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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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3,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,373
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 176
Gots: 284 | 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 nota
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with two finger off white head.. Very pleasent malty, nutty, carmel flavor. Bitter & dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Drinkability is high, in others words I could drink this beer all day! In my opinion sets standard for this style.

Photo of guitarmage
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Reddish copper with lots of soda like bubbles, good one inch cream colored head, sticks to the glass and slowly dissipates. Lots of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. Head looks rocky now. I wish the glass didn't have an logo.

Smell: Hard to smell out of the pint glass, I smell faint pine and hops, and some light sweet malt.

Taste: Very light flavors, light nuttiness, perhaps hazelnut sweetness, faint hops come in at the end and it finishes with a dry breadiness. After drinking it more, I taste solid hazelnut and walnut upfront, very clean and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly carbonation, light to medium bodied, very dry, refreshing.

Drinkability: This beer is refreshing as hell, very light flavors, but nothing bad. Easy to drink and pleasant, I'd like to give it another go.

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

Dark amber body with two fingers of light tan foam. Clarity is very good and lacing about 40%.

Nose is dominated by nutty phenols and Tadaster yeast.

Entry shows fizzy carbonation while the midtaste sports a light, earthy malt body and a crisp, hop finish. Dry toasted malts sit nicely on the tongue following the finish.

Overall, this is just what I expected...a solid Nut Brown with many redeeming qualities that I would never turn down in a social setting.

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

A - Clear brown/amber. 2" beige head. Retains well for a while and then stays up at 1/2" for the duration. Full on lacing.

S - Caramel. Grassy, tinny hop. Low aroma.

T - Biscuity. Caramel and toffee long into the finish. Nutty (Yeah!). Hops are noticable and linger into the finish. Light sweetness that fades and the beer finishes relatively dry.

M - Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Rich, round and smooth. Low to mid carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Very enjoyable. Sweetness is low enough that I could go for 3 or 4 of these.

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

brown in nature, brown in color. small head on my pour, cream color. smells sweet, and malty. tastes like caramel, and maybe chocolate. nothing here tastes nutty to me. Carbonic mouthfeel, light on the tongue but more on the back upper roof of the mouth, almost the throat. Drinkable, as a sipper, on a snowy night, and luckily this is one. Selected for such an occasion, and pleased with the choice/setting. will investigate other smuel smith beers... jury's still out here.

Photo of browner
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this not so distinguished beer. The classic nut brown malt, chocolate and smoky nut flavors. While this may be a bit thin for the purist this is a great everyday beer with a good combination of alcohol, bitterness and blend of ingredients. A good card playing brew if there ever was one.

Photo of Fugazme
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Deep brown... 1/4" off-white head... tons of bubbles of different sizes all over... some very tight with great lacing.
Copper highlights where light passes.... very good.

Aroma is earthy and malty... sugary, but only after the original skunk is gone, making this pretty average... grassy and slightly cola-like.

Mouthefeel is quite carbonated on the front and smooth on the swallow..

Good malt character with some caramel overtones on the tongue... bitter on the backend... sweet throughout with linger flavors long after it's gone.

Photo of umustdrink
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color. Offwhite head settles at a film. Lacing

S - Bitter roasted malt smell with fragrant nuttiness (peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)

T - Very nice nutty taste (same nuts mentioned earlier), smooth creamy malt with a faint bitter hop.

M - Very smooth almost oily, carbonation bites a little bit.

D - Really a very nutty beer, good all around and fun to drink.

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Brown
Clarity: Good
Head Size: 3 fingers
Head Retention: Good
Head Texture: Rocky

Aroma: Toasty Hazelnut, Carmel

Taste: Rich nutty malt, floral hops, great balance.

Body: Medium
Carbonation: Medium
Warmth: Low-Medium
Creaminess: Medium
Astringency: Low
Drinkability: I found this beer to be a real pleasure to drink. I would most defiantly purchase this beer again.
Stylistic Accuracy: Excellent

Photo of edskirk3
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was part of the Samuel Smith gift box which includes three SS beers, a pint glass, and coasters.

