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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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BA SCORE
91
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3,172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 158
Gots: 207 | 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 pio
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark copper and brown color under a simply gorgeous half-inch head that is creamy light brown. great lace inside the glass. the scent is nutty and malty, not very much hoppiness in the smell and a bit of sweetness is detected. the flavor is rich and nutty with a bitter bite. it has presence of walnut, brazil nut and almond (among other nuts i'm certain but these i could pick out clearly) a host of herbal tones but not at all over pronounced. a dry maltiness really bitters on the finish and the hop profile isn't at all strong, it's more of a thought than an expression, just a little help to dry it up in the end. mouthfeel is creamy but crisp in the finish. the only problems i could have with these are wateriness (perhaps) and some strange chemical flavor that seems a bit metallic toward the final development. a great beer as far as i'm concerned though, i'm just groping for flaws i guess, sometimes i do that to those who are supposed to be real good. to hell with that though, i'll drink these again and again when the mood strikes me! have one.

pio, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with red highlights and a frothy head. Smell is of sweet malts and hazelnuts. Taste is exactly what the smell makes it out to be. The only other real noticeable flavor is the yeasty dryness that comes forth in the finish. This is a solid beer but not spectacular by any means.

granger10, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear 550 ml bottle with gold foil wrapped around the cap and neck. A thick creamy off-white head sits atop a dark brown body with reddish hues. Aroma consists of dark fruit (fig?), caramel malt and molasses. Mouthfeel seems thin for a brown. Hard water taste can be detected. Caramel malt dominate the body with a light hop bitterness. Mineral water flavor is a turn-off for me. Seems to lack some of the sweetness of other brown ales I've sampled in the past.

Winter, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a medium sticky head,the aroma is of course nutty and malty sweet.The taste is pretty rich for the appearance pretty nutty and earthy with a sweet malt backbone.Somewhat with a lighter looking brown ale with such a rich taste to it.Not a bad brew but maybe a little overated.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of vitesse
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in clear bottle.
maybe the greatest session beer ever in my book. definitely a great great ale. super complex malt taste. beautiful nutty aftertaste that is scrumptious. goes great with food. great on a hot day. great on a cold day. just an amazing all-around beer. what's left to say. my favorite sam smith beer.

vitesse, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok second Sam Smith product this week..I was bitterly dissapointed by a skunked Pale Ale..so I am wary tonight ..but this was on sale ..so here goes.
Comes in the (oh no) clear Sam Smith Bottle..same simple label.
Well this certainly looks like a great beernice dark walnut brown with a largish off white creamy head..it went down fast bit laceing was good.
Smell thank goodness is nice and fresh..malty and nutty..simple yet well done.
MM this is a delicious beer..low alcohol yet the taste is luxuriant..nice and creamy..with a full malt profile..finishes with nice nuttiness( pecan..maybe black walnut)..nice semi bitter aftertatse.
Very nice on the tongue..creamy.
an exceptionally drinkable Nut Brown..wonderful stuff..how do the English put so much flavour into such medium strength beers?

Reidrover, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of alexgash
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't drink browns or nut browns too often, but what a way to start! This one may be tough to beat. Pours a cola-brown with a light tan head. Subtle malt and nut smells detectable. The taste is sweet, nutty-chocolatey with hints of cherries (?) on the palate. The finish is roasty, woody, and bitter. Mmmm... The mouthfeel is surprisingly big. I would love to try this on tap. Another great Samuel Smith concoction.

alexgash, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Drank it out of my Sammy Smith Imperial Pint glass. It poured a reddish brown body with big white/tan head.

The nose unfortunatly had a lot of skunk flavors due to the clear glass bottle. (when will Sammy Smith learn) Lots of malt, earthy hops, some almost german smelling yeast, wood and slight hints of fruit..

The taste was very smooth, light and easy drinking. Lots of dark roasted malt, some slight roasted bitterness and even some faint hints of smoke. Very bitter with lots of earthy hops. I could also detect some soft fruit sweetness.

The beer ended with a lot of lingering bitterness.

