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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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3,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,003
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 139
Gots: 143 | 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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Photo of Sosh


3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up based on some rave reviews.

Appearance - Awesome. Dark brown, and a bit coppery when held to light.

Smell - As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell this, the smell was very noticable. Slightly skunked and nutty....go figure.

Taste - Nutty with a fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Chewy is a word that comes to mind.

Drinkability - Yes, it goes down easily, but for me personally, I'm just not that into the taste, so I'm not going to drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 03:27:34 | More by Sosh
Photo of jwc215


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured medium brown with ruby highlights. The foamy head lasted for the duration.
The smell was of nutty caramel with undertones of fruit and bread. Very inviting.
The taste was of nuts, caramel. fruits (esp. applish), and bread. There was an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.
The mouthfeel was light, buttery, smooth and refreshing. Some of the tastes linger, along with a bit of stickiness (otherwise would be a "5" IMO).
A very drinkable brew and an excellent example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 22:31:34 | More by jwc215
Photo of BrSpiritus


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the local liquor store and poured into a British pint glass. Amazing head that lingered for quite some time. The aroma is slightly sweet with a balaced hop smell. The taste is exceptional with a bit more bitterness than I expected but that did not detract from the overall taste. It has a distinct spicy finish that lingers on the palette.

Overall I would rate this beer as a great session beer, one that I would definately drink again but again one that I could not drink all the time lest I get spoiled on the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 21:23:03 | More by BrSpiritus
Photo of HardTarget


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Clear glass bottle (sigh), gold foil top, 355 ml (that’s 12 oz. to you and me), no date, abv. etc.

Aroma: Nice nutty, yeasty nose. Slight malt base noted. Overall, very inviting.

Appearance: Clear deep brown glass wearing a finger crown of frothy tan that has started to lace already.

Flavor: Nutty! Nice rich dark malt base is paired wonderfully with a noble hop. Nice round profile with just a bit of metallic twang at the finish. No real skunk notes fortunately.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, almost fizzy, medium body, slick texture

Overall Impression: Solid brew. I’ve always had a soft spot for Samuel Smith’s, and their nut brown in particular. Finally coming back around to review it I can see why. Wonderful balance that lets each taste come through. Simple and clean, an easy session beer. Nice to come back to visit.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 05:15:15 | More by HardTarget
Photo of dfried


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel like this beer is bascially a standard, defining for it's style. It is pale/brown in appearance, slight head. Smell is kind of sweet and carmely. The taste, well all I have to say about it is sweet nutty goodness. The mouthfeel is kind of a weak point, lower carbonation, not really watery, but something like that. Quite drinkable, a good inbetween season beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 14:37:44 | More by dfried
Photo of afordney


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

A dark brown color, a slightly creamy colored head was about two fingers thick and stayed for an incredibly long time. light lacing around the glass as it went down

Smelled kind of weak, slightly nutty and bitter, hints of caramel and toffee.

Tasted about three times better than it smelled, very full flavors of nuts and toffee, hints of caramel and a distinct but well balanced bitterness in the finnish.

Well balanced mouthfeel, very full flavored and slightly carbonated

A fantastic English Brown Ale, kind of expensive but worth the cost.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 00:31:29 | More by afordney
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pt bottle.Very nice thick off white head, great for dipping. Color is a deep dark golden brown with hues of red.

Smell is of fruity malt and bitter hops. Ah real beer.

Taste is very good. I have no objections, the beer is smooth and slightly bitter. The hops are present through out .

Mouthfeel is nice, very well balanced.

Drinkability is above ave. This is an anytime beer. Quench your thirst, wash down a meal or just savor the flavors slowly in your big chair.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 04:19:21 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of hunteraw


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet color, nice head and head retention, but no lacing. On second glance, the color is really almost purple.

Sweet smell, vaguely fruity.

Taste includes fruitiness, nuttiness, a little bit acidic.

M - good carbonation for the style, nice dry finish.

Drinkability is high! It's a good thing this comes in a 550 ml bottle, because just one 12 oz serving wouldn't be enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 23:31:03 | More by hunteraw
Photo of EvilKeith


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby brown color, head is a short-lived fluffy tan. Lacing is fine and sticky.

Smell is actually somewhat nutty (go figure), grainy with a whiff of butterscotch.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely one of my long time favorites for the style. I plan to continue drinking this one whenever the chance comes along.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 00:32:47 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of AaronHomoya


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, clear glass bottle poured into a couple of tall glasses to share.

Pours a rich brown color with decent head and retention.

Not a whole lot of aroma, but some sweet malt and roasty smells.

