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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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Ratings: 3,421
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 193
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature into pint glass. pours a nice clear brown chestnut like color with some nice off white to almost tan colored head. good retention and some decent lacing.
not a huge aroma in the nose. some nuttiness, caramel perhaps some butteriness as well as some what of a metallic aroma.
i very much so enjoyed the tast of this beer though. lots of nutty maltiness all around, caramel, nice hop bitterness towards the finish, then leaves a lingering nutty flavor. slightly buttery and metallic, but that usually comes with most brown ales.
nice medium body to the beer. good carbonation, has a little bit of a bite to it. and a very drinkable, sessionable beer, as are most from samuel smith. i would recommend this to any beer drinker.

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

Appearance wise, it certainly lives up to it's nut brown name. I was not expecting the carbonation which made it go down like a malty nutty sweet soda. I imagine the carbonation had to do with it feeling so thin on the tongue.

However, the rest of this brew's characteristics made up for it. I liked the smoked nutty malty flavor of the beer, and on a hot day, one could definitely enjoy a few of these.

The malty and lightly bitter aftertaste was pleasant.

So far I have never been let down by Samuel Smith's offerings.

This one is recommended.

Photo of mikeal1917
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On St. Patrick's Day, I headed over to this specialty bar to celebrate the day, and decided to try this Nut Brown Ale.

Appearance: Dark Red color with hardly any head at all during and post pour.

Smell: Nutty smell is overpowers everything else, a sweet fruit-like smell was also there

Taste: Definitely a high grade beer. Bitterness was accentuated by the nutty, sweet flavor. Reminded me of a faygo flavor almost

Mouthfeel: my least favorite characteristic. Almost a carbonated feel to the beer, which made it go down tolerably rough

Drinkability: The price tag as well as the carbonated feel makes this a beer that one could have once in awhile, and in small to medium quantities.

Photo of tigg924
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: iced tea brown, clear, big head, medium carbonation

Smell: faint aromas of nut and malt

Taste: toffee, malts, cream, and nut on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium body, dry--alternating between bitter and sweet for the finish

Drinkability: A very good nut brown, but not my favorite--sorry. Not as sweet as a lot of nut browns I have had..The aftertaste is amazing...I could easily drink a six of this

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous chestnut brown, mahoganey ale, with a tan head about two fingers to start and settled to a solid ring and large-bubble cloudy film atop the beer. Medium carbonation. Smell of english toffee, toasty malts. Taste is toffee, caramel, bitter, malt, chewy pumpernickel loaf, really quite pleasant. With air, the interplay between the sharp bitter notes and the toasty malts play off eachother very effectively, making this a most interesting and pleasurable beverage with sufficient complexity to entertain your tastebuds. Aftertaste also quite nice. All around, this is a great example of a classice style done very well and well worth revisiting.

Photo of bsend
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color was a medium to dark brown that looked gorgeous in the glass. It had a small 1 finger head that made the beer even more appealing.

The beer smelled fresh, and nutty (mixed nuts). Overall very pleasant and mild in odor.

The taste is incredible. A delicious nut brown ale that is light, and veyr clean. A different variety of nutty flavors compliment the brew. The last sip tastes as good as the first.

The mouthfeel is soft as silk. The light carbonation beautifully plays on the tongue. As previously mentioned, the light feeling leaves your mouth refreshed.

This beer is very drinkable. The delicious texture, lightness, and complex flavors all work towards a wonderful beer drinking experience. Easy to sit down and have one or the entire four pack.

Final Thoughts - Samuel Smith is authentic, and the Nut Brown Ale works on a variety of levels. The taste is top notch, and an example for all other nut browns. A little on the pricey side for a four pack, but worth every penny. Enjoy!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear reddish brown with a great off-white head and good lacing. Tons of bubbles in this one.

Smell is a bit on the light side. Sweet caramel malt is there, but you have to really hunt for it.

Caramel and sweet toasted grain, some candied elements, as well as a buttery note. Very smooth and refreshing flavors.

Carbonation dances on the tongue, an almost acidic bite.

