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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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3,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,425
Reviews: 1,406
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 193
Gots: 328 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear 550ml bottle, Samuel Smith's embossed on shoulder and gold foiled cap (as in picture above). Dark reddish-brown color with one-finger of head. Not super strong aroma, but can definatley smell the nuttiness along with the grain malt. Well rounded nutty flavor with a creamy finish. Well balance of both hops and malt. A touch bitter in the finish. Good mouthfeel with body that was filling and creamy smooth. Easy to drink, a very solid representation of a nut brown, one of the best I've tried so far.

Note to Self: Ranked #1 English Brown Ale when I tried it.

Photo of orfeu
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear bottle. Orange-tinted chestnut with an impressive undulating sandy foam cap. Very nice head retention. Slowly-rising, sparse carbonation. An earthy and toasted character forms the base of the aroma, but I'm surprised to detect a considerable amount of leafy and grassy smelling hops. A sweetish hazelnut aroma appears as well. Unfortunately I don't pick up any of the famed nuttiness of this ale in the flavor at first. More than anything, I taste slightly sour, doughy malts with a bit of caramel, and a bracing finish of hard-as-nails Burton water. However -- as the beer warms, the soft nuttiness slowly emerges as does a demure leafy hop flavor. Greatly improves as it warms. Lesson learned: don't chill this beer too much! The mouthfeel is soft and velvety smooth. After more time, a pleasant fruitiness comes through in the flavor. When served properly (i.e., only slightly cool), this is a fine, sessionable ale. My guess is that this one must be outstanding from a cask.

Photo of haz77
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a couple of inches of light tan head. This falls to a tight finger of cream and is help along by the medium carbonation.

S - Sweet nuttiness, some skunk, caramel, chocolate at the back.

T - Fruity at first, before the nuttiness appears in the middle. The hops are present throughout, and build from the middle onwards. Finishes with the sweet malts coming back to the fore.

M - Medium body and fine carbonation.

D - Drinkable if not particularly complex. Solid beer.

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

a - poured a two fingers thick head into a tumbler, nice creamy head with good retention and lacing. color is reddish-brown.
s - floral scents with sweet maltiness.
t - overwhelmingly nutty taste, i think almonds.
m - creamy and slightly chewy.
d - really quality brew, one where you can have a few in night.

i did this in a side by side comparison with sweetwater's sweet georgia brown. they are very similar but i think the SGB is slightly better. and then when you compare the price $7 for 6 of SGB compared to $9 for 4 of the sam smith. SGB is the clear winner but this is one i would still pick up from time to time.

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

Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, brownish amber color when held up to the light. Otherwise it shows an opaque, deep dark, amber tinged, almost black brown color. The head is a frothy, rockied surface, tan colored head that starts out at about two fingers in thickness and even leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Aromatic notes of sweet plums, nutty toasted grain, rich toffee, and a hint of diacetyl combine together in the aroma after a first glance. After a bit more inspection ample notes of caramelized raisins and a touch of roasted grain become noticeable. At the first pour there might have been a hint of light struck hops, but my palate and nose seem to be desensitized enough from Sam's Pale ale that I don't really notice it in this brew.

Sweet fruity notes of caramelized fruit greet my tongue upon my first sip. The finish is lightly nutty with a subtle, toasted, even a touch roasted, grain type note. A touch of carbonation adds a prickly zippiness to the middle of this beer, and in the same vein a hint of hop bitterness rounds out the finish. The hop bitterness in the finish is joined by a dark grain astringency, which also helps to add a touch of balance to the other flavors in this beer. Notes of sweet plums, a touch of raisin and even a nice subtle fig note add to the fruitiness of this brew.

This beer has a really nice malt character to it, the interesting malt tapestry that this beer weaves is its selling point. It is quite easy drinking, and I am enjoying it, but it could use a bit more oomph, or even a bit more character. Not bad, and certianly a touch better than the pale ale from the same brewery.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: WOW! Head is crazy in this beer and very nice retention. Crazy thick head and nice brown color.

Smells of caramel and ester hit the nose in a very pleasing and inviting manner. One of the few times that an aroma has made me really excited to try a beer.

