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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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3,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,486
Reviews: 1,412
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 198
Gots: 385 | FT: 2
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Nut Brown Ale pours a dark brown color with a nice 1 finger foam head that leaves very little lacing. The lacing is the kind that looks like it will stay but heads quickly back to the beer very similar to the way the evil terminator in the sequel acted.

The aroma was nutty and sweet. Smelled of caramel and apple cider.

The flavor was complex and complete for any nut brown I have tried. This has always been the standard for the style. In the mouth it left a nice bitterness at the finish. Overall a wicked good beer.

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

Pours a nice brown color (naturally) with excellent head and lacing. It has a very nice scent, a good malty aroma with a bit of black licorice hint. Good taste, a nice deep draught with a wonderful woody brown flavor and a nice bit of nuttiness, although I would've prefered more from that aspect. It does down very easily with a nice little bit of carbonation. An excellent nut brown ale.

Photo of yourefragile
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Clear dark copper brown color. Nice off white, light tan color head that is thick and dense and has nice retention and thick sticky lacing.
S: Nutty, malty, a little caramel, slightly sweet. Also surprisingly, some alcohol in the background. I'm still not crazy about the smell of brown's in general I suppose, but this is better than most.
T: By far the best english brown I've had. I've been down on this style recently but this definitely overcomes that. First thing I notice is a smooth, buttery taste quickly followed by a nutty, malt taste. Slightly sweet to start and a dry, slightly hoppy finish. The butter remains underneath everything else.
M: Thick, smooth, buttery, moderate carbonation, not as dry as other brown ales I've had recently. Very pleasant
D: Beer gets a little heavy with the thick, nutty, buttery taste which curbs the drinkability a little, but this is by far the best brown ale I've had.

Photo of dmbgirl
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

as part of a beerclub at the local pub, i hae been exposed to many types of beer. i found this brown ale to be at the top of my list. it has great color and taste. it has become one of my go to brews. i enjoy the subtle nutty flavor this beer has to offer.

Photo of albern
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is about as good as it gets for a brown ale. This beer has so much going for it that it truly is a classic and deserves its reputation. The beer pours a nice frothy dark amber brown color with lots of light chocolaty creamy head and some carbonation. There is plenty of retention, but no real lacing, at least in my glass. The smell is not quite up to the level of expectation as the taste. The smell was quite nutty and quite alcoholy, almost a bourbon type smell. The beer tastes just great. You will get loads of complexity, nice walnut and almond flavors, some heavy fruits, some caramel, chocolate, coffee flavors, and some tinges of yeast. Overall, there is a smooth creaminess to this beer that makes the mouthfeel and drinkability first rate. Other than the smell, which isn't all that enticing, I can't think of too many other down sides. Well worth seeking out. I would go farther and say that it really is obligatory if you want to experience a genuine British style nut brown ale. L'Chaim.

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

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appears dark brown, not as dark as the oatmeal stout, obviously. maybe a two-finger offwhite head.

Smells nutty, maybe some chocolate. Molasses. Roasted, almost burnt hops.

Taste is semi-sweet, nutty.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, smooth.

This is a great beer. Another English classic. Great for the winter months.

Photo of Proteus93
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice & bronze with reddish highlights, a foamy + slightly fizzy head.

S: Warm, nutty, buttery aromas. A clean and subtle smell... quite nice.

F: A delicious flavour... beautiful balance. Warm, subtle, and complex flavour much like the smell. Nut & butter. A little sweetness in there to top it off. This is an excellent tasting brown ale.

M + D: Rich, round... a good balance for its class. Not huge, certainly not light. Just about right, and that's a nice feel! With the decent full body, it's very nice to enjoy the subtle features and drink rather easily. Certainly room for another. I could potentially session this quite happily.

Photo of Gehrig
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first Samuel Smith's I ever tried, this is always a pleasure to revisit. Two full fingers of tannish head on this walnut brown body--just tremendous. Roasted caramel and brown sugar pour forth in the taste, with a mild hops aroma bringing up the rear. Ahhh, the taste, lots of caramel, sugary sweetness, nut dryness (almonds, I believe) that is great because it's there and not dominating the rest, a hint of fruit--way delicious. Fairly well carbonated, this flattens a little too quickly for me, but is easily rescued by its creamy smoothness. A genuine pleasure to enjoy, especially with a cigar on the patio. Highly recommended.

