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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,238 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 164
Gots: 241 | 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 51mmz0rz
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, medium red-brown body, massive beige head with good retention. Lacing is decent as well. Looks like a tasty brew.

S: Oder is malty, slightly nutty, but with a slight metallic tinge, which I am going to mostly ignore. I don't know whether it is the beer or my glass, but I'll give the beer the benefit of the doubt.

T: Tastes slightly sweet and nutty like the smell. The finish has almost no flavor, it almost feels like I was drinking water.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth.

D: Highly drinkable, probably because the beer finishes really clean (in my opinion too clean)

A drinkable beer, but not something to chase after I'd say.

51mmz0rz, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml brown bottle.

A- Nice orange-beige head and clear red/amber brown colour. Low bubbliness.

S- Nice malty aroma with noriceable caramel. Could be stronger though.

T- Mild. Not quite strong enough. Faint caramel with a balanced (so also mild) bitter hops finish. The finish is actually a very pleasant lingering bitterness. Touch of roasted flavour. The flavour comes out better as the beer warms.

MF- Too thin, but leaves the mouth feeling nice.

D- Very easy to drink. Has no real flaws or off notes but it could use a bit more punch.

JOaikido, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Stagi
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pretty much like it sounds, Nut Brown Ale.
It has a good smell, NUT would be the best way to describe it.
I liked the taste, it has you coming back for another sip, which I look for in a beer.. But I don't know if it's what it's cracked up to be.. It also seems to thin out more as it warms.
The mouthfeel is good, though not close to as thick as I thought or would like it to be.
This beer's easily drinkable, but it doesn't have you crawling back to the fridge for more as others do.

Stagi, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of MyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to agree with some of the reviews I've seen here. I tried this one after hearing that it was so amazing, and while it's not bad, I really wasn't terribly impressed. The name says it all: Nut Brown Ale. Visually, it's a bit dull- brown body with a tan head. Smell was actually quite nutty... Should this be a shocker? I'm not really sure. The mouthfeel was thin, although it could simply be my preference for a thicker beer that lead my to this conclusion. The taste was not bad at all, but nothing remarkable. Really, there is nothing wrong with this drink, but there is nothing amazing about it either.

MyGoodness, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this beer after hearing people rave about it and seeing it readily available at my local liquor store. Poured into a pint glass. It poured a dark brown color with a creal colored head that lasted most of the way through the drink. The smell was kind of nutty, with a strong malt scent. The overall taste was malty with a little nut aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is quite light and easy to drink. And the overall drinkability is quite favorable. I wouldn't call this my favorite brown ale, but It will be one I would like to go back to agian and agian.

KodyBrannon, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading the reviews and seeing this beer on the shelf every time I go to the liquor store, I thought I would give it a try. After trying it, I don't see what the big deal is. Smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all pretty average. Nothing really jumps out in the nose or the taste. The mouthfeel is pretty thin too.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed. It's not a bad beer but it's not great either. Just average, I guess. I don't think I'll buy this again.

jdubjacket, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle poured into nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear and dark brown and amber with a tanish head that fades into a ring after a bit. Not too much lacing and little bits of carbonation bubbling up from the sides of the glass.

S: The smell on this one is intense, the first scent smelled almost like wine and was full of dark and fermented fruits, then opened into a really sweet, toasty maybe even a bit smokey aromas that balance the fruityness in this one, really very inviting.

T/MF: Quite sweet and smooth with a bit of hops thrown in as well, but to be sure the malts are doing the work here. Tastes of brown sugar and caramel are present with bitter kick on the finish that leaves the tongue a bit dry but the aftertaste of nuts and toasted malts seem to dominate the finish. Really bready and fresh with the smallest hint of has a sourness lingering around a bit as well.

D: Have not had a brown ale in a while but I really like what is going on in this one, perhaps my favorite offering from this brewery. Not heavy or filling, just fresh and refreshing.

bluemoonswoon, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amberish brown with a big head that lasted a good while. lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is malty with hints of chocolate, nuts, coffee, little hint of alcohol.

Taste is malts, with a nice sweetness, carmel, nutty, kind of dry

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body.