This beer has a delicious sweet, malty taste with a nutty, roasted finish and just a bit of hops. Very tasty and I don't even like nuts too much.

Mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable beer that I would gladly have again and next time I might not share!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 14:26:49 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in a low-ball glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown hazel body that is clear with lots of tiny little carbonation bubbles. The head is a light yellowish-tan that fades after a bit.

S- The smell is of pot caramel with a slight dry nutty note in the finish.

T- The sweet soft caramel malt flavor had a slight nugget off flavor that tasted like it was caramelized in the pot and not really caramel malt. After that was a pronounced nutty flavor and a smooth finish with a faint bitterness.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a good creamy texture to it.

D- This beer had a good strong nutty flavor which many nut brown ales lack. That was a very nice part of the beer but there were some slight off flavors in the toasted malt and I don't think the clear glass bottles helped.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 23:10:11 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of kdmorse


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful brown with auburn highlights. Three fingers of creamy white head.

S: Nutty, sweet malt scent with hops in the finish.

T/M: Full body with lots of flavor and a clean finish. Nutty, caramel, malty, and somewhat grassy flavors. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel with a clean bitter finish.

D: The definition of a flavorful session beer. Low alcohol, good carbonation level, clean finish, mmm.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 16:43:03 | More by kdmorse
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Sam Smith- Nut Brown Ale

Appearance- hazelnut brown with a huge head. Thick whipped cream lacing of the glass.
Smell- light hazelnut, caramel, and cherrywood.
Taste- just like a Tofifay candy. Hazelnut hops and caramel malt evenly balanced.
Mouthfeel- thick and chewy up front, slight dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- a tasty Brown Ale that slighty pulls its punches. You'll not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 23:15:34 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bigdeuce


3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nutty taste upfront, followed by outstanding hops character. This is a nice, nutty brown ale, my only problem with it is, IT IS WAY OVERPRICED!! 9 bucks for 4 beers at 5% is outrageous. I don't mind paying that amount for belgians or a great DIPA but enough of that. This beer is good, but a little boozy considering the low alcohol content. Whiskyish finish and very dry. A good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 22:05:21 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This brew pours a dark brown color with reddish hues around the edges of the glass. The head is one finger in height, creamy and recedes slowly into a thin layer of lacing that covers the whole glass. The aroma is of milk chocolate, caramel with a touch of Samuel Smith's house aroma but not as much of it as other Sameul Smith beers. The taste is...well, it is nowhere near as good as the aroma. The caramel and the house taste are still there, but the chocolate isn't. The mouthfeel is what would be expected from a brown ale: medium-light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this might not be the best brown ale in the world, but it is damn good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 16:30:31 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of ProfessorHops


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark woody brown, with a off white slightly tan head. Laced when drank but not when poured correctly.

Smell- Oats and mint. Bitter and sweet.

Taste- very subtitle and hallow. Taste is very slow to climax, as it grows on your tongue coffle and meaty malt start to surface. Finally the flavor brings itself together and prints itself with a beautiful bright buttery fruitiness. Also the presence of sweet malt is plumplly displayed in it's flavor.

Mouthfeel- complex and slightly thin. Carbonation is present, but perfectly balanced. Texture thickens in the finish.

Drinkability- beer drinks remarkably easy, and is very refreshing.

When the pint bottle I purchased was first cracked open, carbonation was very present and excited.
When poured very slow head is controlled. Laces are beautiful and clumpy when drank not poured.
Texture tickles the noise, and is slightly syrupy at first, but as main pallet comes on strong everything about this beer, becomes beautiful.
The great metamorphosis of flavor and the complex manipulation this beer puts your tongue through is simply stunning.
Bitter and robust. Ends crispy and complex. Malt and coffle notes kiss your tongue at unequal increments.
You cannot ask for more in a beer.
A credit to it's style, and a beer that screams attention for it's being.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 15:24:00 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's nutty - it's brown - it's a nut brown ale.

A pour into my English nonic resulted in a very lovely two-plus finger head atop a deep, clear mahogany body. The head is light brown and nicely foamy, leaving sticky art forms of lacing around the glass. It's a ringer - thin rings perfectly mark each draught.

What to say about the scent - it's nutty. There you have it! Nuts and molasses. A slight grassy hop, and slight alcohol, but mostly that distinct nutty brown ale smell, without the usual twang of Sam Smith Smell.

Ahhh... A refreshing flavor indeed. It sure hits the spot. This is probably one of the defining beers of the style. The flavor is molasses and fresh nuts, with a slight lemony twang and zip keeping things very light and happy.

