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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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3,318 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,318
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 169
Gots: 258 | 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 malcontent
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ruddy brown body show a classic English pedigree. Rich, thick two fingers of head with stellar retention. The definition of an English Brown.

I wonder if it's the S.Smith house yeast that I find unsavory in the aroma department; slightly acrid, vaguely fruity scent. No hopscent at all with honey-ish malt and a hint of wet cardboard. God, I hope this isn't oxidized.

Nope, it's not. Somewhat sour at first and then a slow but solid build-up from tart to nutty (hazelnuts) into roast-y. Long roasted finish lingers well after the beer has left my mouth. Strangely enough, hop bitterness is detectable, a little weird (but welcome) for the style.

A standard-bearer for the style, low in carbonation and eminently smooth. Something to make a night of.

malcontent, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a very nice amber brown with a small frothy tan head that didn't last for long. The aroma is VERY sweet and buttery. The caramel and malt aroma is very enjoyable. The flavor is similar but with a prominent nutty flavor that is absent in most nut browns.
There is a nice bitterness to the brew that balances out the malt perfectly. The feel is slightly tingly and crisp from the carbonation. It leaves the mouth a tad dry.

kbnooshay, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of drperm
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic among classics. This is the stuff of which (English) legends are made. Unassuming, the opposite of brash, reliable, trustworthy, good for the long haul, friendly, cheerful, and agreeable with an array of foods.

Essentially, this beer is akin to how the English would like to think of themselves as a people.

It definitely has that peculiar Yorkshire-water minerality -- which, as Garrett Oliver (and others) will tell you, is highly prized by the local beer aficionados. After all, Tadcaster sits atop a limestone-rich water table. It's a bit weird, but I can see why. It lends a certain mineral-water refreshingness to the brew, to be sure.

A lovely copper-brown color with the trademark elusively thin English head. The nose is slight, but the careful taster will be patient with it and be rewarded with rich caramel, roasted malt, hay, and subdued yet holding-their-own hops. On the tongue, the mineral quality shows up, along with a nice ale-style fruitiness (not too strong) and pleasant malt roundness. The palate is dry, crisp, and the paragon of refreshing. One could, even at 5% ABV, drink it all night.

drperm, May 24, 2008
Photo of apratsunrthd
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with nice creamy head. Beautiful lacing.

S - Roasted nutty goodness. Not a hint of medicinal alcohol.

T - Wow. This really is THE BEST brown ale. Nutty perfection. No single flavor is overpowering.

M - Perfect --buttery with perfect carbonation.

D - If I had the cash to pay $12 a 4-pack, I could drink it nonstop until the last nail is in my coffin.

apratsunrthd, May 24, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber brown, pouring a 2 finger brown head, which receded. Ample lacing. I really appreciated the appearance, one of the better rich colors for a brown ale.

S: Lots going on here; coffee, nuts, cocoa and caramel. Lots of deep roasted malt smell.

T: Great combination of flavors. Coffee, caramel, espresso, cocoa and some toffee. Blended well, sweet but not too overpowering.

M: Extremely smooth feel. Good lasting flavor in the mouth, no bitter after taste. Very creamy.

D: Maybe not a session beer, but a beer that I could have more than one in a sitting. Very flavorful. One of the better English Brown Ales.

IronCitySteve, May 19, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into my lady pilsner.

A: Nice medium brown color. MIminal amount of white head with some lacing. Looks very thin when held up to the light.

S: As the name suggests a like nutty/earthy smell with tons of malt.

T: Probably one of the best examples of the style. The best thing that can be said about this beer is it is complex while tasting like nothing. The malt is there and there is a nice hop finish. There is a very slight hint of coffee in there as well.

M: Medium body. Nothing really good or bad.

D: Really great on tap. One of the better session beers out there. Make me want to ask the question who is the best PM ever. My answer? Lord Palmer.

aerozeppl, May 19, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice solid clear brown. Looks a little on the thin side. small off-white head that dissipates to a small cap o' head.

S- Nutty and tea-like

T- Nutty and tea-like. Light hop finish

M- Thin bodied. Very low carbonation.

D- A phenomenal example of the style though its hard to tell from my review. Extraordinarily drinkable. You could sit in the pub and drink 70 of these in a sitting.

Avryle, May 19, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear reddish-brown body with a finger of off-white rocky foam that retains at a fat ring and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is fruity and nutty with a whiff of coffee.