Very high drinkability

crazybrody06, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml brown bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). ABV is 5.0%. Chestnut coloured beer, large and lasting off-white head. Moderate aroma of hazelnuts, malts, caramel and chocolate. Malty flavour, moderately sweet with plenty of caramel, nutty finish with moderate hops. Nice enough, definitely better than Newcastle "Broon", but not really outstanding.

Sigmund, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of mattster
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had trouble removing the foil around the cap - no big deal, but I didn't want to get any foil in my glass. Poured the 12oz bottle down the side of a pint glass. Very little head (less than 1/4") that clears up quickly. Light lacing on glass.

As expected from a "brown ale." The color was a nice mostly clear brown with very light haze. Not much of a smell, but pleasant none the less.Some nutty tones in the brew.

Taste is a nice nutty with slightly sweet notes. I think that if I'd have had it just a tad warmer these notes would really flow through.

Average beer mouthfeel with some bubble-play on palate. Nothing major. As this ale warms, i've noticed the nutty flavors really shine through.

This is a pretty smooth beer and I feel it would be a great ale for sitting around with friends. I wouldn't drink from bottle, def a pint glass beer. I'd recommend a pork tenderloin.

mattster, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Hemi
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear brown in color. Two finger head that quickly disappears. Small to medium amount of lacing.

S - Hard to catch the smell until glass is about half full. Sweet caramel and nutty malt notes.

T - Sweet with balancing bitterness. Nutty, caramel, and toffee flavors.

M - Medium heaviness.

D - Very drinkable.

Hemi, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, nut brown colored body with a small lacing. No significant head or anything ever made itself present.

S: Smells slightly alcoholic with hints of nuts.

T: A nice, malty taste with a slightly sweet, nut aftertaste. Nut tasted like maybe pecan.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied beer that was silky and easy to drink.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Tastes good and was not heavy to drink. Definitely a good beer.

maddogruss, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from Samuel Smith's. This is an excellent session beer. Light, crisp, good malt taste. Pours a clear brown color. Big light off-white head from a hard pour. The head fades down to a covering of the glass. Good lacing, not much aroma. The taste is good. Malts are predominant with just enough bitterness to ensure it don't wind up too sweet. The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the overall effect is a nice, crisp refreshing beer. Drinkability is excellent. This is a good all occasion beer - either with food or as a session beer. Very nice.

JayQue, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear mahogany-brown color with a dense, brown-tan head comprised of many fine bubbles. The smell is mostly of roasted malts, slightly smoky and a bit nutty. The taste is all malt with the only hops being for bitterness; no apparent flavor. Pretty on for an English Brown. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very gentle carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is worth trying for sure.

gmfessen, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear glass bottle @ 45F.

A: Light brown with a tan head of about 2 fingers when poured (very controllable) which diminishes to a nice lace after about 3 minutes.

S: Smells sweet with a hint of roasted malt. Nothing too impressive.

T: Very good. Nutty and roasted wood flavor. Slight aftertaste of alcohol, but not in the least overpowering.

M: Leaves the mouth feeling clean and crisp. Taste all but goes away after about 1 minute.

D: I could drink this all night. Goes down very smooth.

Sam Smith has done a fine job with this brew.

ralree, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich brown with a thin creamy head. Aroma is lightly sweet with roasted malts. Taste is caramel sweet with roasted malts, nutty and light chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation with a slightly burned aftertaste. Not my favorite brown, but worth a try.

Bookseeb, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Some 20 years ago, this beer was one of the few types of ale that the Swedish alcohol retailing monopoly Systembolaget had in their assortment (and I drank a lot of it). But then, when it became easier to import beer in 1994, it just disappeared, and is it still a pain to get it in Sweden.

The colour is deep brown with a tint of red. The two finger beige head is compact with a fine crater. Some lacing.

The smell is sweet and mildly roasted with lots of toffee/butter, yeast and apricots. Generous and inviting!

The taste got loads of diacetyl; butter, caramel and toffee. There are some sweetness, some nuts and a mild clean bitterness. Although the taste is potent, it is very balanced; the beer is highly drinkable. The aftertaste got fruity hops, some bitterness and a slowly growing sweet caramel flavour.

The carbonation is mild with some fresh small bubbles. The liquid is a bit creamy.