Taste is very well balanced. Caramel malts are dominating on the palate, however they are not overbearing. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is very thick and nicely carbonated. I could drink this beer all day. Definetly a session beer.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this beer. Picked one up at Half Time in NY. Pours a beautiful brown and the smell is sweet with hints of nuts & toffee. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass with a small, foamy white head. The taste is sweet & it goes down smooth. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but would probably take a Brookln Brown over it.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours brown-maroon with excellent clarity. Two and a half finger pale biege head, sinks to one finger of dense soap bubbles and holds well. Leaves light spotty lacing. Toasted pale malt and crystal nose, nutty aroma is prominent with faint english hops in the background. Sweet crystal malt flavor, some pale malt, and roasted chestnuts. The semi-dry aftertaste presents appropriate fuggles flavor and just enough hop bitteness to keep the mild diacetyl note a pleasent accent in the overall tone. Low carbonation and medium-low body, very smooth with an unrivaled drinkability. Mild finish, lingering malt sweetness but non-residual and a balancing herbal hop character. This the first beer that comes to mind when I am in the mood for a brown ale, and also, the best example of the style I can think of.

Photo of mherring
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the way this beer looked. A very nice dark red color with a little head from the pour. Just beautiful. The smell wasn't overwhelming to me, and I had a hard time getting much out of it, which left me a little disappointed. That disappointment was gone once I got a taste of this, though. I could definitely see why this beer was called a "Nut Brown Ale." You can definitely taste some roasted nuts along with some other fairly sweet undertones. Combine that with a great mouthfeel and you get a beer that I wish I had the opportunity to enjoy more often.

Photo of Nesued
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep reddish-brown color, one-finger head formed and cleared to a small ring after about 5 minutes. Poured from a 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on the top. Note the beer's color, carbonation, head and its retention. Is it clear or cloudy? Does it look lackluster and dull or alive and inviting?

Smell - Malt aroma that is very mild and remains confined to the glass. Grain aroma as well with a bit of nut, but not as pronounced as other nut brown ales I've tried.

Taste - Very smooth roll across the tongue, not harsh at all. Very pronounced nutty flavor with a creamy finish. Nice balance of both hops and malt with neither taking over the large portion of the presentation. A bit of a bitter finish but, in my opinion, that is what you expect from a nut brown.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was noticeble however it dissipated quickly. Good body that filled my mouth and presented a nice feel.

Drinkability - Easy to drink due in part to the smooth presentation. I may have had this beer a bit too chilled, however which may have contributed to the slight bite at the end.

In summary, an excellent representation of a nut brown, by far one of the best I've tried.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby/brown color, with a foamy tan 1/4 inch head that lingers.

Smell: Has a great warm balanced aroma of malts, hops, nuts, and caramel.

Taste: The caramel strikes the palate first, slowly followed by the malts, then the nuts, and finally hops. No one taste overwhelms and it has a nice complexity. Aftertaste is buttery and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and mostly smooth. A bit too much carbonation for my tastes, however.

Drinkability: Alcohol isn't too high, but the beer seems to have a bit of a kick -- probably mostly from the flavor. But it's still very drinkable, just drink it slowly and enjoy!

I've been impressed with other nut brown ales before, as well as other Samuel Smith beers, but this is exceptional. Great smell, great taste, etc. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed if you like darker ales and a bit of hops too.

Photo of Phatz
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this last night at The Danbary Depot in East Stroudsburg PA. I toke note on my beer an then finished it next to a Sirloin Steak and it was fantastic. Thanks Tophu! I owe you big =)

Appearance: Pours a chestnut or mahogany brown with some deep red brown highlights showing through with the light.

Smell: Toasted malts and a gentle light nut flavor, a little bit of grain and a hint of candy, a caramel or butterscotch candy.