Taste is nutty, crisply malty and dry with a hint of fresh-cut grass and a lightly roasted coffee note that lingers on the palate.

Soft and slick in the mouth. Slightly buttery with a nice tingle of carbonation and a clean finish.

cvstrickland, May 18, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml very dark brown bottle.

Pours a dark deep reddish brown color. Good head to start, but doesn't stick around long and very nice lacing.

Aroma has a nice sweetness to it with malts and nutty smells, almonds or walnut. There is also a very faint barely detectable aroma similar to dark chocolate. Some buttery aromas as well, lots of stuff going on here.

Has a very nice taste to it. Roasted malts with hop bitterness on the finish. Some nice nut flavors in there too, with a caramel sweetness. It has a smooth mouthfeel, feels well balanced. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a very good brew. Very nice aromas, nice balanced taste. I would recommend this to anyone.

NHGrafx, May 17, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 17, 2008 after purchasing at one of the local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a beautiful translucent reddish-brown colour with a huge rocky head that slowly dissipated. The aroma was caramel malt, and some hops. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, slightly creamy, and slightly bitter. The flavour was similar to dark, powdered cocoa, with a little hoppishness.

cyrenaica, May 13, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Tranquil reddish brown... Reminds me a fresh brewed iced tea (this is a good thing)...Little to no head... Nicely lines the glass...

S - Sweet malt... Caramel... Sweet Butter... Fresh baked bread...

T - Malt, nuts, coffee, spice combine for a smooth smoky brew...

M - Elegant and smooth... Medium bodied... Solid taste throughout...

D - An excellent beer... Something I now plan on keeping around in my basement on an ongoing basis... Possibly the most aromatic beer I've ever smelled...

philbe311, May 11, 2008
Photo of AZTEX
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer tonight. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Appearance = nice reddish brown color with a good thick foamy head.

Smell = it had a strong, but not overpowering malty aroma. I did not notice a nutty aroma as many report; but then again, my allergies have been bad.

Taste = great tasting and very drinkable. Left a rich, malty, almost sweet taste on my mouth.

Mouthfeel = medium body.

Drinkability = very drinkable and refreshing on a cool spring night.

This is a very good imported English brown ale. I will definitely drink it again. I would love to try it on tap.

AZTEX, May 07, 2008
Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery brown color with frothy tan head that almost completely disappears within a couple of minutes. Nice yeasty malty aroma. Taste is complex with bitter flint and nuts battling with sweet malts. Aftertaste fairly acerbic. Goes down quite easy.

dhd1491, May 06, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful deep amber, looks great in a nonic glass. Small bubbles everywhere. Head is 2 to 3 fingers. Fluffy, but fades a little fast. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Fresh malty/buttery, with a touch of nutty spice.

Taste - Firm malt, with small complex mixes of tanginess, earthy spice, and walnut. A decent hop bitterness brings it all together on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full and hearty. Higher carbonation works well.

Drinkability - So easy going and delicious.

Yet another first rate beer from Samuel Smiths. Leagues above other brown ales such as Newcastle.

rkinsella, May 05, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:
poured from a bottle into a Dokel
C: Brownish red, minimal head nearly no lacing
S: malty banana, fairly nutty
T: tastes completely different than it smells, good balance of hop and malt though.
M: finishes bitter, a little to carbonated for me.
D: Style in mind I still didn't think anything special of this beer, I could finish the one I had then go to something else.

naterock, May 03, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Delirum snifter.

A-Pours a very deep brown with a light gold to it as well with very little head or lace.
S-Very fragrant smells of rosted malt and bannana very complex.
T-Tastes much like it smells the nuttyness of the beer comes through much more in the taste than it does in the smell.
M-Very smooth with very little carbonation goes down very easy
D-Not really something i would drink on a regular basis but for those who really like the brown ales might be something to look into.

SpecialK088, May 03, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a deep, dark amber with a washing of brown hues. The crown is 1" deep and rather sticky, dissipation is moderate.

There is mild chocolate and almonds in the malt, a bit roastie and also some nice, subtle herbal, earthy hop is detected. The aroma is pretty bold for the style.

a classic Brown ale flavor, with the malt showing off a subtle chocolate flavor enhanced by a peanut and almonds, subtle peanutbutter with a slight bitter, earthy hop that pops out near the end. The malt in this one is very complex for this style.

The feel is medium bodied, crisp to start and rather smooth in the middle, finishing rather clean. Just right.

