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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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3,318 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,318
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 169
Gots: 258 | 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 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
Photo of shererjt
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, clear brown with lots of carbonation (especially for a British ale) and a tan head. Aroma had some skunkiness; otherwise, it was malt and caramel with a nice hop nose to balance. Quite possibly would have rated a "4" if not for the off-aroma. Body was medium. Had lots of malt with just enough bitterness to balance it. Plenty of hop flavor, and a decent amount of toffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was about average, though the drinkability was good.

A nice brown ale. Will have to re-review it and hope for a better bottle next time.

shererjt, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark clear copper color with a nice creamy head. Nutty aroma with malt and caramel. Taste starts out sweet and finishes dry and nutty. There are also some caramel and buttery flavors as well in there. This is truly a delicious beer. I really enjoy dry malty brews and this one sure does not dissapoint.

cjgator3, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - deep copper color, clear, large fluffy tan head with nice retention, decent lacing

s - nice balance of malt and hops, slight nuttiness

t - slightly sweet maltiness upfront with a smooth, reserved bitterness on the finish with a little nuttiness, very subtle, tasty beer

m - not much carbonation, very creamy in the mouth, medium bodied

d - quite drinkable, the complex yet easy on the palate flavor along with the relatively low abv makes it so

Very good beer all around. Quite sessionable too.

WeisGuy, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a nice coppery brown colour with amber tinges... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy then faded to thin layer... Very small carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the surface... Some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong biscuity malts, light brown sugar notes, nutty sweetness, light spicy hops, peppery, some nutmeg notes, orange fruitiness..

Taste – Nice hop bitterness, definite nutty notes, light sweetness, woody hints, biscuity malts, light toffee notes, some spiciness...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable - would make an excellent session beer...

Overall - An excellent beer... Very drinkable and definitely worth a try. If only they would do away with the clear glass bottle....

mdagnew, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of burnstar
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and very dark brown/amber with a small but persistant slightly off-white head. Aroma is heavy nutty and malty. Flavor starts with sweet malt and finishes a bit nutty with some dry spicy hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Quite smooth. Very nice flavor but is a little heavy to be very drinkable.

burnstar, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer I drank on my recent trip to London. First beer I had at a pub in while in London. I am not sure if I have ever seen this particular beer for sale here in Cleveland, but the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout can be found here with relative ease. Anyways, this beer pours a nice medium to dark amber brown color with a nice sized white head about 2/3 inch when poured before slowly settling to a very thin surface layer and thin white ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. To me, the smell was not all that strong, but it was of nut and malt. The taste is obviously of roasted nut accompanied by grains and malt as well as some sweetness to it of chocolate and caramel. Has a bit of a dry finish/aftertaste that lingers, but is quite enjoyable. This beer has a nice crisp, smooth and perhaps even a bit of a creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal to moderate carbonation and nice drinkability indeed. A very tasty beer indeed that I certainly will have this again.


neenerzig, May 27, 2006
Photo of Sosh
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up based on some rave reviews.

Appearance - Awesome. Dark brown, and a bit coppery when held to light.

Smell - As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell this, the smell was very noticable. Slightly skunked and nutty....go figure.

Taste - Nutty with a fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Chewy is a word that comes to mind.

Drinkability - Yes, it goes down easily, but for me personally, I'm just not that into the taste, so I'm not going to drink a lot of this.

Sosh, May 26, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured medium brown with ruby highlights. The foamy head lasted for the duration.
The smell was of nutty caramel with undertones of fruit and bread. Very inviting.
The taste was of nuts, caramel. fruits (esp. applish), and bread. There was an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.
The mouthfeel was light, buttery, smooth and refreshing. Some of the tastes linger, along with a bit of stickiness (otherwise would be a "5" IMO).
A very drinkable brew and an excellent example of this style.

jwc215, May 20, 2006
Photo of BrSpiritus
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the local liquor store and poured into a British pint glass. Amazing head that lingered for quite some time. The aroma is slightly sweet with a balaced hop smell. The taste is exceptional with a bit more bitterness than I expected but that did not detract from the overall taste. It has a distinct spicy finish that lingers on the palette.

Overall I would rate this beer as a great session beer, one that I would definately drink again but again one that I could not drink all the time lest I get spoiled on the taste.

BrSpiritus, May 16, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Clear glass bottle (sigh), gold foil top, 355 ml (that’s 12 oz. to you and me), no date, abv. etc.

Aroma: Nice nutty, yeasty nose. Slight malt base noted. Overall, very inviting.

Appearance: Clear deep brown glass wearing a finger crown of frothy tan that has started to lace already.

Flavor: Nutty! Nice rich dark malt base is paired wonderfully with a noble hop. Nice round profile with just a bit of metallic twang at the finish. No real skunk notes fortunately.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, almost fizzy, medium body, slick texture

Overall Impression: Solid brew. I’ve always had a soft spot for Samuel Smith’s, and their nut brown in particular. Finally coming back around to review it I can see why. Wonderful balance that lets each taste come through. Simple and clean, an easy session beer. Nice to come back to visit.

HardTarget, May 15, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel like this beer is bascially a standard, defining for it's style. It is pale/brown in appearance, slight head. Smell is kind of sweet and carmely. The taste, well all I have to say about it is sweet nutty goodness. The mouthfeel is kind of a weak point, lower carbonation, not really watery, but something like that. Quite drinkable, a good inbetween season beer.

dfried, May 11, 2006
Photo of afordney
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, a slightly creamy colored head was about two fingers thick and stayed for an incredibly long time. light lacing around the glass as it went down

Smelled kind of weak, slightly nutty and bitter, hints of caramel and toffee.

Tasted about three times better than it smelled, very full flavors of nuts and toffee, hints of caramel and a distinct but well balanced bitterness in the finnish.

Well balanced mouthfeel, very full flavored and slightly carbonated

A fantastic English Brown Ale, kind of expensive but worth the cost.

afordney, May 05, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 1 pt bottle.Very nice thick off white head, great for dipping. Color is a deep dark golden brown with hues of red.

Smell is of fruity malt and bitter hops. Ah real beer.

Taste is very good. I have no objections, the beer is smooth and slightly bitter. The hops are present through out .

Mouthfeel is nice, very well balanced.

Drinkability is above ave. This is an anytime beer. Quench your thirst, wash down a meal or just savor the flavors slowly in your big chair.

MuenchenerKindl, May 04, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet color, nice head and head retention, but no lacing. On second glance, the color is really almost purple.

Sweet smell, vaguely fruity.

Taste includes fruitiness, nuttiness, a little bit acidic.

M - good carbonation for the style, nice dry finish.

Drinkability is high! It's a good thing this comes in a 550 ml bottle, because just one 12 oz serving wouldn't be enough.

hunteraw, May 03, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby brown color, head is a short-lived fluffy tan. Lacing is fine and sticky.

Smell is actually somewhat nutty (go figure), grainy with a whiff of butterscotch.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely one of my long time favorites for the style. I plan to continue drinking this one whenever the chance comes along.

EvilKeith, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, clear glass bottle poured into a couple of tall glasses to share.

Pours a rich brown color with decent head and retention.

Not a whole lot of aroma, but some sweet malt and roasty smells.

This beer has a delicious sweet, malty taste with a nutty, roasted finish and just a bit of hops. Very tasty and I don't even like nuts too much.

Mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable beer that I would gladly have again and next time I might not share!

AaronHomoya, Apr 26, 2006
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,318 ratings.