1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,128 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 185 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,128 | Reviews: 1,384 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Georgiabeer


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
Photo of bonsreeb85


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
Photo of originalsin


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
Photo of ommegoose


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
Photo of JonMich13

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
Photo of Coorskid33

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Tried under recommendation of my wife to be... :o)

A~ Nice thick head. 1.5''. Brownish and Amber in color & clean looking.

Smell~ Like a good beer meal. Hops with mocha/caramel. Similar to a porter in this regard.

T~ Smooth. Taste kinda skipped my tongue and hit my throat. Nice carb level with ability to bring flavorful aftertaste. Complex, the more I sip, the more my pallet wanders.

MF~ Great, best part of the brew really. Let this one sit in your mouth and flavor release all over the place.

Drink~ Very drinkable & very good. A heavy but clean and crisp ale. Could and probably will have a few of these. Good beer.

04-24-2009 00:16:53 | More by Coorskid33
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Overall a great nut brown. Tasted this with the girlfriend as her first real review.

Good head retention, clarity and a smell she described as honey, and I thought went towards crystal malt.

Tasted a lot more bitter than I thought it would which the more I have of it the more I like in a brown. Probably my first english brown as I am more used to the sweeter Americans, I would be interested in trying more english style browns now.

Overall a good beer, perhaps a bit overpriced but good.

04-22-2009 03:57:13 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
Photo of philipquarles


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

55cL bottle. Pours burnt copper with reddish tinges and a fluffy tan head. Crystal clear. Aromas of toasty malts, nuts (surprise!), and a bit of cocoa. Metallic notes in the background. Tastes of sweet, dark roasted malts, a bit of diacetyl, and a certain earthiness. The roasted malts become astringent on the finish. Medium body with high carbonation that actually detracts from it.

04-21-2009 21:43:56 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Folderol

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

If someone asks me "what's the prototypical ale?" I'd pick Sam Smith's Brown. English brown ale is such a staple beer, so smooth, balanced and refreshing. This one in particular is nearly perfect. Pours a beautiful clear walnut with a substantial white head that never fully recedes. It smells of clean, roasty malt and just a bit of continental hops. Taste is a perfect balance of sweet, nutty and buttery with a pleasantly bitter finish. Good drinking. If I had to pick just one session beer forever, I'd be happy with Nut Brown.

04-21-2009 16:19:08 | More by Folderol
Photo of jacobseyb


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

One of my favorites....

A=Nice Orangy, Amber brown slightly cloudy with good head and retention

S=Nutty maltiness

T=very balanced and yet flavorful, malty with a nutty finish

M=nice light carbonation and only slight aftertaste

D=very drinkable and quite sessionable, I could easily enjoy a six pack of these no problem.

04-20-2009 02:27:52 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of webmanspidey


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A transparent dark brown with a few inches of white head. Smell is faint, but I 'd describe it as brown sugar and ground nuts.

This has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel.. at least compared to what I was expecting. Again.. sweet brown sugar is the dominant flavor. There's only a very slight bitterness at the back end. It is very smooth with barely a hint of alcohol. Qualifies as sessionable.

Not really overly interesting or complex, but definitely worth trying.

04-18-2009 04:10:35 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of marcobrau


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

A mahogany colored brown ale; definitely on the light end of the color spectrum for brown ale. Remarkably clear for an English ale. Either no bottle-conditioning here or a very flocculent yeast. Very complex aroma with lots of musty leather, coffee and a nutty character. The flavor is complex, too, with echoes of the nuttiness (I'm thinking hazelnut and Brazil nuts.), a bit of coffee with cream, an earthy-oakiness and maybe a touch of marzipan. The finish is tawny with a rustic bitterness mixed with the full body. I seems to remember this coming across drier and not as full. Very, very smooth though and still quite a classic.

04-18-2009 02:55:51 | More by marcobrau
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Mahogany in color, two finger tan white head which fades to covering on top. Crystal clear lots of carbonation for a English Brown Ale.

S - Dark crystal malt, more complex than just "nutty". Has some dark fruit smells on the noise.

T - Toasted malt, fresh bread, slightly sweet with hints of caramel.

M - A little thin with a slight carbonic bite.

D - Clean, crisp, and drinkable.

Overall, a very good beer. Looks great, especially the brightness. Brown ales can sometimes be boring but though this tasted and smelled better than a traditional English Brown Ale. Could use some more body and some less carbonation, perhaps served at cellar temperature it would have been better. Could drink a few without complaint.

04-16-2009 23:57:31 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Gish

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

A - pours a nice chestnut brown with a creamy head

S - smells of roasted malts

T - sweet breadiness, bits of hazelnut and toffee

M - a bit too carbonated, medium bodied

D - enjoyable and not too heavy, I could drink a few of these

Samuel Smith's never fails to disappoint, a fairly simple and enjoyable ale!

04-16-2009 03:30:25 | More by Gish
Photo of FallinDeck


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a dark cherry/brown body with a nice big off white head. The nutty aroma caries a fruity hint with it. It has a nice light airy mouthfeel. Taste starts bitter fruity and finishes a smooth nutty finish. The fruit taste almost reminds me of a grape wine.

04-13-2009 14:30:49 | More by FallinDeck
Photo of Slynger


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Deep and clear brownish amber with a lid of short, fizzy, light dusty sand coloring.

Big maple-nut sweetness in the nose, herbal hops as well.

Flavor has good balance. Maple sweet, nutty, bitter cocoa/burnt toasty bitterness, herbal hops. Medium bodied, solid smooth and creamy feel.

