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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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3,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 205 | 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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Photo of jackorain
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice brown color with a thickish tan head that fell to thick lingering coat as I took my notes on appearance. The coat and collar stuck around for the whole drink. Had a sheeting lace that fell back down the glass rather slowly and left a thin trail.

S-Nutty, caramel, mollasses, simple syrup cooking on the stove, toffee and a touch of coffee.

T-Nutty, mollasses, coffee, minty hops finish the flavor profile. Really nice and insteresting finish

M-Fizzy carbonation, suprisingly light bodied and also drying on the finish

D-overall a nice beer and a very good brown but I would have to move on to soething with a hop zing after two.

jackorain, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...I picked one up from ABC in a mix n' match just because of the hype ive heard...I was expecting a gross overwhelming beer, but I was completely wrong
A: Pours a beautiful deep redish brown color with a head and lace that demand respect

S: Toasted nuts, toffee, alcohol, malts

T: Wow, it is very nutty, but much more complex than that...malty, toffee, brown sugar, and some other toasty/burnt flavors

MF: Much smoother than expected, medium body, very good/sweet aftertaste

D: This is one of my new favorite beers, I could drink these all year long

scottyshades, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the style example i believe ; pours a deep cooper-brown w/ a creamy tan head that lasts and lacing all the way down ; a very pleasent toasted caramely/nutty w/ hints of butterscotch/dates perhaps ; the flavor reflects the smell as the sweet, complex malts blend well w/ the hops to make up the nutty bittersweet flavor that it's famous for, combined w/ the slightly sour yeast flavours ; a nice robust yet light body w/ dextrins to make the flavor last quite awhile ; this is my fav. ale, so to say it's drinkable is an understatement...

animal69, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent beer from Sam Smith's, I'm really liking this brewery.

A - Pours deep brown with a nice thick light tan head that falls slowly with a nice ring of lace

S - This beer has a good malty nose with a hint of a nutty smell in there also

T - A very good brown ale with a nice malty flavor up front cut by a nice hop flavor in the end to leave a very good taste on the palate

M - Nice carbonation and a good overall feel in the mouth

D - This was a very drinkable beer and the hallmark of when I know when it's really good...I was sad to take the last sip because it was all gone

meechum, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, toasty mahogany brown with some pale amber highlights and a surprisingly lasting head. The nose is chock full of caramel malts and some nutty notes with bitter chocolate hanging around the edges. On the palate, thin, metallic hops assert themselves first, then the chocolate notes come out. Caramel malts come through, but they stay dry and finish nutty. Toward the end, a nice English ale sourness crops up to finish things off with an acidic tone that entices for another sip. Mouthfeel is wonderful -- medium bodied, light carbonation, not too heavy in the malt column. What a wonderful beer. My third-favorite offering from Samuel Smith (behind the oatmeal stout and IPA).

geexploitation, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the village market in gambier appears to have just opened a variety pack of sammy smith. hooray!

the head on this one is gorgeous: tight and creamy off-white with serious staying power. when it does recede from the glass an excellent sparkly coating is left behind. the beer itself is a nice light mahogany and dark end of amber. i can't help but give this a 5

as far as the aroma, there is a distinct similarity to the oatmeal stout, which i sampled last night. i wonder if, at some level, the beers are brewed similarly. malty and nutty, with no sign of significant esters. touch of floral hop

the taste certainly differs from the outmeal stout. the hap flavor is a meaningful contributor here, and works well with the malts. one might even say the hops are boss here. in fact, i am surprised the two are related, the flavor really lacking the awesome malty robustness i experienced with the aroma. i don't dislike the flavor but...whatever

that's an awesome brown ale

bruachan, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, medium red-brown body, massive beige head with good retention. Lacing is decent as well. Looks like a tasty brew.

S: Oder is malty, slightly nutty, but with a slight metallic tinge, which I am going to mostly ignore. I don't know whether it is the beer or my glass, but I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt.

T: Tastes slightly sweet and nutty like the smell. The finish has almost no flavor, it almost feels like I was drinking water.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth.

D: Highly drinkable, probably because the beer finishes really clean (in my opinion too clean)

A drinkable beer, but not something to chase after I'd say.

51mmz0rz, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml brown bottle.

A- Nice orange-beige head and clear red/amber brown colour. Low bubbliness.

S- Nice malty aroma with noriceable caramel. Could be stronger though.

