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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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3,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,378
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 176
Gots: 291 | 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 smedley
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick, creamy off-white head. Head stays forever with beautiful lacing.

S - Nutty caramel, butterscotch, hops

T - Sweet, butterscotch comes through, then finishes with a bitter/sour taste which nicely balances the initial sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, middle of the road carbonation

D - Excellent! Could drink all night.

Photo of TKempe
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A coppery or reddish brown look that is very clear, with some fine carbonation showing and a big off-white head on top (strong lacing).

The nose is sweet in both a fruity and toffee-like sense, followed by a trace of butterscotch and some forest-like hops. A good dose of grainy malt is underneath. Refinement comes from a refreshing sour note and a dryish, indeed (wal)nutty accent that is very elegant and full of fascinating nuances.

The taste moves slowly from sweet to sour and then -- even more slowly -- to a bitter-dry finish that consists predominantly of roasted and salty malt, but is also defined by a delicate touch of spicy hops and a woody/nutty note. A good amount of sweeter fruity flavors blend well with plenty of sharper and raw malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is quite fizzy and amazingly smooth.

I couldn't wish for more.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden brown color with a small white head that leaves good lacing on your glass.

Oak and fig aroma with a smell of roasted wood and earthy undertones.

Good smooth malty flavor with a roasted wood chip bitterness at the end. The taste very closely resembles the aroma.

A bit watery in the mouth but not too thin. Good carbonation helps this ale feel light on the palate and not too clingy and sweet or overly bitter.

Excellent drinkability. Can't wait to have this one in my fridge again, right next to Newcastle, my other brown ale!

Photo of adamette
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from foil wrapped bottle purchased in a gift pack some months back at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio along with a pint glass. It was poured into that same souvenir glass.

A Classic brown body with minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S Nuts, nice muted brown ale. Not particularly sweet or bitter.

T Great nutty, brown ale malt with carbonation. No bitterness and just a great capture of nuttiness in the beer. Friends of mine and I had fun picking out what nuts we could taste, whether or not it was walnut or chestnut or even cashew.

M Great medium to light.

D Great....best part about this.

Notes: I can see being in an English pub and drinking many many of these. If I see this again I will not hesitate to buy it.

Photo of wl0307
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now packaged in a brown bottle - Good! BB 11/2008, served (only a month past the expiry date) cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a deep and dark mahogany colour with great clarity, very elegant; topped with a well-lasting dark beige froth that, in turn, is supported by very fine carbonation.
S: the aroma (expanding since the pouring) comes predominantly caramely, jammy fruity, and nutty, almost like a dark Bock for the intense sweet edge... as it settles in the glass, an assertively sour edge of dark dates and even ripe red grapes combines with more caramel malts to render a solid nutty and malty platform on the nose, ringing a bell of a Porter w/o the more roasty hint. Very pleasant overall.
T: the foretaste is dominated by lots and lots of syrupy dates and carmalised walnuts, followed by sweet black-tea, fat raisins, brown sugar, toasted malts, and more sour-sweetness of dark stone-fruit jam, all of which, in a sense, are integrated well in a swallow. The aftertaste, with a semi-salty kick, prolongs the sour-sweet fruity-malty taste, while quietly the bitterness from earthy and tea-leafy English hops as well as from roasted malts also manifests itself, providing a soothing balance from the back of the palate.
M&D: pretty soothing on the carbonation, with random spritzy bites from the microscopic fizziness; this ale is a delicious, richly fruity malty brew, more in line with a richly fruity Premium Bitter enjoyed in winter time (or Winter Warmer?) than a generally milder Brown Ale tasted elsewhere. Comparing with the notes of the last bottle tasted two years ago, however, it seems this bottle gives out a much richer fruity presence of dark malts than the nuttiness overall. Well, I have to say I quite like both.

* Tasting Date: 11/07/06
BB May 2007, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.
4.5 A: bright and dark-reddish chest-brown in colour, coming with an effervescent creamy frothy head, building up to a 3cm thick and sustaining very well; very gently carbonated. Elegant.
4.5 S: hop resins combine with a deep-running aroma of slightly sweet-roasty tinge of nuts, creamy toffee, melted brown sugar, raisins and date-preserve, plus a mild but soothing flow of citric as well as tea-leafy hops at the back. Harmonious, semi-rich, delicious.
4 T: a floral+tea-leafy flavour of hops approaches surprisingly early on the palate, mixed well with a creamy-smooth roasted-nuttiness with both the sweet edge of chestnuts and the sour edge of raw nuts or grains; hops' bitterness gradually develops, which, along with bitterness from roast walnuts, creeps down to the ends of the sides of the tongue, providing a soothing bitter kick towards a satisfying and superbly lingering nutty finish... A restrained diacetyl undertone stays deep down in the aftertaste as well.
4 M&4.5 D: rounded, creamy-smooth on the mouthfeel, plus a softly-carbonated texture, this medium-bodied, delicious beer drinks only too well. Reasonably flavoursome, with a subtle balance arrived at b/w bitter-sweetness of roast-malts and a sour tinge of dark fruits, this simply has to be one of my all-time favourite English brown ales alongside "Rigglewelter" (Black Sheep).

