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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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3,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,373
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 176
Gots: 283 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of SimplySinister
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark, semi-transparent, chestnut brown. Upon initial pour head was immense, but soon transformed to a creamy froth. Some lacing.

S - Nut Brown smells great- full bodied and complex. Hits of malt, chocolate, caramel, and of course- nuts.

T - Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Not quite, but still very good. Nut brown is composed mainly of walnut complimented by grain and malt. It is rather mellow and carbonated nicely. While it is not overly complex, it is certainly complex enough to keep my taste buds happy.

M - For the amount of carbonation, Nut brown is surprisingly smooth. That is not to say the carbonation is over the top, but it is what it is. Its consistency is substantial, but not chewy.

D - Nut brown is a little too drinkable. In fact, the only factor that keeps a 4 pack partially intact in one sitting is the price. A true session beer that is, indeed, worthy of praise.

All in all, this beer comes highly recommended as far as Brown ales are concerned. Its superior to many of its competitors, such as Newcastle, in every respect I can think of.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Whole Foods on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a completely clear dark brown with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for quite a while before dissipating into a medium-sized layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing has good coverage but doesn't stick around that long.

Smells of bready malt and nuts while cold. As it warms there's more of a sweet malt smell accompanied by some dark fruits - mainly raisins.

Tastes similar to it's smell. There's a solid malt taste and some nut flavor while it's cold, then as it warms up it gets sweeter and fruitier. There's a medium bitter ending in the beginning that softens as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness and the carbonation is just right. Goes down very smoothly.

This is very drinkable. I slightly prefer it on the colder side as I like the bready malts more, but it's good throughout.

Overall a great value. A pint and a half for just under 4 bucks is on the cheap side for a beer this good. I'm excited about the cold months coming up and delving into more of Samuel Smith's brews.

Photo of bbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich mahogany brown that I really liked, with a touch of redness. Looked beautiful in the glass.

I found the scent to be average. Smelled good, certainly, but nothing amazing really stands out.

A good taste. Not too strong by any means -- a good middle of the road brown ale in terms of flavor intensity. Had a slight taste of nut (I guess that's to be expected) with an almost wood flavor as well (perhaps that was just me).

A nice medium hop level, so I thought this beer went down smooth and found it quite drinkable. I could have a couple of these for a session and be rather happy (and warm inside).

Overall, a good offering by Samuel Smith.

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

Poured a deep brown oak amber with a 1 finger slightly off-white head and no lacing.

Malts, caramel, and toffee are the initial aromas.

Roasted malts with mild caramel and toffee. Kind of under whelmed by the taste, was expecting a little more from this and it's just a little too mild a flavor.

Very smooth and creamy, little to no carbonation.

Once again just a little disappointed with the overall taste. Wish it was a little more of a pronounced flavor, not saying it was bad just expecting more.

Photo of changeup45
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown with a nice thick tan head and lots of foamy lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty although rather faint. Very well balanced flavors: malty, slightly sweet, spicy, and a kick of bitter hops. Not overly sweet either. One of the best Brown Ale's I've had. Way better than Newcastle...

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

poured from bottle into pint glass

copper clear brown. Creamy Head. nice.

Smells of caramel, hops, and well... nuts

Malt sweetness up top then moves to a hoppy nut. Walnut. tart.
Nice creamy yeast makes this a good one.

medium carbonation and feel. Smooth

Real real nice. Not upset over buying four

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

A - Poured a good brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of sweet nutty malt smells very good

T - Just about the perfect brown ale taste well balance flavors between the malt and hops

M - This beer has a medium light body its a little thin with light carbonation to it

D - I think this is a perfect session beer to have with friends easy to drink with a very good taste worth trying

Photo of matty
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored ale with a quickly fading head that stays at a quarter of an inch.Aroma reminded me of sour milk or baby vomit.Taste has nuts and butter but again that sour milk taste.I was looking forward to this from what my buddies told me but I am highly dissapointed.I will be staying away from this.

