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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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3,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 159
Gots: 214 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of phil7568
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't believe I've never had this stuff.

Pours a deep amber with a nice retaining head.

Smells sweet and malty and why not, nutty.

I'm very impressed with how this beer is put together. It's malty and sweet but not too sweet. It's smooth as silk and finishes with a pleasant nuttiness. I can't detect a bit of hops.

I could drink this all night and into tomorrow morning. I also think this would be a great introduction beer for those getting away from the macro stuff.

phil7568, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 550 ml brown bottle into a pint glass. This is one fine-looking beer. Deep reddish brown with a fluffy head that lasts the entire time. Nice, sticky lacing. Nice malty smell. Hints of nut and some fruit (I think I detect notes of cherry). Very smooth. Quite a balanced drink. Malts predominate, but there's just enough hops to even it out. Lighter medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Great for the style. This would make a great session beer.

atrus138, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown with ruby highlights. Quarter inch tan head. Amazing aroma that is sweet, nutty and bready. Taste is not too sweet but otherwise accomplishes what the aroma promises. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it to taste any sweeter, has a very balanced flavor. Finish is kind of nutty. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. You could not drink too much of this, but you should try.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with lots of red tint and a decent head.

Predominately roasted malt smell, hints of caramel and nutty aromas.

The taste shines through as being very sweet, a hazelnut taste is evident, quite a smooth and buttery beer for the most part, but has a dry finish as to not overstay its welcome.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Morey
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty new to beer, but this has to be my favorite so far. Poured out of the bottle into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Nice warm nutty aroma with a one finger light tan head that last about a minute or so before settling to a thin layer just barely covering the top of the beer. Sticks to the side of the glass after each sip.

This beer taste as nutty as it smells and has a clean crisp finish with no bad aftertaste. Amazing character... which must have something to do with it being brewed in those stone Yorkshire Squares at the Old Tadcaster Brewery.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is the best brown ale on the market...hands down.

Morey, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of JoePabeerno
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sorry, but I find this yet another over-priced, underwhelming import that dangles on the coat strings of the self-proclaimed beer experts (comprised mainly of under-aged college kids who think they know more than they do).

The appearance was good but it went downhill from there. The taste would have rated a 4... until I realized that I was STILL tasting it for 20-30 minutes after my last sip.

As a 47 year old who's been drinking beer for 30+ years... you can do better than this with a USA brew for half the price.

JoePabeerno, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of n0315
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle was clear so the taste may differ than others. Nice head that has a color of a tan white, with the beer being a nice dark brown or maybe amber. the head settles Smell is a nutty smell. A nice strong taste of nut and maybe wheat, much stronger than some of the other brown ales. very good strong taste of nuts, living up to the name nut brown ale.

Honestly...I think my new drink may be this insted of newcastle. Simply put the best brown ale I have ever had. very drinkable with the tastes of nuts that never stop. Wonderful beer.

n0315, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of boogles
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into "gift set" pint glass--"authentic brewery coaster" not used in this test. (Christmas presents aren't always bad, I guess!)

The beer poured with a beautiful color, but flared up a bit--the carbonation seemed a little too ambitious. Luckily, the head died down without undesirable residue.

The smell was more complex than I would have expected, but not something I spent a lot of time analyzing--I just wanted to enjoy this one.

The taste was beyond my expectations. I have not been blown away by Samuel Smith offerings (although I usually like them), and I'm not a huge fan of brown ales (although I find them enjoyable). But this was a special beer, very well balanced and sophisticated without straying from the prototype of nut brown ales.

I was expecting carbonation problems after the pour, but I was instead rewarded with an excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. The beer settled down nicely. I will probably try this one again.

boogles, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of GAPit
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out of bomber a dark amber/brown into tulip, lots of creamy off-white head that retains well with heavy lacing.

Smells very sweet, hazlenut extract overpowers, then chocolate, all giving way to roasted malts. Very little bitterness.

Tastes good, like it smells. Sweet, nut extract at first, creamy, dark crystal malt towards the end. Very slight hops finish, enough to put an end to the lingering sweetnss.

Suprisingly creamy and heavy on the tounge for how 'watery' it seems at first. Sweetness is very strong, but doesn't overpower.

This beer is really easy to drink. A little sweet for my taste, but I had no problem finishing the bomber. If you're into sweet beers, or belgian beers, you'll love this brown.

