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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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3,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 161
Gots: 236 | 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 footballhead771
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer out of the clear bottle, the beer was a red-brown and smelled sweet with a nutty tone to it and formed a decent head. The taste was very nutty, the carbonation was low, very flavorful but with little emphasis...if that makes any sense. A very creamy and smooth drink, not very crisp, but quite delicious. Highly recommended.

footballhead771, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of Camp187
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was VERY impressed with my first Samuel Smith. It has a very pleasant smell and appearance, with its dark brown color in it's clear glass bottle made it very tempting to drink. The mouthfeel is rich with a bit of a bite at the end. The first taste is of a well brewed ale with a touch of roasted almonds and brown sugar then finishes smoothly with alittle spice and a bit of bite. A very good beer for the winter season and an excellent beer to ponder. It is available in a case of twenty four or a four pack of twelve ounce bottles, just enough beer to come up with your own review.

Camp187, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Variegated dark tawny (like tanned leather) with distinct ruby highlights when backlit. The head is indeed nut brown in color, although it's more raw almond than roasted pecan. It's also substantive enough to resist immediate aerosolization and is preventing me from assessing the aroma for the time being. The colors of head and beer contrast nicely. Modest lace.

Even though the nose is dark malty, it eschews any sense of roastedness that would cause it to bump up against the style guidelines. I smell a toasted brown bread bottom, a lightly oven toasted nutty middle and a lightly brown sugary top. Not outstanding, but more than solid.

Still solid, more than solid actually, on the palate. I get the sense that if I looked up 'nut brown ale' in the BA dictionary, I'd see a picture of this beer. It's predominantly malty with a brown bready, nutty, somewhat cocoa-like flavor profile. I can also appreciate a certain amount of spiciness (cinnamon? nutmeg?) and a somewhat stingy degree of English hoppiness.

There's a good mix of malt and hops as evidenced by a near perfect balance among sweet, sour, and bitter. The finish tends toward dry and is increasingly hoppy, with wonderful flavors of English Breakfast tea-soaked brown bread. The body has just the right amount of heft for the style and the beer has a soft, well-mannered mouthfeel. Drinkability is sky high.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is classic beer. I can imagine a better version, but I don't know that I've had a better version. There is very little wrong with this one and I'm sorry it took me so long to find that out. I'm grateful to be able to add another beer to the depressingly too short list of locally available worthies.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish-brown in color with one of the better heads I've seen in a Nut Brown Ale. Lacing looked good during the first half of the glass, but I don't know what happened during the second half.
Smell: Nutty with some sweetness. Butterscotch and molassas. Taste: Sweet malts that are easily detected as a Sam Smith's flavor and very nutty. There is a buttery taste in there, but finishes a little bitter.
Mouthfeel: Tight carbonation yields a creamier mouthfeel than expected.
Drinkability: Easy to drink and a darn good nut brown.

Schwarzbart, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red-brown with a finger of beige head and a little lacing. Smells sweet and nutty with a hint of roasted malts. Taste is sweet and malty upfront fading into a dry hazelnut aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, with a rather low carbonation level. This is as good of a English brown ale I've had, but there's just something about the style that comes up short for me.

cubedbee, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours transparent medium-brown with the appropriate two fingers of tan foam and good retention. Smells sweet, invitingly nutty, with slightly toasted grainy malts. Really good flavor profile. Creamy caramel and butterscotch with a touch of slightly woody nuttiness in the finish. Light and creamy in the mouth.

A super easy-drinking brown ale. Very nice session beer.

dgallina, May 31, 2005
Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Root Beer almost Cola color with a three inch head that disipated to a quarter an inch and some carb action.

The smell is like a wet straw and roasted almost burnt caramel malt with resin grapefruit hops.

A lightly sweet, moderately acidic and bitter, and lightly bready caramel malt taste with orange and slightly grapefruit hops.

Medium body, watery and slightly resinous texture, with soft almost flat carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Drinkability is ok if one can tolerate the slight astringent finish.

Troyone, May 29, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first ever experience with Samuel Smith. Pretty good so far. Pours a very nice and deep brown with a frothy head that was slow to develop but is retaining nicely with good lacing.

Very nice tasty and nose. For only being 5% its alcohol smell is pretty pungent. Sweet smelling with some roasty notes. Taste is quite nice. Orange and walnut dominate.

