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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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3,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 158
Gots: 208 | 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 yesyouam
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a clear brown-red ale with a yellow sand-colored head that's dense and foamy and leaves nice lacing. It has a nutty, roasty, sour aroma with notes of tamari and chocolate. It's a bit muted by the head. It's medium bodied, smooth and a bit foamy with a clean, dry finish. The flavor is nutty with notes of soy sauce, leather and possibly black currant. It's funky and very English. It has a roasty, bitter, almost sooty finish that lingers for a bit. It's a very Northern English Brown Ale.
(rated Jul 29, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark reddish brown with thin khaki head, and good lacing.

smells of toasted nuts, caramel, a bit earthy, and molasses.

nice bitter taste, somewhat watery, spice, toasted nuts, some brown sugar, aftertaste is dry and bitter.

overall i like this beer and tend to grab it when it is available, also good to cook with.

froghop, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice 2 finger head that forms immediately and sticks pretty well. Not a big aroma but about what you would expect from an English Nut Brown. A bit of smoke, some nutty maltiness and a kiss of English hops. Smoke and nuttiness roll out first on the tounge. Plenty of malt sweetness all over. Not as much chocolate flavors that its American cousins have, but some very faint hints in a malty kind of way. Some apple tartness and a slight bite of subtle English hopiness on the finish. A bit more viscous than I was expecting for the style, but in a good way. A little more carbonation than I would like takes a little away from the mouthfeel though. I have had better nut browns, but this one is up there, especially as far as taste goes.

NCBeernut, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a squatty tan head. Nutty and malty aroma with some toasted malt and bread. Lighter than expected mouthfeel. Roasted malt, hazelnuts, pecans, and coffee in the taste. The crystal malt is detectable in the back. Pretty good, but I'm not really a brown ale fan.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of eagles22
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: not really impressed with the color...like a light redddish color but with a nice white head that clings to the glass

Smell: almonds and also like a fat tire for some reason..its a nice complexity

Taste: for a brown ale that is very nice...its also very light but complexed...very nutty and also malts and the end...

Mouthfeel: man this is wonderful...light but not too light ...its very good beer

Drinkability: all night

eagles22, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a cloudy two inch head. Good head retention with some lacing.

Has a dark chocolate smell to it, nutty, roasted malts, toffe like

A hint of roasted malts up front, hint of sweet dark chocolate.

Smooth, medium body, light carbonation, not enough flavor, kinda watery

tr4nc3d, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of drnknmnky
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - brown, head dies quickly

S - nuttiness, roasted malts, some chocolate

TM - nuttiness, nice balance with the hops but nothing over powering. creamy, smooth, medium body, nothing much non carbonation

D - normal ABV, plus highly drinkable , all asma smith is good stuff. goodness all around.

drnknmnky, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A brown / dark amber color. When initially poured, a pretty sizable head remained, eventually dwindling down to a few centimeters. The head that remained was thick and left lacing around the glass.

Smell: The most obvious smell is the nuttiness; combined with a sweetness and a subtle roasted malt aroma in the background.

Taste: The slightly sweet nuttiness permeates each sip, but is not overpowering. There is a striking balance of yeast and hops that provides almost perfect consistency throughout the sip. It leaves almost no aftertaste, just a simple, slight walnut taste. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: There is an almost creamy smoothness to this beer. Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation. I feel as if there is a walnut oil residue coating my tongue after the first sip.

Drinkability: The consistency of the taste really makes this an easy one to drink. The light ABV and slightly sweet taste also add to the ease.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark amber with a dirty tan head with dark reddish hue swirls leaving a good lacing.

S: a dark roasted character, some sweet chocolate and nuttiness.

T: The flavor was a dry roasted character with some dark chocolate and nuttiness (hazelnut), though was not balanced well leaving a.coarse flavor with bitter finish.

M: extremely smooth with a creamy, milky texture and was lightly carbonated.

D: Drinkability was light, not as robust as I hoped for but an easy enjoyable drink to down.

beerthulhu, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Brown in color with small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing on glass.
S - Toffee, caramel,light aroma of roasted nuts.
T - Slightly malty at first, with notes of caramel, nuts, raisins, followed by well balanced hops on the finish.
M - Medium. Somewhat crisp. Perfectly carbonated.
D - I'm already a big fan of British ales, especially the ones made by Samuel Smith. This is absolutely delicious and very drinkable.

mcsquint, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of rjimlad
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep tea colour with rich beige head that lasts. Bready aroma like a dark toasted rye. Flavour is just like oats and rye with walnut character. Good length and a balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel on the watery side but a drinkable drop. Not sessionable for me as it's a bit like overeating walnuts. I think I'll revisit this beer when I've got some appropriate food to match as I think it will hold up much better than alone.

rjimlad, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Disappointed at the nose of the beer, I was hoping for a nice nutty aroma to get me into the beer. A good amount of beige colored head on the pour that is absolutely delicious. It is a bit watery, as others have said, but aside from that the flavor is really good. Heavy, nutty flavor that gets stronger as the beer warms a bit- in the future I will let this brew warm a bit before drinking it. Roasted, nutty flavor finishes well and stays for a bit. Enjoyable brew that is easy to drink.

Vendetta, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - This beer goes down very well for a style that I personally don't usually consider for a session beer. I could definitely have another.

Appearance - dark clear reddish-brown, good carbonation and good head retention.

Smell - mildly nutty and with caramel.