Photo of rking
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance; Beautiful Dark amber, very clear, poured with a nice tan head.

Smell: This bottle doesn't have to strong of a smell, smells somewhat nutty and roasted, but very faint.

Taste, Mouth feel: Very smooth finish but not too thick, taste not as strong in the nutty and caramel as I was hoping or expecting.

Overall: Not the beer that I was hoping or expecting, wish it was a little thicker.

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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale pours a lovely ruby-brown color with a generous tan head.

Smell is nutty, sweet, and roasty. The taste is a roasty, nutty, caramel affair - quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating with a bit of crispness to the finish and a nutty aftertaste. This is a very easy-drinking brown. It would make a pretty good sessioner.

Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear 550mL Bottle
No Date
Purchased at Total Wine in Greensboro, NC.

Pours a medium to dark brown with a hint of golden caramel. Nice 2-3 finger creamy head.

Smell is roasted and nutty with a very slight hint of citrus.

Taste is nutty (like its name) with a nice sweetness. It finishes with a very nice bitterness which stays with you

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than what I had expected. Very smooth but not as creamy as I would have liked.

Drinkablility is fairly high due to it being lighter than many good quality ales. I would like to have another one but unfortunately I only purchased the single bottle.

Overall, I thought it was a solid beer but could have been a bit thicker in my opinion.

Photo of pweis909
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear 550 mL bottle, no date. Bottle was stored unrefrigerated in full light in store. Always a concern.

Translucent garnet-brown in color, with tawny foam that persists for just about the right amount of time. Leaves laces on the glass. A joy to see.

Smell and taste are complex, with caramel, bready, toasty malts, evocative of nuttiness, with some fruitiness, and a earthy mineral finish. Hopped to balance sweetness, without strong aroma hop character.

Full mouthfeel, but not filling. Damn. My glass is empty.

Photo of Lukie
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with hints of orange highlight. A massive creamy and foamy head which looked remarkable. Looked fresh.

Lot's of nut, hazelnut, sweet pine, and sweet malt, almost caramel. Quite Roasty.

Smooth malt... smooth malt. Bready and lots of nut. Hazelnut is quite predominant in the aftertaste, with some hoppy pine. There are hints of sweet candy from the malt aswell.

Drinks incredibly smooth, with moderate mouthfeel. I was expecting something more heavy.

Photo of PaleAlien2
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A lovely hazel, with tinge of red. Appears thick as it pours. A three-finger frothy head diminishes, but leaves plenty of lacing to coat the glass.
S: Smells frickin delicious. Tons of caramel, nuts, malt and little bit of alcohol. I can't wait to taste it.
T: There's not enough in the flavor. The nut and caramel is there but it disappoints.
M: Mouthfeel is water, very thin-bodied.
O: Overall this beer is a thrill for the eyes and nose, but a slight disappointment to the mouth.

Photo of jspruit
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ironically enough I picked this 550mL beer up in Michigan and brought it back to Europe to enjoy.

Pours a nice amber brown and when held up to the light there are some light red hints coming through. Small 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that dissipates to a light foam that stays with the beer.

The aroma is very pleasant-sweet and nutty with hints of yeast/bread that give a pretty good idea of what the beer is going to taste like later.

Sweetness is the first thing about this beer and it is nice and pleasant, right on the edge of where you would want it to be I think. There are also some nutty flavors in the finish.

There is some light carbonation and overall the beer is very light-not really too complex so it goes down nice and smooth. I could drink another if I could get my hands on one.

I had heard good things about Samuel Smith's so the I was expecting something nice and it delivered, nothing spectacular, but very nice.

Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A brown color, that is still clear, with a dark head, medium sized, that soon melts.
The smell is nutty, dark, and sweet.
The taste is rich and flavorful. Notes of chocolate, pine, and carmel, but a little too rich.
MF is nice with multiple flavors, the tounge seeks candy to accent this beer.
Drinkability is a little better than average, but it is so rich and sweet, I reserve this as a dessert beer at a nice dinner.

Photo of tkach
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber-brown with a frothy tan head that dissolved at a mediocre rate.

Smelled like toasted golden malty goodness. A rich scent not too fragrant while no where near bland.

