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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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3,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,309
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 167
Gots: 256 | 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 Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish hue with a foamy eggshell colored head that retains well and leaves behind some lacing.

S- Very pungent, deep earthy smells of nuts and wheat come to the forefront of the odor.

T- Completely nutty taste with a dash of roasted malts. Very smooth all the way through. Taste lingers beautifully on the palate for a while.

M- Smooth consistency at first leading to a burst of carbonation at the end. Thin sweet film coats the inside of the mouth leaving behind wonderful flavors.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Easy to enjoy a pint just about anytime.

Lothore, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with some reddish hues. It's crystal clear and has a pillowy and bubbly light beige head. Retains a nice ring throughout along with some thin patches on top, but doesn't leave much of anything on the sides of the glass. Smell is of caramel malt, nuts, buttery diacetyl and there's also a whiff of fruitiness and alcohol.

Taste is velvety smooth and beautifully balanced. It's nutty and malty and takes your palate for a bit of a ride. Caramel and biscuity malt forms the base while nuts, diacetyl and a quick burst of hops take their turn tickling the tastebuds. No hop bitterness but a splash of light spicy flavor. Finishes clean with a primarily nutty aftertaste. Not sure if they're hazelnuts or maybe walnuts or what, but the nut flavor and aftertaste are wonderful. Carbonation is crisp but not overdone, and mouthfeel is light on the palate yet creamy, as well.

This one is very easy drinking and I can easily polish off the 550ml bottle. I wish I had more.

number1bum, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of ketchepillar
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured out beautifully. The head didn't last too long though. It smelled quite good, except something in there did seem a bit off, which made me a little worried that it was going to be skunky. However upon tasting, it was definitely not. As for the taste, you know when when cartoon characters fight, and there is a ball of dust with arms and legs poking in and out. Well, thats what it seemed like was going on in my mouth. 3-4 different nutty and earthy tastes were fighting with each one taking its turn to jut out and show its flavor all in fast succession. Multiple different tastes going on at once, but they worked very well together for me. I could drink a few in one night, but it seems best to save and savor with only one per night.

ketchepillar, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with amber streaking with a two and a half finger pillowy off white head. There was very good lacing and excellent retention.

The smell featured a soft nutty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. Some diacytl as well.

The taste was a but subdued, but a nice mixture of nuttiness, earthy malts, coffee and cocoa.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a very dry finish.

Overall a nice and very drinkable brown ale. Not a flavor explosion, but very nicely done.

plaid75, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of casadebia
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color with white to caramel strong head

S - Nuts and yeast bread smell with a creamy after scent

T - very creamy start with a nutty after taste to balance

M - good body with nice flow

D - this is a good beer for certain situations but wouldnt always be quenching

Picked this up at a Fresh Harvest store in Nacogdoches and poured it into a pint glass. It is a unique brown ale to me in both taste and color.

casadebia, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of baxterbrew
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one poured from the bottle with plenty of creamy, foamy head that dissolved into thin lacing. The color is great - a deep brown, almost ruby color. The smell is definitely diacetyl- strong butterscotch, maybe a little citrusy. This thing is very complex on the taste, nutty for sure. Chewy, very filling. The hops come through at the end to end with a crisp note. I could drink this one forever.

baxterbrew, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i had some of this back in college and was impressed. then a few years ago i ordered a bottle while out for dinner. i told my friends the bottle was clear and they did not believe me. BELIEVE. it has a very nice color and body. this is a nice tasting beer. it is nice to taste the contrast between this and many of the local darker ales.

a thumbs up. this one makes the top 25.

"Beer is proof that God loves man" Benjamin Franklin

giblet, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of boelker62
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz fluted glass...
Appeared - a lovely clear red when held up to the light for inspection, and seemed to sit a shallow, slightly hazy brown on the countertop. Rocky diminishing head with lively carbonation.
Smelled - a tinge of hoppiness, but mostly caramel and nutty maltiness.
Taste - possibly a bit of prune shone through on this, but otherwise, similar to what was described in aroma. The first wave was a distinct straw-like sweetness, and a slightly acidic following, with an average finish on this light to medium-bodied brew.
Drinkability - yeah, I cpuld have a good session with some more of these.

