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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
outstanding

3,161 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,161
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 201 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Color: Brown
Clarity: Good
Head Size: 3 fingers
Head Retention: Good
Head Texture: Rocky

Aroma: Toasty Hazelnut, Carmel

Taste: Rich nutty malt, floral hops, great balance.

Mouthfeel:
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Medium
Warmth: Low-Medium
Creaminess: Medium
Astringency: Low
Drinkability: I found this beer to be a real pleasure to drink. I would most defiantly purchase this beer again.
Stylistic Accuracy: Excellent

BadRockBeer, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of brewtal
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sam Smith pint glass.

Copper-ish brown and shiny red hues. Good cream-white head with big bubbles.

Smell is reminiscent of brown sugar with nutty notes.

Tastes of caramelised malts. A lot more of brown sugar with a strong grenoble nuts flavor and Amontillado sherry-like complexity. Good stuff! Fruity (figs). Finishes dry on earthy hops, even a slight astringency towards the end. Pretty much dark chocolate with an iron-like metallic taste thats lingers on.

Great brown ale. Good complexity for the style and one that looks like it would be appropriate with a stew or other braised meat-based meals. Creamy cheeses on nut-bread, too. Cheers!

brewtal, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Jhandy
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable Ale it is perfect for a night of drinking cause of the light easy taste. It's very well rounded in flavor with nothing to overpowering and the fact that it is not over carbonated means you can drink more with out the bloated feeling.

Jhandy, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with an offwhite, light tan colored, proteinaceous head, which was well-retained, somewhat rocky, and formed some decent lacing on the sides of the glass... over a chill-hazed garnet-tinged dark amber colored body. No visible carbonation.

S- The nose is comprised of some mild malts, a touch of faint huskiness... no esters... no noticable hop aroma.

T- Flavor starts out somewhat sweet and malty. The sweetness is balanced out with some dry husky and nutty flavors on the midpalate. And on the finish you have a very faint flavor of some low-alpha hops that perfectly balance that sweet malt into a sustained finish.

M- Medium body, complimented by a reasonably soft carbonation. No astringency, no EtOH heat.

D- An incredibly drinkable Brown ale. I could easily consume several of these in a session!

jgasparine, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is the epitome of what a good Nut Brown Ale should be. Poured out to a brown color with a nice 1/3 inch head. No lacing in the glass. Medium-low carbonation. Aromas of roasted nuts, grain, toasted malt and molassas. Taste was similar to the aroma, with a few unexpected flavors. Complexity is abound; flavors of nuts, hops, mild malts and a touch of butterscotch sweetness. Great aftertaste of bitterness and sweetness. Mouthfeel was good, but couldn've been a bit thicker. Nonetheless very nice all around. High drinkability. I will be seeing more of this beer. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of mherring
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

mherring, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of SacredBeverage
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this and it was a good beer. I'm not going to go super in depth but just give an overview.

A: Good appearance, dark brown with a brown head and nice lacing.

S: I get some malt and chesnut, with some caramel and other flavors. Not quite as rich as I thought it was going to be but then again I'm new to Brown Ales.

T: I liked the taste, rich and flavorful, refreshing.

M: It wasn't as full-bodied as I expected it to be, just a little more watery than it looks; not that it is watery, it's fairly creamy, it just has a lighter body to it than it looks.

D: I could have a couple of these with a nice roast, or by itself, very enjoyable beer.

SacredBeverage, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of nokes
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight I was in the mood for a brown ale. Fortunately, I had one of these around. Poured a warm, earthy and somewhat reddish brown into a pint glass. I like the colour...just the right warmth for a cool rainy fall evening. Smells brown. Hard to say exactly what I mean by that...but it just does. A little roasty, a little nutty...brown.

This beer tastes very good...strikes me as well-balanced. There's a little sweet there, and a little bitter...even some , but only really at the end, and even then, pretty light. Maybe a bit like hazelnuts. Feels good in the mouth...again, nicely balanced. Not real heavy, not real light.

