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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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3,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,020
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 142
Gots: 147 | 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 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
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

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

The Nut Brown poured a nice dark brown color with some dark ruby hints(the light still could shine into it). There was about 1/4 of an inch of off white head that left a lace that descended down the glass as I drank.

The smell was fairly typical: Sweet malts slightly nutty with a little bit of hazelnut, and some light hops.

The taste at first was nice sweet nutty malt. The body had fairly light hops, and the finish was a very nice kinda sweet nutty malt that was present in the beginning of the body. Extremely smooth.

Drinkability/mouthfeel: This beer is really smooth and easy to drink. Very balanced in terms of malt and hops, and have a wonderful finish. Its not one I pick up too often, but when I do I am always happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 21:51:16 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had a ny Samuel Smith products in like forever. This is what a nut brown ale should taste like. It's a medium brown color with a moderate head and some nice lacing. It has a chocolate/ malt odor, and a coffee taste with a small bit of hoppiness. Good body, not thin tasting. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 12:59:02 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of mclanem


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This looks good more amber than brown, it held a nice tan head.

Smell: smell Caramel, and malt nice clean smell.

Taste: Has a coffee and malt taste, a bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Feels clean good carb.

Drinkability: This is not my favorite beer it is a bit to bitter for my taste but I would say it is certainitly average as far as drinkablitly

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 01:32:38 | More by mclanem
Photo of russpowell


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel to brown with a 1" tan head that fades too fast. No head retention or lacing

Smell: Nutiness, frutiness, & slight oaky notes

Taste: Tasosty malt, sweetness, slight hops bitterness on the tounge. Finishes sweet.

MF: Slight undercarbonation, but good balance maltiness &grainy/hop bitterness

Very drinkable. Certainally had better nutbrowns, but this was my first & still shines as great example of the style

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 06:02:40 | More by russpowell
Photo of chakadrum


3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark-brown color with a hint of amber. Not a whole lot of light shines through this one. The head on this one was thick and I had let it settle down. The lacing after a few deep sips still clung tight at the fill line.

A slightly malty smell. Some other elements I can't describe.

The thing that I notice the most about this beer is the hops. It is really easy to focus in on them but there is a fairly decent balance with the malts. The bitterness on this doesn't come until a few seconds after you swallow. In general the beer goes down smooth and feels good on the tongue. A little more carbonation would be nice though. The nutty quality to this is sort of subtle but there.

I'd drink it again, but probably rather try some other brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 00:34:53 | More by chakadrum
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the brewery's imperial pint glass at several degrees above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear brownish red, almost cognac, with four fingers of beautifully structured soapy bubbles. The head peaks well above the rim of my glass, and compacts to a creamy, hefeweizen-like consistency. Outstanding lacing leaves sheets behind. Excellent.

Smell- A metallic nose rises up immediately... most of which is contained in the head. A Euro-lager nose with its grassiness is foremost at the beginning. As time goes by, the malty, nutty character becomes evident.

Taste- A mildly nutty, malty flavor is present on the tongue... but it's the bitter, sour hop notes that linger for a bit too long. Notes of hazelnut and English hop varietals are the dominant players here, with the Burtonized water lending its hard, mineral edge to the beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Disappointingly mundane, in that the carbonation is too weak to keep the beer exciting. It is consistent, not dying off into nothing... but a boring kind of consistent. For an English Brown, is drinks easily and the low ABV promotes session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:36:22 | More by yelterdow
Photo of kgotcher


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mohogany redish brown color with big frothy tan head and sticky lacings.

Aroma is fairly strong, with heavy malt sweetness. Nuts and caramel almost make this smell like desert. Medium body with a fairly carbonated mouthfeel goes down with some hoppy bitterness toward the end. Taste is sweet, nutty, toasted malt with a bitter dose of hops to balance things out. Lots of flavor and depth make this a very enjoyable brown ale. Not too sweet like American browns tend to be. I like this beer for it's great appearance and bold flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 01:03:22 | More by kgotcher
Photo of mcarroll10177


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a 16 oz pint glass.

A- The larger volume glass allowed for an agressive pour with good results. Ale came out dark brown and topped with a very large white head that lessoned after a minute and left some great lacing on the glass.

S- some hops not to much of a nose on this ale.

T- clean up front with a slight bitterness and nutty flavor in the finish, very nice. This ale has good character.

M- perfectly balenced not watery or thick

D- great taste and a supreme example of the syle, perhaps the very best. This is a great tasting brown ale.

Another great offering from Tadcaster. Is this the best premium brewery out there?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 00:38:39 | More by mcarroll10177
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