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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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3,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,234
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 162
Gots: 239 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear dark, ruby red. Head is thick, creamy and immovable.

S - Sweet, raisiny, candy-like aroma. Lots of floral notes and red fruit. Nuttiness is there, but subdued and intertwines with an earthy mustiness.

T - Extremely fruity, with an assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Toasted grain is evident and I taste a touch of nuttiness, but nowhere near what I expected.

M - Smooth, medium body is nice, and carbonation is not too strong.

D - This is the strong point of this one for me. Easy to drink, being neither too sweet nor dry, and tasty without being over the top.

allergictomacros, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried many of Samuel Smith's offerings, but until now I've neglected the Nut Brown Ale. (They just produce so many nice beers.) This is a style I don't have much experience with, so I figured I'd go straight to the top!

I poured this beer into, fittingly, a Samuel Smith glass. Since I poured it very slowly, little to no head formed, but the perimeter was filled with a bead of foamy, light tan bubbles. The color of this beer is marvelous; it's a deep nutty brown, almost like the darkest part of a chestnut.

I was surprised by the sweetness of the aroma. My hunch was that the smell would be filled by toasted nuts and malts; those were definitely present, but it was the mild sweetness that captured my thoughts during a long sniffing.

The flavor is mainly of malts and nuts, but the sweetness detected during sniffing is there as well, mainly in the form of a mild fruitiness. A modest bitter aftertaste lingers for some time, actually growing stronger for a while before finally breaking down. This effect certainly makes you feel as though you're getting your money's worth!

A great beer, and certainly one of the pinnacles of the English Brown Ale style.

CWiggins, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a dark brown. almost red with a head that leaves some lacing at the top. Smell is sweet, fruity, some pear and apple in the nose. This is just as complex in the flavor. Fruity, with some prunes there, with a clean, easy finish. This has a somewhat astringent finish which comes as very easy to drink.

A nice ale. one I'd definitely get again.

funkengruven, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Neehan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich syrupy/honey like appearance into the mug with a bit of lacing. The aroma is perfect, of a light sweetness mixed with toffee, malts, syrup and nutty flavors. The taste is rich and pure with smoky toffee, malts, and just a slight bit of bitterness for a nice balance. Mild in the mouth with good, crisp balance. This is very drinkable, you have to be careful to pace yourself so that you can enjoy it and not gulp it down. One of many great Samuel Smith brews.

Neehan, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, beautiful, ruby-brown with a huge, fizzy, light tan head that faded to a nice clinging film. Some lacing along the glass.

Smell was mild and somewhat unpleasant at first. Soy sauce was oddly most noticeable. Later, the true aromas come through. Sweet, rich, nutty and woody scents were detectable along with strong caramel malts.

Taste was rich, nutty and malty as well with a small amount of hops on the back of the palate. The aftertaste was somewhat metallic initially but later, as the beer settled, it left a sweet, slick, caramel-like taste that resonated in the mouth.

Creamy, soft, almost chewy mouthfeel.

Overall, a very pleasant and easy drinking beer.

Damian, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT 2.7fl oz (550mL) into mug

Pours a clear dark brown with a bubbly cream colored head. Settles to a fizzy rim along the glass, with minimal lacing.

Sweeter malt aromas are the most noticeable. Almost has a toffee-like quality to it. Very light fruity notes are in the background.

Friendly malt characteristics. Nutty sweetness on the palate. Biscuit like malty finish.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth finish.

Very good beer, and yet another great product from Samuel Smith. I recommend this one.

BeerSox, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown, slightly hazed with a light off white head quickly turning into a little soap ring.

Smell had a sweet malty charachter with a touch of grain.

Has a nice nutty malt taste, slightly sweet at first, but quickly evening out with some nice earthy hops, also just a touch of Diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick.

Easy to drink, classic english session ale.

bashiba, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's another one of those beers that I've passed on countless times and figured it time to see what Sammy's Nut Brown is like...