Photo of Dusty278
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start by saying that I do not seek out brown ales. I haven't found many that I particularly like and so went into trying this with a bit of a chip on my shoulder....but as you can see by my review, that all changed after this superb beer hit my lips.

A: Nice lasting (til the last sip) head and deep red/brown body.

S: Strong malty/nutty aroma, very pleasant.

T: Sweet with a nutty finish. Balanced hops, malt and just...just wonderful.

M: Smooth/Creamy Texture. Very pleasing, keeps you drinking.

D: I would drink this beer again and I plan to.

Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. I'm generally bored silly with nut brown ales, and am hoping this one can break the trend. Pours a clear medium brown with little head. Weak aroma of nothing much. Flavour starts out with a medium maltiness that quickly gives way to a quite nice tang that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Medium bodied. That tangy finish keeps me coming back. A nut brown ale I like!

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer.

This beer is so smooth and easy to drink. Every drink is packed with so much flavor. Nothing bitter, or spiced, not over malted, it was amazing. The Nut should be capitalized. That came through the most. The best brown ale I've ever tasted. I will be buying this for a long time. Yea.. I recommend it.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It builds a thick and foamy head with a creamy tan color over a dark reddish brown body. The body has good clarity and some visible carbonation. The head has very good retention, lasting until the last sip, and it leaves light tan lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a strong malty character with notes of mixed nuts and mild hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a malty, sweet bread character that's doughy and nutty. The presence of hops is mild and only noticeable towards the finish. Its carbonation is mild and the body is about medium making the texture smooth and creamy.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable brown ale.

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

A solid brown ale here. This one pours a dark translucent brown with a strong head retention. It gives off a nutty aroma, and has an even balance of a hoppy and nut flavor. This one goes down real smooth and crisp. Overall, a real easy beer to appreciate and enjoy.

Photo of nickynick
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale poured a nice dark brownish red color, nice tan head. Smell was of faint fruit and hops. Taste was a rush of sweet and dark flavors. Chocolate became present as it warmed. Good hop finish. Feel had good carbonation. Was a very easy drinker. Very nice full flavored brown ale. A very nice beer.

Photo of fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a dark, slight amber brown appearance with a thin layer of lacing on the head and creamy, almost syrupy lacing on the sides. Aromas are a delicate wollop of cocoa, nuts, almonds, toffee, slight dark fruit hint. Taste is initially sweet but lags toward a bitter finish. Has a pretty dry, roasty, caramel-like flavoring. Mouthfeel gives it a good carbonation, as well as a creamy body. Overall, a great brown ale.

Photo of brendan13
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a mug a clear dark red/copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Sweet grainy & nutty aroma.
T - Sweet caramel & nutty in the taste along with a dry roasty note.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - An interesting beer. Fairly simple yet full of flavour. $8 for a 500ml imported beer is fairly good value. Something I can see myself buying again. Hopefully it is available here on an ongoing basis.

Photo of beabear
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Head subsides after a minute or two.

Smell: The first whiff is pure hazelnut, with a generally sweet maltiness coming after.

Taste: Like any Brown Ale, it tends toward the dry side. Still, it's very crisp, and though the taste lingers on your palate, it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: It feels great normally, but it holds up even better if you swish it around your mouth a bit. Suddenly, the taste becomes a little sweeter, and the texture becomes velvety smooth. Carbonation is perfect, to the point where it's easy to forget it's even there.

Drinkability: Personally, I could drink 20. The alcohol and taste are perfectly balanced.

Like all Samuel Smith beers, it's a little pricey -- especially for a style that many other brewers do well. Still, it's a great beginner's beer. People who don't like the taste of beer (or don't know they do) will still love this. Best of all, it's a beer I still come back to and enjoy, and I expect to do so for years to come.