It's sad that the bottle was skunked as it was, but amazingly a lot of the flavor still fights it way through and make this a damn good beer.

taez555, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a tan head with medium sized bubbles. The body was clear and the hue of this beer is dark brown. A good brew with a good smooth taste which is much to my liking. I have found another brew that I could drink all night at a bar or party.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of Mustard
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 19oz. translucent bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date.

Appearance: A clear ruddy-brown; mid-sized, off-white head which is quick to dissipate; light, sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate/caramel maltiness with a light nutty bend.

Taste: Medium in body, somewhat prickly carbonation-wise; malty sweetness upfront, fairly strong earthy/spicy hop-bitterness in the follow-through; light nutty notes pervade. This particular bottle was strongly phenolic.

Notes: I'm always disappointed by this brew. I love nut-browns -- hence my willingness to give this puppy shot after shot. I attribute these bad experiences to skunkage. Darken your friggin' bottles, Sam Smith. Mustard is irritated.

Mustard, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I keep coming back to. It is well balanced and is consistently very drinkable. It has a great texture that gets creamier as it warms, yet remains quite lively. In fact, it seems to change character dramatically with the temperature (more of a bite when it was cold than when it warmed). The color is a reddish brown. The head was a little disappointing and petered out about midway.

SeanChouffe, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice malty aroma. Its initial pour yielded a nice light brown head full of medium bubbles with a dark brown transparent body. Initial taste was full of flavor and went down very smoothly while leaving the remains of a subtle after bite. All in all, it is a very nice first brew to sample this evening.

TheDM, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank God for Trader Joe's, my regular stop for beer between runs to BevMo in Brea. Bought this in a 550ml bottle thinking "might be like Newcastle Brown Ale", a beer I chased around in Japan but haven't had in a few years.
This is better than Newcastle Brown ale. It poured a dark brown color with a terrific creamy beige head. Minimal carbonation was observed. The smell was of caramel toffee, nuts (maybe hazelnuts) and a faint smokiness that I really liked.
The taste was a nutty caramel with no bitterness and a slightly smoky aftertaste. The feel was smooth, medium bodied, creamy as it warmed.
Overall, a well put-together beer I could enjoy these on a daily basis. Very tasty!

Boilermaker88, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light reddish-brown with superb clarity. A light tan head starts out thick and fluffy, and holds at a thick cap.

Smell: The aroma is quite faint. It's rich and nutty with a hefty dose of malt. Diacytel makes it's obligitory appearance...

Taste: Malty and oh-so-slighty sweet with just enough hops to balance everything. Extremely nutty in flavor, with a touch of chocolate and toffee. There's some buttery diacytel (like in all of their beers) that is kept well in check. Small hint of a minerally taste. Ends with a green, floral hop note.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth, dry mouthfeel. There's a bit of astrigency on the finish that I've never encountered before...could be just this bottle.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is not only a tasty brown ale, but a great 'gateway' brew that can be used to turn macro drinkers to better beer.

A solid and dependable beer, this is a classic example of the Northern England-style brown ale.

MJR, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a nice, easy drinking brew. Pours a nice tawny brown with a lacy white head that stays most of the pint. Aroma is that of fruit/nuts with a slight yeast-y smell or skunk - not really strong, just there.

I found it highly carbonated, but quite refreshing. Not a ton of flavor, but it's mostly in the finish; nutty taste, pine, caramel. Very subtle flavoring. The body was quite thin, but I would say fairly typical of this style - similar to a Newcastle. Drinkability is way up there, though! I could see myself downing this all night if not for it's price. A very fine example of the brown ale style!

steelreign, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with good head that leaves decent lace. Some light skunkiness in aroma that carries over into the flavor, but not enough to be a real drawback. Also some great British mustiness in the aroma from the yeast (for me it is a highlight of any good UK beer). This is a mellow beer with quite a bit of flavor but you have to dig for it, it doesn't hit you over the head. Caramel flavors are sugary, strong, buttery, complex, severely tempered by minerals from water and dominant musty yeast. Some tartness towards the very end but this is more of a sour quality than any hop bitterness. Quite fizzy on the mouth and this doesn't feel right for a British ale to me. Mellows a bit in the glass and becomes creamier. If this was all there was to drink in the world, I could certainly manage, but it doesn't quite jibe with my personal tastes.

