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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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3,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,020
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 142
Gots: 147 | FT: 2
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.

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Photo of tavernjef


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn with a coppery overlay. Medium, quickly residing, light tannish foam. Skirts a skim on top once residing has stopped. Thin sheeting lace with some broken/torn areas across it.

Lightly dry, nutty, roasted grainyness. A bit of earthy metallic notes are prevalent at first, it fades leaving the lightly dry nuttyness.

Taste is moderately mild and minimized, short lived front and middle areas, light husky grains take the mainstay as some mild toffee dryness and nuttyness creep around the corners and then wrap fully around into the finish. A nice finish really helped this out as it has some subtle dashings of herbal hops, wood, earthy metallics, and a light woodsy dryness.

Feel is a bit on the lighter side of medium, if not all together a tad empty; seemingly watery, light carbonation, but still has a nice little grab to it to get you through the flavors and into the finish.

Perhaps a fresher sample would favor a better offering. Not bad though. Finish did it for me; somewhat. This was a slightly above average Brown. It has some interesting characteristics that do bring to mind the more English style, which this most certainly is.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 01:13:23 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Mitchel


4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale pours a dark red, brown with lots of off-white head. It leaves lots of lacing which sticks to the glass for a long while. Mmmmm…it smells like caramel, no, better! Butterscotch! It has a great creamy aroma with layers of nutty breads.

Tastes like roasted malts and toffee. It has lots of veiled tones like chocolate, coffee and butter. It is a moderately dry beer that finishes almost like hazelnut. The carbonation is a little higher than what I like, but it isn't overpowering at all.

I think that this is the cookie cutter for nut brown ales. This is the one. Other breweries base their beers on this one. If you aren’t sure what a nut brown should be, give this a go and don’t be surprised if you fall in love. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 07:20:48 | More by Mitchel
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby brown, off-white head, leaves a nice lace.

S: Bready, caramel, slightly fruity.

T: Bready, caramel malt with a little raisin/prune, and a hint of chocolate flavour. Nice bittersweet balance, maybe a little sweet up front, with a slightly bitter aftertaste from the roasty malts & hop bitterness. No hop flavour. Roasty, but not overly nutty. A little walnut flavour in the aftertaste (more as it warms to room temperature). Smooth, very well-rounded, no burnt flavours.

M: Body is a little heavier than moderate (certainly heavy for its strength). A little syrupy. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps a little higher than average.

D: Very drinkable. Moderately full body & carbonation would prohibit the consumption of multiple gallons.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 01:30:58 | More by Derek
Photo of masikon


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bronzish color which has ruby delicate ruby tones in the light. head is high and lasts with sticky lacing everywhere. Taste is oh so nice, hitting the mouth with a surprising and delightful milkiness which is uncommon in a beer that looks like this one. Taste is spot on for the style, smooth, rich, and full of complex flavor components ranging from strong cinnamon type spices to malty butterscotch and definitely nuts as the beer warms up. I definitely reccomend trying this a bit warmer than normal because it really allows the depth of the flavors to be on display. Probably a bit rich to sit and make a night of this beer but the first one goes down so fast that you'll have to drink at least one (or five) more. A fantastic example of the syle, a superior brew as is expected from this brewery which almost never seems to miss the mark.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 04:05:15 | More by masikon
Photo of kosmoraios


3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Appearance was good, deep brown with some red highlights and a nice foamy head with a few minutes of staying power. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Hazelnut, maple syrup, malt, perhaps a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg? Taste is a bit syrupy, with definite nuttyness. I would say mostly hazelnut or chestnut. Some dark spices floating on top of a yeasty undercurrent. A bit lighter than one would think in the mouth - somewhat over-carbonated, maybe because it was on-tap. I could have one of these, but it's not something I would like to drink several of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2005 17:15:55 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of pmatz2


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle I;ve tried from the Samuel Smith gift pack.

Nice lacing

There is very strong roasted smell with a slight alcohol smell. Just right

Flavor has the right mix of toasted malt and hops with the right amount of bitterness. Finishes smooth with a very pleasent after taste.

Goes down easy, a little to easy ;-) I like this much better than all the other nut brown ales I've tried. I'm actually pissed that I split the bottle with my wife. This is probably the best beer I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 03:46:05 | More by pmatz2
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in the Samuel Smith gift pack. It's my first try of the Nut Brown. Pours a heck of lot like the Amber Bock I just dumped down the drain. I have much higher hopes for this one...

A rich deep brown, transparent, with an inch head that settles down in my 22oz pilsner. Some lacing but nothing to call your uncle about. Or even your mom.

Smells: Carmel, malt, hops, kind of a rich roasted scent.

First taste isn't terribly impressive, seems kind of a muted flavor. Better let it warm a bit...

(five minutes pass)

Another taste. Ahh, much nicer. Lots more complex this time around. Malt, hops, a crisp, bitter hearty mouthfeel and a nice malt finish. Something in the taste reminds me of.... sounds weird, but, a Sam Adams Cream Stout. Huh.

