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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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3,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
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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 dismal
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I've been wanting to try for a while but for some reason kept putting it off. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass it pours a brown, really nice dark red color with a nice big off white color head. The nice big head goes down fairly quickly but leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet, a little nutty, a hint of caramel, a pretty nice aroma overall. Really smooth and creamy, taste is sweet and the nut taste is apparent. No bitterness at all, really easy to drink. Another great beer from Samuel Smith.

Photo of travisishigh
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this because I love Newcastle and see that this has near the highest rating in Newcy Brown's category. My first review, here goes:

20 oz bottle poured into a frosty mug..

A: Deep red/brown color, nearly opaque, nice creamy head that settles at a nice pace and leaves little lacing.

S: Subtle nutty smell, not overpowering at all, just smells like nutty water.

T: Awesome. Nutty-sweet coffee is the thing that comes to my mind with every drink.

M: Light in the mouth, not overly carbonated but not flat at all either.

D: I think I found a new favorite. This beer is great, goes down easy and just gets better as my mug gets emptier. It's pretty straight up, there's not too much going on here but what is going on is great.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.

A-Deep garnet brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Moderate tan head that settles rapidly.

S-Sweet malts with a nutty aroma and a slightly sour grain background. Classic English brown aroma.

T-Slightly sweet roasted nutty malts cross the palate first, then an ever so slight sour midrange followed by a dry, slightly astringent finish with a mild hop tang.

M-On the lighter side, with moderate carbonation. Decent overall.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, and one that I would probably not tire of if I had to do more than one back to back. It is decent and solid, if a tad bit boring. It is, however, very refreshing and sessionable and given its wide availability, one of the consistantly decent English browns out there.

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

Nut Brown Ale pours an attractive blend of garnet and stained wood brown. It's clear and allows a great deal of light to penetrate. It's topped with a light tan head that stands a couple of fingers tall. Retention was a little short and lacing was light all the way.

The nose is pretty impressive. Sweet praline is readily apparent from the first whiff and smells delicious. Brown sugar works extremely well with the enticing nutty aroma. There's enough malt here to satisfy, but it doesn't smell strong. Perhaps it's just a little lost in the mix. Yeast and bread are prominent throughout. This is a nice smelling beer overall. It's not deep, complex, or complicated. But it certainly smells good and does the job.

The flavor's very consistent with the nose. Its brown sugary sweet and malty up front. Again, it doesn't have a ton of malt flavor, but there's easily enough to give it a solid base. A nice praline or nutty flavor works its way in and gives it a distinct character and impressive flavor. It's a little more restrained here than I expected. The nose really worked up the expectations. It's not disappointing by any means, just not as strong. Yeast and bread emerge and take up a bulk of the flavor toward the end. If there's alcohol in here, I'd be surprised. I'm not picking any up. There's even a little hop buzziness that creeps in and kicks it up a notch. I like it. The nutty flavor reappears toward the end. Finishes sweet. Again, nothing deep or complicated. But, it's very well-rounded and satisfying.

Its body is light and smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn't negate any smoothness. It's surprisingly smooth for such a light bodied beer. Drinkability is very high. There's a hell of a lot to like here. Lots of flavor, it goes down smooth, and the abv is only 5%. I could roll with this all night.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a classic. It's been a while since I've had it and I'm just as impressed today as I was the first time I had it. It's very straight forward and simple. If you're looking for a complex, deep beer, move along. But, if you're in the market for a session beer with a simple yet delicious flavor, this fits the bill. The score probably isn't reflective of actually how good it is. I was close to awarding a '4.5' for score, but it's just not quite deep enough. If only I could award tenths of points. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he? If you haven't picked this up by now, well, there's no time like the present.

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

Beautiful clear light brown color, light tan head.

Fruity english ale aromas, and some nutty malt smells

Taste is great. Again fruity english esters, nuttiness of course, and a surprisingly clean finish. no serious hop flavors, maybe a bit earthy. Very simple but extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, very refreshing. Can't think of a better fall beer. It's not watery at all, but definitely not chewy or cloying.

Drinkability is perhaps the best part of this beer, such a simple delicious flavor, with a clean finish and lasting nuttiness. Nothing is overpowering, great balance. Excellent meal pairing with fall flavors.

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69. I was surprised a little by my review, but tasted alongside American browns it must seem lighter. I want to review again for comparison.

A - a light tan head crowns the ale w/ medium redish brown body. A slightly hazed appearance w/ slow streams of bubbles rising. Good lace patterns form on the tumbler.

S - Like a mild red grape fruitines in the aroma w/ a subtle prune scent and woody hop fragrance. The yeast gives off mild citrus hints

M - Slightly acidic, light fruitiness and crisp feel w/ med body and mild nutty texture w/ subtle roasty finish.

