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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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3,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
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.

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Photo of HalfFull


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a nonic glass from a 550 ml. brown bottle. This bottle pours a clear light brown with red cherry highlights. An inch of off white foam settles slowly as a light carbonation rises throughout the beer. Lots of lacing left behind.

Clean caramel malts on the nose along with some cherry and muddled strawberry notes. Bit of roasted malts and nuts for balance. Rather intriguing and quite welcoming albeit not quite what was expected as nuttiness is never too obvious.

Mild malts hit the tongue with a light sweetness amidst an effervescent carbonation. Fruit notes return on the swallow and linger for a relatively long finish. Feel is decent for the style, perhaps a bit thinner than average as for body, yet with enough texture to balance the malts adequately. Offers a hint of woody hops as the beer warms and finishes clean without any bitterness or alcohol in sight. Drinks swiftly as a result.

01-04-2011 03:40:17 | More by HalfFull
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

550mL bottle poured into nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a clear and dark brown and amber with a tanish head that fades into a ring after a bit. Not too much lacing and little bits of carbonation bubbling up from the sides of the glass.

S: The smell on this one is intense, the first scent smelled almost like wine and was full of dark and fermented fruits, then opened into a really sweet, toasty maybe even a bit smokey aromas that balance the fruityness in this one, really very inviting.

T/MF: Quite sweet and smooth with a bit of hops thrown in as well, but to be sure the malts are doing the work here. Tastes of brown sugar and caramel are present with bitter kick on the finish that leaves the tongue a bit dry but the aftertaste of nuts and toasted malts seem to dominate the finish. Really bready and fresh with the smallest hint of has a sourness lingering around a bit as well.

D: Have not had a brown ale in a while but I really like what is going on in this one, perhaps my favorite offering from this brewery. Not heavy or filling, just fresh and refreshing.

10-02-2007 00:51:53 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of blink1371


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Pour- I poured aggressively into a basic pint glass. Poured very nicely and produced a substantial frothy cream colored head.

Appearence- Color nothing special. As expected, reddish brown color with cream colored head. Lacing was great and the head remained for the entire pint + 2.7 oz bottle! Very impressed.

Smell- Amazing! Very Amazing! Have yet to smell a better smelling beer! NO hint of something here, or something there, in this beer- the smell was in your face. A nutty, brown sugar, cinnamon aroma that was impossible to resist a taste. It smelled just like my grandmother's homemade apple pie. Smell. Was. Ah...maze....wait for it...ING!!!!

Taste- Light medium to Medium bodied. The taste did not disappoint. Taste pretty much matched the smell, with a nutty brown sugar cinnamon. The only drawback would be that the body was not very thick as I was expecting.

Aftertaste- Not to much to be remembered here. Nothing bad, but nothing really amazing either. The aftertaste would be to take another drink!

Conclusion- This is by far the best beer I have ever smelled..not tasted..smelled. Don't get me wrong, the taste is good, but it's hard to follow a smell so incredible as this. This is a very Christmas-y beer and would be great to be enjoyed during the holidays. Could possibly be a late fall beer as well. Anyways, this is a great beer and don't pass it up!

12-24-2010 03:43:09 | More by blink1371
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

It pours a deep ruby colour with a nice thin layer of head settling out on top.

The nose is rich and slightly chocolaty, with some fresh floral notes coming through alongside some slightly fruity yeasty aroma.

The flavour is and slightly sweet to start, but quite clean. Notes of molasses come through alongside toasty malt. It finishes quite try, but then a very lovely aftertaste of walnut and hops comes through. It's very aromatic, and keeps me craving another drink.

Overall, this is a very good example of the style. It is easy drinking and not too overpowering, while having subtle complexity.

08-02-2011 04:04:17 | More by evlu1441
Photo of umustdrink


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

02-09-2007 05:18:12 | More by umustdrink
Photo of Phatz


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

06-26-2006 07:39:26 | More by Phatz
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a transparent dark copper w/ decent head and lacing. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, malts and grains. There's a great nuttiness to this beer, which I love. Great aromas! The taste is subtle, but tasty. There's a slight alcohol taste, but it's subtle as well, giving the beer character. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and sticky. Drinkability is good due low abv and tasty flavors. Great beer to relax with!

This is a great brown ale! If you're looking for a legit example of the style, this is definitely it. Recommended.

01-12-2011 22:27:42 | More by BB1313
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

550ml bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a tawny amber-brown with rising carbonation and a billowy tan head with nice retention.

The aroma is of malts upfront, giving notes of bread, toffee and caramel. There is also a very enjoyable nutty presence.

The taste is of caramel malt upfront, followed quickly by light roasted malt and an really interesting nutty finish. There is very little hop presence, though they do give a bit of an earthy bitterness. Very light alcohol notes.

