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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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3,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,232
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of milkbaby9
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Beautiful foil wrapped bottle top and cap. Produces a creamy straw colored 4 finger head that stays together 1 cm over the top of the glass. Reduces eventually to a nice cap leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

Super clear reddish brown color, like ice tea. Color and clarity is stunning.

Aroma is light fruity sweetness plus malt, almost a tinge of roastyness. Initial taste yields peppy carbonation hitting the tongue, then slightly tangy sour fruityness, then nutty and then sweet malt and coffee bitterness. Aftertaste is nice malt and very lightest bit of bitterness, finishing semidry.

Very drinkable, tastes great. The malty finish is very memorable.

On the back label they quote famed connoisseur Michael Jackson calling their nut brown ale, "...the richest, maltiest and nuttiest of brown ales," and that's a pretty good description!

milkbaby9, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Jhandy
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable Ale it is perfect for a night of drinking cause of the light easy taste. It's very well rounded in flavor with nothing to overpowering and the fact that it is not over carbonated means you can drink more with out the bloated feeling.

Jhandy, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Golden brown to amber color with a nice inch or so of off white head.

S: Some tart apple with a nutty, coffee malt aroma.

T: Starts with the same tart apple flavors and gives to a nutty malt flavor with some coffee bitterness with a hint of chocolate.

M: Medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very good. Low abv and not too heavy.

This is a good brown ale. I was a bit surprised by the tartness and apple notes but it comes together well.

RunForYourBeer, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brown ales aren't typically my 'go to', but this one brings back memories. One of the first truly good beers I ever had, back in the late 80s.

A - Reddish, ruddy brown, perfectly clear, thick creamy light tan head that has staying power, lots of sudsy lace.

S - Malty, nutty, a soft twang of bitterness.

T - Nice clean malt, delicately balanced. Bready, but not heavy.

M - Medium to light body, great carb, flavors meld together almost perfectly.

D - Light enough in flavor and ABV to have a few. Great to try again!

srandycarter, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, somewhat like a coke. Head was tan and healthy. Aroma was a little on weak side, but I could get some malty molasses aromas from it. Taste was more bitter than sweet. A mix of nuttiness, roasted hops, with a dash of sweetness. Good body, not too thin but could be a little thicker. With the exception of the bottle size, a great anytime beer.

Evocatus, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried an 18.7oz. 550ml bottle.
Just the right balance between sweet and hops.
Very little head, slight lacing.
Mouth feel is perfect , small tingly bubbles.
Compared to my favorite domestic nut brown, its lighter, dryer and not as sweet.
It has a nutty buttery finish, YUM!!! Highly recomended

beyah, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of bogus564
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at a favorite drinking establishment...

When a beer is by definition a brown ale, I'm guessing that you'd expect it to be brown in color. Surprise, surprise, surprise - it is. Brown like a can of Coke, with a wheat-colored head that hold for less than two minutes. Good first impression, though.

The smell is also what one might expect from a nut brown ale - it smells malty. Just because you expect something out of a beer doesn't mean that it won't be good when it meets your expectations. There's also a caramel scent, some nuttiness and coffee way in the back.

The taste is nutty for sure, which is why naming it a nut brown ale was a wise choice. After that, there's a hops-induced pine and lemon flavor, followed by a caramel note. I wish the caramel had overtaken the hoppiness, but that's just me.

The mouthfeel for this beer is good - it's light-bodied, lightly carbonated with a clean finish and a hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability gets my lowest rating for this beer - as my fellow people of color say, it's a'ight. It would have been better with something other than my turkey club sandwich.

bogus564, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is the basis for the originator of the Nut Brown style ale, and as such is a very fine example for others to follow. Of the other copies, I would say only Rogue's Hazelnut Brown can compare. This ale has a very nice dark brown color that calls for you to drink in deeply. The smell is very bready and caramelly. To me it smells like sweet dough my grandfather used to make with notes of vanilla, butter, and molasses. The beer tastes very malty and thick layers of flavors form the highly kilned malts, but finishes dry with an astringent, toasted walnut bitterness. Hops are subdued and the mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Very drinkable and delicious

Soonami, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Beautiful medium red-amber color with two fingers of tan head that retains well and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind.

Smell: Tart fruity aroma hits hard up front with underlying notes of caramel malt, a little bit of molasses, and a very faint coffee and hop note.

