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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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1,427 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,427
Hads: 3,666
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 249
Gots: 536 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown pour with thin tan foam. Aroma of caramel and biscuit with a slight, not-unpleasant astringency. Flavor is remarkably balanced - sweet caramel malt offset by a semi-dry nutty finish. This is smooth and delicious. A favorite of the style.

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Photo of Bone53
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown pour with an amber tent when put up to the light; A two finger soapy egg shell colored head

Smell: Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit esters from that classic SS yeast

Taste: The taste doesnt add up to the smell. That funky SS yeast gets in the way of what little caramel, toffee notes there are from the malt. The aftertaste is a little better than the initial taste

Mouthfeel: This is a SS beer so im not surprised at how smooth this is; A little watery but thats expected. Slight bitter finish

Overall: This is the first Samuel Smith's beer that i felt underwhelmed with and found completely overrated. Its like a SS base beer with their classic yeast character and not much else. I had some hope with the smell but it didnt follow through in the taste. Samuel Smiths is probaby my favorite English brewery right now, but i cant really say id recommend this offering. Id stick with American offerings such as DF Indian brown Ale or Smuttynose Old Brown Dog. Will most likely not buy this again

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Photo of pugbutter
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to other brown ales, this one tastes far too much like a stout for my liking; very rich, very sweet, with a chalky mouthfeel. If I had been blindfolded while drinking this, I would actually have thought it was a darker offering from Rogue or Brooklyn.

This is probably the most overrated beer I have had yet. I recommend Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog instead, if you want a nice malty brown.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous mahogany pour with a perfect sticky head that laces beautifully as it crawls down the glass. The smell is a mix of sweetness and nut husks. The taste isn't quite as rich as the other aspects of this beer, but even so it feels amazing going down. This isn't my favorite from Sam Smith (I think that honor goes to their Oatmeal Stout), but I am always happy to find one of these on the shelf.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Used a Samuel Smith pint glass that I got in a winter variety pack back in probably November or December. Beer is a clear, copper brown, just a shade lighter than a scotch-style's ruby. Topped with spongy, rocky light brown head that devolves into a nice, long-lasting film, leaving moderate lacing. Smells and tastes perhaps a little estery, it could be that this is related to the vanilla or green apples others have noticed, although I'd say more akin to bananas. Caramel is the main aroma. English hops present as well. The taste I like better, nutty and crackery grains at first, but tart and fruity (again, banana), as well as faintly black peppery as it settles, with nuttiness and hops strongest on the aftertaste, accentuated by the warming. The dark chocolate that others have noticed I think can be parsed out to these other tastes, although it is definitely present. This one's a smooth, medium bodied, rich, moderately carbonated, only mildly astringent brew. Not overwhelming on the palate, despite its cornucopia of flavors and sensations, so I could easily drink the whole pint and more in one sitting, although I chose to save what wouldn't fit into my first pour for later.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing that lasted a long time;

S: vanilla is predominant - almost to the point where I would think this was barrel aged; there is also some caramel and brown sugar;

T: moderate roasted grain profile up front; vanilla comes in before mid-palate and dominates to the finish; the nutty character, along with some bittersweet chocolate, is only noticeable at the end; very light bitterness after the swallow;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the vanilla caught me by surprise; I like the vanilla, but it doesn't really match the style;

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Photo of MaximalC
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent bronze color with a good centimeter of fluffy, cream-colored froth. Aroma smells of clean, Saaz-like hops, caramel, peat, green apples, and a hint of currants.

The taste is very mild, with the aforementioned bright, springy hops and a dilute, bready caramel malt laced with apple peel. The gestalt is evocative of a traditional Munich lager, just with a little more caramelly sweetness (a marzen would be another fair facsimile). The trademark Samuel Smith acetaldehyde character is here as well, however its less obtrusive than usual. The body is fairly light, but fortunately the fine, creamy carbonation adds some much-needed texture.

