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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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3,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 186 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of zeff80


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a pillowy, three-finger head. Leaves great lace.

S - It smelled of grains, malt and nut.

T - It tasted of malt, hazelnut and some spice.

M - It was a little thin and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good brown ale, but not the best offering from Samuel Smith's.

03-16-2007 03:58:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of DoubleJ


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Had some tonight with deep dish pizza, on to the beer:

Well, as you'd expect, it's brown. It has a very nutty aroma, interweaved with rich, sweet malts. Imagine going to one of those buffets with the soft serve ice cream machine, and filling your bowl with the assorted sticky toppings mixed with peanuts. It also has a little alcohol kick at the end of each sip, more so as the beer gets warmer. The hops keep the sweet taste in check from being too sweet, and it makes for an overall pleasent drinking experience.

03-12-2007 04:38:32 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

Pours one finger head, tan, deep brown red color. Sweet malty odor, some nuts and mild spices, light coffee. Taste is mostly nuts and malt up front, some mild spicy hops to close, a little drying, a good amount of salt. Okay flavor, although fairly uneventful given the stronger aromas. Carbonation, for me, is too strong, definitely overpowering the flavor. Overall, an okay beer, but definitely not one of my favorites from Samuel Smith (that would be the Oatmeal Stout). I'd definitely drink it again if it was offered, although not sure if I'd go out of my way for it. Too much carbonation, too little flavor.

03-11-2007 01:32:45 | More by soupyman10
Photo of rkuhnel


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured dark brown with a tan head that left average lacing. Big nose of roasted malts and caramel. Mouthfeel nice and rich and flavor followed he nose and there was a nice bitter finish with a hint of hops. Overall this was a very nice brew that is one of the better Browns I have seen.

03-02-2007 20:33:26 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a nice dark mahogany with about two fingers of foamy head.

Smell is mostly nutty with a very present malt aroma.

Taste is very nutty, especially as it warms. Malt is most present with a bit of hops showing up in the finish.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation done just right.

I could drink this brew for any occasion and want more after finishing each one. This is a very well balanced brew which, if just wanted to sit around and have a beer, is the one I would choose.

02-28-2007 00:33:11 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of nota


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours dark amber with two finger off white head.. Very pleasent malty, nutty, carmel flavor. Bitter & dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Drinkability is high, in others words I could drink this beer all day! In my opinion sets standard for this style.

02-27-2007 12:01:24 | More by nota
Photo of guitarmage


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance: Reddish copper with lots of soda like bubbles, good one inch cream colored head, sticks to the glass and slowly dissipates. Lots of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. Head looks rocky now. I wish the glass didn't have an logo.

Smell: Hard to smell out of the pint glass, I smell faint pine and hops, and some light sweet malt.

Taste: Very light flavors, light nuttiness, perhaps hazelnut sweetness, faint hops come in at the end and it finishes with a dry breadiness. After drinking it more, I taste solid hazelnut and walnut upfront, very clean and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly carbonation, light to medium bodied, very dry, refreshing.

Drinkability: This beer is refreshing as hell, very light flavors, but nothing bad. Easy to drink and pleasant, I'd like to give it another go.

02-22-2007 07:56:16 | More by guitarmage
Photo of IceAce


3.43/5  rDev -16.1%

Dark amber body with two fingers of light tan foam. Clarity is very good and lacing about 40%.

Nose is dominated by nutty phenols and Tadaster yeast.

Entry shows fizzy carbonation while the midtaste sports a light, earthy malt body and a crisp, hop finish. Dry toasted malts sit nicely on the tongue following the finish.

Overall, this is just what I expected...a solid Nut Brown with many redeeming qualities that I would never turn down in a social setting.

02-19-2007 18:13:08 | More by IceAce


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

A - Clear brown/amber. 2" beige head. Retains well for a while and then stays up at 1/2" for the duration. Full on lacing.

S - Caramel. Grassy, tinny hop. Low aroma.

T - Biscuity. Caramel and toffee long into the finish. Nutty (Yeah!). Hops are noticable and linger into the finish. Light sweetness that fades and the beer finishes relatively dry.

M - Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Rich, round and smooth. Low to mid carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Very enjoyable. Sweetness is low enough that I could go for 3 or 4 of these.

02-17-2007 20:40:16 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

brown in nature, brown in color. small head on my pour, cream color. smells sweet, and malty. tastes like caramel, and maybe chocolate. nothing here tastes nutty to me. Carbonic mouthfeel, light on the tongue but more on the back upper roof of the mouth, almost the throat. Drinkable, as a sipper, on a snowy night, and luckily this is one. Selected for such an occasion, and pleased with the choice/setting. will investigate other smuel smith beers... jury's still out here.