Mouthfeel is rich and with a pleasant aftertaste. This beer is more filling than I would have guessed. Not my favorite style at all, but certainly not a bad brew. If you like Newcastle, try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 03:51:10 | More by kkipple
Photo of kuykendall


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

This is my first reveiw of a beer. All and All I have to say it tastes much like most brown ales. The flavor is smooth and it is drinkable, but so are all brown ales. I gave it an average rateing because nothing deffertiates this beer from the others I've tried ( although until recently my experience has been whofully limited). I can honestly I don't yet understand all the terms that most of you use, but it looks a dark brown amber in the glass. It smells like it tastes. Its bitter when it first touches the tongue, and then becomes smother the longer it's held there. As for drinkability I would choose this before some but after some. Please bare with my reveiws, as I am new to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 22:07:26 | More by kuykendall
Photo of LPorter33


3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Holiday gift box, purchased from Martignetti's

Appearance = Deep,dark brown with minimal head and decent lacing.

Smell = Sweet, malty grains and not much else. Fairly average smell for this style.

Taste = Nothing really unique about this. Just reminds me of a typical brown ale. There's a bit more alcohol present in the taste which provides a little more complexity but other than that it's nothing special

Overall = This is above average but nothing really to talk about. Reminds me of many other brown ales and doesn't have enough to push it above the pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 07:09:36 | More by LPorter33
Photo of MaGno


3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance : Nice bottle with gold foil top. Poured into a pint glass a nice brown to walnut color. A thick 1" head of fairly large bubbles dissipated quickly to just a small lace. There were small tight bubbles of carbonation present in the upper half of the glass but not many rising from the bottom.

Smells: Nice aromatic beer. Balance of roasted malts and hops with a spicy nutty smell. Very earthy.

Taste: Light smooth beginning with a dry hoppy finish. Small traces of chocolate at the finish. Not as nutty or spicy as the color makes it look. The taste was average but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated to a flat dry finish. Left my mouth dry and craving something to quench my thirst with.

Drinkability: If someone offered me this beer I would not refuse. Its a nice nutty earthy beer but the beautiful color raises your expectations only to dissapoint with an average taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 03:31:14 | More by MaGno
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Pretty mahogany color, dark-red orange with a shade of deep plum. Overall, reminds me of autumn leaves. The head is less attractive: big, volatile bubbles that coalesce into a lumpy, off-white cloud, similar to stucco.

Smell: A whole lot of caramel.

Taste: More caramel, with a nice hoppy bitterness that didn't come through in the nose. In a way, it's more like an amber ale than a typical brown ale. Finished with a rush of walnut, followed by a long, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Although the bubbles are on the large side, the beer is fairly creamy.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but sits pretty heavy in your stomach. For something that fills me up like this, I would have preferred it to be a bit more flavorful.

Edit: This is absolutely divine with gruyere.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 06:07:47 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of Gaben


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel smith's nut brown , has to be one of the best beers in the world. I would describe the color being amazing brown/red ale with much advantages because of how this was brewed, [ I do recall every type of sam smith's are brewed in stone/on stone]

This would effect the taste and how it pours. Always does pours great , does not have much to any head and with some bubbles at the end of each bottle. The stone effect would also awsomely increase the flavor and tastes as well, for as samuel smith's but brown does still remain One of the best's!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 21:03:15 | More by Gaben
Photo of sopor


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

Brilliant clear amber-brown with a small creamy tan head that looks to be sticking around for a while. Smells of caramel and nuts and bread.

Sweet caramel malts followed by very nutty flavors with a hint of roast malt and light hop bittering. Very tasty combination of all of the "lighter" malt flavors. MOderately light body with enough carbonation to keep the cream head a little less than a centimeter thick all the way through the pint.

Not a session brew, but a very good and malty brown ale that I would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 16:45:13 | More by sopor
Photo of ColoradoBobs


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

At the bar in the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO. When I ordered this, I thought I was getting it on tap (for $8!), and was a bit disappointed when the guy brought a bottle and glass.
Decent looking brew, with a nice head that lasted. Smell of roasted malt and nuts, hint of carmel.

Malty sweetish front with a dry finish, not too bitter.

Fairly creamy smooth mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, but for $8, I felt a bit disappointed to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 05:02:57 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of BigRedN


3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the 550 ml clear bottle into a pint glass a medium brown, redddish brown when held to the light. Unusually big, off white, head, nearly two inches. Lingers for a while before falling to a thick covering. Left only spotty lace.

Smell: Mostly malt, sweet, not roasted. Some caramel aroma. Also some skunky scent when the bottle is sniffed. I didn't really notice it once it is poured into the glass, I guess it is less concentrated. Overall, a rather lackluster scent.