Overall, this is light, drinkable brew with enough flavor to keep you engaged. It’s missing the nuttier flavors I normally find in a brown ale, but that doesn’t diminish its quality any.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark amber in color with a one finger (slightly tan colored) head produced.

Aroma- Sweet caramel malts, nutty, and an almost roasted quality you'd expect from an imperial stout.

Taste- Once again sweet nutty caramel malts are big in the flavor at first. Towards the end a earthy/spice hop provides a quick bite of bitterness as well as some bitterness from the roasted malt.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, medium to high carbonation, and semi dry in the finish.

Overall- At only 5% alcohol there is a ton of flavor packed into this beer. Really nice complexities in the malt ranging from sweet caramel, nuttiness, and a little bit of bitterness from a roasted malt. The earthy hops add a nice balance, but almost add a bit too much spice in the finish. Also, relatively speaking this was surprisingly bitter, especially at first, but that fades a little with warmth. Overall, this is a great brown ale, and one that will a go to for the style when I want a brown ale.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is probably my all time favorite English Brown Ale. This brewery does it right and this is why.
I've had it in mugs and pints and it always looks the same.
Today, its in a mug.
The appearance is a thick dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clings and then slides nicely.
The smell has a thick rich nutty, toffee, light caramel and a bit of chocolate in it all combining wonderfully.
The taste was sweet and nutty allowing all of the previous ingredients to combine nicely. It has a nice rich nutty aftertaste that flows into a smooth wet finish.
The mouthfeel was thick and rich rolling chocolate nuttiness over my tongue with about a medium body on it. Subtleties of toffee lay in and around my tongue as well. Its fairly sessionable.
Overall, I love to have this beer in Winter and watching the end of this Winter Classic hockey game makes it perfect. Booyah!

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Photo of Foyle
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a thick, sudsy off white head that slowly recedes with moderate lacing. Color is a mostly clear light brown with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich roasted malts, caramel, nuts, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, frothy, with a wet finish.

Flavor: terrific combination of roasted malts, sweet caramel, ripe fruit, and a definite nuttiness. There are some tangy and earthy hops in the backbone.

Overall: a world class beer for sure. Perhaps the standard by which all other English style Nut Brown's should be judged.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nutty, toasty, slightly sweet malt with specialty malt fruitiness in both aroma and flavor. The finish is slightly bitter. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of twosheds
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. Transparent reddish brown in color.

Smells very sweet and nutty with some hints of toffee or caramel.

Taste is very similar to smell. Starts off pretty sweet with buttery toffee notes and has a fairly nutty almost tea-like aftertaste.

This comes pretty close to perfect as far as brown ales go. Well balanced, but very interesting flavor.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head that dissipates into a thin lace. Aroma is incredible! Very nutty, roasted malts, grainy and hints of coffee. Taste is nutty sweet with a smooth and slightly bitter finish. Creamy and smooth feel, great to drink on a cold day by the fireside. A tasty wintertime ale! I love it and will definitely continue to buy!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A well balanced beer with a hop forward offset by an equal amount of malt and adequate carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. Nutty, earthy flavors with a clean finish.
Easily quaffable with its low ABV - and solid representative of the style.

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Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Pours a clear brown with an off-white head.

Smells of hazelnut, cream, a little butterscotch.

Taste is subtle, similar to the nose, is nutty, hazelnut I pick up the most, with notes of cream and toffee, fairly sweet to start. Bitterness takes on a very astringent tone for the aftertaste and overpowers the end. For 5% ABV the alcohol is poorly hidden, and shows up in full force as it goes down.

Medium body, smooth feel, leaves clean.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark tan colour. Beautiful tan Lacey head. Sweet coffee, toffee nutty nose. Walnut, pecan, toffee flavours. Light body. Gets the back of the tounge. Nice beer!