02-14-2007 02:56:52 | More by kevinhulit
Photo of browner


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

I really like this not so distinguished beer. The classic nut brown malt, chocolate and smoky nut flavors. While this may be a bit thin for the purist this is a great everyday beer with a good combination of alcohol, bitterness and blend of ingredients. A good card playing brew if there ever was one.

02-11-2007 22:00:16 | More by browner
Photo of Fugazme


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

From notes:

Deep brown... 1/4" off-white head... tons of bubbles of different sizes all over... some very tight with great lacing.
Copper highlights where light passes.... very good.

Aroma is earthy and malty... sugary, but only after the original skunk is gone, making this pretty average... grassy and slightly cola-like.

Mouthefeel is quite carbonated on the front and smooth on the swallow..

Good malt character with some caramel overtones on the tongue... bitter on the backend... sweet throughout with linger flavors long after it's gone.

02-10-2007 18:06:45 | More by Fugazme
Photo of umustdrink


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Deep amber color. Offwhite head settles at a film. Lacing

S - Bitter roasted malt smell with fragrant nuttiness (peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)

T - Very nice nutty taste (same nuts mentioned earlier), smooth creamy malt with a faint bitter hop.

M - Very smooth almost oily, carbonation bites a little bit.

D - Really a very nutty beer, good all around and fun to drink.

02-09-2007 05:18:12 | More by umustdrink
Photo of BadRockBeer


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Color: Brown
Clarity: Good
Head Size: 3 fingers
Head Retention: Good
Head Texture: Rocky

Aroma: Toasty Hazelnut, Carmel

Taste: Rich nutty malt, floral hops, great balance.

Body: Medium
Carbonation: Medium
Warmth: Low-Medium
Creaminess: Medium
Astringency: Low
Drinkability: I found this beer to be a real pleasure to drink. I would most defiantly purchase this beer again.
Stylistic Accuracy: Excellent

01-26-2007 01:33:13 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of edskirk3


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

This bottle was part of the Samuel Smith gift box which includes three SS beers, a pint glass, and coasters.

Pours a deep reddish-brown hue into the aforementioned pint glass. A healthy creamy off-white head rests on top, lacing very well as the ale is consumed.

The aroma hints of pecan pie. It smells bready, nutty, and like maple and brown sugar. These are also the dominant flavors, being joined by a mild bitterness. At the end there is a twinge of fruitiness. Sweet and malty, yet dry.

This is smooth stuff. It goes down so easily. It also seems to satisfy my appetite as well as quench my thirst. For me, this is one of those "complete package" beers; it tastes and smells great, isn't too light or strong, and can be enjoyed any time.

01-22-2007 06:27:03 | More by edskirk3
Photo of goochpunch


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours out a chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that clings to the sides of the glass, making a crater. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of honey, figs, walnuts, loads of caramel, and earthy hops. Taste is, of course, nutty and bready with hints of maple and caramel. Finishes rather dry and with floral hop. Nice bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is like pecan maple waffles. Mouthfeel is moderate to almost chewy and doesn't get sloying like many browns I've had. Perfect levels of carbonation. Fantasitc drinkability.

This is the first brown ale I tried years ago and none other has been able to compare to it.

01-16-2007 03:52:38 | More by goochpunch
Photo of kernalklink


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

This brown ale is heavy on taste and everything else. Poured a dark amber with generous lacing and head. Malt aromas dominate while some roasted characters come through. Taste was sweeter than expected, but well rounded out by the cool ale profile- some tree nut flavors coem from slightly roasted malts, on the verge of chocolate. Somewhat sticky on the mouth, and heavier than most brown ales but very flavorful.

01-15-2007 15:08:54 | More by kernalklink
Photo of fank2788


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a brown 550ml bottle into a pint glass
This beer pours a very nice dark brown color with a lot of red highlights, it has decent off white head which laces a bit. The smell is of wood, biscuit, butterscotch, toasted malt, hazelnut, walnut and hops, almost a bit of a brandy smell in there too. The taste is rich maltiness it is not sweet but not overly bitter either. The nut flavor comes through nicely. The mouthfeel is very good for a brown ale rich and deep with medium levels of carbonation the beer leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is very good, I'm a brown ale fan to begin with and this is a great example of what an english brown should be.

