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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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3,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 158
Gots: 207 | 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 mcarroll10177
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a 16 oz pint glass.

A- The larger volume glass allowed for an agressive pour with good results. Ale came out dark brown and topped with a very large white head that lessoned after a minute and left some great lacing on the glass.

S- some hops not to much of a nose on this ale.

T- clean up front with a slight bitterness and nutty flavor in the finish, very nice. This ale has good character.

M- perfectly balenced not watery or thick

D- great taste and a supreme example of the syle, perhaps the very best. This is a great tasting brown ale.

Another great offering from Tadcaster. Is this the best premium brewery out there?

mcarroll10177, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear chestnut brown color with a 1/4 inch head that lingers in the glass and leaves a nice bit of lacing too. Aroma is malty and slightly caramelly. Taste is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and toffee. I could taste a light hop bitterness. This beer was smooth on the palate and quite drinkable. It reminds me of a stronger English mild. Quite tasty.

rodrot, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of mabirch
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A reddish brown color with a nice head that diminished, but a good portion of it stuck around the whole time. A good amount of lacing also. An excellent flavor, nutty,malty, ever so slightly fruity, not too heavy and very drinkable. Mouthfeel was nothing special, but overall this is a great brew that I could drink year round. Very pleased and will definately buy again.

mabirch, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appeared a dark rust color in my pint glass with a soft, off-white colored head that left quickly and left behind some lacing. Low level of carbonation is present. Aromas of pine nuts, peanuts, and fruit juice seemed apparent to me. The taste was a bit sweeter than I expected with fruity undertones that contrasted nicely with the bitter flavors in the beer. Relatively thin in my mouth without a comprehensive texture or feel. A bit sour in the aftertaste. I had one of these and that's all I wanted for quite awile.

jaluria, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a translucent brown with a nice frothy off white head that dissapates but leaves a thin film for a while which eventually dissipates. The smell is priarily roasted nutty malts with hints of sweetness. The taste is the spotlight of the beer. The taste here is primarily hazlenut roasted malts. This is a fantastic flavor in a brown ale. there is a good thickeness here with a good carbonation. Overall this is one of the best brown ales I have had. I would certainly prefer Rogue's Hazlenut Brown nectar but other than that Brown ales do not get much better than this.

MSchae1017, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a dark rust/brown with a big foamy khaki head that falls quickly the a 1/2 inch layer and leaves an elegant, stringy lacing.

The nose is light brown sugar, malt, and extremely faint hops and apple.

I get hops first in the taste. They are earthy and spicy and backed by a sweet nut toffee flavor. Occasional hint of nugat. Big ale fruitiness toward the end, almost tastes like pear. Finishes with a light spice bouqet and a suprising earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and lively. Perhaps just a tiny bit thick. This is a light, playful, but still very complex beer I could drink gallons of.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of maddamish
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freaking near perfection!

A heady ale that laces nicely. Light brown in color.

You really need to drink this beer at 45 - 50 degrees. Any colder than that and you are going to cheat yourself out of a nice treat.

Caramel and butterscotch notes on the first offering with a nice nut finish in the aftertaste.

Sugar and caramel are slightly present in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a brown ale as it is consistent and smooth.

Notes: I will have to hook up my friends with this one when they come up to visit. This is the standard for brown ales everywhere!

maddamish, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550ml clear bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear and a nice red-brown in colour. Big 2 inch foamy beige head prevents me from pouring more in the glass. Excellent head retention. Big clumps of sticky lace throughout.

Aroma is sweet with caramel and malt leading the way. Little nutty and spicy hints accent nicely.

Somewhat sweet yet malty and nutty from the start through to the finish where it becomes acidic with a touch of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Leaves a buttery feel in the mouth afterwards. Medium bodied.

While this is a good beer and perhaps the standard by which many brewers judge their own brown (nut-brown) ales it certainly doesn't reach out and seduce me. This is more of your casual sipping beer to enjoy on a lazy evening. Drinkability suffers a little in this respect.

