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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,969 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,969
Reviews: 1,372
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 132
Gots: 135 | 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.

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stephendr

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of medium to dark brown , with an alright tan head - nose of , nutty , malts , sweet burned , dark cherries , and ginger – taste of nutty , sour dark cherries , and burn coffee - body is medium , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of slightly burnt , sour cherries , and malts

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 22:42:38 | More by stephendr
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown pour with light tan head that didnt hang around for too long. Thin mouthfeel and not overly carbonated. Very flavorful-nut flavor is evident. Nut is also evident in the aroma with the slightest bit of hops. A very well-balanced and satisfying beer. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 15:07:34 | More by biggmike
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andrewm190

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is good. There is not much of an aftertaste, and its not very complex. It is tasty, however, not overwhelming in hops or malts, but does provide a distinct taste. It is very drinkable, leaves you wanting another sip. I can not quite figure out exactly what I'm tasting in beer, but I'm not complaining. Its definitely an ale, no misleading there. I would recommend the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 02:46:52 | More by andrewm190
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a bottle at Old Chicago.

It pours a lovely ... wait for it ... nut brown color, absolutely crystal clear, with a decent, thick and lasting head.

The aroma is quite sweet and yes, nutty. There's hardly any hop in the nose, but the malt character is interesting enough to make up for this. Nice and fruity smelling, with that nuttiness creeping in.

The flavor also leans well to the sweet side, but with more bitterness than one might expect. While it's a sweet beer, it isn't overly so. It seems to be slightly bready, perhaps even a little toasty, and yes, some idea of nuttiness is here too. Maybe it can be described as a candied almond, or even praline to a degree? It's hard to nail down, as no two sips seem to bring the same flavors forward. For a smaller beer, it's rather complex on the tongue, yet subtly so. Very well done balance-wise.

The mouthfeel is damned near perfect, going just ever so slightly past light. There's enough substance to this to make it matter to your mouth, yet not so much that you have to work at drinking it.

I used to drink this often, then moved away from brown ales as my hophead nature came to the fore. If, as the brothers say, "brown is the new black", then this, in my opinion, is the standard bearer. Hands down, my favorite brown. T'ain't a cheap beer in many locales (I paid $5.99 for the single bottle ... or would have had the bartender not bought it for me for being willing to trade seats with a couple at a crowded bar) but it's well worth it.Seek it out and try it, especially if you're the least bit interested in browns.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 03:15:13 | More by jokelahoma
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle from Lou's in Augusta. More-or-less opaque brown bottle with a bit of chill haze and a half inch or so of light tan head. Smells roasty malty just the slightest hint of skunk. Roasty maltiness dominates the flavor as expected, with chocolate, caramel, and other malts playing major roles with just a hint of British hops. Creamy mouthfeel doesn't really hurt the drinkability. A pretty decent beer, and probably the best English brown I've had (apart from the hints of skunk).

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 02:29:17 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. In the nose, I got a sweet aroma with fruity hints. It the taste was somewhat white grape-ish sweetness with a dry nutty end. The aftertaste was a bit fruity and small stickiness. A smooth and easy to drink ale, quite sessionish.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 16:50:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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Halcyondays

California

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

18.7 oz. bottle, brown thankfully,

A: Light brown, with a tan head, a pretty average looking beer, really.

S: Toffee malts, with sour green apples, and English hops.

T: A mix of caramel and toffee, with sour green apples, and hard mineral water.

M: Smooth, dry, minerally, and a bit acidic.

D: A good English Brown, I'd buy again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 05:16:27 | More by Halcyondays
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for US$3.49

This ours from 550ML bottle clear brownish gold with a very large head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer and has plenty of sticky lacing.

The smell is very malty. I'm getting caramel malt and a lot of nutty tones. Quite nice.

The taste is absolutely delicious. Big malt flavour that doesn't get too sweet because of the light but effective hop presence and the nutty side of things really packs a lot of taste....man, this superb!
I'm also noticing some toffee in the background that adds a nice kick. This has always been one of my favourite brews and I was pretty surprised that I hadn't reviewed it before. ;^)

Bottom line: This Ale has everything going for it: great and complex taste, great nose, looks great in a glass and is so *darn* drinkable. It's a *must* try!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 18:19:18 | More by Bitterbill
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kguyty

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to trying this one becaus of the good experiences that I have had with Samuel Smith. It is a good brown ale, but it does not stick out as anything superior... in all actuality, I like it more than Newcastle, but for the price, I'll drink the Newcastle if I am looking to drink a decent brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 16:03:37 | More by kguyty
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wcdoyle