From trying the SS stouts, I am noticing a VERY similar taste in all of them. I find that odd. I will have to sample the Porter, as I only DRANK it out one night, at a concert at the Downstairs at the World Cafe Live in University City, Philadelphia. (yes, a nice beer selection there...) not fitting for a rating, after having multiple 60 Minute IPA's.

boelker62, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 18.7 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Cream colored head and light brown color beer. Good head retention.

Sweet, candy, caramel, chocolate smells. Very nice.

The beer has a smooth taste, but it's a bit watery. A little "nutty" flavor, I guess. There's some other flavors here, a touch of honey and sweetness. A decent brown ale, overall.

Very drinkable, could probably have quite a few over a couple hours. It doesn't leave me craving another, though.

jar2574, May 26, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle bought in March.

A- a pretty translucent dark brown with an off-white head that dissipates pretty quick. I was expecting it to pour more of a clear brown, so this was surprising, but not necessarily bad.

S- malty, toasted smell.

T- toasted malt, with the presence of that metallic taste that I pick up in many brown ales.

M/D- both Ok. I don't find this to be the most interesting beer, so I would have to force myself to not only want to finish an entire bottle, but also drink more than 1. There is nothing really offensive about it though.

MiScusi, May 21, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-tinted brown w/ an ever so slight head and a consistent lace.
S: Mild with a slight (Suprise!) nuttty smell.
T&M: Very nice. Has a slight sweet syrupy taste, but it tends to be a bit too carbonated in it's overall taste.
D: 2-3 in any one setting. The sweetness does it in for me. I prefer to to be killed by roughness when it comes to brews.

July2Nov, May 18, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this one, since it was the top rated brown ale. However, I was a bit let down. Maybe it was a bad batch, or maybe the glass I poured it into hadnt been cleaned well enough. Poured into a pint glass from a 25oz. bottle. The beer poured a deep brown, forming a medium 1/2 inch head. Slight spots of lace along the glass. The aroma is of slight sweet malts and raisins. Not exactly what I want in a brown ale. The taste is very much the same. Very light sweet malt, followed by a less-than-pleasant raisin/prune taste. Medium mouthfeel. Easy finish and low alcohol content would make this an easy session ale. Overall, I must have had a bad batch, because this was exactly the opposite of what I expected. I will definitely be trying this brew again.

beeragent, May 07, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance, thick and persistent head (if you get this in a bottle, beware, because it fizzes like all-get-out!). Aroma is simply heavenly, with strong molasses overtone and some burnt hints. Taste does not quite match the aroma, but I did let the bottle sit for a bit before drinking. The flavor is very good, malty with a touch of bitterness and also a hint of sweetness. Thick, smooth, it is a delight to drink.

Cyberkedi, May 04, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the recent BA article on Brown Ales and the picture of this one! Oh to get back to a beauty such as this.
Nice Brown color with a tan head that fades to some nice film.
Aroma- malty, sweet, some hops are there.
Mouthfeel- awesome malty body with some caramel and the hops are about medium with a great balance to the malt. Earthy, nutty, and besides the price per bottle would be a go-to beer any day. A good froth on the palate does not change much and the nuttines comes out a just a little more. Fist SS I have had in the new dark brown bottle.

ByTor2112, May 01, 2007
Photo of slargthorb
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

haven't had this in a while - price may have something to do with it because this stuff would be near the top of my short list!

A - looks nice and dark, a bit reddish? not a ton of head but what's there clings to the glass and looks real nice.

S - Complex smell, an indication of whats to come.

T - shall I say musky? yes, I shall. LOVE it!

M - Not the highpoint - I like creaminess and while this is certainly not watery or at all disappointing, its mouthfeel is not especially distinctive.

D - As drinkable as it gets.

slargthorb, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours a dark brown with some amber hints against the light. It has a very small tan head that remains through most of the glass.

Smell is very sweet yet earthy. Caramel and roasted nuts come through mostly.

Taste is much like the nose. Caramel and sweet earthy nuts. Maybe a bit of almond in there. Very complex for a brown ale.

Very smooth. Not too thick, not too thin. Very well done. When I think of an English Brown, this is the beer that comes to mind.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Contra
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle

Nut Brown Ale says more about this beer's appearance than I need to edify. Solid brown color, non-existent head, although it did foam up when I opened the bottle. The smell is very inviting, sweet and sticky. The flavor is reminiscent of caramel, toffee, chestnuts, all rather sweet, but without the negative effect on the palate. There is some bitterness, but you have to look for it.