A very drinkable brown ale, not too bitter and not too heavy. Actually I am surprised it is not rated higher. I think it's quite good.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 28, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smaller clear bottle, without any freshness dating to be had. Pours dark honey amber and just about clear. Light almost white head and some non-descript lacing left behind. Nice nutty/malty nose. Lovely malty, subtle nutty ale, clean and refreshing. Classic British take on the style, IMHO, fine, fine sessioner.

Billolick, May 21, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice chestnut colored beer. Quite nice head that receedes for the most part leaving a small tan covering on the beer. Moderate aroma-somewhat bready and yeasty. Nice, nutty malt flavor. Traces of caramel. Very low bitterness. Deliciously smooth body. An excellent beer overall. Nicely balanced on all points. A classic for sure.

lackenhauser, May 20, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a chalice.
I'll say that one concern of mine is that this came in a clear bottle... this possibly harmed the beer over time?
Other than that this beer's a winner.
Great, bubbly mouthfeel that compliments the other traits of the beer; keeps the sweetness from being cloying and offers it a dry finish.
It also makes this really drinkable.
Smells good, looks good, tastes good.
Definately something one should have around at all times.

ommegangpbr, May 11, 2005
Photo of slitherySOB
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, stained mahogany colour with a firm, bu thin head. Lace sticks to the glass like veneer. Sweet smell. Butterscotch, sweet malts, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and a dry hop smell that's not quite grassy. Delicious. Starts sweet. With some malts, butterscotch, and english toffee, with a blend of mixed nuts. Ends dry, with the nutty taste dominating and an earthy texture. Smooth, creamy, even a buttery mouthfeel. Drinkable? Oh hell yes. I'll be buying this beer, and this style, more often.

slitherySOB, May 07, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with some dark ruby highlights. Medium khaki head that did not retain well ( could be the restaurants glasses.) Aroma had a bit of bitterness upfront, followed by a hint of cola sweetness and some toffee.

Taste has a bit of maltiness up front that has just a touch of molasses bitterness. After that some nuttiness ( shocking) and some cola nut sweetness. No real hops, but the beer does remain balanced and not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice with enough carbonation to keep the palate clean. Also despite the looks this is not a heavy beer and seems medium to light bodied. Drinkability is good. This would go well with foods, but I dont see this as a session beer as the flavour would grow a bit weary after a few.

TinusTime, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a large brandy sniffer. The beer is dark brown (surprise!) with reddish hues fand a creamy tan head. The head is light though and a bit fizzy. It thins faster than I would have liked. Swirling brings back the head a bit, but it again falls down like a toddler learning to walk.

Smell: Dark malty nose with a light hop scent and some roasty and coffee scents.

Taste: Light fruit like opening that is blitzed with a sharp malty and sweet flavor. There are many many flavors in this beer once you get past the powerful maltiness. The flavors diversify and seperate as the beer warms up, which is nice. There is a biscuity malt flavor that is chewy, soft, and sticky. There are notes of oatmeal (like your mama made for you as a kid), popcorn, almond, sweet walnut, and raspberry seed. The ending of the beer is sandy, roasty and a bit sour though not puckering or very tart.

Mouthfeel: Sticky with some sharp flavors from malt make it a bit awkward. To its credit this beer gets much smoother as it warms up.

Drinkability: Nice complex flavors make it wonderfully drinkable. Serving it too cold robs it of most of its good flavors and complexity. It sits well with food.

BrewMaster, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SS Nut Brown is dark reddish-brown with an average-sized brown head. Head is creamy and has above average retention. The aroma has a light malty sweetness with touches of nuttiness and spice. The taste has the malt profile of a good brown ale with a subtle nutty flavor. Hops provide just a tiny hint of drying and spice. Drinkability is great, however I was expecting more from Samuel Smith with this beer and I was hoping that Nut Brown would be more robust.

Gagnonsux, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's brown alright. Reddish brown; auburn. A decent head which lingers a bit then leaves a bit of clottage. The aromas are of caramel, sweet malts, a flowery, grassy note; nutty, of course, or toasted grain. The taste is simultaneously clean and earthy; roasted malt and a pervasive gentle bitterness; yeasty and buttery. Medium bodied and smooth. It all works together to deliver a heavenly brew. Session beer? Absolutely.

horndecker, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of mschofield
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery brown, topped with a one finger creamy light tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Floral, nutty, malty and fruity aroma.
Malty, nut taste, toffee, light chocolate when it warms up, tea and herb, fruit that has been baked for a bit.
Medium bodied, good drinkability.