Appearance is deep brown, with reddish highlights and a thick tan creamy head and excellent lacing. Aromas are sweet and nutty, with a hint of toast. Tastes much like it smells, big toasty nut malt flavor up front with a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall a very drinkable beer, definitely worth storing in my memory bank as solid beer.

sockeye101, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of jtw5877
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown with a white head, semi malty aroma with a white head that would have been bigger if i didnt fill my pint glass to the brim. A solid standard for this style of beer, medium bodied biscuity malt with a touch of hops. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Another beer that makes me re-evaluate the need for extreme beers, sometimes simple is just as enjoyable.

jtw5877, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith bottles are just friggin' cool. I love the fancy gold wrapping around the neck...it makes you feel that you are in for something special.

This pours a deep chestnut brown that almost seems purple when held to the light. This has a three-finger head that is the color of peanut shells and reduces to a nice thick cap over the span of a few minutes. Lots of beige lace is stuck to the glass.

The nose is sweet and nutty with a hint of orange juice and booze. I smell pecans, chestnuts, and peanut shells mixed with a sugary syrup. For some reason, I can really smell the alcohol in this one. That's not an entirely bad thing, but it's just strange for a 5.00% beer. I also smell an almost sickly sweet forzen orange juice aroma. This has a very complex nose that reminds me of the way it smells outside when I am raking leaves. I can detect about every kind of nut that I can think of.... cashews, peanuts, almonds, ect. This is the most nutty nut brown that I've ever smelled!

I taste soy sauce and caramel follwed by tons of nutty flavor (almonds, chestnuts, and sweet cashews). Later come deeper flavors of woody smoke, salted meat, jerky, grape skins, and a slighty citric hop twinge. This is an extremely complex beer. There are alot of different things going on here to keep my tastebuds working. This seems like a very appropriate taste for the cool autumn weather! The alcohol is warming for such a low alcohol brew, and the roasty sweetness reminds me of bonfires and changing leaves.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost under-carbonated. The finish is dry, salty, nutty, and tangy. After that drying sensation, a peculiar sweetness comes back a few moments after swallowing.

This is a very unique and complex brew that needs to be sipped slowly and picked apart piece by peice. I personally would not want one of these with food, as it is very flavorful on it's own...and the slightly strange and precariously balanced taste could be thrown off easily by adding other flavors to the already taxed palate. But on it's own, this is a work of art.

I just noticed that this is my 50th review and I'm glad that I had such a fascinating beer on this mildly important occasion. Cheers!

pmcadamis, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep and clear mahogany brown, topped by a foamy pillow of tan head, which is leavin some sticky little laces.

Spicey nuts in the aroma. The taste reviles caramel, nuts, cinnamon and spices – quite the tasty treat. Smooth drinking brew.

Very sharp and crisp, this is one fine brew from the lads across the pond. Pity the importing raises the price of this drinker to $2.50 for a 12 0z brew. This would be a great session brew at 8-10 dollars for a sixer.

Vancer, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear brown color with a small but persistent head. The taste is malty with a definite hazelnut characteristic. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly chewy. This is a highly drinkable beer that would be appropriate on most occasions. (A personal favorite).

barefootbrewer, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a very foamy medium head...about two and a half fingers. The color of the head is a pale tan and it dissipates at a fair rate with little lacing. It settles to a patchy and thin layer of head on top of the beer. The color of the brew itself is a dark reddish brown that is extremely clean. There is moderate carbonation activity in the glass.

Smell - There is a nice and mellow bready malt aroma up front. Also, some moderate nutty aromas accompany the initial smell of malt. The hops are barely present, and are of bitter character, not fruity or floral and only slightly citrusy. Slight alcohol burn on the nose; no discomfort from it whatsoever, though.

Taste - Much better than a Newcastle, I can tell that right off the bat. Suprisingly the first first thing I taste is the bitterness of the hops (which is still in the background, but much more powerful than in the aroma). The nuttiness and mellow bready malt character follow that up. The finish pairs the two main flavor aspects of this beer along with some moderate earthiness. There is a little alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is pretty good, the body is on the medium/light side. There is almost no alcohol burn, either. The only complaint is that it isn't quite as smooth as I expected, even for something that could technically be considered medium-bodied.

Drinkability - Pretty darn good. There are no uncomfortable flavors, aromas, or other sensations from this beer. It is pleasant to drink, and has a much better flavor than the larger brewery brown ales.