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml (18.6 oz) bottle

Even a light pour caused an aggressive head off white, brown-tinged head, but this settled down quickly to a thin, light brown film. Solid lacing. Light, clean brown with just a touch of red. Complex smell that got to my nose w/o me even putting my sniffer in the glass: nuts, molasses, grain, and a bit of earthiness too. Taste was mild, light, but quite nice. There's the nuttiness, and a creamy buttery quality too. Sweetness comes of more as caramel, but it also has a light touch. Low, low apparent hops that are there only at the very end. I might describe the taste as "delicate," but that gives the impression that I don't like it. I do. It's delicate, but not fragile. Carbonation gives it an added crispness in the first part of the taste (and also at the finish). That is it peaks on both ends, with the creaminess coming through in the middle. As the carbonation dies down towards the end of the glass, the creaminess takes over. I think I actually prefer the lower lighter carbonation feel of the end of the glass. (That's why the mouthfeel sinks below the other scores.)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 20:15:33 | More by wcdoyle
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Lothore

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish hue with a foamy eggshell colored head that retains well and leaves behind some lacing.

S- Very pungent, deep earthy smells of nuts and wheat come to the forefront of the odor.

T- Completely nutty taste with a dash of roasted malts. Very smooth all the way through. Taste lingers beautifully on the palate for a while.

M- Smooth consistency at first leading to a burst of carbonation at the end. Thin sweet film coats the inside of the mouth leaving behind wonderful flavors.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Easy to enjoy a pint just about anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 04:29:12 | More by Lothore
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish hues. It's crystal clear and has a pillowy and bubbly light beige head. Retains a nice ring throughout along with some thin patches on top, but doesn't leave much of anything on the sides of the glass. Smell is of caramel malt, nuts, buttery diacetyl and there's also a whiff of fruitiness and alcohol.

Taste is velvety smooth and beautifully balanced. It's nutty and malty and takes your palate for a bit of a ride. Caramel and biscuity malt forms the base while nuts, diacetyl and a quick burst of hops take their turn tickling the tastebuds. No hop bitterness but a splash of light spicy flavor. Finishes clean with a primarily nutty aftertaste. Not sure if they're hazelnuts or maybe walnuts or what, but the nut flavor and aftertaste are wonderful. Carbonation is crisp but not overdone, and mouthfeel is light on the palate yet creamy, as well.

This one is very easy drinking and I can easily polish off the 550ml bottle. I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 01:22:57 | More by number1bum
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ketchepillar

Iowa

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured out beautifully. The head didn't last too long though. It smelled quite good, except something in there did seem a bit off, which made me a little worried that it was going to be skunky. However upon tasting, it was definitely not. As for the taste, you know when when cartoon characters fight, and there is a ball of dust with arms and legs poking in and out. Well, thats what it seemed like was going on in my mouth. 3-4 different nutty and earthy tastes were fighting with each one taking its turn to jut out and show its flavor all in fast succession. Multiple different tastes going on at once, but they worked very well together for me. I could drink a few in one night, but it seems best to save and savor with only one per night.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 07:06:29 | More by ketchepillar
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plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with amber streaking with a two and a half finger pillowy off white head. There was very good lacing and excellent retention.

The smell featured a soft nutty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. Some diacytl as well.

The taste was a but subdued, but a nice mixture of nuttiness, earthy malts, coffee and cocoa.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a very dry finish.

Overall a nice and very drinkable brown ale. Not a flavor explosion, but very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 14:35:47 | More by plaid75
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casadebia

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color with white to caramel strong head

S - Nuts and yeast bread smell with a creamy after scent

T - very creamy start with a nutty after taste to balance

M - good body with nice flow

D - this is a good beer for certain situations but wouldnt always be quenching

Picked this up at a Fresh Harvest store in Nacogdoches and poured it into a pint glass. It is a unique brown ale to me in both taste and color.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 23:27:13 | More by casadebia
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baxterbrew

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one poured from the bottle with plenty of creamy, foamy head that dissolved into thin lacing. The color is great - a deep brown, almost ruby color. The smell is definitely diacetyl- strong butterscotch, maybe a little citrusy. This thing is very complex on the taste, nutty for sure. Chewy, very filling. The hops come through at the end to end with a crisp note. I could drink this one forever.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:16:49 | More by baxterbrew
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giblet

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i had some of this back in college and was impressed. then a few years ago i ordered a bottle while out for dinner. i told my friends the bottle was clear and they did not believe me. BELIEVE. it has a very nice color and body. this is a nice tasting beer. it is nice to taste the contrast between this and many of the local darker ales.

a thumbs up. this one makes the top 25.

