1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,371 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,371
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 175
Gots: 280 | 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)
View: Beers (27) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,371 | Reviews: 1,399 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bucko
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a BROWN BOTTLE. Finally! Hopefully I never see another bottle of Sam Smith in a clear bottle. The beer pours with a tiny off-white head that leaves some lacing as I empty my glass and fill my gut. The aroma is minimal, with a bit of sweet, caramel malt aroma. Honestly, not much there in terms of aroma. A little swirl brings out some more sweet, malty aroma. The flavor brings on more sweet malt, bread, some roastiness and a slight acidity. Mouthfeel is what one might expect in a brown ale... not terribly heavy, but not light, either. This one goes down smooth - not quite silky or creamy, but definitely smooth. Drinkable? Yup. I can finish a bomber without much effort and could probably down another. Overall, not a bad beer, though not anything I'd deem special, either.

Photo of grub
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and 3/4" of off white head. drops slowly and leaves lots of lace. even after sitting for about 20min there is still a quarter inch of head.

aroma is great. rich bready malt. caramel and toffee. light roastyness. great almond nuttyness.

taste is nice. roasty. bready malt. light bitterness. touch of toffee and almond. didn't quite follow through on the great aroma, but still quite good.

mouthfeel is good. full bodied and a nice moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is great. very tasty, well balanced beer.

i must say, yay for brown bottles! after a few skunked sam smith beers, i'd resigned to only buying their gift boxes to get the nicely protected beer inside. so i was very happy to see that they had switched to brown bottles. this one definitely doesn't disappoint. another fine brew from sam smith.

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

Dark amber and clear with giant light brown foamy head. Almost no carbonation; looks like a light snow flurry, only up.

First smells of sweet malt. Then American hop aromas, citrus and floral, but no bitterness. Mildly alcoholic. Has an acidity that reminds me of Mexican Vienna Lagers.

Light flavors overall. Malt and hop. Mild caramel sweetness. Roasted chocolate undertones. Alcohol pokes out occasionally.

Very smooth and fluid, almost no carbonation or foaming in the mouth. Very refreshing.

No element of Nut Brown Ale stands out as being wonderful. Alternatively there are no flaws. All the flavors compliment each other and are modest. This is a beer I could drink everyday.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 inch head with good retention to it. Bubbly with nice lacing and a brown body with slightly ruby hues when held to the light.

S: A malty and alcoholic smell with hints of toasted malt and the scent of chocolate and nut somewhere in the mix.

T: An agreeable toasted malt profile with very faint cocoa tones, little bit of coffee in there too. A bit of a nutty flavor to it, but moreso toward the middle, while the intro and finish are chocolatey and coffee-like.

M: A smooth and mealy texture with an appropriate level of carbonation.

D: Would enjoy another, especially if in the mood for an English brown, but there are some other Sam Smith varities I'd prefer. Nevertheless, a quality offering.

Photo of mattd017
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark deep slightly transparent brown with small off white head. Smells of rich toffee, hazelnut, and almost caramel immediately jump from this beer. Has strong nutty/chocolate/caramel flavors with a rich malt finish. Not much in the way of hoppiness, which is typical of a nut brown. Its a little too sweet and sugary in the palate, feeling like they added molasses at the end. Good beer, nonetheless

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

Presentation: 1 pint bottle with gold foil covering the top. There was no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark Reddish brown almost amber with a soft cream head that laced until the end.

Smell: Nice smell to it, very nutty aroma with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste: A little sweet with a pronounced taste of nuts and other various spices, the hop bitterness is balanced real well in this brew

Mouth-Feel: Very creamy and smooth.

Drink-Ability: This is the first Nut brown ale I have ever had but it’s great. It tastes great and goes down great to. I highly recommend this brew.

Notes: My local grocery store just started carrying Samuel Smith’s. So if you live in the University area of Charlotte, NC check out he Lowe’s Food Store on Davis Lake to get this treat.

Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Samuel Smith gift pack, 550ml bottle, marked SG11B1, poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass that came with the pack.

