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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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3,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 161
Gots: 236 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of naterock
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:
poured from a bottle into a Dokel
C: Brownish red, minimal head nearly no lacing
S: malty banana, fairly nutty
T: tastes completely different than it smells, good balance of hop and malt though.
M: finishes bitter, a little to carbonated for me.
D: Style in mind I still didn't think anything special of this beer, I could finish the one I had then go to something else.

naterock, May 03, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Delirum snifter.

A-Pours a very deep brown with a light gold to it as well with very little head or lace.
S-Very fragrant smells of rosted malt and bannana very complex.
T-Tastes much like it smells the nuttyness of the beer comes through much more in the taste than it does in the smell.
M-Very smooth with very little carbonation goes down very easy
D-Not really something i would drink on a regular basis but for those who really like the brown ales might be something to look into.

SpecialK088, May 03, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a deep, dark amber with a washing of brown hues. The crown is 1" deep and rather sticky, dissipation is moderate.

There is mild chocolate and almonds in the malt, a bit roastie and also some nice, subtle herbal, earthy hop is detected. The aroma is pretty bold for the style.

a classic Brown ale flavor, with the malt showing off a subtle chocolate flavor enhanced by a peanut and almonds, subtle peanutbutter with a slight bitter, earthy hop that pops out near the end. The malt in this one is very complex for this style.

The feel is medium bodied, crisp to start and rather smooth in the middle, finishing rather clean. Just right.

This is the "high water mark" for Brown ale's, a true classic of it's kind!

GratefulBeerGuy, May 02, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review. 550mL bottle, 5.00% abv. Love the pint-sized bottle. Purchased at a Kingston, ON LCBO. SB14D1 on the bottle neck. Fridge temp; better let this one warm up. Poured into a wine glass.

Clear russet brown. A decent slightly offwhite head that descends, leaving lots of lace.

Buttery, caramel nose. Some organic hoppy leafiness. Appropriately, a bit acetic. Nuts, cake mix. Vanilla oakiness. A little hot. Not bad.

Nutty, brown sugary palate. A little vinegar, mirroring the nose. Toasty. Very balanced, bitterness from roastedness and hops. Mouthfeel is fine, a little too aggressive for my taste.

Simple but good.

Antilochus, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/copper color with a sturdy little head that is fed by some intense carbonation. Smells of nice nutty malts (almonds, pecans) and that signature Sam Smith toffee/butterscotch scent. Delightful. Silky mouthfeel, likes to slide around the mouth. Light toffe and butterscotch initially that turns into that nice nuttiness I smelled earlier. Finish dwells on the nuts (Ha!) and is quite good. A superb session beer. A must in the fridge.

timbro81, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly one of the best nut browns I have had to date! Served chilled in a pint glass. Produced a lucid red brown color with lots of little tiny bubbles. Nose gave an aroma of sweet, nutty almond and walnut notes. Taste is smooth as butter with hints of nutty flavor and very well balanced with the hops. A great ale to enjoy after dinner or just about any time.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a deep, rich brown, quite transparent. Three finger head falls to 1/4 inch and then recedes to a persistent white cap. Significant lacing.

S - Predominant aroma of nuts, roasted nuts, praline, and even butterscotch. Some fruit lingers with dark malts.

T - Begins with upfront hazelnut flavor and perhaps brown sugar, but quickly gives way to red grapes, prunes, dates, and raisins. The bitterness kicks in and a woody, dry finish lingers for a couple of minutes.

M - Slick, with maybe a tad too much carbonation for my tastes.

D - The bitterness is what would most deter me from knocking back three or four of these. Snacks or a meal might be a good way to beat this, but in general I prefer less bitter beers for sessioning. Otherwise it strikes a good balance between flavor and heaviness, and if not for the bitterness would make a great session beer.

I've had this beer before and didn't really enjoy it, though each time it grew on me and for the first time tonight I actually liked it in more ways than not. Sammy Smith has always made bitter beers, but the depth of flavor is worth the endurance. Surely a beer I will revisit from time to time.

PatrickJR, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of irish53b
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, color is a dark auburn, the head is about a finger thick and doesn't last long.

The initial smell is of baked raisin bread mixed with spices, and it finishes with a citrus note.

The taste is exceptional. The beer has a citrus tang to match the smell, balanced with a coffee sweetness for balance. It is effervescent and has a dry finish.

Mouth feel is medium, plenty of carbonation, with a resin like feel to finish.

This beer is dangerously drinkable. The taste and mouthfeel are superb and it would complement a starchy meal like pasta.

irish53b, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of boralyl
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark caramel color with about a 1 finger head. It's dark but still see through. The head is a a tan color and there is only a little lacing.

A caramel malt aroma with a hint of nuttiness

Has a smooth, lightly carbonated feel.

Has a malty taste in the front followed by nuts, then a dry finish. Midly bitter at the end.