Overall, I really like this beer. It's good, and strikes me as a good example of the style. Certainly much better than several other nut brown ales I've had. I would happily drink it again. Several in a night? Sure. Happy to. Would I seek it out? Maybe, particularly on cool fall nights like this one.

nokes, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown color (naturally) with excellent head and lacing. It has a very nice scent, a good malty aroma with a bit of black licorice hint. Good taste, a nice deep draught with a wonderful woody brown flavor and a nice bit of nuttiness, although I would've prefered more from that aspect. It does down very easily with a nice little bit of carbonation. An excellent nut brown ale.

JamesS, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel brown with a touch of garnet. Decent head with nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and nuts from the malt with a distinct bit of alcohol on the nose

Taste: A bunch of flavor jumps out at you and gets better as the beer breathes a bit. Caramel sweetness with a dry nutty bitterness that blend quite nicely and linger for a while.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit too much carbonation but otherwise full bodied.

Drinkability: The carbonation limits my appetite to drink more than one of these, but overall it is a very nice brew.

brentk56, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of jkrich
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date: poured a slightly hazy, brown with reddish highlights.

This one is very aromatic: strong, earthy and perfumy malt aromas mixed with english hops.

The flavor is one the most complex tasting brown ales I have tried. The taste begins somewhat vinous with a solid malt profile. There are a lot of subtle nuances here: faint fruity date flavor with a faint touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel is almost chewy with a solid medium body. The carbonation does not stand out which is very good.

I don't often drink Samuel Smith products but I always enjoy them when I do. It is good to see this old, world class brewery using brown bottles. Next, I hope they use freshness dating.

jkrich, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear glass bottle @ 45F.

A: Light brown with a tan head of about 2 fingers when poured (very controllable) which diminishes to a nice lace after about 3 minutes.

S: Smells sweet with a hint of roasted malt. Nothing too impressive.

T: Very good. Nutty and roasted wood flavor. Slight aftertaste of alcohol, but not in the least overpowering.

M: Leaves the mouth feeling clean and crisp. Taste all but goes away after about 1 minute.

D: I could drink this all night. Goes down very smooth.

Sam Smith has done a fine job with this brew.

ralree, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of slyke
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale pours a lovely ruby-brown color with a generous tan head.

Smell is nutty, sweet, and roasty. The taste is a roasty, nutty, caramel affair - quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly coating with a bit of crispness to the finish and a nutty aftertaste. This is a very easy-drinking brown. It would make a pretty good sessioner.

slyke, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, clear glass bottle poured into a couple of tall glasses to share.

Pours a rich brown color with decent head and retention.

Not a whole lot of aroma, but some sweet malt and roasty smells.

This beer has a delicious sweet, malty taste with a nutty, roasted finish and just a bit of hops. Very tasty and I don't even like nuts too much.

Mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable beer that I would gladly have again and next time I might not share!

AaronHomoya, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of dnichols
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured a brown body with a reddish hue and a tall robust head.

S: It had a sweet malty aroma with floral hops and hints of caramel.

T: It had a well balanced presence on the tounge with just about the right amount of malts and hints of oak, nuts and light spices.

M: It was medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It finished dry with a bit of sweet oaky aftertaste.

D: It has a moderate body, balanced flavor and low ABV making it a decent session brew. Its not my style but I'd never turn one away and could easily spend a long evening enjoying this brew.

dnichols, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of brendan13
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a mug a clear dark red/copper colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Sweet grainy & nutty aroma.
T - Sweet caramel & nutty in the taste along with a dry roasty note.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation.
D - An interesting beer. Fairly simple yet full of flavour. $8 for a 500ml imported beer is fairly good value. Something I can see myself buying again. Hopefully it is available here on an ongoing basis.

brendan13, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of matt20102
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at refrigerator temperature into goblet. Pours with a fantastic head- thick but not too much and one which dissipates at a great pace (slowly, but allowing me to drink shortly). After a minute or two, a lacing remains. Colour and appearance is wonderful- a rich, crystal-clear brown with no haze. The initial aroma and flavor is of malt- rish British malt- and biscuit. Hop presence is minimal and somewhat earthy, subtly reminiscent of earth, but very clean. The first indication is that this should be a very malty beer but the sweetness is very well controlled and the hops, which are subtle, swim in perfect balance. The nut flavour is not immediately present until you are reminded that it is there- and then it's obvious. There is a subtle complexity to this beer which would keep me coming back. Highly recommended.

