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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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3,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 154
Gots: 175 | 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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New York

3.6/5  rDev -12%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice translucent dark golden brown color with a frothy off-white head of fine bubbles and has little to no lacing on the glass. Has a good amount of a bubbly action going on throughout the drink duration. Smells very malty and has some roasted nut characteristics with some hoppy undertones.

The brew tastes a bit lacking - nutty with some roasted malt flavors, although the nuttiness is real prevalent throughout the taste and is readily found in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit light-bodied with some carbonation. It's drinkable, but I find it that overwhelmingly good as indicated by the high grade reviews. This brew could use some improvements in flavor and mouthfeel, but still decent nonetheless.

06-07-2009 21:07:05 | More by infi
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

I finally tried this amazing beer last night. I've already had the Samuel Smith Porter and Oatmeal Stout; the Brown Ale is equally impressive. Nice smooth, slightly sweet nutty flavor with just a bit of acidic aftertaste. The head on this beer was great. Nice and fluffy, really complimented it nicely. Would have liked a little less carbonation and a thicker mouthfeel. The malts really shine through on this one and it is hard to beat a Brown like this.

06-06-2009 20:00:39 | More by Trappissed
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Beer pours smoothly from dark brown 550 ml bottle into pint sized glass making rich cream head that settles slowly. Heavy lacing. Beer is smooth and rich, but not heavy. Smell is malty caramel and slight cinnamon. Taste is maple-ly and clean, with beautiful mouth-feel. This beer strikes a rare balance between rich smoothness and facile drink-ability. A classic, well-deserving of that name.

05-31-2009 23:31:08 | More by zythus
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

I feel really bad about not trying this beer sooner. I always see it at my local store, but haven't thought about picking it up. Here is my take

Pours a very nice clear brown with ruby shades. Pour also revealed a ivory head that looked appealing, but slowly dissipated to a light rim around my glass.

Aroma is abundant in dark malts with a little bit of sugar and of course "nutty" scents.

Taste was a very smooth ride of creamy nuttiness, with hints of brown sugar, caramel, and a nice light hop presence at the end of it all. Awesomely smooth all the way down.

I loved the mouthfeel. It felt like a much heavier beer, but in reality it ain't. There are not a whole lot of beers that can pull it off, but Samuel Smith's did it in spades for this one. Fantastic!

This is my session Brown Ale for all time. Splendid from beginning to end. Cheers!

05-28-2009 08:15:18 | More by Foxtrot
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Chestnut brown with a hint of red.. about 1 fingers worth of head.... nice lacing and a constant little head throughout.

S: Lots of sweet roasted malts... a little bready with a nuttiness.

T: Just like the smell sweet malt, nuts with a breadiness... Just a touch of hops in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty carbonated yet with a med body.

D: An enjoyable brew... not to heavy pretty good ABV.... Nice session brew... I could drink a few of these

This is my first Samuel Smith... Very nice, I'll be back.

05-27-2009 03:23:59 | More by mralphabet
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South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

A- Poured from the gold-foiled wrapped bottle into a pint glass. Its a deep reddish color that lets a faint amount of light through to highlight the red color. Tannish brown head dicipates to a thin cap, but clings to the sides nicely.

S- Smells of sweet syrup and brown sugar. Very sweet, caramels and malt.

T- Tastes of malt, caramel and other sweetness. I taste a hint of raisins as well, not much but just enough to be noted. Nice balance of sweet and bold, full of flavors.

M- Nothing to complain about here, feels marvelous in my mouth, nothing sticks out, nice carbonation.

D- Overall a very balanced, well-thought out beer, that is very drinkable, not too heavy or syrupy, not light either. This is what a Brown Ale is all about.

05-26-2009 23:42:07 | More by beerdavis
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

S: Has a very sweet aroma. Almost like a malted strawberry type smell. Very rich and inviting.

T: What a great taste. So many different flavors. Starts with a medium fruity sweet taste going into a dark fruity taste.

This beer has been in my fridge for awhile and been room temp to cold back to room temp a few times. I wish I would have drank this immediately because I'm sure it would have tasted better. I still think it is good in all respects. I must try this again sometime soon.

