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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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3,021 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,021
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 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
Photo of clvand0


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

Pours a brown color with a medium head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little nutty with some biscuit-malt character and not much hop. The flavor is much the same - lots of nuttiness and low carbonation. The body is moderate and the drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 11:42:12 | More by clvand0
Photo of Rootdog316


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

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale pours to a dark brown color reminiscent of cola. The thick, creamy head helps reinforce that image. The nose suggests lightly roasted malt, and the palate is very malty, creamy, somewhat nutty (hence the name) with a unique mushroomy character almost akin to a Ringwood ale. There’s a touch of butter albeit a light one, and a surprisingly fruity finish, which strongly hints at melon and pear. A light toffee character and subtle roastiness permeate the beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 04:56:37 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of kmpitz2


3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hamagony color with a 2 finger head that fallst of a finger over the beer. The nose is slightly skunked with a nice mellow toasted nut aroma. No real sweetness is found. The flavor is okay. I get good nutty flavors with some light grapeskin flavors as well. The mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation. Overall, I find it to be an okay brew. The skunkyness in the initial aroma was not all that nice. There is someting in the flavor that is not doing it for me. I can't place it, but its a little harsh on the finish. Not bad...not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 01:22:15 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of BEERchitect


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking a lot of high gravity beers lately, it's nice to have a lower bodied beer with the roasted complexity, well brewed, matured, and handled beer that's more easily drinkable and less alcoholic. The look is of solid brown with deep amber highlights. Aromas and flavors of good old barley malt, nicely roasted or toasted. Good caramel, toffee, and butterscotch flavors. Cashews and hazlenut flavors deep into the body. The body is smooth without being thick or cloying. Sweet, but balanced with light hop bittering and slight yeasty sour notes. Finishes mildly sweet and bitter from hops and grain. A good beer to get back to basics.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 15:04:29 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a ruddy brown/garnet with a short off-white head and some decent lacing. Smell is grainy malt, a little metallic, with a hint of nuttiness. Taste follows this trend, roasted malts, bitter hops, with the lightest hint of nut. I would have liked to see a little more caramel malt, nutty character, it all seemed a little too subtle for me, but I've found this to be the case with most of the British ales I've tried. American micros just tend to have the balls to try new and exciting things in old traditional styles like the brown ale. Rather drinkable overall, but nothing phenomenal here. There are certainly more interesting American examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 22:01:35 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of BeerBeing


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: bottle, 12 fl.oz, clear, custom, "Samuel Smith" pressed twice around neck, "bottled at yorkshire`s oldest brewery est. 1758" pressed around bottom, gold foiled neck, gold and green on brown label, no fresness date.

Appearance: red-brown in color, medium head of tan-colored foam.

Smell: nuts, nuts, NUTS, sweetness and some grain.

Taste: medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Nutty, nutty, NUTTY, some yeast, some caramel, hint of butterscotch

Notes: Sole US distributor - Merchant du Vin

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 01:01:23 | More by BeerBeing
Photo of DogFood11


4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat this is. I've fallen for samuel smith's beers recently. I haven't dabbled to much in the english variety but the past few weeks I've had nothing but success. Primarily at samuel smith's and this is another example of a fine brew. Dark Cherry/brown in color. very aromatic, it just explodes into the air on first pour.

Tasted some yeast/malty up front with a woody/nutty finish...extremely smooooth....to the point that I could easily session this.

After completing the 550ml bottle I'm craving more....this is truly an exceptional beer that has most likely taken alot of time/care/respect to produce.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 01:21:06 | More by DogFood11
Photo of KoG


3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and ruby body with a nice fluffy head that laces pretty well.

Smell is a bit grainy with light hops and a slight nutty aroma.

Taste starts out nice and full. Rich malt mixes with a somewhat walnut and almond front, only to end up a bit astringent, like nuts roasted a bit too long.

from the way it starts, it should be a better brew. Most of the beers I've had from Sam Smith seem to have a strangely astringent finish. I'll give it another go sometime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 03:16:23 | More by KoG
Photo of edmundfitzoil


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this one as I sit at the desk drinking it.
The beer came in a 1 pint 2.7 fl. oz., clear bottle. I'm weary of drinking something from a clear bottle, but I'll get through it. "Brewed in the Old Brewery Tadcaster" the label says.
The beer itself poured a rich mahogany or chestnut color. The head was fizzy and dissipated right after pouring. I could smell the beer from the moment I popped the bottle open. A really nutty aroma filled my nose as I watched the liquid fill the glass and when I put my nose to the opening of my standard pint the scent got stronger and mixed with the smell of grain of as well. The beer itself has a medium body - the first thing I picked up on. The initial flavor was a caramel nuttiness and molasses.

