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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,024 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,024
Reviews: 1,377
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 143
Gots: 148 | FT: 2
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.

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necoadam

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hate that damn gold foil on sam smith's beers. Usually a little flake falls into the glass. Anyway, pours out a nice brown color. Aroma consisted of nice toffee, butterscotch, and buttery tones. Taste was pretty much of what the aroma consisted of. The buttery tones mixed in with the toffee. Blends very well. Quite a decent brew, blows Newcastle's brown ale out the water.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 02:00:32 | More by necoadam
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ism

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy head, a light tan, leaves an equally creamy lace. Pours a mahogany shade. Smells of caramel, slightly nutty. Feels similar to other of their brews, a full, creamy feeling, with gentle carbonation. Tastes a bit on the sweet side, caramel or crystal malts the majority of the impact, with hops there, as an afterthought. Buttery aftertaste with a clean finish. A distinct offering of the style, but not outstanding enough for me to buy more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 21:58:56 | More by ism
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium reddish brown with a medium sized creamy/crusty tan head. Good lacing.
Smell is nutty and malty, with some sweet alchohol aromas.
Taste is much the same. butterscotch, stale bread with some nut flavors and a kick of sour fruit at the end - some alchohol flavors present, which in my opinion improves the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium in thickness and a little bit buttery.
Interesting as a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 01:45:47 | More by jwilli7122
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surfmeister

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep brown/ruby, clear, thick head which remained throughout my quaff
Smell: Sweet malt with strong coffee overtones
Taste: I found the "roasted coffee" aspect of this beer to overwhelm the rest of the picture, substantial bitterness, enough the give a hint of that " ashtray" taste
Mouthfeel: creamy, substantial, if not for the flaws in the taste profile, a great feeling beer
Drinkability: an interesting beer to try, but I'm not going to sit around drinking many of these

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 21:18:47 | More by surfmeister
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AbePhroman

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this. I've had it many times but decided to finally write a review. Poured a dark amber color with a dark tan head. It settled quickly and the smell came. Sweet malts in this one. Very good mouthfeel too. Drinkable but very sweet. You could take em down easy but would you want to? I like to savor this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 03:06:06 | More by AbePhroman
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Southernbrew

Georgia

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

Nice bubbly head, beautiful dark brown, but not opaque.

Smells awesome, great sweetness, light nuttiness, slight citrus notes.

Very full mouthfeel, nice nuttiness, slight bitterness. As it warms, a brown sugar flavor and aroma becomes slightly apparent. Very nice carbonation as well.

Sweetness becomes more present as it warms. Crispness is always present, however.

My new favorite nut brown, an excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 05:15:06 | More by Southernbrew
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Mangus

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, reddish brown pour leaves a thick white head. The head settles down to a nice thin layer.

Candied malt aromas with nutty spices. This is a really fine smelling ale.

Taste is malty with light sweet nut flavors. The flavors play a nice slow exit ... they linger for abit and then slowly fade away. So fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 22:56:04 | More by Mangus
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

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

Pours a clear hazelnut brown with a thick lacy tan head. Smell is caramel malt. Lightly nutty.

Taste is slightly bitter and malty up front. Caramel and sweet malt. Some metallic flavors. Quite bitter, more bitterness than I was expecting but not a lingering bitter aftertaste. Pretty complex yet smooth. Very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 02:08:42 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Zorro

California

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

Pours a clear dark brown ale.

Smell is fruity and perfumey with a mild malt aroma.

Nice flavor, malt and burnt sugar, a bit of perfume. Mildly sweet with a brown sugar after taste. Prune and Raisin flavors come out later.

Good Mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, mild yet not bland.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 02:37:45 | More by Zorro
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a clear brown colored beer with a medium head that has very little retention. Smells of hops is clearly present with a very subtle touch of nut sweetness. Taste is very ''creamy'' with again a sweet touch of hazelnut. Medium body with standard carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer but I would have enjoyed it more if the hazelnut taste had been more accentuated.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 13:55:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into the glass to discover a not-so-brown appearance. I was thinking to myself, where is the brown in my nut brown? Other than this strange scene, the rest of the experience was great. It smelled wonderful - a full nose of matly and bitter, but not over bearing...subtle really. but i like subtle. Taste was a great combination of bitter and malt...very full bodied and rich. I could easily lose myself in a case of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 16:18:59 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

550mL bottle, with foiled cap, part of the Samuel Smith's Selection Box, purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a creamy light beige head forms on top of a clear mahogany liquid. The head was short-lived, and there was little lacing during the drinking experience. Minimal aroma, maybe the slightest of hops essence, but the taste is a good match of malt and bitterness. The flavors kind of swirl around the tongue duelling for superiority, and the bout ending a pleasing draw. Not surprisingly, another worthy ale from Sam Smith...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 20:15:41 | More by ppoitras
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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

This brew pours reddish-brown in color and is very clear. The head is off white and small, also fades to a layer around the glass.
The aroma is malty with some floral hop characters coming through, maybe a faint light struck quality (damn clear bottles!)
The first sip reveals a mild sweet caramel taste and also a slightly creamy soft texture. Gentle carbonation. A slightly bitter hop finish which makes me want to take another sip.
This is a very drinkable brew and I think it would be a very nice match for the main course of Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 06:39:40 | More by sulldaddy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good beer with food, its astringency or is it bitterness works to add to roast beef and patatoes meal. Haven't done a sample but I bet UK reviewers rank this higher. Canadians can try a couple of more balanced lighter versions of this type such as Wellington's. Brown colour looks like matter is there and suds on top look like dish soap. Also strong carbonation begs for food relief.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 03:15:45 | More by Sammy
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It is malty and full of roasted and victory malts. The taste is also good. It is malty, but a bit watery. It finishes dry, but good down smooth. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is an excellent nut brown ale. It is refreshing and not at all bitter like most English ales I try.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 02:09:55 | More by WesWes
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a fairly transparent brownish-red with a pillowy, light tan head.

