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

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3,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,459
Reviews: 1,410
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 194
Gots: 364 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of fitzy84
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a dark, slight amber brown appearance with a thin layer of lacing on the head and creamy, almost syrupy lacing on the sides. Aromas are a delicate wollop of cocoa, nuts, almonds, toffee, slight dark fruit hint. Taste is initially sweet but lags toward a bitter finish. Has a pretty dry, roasty, caramel-like flavoring. Mouthfeel gives it a good carbonation, as well as a creamy body. Overall, a great brown ale.

Photo of brendan13
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a mug a clear dark red/copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Sweet grainy & nutty aroma.
T - Sweet caramel & nutty in the taste along with a dry roasty note.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - An interesting beer. Fairly simple yet full of flavour. $8 for a 500ml imported beer is fairly good value. Something I can see myself buying again. Hopefully it is available here on an ongoing basis.

Photo of beabear
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Head subsides after a minute or two.

Smell: The first whiff is pure hazelnut, with a generally sweet maltiness coming after.

Taste: Like any Brown Ale, it tends toward the dry side. Still, it's very crisp, and though the taste lingers on your palate, it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: It feels great normally, but it holds up even better if you swish it around your mouth a bit. Suddenly, the taste becomes a little sweeter, and the texture becomes velvety smooth. Carbonation is perfect, to the point where it's easy to forget it's even there.

Drinkability: Personally, I could drink 20. The alcohol and taste are perfectly balanced.

Like all Samuel Smith beers, it's a little pricey -- especially for a style that many other brewers do well. Still, it's a great beginner's beer. People who don't like the taste of beer (or don't know they do) will still love this. Best of all, it's a beer I still come back to and enjoy, and I expect to do so for years to come.

Photo of daythree16
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from that cool clear bottle with the gold foil into a pint glass. Pours a good medium brown color with a foamy one finger tan head.

The smell is pretty complex. There is a nuttiness up front with a little caramel malt sweetness as well. However, hiding in the background, is a very subtle herbal hoppiness. Tastes awesome. Not too sweet, a little nutty and hoppy as well, which probably lends to the semi-dry, lightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied. This could easily be a great session beer,...if it wasn't 12 dollars a 4-pack.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The appearance was a great change from the Sam Adams Boston Lager, Deep Brown in color but sparklingly clear.

Smell: Not very strong, but it could be me, this is back to back days.

Taste and mouthfeel: Delicious, nutty dark malts with a rich flavor, mouthfeel was rich and buttery. I gargle the best of beers like this one regardless of where I'm at, what an asshole I've become...

Drinkability: This is to be enjoyed like fine wine, sip this as slow as your thirst allows.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Nut Browns next to Rogue Hazlenut Brown..
Poured a deep brown with a nice dirty white head on it. Nose wasroasted malt, caramel, nutty and more complex than I imagined. Taste was sweet dry, slight roastiness that was smooth and mellow. Caramel, chocolate and english matls stole the show. Darn good English Porter

Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Smith's Nut Brown, why have I not reviewed ye yet? Light mahogany body with a small cream coloured head that leaves a little lace. Nutty aroma, with a good dose of malt. Roasted nuts all the way through, with some caramel in the middle and a small modicum of bittering hops in the dry finish. Definitely a very malty beer, with a full profile in this sense, although I found it needed something extra to take it to a higher level. Medium bodied, but somehow more filling than a thicker beer. Good drinkability.

Photo of Ben4881
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery

This nut brown pours out a brilliant transparent amber color. Fiery highlights of red and orange appear when the glass is held to the light. A frothy tan head emerges with excellent retention that fades to a thin layer of foam. Spotty traces of lace appear on the glass.

A very deep, sweet, warm, malt aroma fills the fragrance of this beer. Hints of toffee add to a finishing scent of yeasty bread.

An odd combination of roasted nuts and alcohol assault the palette immediately. The alcohol flavor quickly fades and cleans up to a wet, watery, nutty finish. Slight suggestions of sour yeast and citrus hop flavors are also present in the finish. The wet finish transitions to a rather dry aftertaste. The aftertaste is quite subtle, but there is some bitterness. It tastes a little like hops and little like roasted nuts with caramel.

This nut brown has a medium to light body with noticeable carbonation. The beer foams nicely, but the carbonation does not distract from the taste.

