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.

3,101 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,101
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 154
Gots: 175 | 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: 3,101 | Reviews: 1,381 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jar2574


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

04-30-2007 03:29:42 | More by slargthorb
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

From a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours a dark brown with some amber hints against the light. It has a very small tan head that remains through most of the glass.

Smell is very sweet yet earthy. Caramel and roasted nuts come through mostly.

Taste is much like the nose. Caramel and sweet earthy nuts. Maybe a bit of almond in there. Very complex for a brown ale.

Very smooth. Not too thick, not too thin. Very well done. When I think of an English Brown, this is the beer that comes to mind.

04-28-2007 23:57:04 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of Contra

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

550 ml bottle

Nut Brown Ale says more about this beer's appearance than I need to edify. Solid brown color, non-existent head, although it did foam up when I opened the bottle. The smell is very inviting, sweet and sticky. The flavor is reminiscent of caramel, toffee, chestnuts, all rather sweet, but without the negative effect on the palate. There is some bitterness, but you have to look for it.

Overall, I could see myself buying this somewhat often. I can imagine overlooking some of the subtle flavors if someone were to drink it too quickly. In fact, I was somewhat disappointed when I first started drinking this beer. Combined, perhaps, with the beer warming up, there was a lot more standing out. There is a certain talent in knowing how to drink beer, I guess.

04-28-2007 00:00:16 | More by Contra
Photo of pittvkyle7


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Nice brown or dark amber color if held to light. One finger head that lasted for a little while.

Slightly nutty smell, earthy, alcohol.

Rich nut taste, slightly roasted, alcohol. lots of flavors. A little bitter but mostly malty. A friend tasted it and said it tasted like a tree. Slight bourbon taste, reminded me or a bourbon beer a little. I don't know if it was aged in oak barrels but it tastes like it

medium body, crisp

so drinkable, I really loved this beer, the nut flavors are delicious!

04-27-2007 05:32:16 | More by pittvkyle7
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a deep brown with some reddish hues out of the new brown bottle. There is a perfect thick and creamy tan colored head with good retention and some decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel, brown sugar, fresh baked bread, diacetyl and a faint hoppiness.

Taste is like fresh baked whole grain bread, there is a nice nutty flavor, there is a touch of sweet brown sugar, and just a tad of hops. Pretty well balanced beer. Mouthfeel is smooth, pleasantly carbonated, and medium bodied. A very easy drinking beer for sure. A classic Brown Ale, and one that originally turned me onto the style.

04-27-2007 00:45:04 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of ekempey

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Mug, the beer pours a dark brown color with a nice frothy one finger head with light lacing. The initial smell is of nuts and hops, and the first taste shares that with additions of caramel and a light toast taste. The beer is light bodied, with seemingly no warming behind it with little feel of carbonation. Gets better as it warms up, the beer opens up with a fuller body and fuller warmth than the first taste. A nice buy which I would like to have again.

04-26-2007 02:46:39 | More by ekempey
Photo of rmfyeah


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

I had this one often a few years ago and it always had a skunked taste to it. Recently I noticed it again in the dark bottle and gave it another try. No skunk taste this time. I don't know if the bottle had anything to do with it.

This beer is understated. Poured clear dark brown with a fizzy head. It has all the flavors but they don't jump out at you. Hoppiness right away followed by nuttiness and sweet flavors, again not overwhelming but definitely all there. Decent mouthfeel.

I could drink this again and again.

04-26-2007 01:51:23 | More by rmfyeah
Photo of xav33


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
550ml bottle
Recent bottling (SG13B1), celebrated 04/07
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured a clear brown with a mostly lasting large fluffy light brown head.

Smelt of moderate mixed nuts, toffee, stone.

Taste was upfront strong bitter nuts and sweet caramel followed by a strong bitter rustic and nutty flavor and light caramel on a moderate finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, fizzy and moderately astringent.

Overall, this is a classic nut brown with awesome flavor. The flavors are bold, balanced and complex. A personal favorite. Easily one of the best nut brown ales out there.

04-21-2007 06:37:02 | More by xav33
Photo of SaltyLime


3/5  rDev -26.7%

Appearance - Medium amber color, nice brown around the edges. Beige head about 1 finger high.

Smell - Not much, I stuck my nose way in the glass and was hoping for a nutty smell, got nothing.

Taste - Hoppy start, not much after that. Ordinary.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium body.

Drinkability - OK.

04-20-2007 00:52:28 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of woemad


3/5  rDev -26.7%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $2.59. No freshness date.

Poured a dark, cola color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Thick, creamy light tan head that took it's time dissipating.

The nose on this beer was a little disappointing. The nuttiness and brown sugar scents that are encountered do not melt together that well. There's also a slight skunkiness.

The same can be said for the taste. The dry nutty aspects do not balance out the sweet, caramel-ish notes, and the skunkiness noted above glowers in the background.

More watery than I'd hoped for, the mouthfeel is diappointing.

I've never had it happen before, but it seems I've finally encountered a skunked Sammy Smith bottle. I really wish there was a freshness date on the bottle so I could see just how long this has been sitting. Disappointing.