Taste: The taste is of nutty malt, as can be expected.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night if I could afford it.

This is one of the first beers I really loved. It will always be a point of comparison for other brown ales, especially nut browns. I've never tasted another beer that has replicated the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 04:18:19 | More by BeefyMee
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut brown color with thick brown head that lingered for a long time and left clingy lace. Mouthfeel was very good with velvety texture and above average body thickness. The taste was dominated by rich malts with hints of coffee and caramel thrown in for good measure. PAs it warms up, more of the much anticipated dry nutty favor comes in. True to the styly, this beer has a very light helping of hops, so the smell was a bit unremarkable with a sour yeasty note. The best that I've had from this brewery so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 03:58:33 | More by rajendra82
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color, with a tan head. Smells of coffee and malt, which matches it's taste. A very deep flavor that changes as it warms. Just a little hint of alcohol present. This is a very good beer, a benchmark to which all other Brown Ales should be measured.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 21:30:46 | More by TastyTaste
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a very much indeed quite a quaffable beverage. It is both pleasing to the eye and to the palette, and if served fresh I'm sure it would be very pleasing in the aromatic sense as well. It leans toward being a sweeter ale, and it doesn't offer too much in the way of hoppiness, but its drinkability is near flawless.

This beer pours a nice amber/brown color with a decent tan head that retains fairly well, but leaves minimal lace. The smell was a little bit skunky, but it eventually subsided with some coffee notes and a reasonably potent caramel aroma. The mouthfeel was maybe a little bit thinner than expected, but it was still quite smooth and it had a moderate amount of carbonation. Thankfully the skunk did not carry over into the flavor. As mentioned, this beer was slightly sweet, and the main flavors were of some coffee and some nuttiness. Some caramel was detectable, along with some very light fruity apple/pear flavors. This does lack some bitterness, and in the finish there is just a light nutty dryness. The nutty notes continue into the aftertaste, and some apple/pear flesh flavors come through more readily. This ale finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

This beer is similar in some respects to Newcastle Brown, but it is much more flavorful, and perhaps even smoother. Only on very rare occasion has Samuel Smith's let me down, and this brew does nothing to disparage me from their beers. Another respectable beer from the Old Tadcaster brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 08:21:33 | More by Beastdog75
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daledeee

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with small head that leaves a little lace as you go. Nose is malty. Taste is strong malt and caramel. Also has a roasted/toasted finish to the taste. Rather sweet with a dry finish. A little astringent.

Note this beer gets better as it airs out. A pretty good English brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 22:12:33 | More by daledeee
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had a skunker last time, so lets give it another go. pours out a deep ruby with a nice fat rocky head, impressive! a swirl releases hazlenuts, caramels, and light hops, but each in a small amount. the taste is sweet, no doubt, lightly nutty (not as strong as say, morimoto hazlenut) with just enough hops to even things out, but in no way overpower the sweet malty/nutty flavor that is the brew's signature. smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth, this beer is a contender. not a powerhouse of flavor, but a tastey pleasant brown that balances everything perfectly. good stuff.

$2.99 for the biggin.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 06:35:40 | More by DESTRO
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – Yes, it’s brown, albeit with a ruby hue. The tan head came up quite nicely as well. It looks like a soft pillow cushion.

Smell – This one is balanced for sure. The sweet malt aroma and floral hops come together just right. The caramel undertones and musty nature of the nose are great.

Taste – Boy, did this hit the spot. The hops come out a tad bigger at the taste, but the beautiful malt flavor is there as well. There also seems to be a good amount of butter and a faint hint of oak.

Mouthfeel – This was the ale’s strong point, IMO. Maybe I was just parched, but I couldn’t put this thing down. It’s medium-bodied and dry enough to quench, but the incredible balance just kept me wanting more. There was also just enough carbonation to keep things lively and interesting.

Drinkability – With only a 5.0 ABV I let ‘er rip after making my tasting notes. I downed this bottle in a New York minute and will be sure to pick up a few more this weekend. You gotta love a beer that’s this good and that they sell in the supermarket.

Comments – I felt the key to this ale was its balance. I enjoy the one-sided “extreme” beers as well, but this one was right on the mark. By far the best Brown Ale that I’ve tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 01:28:50 | More by RoyalT
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Darkale

Virginia

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

Red-brown clear body, pocked tan head with tremendous lacing. Aroma is a deep and satisfying maltiness with just an echo of nuttiness. Very nice.

Almost chewy, and certainly not thin in the mouth. Full and creamy. Sharp nut tang. Hoppy and sour.

A solid and dependable nutty brown ale. Classy beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 15:29:30 | More by Darkale
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

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

A very nice brown ale. Arrived a dark amber with a frothy tan head.
A very light lace, cling and medium ring soon took over.
Full bodied with medium carbonation.
Nose of roasted nuts and a hint of toffee.
Taste is very rich, malt heavy with some balancing hops to the rear.
Not a session brew IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 03:13:11 | More by Shiloh
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longpondbeerman

Maine

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

Poured a deep reddish gold with a medium thick dark tan head that dissipated slowly to a thin, very bubbly layer. The nutty malts are immediately apparent in the aroma, nicely balanced by a floral hoppiness. In taste, however, the ale was a bit dull; the malts were evident, but it seemed to lack the balance promised by the smell, and the taste faded too quickly, leaving nothing really to savor. The mouthfeel was, as anticipated by the visible and active bubbles, effervescent. I wish it had more body.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 22:50:22 | More by longpondbeerman
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,024 ratings.