This is exactly what I want from English brown ale! But… Didn’t the bottle use to be clear?

bark, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. pours a clear, caramel-amber color with a large light tan head that dissiaptes quickly.

smell is of light roasted malts, namely caramel and chocolate. somewhat restrained, like most nut browns, but still could use a touch more boldness.

taste is malty up front, roasted caramel, with a nutty base that provides a great balance. no hops here, just a solid nut brown ale.

aftertaste is nutty and semi-dry, with a mildly sweet character.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a creamy texture.

drinkability is good. this isn't a thick or overpowering brew, but more restrained. it is smooth and mild, which is true to a good nut brown ale. the taste seems watered down at first, but the flavors show themselves and the complexity as the drinker familiarizes his/herself with it. a solid example of a nut brown ale.

botham, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Taipans
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Darker amber brown, 1 finger head, light lacing

S: Toffee with malty notes

T: Toffee with dry bitterness, some earthy and nutty flavors present

M: Fairly smooth with some residual feeling

D: Typical style brown ale, pretty drinkable

Not a huge fan of english browns, but I am trying to keep it from skewing my review. Overall from what I have had so far this one is very middle of the road.

Taipans, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of medium to dark brown , with an alright tan head - nose of , nutty , malts , sweet burned , dark cherries , and ginger – taste of nutty , sour dark cherries , and burn coffee - body is medium , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of slightly burnt , sour cherries , and malts

stephendr, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown pour with light tan head that didnt hang around for too long. Thin mouthfeel and not overly carbonated. Very flavorful-nut flavor is evident. Nut is also evident in the aroma with the slightest bit of hops. A very well-balanced and satisfying beer. Drinkability is good.

biggmike, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is good. There is not much of an aftertaste, and its not very complex. It is tasty, however, not overwhelming in hops or malts, but does provide a distinct taste. It is very drinkable, leaves you wanting another sip. I can not quite figure out exactly what I'm tasting in beer, but I'm not complaining. Its definitely an ale, no misleading there. I would recommend the beer for you.

andrewm190, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of jokelahoma
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a bottle at Old Chicago.

It pours a lovely ... wait for it ... nut brown color, absolutely crystal clear, with a decent, thick and lasting head.

The aroma is quite sweet and yes, nutty. There's hardly any hop in the nose, but the malt character is interesting enough to make up for this. Nice and fruity smelling, with that nuttiness creeping in.

The flavor also leans well to the sweet side, but with more bitterness than one might expect. While it's a sweet beer, it isn't overly so. It seems to be slightly bready, perhaps even a little toasty, and yes, some idea of nuttiness is here too. Maybe it can be described as a candied almond, or even praline to a degree? It's hard to nail down, as no two sips seem to bring the same flavors forward. For a smaller beer, it's rather complex on the tongue, yet subtly so. Very well done balance-wise.

The mouthfeel is damned near perfect, going just ever so slightly past light. There's enough substance to this to make it matter to your mouth, yet not so much that you have to work at drinking it.

I used to drink this often, then moved away from brown ales as my hophead nature came to the fore. If, as the brothers say, "brown is the new black", then this, in my opinion, is the standard bearer. Hands down, my favorite brown. T'ain't a cheap beer in many locales (I paid $5.99 for the single bottle ... or would have had the bartender not bought it for me for being willing to trade seats with a couple at a crowded bar) but it's well worth it.Seek it out and try it, especially if you're the least bit interested in browns.

jokelahoma, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle from Lou's in Augusta. More-or-less opaque brown bottle with a bit of chill haze and a half inch or so of light tan head. Smells roasty malty just the slightest hint of skunk. Roasty maltiness dominates the flavor as expected, with chocolate, caramel, and other malts playing major roles with just a hint of British hops. Creamy mouthfeel doesn't really hurt the drinkability. A pretty decent beer, and probably the best English brown I've had (apart from the hints of skunk).

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. In the nose, I got a sweet aroma with fruity hints. It the taste was somewhat white grape-ish sweetness with a dry nutty end. The aftertaste was a bit fruity and small stickiness. A smooth and easy to drink ale, quite sessionish.

OWSLEY069, Jul 29, 2007
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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