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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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3,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,488
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 202
Gots: 388 | FT: 2
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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 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.

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear, deep brown- orange beer with a magnificent creamy off-white head that has excellent retention.

S- Buttery English malt aromas at first, but some caramel, bread, smoke, and a distinct nuttiness are in there as well. Very clean smelling.

T- Buttery, with some caramel, nuttiness, and bread. Kind of sweet at first, but it grew on me.

M- Very creamy, but just a tad on the thin side. The carbonation is nice and has an extraordinarily clean finish.

D- A nice, easy going English beer. Not my favorite from the brewery, but it is smooth and a nice change from all the crazy new American beers.

Photo of youngblood
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a tan head perched atop. Has very nice nut (almond?) overtones mixed with toasted bread. Tastes very nice, strong malt with slight bitterness, nutty aftertaste. Very smooth brew going down. Low abv combined with some really great complementing flavors makes this and easy one to kick back. One of my favorite browns.

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

I'm giving this 4.5's across the board. Pours a deep dark amber brown color with a HUGE 4 finger creamy oatmeal colored head. Beautiful looking beer. Leaves a lot of lacing along the glass on the way down. Smells of bread, some nuts, and a little bit of hops. Taste is of dry malts, buttery bread, walnuts, and you can taste the creamyness of the huge head. Wow this is a fantastic beer. Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, a little chewy at the end. Mmm. I have heard good things about this beer, and it lived up. Definitely high drinkability! Fantastic.

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

16.9 oz. Nice brown/amber pour with an off white head. Aroma is mellow malt and nut tones with toffee, grass. Flavors follow in suit. Nicely carbonated medium body. Drinkability is obviously quite high with this one. One of the best nut brown's I regularly have. Another good one from Sam, er the other Sam.

Photo of argock
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.45.

A: Rusty amber brown with soda-like, foamy beige 2-finger head with decent retention and impressive lacing.

S: A bit weak with mostly soft bready aroma with faint herbal hops

T: Thankfully the flavor steps up. A delicious bready, buttery sweetness is followed by typical but not overwhelming brown ale sourness and finished with herbal and spicy hops. The overall effect is pretty earthy and herbal with a faint sweet nut aftertaste.

M: Reasonably good for the style although pretty fizzy.

D: A very good, iconic English brown ale with exceptionally full flavor but some small flaws in carbonation and aroma that hurt it in the grand scheme of brown ales.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle split. I poured my half in a Chimay Goblet

A - Ruby/ Amber dark color with a loose light tan head. Light head stuck through the finish but left no lacing.

S - A nutty vanilla compliments a fresh malty aroma.

T - A refreshing dry malt flavor finishes off this slightly vanilla and subdued nut beer.

M - Dry finish overshadows the smooth, refreshing beer.

D - A very drinkable Brown Ale. Its crisp and refreshing qualities give it more of a lager feel than a richer nut ale.

Photo of witster18
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if it's the slate squares or what but this has the same oatmeal sweetness of the oatmeal stout. The start is a bit bitter and nutty and the middle comes the sweetness and a bit of an odd sugar cookie bit.... I must say that I like these Sammy Smith's brews but they really kinda mesh together a bit too much... all tasting a bit too much like each other... not as distinctive as I'd prefer given the price tag. The appearance is top notch as a hazy orange/brown with a 1" well-retaining head. It's an easy drinker and I could easily pound a few if not for the $.
Good.... but that's it.

Photo of mjw06
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a dark cherry amber color with a hint of brown, and a rich light tan one finger size head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a descent thin lacing on the glass. head retention was kind of dissapointing, and really hurt the appearance of another wise beautiful brew.

a rich toffee and sweet caramel nut smell, and hint of chocolate. malty and slight astringent smell that is accentuated by some roast undertones, which gives it a unique combination.

swish it and leave it in the mouth a little and you get a sweet, rich nut malt. however, washing it down on the palate, it lacked complexity to me. finishes with a maltiness on the back of the throat and leaves a pleasant malt on the middle of the tongue

an excellent very comfortable mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, that is small, however a little harsh. medium bodied.

very drinkable and enjoyable. overall its a very good brew that can serve a lot of purposes. great with a wide variety of foods, even can be a little refreshing.