Taste: Starts off with a tart green apple taste which quickly gives way to notes of caramel and brown sugar and hint of yeast. The middle picks up some more tart fruitiness and the back finishes up with a light coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with active carbonation. Smooth, and rather dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, slightly quaffable, and refreshing.

Final Notes: A rather interesting flavor for a brown ale. The taste is rather complex but the initial sourness is a bit too much. A very sessionable beer and one that I would drink with a nice tart dessert.

bagpiper2005, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of GuldenBoy
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden brown. A nice shade of copper and rust when held to a light

S: Strong smell of nuts with a slight sweet and coffee aroma

T: The rich taste of roasted malt dominates. Underlying flavor of hops and a faint sweetness. Clean finish with subtle aftertaste of bitter nuts

M: Light carbonation but with a pleasing fine bubbly texture. very smooth

D: The finest nut brown I have ever had. A pleasure from start to finish

GuldenBoy, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, red edges. A beautiful white foam, a bit scarce.
Light smell, malty notes, something of a toasted nut, and a bit of hop in the back.
Malty in the mouth, with a more definite hazelnut taste. Crystal, caramel.
Not totally convincing, it seems a bit sweet and heavy.

stcules, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild head with little lace. Pale brown color; very clear. More malty than anything, but there is also a slight touch of metal to the smell. This is a malty offering in the brown ale category. I like the smooth and clean feel to the beer. Full body for the style with a modest amount of carbonation. When this fresh, this is a superior nut brown. I worry about the clear glass and the possibility of skunking.

Anthony1, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of newcastleme
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid brown. Average for a deep brown ale.

Smell: Incredibly unique mixture of nuts with hints of sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It is unique among all brown ales for it's strong nutty flavor.

Drinkability: This is an awesome pub brew but I would limit it to 1 or 2 pints.

This is a great beer.

newcastleme, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mrkc
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One can't help but admire Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale's bottle, with enough moulding on the glass to lend it elegance, without being guady. It's sturdy glass, with simple labels that seem a touch olde-timey. The beer has a course pour, and after an initial flush of head, it dies down to the tan ring. The beer is a opaque red-brow, almost like oak. It smells fruity like freshly ground nutmeat. It's the malts that stand out when you drink it though, thick on your tongue as syrup. I'm disappointed about the lack of nutty hints - it isn't much of a brown ale without some nuttiness to it. There's barely detectable undercurrent of apple that I missed in the first few sips. It has a fine mouthfeel, and the carbonated bite is minimal. Rather, this beer has a watery, clean finish. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale would excel as in many other beer styles, but is a weak entry in the field of brown ales.

mrkc, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid brown with outstanding, thick, tan foam. Fantastic lacing as well. I only with the foam stayed a bit longer. A pretty red tint in this beer that I really like. Very little active carbonation.

Smell: Wonderful mixture of spiced apple and caramel malts with a bit of coffee. Mellow hops. Even some berries?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great mellow hops in the start and the finish. Great caramel malts with a bit of coffee throughout. And I definitely taste the apple as well. Feels maybe a bit thinner than I'd like, but that's a tiny complaint.

Drinkability: An excellent pub brew.

Overall: See drinkability. Truly a great beer.

tjsdomer2, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Reviewed from old notes.

A: Pours a dark wooden brown with a large rocky tan head made of large bubbles. Head took its time to recede.
S: Very sweet smelling with notes of brown sugar, nuts, raisins, dark malt, salt and wood.
T: Follows the nose but not as sweet. Has a sweet finish though. Mild hops, slight syrupy taste, hints of green apples and cherries.
M: Low carbonation that tingles on the palate. A bit thin and flat.
D: Not my favorite but good for a brown. Good flavor but not enough carb. Just not feeling this one. Better than Newcastle though...

scottfrie, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of dditto2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My basic description would be newcastle on steroids, for better or worse, but only because more have drank newcastle. Nut Brown being the better in my opinion.I would rather say newcastle is like watered down nut brown ale.
A- Dark and beautiful, with medium head that retains the color of the beer amazingly. Beautiful natural dark woody color.
S- Nutty! Very nice.
T- Also very nutty, and stoney like all sam smiths. Good taste.
M- The mouthfeel is quite unique. In my own strange words, medium carbonation but with smaller more powerful bubbles?!? on a very smooth beer.
D- Very drinkable. Why do I get the craving for morels? If you dont like this beer let me show you where the sissy drinks are.
The name of the beer says it all. What a perfect simple description, NUT BROWN ALE.

dditto2, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date I could find but a batch stamp on the neck - 01JI10) poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: The beer is a clear brown with orange tints on the table, but is red-brown when held up to the light. The foam is a persistent 1/8" dense off-white foam that lasted the whole way down and left chunks of lacing on the glass. Little bubbles noted coming up slowly through the beer.