This one went down super-easy. Very thirst quenching but not overdone in the sweetness department. Well balanced, and very workable on its own or with a meal. Hadn't had this one in many years. Glad I grabbed a bottle.

Photo of rwrk42
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Pours dark brown, reddish color with a nice beige colored head
Smell: Not strong, faint sweet nutty smell
Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Sweet malty flavor with a hint of butterscotch. Finishes with a slight bitterness
Overall an excellent brown ale, the best brown ale I have had to date. Highly recommended

Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 550ml bottle in late November from BevMo for $2.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with an outstanding off white long lasting head. Nose initially was hop flower out of the bottle with a hint of bread as it warms. Taste is a hint of dark fruits, nuts, toasted grains, blending perfectly with a slight hint of euro hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy for the style. Overall drinkability is near perfect. I have to say this in the best ENB I can recall having!

Photo of nycwinter
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Golden red. Very little head and lacing.
S: Not very complex, but pleasant.
T: Just as the name states...nutty. No surprizes. It has a nice buttery-sweet-tangy aftertaste.
M: Light-to-medium feel. Carbonation isn't too overbearing. Let it breathe a little.
O: Easy to drink, and one of the finer beers that are easy to come by.

Photo of pants678
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass from one of the 22oz bottles last night. Head was fairly light. Translucent amber, brown coloring.

I'm not sure if it's my smeller or the brew, but I could get next to nothing in terms of scent from this. The little I could garnish seemed typical for a brown ale, nothing new or worth noting.

Tasted good, though. Walnut, peanut, things of this nature. Also had a hint of butterscotch on the end. However, it really just left me thinking about how much more I'd get out of the tap.

Medium body and, honestly, a tinge much carbonation in this one. Even then, very smooth. I'd go back to this one, better than Newcastle or bottled Brooklyn.

Photo of BeerB4Water
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass on a cold February night...

A: Poured a dark brown that eventually settled into a vintage dark red with very little carbonation.

S: A sweet smell of butterscotch. Tough to pinpoint exactly...but definitely a yeasty aroma.

T: My first word was "WOW"...creamy, nutty, bready, everything you would want out of a brown ale. Each sip gets better. It also leaves a slight bitterness in the aftertaste reminding you that this is truly an ale, and not a hokey alternative.

M: Delightful. Really enhances the flavors. Smooth and medium- bodied.

D: Not a session beer but not many brown ales are. I am a big brown ale fan, and this one is certainly towards the top.

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

550mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Medium dark brown color. Very clear. Two fingers of thick, creamy head with good retention and moderate lacing.

3.5 S: Aroma is very pronounced. However, there is a very nice nuttiness to it as well as thick caramelly cloying sugar and breadiness.

4.0 T: As a disclaimer, I am more attuned to the flavors of American Brown Ales. However, this is a damn good English one. Good balance between hops and malts is what I noticed first. A bit of hop bitterness to go along with bready malts. Along this line, a lot of brown ales go overboard on the breadiness, but this one does not. Caramel and toffee malt flavors back up the bread.

3.5 M: Medium body, but a little lighter than I'd like, though it is rather creamy. I like to chew on my brown ales. Good carbonation.

4.0 D: Tweak the mouthfeel a bit and this could be a superb brew. As it is, it's pretty good anyway.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my sturdy mug.

A: Came out clear and deep reddish-brown. Slightly off-white head retained and laced nicely.

S: Warm and toasty malt aromas dominate. Some hints of toffee and caramel. Slight fruity character as well.

T: Nice and well-rounded flavors. Malt character is slightly sweet and toasty. Good earth hop notes bring some excellent balance. I also picked up an interesting fruity twang. A warm bread theme seems to tie it all together. Very nice indeed.

M: Sturdy medium body and carbonated just enough to prevent the brew from getting too heavy or sluggish. Nice toasty aftertaste, which lingers a while.

D: Goes down nice and easy. I could drink this all night and be quite content.

This came in a three-pack of Sam Smith brews, and it was the one I was most hesitant to try. My skepticism was all for naught, however, as the brew lived up to the hype. I might just make this a regular in my fridge. Definitely a must-try, especially if you prefer good English ales.