Overall, this is quite a darn good little brown ale. It paired quite well with my extra sharp cheddar. I love the nutty character it has that rides with the very mellow bready malt character. Definitely recommended for fans of the style or similar.

dblinkhorn, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear 550ml bottle, Samuel Smith's embossed on shoulder and gold foiled cap (as in picture above). Dark reddish-brown color with one-finger of head. Not super strong aroma, but can definatley smell the nuttiness along with the grain malt. Well rounded nutty flavor with a creamy finish. Well balance of both hops and malt. A touch bitter in the finish. Good mouthfeel with body that was filling and creamy smooth. Easy to drink, a very solid representation of a nut brown, one of the best I've tried so far.

BigBry, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear bottle. Orange-tinted chestnut with an impressive undulating sandy foam cap. Very nice head retention. Slowly-rising, sparse carbonation. An earthy and toasted character forms the base of the aroma, but I'm surprised to detect a considerable amount of leafy and grassy smelling hops. A sweetish hazelnut aroma appears as well. Unfortunately I don't pick up any of the famed nuttiness of this ale in the flavor at first. More than anything, I taste slightly sour, doughy malts with a bit of caramel, and a bracing finish of hard-as-nails Burton water. However -- as the beer warms, the soft nuttiness slowly emerges as does a demure leafy hop flavor. Greatly improves as it warms. Lesson learned: don't chill this beer too much! The mouthfeel is soft and velvety smooth. After more time, a pleasant fruitiness comes through in the flavor. When served properly (i.e., only slightly cool), this is a fine, sessionable ale. My guess is that this one must be outstanding from a cask.

orfeu, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a couple of inches of light tan head. This falls to a tight finger of cream and is help along by the medium carbonation.

S - Sweet nuttiness, some skunk, caramel, chocolate at the back.

T - Fruity at first, before the nuttiness appears in the middle. The hops are present throughout, and build from the middle onwards. Finishes with the sweet malts coming back to the fore.

M - Medium body and fine carbonation.

D - Drinkable if not particularly complex. Solid beer.

haz77, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two fingers thick head into a tumbler, nice creamy head with good retention and lacing. color is reddish-brown.
s - floral scents with sweet maltiness.
t - overwhelmingly nutty taste, i think almonds.
m - creamy and slightly chewy.
d - really quality brew, one where you can have a few in night.

i did this in a side by side comparison with sweetwater's sweet georgia brown. they are very similar but i think the SGB is slightly better. and then when you compare the price $7 for 6 of SGB compared to $9 for 4 of the sam smith. SGB is the clear winner but this is one i would still pick up from time to time.

GPHarris, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, brownish amber color when held up to the light. Otherwise it shows an opaque, deep dark, amber tinged, almost black brown color. The head is a frothy, rockied surface, tan colored head that starts out at about two fingers in thickness and even leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Aromatic notes of sweet plums, nutty toasted grain, rich toffee, and a hint of diacetyl combine together in the aroma after a first glance. After a bit more inspection ample notes of caramelized raisins and a touch of roasted grain become noticeable. At the first pour there might have been a hint of light struck hops, but my palate and nose seem to be desensitized enough from Sam's Pale ale that I don't really notice it in this brew.

Sweet fruity notes of caramelized fruit greet my tongue upon my first sip. The finish is lightly nutty with a subtle, toasted, even a touch roasted, grain type note. A touch of carbonation adds a prickly zippiness to the middle of this beer, and in the same vein a hint of hop bitterness rounds out the finish. The hop bitterness in the finish is joined by a dark grain astringency, which also helps to add a touch of balance to the other flavors in this beer. Notes of sweet plums, a touch of raisin and even a nice subtle fig note add to the fruitiness of this brew.

This beer has a really nice malt character to it, the interesting malt tapestry that this beer weaves is its selling point. It is quite easy drinking, and I am enjoying it, but it could use a bit more oomph, or even a bit more character. Not bad, and certianly a touch better than the pale ale from the same brewery.

Gueuzedude, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: WOW! Head is crazy in this beer and very nice retention. Crazy thick head and nice brown color.

Smells of caramel and ester hit the nose in a very pleasing and inviting manner. One of the few times that an aroma has made me really excited to try a beer.

