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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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3,172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 158
Gots: 207 | 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.

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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
Photo of stephendr
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of medium to dark brown , with an alright tan head - nose of , nutty , malts , sweet burned , dark cherries , and ginger – taste of nutty , sour dark cherries , and burn coffee - body is medium , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of slightly burnt , sour cherries , and malts

stephendr, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown pour with light tan head that didnt hang around for too long. Thin mouthfeel and not overly carbonated. Very flavorful-nut flavor is evident. Nut is also evident in the aroma with the slightest bit of hops. A very well-balanced and satisfying beer. Drinkability is good.

biggmike, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is good. There is not much of an aftertaste, and its not very complex. It is tasty, however, not overwhelming in hops or malts, but does provide a distinct taste. It is very drinkable, leaves you wanting another sip. I can not quite figure out exactly what I'm tasting in beer, but I'm not complaining. Its definitely an ale, no misleading there. I would recommend the beer for you.

andrewm190, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of jokelahoma
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a bottle at Old Chicago.

It pours a lovely ... wait for it ... nut brown color, absolutely crystal clear, with a decent, thick and lasting head.

The aroma is quite sweet and yes, nutty. There's hardly any hop in the nose, but the malt character is interesting enough to make up for this. Nice and fruity smelling, with that nuttiness creeping in.

The flavor also leans well to the sweet side, but with more bitterness than one might expect. While it's a sweet beer, it isn't overly so. It seems to be slightly bready, perhaps even a little toasty, and yes, some idea of nuttiness is here too. Maybe it can be described as a candied almond, or even praline to a degree? It's hard to nail down, as no two sips seem to bring the same flavors forward. For a smaller beer, it's rather complex on the tongue, yet subtly so. Very well done balance-wise.

The mouthfeel is damned near perfect, going just ever so slightly past light. There's enough substance to this to make it matter to your mouth, yet not so much that you have to work at drinking it.

I used to drink this often, then moved away from brown ales as my hophead nature came to the fore. If, as the brothers say, "brown is the new black", then this, in my opinion, is the standard bearer. Hands down, my favorite brown. T'ain't a cheap beer in many locales (I paid $5.99 for the single bottle ... or would have had the bartender not bought it for me for being willing to trade seats with a couple at a crowded bar) but it's well worth it.Seek it out and try it, especially if you're the least bit interested in browns.

jokelahoma, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle from Lou's in Augusta. More-or-less opaque brown bottle with a bit of chill haze and a half inch or so of light tan head. Smells roasty malty just the slightest hint of skunk. Roasty maltiness dominates the flavor as expected, with chocolate, caramel, and other malts playing major roles with just a hint of British hops. Creamy mouthfeel doesn't really hurt the drinkability. A pretty decent beer, and probably the best English brown I've had (apart from the hints of skunk).

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. In the nose, I got a sweet aroma with fruity hints. It the taste was somewhat white grape-ish sweetness with a dry nutty end. The aftertaste was a bit fruity and small stickiness. A smooth and easy to drink ale, quite sessionish.

OWSLEY069, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

18.7 oz. bottle, brown thankfully,

A: Light brown, with a tan head, a pretty average looking beer, really.

S: Toffee malts, with sour green apples, and English hops.

T: A mix of caramel and toffee, with sour green apples, and hard mineral water.

M: Smooth, dry, minerally, and a bit acidic.

D: A good English Brown, I'd buy again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Halcyondays, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for US$3.49

This ours from 550ML bottle clear brownish gold with a very large head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer and has plenty of sticky lacing.

The smell is very malty. I'm getting caramel malt and a lot of nutty tones. Quite nice.

The taste is absolutely delicious. Big malt flavour that doesn't get too sweet because of the light but effective hop presence and the nutty side of things really packs a lot of taste....man, this superb!
I'm also noticing some toffee in the background that adds a nice kick. This has always been one of my favourite brews and I was pretty surprised that I hadn't reviewed it before. ;^)

Bottom line: This Ale has everything going for it: great and complex taste, great nose, looks great in a glass and is so *darn* drinkable. It's a *must* try!!!

