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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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3,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,410
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 196
Gots: 366 | 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 kernalklink
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is heavy on taste and everything else. Poured a dark amber with generous lacing and head. Malt aromas dominate while some roasted characters come through. Taste was sweeter than expected, but well rounded out by the cool ale profile- some tree nut flavors coem from slightly roasted malts, on the verge of chocolate. Somewhat sticky on the mouth, and heavier than most brown ales but very flavorful.

Photo of fank2788
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 550ml bottle into a pint glass
This beer pours a very nice dark brown color with a lot of red highlights, it has decent off white head which laces a bit. The smell is of wood, biscuit, butterscotch, toasted malt, hazelnut, walnut and hops, almost a bit of a brandy smell in there too. The taste is rich maltiness it is not sweet but not overly bitter either. The nut flavor comes through nicely. The mouthfeel is very good for a brown ale rich and deep with medium levels of carbonation the beer leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is very good, I'm a brown ale fan to begin with and this is a great example of what an english brown should be.

Photo of jhollick
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby; semi-transparent with a thick, clingy tan one-finger head.

Smells of caramel, molasses, butter, nuts.

Bleh! A fair bit of oxidation has set in. Trying to get pas that, there is a nice nutty flavor that is offset by a very appropriate amount of malting.

Normally I could drink this all night, but not this particular beer. This one was not up to snuff. I know it is better than this, and I hope to review a fresher one soon. I wouldn't submit this review at all, but Samuel Smith and his crew need to be taken to task for their bottle coloring. This happens way to often. I was also recently burned by a heavily oxidized 4pack of the Winter Welcome. Shape up boys, or people will start thinking your beer actually does taste like dollar bills.

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color with decent tan head leaving no lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, almost coffee like, buttery toffee. The taste is of toffee, roasted malt, earthy. The mouthfeel is moderate, fizzy, no bitter aftertaste, a bit dry. This beer is quite good, nice complex flavors, great balance.

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

Got this bottle in a gift set at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost mahogony with a big fluffy white head which retains very nicely.

Aroma: Toasted malts with plenty of hops. Notes of coffee, butterscotch and fresh biscuits.

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malts with elements of coffee and a nutty, bitter finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable, not very heavy. A nice english brown.

Final Statment: A quaffable english brown ale with a nice flavour and not too heavy. I recommend this with some pub fare.

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

A: Clear reddish brown in color, similar to maple syrup. Thick tan head that seems to last forever.

S: Malty aroma of caramel is dominant. Slight floral hop aroma is detected in the background.

T: Malty and mildly sweet with a very slight hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a pleasant, nutty aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in body. Lightly carbonated with a smooth, round mouthfeel.

D: Probably one of the most drinkable beers on the planet. Would make a great session brew. Also, would pair very well with a wide variety of foods. In my opinion, this is the current benchmark for the brown ale style. Well done.

Photo of demcorhip
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive, mostly clear brown, with some amber hue. Decent light tan coloured head formed on the pour. Very scantly laced lightly carbonated ale.

Pleasant nutty malt aromas of hazelnut and walnut greet the nose. Lesser but no less appealing scents of caramel, treacle, and date also present. Good earthy hop spice aromas also there.

Very nutty, with creamy hazel and hickory nut, and more bitter black walnut. Biscuit also present, with a touch of treacle toffee and a hint of date. The earthy, leafy, grassy and bitter hops work nicely with the nutty malts to create the more bitter black walnut flavour.

A very tasty, nutty, well balanced ale. Light to medium in body dry ale not very carbonated, but big in flavour.

A very drinkable, sessionable brew. I feel it is a great example of the style, and would make a great brew to introduce an eager novice to the potentials of malts darker than standard macro fare. I've enjoyed this one before, and will gladly enjoy it again.

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

Drank a large bottle of this before a football game Sunday. This beer pours a copper/amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice looking. Smells immediately like nuts and sugars. I worried it may actually be too sweet after the smell... Wrong, it as a nice taste. Some nuts and a slight spice with a mild bitter ending. This one has a strong finish, leaving an aftertaste that you do not want to wash down. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Grundle20
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper in color in to a pint glass. There is a sizable fluffy off white head that leaves patchy lacing and presents some good retention.