This one is a good beer, I found myself most dissapointed with the head of all things, but I also have no way of knowing just how old the sample I acquired from the store is, because the bottle lacked a drink by or freshness date of any kind. The taste is not over powering and neither is the abv too high. I could find myself drinking a few of these at sitting if the mood struck me. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 01:25:17 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of palliko


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

Appearance is a dark mahogany with good foam and lacing. Aroma is, indeed, nutlike, with some rich scents of caramel. Initial taste is composed of creamy smooth yeast balanced by bitter hops that work well. Finish leaves a pleasant taste on the tongue – dry and creamy, like Baileys Irish Cream. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 16:10:21 | More by palliko
Photo of battlekow


3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An average dark brown, slightly cloudy brown ale. Did have a pretty, even white head and excellent lacing. Smells earthy, musty, dank and alcoholic. Mostly just tastes sweetly alcoholic. Though it's called a nut brown ale, the only nuttiness in this is in the aftertaste, which is by far the most pleasant part of my experience with this beer. It reminds me of the Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown, but that at least had a 10% ABV to explain its unpleasantness. I really don't understand why this is rated so highly; apparently I just don't "get" this particular kind of brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 04:11:49 | More by battlekow
Photo of Andreji


3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought the nut brown ale somewhat by accident on a roadside stop somewhere in the kanton Zug in Switzerland.

the pour was nice and attractive, a dark brown slightly translucid tones with a very uniform appearance (as in practically no hues), with a thin and poorly retentive white-to-tan head. no carbonation inside, or very little all-in-all.

The smell was very grainy. it's the unfruity character of british beers. the malt was there, a fresher feel from the hops. definetly some nuts in there, just not in abundance.

The taste was a bit of a letdown but it was good nonetheless. starts off quite sweet in the way you'd interpret certain nuts (umm cashews peanuts this sorta thing) to be sweet. but the bitterness- driving us right back to the stronghold of my brit dilemma- is just too strong and invades right away, preventing you from further elaborating taste-wise.

The mouthfeel was not too refreshing because the beers senses are very elaborate, but is a nice session beer, reason for which I consider it's drinkability to be up there.

Note: half an hr. later, I developed an allergy. could it be the nuts in it? dunno. I had to drink more beers later during the night, so to rest assured that it's not related to beer in general. Still, this was ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 17:50:50 | More by Andreji
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a (yikes!) clear bottle into a glass... beer left little to no head with some agitation.

Aroma? Mostly yeast, caramel, and maybe just a faint hop background. Also, I think I detect some diacytel.

The taste was a combination of salt, yeast, and a chocolate nuttiness. Very little hop bitterness or aroma in this one.

My favorite thing about this one was the mouthfeel. Very silky, and medium to full-bodied.

Overall, more drinkable than a Newcastle, but nothing I'd seek out in a bar.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:41:53 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of AltBock


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 500ml bottle that was in a Samuel Smith sampler 3 pack.
Appearance: When I poured it into a Samuel Smith pint glass, it came out a dark ruby brownish color with a small head of foam that left a little bit of lace.
Smell: It had a nice caramel, molasses aroma with a hint of malt. It smelled a lot like their excellent oatmeal stout.
Taste: Nutty with some toasted malts, caramel, and a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation. An excellent creamy smooth English Brown Ale.
Drinkability: Due to the low alcohol content, this would make a good session drink. This is a very common brown ale that exerybody should try and something that I would buy again. Keep up the good work Samuel Smith!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 03:56:08 | More by AltBock
Photo of chilidog


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

As part of a 550 gift pack. I put thisone off for im not all that thrilled over nutty browns, Till now! Thisone did the thrill's!
It pour's a real nice ruby red with a good size slight tan head that laced well in web like fassion. The aroma was not real strong but of sweet grain and wal-nut.
The taste was also sweet, grain-like with hints of caramel, molasses and a buttery butterscotch cream. The beer is backed by a mild hop and dry wal-nut finish.
Overall a very smooth, easy drink'n nut brown. Great job Sammy!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 23:25:56 | More by chilidog
Photo of mmmbeer


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

500 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a mug. Pours a ruby/garnet color that kinda looks like tea and it's topped with a 1 inch tan head that keeps a thin blanket throughout but doesn't leave lace on the glass. Sweet grains and hops in the aroma along with some sweet chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, apples, and perhaps cherries. Toasty malts on the palate contribute caramel, molasses, biscuits, dark fruits, apples, and maybe even chocolate covered cherries. The hops leave a nice bitterness and leafy/floral flavors. It has a medium body and very nice carbonation. Wow. It is complex and delicious, constantly reminding me of the flavors in Rochefort 10. I've had this once before but it wasn't near this good - I think the first one may have had some skunk due to the clear bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 19:50:03 | More by mmmbeer
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North Carolina

