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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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3,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 193
Gots: 317 | FT: 1
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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 rmfyeah
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one often a few years ago and it always had a skunked taste to it. Recently I noticed it again in the dark bottle and gave it another try. No skunk taste this time. I don't know if the bottle had anything to do with it.

This beer is understated. Poured clear dark brown with a fizzy head. It has all the flavors but they don't jump out at you. Hoppiness right away followed by nuttiness and sweet flavors, again not overwhelming but definitely all there. Decent mouthfeel.

I could drink this again and again.

Photo of xav33
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
550ml bottle
Recent bottling (SG13B1), celebrated 04/07
Medium pour in an English pint

Poured a clear brown with a mostly lasting large fluffy light brown head.

Smelt of moderate mixed nuts, toffee, stone.

Taste was upfront strong bitter nuts and sweet caramel followed by a strong bitter rustic and nutty flavor and light caramel on a moderate finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, fizzy and moderately astringent.

Overall, this is a classic nut brown with awesome flavor. The flavors are bold, balanced and complex. A personal favorite. Easily one of the best nut brown ales out there.

Photo of SaltyLime
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber color, nice brown around the edges. Beige head about 1 finger high.

Smell - Not much, I stuck my nose way in the glass and was hoping for a nutty smell, got nothing.

Taste - Hoppy start, not much after that. Ordinary.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium body.

Drinkability - OK.

Photo of woemad
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $2.59. No freshness date.

Poured a dark, cola color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Thick, creamy light tan head that took it's time dissipating.

The nose on this beer was a little disappointing. The nuttiness and brown sugar scents that are encountered do not melt together that well. There's also a slight skunkiness.

The same can be said for the taste. The dry nutty aspects do not balance out the sweet, caramel-ish notes, and the skunkiness noted above glowers in the background.

More watery than I'd hoped for, the mouthfeel is diappointing.

I've never had it happen before, but it seems I've finally encountered a skunked Sammy Smith bottle. I really wish there was a freshness date on the bottle so I could see just how long this has been sitting. Disappointing.

Photo of Redwood21
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 550 ml bottle,

A: The head on this beer is the stuff of dreams.the color is a nice deep brown color, just perfect.

S I stuck my mug in there and did pick up the nutty malted aromas, but it was more faint than i would have liked.

T: Taste is great, the nut taste is very good with caramel and roasted flavors as wellthe finish is almost too watery though which keeps it from a 5.

M: The mouthfeel starts out nice and creamy but as stated before there is an almost too clean, too watery finish

D: this is a great beer, very easy to consume and enjoy the flavors. truely a great brew, if anything the clean finish makes it more drinkable. very good. I think there is a faint tast of apples, but im not sure.

Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, the appearance rocks, but I'm not getting much else from this bottles. Perhaps it needs to warm up? Not so much. This ale just doesn't come alive for me. There's a nutty, caramel malt flavor, but its too subtle. It's also a bit on the sweet side in aroma and flavor, almost like sugar was added. I can imagine this might be better by cask, but I was sold a bottle, alas.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

one of my all time favorites, pours a dark amber color with an average head with steady lacing. smell of dark malt, chocolate hints as well tastes amazing, complex and full, just a great beer all around. i can drink this stuff in the middle of the summer or winter day or night. best part is that it is easy to get my hands on and is relatively inexpensive

Photo of JMD71
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled & reviewed 2/2/07:

Ap: Solid finger of tannish head which is rocky & bubbly. Thin head lingers for a while as the pint diminishes. Deep ruby red to brown color with minimal carbonation visible.

Ar: Slightly astringent aroma with slight sour cherry notes. Candied fruits. Very familiar Samuel Smith aroma from yeast strain & uniwue fermentation techniques (Burton squares?). Rich sweet malts, candied nuts. Minor alcohol edge.

Ta: Excellent deep, rich, nutty flavor. Buttery raisin toast, candied fruit & toated malt. Nice hop bite toward the end to balance the sweetness.

Mo: Medium bodied. Carbonation perfect which leaves palette clean & fresh. Not cloying at all.

Dr: High. This has a wonderful full flavor with great balance. Very drinkable. Not too rich or "heavy". Crispness enhances the experience.

Comments: Another hit from Samuel Smith's. This may be one of my faves, alongside the Oatmeal & imperial Stouts.

Photo of jtslay
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark amber appearance with ample head that didn't stick around the whole time.

S - smells very nutty. possibly a walnut or peanut. hard to say.

T - taste is somewhat smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

D - very flavorful beer. follow this one with a porter or a stout.

Photo of smcreator
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark almost black color.

S: Sweet aged smell with a very obvious addition of nuts. Some might think it smells like soy sauce. Also hints of chocolate are present.

T: Complex flavors with hints reminiscent of nuts, oats, butter, and chocolate. The best part about this drink is the aftertaste is a very distinctly sweet nut flavor that is tasty the whole time until the taste fades. The bitterness expected from a brown ale is nicely balanced with a butter nut flavor.

M: The carbonation is smooth on the tongue and allows the flavor to run across the tongue.

D: It's smooth and sweet finish along with the touch of nut flavor makes this beer easy to drink for a long time.

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

Pours a nice dark brown color with deep red hues to it. A beige lacey head that peaks out at about a finger and half and settles quickly.
The aroma is strong on first caramel and then gives way to roasted malt. Well balanced and not over powering.
The taste simliar to the aroma but a little more complex. Starts with the malty sweetness and gradually the caramel comes in and the a sudden hoppy bitterness that finishes a little nutty and a lingering hops.
It leaves a crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and dry finish.
Overall really a great beer. I know I could have a couple in a sitting.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a pillowy, three-finger head. Leaves great lace.

S - It smelled of grains, malt and nut.

T - It tasted of malt, hazelnut and some spice.

M - It was a little thin and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good brown ale, but not the best offering from Samuel Smith's.

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

Had some tonight with deep dish pizza, on to the beer:

Well, as you'd expect, it's brown. It has a very nutty aroma, interweaved with rich, sweet malts. Imagine going to one of those buffets with the soft serve ice cream machine, and filling your bowl with the assorted sticky toppings mixed with peanuts. It also has a little alcohol kick at the end of each sip, more so as the beer gets warmer. The hops keep the sweet taste in check from being too sweet, and it makes for an overall pleasent drinking experience.

Photo of soupyman10
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours one finger head, tan, deep brown red color. Sweet malty odor, some nuts and mild spices, light coffee. Taste is mostly nuts and malt up front, some mild spicy hops to close, a little drying, a good amount of salt. Okay flavor, although fairly uneventful given the stronger aromas. Carbonation, for me, is too strong, definitely overpowering the flavor. Overall, an okay beer, but definitely not one of my favorites from Samuel Smith (that would be the Oatmeal Stout). I'd definitely drink it again if it was offered, although not sure if I'd go out of my way for it. Too much carbonation, too little flavor.

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

Poured dark brown with a tan head that left average lacing. Big nose of roasted malts and caramel. Mouthfeel nice and rich and flavor followed he nose and there was a nice bitter finish with a hint of hops. Overall this was a very nice brew that is one of the better Browns I have seen.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany with about two fingers of foamy head.

Smell is mostly nutty with a very present malt aroma.

Taste is very nutty, especially as it warms. Malt is most present with a bit of hops showing up in the finish.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation done just right.

I could drink this brew for any occasion and want more after finishing each one. This is a very well balanced brew which, if just wanted to sit around and have a beer, is the one I would choose.

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

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