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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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3,231 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,231
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 162
Gots: 238 | 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 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
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle to a pint glass. It had a deep brown color and a somewhat thick consistency. It didn't have a huge head when poured, but there was a good amount of lacing.

Nuts, malts, hops came through the most in the smell.

The taste was very well balanced, with the nuts and hops most evident. It was never overpowering and went down easy.

The carbonation was good and the finish was smooth, giving this a solid mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, especially if you're into nut brown ales. It's one of Sam Smith's best efforts.

avalon07, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, nuts, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, honey and nuts. There's a decent hops presence for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, if I were in the mood for this style, I could certainly drink quite a few of this beer.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear copper brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are mineral like, nutty, earthy, and malty. Good nose for a brown ale.

Taste is spicy, earthy, and of sweet and creamy malts. Overall the flavor and mouthfeel is very smooth, with a nice mineral like bitterness on the finish.

Nice full, and not overly heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. Now I wonder why I have passed on this one for so long? Tasty and very sessionable. I would grab this any time over Newcastle if it came in six packs.

flexabull, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and nutty, and that's really it. Flavor is far more complex, with notes of cold coffee, caramel, toffee, hazelnuts, oats, raisin, and a touch of hops for balance. Mouthfeel is good to begin with but starts to thin out with warmth. Pretty easy drinking, although I prefer Rogue's and AleSmith's brown ales.

illidurit, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark rich brown with a off white head 2 fingers strong, looks great.

S - Rich smell of raosted malts, honey, oats, toasted nuts, sweet molases, and carmels. Fantastic.

T - Very similar to the smell, I can pick up each unique flavor that combines to make a buttery smooth and roasted sweet brew.

M - Med bodied, low carbonation to make for a extremely smooth drink.

D - Extremely drinkable, great brew.

trackstar1043, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

19oz bottle picked up at the Coop sometime in the last couple weeks for about $3.50.. enjoyed from my New Belgium snifter.

Lite tan 2 finger head drops leaving good lace.. color is crystal clear chesnut brown with deep ruby highlites.

Aroma is sweet and nutty.. toffee with obvious English esters. Light floral hops but restrained and adds to me really wanting a sip.

Biscuity malts and nutty .. very restrained hints of chocolate but my palate could be playing tricks on me. Fruity esters are present but far less than the SS Pale I just finished. Low diacetyl .. but it definitely works in this brew... and I traditionally don't appreciate diacetyl contributions. Finish reminds me of a slightly sweetened black tea. Mild carbonation though I assume it is too much for the style. Nice body with just enough hop bitterness to make me want another sip.

This is the 2nd SS brew tonight that I have consistently overlooked. I always have access, but almost always go toward the American 22... I will bring this back into the stable.

JohnGalt1, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown hue under a perfect two finger light brown head, which left some nice lacing down my pub glass.

Smell: Roasted nutty malt, with caramel and a faint hop aroma.

Taste: Very tasty caramel malt, along with roasted nutty notes and just enough hops to give it a slightly floral finish.

Mouthfeel: A fun combination of sweet and tart, and low carbonation. Really good and smooth.

Drinkability: As a northern brown ale, pretty exceptional. Delicious nutty, malty taste, and quite smooth as well. I could definitely deal with a few of these for a few hours at the beerhouse or pub. Tadcaster scores again!

AleDrinkToThat, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of GeoffW
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Nice dark brown color that first appears to be black, but put it behind a light and it's true color comes through. Suprisingly clear for this kind of beer. The initial sizable head went down rather quickly but it did keep a little foam on top with some attractive lacing.

Smell was delicious. Fairly nutty (big surprise), malty, not much of a hoppy aroma, a touch of bitter.

Taste was delicious, by far my favourite brew from the good folks at Sam Smith's. Fairly malty, not too bitter with maybe just a very slight touch of sweet, very slight. Nice lingering aftertaste with a bit of roasted quality to it, yummy.

Mouthfeel was good, the beer sat easily on my tongue. The booze wasn't apparent at all but it's only 5% so that's expected.

Drinkability was very good, it's not my personal style so I wouldn't be able to knock these things back all day, but who would? It's a great brew that deserves some moderation. I would definitely buy this again if I wasn't totally consumed by all things Belgian. Excellent beer.

GeoffW, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured ruby-brown with small head and light lacing.

S-Sweet malt w/brown sugar, nuts, creamy milk chocolate.

T-Attack is sweet toasted malt, midpalate opens up to chocolate and nuts, and finish is slightly bitter w/hops, accompanied by lingering butter and some alcohol warmth. There is also a lingering medicinal band-aid character as it gets warmer.

M-Excellent balance. Despite sweet palate, the finish is dry, and gives the brew a sense of fullness. Carbonation is slightly strong, and covers some of the taste early on.

D-Very good. I'd like to try to pair this with some foods, since it seems to have a lot of pairing potential.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with a good lasting head.

Smell vague, but a nice dark malt presence, a bit of alcohol?

I'm starting to realize I'm a sucker for malty beers. This has some beautiful dark malt flavors, and roasted, nutty, and bready flavors. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is nice. A good blend of smoothness and crispness.

Quite refreshing and drinkable. I'm impressed.

Strix, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A-2 finger head minimal lacing and head retention. Copper brown hazelnut body.

S- Lots of nuttyiness, roasted malts, wholemeal breads, some treacle.

