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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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3,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,257
Reviews: 1,388
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 166
Gots: 246 | 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 albern
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is about as good as it gets for a brown ale. This beer has so much going for it that it truly is a classic and deserves its reputation. The beer pours a nice frothy dark amber brown color with lots of light chocolaty creamy head and some carbonation. There is plenty of retention, but no real lacing, at least in my glass. The smell is not quite up to the level of expectation as the taste. The smell was quite nutty and quite alcoholy, almost a bourbon type smell. The beer tastes just great. You will get loads of complexity, nice walnut and almond flavors, some heavy fruits, some caramel, chocolate, coffee flavors, and some tinges of yeast. Overall, there is a smooth creaminess to this beer that makes the mouthfeel and drinkability first rate. Other than the smell, which isn't all that enticing, I can't think of too many other down sides. Well worth seeking out. I would go farther and say that it really is obligatory if you want to experience a genuine British style nut brown ale. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appears dark brown, not as dark as the oatmeal stout, obviously. maybe a two-finger offwhite head.

Smells nutty, maybe some chocolate. Molasses. Roasted, almost burnt hops.

Taste is semi-sweet, nutty.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, smooth.

This is a great beer. Another English classic. Great for the winter months.

MrIncognito, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice & bronze with reddish highlights, a foamy + slightly fizzy head.

S: Warm, nutty, buttery aromas. A clean and subtle smell... quite nice.

F: A delicious flavour... beautiful balance. Warm, subtle, and complex flavour much like the smell. Nut & butter. A little sweetness in there to top it off. This is an excellent tasting brown ale.

M + D: Rich, round... a good balance for its class. Not huge, certainly not light. Just about right, and that's a nice feel! With the decent full body, it's very nice to enjoy the subtle features and drink rather easily. Certainly room for another. I could potentially session this quite happily.

Proteus93, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first Samuel Smith's I ever tried, this is always a pleasure to revisit. Two full fingers of tannish head on this walnut brown body--just tremendous. Roasted caramel and brown sugar pour forth in the taste, with a mild hops aroma bringing up the rear. Ahhh, the taste, lots of caramel, sugary sweetness, nut dryness (almonds, I believe) that is great because it's there and not dominating the rest, a hint of fruit--way delicious. Fairly well carbonated, this flattens a little too quickly for me, but is easily rescued by its creamy smoothness. A genuine pleasure to enjoy, especially with a cigar on the patio. Highly recommended.

Gehrig, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of rking
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance; Beautiful Dark amber, very clear, poured with a nice tan head.

Smell: This bottle doesn't have to strong of a smell, smells somewhat nutty and roasted, but very faint.

Taste, Mouth feel: Very smooth finish but not too thick, taste not as strong in the nutty and caramel as I was hoping or expecting.

Overall: Not the beer that I was hoping or expecting, wish it was a little thicker.

rking, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale pours a lovely ruby-brown color with a generous tan head.

Smell is nutty, sweet, and roasty. The taste is a roasty, nutty, caramel affair - quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating with a bit of crispness to the finish and a nutty aftertaste. This is a very easy-drinking brown. It would make a pretty good sessioner.

slyke, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear 550mL Bottle
No Date
Purchased at Total Wine in Greensboro, NC.

Pours a medium to dark brown with a hint of golden caramel. Nice 2-3 finger creamy head.

Smell is roasted and nutty with a very slight hint of citrus.

Taste is nutty (like its name) with a nice sweetness. It finishes with a very nice bitterness which stays with you

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than what I had expected. Very smooth but not as creamy as I would have liked.

Drinkablility is fairly high due to it being lighter than many good quality ales. I would like to have another one but unfortunately I only purchased the single bottle.

Overall, I thought it was a solid beer but could have been a bit thicker in my opinion.

adam42381, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of pweis909
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear 550 mL bottle, no date. Bottle was stored unrefrigerated in full light in store. Always a concern.

Translucent garnet-brown in color, with tawny foam that persists for just about the right amount of time. Leaves laces on the glass. A joy to see.

Smell and taste are complex, with caramel, bready, toasty malts, evocative of nuttiness, with some fruitiness, and a earthy mineral finish. Hopped to balance sweetness, without strong aroma hop character.

Full mouthfeel, but not filling. Damn. My glass is empty.

pweis909, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Lukie
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with hints of orange highlight. A massive creamy and foamy head which looked remarkable. Looked fresh.

Lot's of nut, hazelnut, sweet pine, and sweet malt, almost caramel. Quite Roasty.

Smooth malt... smooth malt. Bready and lots of nut. Hazelnut is quite predominant in the aftertaste, with some hoppy pine. There are hints of sweet candy from the malt aswell.

Drinks incredibly smooth, with moderate mouthfeel. I was expecting something more heavy.

Lukie, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lovely hazel, with tinge of red. Appears thick as it pours. A three-finger frothy head diminishes, but leaves plenty of lacing to coat the glass.
S: Smells frickin delicious. Tons of caramel, nuts, malt and little bit of alcohol. I can't wait to taste it.
T: There's not enough in the flavor. The nut and caramel is there but it disappoints.
M: Mouthfeel is water, very thin-bodied.
O: Overall this beer is a thrill for the eyes and nose, but a slight disappointment to the mouth.