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as a 12oz. single from the state liquor store, Vernal, UT. Approximately $2.

A: dark copper brown, relatively nice red accents when held to the light. cream colored head, densely packed bubbles in the head. excellent rings of lacing on this one. head is about half an inch thick or so.

S: buttery, somewhat chocolate, and a light nuttiness, can't really place it, not much going on in the way of hops. faint hint of honey in there as well. rather simple smelling, but on par for the style.

T: sweet, nuts and coffee combined in this one, this is really similar to a mild roast coffee, quite simple, but fulfilling. definitely a buttery taste as well, cream even. can't really detect much of a hop presence, but what is there is earth and subdued, and hits the palate after the beer has been swallowed. excellent balance.

M: creamy and buttery, the carbonation isn't quite as high as other browns, and it hits the spot quite nicely. coats the mouth, and is somewhat sticky, but still goes down smooth.

D: with its balance i could easily drink a few of these, but not many more, it seems that the sweetness would probably catch up with me in the end. really a great beer, and one that i have overlooked many times. there is beauty in simplicity.

Photo of yesyouam
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a clear brown-red ale with a yellow sand-colored head that's dense and foamy and leaves nice lacing. It has a nutty, roasty, sour aroma with notes of tamari and chocolate. It's a bit muted by the head. It's medium bodied, smooth and a bit foamy with a clean, dry finish. The flavor is nutty with notes of soy sauce, leather and possibly black currant. It's funky and very English. It has a roasty, bitter, almost sooty finish that lingers for a bit. It's a very Northern English Brown Ale.
(rated Jul 29, 2008)

Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark reddish brown with thin khaki head, and good lacing.

smells of toasted nuts, caramel, a bit earthy, and molasses.

nice bitter taste, somewhat watery, spice, toasted nuts, some brown sugar, aftertaste is dry and bitter.

overall i like this beer and tend to grab it when it is available, also good to cook with.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice 2 finger head that forms immediately and sticks pretty well. Not a big aroma but about what you would expect from an English Nut Brown. A bit of smoke, some nutty maltiness and a kiss of English hops. Smoke and nuttiness roll out first on the tounge. Plenty of malt sweetness all over. Not as much chocolate flavors that its American cousins have, but some very faint hints in a malty kind of way. Some apple tartness and a slight bite of subtle English hopiness on the finish. A bit more viscous than I was expecting for the style, but in a good way. A little more carbonation than I would like takes a little away from the mouthfeel though. I have had better nut browns, but this one is up there, especially as far as taste goes.

Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a squatty tan head. Nutty and malty aroma with some toasted malt and bread. Lighter than expected mouthfeel. Roasted malt, hazelnuts, pecans, and coffee in the taste. The crystal malt is detectable in the back. Pretty good, but I'm not really a brown ale fan.

Photo of eagles22
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: not really impressed with the color...like a light redddish color but with a nice white head that clings to the glass

Smell: almonds and also like a fat tire for some reason..its a nice complexity

Taste: for a brown ale that is very nice...its also very light but complexed...very nutty and also malts and the end...

Mouthfeel: man this is wonderful...light but not too light ...its very good beer

Drinkability: all night

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a cloudy two inch head. Good head retention with some lacing.

Has a dark chocolate smell to it, nutty, roasted malts, toffe like

A hint of roasted malts up front, hint of sweet dark chocolate.

Smooth, medium body, light carbonation, not enough flavor, kinda watery

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

A - brown, head dies quickly

S - nuttiness, roasted malts, some chocolate

TM - nuttiness, nice balance with the hops but nothing over powering. creamy, smooth, medium body, nothing much non carbonation

D - normal ABV, plus highly drinkable , all asma smith is good stuff. goodness all around.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A brown / dark amber color. When initially poured, a pretty sizable head remained, eventually dwindling down to a few centimeters. The head that remained was thick and left lacing around the glass.

Smell: The most obvious smell is the nuttiness; combined with a sweetness and a subtle roasted malt aroma in the background.

Taste: The slightly sweet nuttiness permeates each sip, but is not overpowering. There is a striking balance of yeast and hops that provides almost perfect consistency throughout the sip. It leaves almost no aftertaste, just a simple, slight walnut taste. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: There is an almost creamy smoothness to this beer. Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation. I feel as if there is a walnut oil residue coating my tongue after the first sip.

Drinkability: The consistency of the taste really makes this an easy one to drink. The light ABV and slightly sweet taste also add to the ease.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark amber with a dirty tan head with dark reddish hue swirls leaving a good lacing.