01-13-2007 02:22:03 | More by fank2788
Photo of jhollick


3.08/5  rDev -24.7%

Pours a deep ruby; semi-transparent with a thick, clingy tan one-finger head.

Smells of caramel, molasses, butter, nuts.

Bleh! A fair bit of oxidation has set in. Trying to get pas that, there is a nice nutty flavor that is offset by a very appropriate amount of malting.

Normally I could drink this all night, but not this particular beer. This one was not up to snuff. I know it is better than this, and I hope to review a fresher one soon. I wouldn't submit this review at all, but Samuel Smith and his crew need to be taken to task for their bottle coloring. This happens way to often. I was also recently burned by a heavily oxidized 4pack of the Winter Welcome. Shape up boys, or people will start thinking your beer actually does taste like dollar bills.

01-13-2007 02:12:44 | More by jhollick
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured a dark brown color with decent tan head leaving no lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, almost coffee like, buttery toffee. The taste is of toffee, roasted malt, earthy. The mouthfeel is moderate, fizzy, no bitter aftertaste, a bit dry. This beer is quite good, nice complex flavors, great balance.

01-13-2007 02:10:05 | More by Gmann
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

Got this bottle in a gift set at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost mahogony with a big fluffy white head which retains very nicely.

Aroma: Toasted malts with plenty of hops. Notes of coffee, butterscotch and fresh biscuits.

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malts with elements of coffee and a nutty, bitter finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable, not very heavy. A nice english brown.

Final Statment: A quaffable english brown ale with a nice flavour and not too heavy. I recommend this with some pub fare.

12-31-2006 03:12:15 | More by MMansfield
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Clear reddish brown in color, similar to maple syrup. Thick tan head that seems to last forever.

S: Malty aroma of caramel is dominant. Slight floral hop aroma is detected in the background.

T: Malty and mildly sweet with a very slight hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a pleasant, nutty aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in body. Lightly carbonated with a smooth, round mouthfeel.

D: Probably one of the most drinkable beers on the planet. Would make a great session brew. Also, would pair very well with a wide variety of foods. In my opinion, this is the current benchmark for the brown ale style. Well done.

12-28-2006 01:53:22 | More by BassAssassin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured an attractive, mostly clear brown, with some amber hue. Decent light tan coloured head formed on the pour. Very scantly laced lightly carbonated ale.

Pleasant nutty malt aromas of hazelnut and walnut greet the nose. Lesser but no less appealing scents of caramel, treacle, and date also present. Good earthy hop spice aromas also there.

Very nutty, with creamy hazel and hickory nut, and more bitter black walnut. Biscuit also present, with a touch of treacle toffee and a hint of date. The earthy, leafy, grassy and bitter hops work nicely with the nutty malts to create the more bitter black walnut flavour.

A very tasty, nutty, well balanced ale. Light to medium in body dry ale not very carbonated, but big in flavour.

A very drinkable, sessionable brew. I feel it is a great example of the style, and would make a great brew to introduce an eager novice to the potentials of malts darker than standard macro fare. I've enjoyed this one before, and will gladly enjoy it again.

12-26-2006 22:52:36 | More by demcorhip
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United Arab Emirates

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Drank a large bottle of this before a football game Sunday. This beer pours a copper/amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice looking. Smells immediately like nuts and sugars. I worried it may actually be too sweet after the smell... Wrong, it as a nice taste. Some nuts and a slight spice with a mild bitter ending. This one has a strong finish, leaving an aftertaste that you do not want to wash down. I enjoyed this beer.

12-26-2006 18:22:26 | More by beeroclock
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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours dark copper in color in to a pint glass. There is a sizable fluffy off white head that leaves patchy lacing and presents some good retention.

The first thing I picked up was a peanut butter or roasted peanut scent. There is a mild spicy hop presence. The smell is a little weak overall but it is nutty in nature.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Initially the beer tasted like cherry cordials to me, much like a stout would. The beer is pretty light and body and drinks crisp and dry so the cherry note is about the only stout character I picked up in this brew. The cherry morphed in to an almond flavor with an odd egg like note that carried on in to the middle of the drink. The finish is a little bitter and again eggy but the aftertaste is clean.

Have to hand it for to the English for all out tasty drinkability. This beer isn't super flavorful but it goes down really easy and presents some mild flavor.

Bottom Line:
I think the beer would benefit greatly from a brown bottle to get rid of that odd egg note but other than that the beer is a fine mild nut brown ale.

12-25-2006 17:24:10 | More by Grundle20
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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