Taste. They gave this beer a good name. It is in fact like a toasted nutty ale. I sensed a slight spicyness that offered a bit of zing as well.

Mouthfeel was alright, not what I usually look for, the zing kicked a bit too much for me with the carbonation. Very light afterwards and it still held the flavor so that was nice although somewhat common.

I thought this was pretty drinkable. My large bottle went down fast, it didn't seem to be something to want to savor too long and it went down easy with a nice rich flavor and clean finish.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Nice clear chestnut brown, formed a good tight head with small bubbles, light lacing, lots of small carbonation bubbles.

S = Smell of roasted nuts and caramel, very soothing and gets better as beer warms up.

T = Good tastes of chestnuts, slight hint of caramel and butterscotch, roasted grains. Primarily sweet and nutty through the front and middle of the tongue turning to a good bitter finish.

M = Light to medium bodied, good level of mouthcoating for the body, good carbonation but with just slightly too much sting on the tongue.

D = Highly drinkable. This is one of the better nut brown ales I've had. Really good just for a relaxing evening.

Photo of littleshamrocks
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a medium brown with reddish tints when held up to the light. A reasonably hard pour produced a big, frothy, light tan head which was mostly lasting and left a wall of lacing on one side of the glass. The body of the beer is generally clear with some decent carbonation. The aroma is of moderately sweet toffee-like malts in the forefront, with nutty notes and a floral/perfumey hoppiness just below the surface. I pick up a little doughiness from the yeast as well. The taste is similar to the nose with the slightly sweet malts barely taking the lead over the floral/herbal hop flavors. This is reminiscent of an English mild ale with a more pronounced hop character. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a somewhat thin texture and some accommodating carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is an alright beer. The flavor is on the lighter side, which might make it highly drinkable for some, but for me, there is just not enough here to keep me coming back.

Photo of monkeybeer
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very nice reddish brown with a good thick tan head and nice lacing on the glass.

S- A rich malty smell mixed well with a hint of sweetness (chocolate and caramel) and also a hint of fruit.

T/M- A nice well balanced brown with traces of sweetness and roasted nuts. The mouth feel is very nice as the beer is not overly carbonated.

D- This is a very drinkable Nut Brown, I was sad that I only bought one at the store. I will defiantly get this one again and again.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, this is one nice looking beer. Very rich amber color with a fluffy tan head. Remnants stick to the glass as you drink the beer.

Smell was impressive, though not too strong. Has a sweet, almost sugary smell. I was surprised at how nutty the taste was. I thought it was just the name of the beer, but you can really taste it. It has a bit of a caramel taste as well.

Feels very smooth, but maybe a little thick. The thickness gives it a heavy feeling making it harder to drink, but overall doesn't effect the quality. This is a great beer.

Photo of iceball585
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered very slowly

S- Dark malts, nuts, brown sugar, caramel, grains, hint of dark fruits

T- Caramel malts, toasted nuts, brown sugar, creamy, slightly buttery, faint bitter hops at the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, fairly sweet, semi-oily finish

D- Great session beer or sipping beer

When I try to think of a good English Nut Brown Ale this is always the first one that comes to mind. Great auroma, great flavor,... great in every catagory. Also great head retention, it lasted as a thin layer of head throughout the whole pint.

Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burgandy, caramel color. Malty smell, thick, tan, lasting head. Deep roasted nutty and malty flavor, with some bitterness to balance it out. Very smooth. Nicely carbonated. Lasting roasted aftertaste, and easy to drink. This is a good brown ale overall.

Photo of phil7568
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't believe I've never had this stuff.

Pours a deep amber with a nice retaining head.

Smells sweet and malty and why not, nutty.

I'm very impressed with how this beer is put together. It's malty and sweet but not too sweet. It's smooth as silk and finishes with a pleasant nuttiness. I can't detect a bit of hops.

I could drink this all night and into tomorrow morning. I also think this would be a great introduction beer for those getting away from the macro stuff.

Photo of atrus138
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 550 ml brown bottle into a pint glass. This is one fine-looking beer. Deep reddish brown with a fluffy head that lasts the entire time. Nice, sticky lacing. Nice malty smell. Hints of nut and some fruit (I think I detect notes of cherry). Very smooth. Quite a balanced drink. Malts predominate, but there's just enough hops to even it out. Lighter medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Great for the style. This would make a great session beer.

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