T- Mild. Not quite strong enough. Faint caramel with a balanced (so also mild) bitter hops finish. The finish is actually a very pleasant lingering bitterness. Touch of roasted flavour. The flavour comes out better as the beer warms.

MF- Too thin, but leaves the mouth feeling nice.

D- Very easy to drink. Has no real flaws or off notes but it could use a bit more punch.

JOaikido, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Stagi
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pretty much like it sounds, Nut Brown Ale.
It has a good smell, NUT would be the best way to describe it.
I liked the taste, it has you coming back for another sip, which I look for in a beer.. But I don't know if it's what it's cracked up to be.. It also seems to thin out more as it warms.
The mouthfeel is good, though not close to as thick as I thought or would like it to be.
This beer's easily drinkable, but it doesn't have you crawling back to the fridge for more as others do.

Stagi, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of MyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to agree with some of the reviews I've seen here. I tried this one after hearing that it was so amazing, and while it's not bad, I really wasn't terribly impressed. The name says it all: Nut Brown Ale. Visually, it's a bit dull- brown body with a tan head. Smell was actually quite nutty... Should this be a shocker? I'm not really sure. The mouthfeel was thin, although it could simply be my preference for a thicker beer that lead my to this conclusion. The taste was not bad at all, but nothing remarkable. Really, there is nothing wrong with this drink, but there is nothing amazing about it either.

MyGoodness, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this beer after hearing people rave about it and seeing it readily available at my local liquor store. Poured into a pint glass. It poured a dark brown color with a creal colored head that lasted most of the way through the drink. The smell was kind of nutty, with a strong malt scent. The overall taste was malty with a little nut aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is quite light and easy to drink. And the overall drinkability is quite favorable. I wouldn't call this my favorite brown ale, but It will be one I would like to go back to agian and agian.

KodyBrannon, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews and seeing this beer on the shelf every time I go to the liquor store, I thought I would give it a try. After trying it, I don't see what the big deal is. Smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all pretty average. Nothing really jumps out in the nose or the taste. The mouthfeel is pretty thin too.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed. It's not a bad beer but it's not great either. Just average, I guess. I don't think I'll buy this again.

jdubjacket, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle poured into nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear and dark brown and amber with a tanish head that fades into a ring after a bit. Not too much lacing and little bits of carbonation bubbling up from the sides of the glass.

S: The smell on this one is intense, the first scent smelled almost like wine and was full of dark and fermented fruits, then opened into a really sweet, toasty maybe even a bit smokey aromas that balance the fruityness in this one, really very inviting.

T/MF: Quite sweet and smooth with a bit of hops thrown in as well, but to be sure the malts are doing the work here. Tastes of brown sugar and caramel are present with bitter kick on the finish that leaves the tongue a bit dry but the aftertaste of nuts and toasted malts seem to dominate the finish. Really bready and fresh with the smallest hint of has a sourness lingering around a bit as well.

D: Have not had a brown ale in a while but I really like what is going on in this one, perhaps my favorite offering from this brewery. Not heavy or filling, just fresh and refreshing.

bluemoonswoon, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amberish brown with a big head that lasted a good while. lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is malty with hints of chocolate, nuts, coffee, little hint of alcohol.

Taste is malts, with a nice sweetness, carmel, nutty, kind of dry

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body.

Very high drinkability

crazybrody06, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml brown bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). ABV is 5.0%. Chestnut coloured beer, large and lasting off-white head. Moderate aroma of hazelnuts, malts, caramel and chocolate. Malty flavour, moderately sweet with plenty of caramel, nutty finish with moderate hops. Nice enough, definitely better than Newcastle "Broon", but not really outstanding.

Sigmund, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of mattster
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had trouble removing the foil around the cap - no big deal, but I didn't want to get any foil in my glass. Poured the 12oz bottle down the side of a pint glass. Very little head (less than 1/4") that clears up quickly. Light lacing on glass.

As expected from a "brown ale." The color was a nice mostly clear brown with very light haze. Not much of a smell, but pleasant none the less.Some nutty tones in the brew.

Taste is a nice nutty with slightly sweet notes. I think that if I'd have had it just a tad warmer these notes would really flow through.

Average beer mouthfeel with some bubble-play on palate. Nothing major. As this ale warms, i've noticed the nutty flavors really shine through.

