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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

3,015 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,015
Reviews: 1,375
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 141
Gots: 146 | FT: 2
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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:
No notes at this time.

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smilingPolitely

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid brown ale here. This one pours a dark translucent brown with a strong head retention. It gives off a nutty aroma, and has an even balance of a hoppy and nut flavor. This one goes down real smooth and crisp. Overall, a real easy beer to appreciate and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 22:23:54 | More by smilingPolitely
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penguinjive7

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany with about two fingers of foamy head.

Smell is mostly nutty with a very present malt aroma.

Taste is very nutty, especially as it warms. Malt is most present with a bit of hops showing up in the finish.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with the carbonation done just right.

I could drink this brew for any occasion and want more after finishing each one. This is a very well balanced brew which, if just wanted to sit around and have a beer, is the one I would choose.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 00:33:11 | More by penguinjive7
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't drink browns or nut browns too often, but what a way to start! This one may be tough to beat. Pours a cola-brown with a light tan head. Subtle malt and nut smells detectable. The taste is sweet, nutty-chocolatey with hints of cherries (?) on the palate. The finish is roasty, woody, and bitter. Mmmm... The mouthfeel is surprisingly big. I would love to try this on tap. Another great Samuel Smith concoction.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 02:21:31 | More by alexgash
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slargthorb

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

haven't had this in a while - price may have something to do with it because this stuff would be near the top of my short list!

A - looks nice and dark, a bit reddish? not a ton of head but what's there clings to the glass and looks real nice.

S - Complex smell, an indication of whats to come.

T - shall I say musky? yes, I shall. LOVE it!

M - Not the highpoint - I like creaminess and while this is certainly not watery or at all disappointing, its mouthfeel is not especially distinctive.

D - As drinkable as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:29:42 | More by slargthorb
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beertastegood

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper color with a full tan rocky head that hangs around for a while. Smells of roasted coffee and faint hop aroma. Taste is much like the aroma - strong coffee flavors and hops predominate, with a nice, bitter and dry finish. It is not really that drinkable. Overall, it reminds me of a much smoother and lighter version of their Imperial Stout. Another winner from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 17:53:08 | More by beertastegood
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

as good as advertised, and super cheap for the quality, I cant believe how long I waited to try this. what was I thinking?! the pour is a remarkably clear dark maple syrup color with a bubble bath head of tan foam that wont quit. the nose is the weakest like, smells like malty ale yeast, rather bland really. the flavor through really opens up. this is a caramel almondy malt bomb, but it isn't sweet if you can imagine that. its got a bitter dry finish more akin to cashews or something, unsalted of course, with some mild chocolate essence, and this only gets more dramatic as it warms up. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple elegance vibe here. did I mention this beer looks sexy? im down to my last swig and the head is as big as it was when I poured it some 45 minutes ago, just astonishing. lovely mouthfeel as well, cleanish in the finish with a flatly medium body and that casky English ale carbonation nice and mellow. this is a really drinkable brown too, glorious without all those residual sugars. I always knew sam smith wash high quality stuff, but I think its wide availability made me overlook it in favor of some of the rarer American craft stuff. with two delicious offerings from these guys in the last week, I will no longer walk past their shelf. I will be grabbing up the other varieties as quick as I can now, this stuff is the nectar!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:59:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

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

Poured into a NB globe. Didn't find any freshness info on the bottle.

A - This brown ale pours a dark auburn color with a good two or so fingers worth of creamy colored head forms which settles down a bit. Above average lacing leaves a nice presence on the glass.

S - A few different nutty aromas are the first noticeable thing in the nose. A bit of English toffee and caramel in there as well.

T - Loving the taste on this. A ton of roasted nuts combined with a nice sweet malt backbone make a great brew. A bit or brown bread element in there as well. Just the slightest touch of hops round it out.

M - The feel of this beer is spot on. Smooth and creamy with a nice full body, but not especially filling which makes this easy to put down.