A—pours light cola brown, slightly hazed, with a 1 ½ inch fluffy tan head that lasts a good 10 minutes, lacing is thick sea foam

S—sweet caramel and bread, alcohol is very present in the nose, slight floral tones, the caramel becomes more pronounced as it warms

T—nutty and sweet, caramel is all over the place with this one, some mild bitterness that sneaks out at the finish, some earthy flavors come out as it gets warmer

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—good. A solid brown ale. Glad I bought this gift pack!

Photo of phisig137
2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light mahogany brown/amber color, with a one finger head. Decent retention falls with a layer of foam on top, and no lacing.

Aroma is filled with toffee, caramel, and malt sweetness. Slight hint of alcohol present, and no hops. Massive diacetyl quality.

Flavor is again, malty sweet, with caramel and toffee flavors. Sizeable amount of diacetyl is also noticable, bot doesn't seem that out of place with the rest of the sweetness. Again, no hops. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Drinkability is decent.

Decent beer from a good brewery. Perhaps it is the "old style" of brewing, but this just has WAY too much diacetyl/butterscotch for me. I don't think I'd buy it agian.

Photo of uberabr
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 550ml bottle into a pint. The gold foil is a nice touch. A dark red brown with nice, 3 finger frothy head that settles to about a finger with rings of lace left on the glass. Very clear and great carbonation.

S: Rounded floral maltyness with a very mild hop. Creamy bread and butter. A sweet roasted/carmelized nuttyness with some pistachio hints.

T: Taste is light but nice. Butter, bread, caramel and fig. Definitely complements the nose. Nuts and a musky caramel followed by a malted, wheat chocolate. A little watery tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is decent, light and highly- carbonated.

A pleasant and very drinkable brown ale.

Photo of atigerlife
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Has a nice brown/amber color with a lsmall ight brown head. Nice looking. Little lacing.

Aroma is sweet, caramel malts.

Taste is of roasted malts/grains, some nuttiness and ends with nicely proportioned hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite cleansing. Medium body.

Overall, quite drinkable. The beer has a nice balance that will not offend. Good session beer. Also, goes nice with a variety of food [e.g. veal, burgers, etc.].

Photo of Rudgers73
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550 mL capped and foiled bottle. Hmm what a strange size...

A- Blowing big sticky bubbles as I uncapped it a nice almost-2-finger tan head in the glass. Light brown in color a little amber in there when held to light.

S- Sweet, malty, caramel. This beer smells great. It begs for you to taste it.

T- Smooth, light, complex. Starts out with a dryish twinge that makes your mouth water and then the sweetness pokes through. It leaves a nutty sweet taste on your tongue. This is a beer that makes you excited for each new sip.

M- Full bodied but not chewy. It's a solid beer that you could drink all day long.

D- Very drinkable. Not too strong, not too bold, not too weak, not at all boring. Great beer for anytime.

Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml. Bottle

The nut brown poured a dark mahogany with ruby highlights when held to the light. A one finger tan creamy head that faded but left a coating. Thick chunky lacing throughout.

There is a ton of different fragrances in here. Let me try and give a couple. I smell chocolate, nut, sweet malts, floral hops, and dough. This beer smells very good. Theres so many different scents.

The taste is a little diffeerent from what I thought i'd be. It starts out with a quick bitterness followed by semi-sweet malt and toasted grain. Followed in the end by a lingering mild bitterness. Tastes good.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium light feel. I'd like it to feel a little heavier and slick. Feels a little watery.

Drinkability is good. Its definately a beer you could sit down and enjoy a few. I don't think I could drink it all night but for me it's more because of the style.

Overall Samuel Smith's Nut Brown is pretty tasty. I will be buying more of these in the near future.

Slainte!

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

A - Clear dark, ruby red. Head is thick, creamy and immovable.

S - Sweet, raisiny, candy-like aroma. Lots of floral notes and red fruit. Nuttiness is there, but subdued and intertwines with an earthy mustiness.

T - Extremely fruity, with an assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Toasted grain is evident and I taste a touch of nuttiness, but nowhere near what I expected.