mschofield, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of droomyster
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown, with small and slow carbonation bubbles making their way up. A small tan head that doesn't last. Smells of zuchini bread, with a whiff of cola. Malty taste of molasses and walnuts, with a very pleasant, creamy texture. Medium bodied, finish of a light coffee bitterness and a deep nuttiness.

droomyster, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a robust dark amber with a wonderful ruby glow, and developed a small tan head. The aroma was classic Samuel Smith. It had plenty of malt and hops and got you ready for what was to come. The taste was pretty straightforward and again classic Samuel Smith's. It had a rich malty taste up front with just a dab of sweetness to it, then rounded out into a nicely balanced hop finish. That small sweet kick was really all that I saw different between the Nut Brown and the Tadcaster Ale, so loving the one I had to love the second. In fact that slight difference might put me in the Nut Brown column instead of the Taddy. It had a nice medium body to it and as usual you got a nice quenching and satisfying fullness to the taste and feel. Samuel Smith consistently delivers really quality beers that you can truly enjoy. The taste and feel show excellence in both the brewing and the ingredients. This is the type of beer that would show anyone the light of quality beers.

claytri, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of JoeNobody
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received the Gift Box containing 3 Samuel Smith beers, this is the first time I am trying this brand. The ale poured beautifully into the pint glass provided in the gift set. A nice foamy light brown head, not a huge head but very foamy looking, if that makes sense. A very woody/roasted nut smell, and a clean pleasant taste. A decent mouth feel but almost that of a cold soda. It's a nice beer to sip but not to drink too fast. The head disappears rather fats and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. It's a decent beer to drink but maybe not one I would go searching for.

JoeNobody, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of foamer
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with red hues and lots of frothy tan head which dimishes rather quickly to a layer of bubbles. Lots of sweet malt and some nuts in the aroma. Taste is very nicely balanced with the sweet malts and the nutty flavours developing to a nice subtle hopped finish. Not too overboard on the nuts which is good considering some of the poorly balanced nut browns I've tried. The mouthfeel is a little overly carbonated for my palate - a little less in that regard (maybe bottle-conditioned?) could be an improvement. All in all a tasty pint, and a decent brown ale from Sam Smith.

foamer, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper color with a full tan rocky head that hangs around for a while. Smells of roasted coffee and faint hop aroma. Taste is much like the aroma - strong coffee flavors and hops predominate, with a nice, bitter and dry finish. It is not really that drinkable. Overall, it reminds me of a much smoother and lighter version of their Imperial Stout. Another winner from Sam Smith.

beertastegood, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized, light brown, creamy mostly diminishing head. Some streaky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Nutty with traces of molasses and butterscotch. Very nice, but maybe a little too mild.

Taste: Same thing here. Wonderful taste, but I’d like a little more of it. Nutty again, especially toward the finish, which is short to medium in duration and has the slightest hop kick before mellowing out and fading away.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy/slightly buttery texture. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, but I do have to figure its inflated cost into the number. That’s its biggest downfall.

I used to think this was THE nut brown ale. The past two bottles haven’t wowed me though. I mean, it is very good, but I still think there’s plenty of room for improvement. Good representation of its style though.

ski271, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear reddish chestnut colour bopped by a dense, light brown head. Retention and stickage were both good and there was still foam left at the end.

Smell: Good depth of malts (nuts, caramel, crystal malt sweetness) with just a hint of milk chocolate and earthy hops.

Taste: Firm bitterness without being overpowering and good malt base. Crisp to start, followed by caramel sweetness and nuttiness with some earthiness. Finishes very balanced with a combination of milk chocolate, walnut/hazelnut, and increased bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Velvety texture is aided by fine bubbles.

Drinkability: This has a lot more character than any other nut brown I've tried and is a great example of what the style can be. So many others seem to focus on making an inoffensive "dark" beer and miss out on all the flavour and complexity that is possible. I'll definitely be looking for this one again.

550 mL clear bottle with no freshness date.

DrJay, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply satisifying. Pours reddish brown with a healthy head. It tastes as billed; the caramel malts are balanced with a subtle nut flavor. This one is the hoppiest of the Sammy Smith's, which isn't saying much. The balance is simply elegant. The hop finish is slight enough to add a refreshing crispness without detracting from the more prominent malt flavor. As solid as they come. Cheers.

swamiswamu, Feb 24, 2005
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,229 ratings.