This is a pretty smooth beer and I feel it would be a great ale for sitting around with friends. I wouldn't drink from bottle, def a pint glass beer. I'd recommend a pork tenderloin.

mattster, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Hemi
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown in color. Two finger head that quickly disappears. Small to medium amount of lacing.

S - Hard to catch the smell until glass is about half full. Sweet caramel and nutty malt notes.

T - Sweet with balancing bitterness. Nutty, caramel, and toffee flavors.

M - Medium heaviness.

D - Very drinkable.

Hemi, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, nut brown colored body with a small lacing. No significant head or anything ever made itself present.

S: Smells slightly alcoholic with hints of nuts.

T: A nice, malty taste with a slightly sweet, nut aftertaste. Nut tasted like maybe pecan.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied beer that was silky and easy to drink.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Tastes good and was not heavy to drink. Definitely a good beer.

maddogruss, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from Samuel Smith's. This is an excellent session beer. Light, crisp, good malt taste. Pours a clear brown color. Big light off-white head from a hard pour. The head fades down to a covering of the glass. Good lacing, not much aroma. The taste is good. Malts are predominant with just enough bitterness to ensure it don't wind up too sweet. The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the overall effect is a nice, crisp refreshing beer. Drinkability is excellent. This is a good all occasion beer - either with food or as a session beer. Very nice.

JayQue, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear mahogany-brown color with a dense, brown-tan head comprised of many fine bubbles. The smell is mostly of roasted malts, slightly smoky and a bit nutty. The taste is all malt with the only hops being for bitterness; no apparent flavor. Pretty on for an English Brown. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very gentle carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is worth trying for sure.

gmfessen, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear glass bottle @ 45F.

A: Light brown with a tan head of about 2 fingers when poured (very controllable) which diminishes to a nice lace after about 3 minutes.

S: Smells sweet with a hint of roasted malt. Nothing too impressive.

T: Very good. Nutty and roasted wood flavor. Slight aftertaste of alcohol, but not in the least overpowering.

M: Leaves the mouth feeling clean and crisp. Taste all but goes away after about 1 minute.

D: I could drink this all night. Goes down very smooth.

Sam Smith has done a fine job with this brew.

ralree, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich brown with a thin creamy head. Aroma is lightly sweet with roasted malts. Taste is caramel sweet with roasted malts, nutty and light chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation with a slightly burned aftertaste. Not my favorite brown, but worth a try.

Bookseeb, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Some 20 years ago, this beer was one of the few types of ale that the Swedish alcohol retailing monopoly Systembolaget had in their assortment (and I drank a lot of it). But then, when it became easier to import beer in 1994, it just disappeared, and is it still a pain to get it in Sweden.

The colour is deep brown with a tint of red. The two finger beige head is compact with a fine crater. Some lacing.

The smell is sweet and mildly roasted with lots of toffee/butter, yeast and apricots. Generous and inviting!

The taste got loads of diacetyl; butter, caramel and toffee. There are some sweetness, some nuts and a mild clean bitterness. Although the taste is potent, it is very balanced; the beer is highly drinkable. The aftertaste got fruity hops, some bitterness and a slowly growing sweet caramel flavour.

The carbonation is mild with some fresh small bubbles. The liquid is a bit creamy.

This is exactly what I want from English brown ale! But… Didn’t the bottle use to be clear?

bark, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. pours a clear, caramel-amber color with a large light tan head that dissiaptes quickly.

smell is of light roasted malts, namely caramel and chocolate. somewhat restrained, like most nut browns, but still could use a touch more boldness.

taste is malty up front, roasted caramel, with a nutty base that provides a great balance. no hops here, just a solid nut brown ale.

aftertaste is nutty and semi-dry, with a mildly sweet character.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy texture.

drinkability is good. this isn't a thick or overpowering brew, but more restrained. it is smooth and mild, which is true to a good nut brown ale. the taste seems watered down at first, but the flavors show themselves and the complexity as the drinker familiarizes his/herself with it. a solid example of a nut brown ale.

botham, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Taipans
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Darker amber brown, 1 finger head, light lacing

S: Toffee with malty notes

T: Toffee with dry bitterness, some earthy and nutty flavors present

M: Fairly smooth with some residual feeling

D: Typical style brown ale, pretty drinkable

Not a huge fan of english browns, but I am trying to keep it from skewing my review. Overall from what I have had so far this one is very middle of the road.

Taipans, Aug 17, 2007
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,169 ratings.