One of the better nut brown ale's I have tried. It is very smooth and refreshing drink. I would deffinetly drink this again.

boralyl, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, garnet-hued body with a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Decently aromatic toasted malt aroma that certainly is nutty with light traces of hops.

Taste: Smooth toasted maltiness with some roasted nuts and a light caramelly sweetness. Spicy hops with a light bitterness. The sweet tries to rebound, but ultimately the mild bitterness wins out on the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, easily drinkable English Brown.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a dark, transparent red-brown. Cream coloured pillowy head, finger width thick. Laces coat nicely.

A rich caramel sweetness on the nose. Doesn't completely hide some bittering hops. Roasted nuts.

Quite a bit of carbonation gives it a bit of an edge. A pecan sweetness and an almond dryness. Little bit of bitterness in the end with a long, dry finish.

Was alot better once it had flattened a little bit, carbonation killed the flavours at first. Love to have it on cask.

CanuckRover, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber brown. Absolutely beautiful beer. Head is initially great, but doesn't have much retention. Lacing is decent.

S: Nutty, as one might expect. Some sweetness mixed in, almost like light cinnamon-sugar, or maybe butterscotch.

T&M: Very smooth and sweet initial taste followed by a nutty, dry, and smooth finish. The aftertaste is almost that of roasted walnuts. Really an excellent brew. The palate is simple, but excellent. 5 for this one. Mouthfeel is ideal: smooth, with just enough carbonation to help the beer develop sufficiently on the palate. I love the dry, nutty finish of this beer--it's perfect for the style.

D: A great brown ale that is superbly drinkable. I could drink this at any time of the year under any circumstance, if not for its scarcity and expense in my area. Simply a wonderful beer.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium sized light brown head that settles to a film of large bubbles. Dark brown body with good clarity.

S - Nutty with a slight caramel note and brown, toasty malt. Clean fermentation profile with little to no hop aroma.

T - Malty toffee flavor with sweet, nutty flavors in the middle. Caramel and light hop flavor in the finish with mild bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Excellent nutty, malt character. A little lacking in aroma and could use a bit more hop character. Overall, a good example of the style and reasonably drinkable.

nickfl, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Sam Smith's does a great job maintaining an authentic old-world look, feel and taste... the bottle labels are intricate but not overdone... elegant. The gold foil around the neck adds to it's charm, giving a feel that each beer recieves individual attention... something that is lost among many mass-marketed 'premium' beers.

The Beer pours a deep red-brown with a very nice head, however, the head does not linger very long.

The aroma of this beer is the only aspect of it's composition that I took issue with... while there are unmistakable nutty aspects to the aroma... something seems slightly off, almost artificial about the richness of the malty aroma.

The flavor make up for any doubt about the quality. The beer is sweet, but not syrupy, extraordinarily well balanced with a tinge of nutty-chocolate roasted malt. The beer finishes so clean, I had finished most of my glass before i realized I was long past my first sip. The beer does not weigh you down... very very well made... One of the best brown's I have had the privilege of drinking.

PBBC, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Medium brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Nice and malty.

Taste: Nice and malty. A bit of brown sugar in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Dry and malty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Not much else to report. Smooth. Decent.

Verdict: A decent, drinkable brown ale.

Brad007, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep red, 2 fingers of brownish head which reduced.

Smell - Mostly just sweet and malty.

Taste - As the name suggests, this is a very nutty beer, with the predominant taste being walnuts. Quite malty, also.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability - Not quite as easy drinking as the 5% ABV suggests.

Overall - A very good beer that is quite unique in its nuttiness.

Cs1987, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in a BROWN bottle from a brewery 3 sampler pack, has been enclosed in cardboard since the day it was bottled. therefore, must be close to perfect.

A- poured in my brand new sam smith's glass, a clear reddish copper, by incandescent light it turns a blaze of garnet red with pumpkin highlights. nice big beige rubbery cloud of a head has look of dried foam insulation. bubbles rise at a slow rate, and you can watch the head recede ever so slowly leaving super intricate spitbubble lace formations.

S- lots of caramel and sugar rosted almonds, brown sugar and praline, toffee, cashew brittle and hazelnut liqueur, sherry. by far the sweetest, nuttiest nut brown ale i've ever inhaled. floral and fragrant hops as well, with the distinct stone/water character and i totally dig that about tadcaster.

T- big nutty taste, caramel, pecan, cocoa, and the skin off a hazelnut, as a matter of fact, peanut skins, brazil nut skins, walnut, comes from the combination of the wonderful british hops and the toasted caramel malt. marsala wine, dry italian herbs, dark purple flowers, rose, and an earthy stone well water taste that lingers in the background the whole time and in my opinion, enhancing the other flavors. fruity flavors come out near the end like cranberry, cherry, and prune. seems festive, holiday-ish, before a lasting herbal/floral bitter hop finish.

