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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lovely hazel, with tinge of red. Appears thick as it pours. A three-finger frothy head diminishes, but leaves plenty of lacing to coat the glass.
S: Smells frickin delicious. Tons of caramel, nuts, malt and little bit of alcohol. I can't wait to taste it.
T: There's not enough in the flavor. The nut and caramel is there but it disappoints.
M: Mouthfeel is water, very thin-bodied.
O: Overall this beer is a thrill for the eyes and nose, but a slight disappointment to the mouth.

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

Ironically enough I picked this 550mL beer up in Michigan and brought it back to Europe to enjoy.

Pours a nice amber brown and when held up to the light there are some light red hints coming through. Small 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that dissipates to a light foam that stays with the beer.

The aroma is very pleasant-sweet and nutty with hints of yeast/bread that give a pretty good idea of what the beer is going to taste like later.

Sweetness is the first thing about this beer and it is nice and pleasant, right on the edge of where you would want it to be I think. There are also some nutty flavors in the finish.

There is some light carbonation and overall the beer is very light-not really too complex so it goes down nice and smooth. I could drink another if I could get my hands on one.

I had heard good things about Samuel Smith's so the I was expecting something nice and it delivered, nothing spectacular, but very nice.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A brown color, that is still clear, with a dark head, medium sized, that soon melts.
The smell is nutty, dark, and sweet.
The taste is rich and flavorful. Notes of chocolate, pine, and carmel, but a little too rich.
MF is nice with multiple flavors, the tounge seeks candy to accent this beer.
Drinkability is a little better than average, but it is so rich and sweet, I reserve this as a dessert beer at a nice dinner.

Photo of tkach
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber-brown with a frothy tan head that dissolved at a mediocre rate.

Smelled like toasted golden malty goodness. A rich scent not too fragrant while no where near bland.

Taste. They gave this beer a good name. It is in fact like a toasted nutty ale. I sensed a slight spicyness that offered a bit of zing as well.

Mouthfeel was alright, not what I usually look for, the zing kicked a bit too much for me with the carbonation. Very light afterwards and it still held the flavor so that was nice although somewhat common.

I thought this was pretty drinkable. My large bottle went down fast, it didn't seem to be something to want to savor too long and it went down easy with a nice rich flavor and clean finish.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice clear chestnut brown, formed a good tight head with small bubbles, light lacing, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Smell of roasted nuts and caramel, very soothing and gets better as beer warms up.

T = Good tastes of chestnuts, slight hint of caramel and butterscotch, roasted grains. Primarily sweet and nutty through the front and middle of the tongue turning to a good bitter finish.

M = Light to medium bodied, good level of mouthcoating for the body, good carbonation but with just slightly too much sting on the tongue.

D = Highly drinkable. This is one of the better nut brown ales I've had. Really good just for a relaxing evening.

Photo of littleshamrocks
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a medium brown with reddish tints when held up to the light. A reasonably hard pour produced a big, frothy, light tan head which was mostly lasting and left a wall of lacing on one side of the glass. The body of the beer is generally clear with some decent carbonation. The aroma is of moderately sweet toffee-like malts in the forefront, with nutty notes and a floral/perfumey hoppiness just below the surface. I pick up a little doughiness from the yeast as well. The taste is similar to the nose with the slightly sweet malts barely taking the lead over the floral/herbal hop flavors. This is reminiscent of an English mild ale with a more pronounced hop character. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a somewhat thin texture and some accommodating carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is an alright beer. The flavor is on the lighter side, which might make it highly drinkable for some, but for me, there is just not enough here to keep me coming back.

Photo of monkeybeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very nice reddish brown with a good thick tan head and nice lacing on the glass.

S- A rich malty smell mixed well with a hint of sweetness (chocolate and caramel) and also a hint of fruit.

T/M- A nice well balanced brown with traces of sweetness and roasted nuts. The mouth feel is very nice as the beer is not overly carbonated.

D- This is a very drinkable Nut Brown, I was sad that I only bought one at the store. I will defiantly get this one again and again.

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

When first poured, this is one nice looking beer. Very rich amber color with a fluffy tan head. Remnants stick to the glass as you drink the beer.

Smell was impressive, though not too strong. Has a sweet, almost sugary smell. I was surprised at how nutty the taste was. I thought it was just the name of the beer, but you can really taste it. It has a bit of a caramel taste as well.