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

I had this beer out of the clear bottle, the beer was a red-brown and smelled sweet with a nutty tone to it and formed a decent head. The taste was very nutty, the carbonation was low, very flavorful but with little emphasis...if that makes any sense. A very creamy and smooth drink, not very crisp, but quite delicious. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 03:50:20 | More by footballhead771
Photo of Camp187


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

I was VERY impressed with my first Samuel Smith. It has a very pleasant smell and appearance, with its dark brown color in it's clear glass bottle made it very tempting to drink. The mouthfeel is rich with a bit of a bite at the end. The first taste is of a well brewed ale with a touch of roasted almonds and brown sugar then finishes smoothly with alittle spice and a bit of bite. A very good beer for the winter season and an excellent beer to ponder. It is available in a case of twenty four or a four pack of twelve ounce bottles, just enough beer to come up with your own review.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 07:12:33 | More by Camp187
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Variegated dark tawny (like tanned leather) with distinct ruby highlights when backlit. The head is indeed nut brown in color, although it's more raw almond than roasted pecan. It's also substantive enough to resist immediate aerosolization and is preventing me from assessing the aroma for the time being. The colors of head and beer contrast nicely. Modest lace.

Even though the nose is dark malty, it eschews any sense of roastedness that would cause it to bump up against the style guidelines. I smell a toasted brown bread bottom, a lightly oven toasted nutty middle and a lightly brown sugary top. Not outstanding, but more than solid.

Still solid, more than solid actually, on the palate. I get the sense that if I looked up 'nut brown ale' in the BA dictionary, I'd see a picture of this beer. It's predominantly malty with a brown bready, nutty, somewhat cocoa-like flavor profile. I can also appreciate a certain amount of spiciness (cinnamon? nutmeg?) and a somewhat stingy degree of English hoppiness.

There's a good mix of malt and hops as evidenced by a near perfect balance among sweet, sour, and bitter. The finish tends toward dry and is increasingly hoppy, with wonderful flavors of English Breakfast tea-soaked brown bread. The body has just the right amount of heft for the style and the beer has a soft, well-mannered mouthfeel. Drinkability is sky high.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is classic beer. I can imagine a better version, but I don't know that I've had a better version. There is very little wrong with this one and I'm sorry it took me so long to find that out. I'm grateful to be able to add another beer to the depressingly too short list of locally available worthies.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 14:22:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Schwarzbart


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

Appearance: Reddish-brown in color with one of the better heads I've seen in a Nut Brown Ale. Lacing looked good during the first half of the glass, but I don't know what happened during the second half.
Smell: Nutty with some sweetness. Butterscotch and molassas. Taste: Sweet malts that are easily detected as a Sam Smith's flavor and very nutty. There is a buttery taste in there, but finishes a little bitter.
Mouthfeel: Tight carbonation yields a creamier mouthfeel than expected.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and a darn good nut brown.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 01:53:12 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of cubedbee


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red-brown with a finger of beige head and a little lacing. Smells sweet and nutty with a hint of roasted malts. Taste is sweet and malty upfront fading into a dry hazelnut aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, with a rather low carbonation level. This is as good of a English brown ale I've had, but there's just something about the style that comes up short for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 21:18:58 | More by cubedbee
Photo of dgallina


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent medium-brown with the appropriate two fingers of tan foam and good retention. Smells sweet, invitingly nutty, with slightly toasted grainy malts. Really good flavor profile. Creamy caramel and butterscotch with a touch of slightly woody nuttiness in the finish. Light and creamy in the mouth.

A super easy-drinking brown ale. Very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 03:04:26 | More by dgallina
Photo of Troyone


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

Pours a Root Beer almost Cola color with a three inch head that disipated to a quarter an inch and some carb action.

The smell is like a wet straw and roasted almost burnt caramel malt with resin grapefruit hops.

A lightly sweet, moderately acidic and bitter, and lightly bready caramel malt taste with orange and slightly grapefruit hops.

Medium body, watery and slightly resinous texture, with soft almost flat carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Drinkability is ok if one can tolerate the slight astringent finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 05:20:51 | More by Troyone
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


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

This is my first ever experience with Samuel Smith. Pretty good so far. Pours a very nice and deep brown with a frothy head that was slow to develop but is retaining nicely with good lacing.

Very nice tasty and nose. For only being 5% its alcohol smell is pretty pungent. Sweet smelling with some roasty notes. Taste is quite nice. Orange and walnut dominate.

A very drinkable brown ale, not too bitter and not too heavy. Actually I am surprised it is not rated higher. I think it's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 01:09:34 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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