The mouth is very smooth, begging you to quaff the refreshing flavor - A very, very fine carbonation keeps things just very slightly tingly, so you know it's fresh and beery, but it's smooth, deep, and just the right weight. Not too watery, not too heavy.

Mmmm. I love finding a Sam Smith's beer without their trademark scent/flavor - that licorice or herbal quality. This is definitely missing that, and benefits from being without it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 04:46:27 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of tgbljb


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear deep mahagony color with large creamy tannish head. Attractive lacing as the head slowly fell to a thin surface coating. Smell is extremely nice with strong notes of ripe fruit, caramel, toffee, and toasted malt. Very pleasant mixture. Taste is slightly malty with a bit of caramel. Suprisingly dry with a very strong bitterness. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking but too much hoppiness and bitterness for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 01:26:44 | More by tgbljb
Photo of HurricaneMo


4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is a great beer.

It poured a deep brown with a little red, a big frothy head, and lots of lacing. The aroma was nutty and malty, just as one might expect. The taste really can't get much better - well-rounded flavors and just the right amount of hops. It had sufficient body and a decently long finish. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 23:14:44 | More by HurricaneMo
Photo of clabaugh


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear cherry amber with a pillowy, pasty beige head. Displayed some solid retention. Lacing is a bit feeble however.

Smell: Rich barley notes, raw nuttiness, some sweet caramel malts. Some hoppy spice, perhaps in a piney kind of scent.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts, raisin, and date. Palpable alcohol presence for only 5% ABV. A juicy hop background; lush and leafy. Fine nutty finish. Also some sappy wood, and faint berry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, and mildly tingly. Somewhat tongue numbing, and overall some pleasing sensations.

Drinkability: Excellent flavor, although a bit stiff tasting in terms of alcohol. Rich nuttiness accumulates on the tongue producing a finer and finer taste. Not at all filling. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 03:49:02 | More by clabaugh
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with a thick frothy head. It is a deep rown color. The smell is of similar to coffee with cream. The taste is a little sharp for a brown ale. There is a lingering bitterness. Not too bad though. The drinkability is fair. As far as brown ales go, this one is mid pack. I could drink again if need be. Overall, an average brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 23:11:00 | More by Enola
Photo of JasonCoop


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

pours a nice deep brown. fairly clear. nice off white head.

smells very nutty. a little buttery. very malty.

taste is quite sweet and nutty. nice full body. very creamy. pleasantly and subtly hopped. great example of a brown ale.

mouthfeel is nice, full and creamy. very smooth and drinkable also. one of the best brown ales by far.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 09:38:03 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of cracgor


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer and before you jump on that Sam Smith is in a clear bottle and should be boycotted wagon, consider this, I have never had a skunked bottle. This one was no different. A very sexy beer in my opinion. A nice dark brown body, still tansparent and all, and a really thick creamy tan head on top. I poured it into my favorite imperial pint with just enough head to allow the aroma to form. Smells grassy and nutty. I love the taste of this one. Very well balanced, and an excellent kick of nutty aroma. I get a lot of vanilla type flavors and something I best describe as butterscotch. It has a syrupy body. A very nice beer to just chill out with at the end of a long day.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 03:48:28 | More by cracgor
Photo of gdogalishus


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint style glass. Poured an amber almost ruby color, definate reddish tone surrounded by deep brown. Healthy carbonation and an average pour resulted in a respectable head that disipated quickly. A little too carbonated for an English Brown Ale, maybe... but the carbonation dissapeared quickly, maybe even after the second sip.
Aroma was a difficult one to judge as I am a little congested from allergies right now, but it seemed to be a quite mild aroma on the malty side. Flavor was good with that usual Samuel Smiths aftertaste in the swallow. A good English Brown Ale with a dryness in the finish that enhances the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:09:25 | More by gdogalishus
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

[received in trade from jabocu]

Dark, shimmering brown with mild carbonation. The inch-thick head thins quickly and rests on top for the duration. Thick webs of lace.

Nutty, caramel aromas hit first. Sweet maltiness permeates. Very clean smell.

Nut and caramel in the flavors. Aftertaste brings a bitterness that's nice at first, but then smacks the mouth with a slightly unpleasant drying.

Mouthfeel is a mild tingle opening to a lasting creaminess that helps bring back the great nutty malts.

With no real offending trademarks, a pleasant flavor and mouthfeel, low ABV and fairly wide availability, this can only be considered easily drinkable. Very straightforward brown ale that doesn't leave much for the imaginative drinker to interpret, but that's cool. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 22:32:10 | More by Metalmonk
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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