Feels very smooth, but maybe a little thick. The thickness gives it a heavy feeling making it harder to drink, but overall doesn't effect the quality. This is a great beer.

Photo of iceball585
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered very slowly

S- Dark malts, nuts, brown sugar, caramel, grains, hint of dark fruits

T- Caramel malts, toasted nuts, brown sugar, creamy, slightly buttery, faint bitter hops at the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, fairly sweet, semi-oily finish

D- Great session beer or sipping beer

When I try to think of a good English Nut Brown Ale this is always the first one that comes to mind. Great auroma, great flavor,... great in every catagory. Also great head retention, it lasted as a thin layer of head throughout the whole pint.

Photo of JDV
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burgandy, caramel color. Malty smell, thick, tan, lasting head. Deep roasted nutty and malty flavor, with some bitterness to balance it out. Very smooth. Nicely carbonated. Lasting roasted aftertaste, and easy to drink. This is a good brown ale overall.

Photo of phil7568
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't believe I've never had this stuff.

Pours a deep amber with a nice retaining head.

Smells sweet and malty and why not, nutty.

I'm very impressed with how this beer is put together. It's malty and sweet but not too sweet. It's smooth as silk and finishes with a pleasant nuttiness. I can't detect a bit of hops.

I could drink this all night and into tomorrow morning. I also think this would be a great introduction beer for those getting away from the macro stuff.

Photo of atrus138
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 550 ml brown bottle into a pint glass. This is one fine-looking beer. Deep reddish brown with a fluffy head that lasts the entire time. Nice, sticky lacing. Nice malty smell. Hints of nut and some fruit (I think I detect notes of cherry). Very smooth. Quite a balanced drink. Malts predominate, but there's just enough hops to even it out. Lighter medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Great for the style. This would make a great session beer.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown with ruby highlights. Quarter inch tan head. Amazing aroma that is sweet, nutty and bready. Taste is not too sweet but otherwise accomplishes what the aroma promises. Frankly, I wouldn’t want it to taste any sweeter, has a very balanced flavor. Finish is kind of nutty. Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. You could not drink too much of this, but you should try.

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

Pours a dark brown with lots of red tint and a decent head.

Predominately roasted malt smell, hints of caramel and nutty aromas.

The taste shines through as being very sweet, a hazelnut taste is evident, quite a smooth and buttery beer for the most part, but has a dry finish as to not overstay its welcome.

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

I'm pretty new to beer, but this has to be my favorite so far. Poured out of the bottle into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Nice warm nutty aroma with a one finger light tan head that last about a minute or so before settling to a thin layer just barely covering the top of the beer. Sticks to the side of the glass after each sip.

This beer taste as nutty as it smells and has a clean crisp finish with no bad aftertaste. Amazing character... which must have something to do with it being brewed in those stone Yorkshire Squares at the Old Tadcaster Brewery.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is the best brown ale on the market...hands down.

Photo of JoePabeerno
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sorry, but I find this yet another over-priced, underwhelming import that dangles on the coat strings of the self-proclaimed beer experts (comprised mainly of under-aged college kids who think they know more than they do).

The appearance was good but it went downhill from there. The taste would have rated a 4... until I realized that I was STILL tasting it for 20-30 minutes after my last sip.

As a 47 year old who's been drinking beer for 30+ years... you can do better than this with a USA brew for half the price.

Photo of n0315
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle was clear so the taste may differ than others. Nice head that has a color of a tan white, with the beer being a nice dark brown or maybe amber. the head settles Smell is a nutty smell. A nice strong taste of nut and maybe wheat, much stronger than some of the other brown ales. very good strong taste of nuts, living up to the name nut brown ale.

Honestly...I think my new drink may be this insted of newcastle. Simply put the best brown ale I have ever had. very drinkable with the tastes of nuts that never stop. Wonderful beer.

Photo of boogles
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 550 ml bottle into "gift set" pint glass--"authentic brewery coaster" not used in this test. (Christmas presents aren't always bad, I guess!)

The beer poured with a beautiful color, but flared up a bit--the carbonation seemed a little too ambitious. Luckily, the head died down without undesirable residue.

The smell was more complex than I would have expected, but not something I spent a lot of time analyzing--I just wanted to enjoy this one.