D - Drinkability on this one is through the roof. I could drink this one all day. One of the best brown ales I've ever had and probably will ever have.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:23:27 | More by BennyL1
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julian1117

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual appeal: slightly translucent pecan-brown hue, could see gold light through the misty shades

Smell: the only disappointing thing about this ale, practically dead

Flavor: unique, never tried anything like it, creamily unique malts, odd but pleasant aftertaste right through me nose, mate! maybe dark chocolate and/or toffee flirtation

Mouthfeel: creamy delight, only slightly flat, tongue not tingling

Drinkability: ABV too high to make me order a few, sipping ale

Poured a perfect Imperial pint. Gorgeous. Felt like was back in Oxford, at my favorite English pub, the Eagle and the Child. The brewery's been around since the 18th century, and you feel like you're tasting a bit of Britain's history.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:55:40 | More by julian1117
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Kinsman

California

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Translucent deep reddish/brown. Light creamy head with nice lace. Head faded quickly

S: Obviously nutty with some sweet notes.

T: Well balanced nut flavor with some hop bitterness. No overpowering flavors that can often be found in Nut browns.

M: Light and Smooth

D: Could easily enjoy a couple of these in a night

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 21:26:03 | More by Kinsman
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jsanford

Georgia

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

550ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass

Pours a clear, dark copper with a dense, creamy khaki-colored head that hangs around for some time, eventually settling to a nice cap. Leaves lots of craggy lacing clinging to the glass. Sweet, malty aromas of roasted nuts, caramel, and baked bread. Similar to the nose. Lots of sweet caramel malt, roasted nuts, baked bread, and toasted grains. Delicious, and so drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Sets the standard for an English Brown Ale, amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:05:14 | More by jsanford
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Nice light brown color. Pretty much as expected.
S - Malts and nutty smell. If I had to say walnuts!
T - Smooth and nutty! Little hop bite and full flavor.
M - Creamy and delicious. One of my favorite nut brown ales!
D - For the ABV and price it would be easy to get a six pack down (For me about 15 dollars for a sixer in price). But I can't really say I would want more than a couple in one sitting.

Great french beer overall! Love the Imperial and this lovely nut brown goodness!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 08:35:05 | More by DrDemento456
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BB1313

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 22:27:42 | More by BB1313
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Clear brown with a blanketing tan head. Lace that sticks like paint.

Smells like sweet christmas spice and vanilla bean over root beer malt. Nice beer to stick your nose in.

Tastes like molasses and vanilla bean with a nutty and herbal hop finish.

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 22:37:45 | More by donkeyrunner
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 15:30:41 | More by neenerzig
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

A: Pours a moderate brown with a nice off white head.

S: Plenty of malty sweetness alongside caramel, toffee, and a nice nut scent.

T: The nuts make quite the appearance and match well with the sweetened malt.

M: Light-to-medium body with good carbonation and a nice creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. Great Fall season session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 11:35:34 | More by Thorpe429
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red to brown with a thick foamy head. Nose is sweet nutty caramel malt with no noticeable hops. Medium to full body. Palate is of earthy hops, coffee, balanced by nutty juicy malt, hints of sherry. Finish is unremarkable. On the whole, it is wonderful Brown Ale

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:39:12 | More by mikeg67
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brown2cu

Ohio

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

Poured a dark copperish ruby color. Small amount of head formation, I believe this to be my fault I should hme have poured more aggresively. Top notch though, has the appearance one comes to expect from a brown ale not a very light porter or stout that as seems to be the tradition with some other brews of this style.

Smell: rich and malty with some fruity berry and nut undertones. The berry reminds me of something like strawberry. Back, really far back, I detect some hop bitterness.

Taste: incredible and complex. Very clean at first with a definite nut character coming into play I think I detect hazlenut, however I could be wrong. I taste something akin to grape somewhere as well. Some caramel notes as well as roasted malt is apparent as well. It is balanced with a definite lean towards malt only a small amount of bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing, a tad heavy and perhaps overbearing at times though. I feel that if it had a bit more hop character I would give it a 5. Overall though it leaves you quenched and reflective.