The mouthfeel is pretty average, light to medium body with nice active carbonation.

This is a very well done and easy drinking brown ale. The nuttiness is really quite pronounced and well done.

01-16-2011 22:39:08 | More by vkv822
Photo of phil7568


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

I can't believe I've never had this stuff.

Pours a deep amber with a nice retaining head.

Smells sweet and malty and why not, nutty.

I'm very impressed with how this beer is put together. It's malty and sweet but not too sweet. It's smooth as silk and finishes with a pleasant nuttiness. I can't detect a bit of hops.

I could drink this all night and into tomorrow morning. I also think this would be a great introduction beer for those getting away from the macro stuff.

01-03-2008 01:39:34 | More by phil7568
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance - not a lot of bubbles, but pours out a pleasant brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma - malty but not sweet. Some whiskey notes that settle into a strong, nutty, malty smell.

Taste - Nicely malty without being too sweet. Caramel roasted malts and a nice solid earthy taste. Not really picking up the part of the flavor profile that represents nuts, but the beer is tasty. Finishes with a bubbly wash, then a low-level hop aftertaste that is easily noticeable and in balance.

Mouthfeel feels heavier and stronger than a 5.0% beer. Good rib-stickin' feel but not gut filling.

Drinkability - great taste, reasonable abv, and all around just a very easy beer to enjoy.

11-17-2003 19:13:17 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bomber into my trusty kitchen glass, bought from Trader Joe's in Nashua, NH.

A- Deep caramel brown, nice off-brown head.

S- I get some toasted hazelnut, walnut, caramel, and earthy hops. The malts definitely come through and are on the toasty side. Smells very crisp and inviting.

T- Nice and rich caramel with hazelnut, toasted malts, and a slight hop flavor at the end to balance it out. Very good aftertaste of toast, light coffee, and earthy notes mingled with caramel. Very satisfying.

M- I was expecting something a little thicker, it's a little watery for my liking, but then again, this is my first time trying a Northern English brown.

O- I went in with a completely open mind on this one and am glad I did. This brew is more for research purposes anyways as I am planning on brewing a similar style of brown ale but with a hint of peat-smoked malt thrown in. I think the peat would go well with this one though! Very good brew!

08-13-2014 01:26:15 | More by risendragon
Photo of jadpsu


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.
Pours a slightly murky brown to amber with a tan head of moderate volume that has at best average retention. Excellent side lacing is present.
Smell is of roasted malts first with hops a far second.
Great aromas of coffee/toffee, caramel, biscuits and butterscotch.
Taste is sweet, buttery with a tinch of bitterness and a dry finish. Hops not coming through here.
Mouthfeel is buttery, smooth and medium to light body.

10-07-2009 23:52:57 | More by jadpsu
Photo of rfabian


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a pint glass it forms a one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is brown and clear. The aroma is of spicy hops and malt. The taste is moderately bitter with slight malty sweetness. The feel is medium to light bodied with a perfectly clean finish.

This is a highly drinkable, enjoyable and delicious ale.

03-27-2010 00:19:32 | More by rfabian
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

12-26-2006 22:52:36 | More by demcorhip
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Clear cherry amber with a pillowy, pasty beige head. Displayed some solid retention. Lacing is a bit feeble however.

Smell: Rich barley notes, raw nuttiness, some sweet caramel malts. Some hoppy spice, perhaps in a piney kind of scent.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts, raisin, and date. Palpable alcohol presence for only 5% ABV. A juicy hop background; lush and leafy. Fine nutty finish. Also some sappy wood, and faint berry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, and mildly tingly. Somewhat tongue numbing, and overall some pleasing sensations.

Drinkability: Excellent flavor, although a bit stiff tasting in terms of alcohol. Rich nuttiness accumulates on the tongue producing a finer and finer taste. Not at all filling. Superb.

04-07-2006 03:49:02 | More by clabaugh
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A- dark brown, very clear, off white head that disappears quickly
S- green apples, apricot, dried figs, pumpkin pie spice, hints of licorice
T- nice malt backbone, walnuts, wood, green apples, upfront bitterness quickly disappears
M- med body, appropriate carbonation
D- very smooth complementing flavors, nice session beer

03-22-2010 00:38:28 | More by GoBrewOrGoHome
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

01/18/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance- Carmelized brown in color with about a 1/2 inch head. Leaves some light spotty lace behind.

Smell- Toasted caramel malt, a bit of chocolate malt and a light nutty aroma.

Taste- Seems to have crossed over to almost an american version of a brown ale. Fairly hoppy, nice sugary caramel malt base with a hint of chocolate. Bready and lightly nutty as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to slightly higher carbonation level. Nice earthy sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- I guess this is the benchmark for me per style. Very good beer as always is the case with Samuel Smith.