Photo of washburnkid
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One finger of beige head over a beautiful mahogany and amber body. Sticky lace adorns the glass and a head retains magnificently throughout the session.
S: Sweet malts and a small hint of metallic.
T: Great balance of roasted malts and hops. Caramel at the front of the tongue, with a hint of citrus. Toasted nuts (hazelnut), and an unfortunate metallic taste that might be masking some other flavors I was looking forward to.
M: Light body and balanced carbonation. This beer goes down so smoothly!
D: The metallic was off-putting, and in case it was the bottle I would definitely try it again. I love the roasted/toasted notes in this beer and the balance is great.

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

Pours and amber brown with a thick head that sat on top of the beer the whole time. Roasted malt, sweet coffee and slight nutty hop aroma. There was a strong coffee sweetness up front followed by a bitterness that kind of drys out the flavor. There is a very chocolaty malty flavor, but unfortunately there was a slight metallic tang in there. I tried to ignore that as I'm sure it was just a bad bottle.

Photo of BellsFan
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = poured with a thick frothy head, impressive lacing remains on the glass for the entire beverage, dark amber in the glass

Smell = strong earthy, piney, but not necessarily nutty

Taste = same as "smell" above

Mouth feel = somewhat crisp,

Drinkability = very drinkable for those who enjoy the style, not too filling, ABV is not overpowering

I enjoyed the beer however I don't know that I'd purchase it again. In this style, I prefer New Castle Nut Brown.

Photo of Psilo707
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright mahogany color when poured into a mug, with clear and present thick head and really intricate lacing going down the sides as dissipation happens. The smell is both strong, yet lenient on the nose, and gives off a toffee scent to the nostrils.

The taste of this ale has a distinct color to it, without being colorful. The name "brown nut" is very suitable, and the organic, piney nature of the taste rings through the mouth all the way down the throat. Mouthfeel is spot on - half creamy on the tongue, half in fluid motion. Drinkability is moderately high, although I'm not sure just how many of these heavy drinks I could take in a night.

Overall, I have liked everything from the Sam Smith brewery so far, and this is no exception. I might prefer the porter over it, but only slightly. I would recommend this beer to all.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Sweet malt aroma with a light fruity hoppiness

Appearance - Poured a red color with thin light brown head

Taste - At first I was surprised by the level of hops but my first taste of beer usually involves me noticing only hops. However it turned into a nutty smooth smokey flavor which was really good.

Mouthfeel - The flavor does stick to the tongue overall the mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability - Definitely a beer worth trying. After two though I'm unsure how they'll go down. But this beer is an amazing example of what a beer can be.

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

Pours a deep mohogany chestnut color.
A hard pour yielded a richly thick and creamy two finger head.

Smells very rich and sweet of molasses and honey. Also like a pecan syrup.

Taste is sweet and almost toffee like. Definite nutty undertones are present. Mostly of hazlenut. Also Apricot.

Mouth feel is light and smooth with very little carbonation.
No real chewiness or substance.

Overall, the nutty flavor is not my favorite style but this is a very good, highly respected brown ale.
Being my first example of a Samuel Smith beer i'm pretty impressed. I'll be trying their other offerngs too.

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

Poured a ruby brown that shines a wonderful shade of red when light hits the glass. Capped with a thin head that vanished astonishingly fast, though I don't believe I put enough vigor into the pour.

It smells extremely bold--sweet and smoky with malts, nuts, and fruits. The taste carries on those characteristics, but in an entirely different composition. Sweet malts with some fruit, complemented by a balancing hoppiness and a dry nutty finish that lasts and lasts. It's creamy and thick with light carbonation.

This is a bold, highly drinkable ale that I find quite complex and very interesting. Definitely a good choice.