Pours a deep reddish-brown hue into the aforementioned pint glass. A healthy creamy off-white head rests on top, lacing very well as the ale is consumed.

The aroma hints of pecan pie. It smells bready, nutty, and like maple and brown sugar. These are also the dominant flavors, being joined by a mild bitterness. At the end there is a twinge of fruitiness. Sweet and malty, yet dry.

This is smooth stuff. It goes down so easily. It also seems to satisfy my appetite as well as quench my thirst. For me, this is one of those "complete package" beers; it tastes and smells great, isn't too light or strong, and can be enjoyed any time.

Photo of goochpunch
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that clings to the sides of the glass, making a crater. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of honey, figs, walnuts, loads of caramel, and earthy hops. Taste is, of course, nutty and bready with hints of maple and caramel. Finishes rather dry and with floral hop. Nice bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is like pecan maple waffles. Mouthfeel is moderate to almost chewy and doesn't get sloying like many browns I've had. Perfect levels of carbonation. Fantasitc drinkability.

This is the first brown ale I tried years ago and none other has been able to compare to it.

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

This brown ale is heavy on taste and everything else. Poured a dark amber with generous lacing and head. Malt aromas dominate while some roasted characters come through. Taste was sweeter than expected, but well rounded out by the cool ale profile- some tree nut flavors coem from slightly roasted malts, on the verge of chocolate. Somewhat sticky on the mouth, and heavier than most brown ales but very flavorful.

Photo of fank2788
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 550ml bottle into a pint glass
This beer pours a very nice dark brown color with a lot of red highlights, it has decent off white head which laces a bit. The smell is of wood, biscuit, butterscotch, toasted malt, hazelnut, walnut and hops, almost a bit of a brandy smell in there too. The taste is rich maltiness it is not sweet but not overly bitter either. The nut flavor comes through nicely. The mouthfeel is very good for a brown ale rich and deep with medium levels of carbonation the beer leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is very good, I'm a brown ale fan to begin with and this is a great example of what an english brown should be.

Photo of jhollick
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby; semi-transparent with a thick, clingy tan one-finger head.

Smells of caramel, molasses, butter, nuts.

Bleh! A fair bit of oxidation has set in. Trying to get pas that, there is a nice nutty flavor that is offset by a very appropriate amount of malting.

Normally I could drink this all night, but not this particular beer. This one was not up to snuff. I know it is better than this, and I hope to review a fresher one soon. I wouldn't submit this review at all, but Samuel Smith and his crew need to be taken to task for their bottle coloring. This happens way to often. I was also recently burned by a heavily oxidized 4pack of the Winter Welcome. Shape up boys, or people will start thinking your beer actually does taste like dollar bills.

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

Poured a dark brown color with decent tan head leaving no lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, almost coffee like, buttery toffee. The taste is of toffee, roasted malt, earthy. The mouthfeel is moderate, fizzy, no bitter aftertaste, a bit dry. This beer is quite good, nice complex flavors, great balance.

Photo of MMansfield
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a gift set at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost mahogony with a big fluffy white head which retains very nicely.

Aroma: Toasted malts with plenty of hops. Notes of coffee, butterscotch and fresh biscuits.

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malts with elements of coffee and a nutty, bitter finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable, not very heavy. A nice english brown.

Final Statment: A quaffable english brown ale with a nice flavour and not too heavy. I recommend this with some pub fare.

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

A: Clear reddish brown in color, similar to maple syrup. Thick tan head that seems to last forever.

S: Malty aroma of caramel is dominant. Slight floral hop aroma is detected in the background.

T: Malty and mildly sweet with a very slight hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a pleasant, nutty aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in body. Lightly carbonated with a smooth, round mouthfeel.

D: Probably one of the most drinkable beers on the planet. Would make a great session brew. Also, would pair very well with a wide variety of foods. In my opinion, this is the current benchmark for the brown ale style. Well done.

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

Poured an attractive, mostly clear brown, with some amber hue. Decent light tan coloured head formed on the pour. Very scantly laced lightly carbonated ale.