S: a dark roasted character, some sweet chocolate and nuttiness.

T: The flavor was a dry roasted character with some dark chocolate and nuttiness (hazelnut), though was not balanced well leaving a.coarse flavor with bitter finish.

M: extremely smooth with a creamy, milky texture and was lightly carbonated.

D: Drinkability was light, not as robust as I hoped for but an easy enjoyable drink to down.

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Brown in color with small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing on glass.
S - Toffee, caramel,light aroma of roasted nuts.
T - Slightly malty at first, with notes of caramel, nuts, raisins, followed by well balanced hops on the finish.
M - Medium. Somewhat crisp. Perfectly carbonated.
D - I'm already a big fan of British ales, especially the ones made by Samuel Smith. This is absolutely delicious and very drinkable.

Photo of rjimlad
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep tea colour with rich beige head that lasts. Bready aroma like a dark toasted rye. Flavour is just like oats and rye with walnut character. Good length and a balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel on the watery side but a drinkable drop. Not sessionable for me as it's a bit like overeating walnuts. I think I'll revisit this beer when I've got some appropriate food to match as I think it will hold up much better than alone.

Photo of Vendetta
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Disappointed at the nose of the beer, I was hoping for a nice nutty aroma to get me into the beer. A good amount of beige colored head on the pour that is absolutely delicious. It is a bit watery, as others have said, but aside from that the flavor is really good. Heavy, nutty flavor that gets stronger as the beer warms a bit- in the future I will let this brew warm a bit before drinking it. Roasted, nutty flavor finishes well and stays for a bit. Enjoyable brew that is easy to drink.

Photo of ecoastman
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - This beer goes down very well for a style that I personally don't usually consider for a session beer. I could definitely have another.

Appearance - dark clear reddish-brown, good carbonation and good head retention.

Smell - mildly nutty and with caramel.

Taste - even better than the smell. Malty, a good balance in flavour with low bitterness, a sweet start and a dry finish. Almost something buttery or a cream like taste in the background... Seems brewed to fit the style. As with most good medium to strong beers, it gets better as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - glides on the palate with a medium body. Refreshing watery feel with a smooth finish since the carbonation is lightly balanced.

Photo of BierFan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: A clear reddish brown body with a sizeable light tan head that leaves good lacing as it slides down the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet smooth and rich.

Taste: I believe this is the first nut brown ale that I've had that actually has a nutty taste to it. For that alone I give it high praise. Also it's not overly sweet like some brown ales tend to be.

Photo of ljbrisson
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear brown into a weizen glass (why? because I felt like it) with a finger-width off-white head that eventually faded to a thin film, leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and a little chewy, low-medium carbonation. Taste is caramel, vanilla, walnuts, figs, hint of chocolate, no bitterness to speak of. Different from American brown ales in that the taste seems much milder and subdued. Overall this is a great beer and one of the best in its style that I've had.

Photo of mullenite
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in a appearance with a 2 finger foamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Poured from a bottle in to a shaped pint.

Smell is nutty, sweet, and a little woody and that follows through in the taste. Subtle, yet noticeable nut flavors, dark bitterness that is not quite coffee but coming close to it. Wonderful on the palate from start to finish.

Nice carbonation leads to a clean mouth feel and finish. There is a lingering bitter taste that sticks around but is pleasant.

All around very drinkable beer, much butter than I was expecting but I will have to get more of these.

Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a fluffy 1 finger head over a beautiful clear brown/copper color. Light lace is present.

S- Nice nutty aromas, butterscotch, caramel, high end rum notes. This makes me smile.

T- Starts out a nice light dry chocolate, some nutty notes, light caramel, and some light dry hoppiness on the clean finish.

M- Low carbonation works well. Nice body for a low ABV.

D- This is a damn fine cult classic. It's very sessionable, but at the price, you really can't. (At least, I cannot.) I will definitely have again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/5/08. Bottle. Pours a clear brown/amber color with a small sized white head. Aroma of light fruits (pear, apple). Taste of more light fruits, maybe some walnuts. A good chill beer.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Photo of eweneek83
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one pours iced tea brown with a small tan head... quickly dissipates.

Smell - Smell's exactly like all other samuel smith's beers, sans oatmeal stout. smeels more like a smokey porter than a brown ale.

taste- I'm very let down by this brown ale. I expected it to be great. A bit of a brown ale taste, but it goes away. I'm tasty alot of their taddyporter still. so-so.

mouthfeel- average, good carbonation, a decent aftertaste... but thats about it.

drinkability - average, I could have a couple if there were nothing left, I wouldn't spend money on this again though.

I expected more from Samuel Smith's... tsk tsk.... you can't make the beer 5 times and name it something different each time.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,378 ratings.