Photo of dEM1972
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark tan in colour, with a creamy head; deliciously malty aroma with clear nutty elements; smooth in texture, bitter, nutty (I am thinking hazelnuts); complexities include butter, vanilla-caramel; bitter after taste but clean without leaving too much trauma

Photo of dogfishandi
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature into pint glass. pours a nice clear brown chestnut like color with some nice off white to almost tan colored head. good retention and some decent lacing.
not a huge aroma in the nose. some nuttiness, caramel perhaps some butteriness as well as some what of a metallic aroma.
i very much so enjoyed the tast of this beer though. lots of nutty maltiness all around, caramel, nice hop bitterness towards the finish, then leaves a lingering nutty flavor. slightly buttery and metallic, but that usually comes with most brown ales.
nice medium body to the beer. good carbonation, has a little bit of a bite to it. and a very drinkable, sessionable beer, as are most from samuel smith. i would recommend this to any beer drinker.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance wise, it certainly lives up to it's nut brown name. I was not expecting the carbonation which made it go down like a malty nutty sweet soda. I imagine the carbonation had to do with it feeling so thin on the tongue.

However, the rest of this brew's characteristics made up for it. I liked the smoked nutty malty flavor of the beer, and on a hot day, one could definitely enjoy a few of these.

The malty and lightly bitter aftertaste was pleasant.

So far I have never been let down by Samuel Smith's offerings.

This one is recommended.

Photo of mikeal1917
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On St. Patrick's Day, I headed over to this specialty bar to celebrate the day, and decided to try this Nut Brown Ale.

Appearance: Dark Red color with hardly any head at all during and post pour.

Smell: Nutty smell is overpowers everything else, a sweet fruit-like smell was also there

Taste: Definitely a high grade beer. Bitterness was accentuated by the nutty, sweet flavor. Reminded me of a faygo flavor almost

Mouthfeel: my least favorite characteristic. Almost a carbonated feel to the beer, which made it go down tolerably rough

Drinkability: The price tag as well as the carbonated feel makes this a beer that one could have once in awhile, and in small to medium quantities.

Photo of tigg924
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: iced tea brown, clear, big head, medium carbonation

Smell: faint aromas of nut and malt

Taste: toffee, malts, cream, and nut on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: very smooth, medium body, dry--alternating between bitter and sweet for the finish

Drinkability: A very good nut brown, but not my favorite--sorry. Not as sweet as a lot of nut browns I have had..The aftertaste is amazing...I could easily drink a six of this

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous chestnut brown, mahoganey ale, with a tan head about two fingers to start and settled to a solid ring and large-bubble cloudy film atop the beer. Medium carbonation. Smell of english toffee, toasty malts. Taste is toffee, caramel, bitter, malt, chewy pumpernickel loaf, really quite pleasant. With air, the interplay between the sharp bitter notes and the toasty malts play off eachother very effectively, making this a most interesting and pleasurable beverage with sufficient complexity to entertain your tastebuds. Aftertaste also quite nice. All around, this is a great example of a classice style done very well and well worth revisiting.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color was a medium to dark brown that looked gorgeous in the glass. It had a small 1 finger head that made the beer even more appealing.

The beer smelled fresh, and nutty (mixed nuts). Overall very pleasant and mild in odor.

The taste is incredible. A delicious nut brown ale that is light, and veyr clean. A different variety of nutty flavors compliment the brew. The last sip tastes as good as the first.

The mouthfeel is soft as silk. The light carbonation beautifully plays on the tongue. As previously mentioned, the light feeling leaves your mouth refreshed.

This beer is very drinkable. The delicious texture, lightness, and complex flavors all work towards a wonderful beer drinking experience. Easy to sit down and have one or the entire four pack.

Final Thoughts - Samuel Smith is authentic, and the Nut Brown Ale works on a variety of levels. The taste is top notch, and an example for all other nut browns. A little on the pricey side for a four pack, but worth every penny. Enjoy!

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear reddish brown with a great off-white head and good lacing. Tons of bubbles in this one.

Smell is a bit on the light side. Sweet caramel malt is there, but you have to really hunt for it.

Caramel and sweet toasted grain, some candied elements, as well as a buttery note. Very smooth and refreshing flavors.

Carbonation dances on the tongue, an almost acidic bite.

This one went down super-easy. Very thirst quenching but not overdone in the sweetness department. Well balanced, and very workable on its own or with a meal. Hadn't had this one in many years. Glad I grabbed a bottle.

Photo of rwrk42
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Pours dark brown, reddish color with a nice beige colored head
Smell: Not strong, faint sweet nutty smell
Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Sweet malty flavor with a hint of butterscotch. Finishes with a slight bitterness
Overall an excellent brown ale, the best brown ale I have had to date. Highly recommended

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