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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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3,420 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,420
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 193
Gots: 320 | FT: 1
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of BWH3
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky reddish-brown color that should be clear. Moderate light tan head with strong retention. Overall still and bold appearance.

S: Light, sweet malt aroma combined with a fresh fruity and floral hops. The malts have a gentle toffee and toasted nut quality. Light fruity esters present but not aggressive.

T: Gentle malt sweetness evenly balanced by the floral delicate hops flavor. Bitterness is mild and mineral like. The finish is slightly sweet but not sticky or prolonged

M: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Good head retention.

D: Exceptionally well balanced and drinkable English Brown. A must sample for all lovers of brown ales.

Photo of tconboy
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a dark amber brown with very little carbonation and a small head that fades to light film. Leaves good lacing as consumed. Smells of malt, nut, and light chocolate. This is a great tasting brew, the blend in malty, nutty, chocolate, and bready flavors are subtle yet combine in a nice way. This beer is very smooth and highly drinkable. Another fantastic product from this brewery.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.32/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/5/2006 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark brown, color, tan head, good-sized, diminishing. Malty, nutty aroma. Just malty but a good amount of aroma. Malty, bitter taste. Acidic & watery. A good session beer, but weak on flavor. Alcohol stands out w/bread & pasta.

Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top notch. Pours reddish brown but translucent - light carbination. Sweet smell of caramel, toffee, chocolate jumps from the glass. Smooth taste, with just a touch of hop bitters at the close - but otherwise a very clean finish. Very powerful sweet taste, but not overpowering - could definitely have a few. Don't mess around with the little bottles, upgrade to the 18.7 oz. bottle and you won't regret it.

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/18/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance- Carmelized brown in color with about a 1/2 inch head. Leaves some light spotty lace behind.

Smell- Toasted caramel malt, a bit of chocolate malt and a light nutty aroma.

Taste- Seems to have crossed over to almost an american version of a brown ale. Fairly hoppy, nice sugary caramel malt base with a hint of chocolate. Bready and lightly nutty as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to slightly higher carbonation level. Nice earthy sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- I guess this is the benchmark for me per style. Very good beer as always is the case with Samuel Smith.

Photo of Reaper16
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a nearly ruby shade of reddish brown. The head and lacing were unimpressive, but I'm positive that my not-thoroughly-rinsed glass had something to do with that.

Lots of bread and malt in the nose. The malts smell like they have a buttery creaminess to them. There is a touch of raisin on the back end, too.

Rich tasting malty goodness all over the tongue. A surprising amount of roasted malt quality, too, in addition to the creamy, sweet malts. A good deal of nutty flavor washes down on the finish, with just the slightest dark fruit touch.

I love the feel of this beer. Its silky and medium-bodied, which matches so well with the relatively creamy malts. This would be a beer that I would love to drink multiples sitting on some old barstool. A very good beer.

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

550mL bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Appearance is a deep ruby-amber body, translucent, with a chunky and rocky just-off-white head.

Nose has some bready notes, malt sweetness, and a bit of nuttiness. Soft and buttery, with a few dark fruit notes. Some complexity here, but you have to get your nose down into it to get a sense of what's going on.

Taste is a heavy dose of malts - buttery, nutty, mildly sweet caramel and toffee, just hints of roasted flavours, with just a bit of a twang just before the finish that's akin to dark fruit - tart and sweet. The finish is fairly long, dry, and very nutty.

Medium-bodied, smooth, almost creamy, with mild carbonation.

This beer's a quaffer for sure - easy going down and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish amber to brown in color, very light foam appears when pouring, hard to classify as a head per se, appears calm in the glass. Semi-sweet nose of cherry, raisin fruit, pecans, walnuts, fresh butter, mineral water, rumcake, unassumedly meanders inside your nostrils for some time. Medium-bodied, the fine carbonation suavely keeps the liquid moving in the mouth, at the same time diminishing some of the sweetness. That said, no lack of brown sugar, molasses, fresh mixed nuts, cherry, fig, raisin fruit. Not buttery, creamy, yeasty nor hoppy, just touches the bases quickly on the way to home plate. Spring water freshness. Well-bred classiness rather than profundity.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to walnut brown allowing a creamy white and tightly bubbled head to erupt from the body leaving just traces of lacing around the glass.

Caramel, toffee, malt and of course some nuttiness break free in the aroma, but you can actually smell the head and the lively carbonation if you look deep enough.