This beer is quite drinkable. The subtle, and not overwhelming, smells and flavors make this beer very easy to drink. The dry aftertaste makes it inviting to take another gulp. There isn't anything outlandish or over-the-top about this brew. It is very solid and delightful.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear, dark amber-to-brown hue, thin layer of condensed white foam sustains, no lacing

Smell is caramel malts, almonds/walnuts, touch of brown sugar, butter popcorn, roast/toast malts, hint of hops

Taste is mostly roasty malts with a strong nutty backbone, caramel and toffee enter midway, finishes with a dry sweetness chock full of nuts

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, thin and watery texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, a very smooth and flavorful english brown with no discernible alcohol presence, right in the session range at 5%, could drink quite a bit of this one

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint.

A - Poured a reddish brown. Huge tan head settled to about 3/8 of an inch. Left a little lacing.

S - Malty with slight hazelnut hints.

T - Slightly sweet. Nutty, and some hops to balance it out.

M - Light carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth.

D - Two to three of these is possible.

Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a light amber in color with an off-white head. Head was good in size. Slight laciness.

Taste - Smooth, with a good balance of carbonation. Not much flavor a slight hint of hops that made it a little bitter.

Mouthfeel - Good, not thick or thin.

Drinkability - Not a heavy beer, good for a couple at a time.

Smell - A slight hint of malt.

Overall - An average nut brown.

Photo of nasty15108
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Smiths pint glass.

Before you read this review its only fair that I tell you that this is hands down my favorite ale.

A - Poured a mahogany brown with ruby hues when held up to the light. Creamy head of slightly off white foam that subsided into a spotty film. Good lacing throughout. I'm have to say i'm a little dissappointed that they got rid of the clear bottle.

S - Malty with a slight buttery aroma. Hints of caramel and hazelnut.

T - Malty and creamy. Definite nut flavor that mixes well with the slight sweetness. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - Medium bodied and tasty. IMO the perfect ale. I could drink this everyday.

Photo of 1099
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second review of a Samuel Smiths product. Thus far, I have been very impressed with their offerings, and I expect this to be no different! Here we go!

A: Dark brown but clear, as viewed through the clear glass bottle it came in. Whenever I took a sip, it formed a small head that stuck around throughout the entire drink's life

S: Toasted malts, hops, and it also has a very nutty overtone to it. I like this a lot already

T: Dark roasted malts, some nut I cant remember the name of, caramel, and hops to help balance out the sweetness of the malt. Absolutely exquisite!

M: Very filling mouthfeel. This brew is heavy, and it doesnt pretend otherwise

D: Very good. However, its best drunk on an empty stomach, as it is quite filling.

This beer is even better than the oatmeal stout, and I will certainly be buying this one more when the money is available!

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky mahogany color with a buttery tan head. Nice retention with some sheet lacing.

Toasted malts, sweet caramel, butterscotch, dark bread, and a fragrant hop undercurrent in the nose.

Molasses, hazlenuts, dried fruits, and rich buttery toffee in the flavor. Definitely sweet with a touch of dry hops at the end that help to balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is rediculously smooth and creamy. Fuller bodied for only 5.00% ABV. Quite filling for a Brown Ale.

Drinkability takes a little bit of a hit due to the intense sweetness.

Photo of AmishT
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass

A - A darker amber/mahogany in color with a three-finger cream-colored head. Head retention is good. A little bit of lacing left behind.

S - Prominent walnut aroma is pretty neat. A brown sugar aroma is also prevalent, which really urges me to take a sip.

T&M - A nutty malt flavor is definitely detectable and delicious. Medium bodied; a creamy mouthfeel. Smooth. Flavors endure well, but they aren't as full as I'd like. Love the nutty finish, though.

D - Damn easy to drink: fairly low abv, smooth flavor. Goes down real easy. A great session beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear ruby brown with a foamy white head.

Scent is full of roasted almonds, chocolate malts, brown sugar, and some burnt peanuts.

Taste is sweet and nutty with caramelized sugar and almonds. Aftertaste is very good, leaving a nutty flavor with a touch of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is clean and fairly smooth, it goes down easy and has good drinkability.

This beer was good, but too light for my tastes.

Photo of malcontent
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, ruddy brown body show a classic English pedigree. Rich, thick two fingers of head with stellar retention. The definition of an English Brown.

I wonder if it's the S.Smith house yeast that I find unsavory in the aroma department; slightly acrid, vaguely fruity scent. No hopscent at all with honey-ish malt and a hint of wet cardboard. God, I hope this isn't oxidized.

Nope, it's not. Somewhat sour at first and then a slow but solid build-up from tart to nutty (hazelnuts) into roast-y. Long roasted finish lingers well after the beer has left my mouth. Strangely enough, hop bitterness is detectable, a little weird (but welcome) for the style.