This is the "high water mark" for Brown ale's, a true classic of it's kind!

GratefulBeerGuy, May 02, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review. 550mL bottle, 5.00% abv. Love the pint-sized bottle. Purchased at a Kingston, ON LCBO. SB14D1 on the bottle neck. Fridge temp; better let this one warm up. Poured into a wine glass.

Clear russet brown. A decent slightly offwhite head that descends, leaving lots of lace.

Buttery, caramel nose. Some organic hoppy leafiness. Appropriately, a bit acetic. Nuts, cake mix. Vanilla oakiness. A little hot. Not bad.

Nutty, brown sugary palate. A little vinegar, mirroring the nose. Toasty. Very balanced, bitterness from roastedness and hops. Mouthfeel is fine, a little too aggressive for my taste.

Simple but good.

Antilochus, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/copper color with a sturdy little head that is fed by some intense carbonation. Smells of nice nutty malts (almonds, pecans) and that signature Sam Smith toffee/butterscotch scent. Delightful. Silky mouthfeel, likes to slide around the mouth. Light toffe and butterscotch initially that turns into that nice nuttiness I smelled earlier. Finish dwells on the nuts (Ha!) and is quite good. A superb session beer. A must in the fridge.

timbro81, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly one of the best nut browns I have had to date! Served chilled in a pint glass. Produced a lucid red brown color with lots of little tiny bubbles. Nose gave an aroma of sweet, nutty almond and walnut notes. Taste is smooth as butter with hints of nutty flavor and very well balanced with the hops. A great ale to enjoy after dinner or just about any time.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a deep, rich brown, quite transparent. Three finger head falls to 1/4 inch and then recedes to a persistent white cap. Significant lacing.

S - Predominant aroma of nuts, roasted nuts, praline, and even butterscotch. Some fruit lingers with dark malts.

T - Begins with upfront hazelnut flavor and perhaps brown sugar, but quickly gives way to red grapes, prunes, dates, and raisins. The bitterness kicks in and a woody, dry finish lingers for a couple of minutes.

M - Slick, with maybe a tad too much carbonation for my tastes.

D - The bitterness is what would most deter me from knocking back three or four of these. Snacks or a meal might be a good way to beat this, but in general I prefer less bitter beers for sessioning. Otherwise it strikes a good balance between flavor and heaviness, and if not for the bitterness would make a great session beer.

I've had this beer before and didn't really enjoy it, though each time it grew on me and for the first time tonight I actually liked it in more ways than not. Sammy Smith has always made bitter beers, but the depth of flavor is worth the endurance. Surely a beer I will revisit from time to time.

PatrickJR, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of irish53b
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, color is a dark auburn, the head is about a finger thick and doesn't last long.

The initial smell is of baked raisin bread mixed with spices, and it finishes with a citrus note.

The taste is exceptional. The beer has a citrus tang to match the smell, balanced with a coffee sweetness for balance. It is effervescent and has a dry finish.

Mouth feel is medium, plenty of carbonation, with a resin like feel to finish.

This beer is dangerously drinkable. The taste and mouthfeel are superb and it would complement a starchy meal like pasta.

irish53b, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of boralyl
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark caramel color with about a 1 finger head. It's dark but still see through. The head is a a tan color and there is only a little lacing.

A caramel malt aroma with a hint of nuttiness

Has a smooth, lightly carbonated feel.

Has a malty taste in the front followed by nuts, then a dry finish. Midly bitter at the end.

One of the better nut brown ale's I have tried. It is very smooth and refreshing drink. I would deffinetly drink this again.

boralyl, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, garnet-hued body with a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Decently aromatic toasted malt aroma that certainly is nutty with light traces of hops.

Taste: Smooth toasted maltiness with some roasted nuts and a light caramelly sweetness. Spicy hops with a light bitterness. The sweet tries to rebound, but ultimately the mild bitterness wins out on the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, easily drinkable English Brown.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a dark, transparent red-brown. Cream coloured pillowy head, finger width thick. Laces coat nicely.

A rich caramel sweetness on the nose. Doesn't completely hide some bittering hops. Roasted nuts.

Quite a bit of carbonation gives it a bit of an edge. A pecan sweetness and an almond dryness. Little bit of bitterness in the end with a long, dry finish.

Was alot better once it had flattened a little bit, carbonation killed the flavours at first. Love to have it on cask.

CanuckRover, Apr 11, 2008
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,318 ratings.