Bitterbill, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of kguyty
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to trying this one becaus of the good experiences that I have had with Samuel Smith. It is a good brown ale, but it does not stick out as anything superior... in all actuality, I like it more than Newcastle, but for the price, I'll drink the Newcastle if I am looking to drink a decent brown ale.

kguyty, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml (18.6 oz) bottle

Even a light pour caused an aggressive head off white, brown-tinged head, but this settled down quickly to a thin, light brown film. Solid lacing. Light, clean brown with just a touch of red. Complex smell that got to my nose w/o me even putting my sniffer in the glass: nuts, molasses, grain, and a bit of earthiness too. Taste was mild, light, but quite nice. There's the nuttiness, and a creamy buttery quality too. Sweetness comes of more as caramel, but it also has a light touch. Low, low apparent hops that are there only at the very end. I might describe the taste as "delicate," but that gives the impression that I don't like it. I do. It's delicate, but not fragile. Carbonation gives it an added crispness in the first part of the taste (and also at the finish). That is it peaks on both ends, with the creaminess coming through in the middle. As the carbonation dies down towards the end of the glass, the creaminess takes over. I think I actually prefer the lower lighter carbonation feel of the end of the glass. (That's why the mouthfeel sinks below the other scores.)

wcdoyle, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish hue with a foamy eggshell colored head that retains well and leaves behind some lacing.

S- Very pungent, deep earthy smells of nuts and wheat come to the forefront of the odor.

T- Completely nutty taste with a dash of roasted malts. Very smooth all the way through. Taste lingers beautifully on the palate for a while.

M- Smooth consistency at first leading to a burst of carbonation at the end. Thin sweet film coats the inside of the mouth leaving behind wonderful flavors.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Easy to enjoy a pint just about anytime.

Lothore, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish hues. It's crystal clear and has a pillowy and bubbly light beige head. Retains a nice ring throughout along with some thin patches on top, but doesn't leave much of anything on the sides of the glass. Smell is of caramel malt, nuts, buttery diacetyl and there's also a whiff of fruitiness and alcohol.

Taste is velvety smooth and beautifully balanced. It's nutty and malty and takes your palate for a bit of a ride. Caramel and biscuity malt forms the base while nuts, diacetyl and a quick burst of hops take their turn tickling the tastebuds. No hop bitterness but a splash of light spicy flavor. Finishes clean with a primarily nutty aftertaste. Not sure if they're hazelnuts or maybe walnuts or what, but the nut flavor and aftertaste are wonderful. Carbonation is crisp but not overdone, and mouthfeel is light on the palate yet creamy, as well.

This one is very easy drinking and I can easily polish off the 550ml bottle. I wish I had more.

number1bum, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of ketchepillar
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured out beautifully. The head didn't last too long though. It smelled quite good, except something in there did seem a bit off, which made me a little worried that it was going to be skunky. However upon tasting, it was definitely not. As for the taste, you know when when cartoon characters fight, and there is a ball of dust with arms and legs poking in and out. Well, thats what it seemed like was going on in my mouth. 3-4 different nutty and earthy tastes were fighting with each one taking its turn to jut out and show its flavor all in fast succession. Multiple different tastes going on at once, but they worked very well together for me. I could drink a few in one night, but it seems best to save and savor with only one per night.

ketchepillar, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with amber streaking with a two and a half finger pillowy off white head. There was very good lacing and excellent retention.

The smell featured a soft nutty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. Some diacytl as well.

The taste was a but subdued, but a nice mixture of nuttiness, earthy malts, coffee and cocoa.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a very dry finish.