A standard-bearer for the style, low in carbonation and eminently smooth. Something to make a night of.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a very nice amber brown with a small frothy tan head that didn't last for long. The aroma is VERY sweet and buttery. The caramel and malt aroma is very enjoyable. The flavor is similar but with a prominent nutty flavor that is absent in most nut browns.
There is a nice bitterness to the brew that balances out the malt perfectly. The feel is slightly tingly and crisp from the carbonation. It leaves the mouth a tad dry.

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

A classic among classics. This is the stuff of which (English) legends are made. Unassuming, the opposite of brash, reliable, trustworthy, good for the long haul, friendly, cheerful, and agreeable with an array of foods.

Essentially, this beer is akin to how the English would like to think of themselves as a people.

It definitely has that peculiar Yorkshire-water minerality -- which, as Garrett Oliver (and others) will tell you, is highly prized by the local beer aficionados. After all, Tadcaster sits atop a limestone-rich water table. It's a bit weird, but I can see why. It lends a certain mineral-water refreshingness to the brew, to be sure.

A lovely copper-brown color with the trademark elusively thin English head. The nose is slight, but the careful taster will be patient with it and be rewarded with rich caramel, roasted malt, hay, and subdued yet holding-their-own hops. On the tongue, the mineral quality shows up, along with a nice ale-style fruitiness (not too strong) and pleasant malt roundness. The palate is dry, crisp, and the paragon of refreshing. One could, even at 5% ABV, drink it all night.

Photo of apratsunrthd
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with nice creamy head. Beautiful lacing.

S - Roasted nutty goodness. Not a hint of medicinal alcohol.

T - Wow. This really is THE BEST brown ale. Nutty perfection. No single flavor is overpowering.

M - Perfect --buttery with perfect carbonation.

D - If I had the cash to pay $12 a 4-pack, I could drink it nonstop until the last nail is in my coffin.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber brown, pouring a 2 finger brown head, which receded. Ample lacing. I really appreciated the appearance, one of the better rich colors for a brown ale.

S: Lots going on here; coffee, nuts, cocoa and caramel. Lots of deep roasted malt smell.

T: Great combination of flavors. Coffee, caramel, espresso, cocoa and some toffee. Blended well, sweet but not too overpowering.

M: Extremely smooth feel. Good lasting flavor in the mouth, no bitter after taste. Very creamy.

D: Maybe not a session beer, but a beer that I could have more than one in a sitting. Very flavorful. One of the better English Brown Ales.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle into my lady pilsner.

A: Nice medium brown color. MIminal amount of white head with some lacing. Looks very thin when held up to the light.

S: As the name suggests a like nutty/earthy smell with tons of malt.

T: Probably one of the best examples of the style. The best thing that can be said about this beer is it is complex while tasting like nothing. The malt is there and there is a nice hop finish. There is a very slight hint of coffee in there as well.

M: Medium body. Nothing really good or bad.

D: Really great on tap. One of the better session beers out there. Make me want to ask the question who is the best PM ever. My answer? Lord Palmer.

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

A- pours a nice solid clear brown. Looks a little on the thin side. small off-white head that dissipates to a small cap o' head.

S- Nutty and tea-like

T- Nutty and tea-like. Light hop finish

M- Thin bodied. Very low carbonation.

D- A phenomenal example of the style though its hard to tell from my review. Extraordinarily drinkable. You could sit in the pub and drink 70 of these in a sitting.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear reddish-brown body with a finger of off-white rocky foam that retains at a fat ring and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is fruity and nutty with a whiff of coffee.

Taste is nutty, crisply malty and dry with a hint of fresh-cut grass and a lightly roasted coffee note that lingers on the palate.

Soft and slick in the mouth. Slightly buttery with a nice tingle of carbonation and a clean finish.

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

Poured from a 550ml very dark brown bottle.

Pours a dark deep reddish brown color. Good head to start, but doesn't stick around long and very nice lacing.

Aroma has a nice sweetness to it with malts and nutty smells, almonds or walnut. There is also a very faint barely detectable aroma similar to dark chocolate. Some buttery aromas as well, lots of stuff going on here.

Has a very nice taste to it. Roasted malts with hop bitterness on the finish. Some nice nut flavors in there too, with a caramel sweetness. It has a smooth mouthfeel, feels well balanced. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a very good brew. Very nice aromas, nice balanced taste. I would recommend this to anyone.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,459 ratings.