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

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Ratings: 3,454
Reviews: 1,409
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 192
Gots: 358 | 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 projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful dark amber color with creamy foam head. Not alot of lacing, but the head stays around awhile.

S- Smells strongly of malty and nutty hops.

T- Tastes rich and malty with hints of hazelnut and caramel. Almost chewy with a bit of buttery hops.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Probably wouldn't make a great session beer but I don't think that is the intention. Definitely worth getting again. One of the best beers in this genre.

Photo of TehAnkh
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass and allowed to warm slightly. (I had some head room left. So what? Wanna fight about it?)

A: Poured a gorgeous, clear amber/walnut color. Lots of little soda-like carbonation bubbles clinging to the whole inside of the glass. About 1 finger of tan head that recedes slowly, but does eventually go away completely. Large, foamy bubbles, and a little lacing. Pretty :-).

S: Smells very malty, there's a faint nutty aroma but nothing that stands out too much. It has a faint tinny/metallic aroma and a very light grassy hop character. Nothing offensive, but nothing to write home about either.

T: Plenty of caramel malt, walnuts/hazlenuts and a nice mild hop character in there. Not too much malt, nor too little. Not too much hop, nor too little. This is balanced to heck with very subtle flavors. Nothing stands out too strongly, but at the same time everything stands hand in hand. It does, however, feel like it's lacking a certain sweetness that I've come to expect in nut brown ales.

M: Smooth and crisp with a very delicate hop bitterness, extremely effervescent and bubbly but not overwhelmingly so. The only disappointment is that the finish seems muted somehow. After the swallow, you feel like something is going to linger and take you somewhere, then it dulls out in the middle. It's hard to describe.

D: Damned refreshing, and not too heavy on the alcohol content for all the balance it provides. All the flavors in here are extremely subtle and it just never really grows old on you. This is an extremely sessionable beer. It drinks like it ought to, and leaves you feeling pretty good about the next one.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml Bottle. A nice clear ruby/brown color with a two finger tan head. Aroma of toasted nutty grain and caramel with a touch of fruit im guessing from the yeast.Flavor is malty,grainy and nutty up front then you get this little fruit flavor that leads to a spicy,slightly bitter hop finish. Thin body,soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Very nice

Photo of DannyS
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel-style tulip glass, poured from a bottle

A - A nice full brown color. Not black like a stout, but still dark. Thin yet resilient head.

S - Slightly musty, but otherwise a satisfying nutty, hoppy aroma.

T - Substantial yet fleeting bitterness. Nutty and complex with a surprising sweet butter aftertaste. A joy to taste.

M - Dense yet smooth with an almost creamy carbonation.

D - There's no alcohol content written on the label, so I have to go by feel alone. I could probably drink one or two of these and get a nice little buzz, especially while eating some good brats or meat pie.

I'm currently venturing into the world of home brewing (in the hopes of learning enough to open my own microbrewery some day) and the first beer I made was a Nut Brown Ale. This seems like a great benchmark for my homebrew. Will have to compare once my brew's done bottle conditioning. I recommend this one.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish mahogany brown hue with brilliant clarity. Looks burnished, shiny and good. Head is a fine film of yellow-white bubbles, that dissipate a little, but leave extraordinarily good lacing. Looks very nice indeed.

A nice dusty grain character on the nose, a lightly roasted sweetness, with an underlying taint of greenness, possibly some crushed leaves. Molasses, roasted almonds. Even something a bit darker, like roasted capsicum. Quite nice. Pleasant, with some interesting characters.

Amazingly smooth on the palate, with a truly delicious, long lingering dryness. Initial nutty sweetness smooths on to a long dark sugar character, which then dries to a grain biscuity flavour - thoroughly delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick - one of the best bottled mouthfeel's I've ever seen. The flavour is just rich, smooth and delicious.

A very pleasant, extremely drinkable brew, full of character, and quite delicious.

