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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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3,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,231
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 bort11
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split with me best mate Sean.

Poured into a pub glass. Small light tan colored head, but has strong legs. No lacing, but that's OK. Color is a bright orange brown with excellent clarity.

Smell has a sweet molasses and raw sugar with some nutty wood notes. Little more wood and nut character in the flavor creates the bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and thin. I would like a little more body, but it still tastes good to me

bort11, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of TLove
2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a clearish brown with a creamy head. Typical of the style but a bit watery.

Smell contains a touch of sourness to the beer lent from light cranberry and hazelnut flavors.

Way too watered down and misleading nuttiness turns into light alcohol tint and more water. Brown color does not lend much to consistency or hop balance.

Yorkshire yeast too harsh and does not leave a memorable taste in the mouth. Creamy head dissipates into inconsistent carbonation.

TLove, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with a two-finger head of finely bubbled and dimpled foam that lingers long. Aroma of cinnamon and toffee, notes of raw bread dough and ripe fruit.

Flavor of toasty malt, roasted marshmallow, toffee and caramel, some tannic dry leaves, good balance of fine bitterness against the malt, no real hop presence.

Full mouthfeel, just a bit slick, but finishes very tingly. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

far333, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear dark copper/ruby color. Head is big and fluffy and leaves a bit of lacing on my mug. Good retention on the head.

S- Hard water, sweet malts, and citrus candy hops. Yeast is refined and somewhat fruity. Slight roasty/toasty quality along with some molasses.

T- Taste is smooth and actually nutty. Tastes a bit like the almond paste used in confections and pastries. Mostly sweet with flavors of darker breads, brown sugar, caramel and molasses.

M- Body is light but has a "sticky" drag to it that makes it quite substantial. Carbonation is subdued but quite effective with many different qualities(silky, bubbly, smooth, sharp, etc.)

D- Surprisingly versatile for a brown ale. It manages to be sweet without being sugary... if that makes sense.

EnojysAnyBeer, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a red-brown into my pint glass. An iced tea color when held up to the light. Almost no head, some lacing. Smells of sweet malts, some nuts, and something between toffee and caramel.

Roasted malts up front, with a creamy texture and smooth caramel in the middle, ending with a little nip of hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Excellent depth, decent balance. Smooth, lighter-bodied than expected. Excellent drinkability, could knock back several.

I'm a big fan of Sam Smith's Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts and was expecting a heavier brew. This is great, and adheres nicely to the style; completely different from the brewery's other offerings.

aristeros, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an okay beer, just too sweet for me and not the taste I was looking for. Had a sweet strong honey taste. I enjoy the oatmeal stout much more. Glad I only bought one bottle of this to sample. Priced too high for the rather average amount of ABV.

ExtraStout, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger fluffy head that leaves some sudsy lacing.

Smells nutty with hints of light maple, malts, and butterscoth.

Tastes as it smells with a nice medium bitterness that is well balanced.

Great medium bodied beer that is highly drinkable. Can't go wrong with these. A brew that I find myself regularly drinking year round. Easily found on tap for me.

SirDrinxAlot, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of blackc5
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle at 48F.

A - What a beatiful beer. A perfect dark brown that matches the bottle, reddish coffee in the light. Very creamy two and a half finger head left me almost wondering if I had poured too fast. Great lacing as I downed this one.

S - Malty sweetness. Roasted (or toasted?) pecans. Some floral hops in there as well.

T - Quite sweet. Quite nutty. Great malts. Caramel is there, and just a slight bit of floral hop bitterness that quickly fades. The penultimate English brown ale IMHO.

M - Smooth and creamy. Very balanced - it just seems right.

D - Tops the charts. Easily could down 3 of these, and enjoy it every step of the way. Probably a great beer to get beginners hooked thanks to its sweetness and low ABV. I wouldnt mind a bit bite more in that dept, but enjoyed it nevertheless.

A simply great brew. I prefer this over Newcastle by quite a bit, and slightly ahead of Rogue's variant as well.

blackc5, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of infi
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

infi, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Trappissed, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of zythus
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

zythus, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Foxtrot, May 28, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mralphabet, May 27, 2009
Photo of beerdavis
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerdavis, May 27, 2009
Photo of BrewIndy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BrewIndy, May 26, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

twiggamortis420, May 24, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

julian1117, May 23, 2009
Photo of dbtoe
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

dbtoe, May 22, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Macca, May 19, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dismal, May 19, 2009
Photo of travisishigh
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

travisishigh, May 18, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

caddybuyer, May 16, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

prototypic, May 15, 2009
Photo of JethroAdam
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

JethroAdam, May 14, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Slatetank, May 12, 2009
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,231 ratings.