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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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3,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 161
Gots: 236 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

athomasPSU, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Leschber, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

nasastrums, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

laxer8811, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

LaughingZebra, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Kingcurio, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

SGToliver, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

gigoat, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of bskrtz
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ML bottle served very cold in glass beer challis

A) Clear mahogany brown, short off white head that turns lacy very quickly. Appears a bit flat but actually isn't.
S) Sweet orange peel, baked sour dough bread, coriander
T) Mild hops, toffee, sweet citrus fruit.
M) Ample carbonation, sticky sweet, mild bitter finish
O) An outstanding beer that is easy enough to find here in Chicago.

bskrtz, Apr 14, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Jeff_Benson, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 355ml poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish brown with lots of carbonation and a thick two finger brown head that settles into a rocky half the size in about thirty seconds.

S: Nutty (obvious), malty, toffee, smoke.

T: Rich malty overtones with crunchy nutty undertones that sit and linger in a long finish with a hint of alcohol bitterness.

M: Rich and dry.

O: This beer deserves the acclaim it has received over the years from Michael Jackson to Beer Advocate. Its malty, nutty flavor is simply one of the best that can be found in the world for brown ales. If I am to raise any question, the mouthfeel might be a bit creamier, and I am nitpicking.

ianjsullivan, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear ruby amber with an off-white, fluffy 2-3 finger head. Good retention. Lace stays thick and displays impressive stick.

Smell - Notes of sweet malt, with hints of hazelnut and caramel.

Taste - Starts with notes of sweet bread and caramel, with hints of toffee. About mid-taste a bit of hazelnut and a faint earthy character creeps in before the beer finishes with an aftertaste that's not too far off from the aftertaste in eating a walnut.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a decent mount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Finishes fairly dry. Entirely drinkable.

Overall - A classic brown, and one of the great ones at that. Wonderful all-around beer to go along with a great flavor profile. Everything Newcastle tries to be, but falls short. Not a big brown guy, but this is one of a handful I'd gladly drink with regularity.

TheSixthRing, Sep 19, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a medium thick to thick head that leaves lots of lace behind. Sweet yet sour malt aroma with a nutty hoppiness in the background and a hint of chocolate. Sweet chocolate malt flavor witha nutty hop background and a chocolatey finish. Medium bodied.

Labeerfinder, Mar 01, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into glass a nice dark amber, with faint ruby-like color shining through. Nice white head, almost a couple fingers thick. Thick bubbly lacing.

Nose of caramel, toasted barley, some fruits and faint chocolate. Really complex aromas. I dig it.

Creamy mouthfeel and taste of vanilla, nuts and some roasted malt. The flavors are more on the subtle side, not in your face at all. I wish they were on the same level as the aromas are. Body is fairly medium, and like I said before, very creamy and smooth.

This is a really good and impressive English Brown Ale. So far, I really like Samuel Smith's. Hope to have more.

happy4hoppybeer, Nov 29, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very light reddish brown color with a two finger white fully head which retains pretty well. Some lacing as it's drank.

Smell: Very nutty and roasty malts upfront with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Almost a dead on math with the smell: Very nutty and roasty, with a hint of chocolate. A bit of a bitter, nutty malt up front, with chocolate in the middle, finished with a slight dry hoppy flavor

Feel: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation and smooth.

Overall: I expected it to be darker and sweeter, but still a great brown ale.

EvoRich, Jul 17, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, raisin, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and moderate fruity notes. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, floral, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, floral, nuttiness, light roast, and light earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; very robust for 5% with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent english brown ale! Great balance and complexity of robust flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 17, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a deep, dark amber with a washing of brown hues. The crown is 1" deep and rather sticky, dissipation is moderate.

There is mild chocolate and almonds in the malt, a bit roastie and also some nice, subtle herbal, earthy hop is detected. The aroma is pretty bold for the style.

a classic Brown ale flavor, with the malt showing off a subtle chocolate flavor enhanced by a peanut and almonds, subtle peanutbutter with a slight bitter, earthy hop that pops out near the end. The malt in this one is very complex for this style.

The feel is medium bodied, crisp to start and rather smooth in the middle, finishing rather clean. Just right.

This is the "high water mark" for Brown ale's, a true classic of it's kind!

GratefulBeerGuy, May 02, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance. Russet brown in color with excellent clarity and a full, but not very dense, tan colored head. The head holds well and leaves some very good lace. Light bodied but somewhat creamy. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt with a lightly mineral character and just a touch of diacetyl. The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a fairly dry, softly biscuity malt with some light caramel undertones and only a very slight touch of hops. There's no chocolate or toasted malt character present. A firm bitterness balances and it finishes quickly, dry with some residual earthy hops. A very memorable beer that keeps you coming back for more.

NeroFiddled, Jul 29, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A medium brown color, almost the same as the color of the label. Two fingers of dirty head that held nicely.
Quite an experience for the nose: nutmeg, alcohol (weird with so low ABV) and grain.
Good malt at first but not sweet. Followed by candy sweet, then a slightly bitter ending.
Silky smooth, low carbonation and medium bodied. What a treat.
Outstanding beer. The texture was incredible. Find some now for yourself.

Fatehunter, Oct 07, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I opened the bottle, it immediately attempted to escape to my countertop; my first gusher in a while. I'm not sure what caused it. This beer looks pretty alright. It pours a beautiful cap of densely-foamy, cream-white head atop a mahogany/ruby body. Minimal lacing.

Smells pretty good: yeast, nutty roasted malt, caramel, minerals. I'm having a hard time pulling much off this one though. Smells very English.

This brew is a little deceiving, initially coming off as just a decent brown ale; but then it opens up and reveals additional layers of flavour not found in average ales. I almost feel like there are three stages of flavour in the mouth: As it enters the mouth, fairly plain flavours of caramel and roasted malt come out. A little further back on the tongue some more complexity comes out, with roasted almonds and bitter unripe plum. To finish, a perfectly balanced, earthy hop bite (with a very English character), cutting any sweetness and bringing you back for more. Extremely well-balanced. This is a masterfully crafted English ale.

Its silky medium body and lively carbonation highlight the flavour well. The finish is fairly drying.

This stuff is definitely one of the most enjoyable English beers I've had. I'm generally not a fan of most beers from the UK, but it would be hard to deny Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. This beer comes out as one of the best couple brown ales I've ever had and would certainly make for a wicked session beer.

eat, Jun 20, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: A clear reddish brown body with a sizeable light tan head that leaves good lacing as it slides down the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet smooth and rich.

Taste: I believe this is the first nut brown ale that I've had that actually has a nutty taste to it. For that alone I give it high praise. Also it's not overly sweet like some brown ales tend to be.

BierFan, Dec 04, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, dark rust color with thin foam and lasting lace. It's aroma is nutty, toast, biscuits, and a hint of milk chocolate. The flavor is complex. Beginning with caramel, nuts, biscuits, and toffee with roasted malt and a hint of maple in the finish. The mouthfeel is an oily, medium full. Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale is a very good beer, great on a cool fall night. Highly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Nov 03, 2011
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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