Photo of daythree16
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from that cool clear bottle with the gold foil into a pint glass. Pours a good medium brown color with a foamy one finger tan head.

The smell is pretty complex. There is a nuttiness up front with a little caramel malt sweetness as well. However, hiding in the background, is a very subtle herbal hoppiness. Tastes awesome. Not too sweet, a little nutty and hoppy as well, which probably lends to the semi-dry, lightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied. This could easily be a great session beer,...if it wasn't 12 dollars a 4-pack.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance was a great change from the Sam Adams Boston Lager, Deep Brown in color but sparklingly clear.

Smell: Not very strong, but it could be me, this is back to back days.

Taste and mouthfeel: Delicious, nutty dark malts with a rich flavor, mouthfeel was rich and buttery. I gargle the best of beers like this one regardless of where I'm at, what an asshole I've become...

Drinkability: This is to be enjoyed like fine wine, sip this as slow as your thirst allows.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Nut Browns next to Rogue Hazlenut Brown..
Poured a deep brown with a nice dirty white head on it. Nose wasroasted malt, caramel, nutty and more complex than I imagined. Taste was sweet dry, slight roastiness that was smooth and mellow. Caramel, chocolate and english matls stole the show. Darn good English Porter

Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Nut Brown, why have I not reviewed ye yet? Light mahogany body with a small cream coloured head that leaves a little lace. Nutty aroma, with a good dose of malt. Roasted nuts all the way through, with some caramel in the middle and a small modicum of bittering hops in the dry finish. Definitely a very malty beer, with a full profile in this sense, although I found it needed something extra to take it to a higher level. Medium bodied, but somehow more filling than a thicker beer. Good drinkability.

Photo of Ben4881
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery

This nut brown pours out a brilliant transparent amber color. Fiery highlights of red and orange appear when the glass is held to the light. A frothy tan head emerges with excellent retention that fades to a thin layer of foam. Spotty traces of lace appear on the glass.

A very deep, sweet, warm, malt aroma fills the fragrance of this beer. Hints of toffee add to a finishing scent of yeasty bread.

An odd combination of roasted nuts and alcohol assault the palette immediately. The alcohol flavor quickly fades and cleans up to a wet, watery, nutty finish. Slight suggestions of sour yeast and citrus hop flavors are also present in the finish. The wet finish transitions to a rather dry aftertaste. The aftertaste is quite subtle, but there is some bitterness. It tastes a little like hops and little like roasted nuts with caramel.

This nut brown has a medium to light body with noticeable carbonation. The beer foams nicely, but the carbonation does not distract from the taste.

This beer is quite drinkable. The subtle, and not overwhelming, smells and flavors make this beer very easy to drink. The dry aftertaste makes it inviting to take another gulp. There isn't anything outlandish or over-the-top about this brew. It is very solid and delightful.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear, dark amber-to-brown hue, thin layer of condensed white foam sustains, no lacing

Smell is caramel malts, almonds/walnuts, touch of brown sugar, butter popcorn, roast/toast malts, hint of hops

Taste is mostly roasty malts with a strong nutty backbone, caramel and toffee enter midway, finishes with a dry sweetness chock full of nuts

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, thin and watery texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, a very smooth and flavorful english brown with no discernible alcohol presence, right in the session range at 5%, could drink quite a bit of this one

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint.

A - Poured a reddish brown. Huge tan head settled to about 3/8 of an inch. Left a little lacing.

S - Malty with slight hazelnut hints.

T - Slightly sweet. Nutty, and some hops to balance it out.

M - Light carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth.

D - Two to three of these is possible.

Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a light amber in color with an off-white head. Head was good in size. Slight laciness.

Taste - Smooth, with a good balance of carbonation. Not much flavor a slight hint of hops that made it a little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Good, not thick or thin.

Drinkability - Not a heavy beer, good for a couple at a time.

Smell - A slight hint of malt.

Overall - An average nut brown.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.