Noxious26, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of jaydanahy
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a fan of brown ale in general, but this beer is exceptional. When served at the proper temperature, it gets better throughout the entire beer and the last few sips are like candy.

It's a chestnut color. Toffee smell. Nut and caramel flavor. Carbonation is mild to be sure. Just a tremendous beer to open an evening with.


jaydanahy, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I know, I know, I know. You're supposed to pour ales into a choice of glassware to release the beer's volatiles. But I've been drinking Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale straight out of the thin-necked bottle for as long as I can remember.

To me, this is the gold standard of nut brown ales. A surpemely pleasant roasted nuttiness accompanies each sip, and a malty caramelness finishes each heavenly draw. Distinct notes of plum, molasses, and pipe tobacco round out the impressive bouquet.

This, my friends, is my favorite beer.

troutmask96, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour it it seems that there not much to the body. It has a NICE dark brown color, reminds me of mahogany. It has a lighter biege head that doesn't last but looks good.

It has a scent that remiinids me that it took a long trip across the pond to get here, but I can detect some crystal malts and subtle toffee.

Really good taste, subtle butterscotch, light in body, with a nice dry finish.

Samuel Smith does not disappoint.

joeskirkie, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber or chestnut color with foamy off white head. Smells of floral sweetness, undertones of malts, sweet grape smells, and bits of butterscotch. Clean malty tastes with a buttery taste. There is still a dryish sweetness to this beer that reminds me of grapes. Medium body with earthy tastes and an aftertaste that is dry and a little bitter. Very drinkable beer and right on the spot for a nut brown.

stewart124, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of whynot44
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, clear dark garnet color with a moderate tan head.

Aroma is toasted nuts, caramel, toffee, and black cherries.

The taste is earthy nuts, caramel, a bit of fruit, with a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee toward the end.

Slightly dry, creamy smooth and very drinkable. One won't be enough.

whynot44, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
A quality beer for the price.
Nice creamy head. Smelled of nut, flower and citrus. Caramel color.
Taste was smooth nutty, caramel, perhaps a bit chocolate. Seemed to become smoother as it warmed although it lost its 'refreshingness'.
Feel was balanced, not too bitey, not too smooth.
I had two in about 15 minutes, it was good.

Mebuzzard, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolate, dark brown color with limited but persistent creamy, wet, head. The body is mostly clear but appears to have a goodly amount of carbonation bubbles. Smell is hoppy and sweet with a nice balance of hops and malt and a slightly impressive tinge of something that resembles soap.
Taste is round and touched with metal. Malt and hops are balanced but somewhat off. Flavor is decently bitter but missing some crispness typical of the style. Somewhat lacking in the nuttiness content also. Mouthfeel is full and semi-smooth.
Not my favorite nut brown ale, but I'm also starting to think it's not one of my favorite styles. Well made and decent but not top notch for me.

daliandragon, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, this is pretty much the best Nut Brown I have ever had, so judging by style, my score has to reflect that.

Lucky me, this is my second S.S. in a row that hasnt been skunked. Gigantic light brown head that I couldnt wait for to die down, so I started drinking it. Sweet, soft, and malty nose. Just a glimpse of what's to come.

The taste is so smooth & perfect. Truly a world-class professional brew. Bold & complex, but still easy to drink. A very hard balance to achieve, but S.S. has done it. A touch of creaminess and toasty at the end that is splendid.

Extremely drinkable. Possibly addictive...?

chOAKbarrell, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some nutty aromas combine with some chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel undertones in this one.

Pours a sort of ruby-brown color with a creamy head.

Tastes of nutmeg, hazlenut, roasted malts. Not much hop flavor happening, but there is some. Also a bit of caramel involved in the mix.