Pleasant nutty malt aromas of hazelnut and walnut greet the nose. Lesser but no less appealing scents of caramel, treacle, and date also present. Good earthy hop spice aromas also there.

Very nutty, with creamy hazel and hickory nut, and more bitter black walnut. Biscuit also present, with a touch of treacle toffee and a hint of date. The earthy, leafy, grassy and bitter hops work nicely with the nutty malts to create the more bitter black walnut flavour.

A very tasty, nutty, well balanced ale. Light to medium in body dry ale not very carbonated, but big in flavour.

A very drinkable, sessionable brew. I feel it is a great example of the style, and would make a great brew to introduce an eager novice to the potentials of malts darker than standard macro fare. I've enjoyed this one before, and will gladly enjoy it again.

Photo of beeroclock
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a large bottle of this before a football game Sunday. This beer pours a copper/amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice looking. Smells immediately like nuts and sugars. I worried it may actually be too sweet after the smell... Wrong, it as a nice taste. Some nuts and a slight spice with a mild bitter ending. This one has a strong finish, leaving an aftertaste that you do not want to wash down. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Grundle20
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper in color in to a pint glass. There is a sizable fluffy off white head that leaves patchy lacing and presents some good retention.

The first thing I picked up was a peanut butter or roasted peanut scent. There is a mild spicy hop presence. The smell is a little weak overall but it is nutty in nature.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Initially the beer tasted like cherry cordials to me, much like a stout would. The beer is pretty light and body and drinks crisp and dry so the cherry note is about the only stout character I picked up in this brew. The cherry morphed in to an almond flavor with an odd egg like note that carried on in to the middle of the drink. The finish is a little bitter and again eggy but the aftertaste is clean.

Have to hand it for to the English for all out tasty drinkability. This beer isn't super flavorful but it goes down really easy and presents some mild flavor.

Bottom Line:
I think the beer would benefit greatly from a brown bottle to get rid of that odd egg note but other than that the beer is a fine mild nut brown ale.

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

Pours a nice, clear, red-tinged brown with a small but lasting cap of off-white foam.

Aroma is seriously biscuity and toffee maltish. This is toasty to the highest degree. Good.

Taste is lightly malty, very faintly sweet, with a distinct mineral edge. I don't really like the nutty, malty after-taste. Pretty straight-forward and simple, and that's good.

Light body yet impressively smooth. Ample carbonation, maybe even more than needed.

Returning to this beer after over two years, it's apparent that sometimes it takes experience to appreciate a simple beer like this one. Back then I didn't know what to think, but now I appreciate it for its simplicity, it is exactly what it should be. However, I'm not a huge fan of the style and I didn't find this beer all that compelling.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brown/reddish color with a thick off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like nuts, toasted malt, and caramel. It tastes the same way to me, except that there's some butterscotch I can taste, along with a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall it's a good brown ale, one I'd definitely drink again.

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

12oz clear bottle -> goblet
Code: SB24B1
1 :45

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick mocha cream head that leaves rings of thick crusty lace. Carbonation appears fast initially, then slow and steady.

Nose: Roasted malts, with tones of nuts, caramel. and butterscotch.

Taste: The classic stays strong. A full malt breakdown with a nice nutty aftertaste that lingers and leaves the mouth feeling dry and the lips smaking.

The mouthfeel is just right.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brown ale, the best i've had.

Note: One of the craft brews i've been drinking for over a decade, so this one gets sentimental points from me.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from a mix pack

Appearance – Deep rich brown, red highlights. Large fluffy tan head, nice lacing. Very appealing appearance.

Smell – Nice malty, earthy aroma. Big and full smell.

Taste – Heavy malts, nice hazelnut backup.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability – Not much hop flavor here, full, creamy body. Pleasant sweetness on the finish. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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

Nice to see this in a brown bottle now. Pours brown with a reddish tint. Nice tan head which it retains quite well. Aroma is bread like malts. Malty & nutty flavor with some roasted malt flavors. Mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice flavor. This is a good brown ale.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.