The first thing I picked up was a peanut butter or roasted peanut scent. There is a mild spicy hop presence. The smell is a little weak overall but it is nutty in nature.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Initially the beer tasted like cherry cordials to me, much like a stout would. The beer is pretty light and body and drinks crisp and dry so the cherry note is about the only stout character I picked up in this brew. The cherry morphed in to an almond flavor with an odd egg like note that carried on in to the middle of the drink. The finish is a little bitter and again eggy but the aftertaste is clean.

Have to hand it for to the English for all out tasty drinkability. This beer isn't super flavorful but it goes down really easy and presents some mild flavor.

Bottom Line:
I think the beer would benefit greatly from a brown bottle to get rid of that odd egg note but other than that the beer is a fine mild nut brown ale.

Photo of akahn
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear, red-tinged brown with a small but lasting cap of off-white foam.

Aroma is seriously biscuity and toffee maltish. This is toasty to the highest degree. Good.

Taste is lightly malty, very faintly sweet, with a distinct mineral edge. I don't really like the nutty, malty after-taste. Pretty straight-forward and simple, and that's good.

Light body yet impressively smooth. Ample carbonation, maybe even more than needed.

Returning to this beer after over two years, it's apparent that sometimes it takes experience to appreciate a simple beer like this one. Back then I didn't know what to think, but now I appreciate it for its simplicity, it is exactly what it should be. However, I'm not a huge fan of the style and I didn't find this beer all that compelling.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brown/reddish color with a thick off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like nuts, toasted malt, and caramel. It tastes the same way to me, except that there's some butterscotch I can taste, along with a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall it's a good brown ale, one I'd definitely drink again.

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

12oz clear bottle -> goblet
Code: SB24B1
1 :45

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick mocha cream head that leaves rings of thick crusty lace. Carbonation appears fast initially, then slow and steady.

Nose: Roasted malts, with tones of nuts, caramel. and butterscotch.

Taste: The classic stays strong. A full malt breakdown with a nice nutty aftertaste that lingers and leaves the mouth feeling dry and the lips smaking.

The mouthfeel is just right.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brown ale, the best i've had.

Note: One of the craft brews i've been drinking for over a decade, so this one gets sentimental points from me.

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

Bomber bottle from a mix pack

Appearance – Deep rich brown, red highlights. Large fluffy tan head, nice lacing. Very appealing appearance.

Smell – Nice malty, earthy aroma. Big and full smell.

Taste – Heavy malts, nice hazelnut backup.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability – Not much hop flavor here, full, creamy body. Pleasant sweetness on the finish. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of Dizzy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this in a brown bottle now. Pours brown with a reddish tint. Nice tan head which it retains quite well. Aroma is bread like malts. Malty & nutty flavor with some roasted malt flavors. Mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice flavor. This is a good brown ale.

Photo of Byeast
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: a deep brown color with some slight red hues and a large , frothy , and lasting head of tannish foam.

Smell: Nutty aroma , some bready malt , and some buttery diactyl.

Taste: Delicious. Lots of malty flavor , smooth , some sweet brown bready qualities at first , some more buttery diactyl , bit of roasty character , some balancing hop bitterness , nice nutty flavors ( walnut , almond) throughout and even more in the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and a bit creamy , with a dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely drinkable! The flavor it has makes me want another large sip as soon as i set it down. It really does leave a lingering flavor of fresh nuts. Iv'e yet to have a brown ale that can beat this one.

Photo of Mandrake
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep ruby red that goes brown if viewed from an angle, perfectly clear and with a big and frothy medium-light tan head that lasts very well, leaving lots of thick lacing. Smell is a bit faint, light roasted malts and breadiness, a hint of alcohol, mild chocolate and hazelnut. Taste is a bit of a letdown. Light caramel and breads take the lead, not much else. Slight bitterness, rather metallic, and a dry finish with little of the nuttiness that I'd been waiting for. Mouthfeel is full and rich, perhaps a bit flat, and drinkability is good. A bit of a disappointment from Sam Smith's. I'm a big fan of their beers, but this is rather middling and doesn't really make an impression.

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
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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
2.81/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.