Extremely easy to drink this beer.

lpayette, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep chestnut color with a slightly rocky and well-retained light tan head that leaves a very sticky lace. Toffee and subtle hops in the nose. Caramel, grain, a distinct nuttiness, an overall smooth roastiness and some bittering hops make up the flavor of this balanced brew. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

For any one who likes Brown Ales, or wants to develop a greater appreciate for the style, you can’t afford to pass this one up: it’s not the best Brown Ale out there, but it is widely considered a classic and is, at least my opinion, the example to which all others of the style should be compared. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours pretty clear initially with a bunch of bubbles sticking to the side of the glass through out the beer. There was a little over 1/4" head of tannish bubbles on top of the Reddish Amber colored beer. The head stuck around for while because it was maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. There is a good bit of lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really nutty and musty with a little bit of skunking present. There is a good bit of caramel present along with some really toasty notes. This is really a malt accentuated beer in the aroma. Though there is a bit of skunking, it still isn't objectionable.

Taste: The flavor is a bit harsher than the aroma would have suggested. The hops play a much bigger role in the flavor. They are not really supported by the roasted malts, but instead they are elevated by them. After the hops show their head, the malt starts to take back over into the finish. There is a bit of caramelly sweetness to linger in the back of the throat. As the beer warms, I must be getting used to it as the harshness really subsides. The musty flavor comes out a lot more aggressively.

Opinion: I am a pretty big fan of Sam Smith's beers...but this particular one is not my favorite. It seems to be a bit too light for the water and ingredients they use. I believe that the water has something to do with the harsh flavor you get from this beer. I prefer to stick to Sam Smiths darker beers.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark brassy color with a big bubbly white head that holds for quite a while and leaves a nice lace.

Smell is a slightly yeasty, bready malt aroma with a pronounced, surprise, nuttiness, and a light European hop aroma, grassy and fairly subdued.

The malt is just as pronounced in the flavor, a little bit buttery, a little bit of toffee, and a lot of baked bread in the finish and aftertaste. Hints of caramel and a little hoppiness sneak into the back. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied before a dry finish.

Overall: Another wonderfully pleasant Samuel Smith offering, and one I'll keep drinking.

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550mL, from the 2005 holiday gift pack

Pours a clear, deep reddish brown with a nice thick head of large bubbles. Smell is that Sam Smith must with a hint of nut and caramel. You get used to it.

Taste is malty and nutty with an old sweat… basement… dusty character. As unappealing as it sounds, it is actually quite good. Long, dry aftertaste. Definite nutty aftertaste.

What I have come to expect from Sam Smith, especially the non-stout Sam Smiths. Once you get used to the yeast character (at least that is what I think I am tasting with the “must”) it is great. Really grows on you.

sacfly, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml glass bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Looks great. A nearly opaque brown color with a nice. large, foamy off white head sitting on top. Laces the glass very well. Exactly how a brown ale should look.

S - Not a huge aroma but a subdued sweetness with a bit of nuttiness in there.

T - A smooth medium bodied beer. The nutty flavor comes through on the finish and leaves a nice brief aftertaste in the mouth.

M - A very smooth feel. The subdued carbonation compliments the subtle sweet flavors nicely.

D - A nice beer to drink, both as a session "quaffer" and one that has enough going on to make you want to sip.

EStreet20, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown with some bright honey colored highlights. Awesome head of tan foam that holds nicely. Low carbonation. Awesome lacing.

Has a nice aroma of roasted malts, nutty, brown sugar and a little winelike.

Very nice beer, light on the palate, Nutty! nice roasted malt flavor, with kind of a brown sugar sweetness. Very nice floral hop bite in the finish.

Very balanced, smooth and drinkable, an almost flawless nut brown. Delicious.

SteveO1231, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like I envision a nut brown to look like...dark brown...impressive.

Very nice aroma...toffee, butterscotch, slight coffee bean.

Stronger taste profile than Newcastle but not by a lot in my opinion...butterscotch, roasted malts, toffee, and a slight nutty compoenent (walnuts)..

A slight acidic feel to it...on the light side of medium bodied..finishes very dry..

A very good nut brown ale...a little better than Newcastle but the difference is not huge in my opinion..

ZAP, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin, wispy white head. Nose is malty, accented with overtones of toffee and caramel. The same characteristics follow through in the taste. Hops are in the background here, the big maltiness takes the lead role here - toffee, caramel, a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but fits the style well. A tasty nut brown ale that's a pleasure to drink.

LarryV, Dec 23, 2005
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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