Taste is very well balanced. Caramel malts are dominating on the palate, however they are not overbearing. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is very thick and nicely carbonated. I could drink this beer all day. Definetly a session beer.

jasonjlewis, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this beer. Picked one up at Half Time in NY. Pours a beautiful brown and the smell is sweet with hints of nuts & toffee. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass with a small, foamy white head. The taste is sweet & it goes down smooth. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but would probably take a Brookln Brown over it.

oldirtycaffrey, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours brown-maroon with excellent clarity. Two and a half finger pale biege head, sinks to one finger of dense soap bubbles and holds well. Leaves light spotty lacing. Toasted pale malt and crystal nose, nutty aroma is prominent with faint english hops in the background. Sweet crystal malt flavor, some pale malt, and roasted chestnuts. The semi-dry aftertaste presents appropriate fuggles flavor and just enough hop bitteness to keep the mild diacetyl note a pleasent accent in the overall tone. Low carbonation and medium-low body, very smooth with an unrivaled drinkability. Mild finish, lingering malt sweetness but non-residual and a balancing herbal hop character. This the first beer that comes to mind when I am in the mood for a brown ale, and also, the best example of the style I can think of.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of mherring
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the way this beer looked. A very nice dark red color with a little head from the pour. Just beautiful. The smell wasn't overwhelming to me, and I had a hard time getting much out of it, which left me a little disappointed. That disappointment was gone once I got a taste of this, though. I could definitely see why this beer was called a "Nut Brown Ale." You can definitely taste some roasted nuts along with some other fairly sweet undertones. Combine that with a great mouthfeel and you get a beer that I wish I had the opportunity to enjoy more often.

mherring, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Nesued
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep reddish-brown color, one-finger head formed and cleared to a small ring after about 5 minutes. Poured from a 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on the top. Note the beer's color, carbonation, head and its retention. Is it clear or cloudy? Does it look lackluster and dull or alive and inviting?

Smell - Malt aroma that is very mild and remains confined to the glass. Grain aroma as well with a bit of nut, but not as pronounced as other nut brown ales I've tried.

Taste - Very smooth roll across the tongue, not harsh at all. Very pronounced nutty flavor with a creamy finish. Nice balance of both hops and malt with neither taking over the large portion of the presentation. A bit of a bitter finish but, in my opinion, that is what you expect from a nut brown.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was noticeble however it dissipated quickly. Good body that filled my mouth and presented a nice feel.

Drinkability - Easy to drink due in part to the smooth presentation. I may have had this beer a bit too chilled, however which may have contributed to the slight bite at the end.

In summary, an excellent representation of a nut brown, by far one of the best I've tried.

Nesued, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby/brown color, with a foamy tan 1/4 inch head that lingers.

Smell: Has a great warm balanced aroma of malts, hops, nuts, and caramel.

Taste: The caramel strikes the palate first, slowly followed by the malts, then the nuts, and finally hops. No one taste overwhelms and it has a nice complexity. Aftertaste is buttery and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and mostly smooth. A bit too much carbonation for my tastes, however.

Drinkability: Alcohol isn't too high, but the beer seems to have a bit of a kick -- probably mostly from the flavor. But it's still very drinkable, just drink it slowly and enjoy!

I've been impressed with other nut brown ales before, as well as other Samuel Smith beers, but this is exceptional. Great smell, great taste, etc. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed if you like darker ales and a bit of hops too.

mithrascruor, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this last night at The Danbary Depot in East Stroudsburg PA. I toke note on my beer an then finished it next to a Sirloin Steak and it was fantastic. Thanks Tophu! I owe you big =)

Appearance: Pours a chestnut or mahogany brown with some deep red brown highlights showing through with the light.

Smell: Toasted malts and a gentle light nut flavor, a little bit of grain and a hint of candy, a caramel or butterscotch candy.

Taste: Smooth nut malt flavor and a hint sweetish fruit like a granny smith apple hit the front of the palate. Then it fades into a toffee malty character maintaining the nut flavor and has a nice earthy hop finish with a nutty aftertaste. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: This beer is silky smooth, with a lightly crisp finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. If I had a never ending supply I would drink it every day. I wouldn't drink a lot of them because they are a bit on the heavy side but it goes down incredibly easily.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jun 26, 2006
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,234 ratings.