01-19-2009 15:40:25 | More by GClarkage
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A pleasant surprise of a find on my visit to Ontario.

A - Pours a crystal clear caramel colour, finger of off-white head with little retention and some mild lacing.

S - Nutty malts with caramel and toffee on the finish.

T - Full of flavour! Caramel malts, butter toffee, nutty almonds with a touch of grassy and leafy green hops on the finish.

M - No complaints here, a medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a little bit of dryness.

D - Very drinkable, full of flavour (but not overwhelming) and an excellent example of the style. Highly recommended to any fan of Brown Ales and I most certainly will be trying more of the Samuel Smith offerings.

01-06-2011 04:20:33 | More by andrenaline
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A-dark amber with a red tint when held up to the light. It had good carbonation with a light brown head.
S-a toffee or sweet caramel with a light hops and fruit smell
T-some sweet malt, toffee, some toasted taste. It had a medium malt sweetness with some hop bitterness that leaves mouth dry with a caramel sweetness in the end
M- medium body and medium carbonation
O-had a very good finish yet was not too sweet.

10-23-2013 01:52:34 | More by a0lbudman
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A= dark amber-brown, little head, modest lacing around the rim.

S= huge caramel, toffee, dry malts, whiffs of something that must be nice English floral hops, some nuttiness.

T= very pleasureable, dry grassy malts, caramel, moderately complex, light but peppery hops. A bit more biting carbonation than I would prefer.

M= grainy with light caramel, dry malts, modest hops bitters, some astringency.

D= very drinkable if you can carry enough of these large US$2.99 single-bottles that never seem to come in 6-packs or cases.

01-17-2010 04:18:13 | More by therica
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

This is a fantastic beer and before you jump on that Sam Smith is in a clear bottle and should be boycotted wagon, consider this, I have never had a skunked bottle. This one was no different. A very sexy beer in my opinion. A nice dark brown body, still tansparent and all, and a really thick creamy tan head on top. I poured it into my favorite imperial pint with just enough head to allow the aroma to form. Smells grassy and nutty. I love the taste of this one. Very well balanced, and an excellent kick of nutty aroma. I get a lot of vanilla type flavors and something I best describe as butterscotch. It has a syrupy body. A very nice beer to just chill out with at the end of a long day.

03-31-2006 03:48:28 | More by cracgor
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

A transparent dark brown with a few inches of white head. Smell is faint, but I 'd describe it as brown sugar and ground nuts.

This has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel.. at least compared to what I was expecting. Again.. sweet brown sugar is the dominant flavor. There's only a very slight bitterness at the back end. It is very smooth with barely a hint of alcohol. Qualifies as sessionable.

Not really overly interesting or complex, but definitely worth trying.

04-18-2009 04:10:35 | More by webmanspidey
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a chalice.
I'll say that one concern of mine is that this came in a clear bottle... this possibly harmed the beer over time?
Other than that this beer's a winner.
Great, bubbly mouthfeel that compliments the other traits of the beer; keeps the sweetness from being cloying and offers it a dry finish.
It also makes this really drinkable.
Smells good, looks good, tastes good.
Definately something one should have around at all times.

05-11-2005 02:49:10 | More by ommegangpbr
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into pint glass and was left a small head that was constant w/ the whole drink and left some lacing. The color is a transparent brown, if you will.
The smell is very strong, as I actually picked up some malt smell as I was pouring the beer. There is clearly hazelnut picked up on the first whiffs, and maybe some honey or syrup one might smell.
It is rather a simplistic smell, to be honest, nothing in great detail to go on about.
The nuts in this beer are the main driving force of the taste and there is a little sweetness on the tongue from the yeast and you could sense either honey or caramel in there also. It might be chocolate, but I doubt it.
While the finish is a tad dry (I wouldn't call it bitter at all) from the nuts (maybe roasted malts were used?), overall this is a thin body ale that is very smooth and somewhat creamy.
W/ the almost dessert beer taste and low ABV, I would gladly have a few of these w/ friends or at the pub.

12-24-2007 03:48:15 | More by clayrock81
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Nice clear golden brown color with a small white head that leaves good lacing on your glass.

Oak and fig aroma with a smell of roasted wood and earthy undertones.

Good smooth malty flavor with a roasted wood chip bitterness at the end. The taste very closely resembles the aroma.

A bit watery in the mouth but not too thin. Good carbonation helps this ale feel light on the palate and not too clingy and sweet or overly bitter.

Excellent drinkability. Can't wait to have this one in my fridge again, right next to Newcastle, my other brown ale!

12-29-2008 19:10:59 | More by davexisxrabid
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