GAPit, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass and was left a small head that was constant w/ the whole drink and left some lacing. The color is a transparent brown, if you will.
The smell is very strong, as I actually picked up some malt smell as I was pouring the beer. There is clearly hazelnut picked up on the first whiffs, and maybe some honey or syrup one might smell.
It is rather a simplistic smell, to be honest, nothing in great detail to go on about.
The nuts in this beer are the main driving force of the taste and there is a little sweetness on the tongue from the yeast and you could sense either honey or caramel in there also. It might be chocolate, but I doubt it.
While the finish is a tad dry (I wouldn't call it bitter at all) from the nuts (maybe roasted malts were used?), overall this is a thin body ale that is very smooth and somewhat creamy.
W/ the almost dessert beer taste and low ABV, I would gladly have a few of these w/ friends or at the pub.

clayrock81, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep mahogany brown with a one-finger foamy head that recedes after a bit...The chestnut appearance gives way to a caramel, nutty aroma that leads to a smooth, buttery taste that is simply outstanding... I love all Samuel Smith brews and this one definitely does not dissapoint... scores for taste and an exceptional drinkability that goes down smooth and effortlessly.. Got a 18oz bottle as part of a gift-pack and loved all three brews I received... The taste and aroma are not overwhelming, but it is a pleasure to drink... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a dark amber color with ruby highlights and a thick off white head.

S - Sweet malt smell with a hint of "import" smell.

T - Slightly sweet, a hint of roasted malts in the finish.

M - Feels slightly thin and undercarbonated. Right for the style.

D - A smooth beer that would be very easy to drink.

hiikeeba, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of orangemoustache
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark transparent brown,with a nice tan head,I instantly smell sweetness,rasins,chocolate,it has a bold smell.A suttle nuttiness(go figure)is followed by a whirlpool of sweet whisky,quality coffee,and creamy carmels aged in a wood barrel.The mouthfeel is outstanding,a little thinner than it appears when poured,but it makes for a great beer that is more than drinkable,I cant wait to check this one out again...till next time Mr.Smith

orangemoustache, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I guess I just don't understand this style. After reading some of the reviews here, I was really expecting something big.

It looks great when you pour it. Beautiful brown with a nice fluffy head.

Smells great with a nice faint aroma of hazelnuts. Really looking forward to this.

Downhill now. This tastes just like a Bud Light or something. I may taste a little of the hazelnut here, but no chocolate or anything like that. Watery and unpleasant. This wound up drain pour very quickly..

I usually love the Sam Smith stuff but I just didn't like this one at all.

Tilley4, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of cookin420
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pub glass.
The head; Thick, foamy, creamy goodness.
Looks pretty amber for a nut brown. A deep but clear amber with a brownish hue.
Chocolate hits the nose right away. Baking bread and a faint nut smell.
The taste of nut is also faint but gets stronger as it warms. Fairly bitter but it comes and goes quickly, with none lingering. A lot of carbonation right after opening so it's best left to sit in the glass for a few.
Excellent mouthfeel for a brown; thin but smooth, not watery.
This is a very drinkable beer.
All in all another great one from the old brewery, Tadcaster.one thing is for sure though; weather you like a particular thing about a sam smith or not, you know that its not an oversight, they mean to do everything they do.

cookin420, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of madjr80
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle erupted once it was opened. I was very surprised how much carbonation was in this bottle. I poured it into a goblet and noticed the creamy head that was a good inch in thickness. The smell is very mild, but has the hint of nutty bread. Taste pretty good going down with just a faint aftertaste. Not overly hoppy or strong. Not the best nut brown ale, but pretty damn solid. Maybe I am a little more critical of this beer because it is a Sam Smith.I still would buy this again.

madjr80, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild head with little lace. Pale brown color; very clear.

More malty than anything, but there is also a slight touch of metal to the smell.

This is a malty offering in the brown ale category. I like the smooth and clean feel to the beer. Full body for the style with a modest amount of carbonation.

When this fresh (as this one was), this is a superior nut brown. I worry about the clear glass and the possibility of skunking.

smcolw, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of marcpal
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz into a mug at restaurant.

A: Shockingly, nutty brown color with a very thin tan head that made a brief appearance. The lacing held on throghout and added character to the mug and look.

S: Sweetness and nuttiness were present but very subdued and mild.

T: Extremely mild, not what I anticipated from the company. The nuttiness and chocolatey taste were there. Not quite a typical nut brown but it was refreshing because it wasnt overpowering or overly biscuity in the slightest.

M: Thinned out mouthfeel that was smooth.

D: A little too mild and underdeveloped for a good nut brown but the drinkability is there. Would have like more structure and maltiness in the background overall.

marcpal, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of Graham5161986
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice dark copper brown with a frothy two finger head that reduces to a 1cm foam with good retention and leaves a decent lace. Nice and clear with plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S: smells of nuts (of course), sweet cherry, raisin, and caramely-bread pudding. A touch of grassy hops too.

T: nutty flavour with hints of ripe cherries, sweet bready malts, and mild hops on the finish

M: heavy, yet not too thick, a good amount of carbonation and smooth finish

D: I came to enjoy this ale more and more with time - gradual warming certainly helps bring out the nutty sweetness of this brew. This is quite a complex nut brown that does not disappoint the senses - I would love to have another sometime, but one is enough for me tonight. I would love to try some other beers from this brewery!

Graham5161986, Nov 14, 2007
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
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,188 ratings.