"Beer is proof that God loves man" Benjamin Franklin

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 14:45:00 | More by giblet
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boelker62

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz fluted glass...
Appeared - a lovely clear red when held up to the light for inspection, and seemed to sit a shallow, slightly hazy brown on the countertop. Rocky diminishing head with lively carbonation.
Smelled - a tinge of hoppiness, but mostly caramel and nutty maltiness.
Taste - possibly a bit of prune shone through on this, but otherwise, similar to what was described in aroma. The first wave was a distinct straw-like sweetness, and a slightly acidic following, with an average finish on this light to medium-bodied brew.
Drinkability - yeah, I cpuld have a good session with some more of these.

From trying the SS stouts, I am noticing a VERY similar taste in all of them. I find that odd. I will have to sample the Porter, as I only DRANK it out one night, at a concert at the Downstairs at the World Cafe Live in University City, Philadelphia. (yes, a nice beer selection there...) not fitting for a rating, after having multiple 60 Minute IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 01:53:57 | More by boelker62
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jar2574

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 18.7 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Cream colored head and light brown color beer. Good head retention.

Sweet, candy, caramel, chocolate smells. Very nice.

The beer has a smooth taste, but it's a bit watery. A little "nutty" flavor, I guess. There's some other flavors here, a touch of honey and sweetness. A decent brown ale, overall.

Very drinkable, could probably have quite a few over a couple hours. It doesn't leave me craving another, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 16:09:38 | More by jar2574
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MiScusi

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle bought in March.

A- a pretty translucent dark brown with an off-white head that dissipates pretty quick. I was expecting it to pour more of a clear brown, so this was surprising, but not necessarily bad.

S- malty, toasted smell.

T- toasted malt, with the presence of that metallic taste that I pick up in many brown ales.

M/D- both Ok. I don't find this to be the most interesting beer, so I would have to force myself to not only want to finish an entire bottle, but also drink more than 1. There is nothing really offensive about it though.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 07:05:08 | More by MiScusi
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-tinted brown w/ an ever so slight head and a consistent lace.
S: Mild with a slight (Suprise!) nuttty smell.
T&M: Very nice. Has a slight sweet syrupy taste, but it tends to be a bit too carbonated in it's overall taste.
D: 2-3 in any one setting. The sweetness does it in for me. I prefer to to be killed by roughness when it comes to brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 16:54:46 | More by July2Nov
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beeragent

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this one, since it was the top rated brown ale. However, I was a bit let down. Maybe it was a bad batch, or maybe the glass I poured it into hadnt been cleaned well enough. Poured into a pint glass from a 25oz. bottle. The beer poured a deep brown, forming a medium 1/2 inch head. Slight spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is of slight sweet malts and raisins. Not exactly what I want in a brown ale. The taste is very much the same. Very light sweet malt, followed by a less-than-pleasant raisin/prune taste. Medium mouthfeel. Easy finish and low alcohol content would make this an easy session ale. Overall, I must have had a bad batch, because this was exactly the opposite of what I expected. I will definitely be trying this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 22:59:08 | More by beeragent
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance, thick and persistent head (if you get this in a bottle, beware, because it fizzes like all-get-out!). Aroma is simply heavenly, with strong molasses overtone and some burnt hints. Taste does not quite match the aroma, but I did let the bottle sit for a bit before drinking. The flavor is very good, malty with a touch of bitterness and also a hint of sweetness. Thick, smooth, it is a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 02:26:28 | More by Cyberkedi
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the recent BA article on Brown Ales and the picture of this one! Oh to get back to a beauty such as this.
Nice Brown color with a tan head that fades to some nice film.
Aroma- malty, sweet, some hops are there.
Mouthfeel- awesome malty body with some caramel and the hops are about medium with a great balance to the malt. Earthy, nutty, and besides the price per bottle would be a go-to beer any day. A good froth on the palate does not change much and the nuttines comes out a just a little more. Fist SS I have had in the new dark brown bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 16:06:40 | More by ByTor2112
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slargthorb

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

haven't had this in a while - price may have something to do with it because this stuff would be near the top of my short list!

A - looks nice and dark, a bit reddish? not a ton of head but what's there clings to the glass and looks real nice.

S - Complex smell, an indication of whats to come.

T - shall I say musky? yes, I shall. LOVE it!

M - Not the highpoint - I like creaminess and while this is certainly not watery or at all disappointing, its mouthfeel is not especially distinctive.

D - As drinkable as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:29:42 | More by slargthorb
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 2,969 ratings.