05-26-2009 01:17:38 | More by BrewIndy
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a medium copper color with a thick, large-bubbled tan head that blurps it's way down to a collar like the swamps of Dagobah, nice and sticky.

Nose is of ripe strawberries, chalky minerals and acorn and walnut nuttiness. Sweet malts are also in evidence and I might have trouble categorizing this beer in a blind tasting.

Mmmm, taste is delightful as most (not all) of the fruitiness in the nose disappear and the acidic and tannic nuttiness comes through in droves. Sweet malts and minerals chime in to make this a pretty interesting brown ale. Not too shabby, I bet this would make a nice cask ale.

05-24-2009 21:16:45 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Visual appeal: slightly translucent pecan-brown hue, could see gold light through the misty shades

Smell: the only disappointing thing about this ale, practically dead

Flavor: unique, never tried anything like it, creamily unique malts, odd but pleasant aftertaste right through me nose, mate! maybe dark chocolate and/or toffee flirtation

Mouthfeel: creamy delight, only slightly flat, tongue not tingling

Drinkability: ABV too high to make me order a few, sipping ale

Poured a perfect Imperial pint. Gorgeous. Felt like was back in Oxford, at my favorite English pub, the Eagle and the Child. The brewery's been around since the 18th century, and you feel like you're tasting a bit of Britain's history.

05-23-2009 22:55:40 | More by julian1117
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

12 oz poured into a pint
Look is a nice deep brown with maybe a finger of head that held until I finished the beer witch didn't take very long to do.
Smell is a little sweet and toasty. Maybe even a little bitter fruit also.
Taste WOW this is good, toasted malt, nutty, and bitter. All kinds of flavor and smooth. I love how this beer finishes, a little bitter and nutty.
Feel the carbonation is perfect, smooth and crisp.
Drink this is so good and smooth I want to have more and more. Drinkable? Heck ya.
Comment Great beer. In fact one of the best beers I've had ever.

05-22-2009 11:02:10 | More by dbtoe
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

This pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Reasonable head.

The aromas are dominated by roasted malt. A bit of nuttiness. Touch of butterscotch perhaps.

Kicks of on the palate with the sweet malts and then the nuttiness follows.

Medium bodied.

A good brown.

05-19-2009 09:01:13 | More by Macca
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

This is one I've been wanting to try for a while but for some reason kept putting it off. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass it pours a brown, really nice dark red color with a nice big off white color head. The nice big head goes down fairly quickly but leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet, a little nutty, a hint of caramel, a pretty nice aroma overall. Really smooth and creamy, taste is sweet and the nut taste is apparent. No bitterness at all, really easy to drink. Another great beer from Samuel Smith.

05-19-2009 07:22:06 | More by dismal
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Bought this because I love Newcastle and see that this has near the highest rating in Newcy Brown's category. My first review, here goes:

20 oz bottle poured into a frosty mug..

A: Deep red/brown color, nearly opaque, nice creamy head that settles at a nice pace and leaves little lacing.

S: Subtle nutty smell, not overpowering at all, just smells like nutty water.

T: Awesome. Nutty-sweet coffee is the thing that comes to my mind with every drink.

M: Light in the mouth, not overly carbonated but not flat at all either.

D: I think I found a new favorite. This beer is great, goes down easy and just gets better as my mug gets emptier. It's pretty straight up, there's not too much going on here but what is going on is great.

05-18-2009 02:45:17 | More by travisishigh
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A-Deep garnet brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Moderate tan head that settles rapidly.

S-Sweet malts with a nutty aroma and a slightly sour grain background. Classic English brown aroma.

T-Slightly sweet roasted nutty malts cross the palate first, then an ever so slight sour midrange followed by a dry, slightly astringent finish with a mild hop tang.

M-On the lighter side, with moderate carbonation. Decent overall.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, and one that I would probably not tire of if I had to do more than one back to back. It is decent and solid, if a tad bit boring. It is, however, very refreshing and sessionable and given its wide availability, one of the consistantly decent English browns out there.

05-16-2009 01:37:29 | More by caddybuyer
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Nut Brown Ale pours an attractive blend of garnet and stained wood brown. It's clear and allows a great deal of light to penetrate. It's topped with a light tan head that stands a couple of fingers tall. Retention was a little short and lacing was light all the way.