04-15-2007 21:24:49 | More by woemad
Photo of Redwood21


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

poured from a 550 ml bottle,

A: The head on this beer is the stuff of dreams.the color is a nice deep brown color, just perfect.

S I stuck my mug in there and did pick up the nutty malted aromas, but it was more faint than i would have liked.

T: Taste is great, the nut taste is very good with caramel and roasted flavors as wellthe finish is almost too watery though which keeps it from a 5.

M: The mouthfeel starts out nice and creamy but as stated before there is an almost too clean, too watery finish

D: this is a great beer, very easy to consume and enjoy the flavors. truely a great brew, if anything the clean finish makes it more drinkable. very good. I think there is a faint tast of apples, but im not sure.

04-14-2007 00:41:17 | More by Redwood21
Photo of tempest


3.28/5  rDev -19.8%

Hmm, the appearance rocks, but I'm not getting much else from this bottles. Perhaps it needs to warm up? Not so much. This ale just doesn't come alive for me. There's a nutty, caramel malt flavor, but its too subtle. It's also a bit on the sweet side in aroma and flavor, almost like sugar was added. I can imagine this might be better by cask, but I was sold a bottle, alas.

04-12-2007 03:33:10 | More by tempest
Photo of 1fastz28


4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

one of my all time favorites, pours a dark amber color with an average head with steady lacing. smell of dark malt, chocolate hints as well tastes amazing, complex and full, just a great beer all around. i can drink this stuff in the middle of the summer or winter day or night. best part is that it is easy to get my hands on and is relatively inexpensive

04-12-2007 02:41:57 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of JMD71


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sampled & reviewed 2/2/07:

Ap: Solid finger of tannish head which is rocky & bubbly. Thin head lingers for a while as the pint diminishes. Deep ruby red to brown color with minimal carbonation visible.

Ar: Slightly astringent aroma with slight sour cherry notes. Candied fruits. Very familiar Samuel Smith aroma from yeast strain & uniwue fermentation techniques (Burton squares?). Rich sweet malts, candied nuts. Minor alcohol edge.

Ta: Excellent deep, rich, nutty flavor. Buttery raisin toast, candied fruit & toated malt. Nice hop bite toward the end to balance the sweetness.

Mo: Medium bodied. Carbonation perfect which leaves palette clean & fresh. Not cloying at all.

Dr: High. This has a wonderful full flavor with great balance. Very drinkable. Not too rich or "heavy". Crispness enhances the experience.

Comments: Another hit from Samuel Smith's. This may be one of my faves, alongside the Oatmeal & imperial Stouts.

04-04-2007 19:44:00 | More by JMD71
Photo of jtslay


3.33/5  rDev -18.6%

A - very dark amber appearance with ample head that didn't stick around the whole time.

S - smells very nutty. possibly a walnut or peanut. hard to say.

T - taste is somewhat smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

D - very flavorful beer. follow this one with a porter or a stout.

04-03-2007 05:05:09 | More by jtslay
Photo of smcreator


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

A: Dark almost black color.

S: Sweet aged smell with a very obvious addition of nuts. Some might think it smells like soy sauce. Also hints of chocolate are present.

T: Complex flavors with hints reminiscent of nuts, oats, butter, and chocolate. The best part about this drink is the aftertaste is a very distinctly sweet nut flavor that is tasty the whole time until the taste fades. The bitterness expected from a brown ale is nicely balanced with a butter nut flavor.

M: The carbonation is smooth on the tongue and allows the flavor to run across the tongue.

D: It's smooth and sweet finish along with the touch of nut flavor makes this beer easy to drink for a long time.

04-02-2007 04:59:20 | More by smcreator
Photo of jongillin


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a nice dark brown color with deep red hues to it. A beige lacey head that peaks out at about a finger and half and settles quickly.
The aroma is strong on first caramel and then gives way to roasted malt. Well balanced and not over powering.
The taste simliar to the aroma but a little more complex. Starts with the malty sweetness and gradually the caramel comes in and the a sudden hoppy bitterness that finishes a little nutty and a lingering hops.
It leaves a crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and dry finish.
Overall really a great beer. I know I could have a couple in a sitting.

03-30-2007 04:12:46 | More by jongillin
Photo of zeff80


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a pillowy, three-finger head. Leaves great lace.

S - It smelled of grains, malt and nut.

T - It tasted of malt, hazelnut and some spice.

M - It was a little thin and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good brown ale, but not the best offering from Samuel Smith's.

03-16-2007 03:58:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of DoubleJ


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Had some tonight with deep dish pizza, on to the beer:

Well, as you'd expect, it's brown. It has a very nutty aroma, interweaved with rich, sweet malts. Imagine going to one of those buffets with the soft serve ice cream machine, and filling your bowl with the assorted sticky toppings mixed with peanuts. It also has a little alcohol kick at the end of each sip, more so as the beer gets warmer. The hops keep the sweet taste in check from being too sweet, and it makes for an overall pleasent drinking experience.

03-12-2007 04:38:32 | More by DoubleJ
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,101 ratings.