Similar to the aroma, the caramel and toffee are quite present, but there is also a sweet flavor of honey, walnut, and faint berries.

Medium in body and carbonation, but a very pleasant, and refreshing, this is a crisp ale.

Great drinkability, quite enjoyable, and a little bit of something across the board.

Photo of pablot71
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Has a dark yet transluscent brown color. Medium frothy head that leaves a few traces of lacing behind. Has a malty aroma that is not overwhelming. This easy maltiness continues with the taste with a a nice nutty background. The taste finishes with a bit of hops bitterness. A medium mouthfeel. Overall an easy beer to gulp down with plenty of character.

Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the LCBO.

Into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized beige head that looks pretty thick. No carbonation and the colour is a rust brown and very clear. The head slowly fades to a thin film and leaves a bit of lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Sweet malt, caramel and toffee sweetness. A bit of earthiness and nuttiness comes through as well. Gets better as it warms.

TASTE: Some sweet malt but not overpowering. A bit of caramel and toffee sweetness and some nuts in the background. A mild short nutty hop finish in the aftertaste is a welcome touch, but it not strong or persistent enough to make a real statement.

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation and goes down smooth with no bite. Finishes rather dry as well. Nice job here.

OVERALL: Another solid product from Sam Smith. A good beer that's definitely drinkable and sessionable, but is not something I'd write home about. I'll have another, but I probably won't remember it down the line.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A spectacular brew. Props to the guys at Samuel Smith's

Beautiful on the pour, just the right amount of head-between 1.5 and 2 inches. Delicious roasted grains on the nose, with obvious nutty characteristics represented. Same in the flavor, especially on the finish. Perfect balance between the malt and the moderate hop character. Wonderful, substantial mouthfeel, and the drinkability is of the charts.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Deep brown in appearance with some reddish tint. Frothy, thin, fine head. Very, very nutty sweet smell, which leads directly to the sweet, nutty taste. Very malty, not much bitterness at all. The sweetness gives way to the bitterness at the end, but by no means is it overpowering. It's got a crisp taste. Doesn't seem too linger too long, and it begs you to take another sip as soon as you swallow. This beer is deliciously smooth and drinkable.

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

A: Medium brown in color. Light carbonation pours into a 2 finger, ivory, frothy head. Slowly settles into a layer of foam on surface. Very light carbonation continues to rise throughout. No real lacing.

S: Sweet malt, hops. Walnut.

T: Hops are prominent, but not too sharp. Malt has hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Subtle sweetness, and nutty flavor.

M: Very nice. Has a light feel, although robust. Complex malt first, then chocolate, and a hoppy (but too hoppy) finish.

D: Great drinkability. Hearty and robust, but light in feel. Disappears too fast.

This is a really good brew. Fairly complex nose, complex flavor, really good feel, and a great finish. The biggest negative is I started drinking it, and somehow it was quickly gone. Great quaff.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (gold foil around the top) into a pint glass. Unsure of the freshness, although I saw employees unloading bundles of this, so I'm guessing it's pretty fresh.

Pours a dark brown, about a one finger head that's a dirty brown color. Very creamy and nice dish soap like lacing. On first sip it seems very sweet and creamy. Also seems to have a hint of chocolate in there. Medium bodied with maybe just a faint hint of hops right before you swallow. Finishes crisp and refreshing, I would love to drink many of these. It has a light carbonation and seems to have no sent of the alcohol in it, very smooth.

Overall a great brew, highly recommend it!

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown in color with a cashew colored head. What the head lacks in stature it makes up in retention. Dish soap like lacing.
Buttered toast and biscut aroma. Not as nutty smelling as I thought it would be.
The flavor is both complex and balanced. Biscut and caramel malts. A handful of mixed nuts. Brown sugar with a dry hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Smooth and creamy. The flavors coat the mouth well.
Nice beer to sit back and watch a game with. Good beer to pair with dinner.
I should drink more from the Old Tadcaster Brewery.

Photo of jazztoloc
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz. brown bottle with gold foil. No freshness date on the bottle. Poured on a pint glass.

A: Nice deep brown, copper and red. Creammy head with nice retention

S: Fruit and something that feels like a fresh sugar cane finish (anybody agree?).

T: I think that this is an amazing balance beteen sweet and bitter, but bitterness claims it's place on the beer. Nuts.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied. Light carbonation and alcohol hides itself in the complexity of the flavors.

D: This is a very a very drinkable beer, the bitterness might not be for everybody.

Photo of smedley
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,420 ratings.