T- A lot more malty than expecting from the smell. Not as roasty as the smell perhaps says. Even so, lovely malty flavours, toffe, cream, nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

D- This is a nice brown ale, but nothing fantastic, im comparing this to the likes of Caledonian 80/, and while a nice drinkability and flavour there is nothing outstanding, but still very solid

seanyfo, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A session classic

Pours deep brown with ruby tints and a nice white head. Nose is malty with a little bit of nut flavor and some coppery smell. Taste follows the nose. Malts, slight hop flavor and a little bit of nut flavors. Hops come out to play a tiny bit on the finish. Mouthfeel is typical yorkshire thin. Drinkability is outstanding, a great session brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hefty bottle pours a rich, clear reddish brown with a very thick, almost creamy style head. Head retention is amazing. Aroma is well, quite nutty with a slight hint of butterscotch lurking in the background. Very well balanced taste with all the ingredients working well together. sweet at first with a buttery, nutty flavor that is very smooth and easy to take. Finish is dry and almost tea-like with a definite walnut aftertaste. Very smooth and quite full mouthfeel. Glad this beer is available locally as I will definitely be making another purchase. Best brown I've had to date.

Shadman, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours out of the bottle dark brown with little to no foam and no lace in the glass.

Aroma - Somewhat nutty, not much else.

Taste - Somewhat nutty, but very mild. Okay, not a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Proper carbonation.

Drinkability - Is decent for drinkability. I don't know that I would buy another 4 pack anytime soon, but maybe I would buy a bottle in a bar.

hardy008, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, nonoffending mellow brew. Appeared dark brown out of the bottle with almost no carbonation or foam. Smell is very nutty and reminds me of a Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Taste was okay. The malt sweetness is very mellow with the nuttiness from the aroma also present. While I liked this beer, for some reason, this felt overly heavy.

WaveRebel51, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear brown with a large, light tan head. Nice lacing is left on the glass. The smell is nutty with a bit of dark fruit coming through. The taste is sweet and nutty up front with a slightly bitter finish. A bit of astringency in the back. The mouthfeel was a bit watery. Not a bad beer, but not as good as I was expecting.

Spidey13, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of baos
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 ml into Dog-faced mug.

A: Nice deep dark caramel color with an ecru head about 3 fingers high that laces up and down the glass.

S: Spicy maltiness caramel and a bit of alcohol, Earthy with a hint of mushroom.

T: Piney walnuts and orange-zest-beeswax. Ends with dry hint of canned mushroom. Very nice, but the finish seems to get stronger and more bitter as the glass empties. Maybe a bit metallic as well.

M: Nice medium to full.

D: Very good blokes.

baos, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dar brown color. Nice thick off white head and good lacing

S: Initial smell of sweet caramel and roasted nuts. Very distinctive of brown ales but better than most i have came across.

T: Caramel and roasted malts drown the palate with a little alcohol background to make this beer balance. Buttery bready taste closes out and leaves the lacing on the tongue of caramel.

M: Very thick and viscous almost chewey and little carbonation

D: Good sipping beer but the taste begines to become too much to enjoy after a while

dsigmon, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Nut Brown Ale pours a dark brown color with a nice 1 finger foam head that leaves very little lacing. The lacing is the kind that looks like it will stay but heads quickly back to the beer very similar to the way the evil terminator in the sequel acted.

The aroma was nutty and sweet. Smelled of caramel and apple cider.

The flavor was complex and complete for any nut brown I have tried. This has always been the standard for the style. In the mouth it left a nice bitterness at the finish. Overall a wicked good beer.

cswhitehorse, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown color (naturally) with excellent head and lacing. It has a very nice scent, a good malty aroma with a bit of black licorice hint. Good taste, a nice deep draught with a wonderful woody brown flavor and a nice bit of nuttiness, although I would've prefered more from that aspect. It does down very easily with a nice little bit of carbonation. An excellent nut brown ale.

JamesS, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Clear dark copper brown color. Nice off white, light tan color head that is thick and dense and has nice retention and thick sticky lacing.
S: Nutty, malty, a little caramel, slightly sweet. Also surprisingly, some alcohol in the background. I'm still not crazy about the smell of brown's in general I suppose, but this is better than most.
T: By far the best english brown I've had. I've been down on this style recently but this definitely overcomes that. First thing I notice is a smooth, buttery taste quickly followed by a nutty, malt taste. Slightly sweet to start and a dry, slightly hoppy finish. The butter remains underneath everything else.
M: Thick, smooth, buttery, moderate carbonation, not as dry as other brown ales I've had recently. Very pleasant
D: Beer gets a little heavy with the thick, nutty, buttery taste which curbs the drinkability a little, but this is by far the best brown ale I've had.

yourefragile, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of dmbgirl
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as part of a beerclub at the local pub, i hae been exposed to many types of beer. i found this brown ale to be at the top of my list. it has great color and taste. it has become one of my go to brews. i enjoy the subtle nutty flavor this beer has to offer.

dmbgirl, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of albern
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is about as good as it gets for a brown ale. This beer has so much going for it that it truly is a classic and deserves its reputation. The beer pours a nice frothy dark amber brown color with lots of light chocolaty creamy head and some carbonation. There is plenty of retention, but no real lacing, at least in my glass. The smell is not quite up to the level of expectation as the taste. The smell was quite nutty and quite alcoholy, almost a bourbon type smell. The beer tastes just great. You will get loads of complexity, nice walnut and almond flavors, some heavy fruits, some caramel, chocolate, coffee flavors, and some tinges of yeast. Overall, there is a smooth creaminess to this beer that makes the mouthfeel and drinkability first rate. Other than the smell, which isn't all that enticing, I can't think of too many other down sides. Well worth seeking out. I would go farther and say that it really is obligatory if you want to experience a genuine British style nut brown ale. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 01, 2008
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,231 ratings.