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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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3,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,417
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 193
Gots: 318 | FT: 1
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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 tr4nc3d
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a cloudy two inch head. Good head retention with some lacing.

Has a dark chocolate smell to it, nutty, roasted malts, toffe like

A hint of roasted malts up front, hint of sweet dark chocolate.

Smooth, medium body, light carbonation, not enough flavor, kinda watery

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

A - brown, head dies quickly

S - nuttiness, roasted malts, some chocolate

TM - nuttiness, nice balance with the hops but nothing over powering. creamy, smooth, medium body, nothing much non carbonation

D - normal ABV, plus highly drinkable , all asma smith is good stuff. goodness all around.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A brown / dark amber color. When initially poured, a pretty sizable head remained, eventually dwindling down to a few centimeters. The head that remained was thick and left lacing around the glass.

Smell: The most obvious smell is the nuttiness; combined with a sweetness and a subtle roasted malt aroma in the background.

Taste: The slightly sweet nuttiness permeates each sip, but is not overpowering. There is a striking balance of yeast and hops that provides almost perfect consistency throughout the sip. It leaves almost no aftertaste, just a simple, slight walnut taste. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: There is an almost creamy smoothness to this beer. Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation. I feel as if there is a walnut oil residue coating my tongue after the first sip.

Drinkability: The consistency of the taste really makes this an easy one to drink. The light ABV and slightly sweet taste also add to the ease.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark amber with a dirty tan head with dark reddish hue swirls leaving a good lacing.

S: a dark roasted character, some sweet chocolate and nuttiness.

T: The flavor was a dry roasted character with some dark chocolate and nuttiness (hazelnut), though was not balanced well leaving a.coarse flavor with bitter finish.

M: extremely smooth with a creamy, milky texture and was lightly carbonated.

D: Drinkability was light, not as robust as I hoped for but an easy enjoyable drink to down.

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

Poured from 550ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Brown in color with small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing on glass.
S - Toffee, caramel,light aroma of roasted nuts.
T - Slightly malty at first, with notes of caramel, nuts, raisins, followed by well balanced hops on the finish.
M - Medium. Somewhat crisp. Perfectly carbonated.
D - I'm already a big fan of British ales, especially the ones made by Samuel Smith. This is absolutely delicious and very drinkable.

Photo of rjimlad
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep tea colour with rich beige head that lasts. Bready aroma like a dark toasted rye. Flavour is just like oats and rye with walnut character. Good length and a balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel on the watery side but a drinkable drop. Not sessionable for me as it's a bit like overeating walnuts. I think I'll revisit this beer when I've got some appropriate food to match as I think it will hold up much better than alone.

Photo of Vendetta
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Disappointed at the nose of the beer, I was hoping for a nice nutty aroma to get me into the beer. A good amount of beige colored head on the pour that is absolutely delicious. It is a bit watery, as others have said, but aside from that the flavor is really good. Heavy, nutty flavor that gets stronger as the beer warms a bit- in the future I will let this brew warm a bit before drinking it. Roasted, nutty flavor finishes well and stays for a bit. Enjoyable brew that is easy to drink.

Photo of ecoastman
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - This beer goes down very well for a style that I personally don't usually consider for a session beer. I could definitely have another.

Appearance - dark clear reddish-brown, good carbonation and good head retention.

Smell - mildly nutty and with caramel.

Taste - even better than the smell. Malty, a good balance in flavour with low bitterness, a sweet start and a dry finish. Almost something buttery or a cream like taste in the background... Seems brewed to fit the style. As with most good medium to strong beers, it gets better as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - glides on the palate with a medium body. Refreshing watery feel with a smooth finish since the carbonation is lightly balanced.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: A clear reddish brown body with a sizeable light tan head that leaves good lacing as it slides down the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet smooth and rich.

Taste: I believe this is the first nut brown ale that I've had that actually has a nutty taste to it. For that alone I give it high praise. Also it's not overly sweet like some brown ales tend to be.

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

Poured a clear brown into a weizen glass (why? because I felt like it) with a finger-width off-white head that eventually faded to a thin film, leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, malt, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and a little chewy, low-medium carbonation. Taste is caramel, vanilla, walnuts, figs, hint of chocolate, no bitterness to speak of. Different from American brown ales in that the taste seems much milder and subdued. Overall this is a great beer and one of the best in its style that I've had.

Photo of mullenite
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in a appearance with a 2 finger foamy off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Poured from a bottle in to a shaped pint.

Smell is nutty, sweet, and a little woody and that follows through in the taste. Subtle, yet noticeable nut flavors, dark bitterness that is not quite coffee but coming close to it. Wonderful on the palate from start to finish.

Nice carbonation leads to a clean mouth feel and finish. There is a lingering bitter taste that sticks around but is pleasant.

All around very drinkable beer, much butter than I was expecting but I will have to get more of these.

Photo of Greggy
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a fluffy 1 finger head over a beautiful clear brown/copper color. Light lace is present.

S- Nice nutty aromas, butterscotch, caramel, high end rum notes. This makes me smile.

T- Starts out a nice light dry chocolate, some nutty notes, light caramel, and some light dry hoppiness on the clean finish.

M- Low carbonation works well. Nice body for a low ABV.

D- This is a damn fine cult classic. It's very sessionable, but at the price, you really can't. (At least, I cannot.) I will definitely have again.

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

Reviewed on 4/5/08. Bottle. Pours a clear brown/amber color with a small sized white head. Aroma of light fruits (pear, apple). Taste of more light fruits, maybe some walnuts. A good chill beer.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.5/5

Photo of eweneek83
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This one pours iced tea brown with a small tan head... quickly dissipates.