Photo of Fnord
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown and slightly transparent when held to the light. Medium-sized off-white head that recedes to thin lacing on top of the liquid.

Smell - Lots of malts: bread, walnuts, coffee, vanilla. A small whiff of floral hops.

Taste - Much like it smells, except with some added chocolate and toasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink, but I feel compelled to go slow anyway, in order to savor the complexities.

Notes- Loaded with complex malty goodness, this is probably my favorite brown.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful clear garnet color. Head is a pale tan and compliments the reddish brown of the beer, but doesn't have much retention. There is some mild lacing down the glass. Only reason this isn't getting a 5 is because the head is lackluster. The beer itself is beautiful.

S - Smells richly of hazelnut and malts. There's a faint hop bite in there somewhere.

T/M - Clean but rich. The nuttiness comes in as an afterthought behind a very well balanced malt/hop combo. Feels like you'd love any beer that's not motor oil to feel. Doesn't leave an unpleasant stickiness in your mouth, very clean. As the beer warms the nuttiness becomes much much more apparant. Tastes like drinking a walnut.

D- Goes down very easily. Could drink this all night.

Photo of SickBrew
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours, well, brown with a solid and persistent tan head. Nose is mild, slightly sour as well as malty. Taste is a bit complex, with some definite astringency and tartness, although not to much. The maltyness is well balanced with the other mildly roasty and caramel flavors and when drinking this beer, you definitely get a different flavor in the beginning middle and end. The body is a supportive medium with a light carbonation. I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer and might try brewing my own version.


Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful dark amber color with creamy foam head. Not alot of lacing, but the head stays around awhile.

S- Smells strongly of malty and nutty hops.

T- Tastes rich and malty with hints of hazelnut and caramel. Almost chewy with a bit of buttery hops.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Probably wouldn't make a great session beer but I don't think that is the intention. Definitely worth getting again. One of the best beers in this genre.

Photo of TehAnkh
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass and allowed to warm slightly. (I had some head room left. So what? Wanna fight about it?)

A: Poured a gorgeous, clear amber/walnut color. Lots of little soda-like carbonation bubbles clinging to the whole inside of the glass. About 1 finger of tan head that recedes slowly, but does eventually go away completely. Large, foamy bubbles, and a little lacing. Pretty :-).

S: Smells very malty, there's a faint nutty aroma but nothing that stands out too much. It has a faint tinny/metallic aroma and a very light grassy hop character. Nothing offensive, but nothing to write home about either.

T: Plenty of caramel malt, walnuts/hazlenuts and a nice mild hop character in there. Not too much malt, nor too little. Not too much hop, nor too little. This is balanced to heck with very subtle flavors. Nothing stands out too strongly, but at the same time everything stands hand in hand. It does, however, feel like it's lacking a certain sweetness that I've come to expect in nut brown ales.

M: Smooth and crisp with a very delicate hop bitterness, extremely effervescent and bubbly but not overwhelmingly so. The only disappointment is that the finish seems muted somehow. After the swallow, you feel like something is going to linger and take you somewhere, then it dulls out in the middle. It's hard to describe.

D: Damned refreshing, and not too heavy on the alcohol content for all the balance it provides. All the flavors in here are extremely subtle and it just never really grows old on you. This is an extremely sessionable beer. It drinks like it ought to, and leaves you feeling pretty good about the next one.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml Bottle. A nice clear ruby/brown color with a two finger tan head. Aroma of toasted nutty grain and caramel with a touch of fruit im guessing from the yeast.Flavor is malty,grainy and nutty up front then you get this little fruit flavor that leads to a spicy,slightly bitter hop finish. Thin body,soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Very nice

Photo of DannyS
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel-style tulip glass, poured from a bottle

A - A nice full brown color. Not black like a stout, but still dark. Thin yet resilient head.

S - Slightly musty, but otherwise a satisfying nutty, hoppy aroma.

T - Substantial yet fleeting bitterness. Nutty and complex with a surprising sweet butter aftertaste. A joy to taste.

M - Dense yet smooth with an almost creamy carbonation.

D - There's no alcohol content written on the label, so I have to go by feel alone. I could probably drink one or two of these and get a nice little buzz, especially while eating some good brats or meat pie.