Drinkability: I love this beer! I could go for another couple. The only thing that I can possibly criticize would be the formidible sweetness within.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 04:49:17 | More by brown2cu
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bort11

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle split with me best mate Sean.

Poured into a pub glass. Small light tan colored head, but has strong legs. No lacing, but that's OK. Color is a bright orange brown with excellent clarity.

Smell has a sweet molasses and raw sugar with some nutty wood notes. Little more wood and nut character in the flavor creates the bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and thin. I would like a little more body, but it still tastes good to me

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:58:36 | More by bort11
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tronester

Oklahoma

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

Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. Smells of ripe fruit and earthy hops. Taste is malty sweet, with a hint of toasted nuts. There is a pleasant tea like flavor as well. Bitterness is low, but there is a nice earthy aroma in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; low, pleasant carbonation levels. Very drinkable, refreshing, and tasty. One of my favorite Samuel Smith beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 02:03:09 | More by tronester
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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 550mL bottle, no expiration date.

Smell: Caramel, yeast, vanilla, general nuttiness (pecans, perhaps) and a hint butterscotch. Very aromatic and delightful!

Taste: Pecans, vanilla along with complex caramel, maple, and buttery combine up front to form a wonderfully sweet brew. A good bit of pear in there too. Some brown bread. Quite smooth but the carbonation and bitterness balance out the sweetness after a few sips. The finish is slighty bitter, quite dry, and deliciously nutty (walnuts).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:52:57 | More by 4000qtrap
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orfeu

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 01:51:26 | More by orfeu
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bahumutx

Michigan

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish Brown in appearance with about a one finger head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: The first smell that hits my nose is hop bitterness that is followed up by some sort of sweetness.

Taste: Starts with somewhat of a bitterness that moves to a nice roasted malt flavor then turn sweets and ends with a nice walnut taste. There are also hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 00:05:04 | More by bahumutx
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mustang70

Tennessee

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

poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A. pours a medium brown with a frothy 2 finger head. great lacing that sticks to the glass well.

B. I smell roasted malts and some of nuts. smell is pleasing but not there enough.

T. I definitly taste roasted malts, nutty bread, and grains. this beer tastes better as it warms up.

M. light carbonation. alittle watery. to light for my liking.

O. I found this beer was good. it didn't blow me away but it was good. the taste certainly got better as it warmed. it felt a little to light though. still a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 01:23:42 | More by mustang70
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dfried

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel like this beer is bascially a standard, defining for it's style. It is pale/brown in appearance, slight head. Smell is kind of sweet and carmely. The taste, well all I have to say about it is sweet nutty goodness. The mouthfeel is kind of a weak point, lower carbonation, not really watery, but something like that. Quite drinkable, a good inbetween season beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 14:37:44 | More by dfried
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's nutty - it's brown - it's a nut brown ale.

A pour into my English nonic resulted in a very lovely two-plus finger head atop a deep, clear mahogany body. The head is light brown and nicely foamy, leaving sticky art forms of lacing around the glass. It's a ringer - thin rings perfectly mark each draught.

What to say about the scent - it's nutty. There you have it! Nuts and molasses. A slight grassy hop, and slight alcohol, but mostly that distinct nutty brown ale smell, without the usual twang of Sam Smith Smell.

Ahhh... A refreshing flavor indeed. It sure hits the spot. This is probably one of the defining beers of the style. The flavor is molasses and fresh nuts, with a slight lemony twang and zip keeping things very light and happy.

The mouth is very smooth, begging you to quaff the refreshing flavor - A very, very fine carbonation keeps things just very slightly tingly, so you know it's fresh and beery, but it's smooth, deep, and just the right weight. Not too watery, not too heavy.

Mmmm. I love finding a Sam Smith's beer without their trademark scent/flavor - that licorice or herbal quality. This is definitely missing that, and benefits from being without it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 04:46:27 | More by Tupperwolf
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,015 ratings.