Taste: Smooth nut malt flavor and a hint sweetish fruit like a granny smith apple hit the front of the palate. Then it fades into a toffee malty character maintaining the nut flavor and has a nice earthy hop finish with a nutty aftertaste. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: This beer is silky smooth, with a lightly crisp finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. If I had a never ending supply I would drink it every day. I wouldn't drink a lot of them because they are a bit on the heavy side but it goes down incredibly easily.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of shererjt
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, clear brown with lots of carbonation (especially for a British ale) and a tan head. Aroma had some skunkiness; otherwise, it was malt and caramel with a nice hop nose to balance. Quite possibly would have rated a "4" if not for the off-aroma. Body was medium. Had lots of malt with just enough bitterness to balance it. Plenty of hop flavor, and a decent amount of toffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was about average, though the drinkability was good.

A nice brown ale. Will have to re-review it and hope for a better bottle next time.

Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark clear copper color with a nice creamy head. Nutty aroma with malt and caramel. Taste starts out sweet and finishes dry and nutty. There are also some caramel and buttery flavors as well in there. This is truly a delicious beer. I really enjoy dry malty brews and this one sure does not dissapoint.

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

a - deep copper color, clear, large fluffy tan head with nice retention, decent lacing

s - nice balance of malt and hops, slight nuttiness

t - slightly sweet maltiness upfront with a smooth, reserved bitterness on the finish with a little nuttiness, very subtle, tasty beer

m - not much carbonation, very creamy in the mouth, medium bodied

d - quite drinkable, the complex yet easy on the palate flavor along with the relatively low abv makes it so

Very good beer all around. Quite sessionable too.

Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a nice coppery brown colour with amber tinges... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy then faded to thin layer... Very small carbonation bubbles rise slowly to the surface... Some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice strong biscuity malts, light brown sugar notes, nutty sweetness, light spicy hops, peppery, some nutmeg notes, orange fruitiness..

Taste – Nice hop bitterness, definite nutty notes, light sweetness, woody hints, biscuity malts, light toffee notes, some spiciness...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable - would make an excellent session beer...

Overall - An excellent beer... Very drinkable and definitely worth a try. If only they would do away with the clear glass bottle....

Photo of burnstar
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and very dark brown/amber with a small but persistant slightly off-white head. Aroma is heavy nutty and malty. Flavor starts with sweet malt and finishes a bit nutty with some dry spicy hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Quite smooth. Very nice flavor but is a little heavy to be very drinkable.

Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second beer I drank on my recent trip to London. First beer I had at a pub in while in London. I am not sure if I have ever seen this particular beer for sale here in Cleveland, but the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout can be found here with relative ease. Anyways, this beer pours a nice medium to dark amber brown color with a nice sized white head about 2/3 inch when poured before slowly settling to a very thin surface layer and thin white ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. To me, the smell was not all that strong, but it was of nut and malt. The taste is obviously of roasted nut accompanied by grains and malt as well as some sweetness to it of chocolate and caramel. Has a bit of a dry finish/aftertaste that lingers, but is quite enjoyable. This beer has a nice crisp, smooth and perhaps even a bit of a creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal to moderate carbonation and nice drinkability indeed. A very tasty beer indeed that I certainly will have this again.


Photo of Sosh
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up based on some rave reviews.

Appearance - Awesome. Dark brown, and a bit coppery when held to light.

Smell - As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell this, the smell was very noticable. Slightly skunked and nutty....go figure.

Taste - Nutty with a fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Chewy is a word that comes to mind.

Drinkability - Yes, it goes down easily, but for me personally, I'm just not that into the taste, so I'm not going to drink a lot of this.

Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured medium brown with ruby highlights. The foamy head lasted for the duration.
The smell was of nutty caramel with undertones of fruit and bread. Very inviting.
The taste was of nuts, caramel. fruits (esp. applish), and bread. There was an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.
The mouthfeel was light, buttery, smooth and refreshing. Some of the tastes linger, along with a bit of stickiness (otherwise would be a "5" IMO).
A very drinkable brew and an excellent example of this style.

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

Purchased at the local liquor store and poured into a British pint glass. Amazing head that lingered for quite some time. The aroma is slightly sweet with a balaced hop smell. The taste is exceptional with a bit more bitterness than I expected but that did not detract from the overall taste. It has a distinct spicy finish that lingers on the palette.

Overall I would rate this beer as a great session beer, one that I would definately drink again but again one that I could not drink all the time lest I get spoiled on the taste.

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