderation I think.

11-05-2009 01:46:29 | More by NightINgale
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Deep mahogany brown generously topped with tan foam. A fairly well-retained head that leaves behind sheets of lace the whole way down. Brilliant red highlights when held to the like. Simply gorgeous. Mild aroma of toasted nuts, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Tastes nutty and dry with hints of toffee and plum. Finishes with a solid earthy bitterness. Tastes hearty and wholesome. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and substantial. Pairs wonderfully with beef stew and dumplings.

11-02-2009 22:52:15 | More by mintjellie
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-brown tawny color with a pillowy white head that dissipates slowly leaving decent lacing.

Smell: Very malty with a distinct nutty aroma. The malts smell sweet, proabably caramel malts.

Taste: Nutty with a bit of a buttery/biscuity taste as well. Low on hoppy bitterness but a little is apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a little chewy. Has kind of a sticky finish that leaves a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: A damn good beer and one I would recommend to anyone. It is refreshing, easy to drink, and tasty. Can't really ask for much more than that.

10-26-2009 13:59:38 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel color with a large tan head, which goes relatively quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Very strong smell- mostly caramel and maybesome chocolate malt.

Taste: Begins with a sweet caramel flavor, finishing with an unexpected toasty bitterness that was not apparent in the smell. Has a bit of a warming alcohol finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with light, smooth carbonation. Sticky, dry finish.

Drinkability: The smell doesn't show it, but this beer has a very nice balance. The flavor is a bit too strong to session, but it's damn good.

10-19-2009 16:39:12 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

I really enjoyed this beer. It pours a transparent reddish brown with an off-white, creamy head that maintains itself for as long as you decide to savor the brew. Nose is sweet and complex with hints of banana and caramel. Taste is somewhat roasted with a mild hop bitterness that contrasted the smooth flavor. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low level of carbonation, goes down smooth! Exceptional drinkability, plenty of flavor without being too filling. Great for enjoying with dinner, drinking at home, or bringing to a party.

10-17-2009 02:24:16 | More by bnes09
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

poured into pub glass this beer pours a browne hue, when held up to the light it a congnac color with a light tan haed about two inches or so.

this beer has tiny bubbles that provide a tingleing feeling, it tates of
walnuts, pecans, it was very hard to put a finger on it, it finnishes with a bitter rich hoppy taste.

this would make a greate after dinner beer.


10-14-2009 20:14:10 | More by mrcarterxxl
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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