Smell - Smell's exactly like all other samuel smith's beers, sans oatmeal stout. smeels more like a smokey porter than a brown ale.

taste- I'm very let down by this brown ale. I expected it to be great. A bit of a brown ale taste, but it goes away. I'm tasty alot of their taddyporter still. so-so.

mouthfeel- average, good carbonation, a decent aftertaste... but thats about it.

drinkability - average, I could have a couple if there were nothing left, I wouldn't spend money on this again though.

I expected more from Samuel Smith's... tsk tsk.... you can't make the beer 5 times and name it something different each time.

Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to thank Uncle Muck for the timely drop-off of this beer when he visited last week--a pleasant surprise and a classy choice... browns seldom look impressive out of the bottle--that said, Samuel Smith's NBA pours an opaque reddish-brown body with zero head (!?)... stands a solid, almost black-and-tan balance in THE Samuel Smith 12 oz. Nonick glass...warm, subtle notes of hazel nut and hops... 31 IBUs seems undertstated... balanced with a hint of sweetness... medium-bodied, with a solid presence massaging the tongue... mellow and drinkable... on par with the better in the genre... nuts! or at least a malty basis that enables the other characteristics--butter nut, molasses (!), burnt toffee--to soften and please.... tops Newcastle (sorry, brother Gil) slightly, and the few other studs in the style with a slightly stoutish lean...

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

A - Poured a beautiful walnut brown color with light brown head that enveloped the glass on the way down

S - Smells like nuts and hops

T - The crisp taste of nuts and malts blend with the slight bitterness

M - Medium bodied with slight carbonation that finishes well

D - Highly drinkable beer, one of my favorite brown ales

Photo of Blake
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn good beer,

Good amount of hoppiness, stayed smooth all the way through.
A very nutty flavor, cinnamon too. Tastes warm and a little spicy.

Smells the same.

Pretty expensive, not a beer that you can drink all the time on my budget, but I can walk right down the street and get one when I have the money.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I don't have too much to say about this beer. It poured a great two finger head and there was a nice brown color to the beer. The aroma was amazing with a slight nuttiness and the taste even better. I could drink quite a few of these.

This is my favorite beer and I don't think I can do it justice with my description.

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

550 ml bottle from LCBO Christmas pack.

Pours a clear ruby red, chestnut brown, medium sized off white head forms, slowly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, drops a few lace spots, looks good. Smell is sweet and malty, brown sugar and caramel, nuts, very fruity, cherries and strawberries, almost pineapple, apples, interesting, not as much nuttiness as I would like. Taste is similar, sweet and bready up front, caramel, honey and oats, hazelnut middle, not as much fruit in the flavour but I still get some apples and strawberries, very dry crackery finish. Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, dry finish, easy to put down. Sam Smiths don't really make anything spectacular for me, but everything they do is done well and I like them all.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a straight 10 oz. glass
It poured nicely with a light tan head. It's clear brown with a reddish hue.
Smells sweet malty and nutty
Taste is sweet, malty, bready, nutty. Quite yummy. a touch of hops on the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body, a little creamy. The carbonation is nice and subtle. Very refined.
It is a very drinkable ale. It's the standard brawn ale in my opinion.

Photo of Chinon01
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep mahogany fluffy light mountainous head.

Nose - Fino sherry, leather, oak and faint orange fruits like apricots and mangos.

Taste - Minerality holds it all together. Taste is otherwise similar to nose with bits of toffee as well.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thin but decent

Drinkability - Very high. I could drink this endlessly.

Photo of Fatduck
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer I have been enjoying for a long time, finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured it into a 22oz Tulip glass and paired it with a steak sandwich.

Pours a deep brown, mahogany color, with an airy tan head, doesn't last forever, but it leaves a lace all the way down the glass. Smells like roasted barley and nuts, maybe a little brown sugar. It tastes amazing, the classic British brown, and damn good for it. A little on the high carbonation side for my tastes, but damn good, and I drink this beer on a regular basis.

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

Purchased at the LCBO, this Brown Ale came as part of a three bottle Samuel Smith gift set that included a nice pint glass. I drank this beer as I watched the presidential election returns and while satisified with the American voters I was slightly disappointed with my quaff for the night.

My appreciation for the beer, however, inproved as the results flowed in westward and the beer's temperature rose. I was expecting something a little maltier and with less carbonation. It was a nice-looking beer. I'll give it that.

Now, the beer I had earlier in the night, the Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pale Ale, was much more enjoyable.

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

I'm a fan of the sam smith line...and this is no exception

Pours a see-through brown little head that faded quick, little lacing, taste very nutty, cant taste any hops. fairly thin tasting even thiner than the oatmeal. Overall though this is a good beer and if you can find it aroudn here for under 10 a 4 pack your in good shape

Photo of AMoceri7
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe Im more angry I spent $11 on a 4 pack.

A: Wonderful, typical nut brown character. Brown and brown. A bit on the hazy side possibly due to the color. Great head, took an almost horizontal tilt to experience this brew.

S: Smells of an UPGRADED Newcastle Nut Brown. Maybe a bit more hop then expected but typical over the top sweet. CANDY CORN

T: Exactly what you smell. Bottom line. Sweet sweet sweet nutty, almost stringent stale hop bitterness with an exceedingly overwhelming sweet malt backbone. Maybe a bit too high on the unfermentable. There is something to it I just cant put my finger on. It is though, that exact something I dont like about this brew.

M: Smooth, yet bouncy. Carbonation is high. Head was thick. Conquers the palate in a very subtle way. Too much for me.

D: Couldnt finish one.

Overall: Unimpressed with the 5% ABV. This brew has confirmed my thoughts on Nut Browns considering it is rated in the A category as an ambassador for Nut Brown Ales. That would be my first let down in buying based upon ratings.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,417 ratings.