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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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3,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 164
Gots: 241 | 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:
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Photo of taigor
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear light brown/amber color with medium head that dissipated quickly leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly sweet, roasted malts upfront with caramel, toffee and nutty scents afterwards.

T - Sweet to start with nuttiness and caramel aftertaste. Very smooth overall.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good brown ale which I am looking forward to having again in the future.

taigor, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a foil wrapped bottle into a peroni glass at osetra in Norwalk. Paired with a warm lobster roll.

A: Thick brown with noticeable carbonation and excellent thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing as the beer lingers.

S: definitely subtle nutty nose, but not particularly powerful, perhaps would have been better served with proper glassware.

T: Really diverse mix of nuttyness and malt. Lingers on the palate and must be paired with food in my opinion. Would be great with a heavy beef stew or other comfort food. Very smooth and great for a brown ale. Slight bitterness gives this some diversity.

M/D: this is the type of beer that must be paired and really is one and done in my opinion. Cabonation is a little strong, and lingers on the palate with a thick finish. If I had a preference the finish would be a little more sugary, but this works for the style.

Jesstyr, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in my Samuel Smith nonic. Poured a translucent reddish brown with a 2.5 inch cream-colored, rocky head. Lots of tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a consistent quarter inch cap with concentric bands of lacing coating the glass during the session. This beer looks great in a glass - makes you feel like you're at the pub. Nice malty nose - a little bit of caramel, a little nutty, but aromas are nicely coalesced and subdued. Taste consistent with nose; however, I also get some spent teabags in the middle before culminating in a slightly sweet and malty/nutty finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but falling much closer to the light side of the spectrum, with a subtle and smooth background carbonation - very well-balanced. This beer pretty much sets the benchmark for English Brown Ales. A top notch session beer; however, a bit pricey for what it is in my opinion.

Jwale73, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Dster
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best brown I have ever had, and one of my favorite styles

Pours reddish brown with lacy white head

Smells of nuts, malt, toffee

Taste of toffee, cashew, pecan, malt. Brown ale with complicated nut tones...but very easy to drink. very.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy.


Dster, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After some hunting I found another Samuel Smith's selection pack, and then remembered I still had this bottle in the fridge. I've been looking forward to this, as the Oatmeal Stout and Pale Ale were excellent.

Appearance: Pours with a solid two fingers of head that retained exceptionally well, and modestly laced. The beer itself is a very dark brown, which reminds you of a Porter until you hold it up to the light to reveal hints of red. A bit more lacing and a light color is what is needed for a perfect.

Smell: There is no doubt that this is a nutty beer as the smell of almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts dominate the nose. In the background a solid fruity malt character can be detected as well, but it does take a bit of warming to come out.

Taste: This beer definitely grows on you as you approach the end. Starts with a nice sweet fruity malt, it then shifts to a more nutty bitterness that at first is a bit excessive but gradually calms down as the beer reaches it's end.

Mouthfeel: In my opinion, this is the weakest part of the beer as the nutty bitterness really likes to linger at the back of your tounge. The carbonation also runs a little tame near the end of the beer. Excellent transitioning, and the fact that the fruity malt also like to stick around though lets the beer make up for it.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy, and sits down well despite the medium body. The nuttier elements leave it a little bit dry though. I wouldn't mind another but I think three would be a bit much.

Final Thoughts: I'll be honest, I prefer more of a malt and fruity presence in my brown ales, and less nutty bitterness. This beer is very good, and I can see why it is widely regarded as one of the best English Brown's out there. Still exceptional, but probably the one I liked the least from the mix pack.

TheHammer, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. 12oz. bottle, 2009 vintage

Appearance -

Between chestnut and deep maroon in color. Opaque and beautiful. 2 finger head, and great caked on lacing.

Smell -

Heavenly nut aroma, hops, and caramel. It is a delight just to smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel -

Smooth and delightfully creamy for a medium-bodied beer. Complex sweet flavors leap forward, only to be surpasses by a delectable dry nuttiness. The bitterness of the hops creates a tremendous balance.

Notes: This is one of my favorite nut brown ales. I had it first at BLT Steak in NYC with a filet mignon served with bernaise sauce. The trifecta of flavors was perfect.

BeerNemesis, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= dark amber-brown, little head, modest lacing around the rim.

S= huge caramel, toffee, dry malts, whiffs of something that must be nice English floral hops, some nuttiness.

T= very pleasureable, dry grassy malts, caramel, moderately complex, light but peppery hops. A bit more biting carbonation than I would prefer.

M= grainy with light caramel, dry malts, modest hops bitters, some astringency.

D= very drinkable if you can carry enough of these large US$2.99 single-bottles that never seem to come in 6-packs or cases.

therica, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a medium-sized head atop a dark amber body. Very little carbonation and no lacing. Some decent legs as I tilt the glass.

Aromas of toasted almonds, slightly roasted malts, and bread along the lines of rye. Not a lot of strength, but a pretty good depth.

As this is an English beer, I may be drinking this too cold, so I am delaying my review until it warms a little...(10 min. goes by). Ok, onto my review. So stronger aromas are starting to come through, and the flavors exhibit a bit of the aforementioned nuttiness as well as a little toffee, with some of bitterness by way of the malts. This is both very quaffable and very session-able.

Exhibits a slightly tingly mouthfeel, which includes a slight wetness on the pallet (don't know a good SAT word to characterize that). Pairing it with some Dutch Gouda on crackers and the flavors are explosive. The mouthfeel is nice and tingly.

Overall, this is a benchmark among English browns (mainly for English-style browns brewed by American breweries, cuz, let's face it, England is not going to come out with a brown that can rival AleSmith's Nautical Nut any time soon). In short, if you can't brew something comparable to this, start over and try again. A great brown that balances out beautifully. If there were any justice in the world (and there isn't), this would be OUTSELLING Newcastle Brown with nooo problem.

jminsc76, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this big boy into a Samuel Smiths Victorian pint glass. Perfect for this ale.

A: Dark amber with a brownish hue. Slightly cloudy with a small, persistent tan head.

S: I get tea leaves, fresh honey, maple syrup, oily nuts (walnuts?), molasses and definite notes of dark fruit: prunes, figs, dates, etc.

T: Walnuts, macadamia nuts, coffee with cream and notes of dark fruit. Finishes ultra-clean with a smooth, light citric finish. Fantastic.

D: Buy it in the 4-pack! You will not regret it.

Value: Excellent. I think the Samuel Smith brews are some of the best I've had and they are very reasonably priced.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

natelocc787, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Trizzle, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of baseballrock
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

baseballrock, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Long813, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Josievan, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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).

4000qtrap, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ribby
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

ribby, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

johnnnniee, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of bob3701
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bob3701, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Augustiner719, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjanega08, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

kylejohnson03, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of burnerfinger
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

burnerfinger, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

DrDemento456, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

theboozecruise, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of wknight167
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wknight167, Dec 11, 2009
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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