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

I have very mixed feelings approaching this brew again. For one, when I first came of legal drinking age, this was the first brown ale that I enjoyed. And for me, that really means something when it comes to this underappreciated style. 'Brown'. Certainly doesn't sound appealing as a descriptive adjective. Sounds more like an adjective appropriate for describing feces! Oh how its name has doomed it to neglect! Oh how its glorious balance of flavors has determined itself to be forgotten in place of the dominant american IPA! Somehow I find the best of these ales unbelievably delicious and drinkable. And with a bit of trepidation I cautiously proceed onwards to my review...
Appearance: Compared to good ole Newkie, this beer really shines. It has nearly the exact same hue (light brown/amber, wholly transparent), but it generated and maintained head much better than its paradigm. There was also some moderate lacing on the glass. Took quite a while to dissipate.
Smell: Caramel/toffee sweetness, and buttery aroma (diacetyl no doubt). The light diacetyl is not unwelcome to me: I invite it with open arms to the care of my olfactory senses.
Taste: The key to this beer is balance. Where Newkie brown fails, this beer succeeds. The flavor opens up with some very mild bitterness, balanced between the hops and the light roastiness of the chocolate malt. Also some mild fruitiness from the esters. Here, the bitterness of both elements lingers more and balances the light toffee and nutty flavors.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with some fairly mild carbonation appropriate to the style. This is what I think of when I think of 'brown'! If the mouthfeel is not perfection then it's damn near close to it!
Drinkability: As I've written before, the key to browns is balance. Here the sum is greater than all the parts. The result is a very drinkable northern brown ale: not too hoppy, not to sweet. Not too nutty, not too thick. Just right. Yeah.

Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown with very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Nice clarity too. Big pillowy tan head has exemplary retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: The cherry fruitiness I've come to expect from Samuel Smith's beers hit me right away. The overall aroma is sweet, with a nice dosage of toffee and caramel. Scents of grass and cloves keep the sweetness in check.

T: Very toasty and nutty right out of the gate. Toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate provide a nice sweetness. Hops come on with a lemon snap that gives the beer a tart finish. Balance leans toward the sweet side. The dry nuttiness holds things together nicely.

M: Medium-light body feels a little chalky. Carbonation could stand to be a touch lower. The weakest part of the beer for me.

D: Low ABV, plus mild flavors make this an amazing drinking beer. The slightly sweet leaning flavor is a nice shift from the hop bombs I've had lately. A really great beer and my benchmark for this style.

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

Poured from an 18.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a clear copperish brown, with a two finger off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is lightly sweet from crystal malts but is complimented by a nutty undertone. There's also a slight floral hop presence that adds a bit of complexity.

The taste is sweet caramel malts to start followed by a pretty strong nuttiness. That is met by a mild flavor of hops that come across as floral and earthy, with a mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and quite creamy. I could drink this all night long, if it was cheaper.

I had this once before and was unimpressed. My taste buds might have been off then or I had heavier stuff before drinking it, but this time it's my first of the night. Great brown ale.

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

One of my favorite session beers but also falvorful enough to chill and savor.

appearance: dark brown, with frothy white head, disaptes quickly

smell: nice aromoa, pleasant

taste: smooth brown ale with a slight nuttiness

mouthfeel: thin not thick

drinkability: like a said an easy to drink session beer but also has that full falvor that we here like so much

Photo of BWH3
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky reddish-brown color that should be clear. Moderate light tan head with strong retention. Overall still and bold appearance.

S: Light, sweet malt aroma combined with a fresh fruity and floral hops. The malts have a gentle toffee and toasted nut quality. Light fruity esters present but not aggressive.

T: Gentle malt sweetness evenly balanced by the floral delicate hops flavor. Bitterness is mild and mineral like. The finish is slightly sweet but not sticky or prolonged

M: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Good head retention.

D: Exceptionally well balanced and drinkable English Brown. A must sample for all lovers of brown ales.