Taste: Mostly malt, rather sweet. Caramel flavor is present, somwhat nutty. Very little bitterness to this. I'm feeling rather let down, maybe I expected too much, its just really mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, with some carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure its easy drinking, but I'm just not thrilled by it. While I would not hesitate to have the Oatmeal Stout, this one I will not rush out to get again. Somewhat disappointed by it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 03:58:23 | More by BigRedN
Photo of LordChesterfield


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells light, aley and deliscious. Almost nutty. Very enticing. The head is tightly and loosely bubbled at the same time with an off-white hue and it lasts quite a while. The flavor is light with sweet malt and light but present hopping. Somewhat of a nutty aftertaste that begs you take another sip. Not an overly complex flavor, but quality. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 02:01:31 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of palma

New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second review.
Not as good as I remember this time around.
Decent head. Not as fluffy or creamy looking like last time.
Caramel, nuts and maple syrup stand out in the aroma.
Mouthfeel seems overcarbonated. Not the creamy smooth mouthfeel I remember. Not as drinkable this time around either. A little harsh going down. And a little tangy flavor that is not very enticing. Dont know what happened. Maybe a little oxidation? Light struck? Where's the bottle date mr Samuel Smith? And what the hell is with the clear bottles! Get a clue!
You need to get this beer fresh. Not sure how one can determine that though.
Still, a good beer even on it's worst days.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 05:20:27 | More by palma
Photo of bahumutx


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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish Brown in appearance with about a one finger head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: The first smell that hits my nose is hop bitterness that is followed up by some sort of sweetness.

Taste: Starts with somewhat of a bitterness that moves to a nice roasted malt flavor then turn sweets and ends with a nice walnut taste. There are also hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 00:05:04 | More by bahumutx
Photo of rowew


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

Presentation: Clear 550 ml bottle with foil around the neck. No date visible.

Apearance: Poured into a large dimpled mug. Poured with a good sized head, and a dark reddish brown color. Nice retention.

Aroma: Roasted malt and a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Lots of toffee and caramel, with some roasted flavor too. Very rich without being overwhelming.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable brew - very distinctive from other nut browns I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 23:56:27 | More by rowew
Photo of Dukeofearl


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

Tasted this on cask at Cittie of York in london recently, but did not take sufficient notes to be able to review. So here goes from bottle from the comfort of my home. Pours a pretty medium brown with red highlights, and a nice off-white full head.

Aroma- at first distinct English hops jump into my nose. Somewaht sharp. After a few minutes settling in the glass, the hops are joined by a semi-sweet pleasant maltiness, making for a nice overall aroma.

Flavor first is hops. But wait, this may be too cold to get the proper profile. Let's wait a few minutes. Because there is a nice, weak coffee-like malt, with some breadiness, which is overlain by a definite hop sharpness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is very nice, full and easy to drink. Hoppiness reduces overall drinkability a bit for me (although I know not everyone will agree).

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 02:26:50 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is the epitome of what a good Nut Brown Ale should be. Poured out to a brown color with a nice 1/3 inch head. No lacing in the glass. Medium-low carbonation. Aromas of roasted nuts, grain, toasted malt and molassas. Taste was similar to the aroma, with a few unexpected flavors. Complexity is abound; flavors of nuts, hops, mild malts and a touch of butterscotch sweetness. Great aftertaste of bitterness and sweetness. Mouthfeel was good, but couldn've been a bit thicker. Nonetheless very nice all around. High drinkability. I will be seeing more of this beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 00:16:01 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of radshoesbro


4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml clear bottle with gold foil on top. no freshness date to be seen.

a - dark brown. when held up lets in light to turn to a dark caramel color. reminds me of coke.

s - malts with slight alcohol on nose.

t - mildly hoppy with a very good hazelnut coffee like roasted malt finish. the aftertaste is almost as interesting as when it's in your mouth. you can taste the alcohol, but can also taste a bit more hops.

m - medium bodied feel with a finish that is to die for!

d - excellent! this is what good beer should taste like! complexity on the palate with a strong (but not overpowering) finish. i could drink this all day and all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 03:43:18 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with nice carbonation, small head, a little bit of lacing afterwards from a clear bottle. Scents of malt, sweet caramel. Nice taste sweet, malty, and nutty. Medium body with a dry finish. At 5% ABV would make a good session brew. The clear bottle throws me off.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 02:05:26 | More by Wasatch
Photo of bighoppymonster


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep ruby red colour. An average offwhite head quickly settles and laces the glass like a champ all the way down. Smells of sweet maltiness with caramel and faint traces of coffee. Tastes like heaven. Sweet and creamy maltiness up front is gorgeously followed by a clean and dry finish. Absolute luxurious mouthfeel. Smooth as a baby's ass and smooth as all hell. I could drink this one all day, every day. The best Nut Brown money can buy, and as far as I am concerned one of the best brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 01:57:00 | More by bighoppymonster
Photo of jettjon


3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(No head as poured at bar) I can tell this is going to be a redundant review, for poured from the tap, is pretty similar to from the bottle. Dark brown body with a tan head. Toasted malt nose. Flavor is sophisticated; toasted malt and hops with good bitterness. Mouth is watery, leading to good drinkability. There’s a nice bitter finish. A good bitter ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2005 22:40:49 | More by jettjon
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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