I'm sure it's all been said before. Not the biggest fan of brown ale's but their is nothing to complain about here. Good stuff.

04-10-2009 01:17:00 | More by Slynger
Photo of david131


4.05/5  rDev -1%

A- A clear, deep brown- orange beer with a magnificent creamy off-white head that has excellent retention.

S- Buttery English malt aromas at first, but some caramel, bread, smoke, and a distinct nuttiness are in there as well. Very clean smelling.

T- Buttery, with some caramel, nuttiness, and bread. Kind of sweet at first, but it grew on me.

M- Very creamy, but just a tad on the thin side. The carbonation is nice and has an extraordinarily clean finish.

D- A nice, easy going English beer. Not my favorite from the brewery, but it is smooth and a nice change from all the crazy new American beers.

04-09-2009 04:16:22 | More by david131
Photo of youngblood


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a deep brown with a tan head perched atop. Has very nice nut (almond?) overtones mixed with toasted bread. Tastes very nice, strong malt with slight bitterness, nutty aftertaste. Very smooth brew going down. Low abv combined with some really great complementing flavors makes this and easy one to kick back. One of my favorite browns.

04-06-2009 18:23:39 | More by youngblood
Photo of brianlg


4.5/5  rDev +10%

I'm giving this 4.5's across the board. Pours a deep dark amber brown color with a HUGE 4 finger creamy oatmeal colored head. Beautiful looking beer. Leaves a lot of lacing along the glass on the way down. Smells of bread, some nuts, and a little bit of hops. Taste is of dry malts, buttery bread, walnuts, and you can taste the creamyness of the huge head. Wow this is a fantastic beer. Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, a little chewy at the end. Mmm. I have heard good things about this beer, and it lived up. Definitely high drinkability! Fantastic.

04-05-2009 01:15:21 | More by brianlg
Photo of Bung


4/5  rDev -2.2%

16.9 oz. Nice brown/amber pour with an off white head. Aroma is mellow malt and nut tones with toffee, grass. Flavors follow in suit. Nicely carbonated medium body. Drinkability is obviously quite high with this one. One of the best nut brown's I regularly have. Another good one from Sam, er the other Sam.

04-04-2009 15:02:07 | More by Bung
Photo of argock


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.45.

A: Rusty amber brown with soda-like, foamy beige 2-finger head with decent retention and impressive lacing.

S: A bit weak with mostly soft bready aroma with faint herbal hops

T: Thankfully the flavor steps up. A delicious bready, buttery sweetness is followed by typical but not overwhelming brown ale sourness and finished with herbal and spicy hops. The overall effect is pretty earthy and herbal with a faint sweet nut aftertaste.

M: Reasonably good for the style although pretty fizzy.

D: A very good, iconic English brown ale with exceptionally full flavor but some small flaws in carbonation and aroma that hurt it in the grand scheme of brown ales.

04-03-2009 02:09:03 | More by argock
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

550 ml bottle split. I poured my half in a Chimay Goblet

A - Ruby/ Amber dark color with a loose light tan head. Light head stuck through the finish but left no lacing.

S - A nutty vanilla compliments a fresh malty aroma.

T - A refreshing dry malt flavor finishes off this slightly vanilla and subdued nut beer.

M - Dry finish overshadows the smooth, refreshing beer.

D - A very drinkable Brown Ale. Its crisp and refreshing qualities give it more of a lager feel than a richer nut ale.

03-31-2009 18:37:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of witster18


3.2/5  rDev -21.8%

I don't know if it's the slate squares or what but this has the same oatmeal sweetness of the oatmeal stout. The start is a bit bitter and nutty and the middle comes the sweetness and a bit of an odd sugar cookie bit.... I must say that I like these Sammy Smith's brews but they really kinda mesh together a bit too much... all tasting a bit too much like each other... not as distinctive as I'd prefer given the price tag. The appearance is top notch as a hazy orange/brown with a 1" well-retaining head. It's an easy drinker and I could easily pound a few if not for the $.
Good.... but that's it.

03-30-2009 19:39:11 | More by witster18
Photo of mjw06


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

a dark cherry amber color with a hint of brown, and a rich light tan one finger size head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a descent thin lacing on the glass. head retention was kind of dissapointing, and really hurt the appearance of another wise beautiful brew.

a rich toffee and sweet caramel nut smell, and hint of chocolate. malty and slight astringent smell that is accentuated by some roast undertones, which gives it a unique combination.

swish it and leave it in the mouth a little and you get a sweet, rich nut malt. however, washing it down on the palate, it lacked complexity to me. finishes with a maltiness on the back of the throat and leaves a pleasant malt on the middle of the tongue

an excellent very comfortable mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, that is small, however a little harsh. medium bodied.

very drinkable and enjoyable. overall its a very good brew that can serve a lot of purposes. great with a wide variety of foods, even can be a little refreshing.

03-30-2009 04:49:04 | More by mjw06
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

A: One finger of beige head over a beautiful mahogany and amber body. Sticky lace adorns the glass and a head retains magnificently throughout the session.
S: Sweet malts and a small hint of metallic.
T: Great balance of roasted malts and hops. Caramel at the front of the tongue, with a hint of citrus. Toasted nuts (hazelnut), and an unfortunate metallic taste that might be masking some other flavors I was looking forward to.
M: Light body and balanced carbonation. This beer goes down so smoothly!
D: The metallic was off-putting, and in case it was the bottle I would definitely try it again. I love the roasted/toasted notes in this beer and the balance is great.

03-28-2009 23:05:25 | More by washburnkid
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,128 ratings.