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a very clear fairly dark brown, with a nice fluffy, tan two finger head. Little retention and lacing. Aroma was kinda slight, with a bit of toffee, caramel, and nutty notes. Just a faint hint of sweet malty aroma. Flavor was nutty, like hazelnut, almost like Nutella with half the the chocolate missing. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, but very smooth and silky, went down very nicely. Overall, quite a nice beer, what you'd expect from a great brewery like Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

550ml bottle. Aug 14. Pours a reddy, amber-brown colour with a dense light tan head which lasted well and left some nice lacing. Aroma of sweet butterscotch and nuttiness. Medium sweetness and an underlying medium bitterness. Creamy, smooth body with a surprisingly thin body. Bitter, almost dry finish. Plenty of interesting things going on here but not really my cup of tea (or glass of beer).

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle, into a giant Paulaner dimple stein at around 50 degrees F.

A: Poured a clear brown, not unlike watered-down cola, though holding it to sunlight reveals a beautiful bronze red-amber beer. A thick pale head formed with large bubbles, which dissipated somewhat quickly, leaving only a ring around the very edge of the glass. No lacing formed at all in the glass. Plenty of bubbles appear along the bottom of the beer, occasionally shooting upwards as single bubbles rather than streams.

S: Toasty caramel malt woven through with a heavy hazelnut / chestnut presence, the nose is primarily sweet and warm.

T: Opening with toasted caramel malt with the usual hints of toffee, the flavor opens nicely into a blend of nuttiness, featuring the aforementioned hazelnuts and chestnut. There is a hop presence that also appears, which stays in the background and takes the edge off the malt sweetness. The finish ends quickly, without much lingering aftereffect.

M: Sparkling and medium-bodied, this is a lively ale to drink.

O: A salute to Tadcaster on an all-around enjoyable brown!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Sampling right now on 10/14/14 after bowling. Seen this over the years BUT never tried it. This one comes in a single 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle for $3.99, though I seen it in a smaller 11.2 ounce 4-pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tall weissber vass glass.

Pours a pretty reddish-mahogany in color with a thick foamy/creamy 2-finger beige head that finally settles down to a few millimeters near the end of the drink. Lots of sticky lacing is seen through out the drink. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of caramel malts also. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of nutty chocolate also in the mix. Very smooth and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. One of the best 'Nut Brown Ale's' on the market in my opinion. Medium-bodied with lighter carbonation. A tasty brew!

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Photo of gtermi
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown body with a white head. Smell is of sweet roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness. The flavor is nice with a sweet chocolate, nut and a bit of faint weak coffee. Mouth feel is really smooth, and gives a slight tingle on the tip of the tongue.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The lads from Tadcaster usually do great things for me, but this one didn't quite hit the mark. Perhaps the bottle spent too long on the shelf, but while I did get a bit of nutty flavor from it, I tasted very little malt otherwise, nor much hops.

Clear brown with a four finger head that gradually receded to a half a finger. Not much on the nose that I could notice, nor on the taste for that matter aside from a little nuttiness. Medium bodied with light carbonation, silky. Overall, good, but not as great as I've come to expect from this brewery.

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Photo of baldwinfamilyfarm
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours with a thicker, fluffy head with staying power. This is an exceptional nut brown with the perfect balance of sweet scotch caramel and smooth dark malt. Will always come back to this one as a standard. Amazing Nut Brown!

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Photo of ENogueira
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Large 550ml bottle poured in a Samuel Smith pint glass. Exceptionally long lasting head with a lace that grips the glass throughout. Brown colored ale, exactly like the label. The toffee notes are the focal point. A little hint of caramel, perhaps a little hazelnut like Nutella. Very easy to drink, no one flavor overwhelms the palette. Light bodied with a gentle hop kick; not thick at all, which is remarkable. Surprisingly refreshing with a pleasant aftertaste. I'll definitely revisit.

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Photo of Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Light amber in color with two fingers of thick head that last throughout the glass. Really amazing lace! Carmel and toffee smell with hints if malts.

Roasted malts with just enough hoppy bitterness to balance the beer. Carmel and toffee give it a touch of sweetness as well.

I would say I really agree with the overall ratings this one has gotten from this site. Another delicious beer from Sam smith.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.