Overall a nice and very drinkable brown ale. Not a flavor explosion, but very nicely done.

plaid75, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of casadebia
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color with white to caramel strong head

S - Nuts and yeast bread smell with a creamy after scent

T - very creamy start with a nutty after taste to balance

M - good body with nice flow

D - this is a good beer for certain situations but wouldnt always be quenching

Picked this up at a Fresh Harvest store in Nacogdoches and poured it into a pint glass. It is a unique brown ale to me in both taste and color.

casadebia, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of baxterbrew
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one poured from the bottle with plenty of creamy, foamy head that dissolved into thin lacing. The color is great - a deep brown, almost ruby color. The smell is definitely diacetyl- strong butterscotch, maybe a little citrusy. This thing is very complex on the taste, nutty for sure. Chewy, very filling. The hops come through at the end to end with a crisp note. I could drink this one forever.

baxterbrew, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i had some of this back in college and was impressed. then a few years ago i ordered a bottle while out for dinner. i told my friends the bottle was clear and they did not believe me. BELIEVE. it has a very nice color and body. this is a nice tasting beer. it is nice to taste the contrast between this and many of the local darker ales.

a thumbs up. this one makes the top 25.

"Beer is proof that God loves man" Benjamin Franklin

giblet, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of boelker62
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz fluted glass...
Appeared - a lovely clear red when held up to the light for inspection, and seemed to sit a shallow, slightly hazy brown on the countertop. Rocky diminishing head with lively carbonation.
Smelled - a tinge of hoppiness, but mostly caramel and nutty maltiness.
Taste - possibly a bit of prune shone through on this, but otherwise, similar to what was described in aroma. The first wave was a distinct straw-like sweetness, and a slightly acidic following, with an average finish on this light to medium-bodied brew.
Drinkability - yeah, I cpuld have a good session with some more of these.

From trying the SS stouts, I am noticing a VERY similar taste in all of them. I find that odd. I will have to sample the Porter, as I only DRANK it out one night, at a concert at the Downstairs at the World Cafe Live in University City, Philadelphia. (yes, a nice beer selection there...) not fitting for a rating, after having multiple 60 Minute IPA's.

boelker62, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 18.7 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Cream colored head and light brown color beer. Good head retention.

Sweet, candy, caramel, chocolate smells. Very nice.

The beer has a smooth taste, but it's a bit watery. A little "nutty" flavor, I guess. There's some other flavors here, a touch of honey and sweetness. A decent brown ale, overall.

Very drinkable, could probably have quite a few over a couple hours. It doesn't leave me craving another, though.

jar2574, May 26, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle bought in March.

A- a pretty translucent dark brown with an off-white head that dissipates pretty quick. I was expecting it to pour more of a clear brown, so this was surprising, but not necessarily bad.

S- malty, toasted smell.

T- toasted malt, with the presence of that metallic taste that I pick up in many brown ales.

M/D- both Ok. I don't find this to be the most interesting beer, so I would have to force myself to not only want to finish an entire bottle, but also drink more than 1. There is nothing really offensive about it though.

MiScusi, May 21, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-tinted brown w/ an ever so slight head and a consistent lace.
S: Mild with a slight (Suprise!) nuttty smell.
T&M: Very nice. Has a slight sweet syrupy taste, but it tends to be a bit too carbonated in it's overall taste.
D: 2-3 in any one setting. The sweetness does it in for me. I prefer to to be killed by roughness when it comes to brews.

July2Nov, May 18, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this one, since it was the top rated brown ale. However, I was a bit let down. Maybe it was a bad batch, or maybe the glass I poured it into hadnt been cleaned well enough. Poured into a pint glass from a 25oz. bottle. The beer poured a deep brown, forming a medium 1/2 inch head. Slight spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is of slight sweet malts and raisins. Not exactly what I want in a brown ale. The taste is very much the same. Very light sweet malt, followed by a less-than-pleasant raisin/prune taste. Medium mouthfeel. Easy finish and low alcohol content would make this an easy session ale. Overall, I must have had a bad batch, because this was exactly the opposite of what I expected. I will definitely be trying this brew again.

beeragent, May 07, 2007
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,172 ratings.