PaleAlien2, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of jspruit
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ironically enough I picked this 550mL beer up in Michigan and brought it back to Europe to enjoy.

Pours a nice amber brown and when held up to the light there are some light red hints coming through. Small 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that dissipates to a light foam that stays with the beer.

The aroma is very pleasant-sweet and nutty with hints of yeast/bread that give a pretty good idea of what the beer is going to taste like later.

Sweetness is the first thing about this beer and it is nice and pleasant, right on the edge of where you would want it to be I think. There are also some nutty flavors in the finish.

There is some light carbonation and overall the beer is very light-not really too complex so it goes down nice and smooth. I could drink another if I could get my hands on one.

I had heard good things about Samuel Smith's so the I was expecting something nice and it delivered, nothing spectacular, but very nice.

jspruit, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A brown color, that is still clear, with a dark head, medium sized, that soon melts.
The smell is nutty, dark, and sweet.
The taste is rich and flavorful. Notes of chocolate, pine, and carmel, but a little too rich.
MF is nice with multiple flavors, the tounge seeks candy to accent this beer.
Drinkability is a little better than average, but it is so rich and sweet, I reserve this as a dessert beer at a nice dinner.

mltobin, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of tkach
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber-brown with a frothy tan head that dissolved at a mediocre rate.

Smelled like toasted golden malty goodness. A rich scent not too fragrant while no where near bland.

Taste. They gave this beer a good name. It is in fact like a toasted nutty ale. I sensed a slight spicyness that offered a bit of zing as well.

Mouthfeel was alright, not what I usually look for, the zing kicked a bit too much for me with the carbonation. Very light afterwards and it still held the flavor so that was nice although somewhat common.

I thought this was pretty drinkable. My large bottle went down fast, it didn't seem to be something to want to savor too long and it went down easy with a nice rich flavor and clean finish.

tkach, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice clear chestnut brown, formed a good tight head with small bubbles, light lacing, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Smell of roasted nuts and caramel, very soothing and gets better as beer warms up.

T = Good tastes of chestnuts, slight hint of caramel and butterscotch, roasted grains. Primarily sweet and nutty through the front and middle of the tongue turning to a good bitter finish.

M = Light to medium bodied, good level of mouthcoating for the body, good carbonation but with just slightly too much sting on the tongue.

D = Highly drinkable. This is one of the better nut brown ales I've had. Really good just for a relaxing evening.

Traquairlover, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of littleshamrocks
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a medium brown with reddish tints when held up to the light. A reasonably hard pour produced a big, frothy, light tan head which was mostly lasting and left a wall of lacing on one side of the glass. The body of the beer is generally clear with some decent carbonation. The aroma is of moderately sweet toffee-like malts in the forefront, with nutty notes and a floral/perfumey hoppiness just below the surface. I pick up a little doughiness from the yeast as well. The taste is similar to the nose with the slightly sweet malts barely taking the lead over the floral/herbal hop flavors. This is reminiscent of an English mild ale with a more pronounced hop character. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a somewhat thin texture and some accommodating carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is an alright beer. The flavor is on the lighter side, which might make it highly drinkable for some, but for me, there is just not enough here to keep me coming back.

littleshamrocks, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of monkeybeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very nice reddish brown with a good thick tan head and nice lacing on the glass.

S- A rich malty smell mixed well with a hint of sweetness (chocolate and caramel) and also a hint of fruit.

T/M- A nice well balanced brown with traces of sweetness and roasted nuts. The mouth feel is very nice as the beer is not overly carbonated.

D- This is a very drinkable Nut Brown, I was sad that I only bought one at the store. I will defiantly get this one again and again.

monkeybeer, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, this is one nice looking beer. Very rich amber color with a fluffy tan head. Remnants stick to the glass as you drink the beer.

Smell was impressive, though not too strong. Has a sweet, almost sugary smell. I was surprised at how nutty the taste was. I thought it was just the name of the beer, but you can really taste it. It has a bit of a caramel taste as well.

Feels very smooth, but maybe a little thick. The thickness gives it a heavy feeling making it harder to drink, but overall doesn't effect the quality. This is a great beer.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered very slowly

S- Dark malts, nuts, brown sugar, caramel, grains, hint of dark fruits

T- Caramel malts, toasted nuts, brown sugar, creamy, slightly buttery, faint bitter hops at the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, fairly sweet, semi-oily finish

D- Great session beer or sipping beer

When I try to think of a good English Nut Brown Ale this is always the first one that comes to mind. Great auroma, great flavor,... great in every catagory. Also great head retention, it lasted as a thin layer of head throughout the whole pint.

iceball585, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burgandy, caramel color. Malty smell, thick, tan, lasting head. Deep roasted nutty and malty flavor, with some bitterness to balance it out. Very smooth. Nicely carbonated. Lasting roasted aftertaste, and easy to drink. This is a good brown ale overall.

JDV, Jan 07, 2008
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
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
90 out of 100 based on 3,257 ratings.