M - Smooth, medium body is nice, and carbonation is not too strong.

D - This is the strong point of this one for me. Easy to drink, being neither too sweet nor dry, and tasty without being over the top.

Photo of CWiggins
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've tried many of Samuel Smith's offerings, but until now I've neglected the Nut Brown Ale. (They just produce so many nice beers.) This is a style I don't have much experience with, so I figured I'd go straight to the top!

I poured this beer into, fittingly, a Samuel Smith glass. Since I poured it very slowly, little to no head formed, but the perimeter was filled with a bead of foamy, light tan bubbles. The color of this beer is marvelous; it's a deep nutty brown, almost like the darkest part of a chestnut.

I was surprised by the sweetness of the aroma. My hunch was that the smell would be filled by toasted nuts and malts; those were definitely present, but it was the mild sweetness that captured my thoughts during a long sniffing.

The flavor is mainly of malts and nuts, but the sweetness detected during sniffing is there as well, mainly in the form of a mild fruitiness. A modest bitter aftertaste lingers for some time, actually growing stronger for a while before finally breaking down. This effect certainly makes you feel as though you're getting your money's worth!

A great beer, and certainly one of the pinnacles of the English Brown Ale style.

Photo of funkengruven
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a dark brown. almost red with a head that leaves some lacing at the top. Smell is sweet, fruity, some pear and apple in the nose. This is just as complex in the flavor. Fruity, with some prunes there, with a clean, easy finish. This has a somewhat astringent finish which comes as very easy to drink.

A nice ale. one I'd definitely get again.

Photo of Neehan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich syrupy/honey like appearance into the mug with a bit of lacing. The aroma is perfect, of a light sweetness mixed with toffee, malts, syrup and nutty flavors. The taste is rich and pure with smoky toffee, malts, and just a slight bit of bitterness for a nice balance. Mild in the mouth with good, crisp balance. This is very drinkable, you have to be careful to pace yourself so that you can enjoy it and not gulp it down. One of many great Samuel Smith brews.

Photo of Damian
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, beautiful, ruby-brown with a huge, fizzy, light tan head that faded to a nice clinging film. Some lacing along the glass.

Smell was mild and somewhat unpleasant at first. Soy sauce was oddly most noticeable. Later, the true aromas come through. Sweet, rich, nutty and woody scents were detectable along with strong caramel malts.

Taste was rich, nutty and malty as well with a small amount of hops on the back of the palate. The aftertaste was somewhat metallic initially but later, as the beer settled, it left a sweet, slick, caramel-like taste that resonated in the mouth.

Creamy, soft, almost chewy mouthfeel.

Overall, a very pleasant and easy drinking beer.

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

1PT 2.7fl oz (550mL) into mug

Pours a clear dark brown with a bubbly cream colored head. Settles to a fizzy rim along the glass, with minimal lacing.

Sweeter malt aromas are the most noticeable. Almost has a toffee-like quality to it. Very light fruity notes are in the background.

Friendly malt characteristics. Nutty sweetness on the palate. Biscuit like malty finish.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth finish.

Very good beer, and yet another great product from Samuel Smith. I recommend this one.

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

Poured a deep dark brown, slightly hazed with a light off white head quickly turning into a little soap ring.

Smell had a sweet malty charachter with a touch of grain.

Has a nice nutty malt taste, slightly sweet at first, but quickly evening out with some nice earthy hops, also just a touch of Diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick.

Easy to drink, classic english session ale.

Photo of sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's another one of those beers that I've passed on countless times and figured it time to see what Sammy's Nut Brown is like...

Appearance is deep brown, with reddish highlights and a thick tan creamy head and excellent lacing. Aromas are sweet and nutty, with a hint of toast. Tastes much like it smells, big toasty nut malt flavor up front with a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall a very drinkable beer, definitely worth storing in my memory bank as solid beer.

Photo of jtw5877
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown with a white head, semi malty aroma with a white head that would have been bigger if i didnt fill my pint glass to the brim. A solid standard for this style of beer, medium bodied biscuity malt with a touch of hops. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Another beer that makes me re-evaluate the need for extreme beers, sometimes simple is just as enjoyable.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith bottles are just friggin' cool. I love the fancy gold wrapping around the neck...it makes you feel that you are in for something special.