matt20102, May 13, 2011
Photo of NCBeernut
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice 2 finger head that forms immediately and sticks pretty well. Not a big aroma but about what you would expect from an English Nut Brown. A bit of smoke, some nutty maltiness and a kiss of English hops. Smoke and nuttiness roll out first on the tounge. Plenty of malt sweetness all over. Not as much chocolate flavors that its American cousins have, but some very faint hints in a malty kind of way. Some apple tartness and a slight bite of subtle English hopiness on the finish. A bit more viscous than I was expecting for the style, but in a good way. A little more carbonation than I would like takes a little away from the mouthfeel though. I have had better nut browns, but this one is up there, especially as far as taste goes.

NCBeernut, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured two fingers of creamy yellow head that steadily reduced over a clear amber-brown body.

Smell - 4.5
A rich aroma of sweet malt, baking bread and a hint of fruit mince, brown sugar and almonds.

Taste - 4.0
Mmm, nutty! Starts with sweet, smooth malt and flavours of molasses, almonds, walnuts, almost cake-like. Finishes quite dry and slightly bitter, with a rich lingering flavour. Despite how it may sound, this is actually quite a savoury brew.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Persistent fine carbonation, feels somewhat thick in the mouth, quite heavy.

Drinkability - 4.5
The only thing that would stop me using this as a session beer is the price.

OVERALL - 4.25
I have been more impressed with other beers, but this is simply so hard to fault. Clearly the best brown ale I have tried and worth the exxy price.

LittleCreature, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of BadBadger
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fine English Brown Ale. It pours from the bottle as a rather dark brown color. The head was some what disappointing in being both small and short lasting. The smell was certainly pleasing as was the taste, a pleasant malty sweetness with a nice nutty undertone. Definitely a beer to search out and enjoy.

BadBadger, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer pours a copper brown with a frothy tan head. The head quickly dissipates after a few minutes.

The aroma is very similar to ferrero rocher chocolates. Hazel nut is the dominate nut in the smell. Surprisingly there is a strong chocolate prescience in the nose. One of the tastiest smelling beers I've had in a while.

The taste of this nut brown ale doesn't stand up to the hype I got form it's aroma. Hazel nut takes over the flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness as the beer goes down. Toasty malt and maybe a little oatmeal.

The mouth feel is good without being to impressive. Very lightly carbonated, but full bodied.

This is my favorite brown ale by far. I always want to drink another and can't ever have enough. Almost a perfect 5 for drink-ability. Samuel Smith's is always a go to beer when I can't make up my mind. I think of them as the Sierra Nevada of England in the way that their beer is always on point to style, and is of the best quality.

TKEbeerman, May 31, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Ah, one of the few positive attributes of the LCBO - selling products of British origin at half the price as that in other parts of the country.

This beer pours a clear dark orange-tinted amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somehow gritty dirty white head, which leaves a perfectly distributed array of snow rime lace in its splattered wake.

It smells of lightly toasted, sweet bready, richly nutty malt, creamed caramel, and some mildly citric, pleasantly leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, robustly nutty malt, lesser caramelized toffee, subtle aged dark fruit, and a smallish drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is patently reserved, and of course up to the menial task of structural integrity, the body a decent medium weight, well-rounded, and agreeably smooth. It finishes rather clean, with some silken caramel malt, lingering oily nuttiness, and mild noble hops.

The prototypical English Brown Ale, veritas, the real deal - the nut adjunct is suitably laid back, and the hops are just there to make sure that you aren't scared away by this little adjustment. Wow, it's hard to describe the subtly of the old-world styles sometimes, engineered as they are for drinking, and perhaps not explicit contemplation.

biboergosum, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

HalfFull, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluemoonswoon, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of blink1371
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

blink1371, Dec 24, 2010
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,161 ratings.