Photo of tconboy
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a dark amber brown with very little carbonation and a small head that fades to light film. Leaves good lacing as consumed. Smells of malt, nut, and light chocolate. This is a great tasting brew, the blend in malty, nutty, chocolate, and bready flavors are subtle yet combine in a nice way. This beer is very smooth and highly drinkable. Another fantastic product from this brewery.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.32/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 9/5/2006 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark brown, color, tan head, good-sized, diminishing. Malty, nutty aroma. Just malty but a good amount of aroma. Malty, bitter taste. Acidic & watery. A good session beer, but weak on flavor. Alcohol stands out w/bread & pasta.

Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top notch. Pours reddish brown but translucent - light carbination. Sweet smell of caramel, toffee, chocolate jumps from the glass. Smooth taste, with just a touch of hop bitters at the close - but otherwise a very clean finish. Very powerful sweet taste, but not overpowering - could definitely have a few. Don't mess around with the little bottles, upgrade to the 18.7 oz. bottle and you won't regret it.

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/18/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance- Carmelized brown in color with about a 1/2 inch head. Leaves some light spotty lace behind.

Smell- Toasted caramel malt, a bit of chocolate malt and a light nutty aroma.

Taste- Seems to have crossed over to almost an american version of a brown ale. Fairly hoppy, nice sugary caramel malt base with a hint of chocolate. Bready and lightly nutty as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to slightly higher carbonation level. Nice earthy sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- I guess this is the benchmark for me per style. Very good beer as always is the case with Samuel Smith.

Photo of Reaper16
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a nearly ruby shade of reddish brown. The head and lacing were unimpressive, but I'm positive that my not-thoroughly-rinsed glass had something to do with that.

Lots of bread and malt in the nose. The malts smell like they have a buttery creaminess to them. There is a touch of raisin on the back end, too.

Rich tasting malty goodness all over the tongue. A surprising amount of roasted malt quality, too, in addition to the creamy, sweet malts. A good deal of nutty flavor washes down on the finish, with just the slightest dark fruit touch.

I love the feel of this beer. Its silky and medium-bodied, which matches so well with the relatively creamy malts. This would be a beer that I would love to drink multiples sitting on some old barstool. A very good beer.

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

550mL bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Appearance is a deep ruby-amber body, translucent, with a chunky and rocky just-off-white head.

Nose has some bready notes, malt sweetness, and a bit of nuttiness. Soft and buttery, with a few dark fruit notes. Some complexity here, but you have to get your nose down into it to get a sense of what's going on.

Taste is a heavy dose of malts - buttery, nutty, mildly sweet caramel and toffee, just hints of roasted flavours, with just a bit of a twang just before the finish that's akin to dark fruit - tart and sweet. The finish is fairly long, dry, and very nutty.

Medium-bodied, smooth, almost creamy, with mild carbonation.

This beer's a quaffer for sure - easy going down and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish amber to brown in color, very light foam appears when pouring, hard to classify as a head per se, appears calm in the glass. Semi-sweet nose of cherry, raisin fruit, pecans, walnuts, fresh butter, mineral water, rumcake, unassumedly meanders inside your nostrils for some time. Medium-bodied, the fine carbonation suavely keeps the liquid moving in the mouth, at the same time diminishing some of the sweetness. That said, no lack of brown sugar, molasses, fresh mixed nuts, cherry, fig, raisin fruit. Not buttery, creamy, yeasty nor hoppy, just touches the bases quickly on the way to home plate. Spring water freshness. Well-bred classiness rather than profundity.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to walnut brown allowing a creamy white and tightly bubbled head to erupt from the body leaving just traces of lacing around the glass.

Caramel, toffee, malt and of course some nuttiness break free in the aroma, but you can actually smell the head and the lively carbonation if you look deep enough.

Similar to the aroma, the caramel and toffee are quite present, but there is also a sweet flavor of honey, walnut, and faint berries.