The taste was beyond my expectations. I have not been blown away by Samuel Smith offerings (although I usually like them), and I'm not a huge fan of brown ales (although I find them enjoyable). But this was a special beer, very well balanced and sophisticated without straying from the prototype of nut brown ales.

I was expecting carbonation problems after the pour, but I was instead rewarded with an excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. The beer settled down nicely. I will probably try this one again.

Photo of GAPit
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out of bomber a dark amber/brown into tulip, lots of creamy off-white head that retains well with heavy lacing.

Smells very sweet, hazlenut extract overpowers, then chocolate, all giving way to roasted malts. Very little bitterness.

Tastes good, like it smells. Sweet, nut extract at first, creamy, dark crystal malt towards the end. Very slight hops finish, enough to put an end to the lingering sweetnss.

Suprisingly creamy and heavy on the tounge for how 'watery' it seems at first. Sweetness is very strong, but doesn't overpower.

This beer is really easy to drink. A little sweet for my taste, but I had no problem finishing the bomber. If you're into sweet beers, or belgian beers, you'll love this brown.

Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass and was left a small head that was constant w/ the whole drink and left some lacing. The color is a transparent brown, if you will.
The smell is very strong, as I actually picked up some malt smell as I was pouring the beer. There is clearly hazelnut picked up on the first whiffs, and maybe some honey or syrup one might smell.
It is rather a simplistic smell, to be honest, nothing in great detail to go on about.
The nuts in this beer are the main driving force of the taste and there is a little sweetness on the tongue from the yeast and you could sense either honey or caramel in there also. It might be chocolate, but I doubt it.
While the finish is a tad dry (I wouldn't call it bitter at all) from the nuts (maybe roasted malts were used?), overall this is a thin body ale that is very smooth and somewhat creamy.
W/ the almost dessert beer taste and low ABV, I would gladly have a few of these w/ friends or at the pub.

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep mahogany brown with a one-finger foamy head that recedes after a bit...The chestnut appearance gives way to a caramel, nutty aroma that leads to a smooth, buttery taste that is simply outstanding... I love all Samuel Smith brews and this one definitely does not dissapoint... scores for taste and an exceptional drinkability that goes down smooth and effortlessly.. Got a 18oz bottle as part of a gift-pack and loved all three brews I received... The taste and aroma are not overwhelming, but it is a pleasure to drink... Definitely recommended...

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

A - Pours up a dark amber color with ruby highlights and a thick off white head.

S - Sweet malt smell with a hint of "import" smell.

T - Slightly sweet, a hint of roasted malts in the finish.

M - Feels slightly thin and undercarbonated. Right for the style.

D - A smooth beer that would be very easy to drink.

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

Poured a dark transparent brown,with a nice tan head,I instantly smell sweetness,rasins,chocolate,it has a bold smell.A suttle nuttiness(go figure)is followed by a whirlpool of sweet whisky,quality coffee,and creamy carmels aged in a wood barrel.The mouthfeel is outstanding,a little thinner than it appears when poured,but it makes for a great beer that is more than drinkable,I cant wait to check this one out again...till next time Mr.Smith

Photo of Tilley4
2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I guess I just don't understand this style. After reading some of the reviews here, I was really expecting something big.

It looks great when you pour it. Beautiful brown with a nice fluffy head.

Smells great with a nice faint aroma of hazelnuts. Really looking forward to this.

Downhill now. This tastes just like a Bud Light or something. I may taste a little of the hazelnut here, but no chocolate or anything like that. Watery and unpleasant. This wound up drain pour very quickly..

I usually love the Sam Smith stuff but I just didn't like this one at all.

Photo of cookin420
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pub glass.
The head; Thick, foamy, creamy goodness.
Looks pretty amber for a nut brown. A deep but clear amber with a brownish hue.
Chocolate hits the nose right away. Baking bread and a faint nut smell.
The taste of nut is also faint but gets stronger as it warms. Fairly bitter but it comes and goes quickly, with none lingering. A lot of carbonation right after opening so it's best left to sit in the glass for a few.
Excellent mouthfeel for a brown; thin but smooth, not watery.
This is a very drinkable beer.
All in all another great one from the old brewery, Tadcaster.one thing is for sure though; weather you like a particular thing about a sam smith or not, you know that its not an oversight, they mean to do everything they do.

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