The nose is pretty impressive. Sweet praline is readily apparent from the first whiff and smells delicious. Brown sugar works extremely well with the enticing nutty aroma. There's enough malt here to satisfy, but it doesn't smell strong. Perhaps it's just a little lost in the mix. Yeast and bread are prominent throughout. This is a nice smelling beer overall. It's not deep, complex, or complicated. But it certainly smells good and does the job.

The flavor's very consistent with the nose. Its brown sugary sweet and malty up front. Again, it doesn't have a ton of malt flavor, but there's easily enough to give it a solid base. A nice praline or nutty flavor works its way in and gives it a distinct character and impressive flavor. It's a little more restrained here than I expected. The nose really worked up the expectations. It's not disappointing by any means, just not as strong. Yeast and bread emerge and take up a bulk of the flavor toward the end. If there's alcohol in here, I'd be surprised. I'm not picking any up. There's even a little hop buzziness that creeps in and kicks it up a notch. I like it. The nutty flavor reappears toward the end. Finishes sweet. Again, nothing deep or complicated. But, it's very well-rounded and satisfying.

Its body is light and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn't negate any smoothness. It's surprisingly smooth for such a light bodied beer. Drinkability is very high. There's a hell of a lot to like here. Lots of flavor, it goes down smooth, and the abv is only 5%. I could roll with this all night.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a classic. It's been a while since I've had it and I'm just as impressed today as I was the first time I had it. It's very straight forward and simple. If you're looking for a complex, deep beer, move along. But, if you're in the market for a session beer with a simple yet delicious flavor, this fits the bill. The score probably isn't reflective of actually how good it is. I was close to awarding a '4.5' for score, but it's just not quite deep enough. If only I could award tenths of points. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he? If you haven't picked this up by now, well, there's no time like the present.

05-15-2009 01:47:27 | More by prototypic
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Beautiful clear light brown color, light tan head.

Fruity english ale aromas, and some nutty malt smells

Taste is great. Again fruity english esters, nuttiness of course, and a surprisingly clean finish. no serious hop flavors, maybe a bit earthy. Very simple but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, very refreshing. Can't think of a better fall beer. It's not watery at all, but definitely not chewy or cloying.

Drinkability is perhaps the best part of this beer, such a simple delicious flavor, with a clean finish and lasting nuttiness. Nothing is overpowering, great balance. Excellent meal pairing with fall flavors.

05-14-2009 19:23:16 | More by JethroAdam
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69. I was surprised a little by my review, but tasted alongside American browns it must seem lighter. I want to review again for comparison.

A - a light tan head crowns the ale w/ medium redish brown body. A slightly hazed appearance w/ slow streams of bubbles rising. Good lace patterns form on the tumbler.

S - Like a mild red grape fruitines in the aroma w/ a subtle prune scent and woody hop fragrance. The yeast gives off mild citrus hints

M - Slightly acidic, light fruitiness and crisp feel w/ med body and mild nutty texture w/ subtle roasty finish.

T - Taste is mildly vinous w/ dark fruit and biscuit/bran taste. There is an almost almond flavor w/ gentle brown sugar tinge and the mailt is taken over by the yeasts fruit. The hops are light and mild w/ dark red apple skin taste.

D - A taste that deserves praise for it has unique elements and does not dissapoint, w/ lasting flavor from the yeast and caramel malts.

05-12-2009 14:15:21 | More by Slatetank
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Clear mahogany brown with a small head that settles into a cracked lacework.

S: Great caramel malts with hints of chocolate and butterscotch. Nutty with faint grassy notes.

T: Fantastic taste of caramel, butterscotch, plenty of nutty flavors and some grainy notes. Slightly buttery backbone. The finish is medium bitter with some faint grassy hops, hints of herbs and lingering nutty aromas.

M: Medium body, kind of creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This beer is just oh so delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable almost beyond belief. At 5% ABV it ought to be conceived of as one of the best session beers around, at least in my book.