Thrasher, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is a light scarlet red. A thin and whispy beige head caps the beer off. The nose is herbal, earthy, sticky sweet and a little skunky. The flavor is pretty heavy on the English Toasted Malt tones. Bitterness is a little too sharp. And there's the slightest hint of an acrid off flavor. There's also some carmelized sugar and light nut tones. All in all, this is pretty bland, especially when compared to the beauty I just had (the New Glarus Fat Squirrel Nut Brown). The mouthfeel of this beer is too carbonated and thus it hinders drinkability some.

Bighuge, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of BierReise
1.45/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why they insist on bottling this one in a clear bottle is beyond my imagination. Looks nice poured, brown/amber color with a decent frothy head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with a hint of more skunk. Flavor is malty and skunky. Thin on the palate with a watery feeling. I'm sure this was good before they ruined it putting it in a clear bottle but I have to give it an honest review. A dissapointment for me and hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to re-rate a better sample.

BierReise, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although any ale that comes in a clear bottle leaves me with an uneasy sense of apprehension right from the get-go (regardless of any shiny foil around the cap), Samuel Smith has yet to disappoint. To think I used to drink this stuff right out of the bottle in college. It's nice to evolve.

A beautiful copper tone, this brown ale pours out with a nice creamy head, which sticks around long enough to leave a nice film of lace right to the sweet end. The nose is sweet, with the faintest hint of hops, it could all be in my head it's so faint. The initial flavour is a burnt nutty taste that blends into a sweet caramel aftertaste, followed by that faint hint of light hops found in the nose (so I wasn't imagining it).

A very smooth brown ale, one of my favorites of the style, Samuel Smith does not disappoint.

IronDjinn, May 19, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice colored beer. Lightish-brown, lots of reds. The head is fantastic, though. Choppy and offwhite, it settles even more unevenly and leaves beautiful lacing. Not at all an overpowering aroma, but it is very good. Rich and cherry-ish. Heavy taste, a little smoky and a little (tiny) bit sweet. Complex. Godd mouthfeel, but a little bit of a mettalic aftertaste. The other flavors (coffee, chocolate) make up for this. Wonderful brew.

dwarbi, May 13, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with the nut brown ale. To me, it tastes too similar a dry-hopped Winter Welcome. The head retention is great - clears to a ring that sticks with the brownish red beer all the way down. Aroma is nutty with a nose of hops. The taste is very smooth, tingling the tongue with bubbles all along the leading edge. I'm beginning to wonder if my bottles of Samuel Smith that I picked up tonight are a bit skunked. This is my second type of Samuel Smith tonight, and they are just too similar for it to be coincidence. Come on, I'd be willing to pay extra for the beer if it didn't come in a clear bottle!

jlervine, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer to drink on a cold winter day. Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades away quickly, leaving a thin lace. The aroma is extremely nutty with lightly toasted malts and subtle fruit undertones. The taste, like the aroma, is very nutty with some sweet caramel undertones. This is beer has a lot of character. It’s a very smooth and easy drinking brew.

Scooter77, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes off as the bigger more flavourful twin of Newcastle
Brown both in fruity tones and nutty aftertaste. The colour is deep
and dark with a fantastic head that makes this beer a joy to behold.
One thing you notice about almost all of this breweries beers is the
commitment to quality and drinkability. It is hard to not salivate when a fresh shipment comes into the Liquor store,

canucklehead, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber/brown color(iced tea color) with a thick head that slowly goes down to half its original size. Aroma was not strong at all but there were hints of mixed nuts and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy easily drinkable. Tastes of mixed nuts especially walnut, some malt and little after taste. Very good beer.

Running4beer, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slender, 355ML clear bottle, foiled cap. Looks like tea in a bottle, looks are deceiving! Pours a deep amber with a rapidly disappearing head, tons of lace left in the bottle. Beautiful roasted, nutty aroma. Smooth roasted malt, a light hazelnut, slight coffee taste. Very smooth and balanced, a rich caramel aftertaste. Tasty, delicious, this is an awesome brew!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 13, 2003
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,172 ratings.