Smell: Malt with a biscuit-like character and a hint of something fruit-like. I can't place the fruit exactly but it's faint and towards the end. The malt dominates, but the malt is also not exceedingly strong or cloying. There is a hint of sweetness - but that's as far as it goes.

Taste: Very well balanced between the biscuit-like malt and a hoppy bitter finish. It's simplicity between the just two flavors I think makes it a good one - it is a good example of a brown ale. I think my sweet tooth wants a bit more on one side, but I have to admit that with this big of a bottle if it was sweeter I think I'd tire of it after awhile.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation on the tongue, but just right in texture. Goes down very smoothly with a hint of thickness but not sticky on the teeth.

Drinkability: Very sessionable and I think it would be great on tap or pulled from a cask. Good with a meal (bangers and mash) but good for sipping or drinking alone as well.

damndirtyape, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, translucent, brown with a frothy white head that hangs around for a little while. Thick rings of lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel and malts.

Taste: Rich, smooth caramel and nut flavors with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean.

Drinkability: The initial smooth, rich malts paired with the fairly carbonated, hoppy finish create a simple, yet great brew.

darkmartin, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thick tan head that leaves some minor lacing behind.

Smell: Dry caramel, floral English hops and a light nuttiness.

Taste: Barely sweet caramel malts, walnut, floral English hops, slight cherry and a light roastiness. Slightly medicinal aftertaste detracts.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish (especially for a Brown).

Drinkability: Classic English Brown Ale. Not my favorite style, but this is what others should be measured against.

bsp77, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tantalizing nut brown with about an inch of tan head. Leaves thick, fluffy lacing. Aromas of sweet nutty/caramel malt, faint grassy hops, possibly East Kent Goldings?
The grassy hops are the first thing that hits my palate, followed by a moderate dose of that caramel and nutty malt. Mild bready grain rounds out the finish. It tapers off pretty quickly. The body is a little thin for my taste, but definitely in line with the traditional English brown ale. Very nice, but not one of the most interesting releases from Samuel Smith.

DaveHS, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Naugros
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A garnet brown (yes, garnets can be brown), which is just another way of saying it somewhere between deep red and rich brown. It produces a nice two-finger thick off-white head that leaves behind copious amounts of sticky lace.

The aroma is pretty weak, but there a slight caramel scent you can pick up if you work at it.

The caramel is more assertive on the tongue and the malts of this British brown are in the starring role, as it should be for this style. There's a slight hop presence in the wash, but nothing aggressive at all. Yep, a British brown ale, not an American brown ale.

The body is a bit light, but the carbonation could be throwing it down a little. Otherwise, this has a clean mouthfeel and they go down easily. Sam Smith is THE classic nut brown. Very few come close to this one.

Naugros, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of t00sl0w
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer, bought it at a local bottle shop, very impressed.

it has a beautiful brown with a red tint. a light brown, tannish head, with a lot of lacing, and little finger trails.

the smell is malty, caramel, and nutty.

the taste, as the name suggests, is very nutty. it has a slight tea taste, maybe some caramel.

very light, barely noticeable carbonation, smooth, goes down easy, little taste on the back. very drinkable, this would be a wonderful beer to enjoy with some friends on a slow, talkative night. love it!

t00sl0w, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a huge and active off-white head that bursts with bubble activity and slowly fades with some curvy fingers of lace left in it's wake. Aroma consists of caramel malts and a subtle light fruitiness. Tastes sweet, slightly nutty and spicy (cinnamon) with a furtive piny hoppiness. A bit thin on the palate but fairly complex overall.

stephens101, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of prosper
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy brown with an off-white head.

Smells are all very faint. What is there is mostly malty - slight tartness and a whiff of something roasty.

Taste is excellent+. There's a pleasing hoppy presence, but the focusis the malt. Some dark caramel flavours, nothing particularly sweet. Finish is lightly roasty, slightly acrid - complimenting and balanced perfectly with the IBU's. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium-low, finish is dry.

Drinkability is good, I'd be perfectly happy to drink these all night

prosper, Jul 08, 2010
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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