I'm currently venturing into the world of home brewing (in the hopes of learning enough to open my own microbrewery some day) and the first beer I made was a Nut Brown Ale. This seems like a great benchmark for my homebrew. Will have to compare once my brew's done bottle conditioning. I recommend this one.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish mahogany brown hue with brilliant clarity. Looks burnished, shiny and good. Head is a fine film of yellow-white bubbles, that dissipate a little, but leave extraordinarily good lacing. Looks very nice indeed.

A nice dusty grain character on the nose, a lightly roasted sweetness, with an underlying taint of greenness, possibly some crushed leaves. Molasses, roasted almonds. Even something a bit darker, like roasted capsicum. Quite nice. Pleasant, with some interesting characters.

Amazingly smooth on the palate, with a truly delicious, long lingering dryness. Initial nutty sweetness smooths on to a long dark sugar character, which then dries to a grain biscuity flavour - thoroughly delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick - one of the best bottled mouthfeel's I've ever seen. The flavour is just rich, smooth and delicious.

A very pleasant, extremely drinkable brew, full of character, and quite delicious.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have very mixed feelings approaching this brew again. For one, when I first came of legal drinking age, this was the first brown ale that I enjoyed. And for me, that really means something when it comes to this underappreciated style. 'Brown'. Certainly doesn't sound appealing as a descriptive adjective. Sounds more like an adjective appropriate for describing feces! Oh how its name has doomed it to neglect! Oh how its glorious balance of flavors has determined itself to be forgotten in place of the dominant american IPA! Somehow I find the best of these ales unbelievably delicious and drinkable. And with a bit of trepidation I cautiously proceed onwards to my review...
Appearance: Compared to good ole Newkie, this beer really shines. It has nearly the exact same hue (light brown/amber, wholly transparent), but it generated and maintained head much better than its paradigm. There was also some moderate lacing on the glass. Took quite a while to dissipate.
Smell: Caramel/toffee sweetness, and buttery aroma (diacetyl no doubt). The light diacetyl is not unwelcome to me: I invite it with open arms to the care of my olfactory senses.
Taste: The key to this beer is balance. Where Newkie brown fails, this beer succeeds. The flavor opens up with some very mild bitterness, balanced between the hops and the light roastiness of the chocolate malt. Also some mild fruitiness from the esters. Here, the bitterness of both elements lingers more and balances the light toffee and nutty flavors.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with some fairly mild carbonation appropriate to the style. This is what I think of when I think of 'brown'! If the mouthfeel is not perfection then it's damn near close to it!
Drinkability: As I've written before, the key to browns is balance. Here the sum is greater than all the parts. The result is a very drinkable northern brown ale: not too hoppy, not to sweet. Not too nutty, not too thick. Just right. Yeah.

Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown with very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Nice clarity too. Big pillowy tan head has exemplary retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: The cherry fruitiness I've come to expect from Samuel Smith's beers hit me right away. The overall aroma is sweet, with a nice dosage of toffee and caramel. Scents of grass and cloves keep the sweetness in check.

T: Very toasty and nutty right out of the gate. Toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate provide a nice sweetness. Hops come on with a lemon snap that gives the beer a tart finish. Balance leans toward the sweet side. The dry nuttiness holds things together nicely.

M: Medium-light body feels a little chalky. Carbonation could stand to be a touch lower. The weakest part of the beer for me.

D: Low ABV, plus mild flavors make this an amazing drinking beer. The slightly sweet leaning flavor is a nice shift from the hop bombs I've had lately. A really great beer and my benchmark for this style.

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

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a clear copperish brown, with a two finger off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet from crystal malts but is complimented by a nutty undertone. There's also a slight floral hop presence that adds a bit of complexity.

The taste is sweet caramel malts to start followed by a pretty strong nuttiness. That is met by a mild flavor of hops that come across as floral and earthy, with a mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and quite creamy. I could drink this all night long, if it was cheaper.

I had this once before and was unimpressed. My taste buds might have been off then or I had heavier stuff before drinking it, but this time it's my first of the night. Great brown ale.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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