Medium in body and carbonation, but a very pleasant, and refreshing, this is a crisp ale.

Great drinkability, quite enjoyable, and a little bit of something across the board.

Photo of pablot71
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Has a dark yet transluscent brown color. Medium frothy head that leaves a few traces of lacing behind. Has a malty aroma that is not overwhelming. This easy maltiness continues with the taste with a a nice nutty background. The taste finishes with a bit of hops bitterness. A medium mouthfeel. Overall an easy beer to gulp down with plenty of character.

Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the LCBO.

Into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized beige head that looks pretty thick. No carbonation and the colour is a rust brown and very clear. The head slowly fades to a thin film and leaves a bit of lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Sweet malt, caramel and toffee sweetness. A bit of earthiness and nuttiness comes through as well. Gets better as it warms.

TASTE: Some sweet malt but not overpowering. A bit of caramel and toffee sweetness and some nuts in the background. A mild short nutty hop finish in the aftertaste is a welcome touch, but it not strong or persistent enough to make a real statement.

PALATE: Medium body, medium carbonation and goes down smooth with no bite. Finishes rather dry as well. Nice job here.

OVERALL: Another solid product from Sam Smith. A good beer that's definitely drinkable and sessionable, but is not something I'd write home about. I'll have another, but I probably won't remember it down the line.

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

A spectacular brew. Props to the guys at Samuel Smith's

Beautiful on the pour, just the right amount of head-between 1.5 and 2 inches. Delicious roasted grains on the nose, with obvious nutty characteristics represented. Same in the flavor, especially on the finish. Perfect balance between the malt and the moderate hop character. Wonderful, substantial mouthfeel, and the drinkability is of the charts.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Deep brown in appearance with some reddish tint. Frothy, thin, fine head. Very, very nutty sweet smell, which leads directly to the sweet, nutty taste. Very malty, not much bitterness at all. The sweetness gives way to the bitterness at the end, but by no means is it overpowering. It's got a crisp taste. Doesn't seem too linger too long, and it begs you to take another sip as soon as you swallow. This beer is deliciously smooth and drinkable.

Photo of bmwats
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown in color. Light carbonation pours into a 2 finger, ivory, frothy head. Slowly settles into a layer of foam on surface. Very light carbonation continues to rise throughout. No real lacing.

S: Sweet malt, hops. Walnut.

T: Hops are prominent, but not too sharp. Malt has hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Subtle sweetness, and nutty flavor.

M: Very nice. Has a light feel, although robust. Complex malt first, then chocolate, and a hoppy (but too hoppy) finish.

D: Great drinkability. Hearty and robust, but light in feel. Disappears too fast.

This is a really good brew. Fairly complex nose, complex flavor, really good feel, and a great finish. The biggest negative is I started drinking it, and somehow it was quickly gone. Great quaff.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (gold foil around the top) into a pint glass. Unsure of the freshness, although I saw employees unloading bundles of this, so I'm guessing it's pretty fresh.

Pours a dark brown, about a one finger head that's a dirty brown color. Very creamy and nice dish soap like lacing. On first sip it seems very sweet and creamy. Also seems to have a hint of chocolate in there. Medium bodied with maybe just a faint hint of hops right before you swallow. Finishes crisp and refreshing, I would love to drink many of these. It has a light carbonation and seems to have no sent of the alcohol in it, very smooth.

Overall a great brew, highly recommend it!

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

Brown in color with a cashew colored head. What the head lacks in stature it makes up in retention. Dish soap like lacing.
Buttered toast and biscut aroma. Not as nutty smelling as I thought it would be.
The flavor is both complex and balanced. Biscut and caramel malts. A handful of mixed nuts. Brown sugar with a dry hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Smooth and creamy. The flavors coat the mouth well.
Nice beer to sit back and watch a game with. Good beer to pair with dinner.
I should drink more from the Old Tadcaster Brewery.

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