This pours a deep chestnut brown that almost seems purple when held to the light. This has a three-finger head that is the color of peanut shells and reduces to a nice thick cap over the span of a few minutes. Lots of beige lace is stuck to the glass.

The nose is sweet and nutty with a hint of orange juice and booze. I smell pecans, chestnuts, and peanut shells mixed with a sugary syrup. For some reason, I can really smell the alcohol in this one. That's not an entirely bad thing, but it's just strange for a 5.00% beer. I also smell an almost sickly sweet forzen orange juice aroma. This has a very complex nose that reminds me of the way it smells outside when I am raking leaves. I can detect about every kind of nut that I can think of.... cashews, peanuts, almonds, ect. This is the most nutty nut brown that I've ever smelled!

I taste soy sauce and caramel follwed by tons of nutty flavor (almonds, chestnuts, and sweet cashews). Later come deeper flavors of woody smoke, salted meat, jerky, grape skins, and a slighty citric hop twinge. This is an extremely complex beer. There are alot of different things going on here to keep my tastebuds working. This seems like a very appropriate taste for the cool autumn weather! The alcohol is warming for such a low alcohol brew, and the roasty sweetness reminds me of bonfires and changing leaves.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost under-carbonated. The finish is dry, salty, nutty, and tangy. After that drying sensation, a peculiar sweetness comes back a few moments after swallowing.

This is a very unique and complex brew that needs to be sipped slowly and picked apart piece by peice. I personally would not want one of these with food, as it is very flavorful on it's own...and the slightly strange and precariously balanced taste could be thrown off easily by adding other flavors to the already taxed palate. But on it's own, this is a work of art.

I just noticed that this is my 50th review and I'm glad that I had such a fascinating beer on this mildly important occasion. Cheers!

Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep and clear mahogany brown, topped by a foamy pillow of tan head, which is leavin some sticky little laces.

Spicey nuts in the aroma. The taste reviles caramel, nuts, cinnamon and spices – quite the tasty treat. Smooth drinking brew.

Very sharp and crisp, this is one fine brew from the lads across the pond. Pity the importing raises the price of this drinker to $2.50 for a 12 0z brew. This would be a great session brew at 8-10 dollars for a sixer.

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

This beer poured a clear brown color with a small but persistent head. The taste is malty with a definite hazelnut characteristic. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly chewy. This is a highly drinkable beer that would be appropriate on most occasions. (A personal favorite).

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a very foamy medium head...about two and a half fingers. The color of the head is a pale tan and it dissipates at a fair rate with little lacing. It settles to a patchy and thin layer of head on top of the beer. The color of the brew itself is a dark reddish brown that is extremely clean. There is moderate carbonation activity in the glass.

Smell - There is a nice and mellow bready malt aroma up front. Also, some moderate nutty aromas accompany the initial smell of malt. The hops are barely present, and are of bitter character, not fruity or floral and only slightly citrusy. Slight alcohol burn on the nose; no discomfort from it whatsoever, though.

Taste - Much better than a Newcastle, I can tell that right off the bat. Suprisingly the first first thing I taste is the bitterness of the hops (which is still in the background, but much more powerful than in the aroma). The nuttiness and mellow bready malt character follow that up. The finish pairs the two main flavor aspects of this beer along with some moderate earthiness. There is a little alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is pretty good, the body is on the medium/light side. There is almost no alcohol burn, either. The only complaint is that it isn't quite as smooth as I expected, even for something that could technically be considered medium-bodied.

Drinkability - Pretty darn good. There are no uncomfortable flavors, aromas, or other sensations from this beer. It is pleasant to drink, and has a much better flavor than the larger brewery brown ales.

Overall, this is quite a darn good little brown ale. It paired quite well with my extra sharp cheddar. I love the nutty character it has that rides with the very mellow bready malt character. Definitely recommended for fans of the style or similar.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,371 ratings.