05-09-2009 22:32:55 | More by ricke
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

I love the gold foil over the bottle caps. stay classy.

this one poured with a finger and a half head which laced oh so slightly. deep amber brown see through coloration.

scents of caramel malt, yeasts and toasted grain.

the flavor has a presence of caramel, woodsy malt. this is accompainied by a slight hop flavor in the middle. balanced, if not explosive.

watered down a bit, smooth though on the feel.

a good, solid one here. nothing mind blowing but a good offering and enough flavor to be respectable.

05-09-2009 00:55:24 | More by cnally
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a bright clear copper color with a decent sized head and average lacing. The smell is very rich. I immediately thought of soy sauce (probably too strong) when I was pouring it into the glass. I can also smell some honey, caramel, and butter. The nut taste comes out in the aftertaste of this beer, and before then its a good sweetness. Carbonation and thickness is solid on this beer. This is a very refreshing beer to drink.

05-08-2009 00:21:23 | More by Jablonski
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

An old friend which I've never reviewed. Pours a nice slightly reddish brown with a medium height creamy head. Nice typical dry British malt and yeast with a touch of nuttiness and perhaps copper in the nose. Smooth and earthy in the taste department with a creamy finish and a light dry roastiness that indeed tastes a bit nutty. Delicious and straightforward. A touch of residual sweetness in the finish, but moderately dry overall. Spot on for the style, and much less hoppy and than American versions, but there are some gentle earthy hops there. Smooth and creamy, slightly nutty in the mouth. Overall a pleasure to drink.

05-06-2009 22:37:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Let me just say this looked gorgeous in my glass, a deep brown, color with a nice tan-colored inch and a half head.

It smells like sunday morning, but to be more presise, the malts smell toasty, and a lot like maple syrup, and raisins and possible other dark fruit.

More liquid goodness on the tongue, lots of sweet malts, more raisin, tastes almost exactly what it smells like, the hops are earthy and just enough to make this beer incredibly balanced, i am not a huge nut brown guy, but this beer just might convert me. smooth and delicious!

05-03-2009 19:17:15 | More by bonsreeb85
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

The pour on Sammy Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a deep deep chestnut. The head and head retention are ok. Very well carbonated... The nose is very nutty with notes of butterscotch and caramel. It's so much crisper and medium bodied than I initially expected. What a pleasant surprise. It comes on really strong and smooth and then finishes brilliantly with caramel malt and butterscotch.
Really just an excellent nut-brown ale.

04-30-2009 03:25:57 | More by originalsin
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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%

550 ml bottle.

Clear chestnut color with a one-inch beige head that retains as a full cap. Didn't lace much.

I expected more nuttiness than there is, but it's there. Caramel and crystal malt, maybe? Some white grape aroma seems out of place.

Flavor is more nutty. Walnut-like. Definite caramel flavor. Finishes with a mildly spicy English hop finish. Good balance between malty, hoppy and yeasty flavors. Some heat to it going down, oddly. Well-water gives a mineraly character that shows in all this brewery's beers.

Pretty lively. Medium-light body.

I don't know, maybe this isn't fresh. I'll re-review if I have a more impressive tasting later. Otherwise this is a pretty expensive bottle of a so-so style. It's easy to drink, certainly. But I remember liking this much more. Having a hard time finding much to say about it.

Edit: Later revisited, and didn't substantially change my mind. Added a few comments.

04-28-2009 05:04:48 | More by ommegoose
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

A = Pours dark copper brown with 1.5 finger off white head. Lite lacing

S = What a delicious and hearty smell. Caramel, butter, nuts, brown sugar, soy sauce. This just screams indulgence.

T = Taste mirrors smell for the most part. Bold caramel and buttery malts. Rich nuts throughout. Some slight hop bitterness, just enough to keep the bold malts from being overbearing. Has a dry metallic sense toward the end. Nut aftertaste lingers.

M = Excellent mouthfeel. Not as thick and chewy as the nose and taste would lead you to expect. Just right. Finishes a little dry and metallic.

D = Hugely drinkable. The easy finish, coupled with the deliciousness and low ABV make this a serious sessioner.

Overall, an exceptional brew.

04-27-2009 03:27:56 | More by JonMich13
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,098 ratings.