Overall, I could see myself buying this somewhat often. I can imagine overlooking some of the subtle flavors if someone were to drink it too quickly. In fact, I was somewhat disappointed when I first started drinking this beer. Combined, perhaps, with the beer warming up, there was a lot more standing out. There is a certain talent in knowing how to drink beer, I guess.

Contra, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown or dark amber color if held to light. One finger head that lasted for a little while.

Slightly nutty smell, earthy, alcohol.

Rich nut taste, slightly roasted, alcohol. lots of flavors. A little bitter but mostly malty. A friend tasted it and said it tasted like a tree. Slight bourbon taste, reminded me or a bourbon beer a little. I don't know if it was aged in oak barrels but it tastes like it

medium body, crisp

so drinkable, I really loved this beer, the nut flavors are delicious!

pittvkyle7, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with some reddish hues out of the new brown bottle. There is a perfect thick and creamy tan colored head with good retention and some decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel, brown sugar, fresh baked bread, diacetyl and a faint hoppiness.

Taste is like fresh baked whole grain bread, there is a nice nutty flavor, there is a touch of sweet brown sugar, and just a tad of hops. Pretty well balanced beer. Mouthfeel is smooth, pleasantly carbonated, and medium bodied. A very easy drinking beer for sure. A classic Brown Ale, and one that originally turned me onto the style.

hckyfn9999, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of ekempey
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Mug, the beer pours a dark brown color with a nice frothy one finger head with light lacing. The initial smell is of nuts and hops, and the first taste shares that with additions of caramel and a light toast taste. The beer is light bodied, with seemingly no warming behind it with little feel of carbonation. Gets better as it warms up, the beer opens up with a fuller body and fuller warmth than the first taste. A nice buy which I would like to have again.

ekempey, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of rmfyeah
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one often a few years ago and it always had a skunked taste to it. Recently I noticed it again in the dark bottle and gave it another try. No skunk taste this time. I don't know if the bottle had anything to do with it.

This beer is understated. Poured clear dark brown with a fizzy head. It has all the flavors but they don't jump out at you. Hoppiness right away followed by nuttiness and sweet flavors, again not overwhelming but definitely all there. Decent mouthfeel.

I could drink this again and again.

rmfyeah, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of xav33
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
550ml bottle
Recent bottling (SG13B1), celebrated 04/07
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured a clear brown with a mostly lasting large fluffy light brown head.

Smelt of moderate mixed nuts, toffee, stone.

Taste was upfront strong bitter nuts and sweet caramel followed by a strong bitter rustic and nutty flavor and light caramel on a moderate finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, fizzy and moderately astringent.

Overall, this is a classic nut brown with awesome flavor. The flavors are bold, balanced and complex. A personal favorite. Easily one of the best nut brown ales out there.

xav33, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber color, nice brown around the edges. Beige head about 1 finger high.

Smell - Not much, I stuck my nose way in the glass and was hoping for a nutty smell, got nothing.

Taste - Hoppy start, not much after that. Ordinary.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium body.

Drinkability - OK.

SaltyLime, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of woemad
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $2.59. No freshness date.

Poured a dark, cola color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Thick, creamy light tan head that took it's time dissipating.

The nose on this beer was a little disappointing. The nuttiness and brown sugar scents that are encountered do not melt together that well. There's also a slight skunkiness.

The same can be said for the taste. The dry nutty aspects do not balance out the sweet, caramel-ish notes, and the skunkiness noted above glowers in the background.

More watery than I'd hoped for, the mouthfeel is diappointing.

I've never had it happen before, but it seems I've finally encountered a skunked Sammy Smith bottle. I really wish there was a freshness date on the bottle so I could see just how long this has been sitting. Disappointing.

woemad, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 550 ml bottle,

A: The head on this beer is the stuff of dreams.the color is a nice deep brown color, just perfect.

S I stuck my mug in there and did pick up the nutty malted aromas, but it was more faint than i would have liked.

T: Taste is great, the nut taste is very good with caramel and roasted flavors as wellthe finish is almost too watery though which keeps it from a 5.

M: The mouthfeel starts out nice and creamy but as stated before there is an almost too clean, too watery finish

D: this is a great beer, very easy to consume and enjoy the flavors. truely a great brew, if anything the clean finish makes it more drinkable. very good. I think there is a faint tast of apples, but im not sure.

Redwood21, Apr 14, 2007
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,309 ratings.