Taste - even better than the smell. Malty, a good balance in flavour with low bitterness, a sweet start and a dry finish. Almost something buttery or a cream like taste in the background... Seems brewed to fit the style. As with most good medium to strong beers, it gets better as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - glides on the palate with a medium body. Refreshing watery feel with a smooth finish since the carbonation is lightly balanced.

ecoastman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: A clear reddish brown body with a sizeable light tan head that leaves good lacing as it slides down the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet smooth and rich.

Taste: I believe this is the first nut brown ale that I've had that actually has a nutty taste to it. For that alone I give it high praise. Also it's not overly sweet like some brown ales tend to be.

BierFan, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear brown into a weizen glass (why? because I felt like it) with a finger-width off-white head that eventually faded to a thin film, leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and a little chewy, low-medium carbonation. Taste is caramel, vanilla, walnuts, figs, hint of chocolate, no bitterness to speak of. Different from American brown ales in that the taste seems much milder and subdued. Overall this is a great beer and one of the best in its style that I've had.

ljbrisson, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of mullenite
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in a appearance with a 2 finger foamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Poured from a bottle in to a shaped pint.

Smell is nutty, sweet, and a little woody and that follows through in the taste. Subtle, yet noticeable nut flavors, dark bitterness that is not quite coffee but coming close to it. Wonderful on the palate from start to finish.

Nice carbonation leads to a clean mouth feel and finish. There is a lingering bitter taste that sticks around but is pleasant.

All around very drinkable beer, much butter than I was expecting but I will have to get more of these.

mullenite, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a fluffy 1 finger head over a beautiful clear brown/copper color. Light lace is present.

S- Nice nutty aromas, butterscotch, caramel, high end rum notes. This makes me smile.

T- Starts out a nice light dry chocolate, some nutty notes, light caramel, and some light dry hoppiness on the clean finish.

M- Low carbonation works well. Nice body for a low ABV.

D- This is a damn fine cult classic. It's very sessionable, but at the price, you really can't. (At least, I cannot.) I will definitely have again.

Greggy, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/5/08. Bottle. Pours a clear brown/amber color with a small sized white head. Aroma of light fruits (pear, apple). Taste of more light fruits, maybe some walnuts. A good chill beer.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one pours iced tea brown with a small tan head... quickly dissipates.

Smell - Smell's exactly like all other samuel smith's beers, sans oatmeal stout. smeels more like a smokey porter than a brown ale.

taste- I'm very let down by this brown ale. I expected it to be great. A bit of a brown ale taste, but it goes away. I'm tasty alot of their taddyporter still. so-so.

mouthfeel- average, good carbonation, a decent aftertaste... but thats about it.

drinkability - average, I could have a couple if there were nothing left, I wouldn't spend money on this again though.

I expected more from Samuel Smith's... tsk tsk.... you can't make the beer 5 times and name it something different each time.

eweneek83, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to thank Uncle Muck for the timely drop-off of this beer when he visited last week--a pleasant surprise and a classy choice... browns seldom look impressive out of the bottle--that said, Samuel Smith's NBA pours an opaque reddish-brown body with zero head (!?)... stands a solid, almost black-and-tan balance in THE Samuel Smith 12 oz. Nonick glass...warm, subtle notes of hazel nut and hops... 31 IBUs seems undertstated... balanced with a hint of sweetness... medium-bodied, with a solid presence massaging the tongue... mellow and drinkable... on par with the better in the genre... nuts! or at least a malty basis that enables the other characteristics--butter nut, molasses (!), burnt toffee--to soften and please.... tops Newcastle (sorry, brother Gil) slightly, and the few other studs in the style with a slightly stoutish lean...

dacrza1, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a beautiful walnut brown color with light brown head that enveloped the glass on the way down

S - Smells like nuts and hops

T - The crisp taste of nuts and malts blend with the slight bitterness

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation that finishes well

D - Highly drinkable beer, one of my favorite brown ales

cvfish, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Blake
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn good beer,

Good amount of hoppiness, stayed smooth all the way through.
A very nutty flavor, cinnamon too. Tastes warm and a little spicy.

Smells the same.

Pretty expensive, not a beer that you can drink all the time on my budget, but I can walk right down the street and get one when I have the money.

Blake, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I don't have too much to say about this beer. It poured a great two finger head and there was a nice brown color to the beer. The aroma was amazing with a slight nuttiness and the taste even better. I could drink quite a few of these.

This is my favorite beer and I don't think I can do it justice with my description.

rgrholmes168, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle from LCBO Christmas pack.

Pours a clear ruby red, chestnut brown, medium sized off white head forms, slowly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, drops a few lace spots, looks good. Smell is sweet and malty, brown sugar and caramel, nuts, very fruity, cherries and strawberries, almost pineapple, apples, interesting, not as much nuttiness as I would like. Taste is similar, sweet and bready up front, caramel, honey and oats, hazelnut middle, not as much fruit in the flavour but I still get some apples and strawberries, very dry crackery finish. Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, dry finish, easy to put down. Sam Smiths don't really make anything spectacular for me, but everything they do is done well and I like them all.

Viggo, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a straight 10 oz. glass
It poured nicely with a light tan head. It's clear brown with a reddish hue.
Smells sweet malty and nutty
Taste is sweet, malty, bready, nutty. Quite yummy. a touch of hops on the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body, a little creamy. The carbonation is nice and subtle. Very refined.
It is a very drinkable ale. It's the standard brawn ale in my opinion.

ThirstyBird, Nov 08, 2008
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,172 ratings.