T - Taste is mildly vinous w/ dark fruit and biscuit/bran taste. There is an almost almond flavor w/ gentle brown sugar tinge and the mailt is taken over by the yeasts fruit. The hops are light and mild w/ dark red apple skin taste.

D - A taste that deserves praise for it has unique elements and does not dissapoint, w/ lasting flavor from the yeast and caramel malts.

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

A: Clear mahogany brown with a small head that settles into a cracked lacework.

S: Great caramel malts with hints of chocolate and butterscotch. Nutty with faint grassy notes.

T: Fantastic taste of caramel, butterscotch, plenty of nutty flavors and some grainy notes. Slightly buttery backbone. The finish is medium bitter with some faint grassy hops, hints of herbs and lingering nutty aromas.

M: Medium body, kind of creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This beer is just oh so delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable almost beyond belief. At 5% ABV it ought to be conceived of as one of the best session beers around, at least in my book.

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

I love the gold foil over the bottle caps. stay classy.

this one poured with a finger and a half head which laced oh so slightly. deep amber brown see through coloration.

scents of caramel malt, yeasts and toasted grain.

the flavor has a presence of caramel, woodsy malt. this is accompainied by a slight hop flavor in the middle. balanced, if not explosive.

watered down a bit, smooth though on the feel.

a good, solid one here. nothing mind blowing but a good offering and enough flavor to be respectable.

Photo of Jablonski
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear copper color with a decent sized head and average lacing. The smell is very rich. I immediately thought of soy sauce (probably too strong) when I was pouring it into the glass. I can also smell some honey, caramel, and butter. The nut taste comes out in the aftertaste of this beer, and before then its a good sweetness. Carbonation and thickness is solid on this beer. This is a very refreshing beer to drink.

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

An old friend which I've never reviewed. Pours a nice slightly reddish brown with a medium height creamy head. Nice typical dry British malt and yeast with a touch of nuttiness and perhaps copper in the nose. Smooth and earthy in the taste department with a creamy finish and a light dry roastiness that indeed tastes a bit nutty. Delicious and straightforward. A touch of residual sweetness in the finish, but moderately dry overall. Spot on for the style, and much less hoppy and than American versions, but there are some gentle earthy hops there. Smooth and creamy, slightly nutty in the mouth. Overall a pleasure to drink.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me just say this looked gorgeous in my glass, a deep brown, color with a nice tan-colored inch and a half head.

It smells like sunday morning, but to be more presise, the malts smell toasty, and a lot like maple syrup, and raisins and possible other dark fruit.

More liquid goodness on the tongue, lots of sweet malts, more raisin, tastes almost exactly what it smells like, the hops are earthy and just enough to make this beer incredibly balanced, i am not a huge nut brown guy, but this beer just might convert me. smooth and delicious!

Photo of originalsin
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour on Sammy Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a deep deep chestnut. The head and head retention are ok. Very well carbonated... The nose is very nutty with notes of butterscotch and caramel. It's so much crisper and medium bodied than I initially expected. What a pleasant surprise. It comes on really strong and smooth and then finishes brilliantly with caramel malt and butterscotch.
Really just an excellent nut-brown ale.

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

550 ml bottle.

Clear chestnut color with a one-inch beige head that retains as a full cap. Didn't lace much.

I expected more nuttiness than there is, but it's there. Caramel and crystal malt, maybe? Some white grape aroma seems out of place.

Flavor is more nutty. Walnut-like. Definite caramel flavor. Finishes with a mildly spicy English hop finish. Good balance between malty, hoppy and yeasty flavors. Some heat to it going down, oddly. Well-water gives a mineraly character that shows in all this brewery's beers.

Pretty lively. Medium-light body.

I don't know, maybe this isn't fresh. I'll re-review if I have a more impressive tasting later. Otherwise this is a pretty expensive bottle of a so-so style. It's easy to drink, certainly. But I remember liking this much more. Having a hard time finding much to say about it.

Edit: Later revisited, and didn't substantially change my mind. Added a few comments.

Photo of JonMich13
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Pours dark copper brown with 1.5 finger off white head. Lite lacing

S = What a delicious and hearty smell. Caramel, butter, nuts, brown sugar, soy sauce. This just screams indulgence.

T = Taste mirrors smell for the most part. Bold caramel and buttery malts. Rich nuts throughout. Some slight hop bitterness, just enough to keep the bold malts from being overbearing. Has a dry metallic sense toward the end. Nut aftertaste lingers.

M = Excellent mouthfeel. Not as thick and chewy as the nose and taste would lead you to expect. Just right. Finishes a little dry and metallic.

D = Hugely drinkable. The easy finish, coupled with the deliciousness and low ABV make this a serious sessioner.

Overall, an exceptional brew.