MF- feels thin and crisp on the sip, but then has some nice body behind it. silky smooth and luxurious, medium low carbonation accents the beer's juiciness. real hard water feel + the soft hop bitterness numbs my teeth and the super clean finish lasts a looong time. if i had to picture the mouth feel, i'd say it looks like giant stone squares full of beautiful fermenting wort. nuff said.

D- lots of flavor, like a liquid dessert (almost). i just don't usually consider desserts to be full of tasty goldings, regardless, the superb aroma makes me wanna keep sniffing, the taste makes me wanna keep tasting, and the suede, dry mouth feel makes me wanna keep drinking.

hustlesworth, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of ClashmoreMike
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance = Nice copper color. Clean. Two fingers worth of tan/off-white head, goes down to lace. Can see nice amount of small carbonation bubbles.

Smell = Caramel; toffee; nutty, malty sweetness. Some hops and a bit of alcohol as the beer warms.

Taste = Similar to smell, with some hazelnut in there. Some hop bitterness comes in on the finish to provide a nice balance. A hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel = Fairly smooth. Medium body. I'd say low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability = Pleasant, easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having a couple of these in a sitting. I've only had a few brown ales, but this one is the best of them so far.

ClashmoreMike, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark brown color with a nice 1 finger foam head that leaves very little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and nutty (gee, what a surprise)

T: Complex and complete for any nut brown I have tried. This has always been the standard for the style.

M: Smooth and thin with dash of bitterness at the finish.

D: Makes the respectable Newcastle taste like water and I love Newcastele mind you!

Brianmerrilyn, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of trpng0bily
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish-copper color, with a head that quickly vanishes to a thin lace that lingers. The smell is of nuts, sweet malts, and caramel. The taste follows the nose to the letter, with the addition of some mild hops that balance the sweetness quite nicely. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like, but prominent carbonation and a beautifully dry finish work quite well. As for drinkability, this one is aces. Bottom line, this is THE Nut Brown Ale, against which all others must be measured.

trpng0bily, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer has a nice clear amber/brown color. Not a lot of head retention and very light lace.
S: A nice caramel malt aroma that is nutty and earthy. Not to complex but I enjoy it.
T: Sub par in this category. Malty and nutty, but a big metallic flavor that I don't like.
M/D: A light body and a bit watery. The metallic flavor makes this a bit harsh to drink. For a relatively low alcohol beer, this is not very sessionable.

This follows suit for most brown beers that I have had. A dark color and a light body. I never understood the style, it is a light beer that pretends to be dark. Not that it is really bad, just not for me.

champ103, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a slight red tint with a short but thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The smell is of deep roasted malts, some nutty aroma, a slight amount of hops, and some chocolate and caramel aromas. The taste is excellent for a nut brown. It tastes of very well balanced roasted malts, hazelnut, some almond I detected, chocolate, caramel, and it finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness that isn't too overpowering. The mouthfeel is great as it is a very crisp and fresh tasting beer that warms all the way down. The drinkability is also very good as if I had a six pack of this, it certainly won't last very long.

erosier, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass, the Nut Brown is a chill hazed dark chestnut brown with a medium ivory head that settles to a light skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is fairly strong and sweet caramel malt, fruity, with cinnamon and nutmeg. There's also a tang to the beer that is distinct to the brewery, perhaps an ester, something in their water, or the slate fermenters.

Taste is toasted malt, nice and nutty, semi-sweet caramel, maple syrup, floral hops, the spices from the nose and a dry, crisp mineral finish. All and all a really great, well rounded nut brown.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with a lighter body.

Drinkabilty is really high. Super smooth and tasty, a world classic and benchmark for the style, a true session ale.

ccrida, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of osi
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Mahogany brown with a red tint and off the pour with a nice inch head .Lace follows down the glass and leaves traces behind.

S - Dark malts with a brown sugar undertone. Nice and sweet. Not sure if anyone knows what this smells like but also hints of the syrup from a fruit cocktail? ;d

T - Good watery base that is mixing well with the malts. Brown sugar sweetness at the end. Taste is not too overpowering, very refreshing.

M - Very light and smooth especially for a brown ale.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. Casually or with a meal which would be excellent as well. Great beer made extremely well. Good light feel to this beer.

osi, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured two fingers of creamy yellow head that steadily reduced over a clear amber-brown body.

Smell - 4.5
A rich aroma of sweet malt, baking bread and a hint of fruit mince, brown sugar and almonds.

Taste - 4.0
Mmm, nutty! Starts with sweet, smooth malt and flavours of molasses, almonds, walnuts, almost cake-like. Finishes quite dry and slightly bitter, with a rich lingering flavour. Despite how it may sound, this is actually quite a savoury brew.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Persistent fine carbonation, feels somewhat thick in the mouth, quite heavy.

Drinkability - 4.5
The only thing that would stop me using this as a session beer is the price.

OVERALL - 4.25
I have been more impressed with other beers, but this is simply so hard to fault. Clearly the best brown ale I have tried and worth the exxy price.

LittleCreature, Mar 15, 2008
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,229 ratings.