Photo of Coorskid33
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried under recommendation of my wife to be... :o)

A~ Nice thick head. 1.5''. Brownish and Amber in color & clean looking.

Smell~ Like a good beer meal. Hops with mocha/caramel. Similar to a porter in this regard.

T~ Smooth. Taste kinda skipped my tongue and hit my throat. Nice carb level with ability to bring flavorful aftertaste. Complex, the more I sip, the more my pallet wanders.

MF~ Great, best part of the brew really. Let this one sit in your mouth and flavor release all over the place.

Drink~ Very drinkable & very good. A heavy but clean and crisp ale. Could and probably will have a few of these. Good beer.

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

Overall a great nut brown. Tasted this with the girlfriend as her first real review.

Good head retention, clarity and a smell she described as honey, and I thought went towards crystal malt.

Tasted a lot more bitter than I thought it would which the more I have of it the more I like in a brown. Probably my first english brown as I am more used to the sweeter Americans, I would be interested in trying more english style browns now.

Overall a good beer, perhaps a bit overpriced but good.

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

55cL bottle. Pours burnt copper with reddish tinges and a fluffy tan head. Crystal clear. Aromas of toasty malts, nuts (surprise!), and a bit of cocoa. Metallic notes in the background. Tastes of sweet, dark roasted malts, a bit of diacetyl, and a certain earthiness. The roasted malts become astringent on the finish. Medium body with high carbonation that actually detracts from it.

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

If someone asks me "what's the prototypical ale?" I'd pick Sam Smith's Brown. English brown ale is such a staple beer, so smooth, balanced and refreshing. This one in particular is nearly perfect. Pours a beautiful clear walnut with a substantial white head that never fully recedes. It smells of clean, roasty malt and just a bit of continental hops. Taste is a perfect balance of sweet, nutty and buttery with a pleasantly bitter finish. Good drinking. If I had to pick just one session beer forever, I'd be happy with Nut Brown.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites....

A=Nice Orangy, Amber brown slightly cloudy with good head and retention

S=Nutty maltiness

T=very balanced and yet flavorful, malty with a nutty finish

M=nice light carbonation and only slight aftertaste

D=very drinkable and quite sessionable, I could easily enjoy a six pack of these no problem.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A transparent dark brown with a few inches of white head. Smell is faint, but I 'd describe it as brown sugar and ground nuts.

This has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel.. at least compared to what I was expecting. Again.. sweet brown sugar is the dominant flavor. There's only a very slight bitterness at the back end. It is very smooth with barely a hint of alcohol. Qualifies as sessionable.

Not really overly interesting or complex, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of marcobrau
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A mahogany colored brown ale; definitely on the light end of the color spectrum for brown ale. Remarkably clear for an English ale. Either no bottle-conditioning here or a very flocculent yeast. Very complex aroma with lots of musty leather, coffee and a nutty character. The flavor is complex, too, with echoes of the nuttiness (I'm thinking hazelnut and Brazil nuts.), a bit of coffee with cream, an earthy-oakiness and maybe a touch of marzipan. The finish is tawny with a rustic bitterness mixed with the full body. I seems to remember this coming across drier and not as full. Very, very smooth though and still quite a classic.

Photo of steelerguy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mahogany in color, two finger tan white head which fades to covering on top. Crystal clear lots of carbonation for a English Brown Ale.

S - Dark crystal malt, more complex than just "nutty". Has some dark fruit smells on the noise.

T - Toasted malt, fresh bread, slightly sweet with hints of caramel.

M - A little thin with a slight carbonic bite.

D - Clean, crisp, and drinkable.

Overall, a very good beer. Looks great, especially the brightness. Brown ales can sometimes be boring but though this tasted and smelled better than a traditional English Brown Ale. Could use some more body and some less carbonation, perhaps served at cellar temperature it would have been better. Could drink a few without complaint.

Photo of Gish
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice chestnut brown with a creamy head

S - smells of roasted malts

T - sweet breadiness, bits of hazelnut and toffee

M - a bit too carbonated, medium bodied

D - enjoyable and not too heavy, I could drink a few of these

Samuel Smith's never fails to disappoint, a fairly simple and enjoyable ale!

Photo of FallinDeck
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry/brown body with a nice big off white head. The nutty aroma caries a fruity hint with it. It has a nice light airy mouthfeel. Taste starts bitter fruity and finishes a smooth nutty finish. The fruit taste almost reminds me of a grape wine.

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

Deep and clear brownish amber with a lid of short, fizzy, light dusty sand coloring.

Big maple-nut sweetness in the nose, herbal hops as well.

Flavor has good balance. Maple sweet, nutty, bitter cocoa/burnt toasty bitterness, herbal hops. Medium bodied, solid smooth and creamy feel.

I'm sure it's all been said before. Not the biggest fan of brown ale's but their is nothing to complain about here. Good stuff.

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