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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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Reviews: 1,427
Hads: 3,669
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 249
Gots: 539 | 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 ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Usual Samuel Smith bottle size served in a pint glass at room temp.

Appearance: Removed the crown cap and the bottle popped with the carbonation release. Poured thick and rich with a solid 2 inch head that was light brown and made of fine bubbles. The head shrank down to a 1/4 inch and rode the glass to the bottom. Nice lace formed all along the way. The color is a medium brown and reddish hues. No haze and very clear. You can read the bottle label through the glass.

Nose: Caramel and toffee, no hop bitterness in the nose, malty with brown sugar notes

Taste: Very mild hop bitterness, just enough to take care of the malt that is in this wonderful brown ale. Layers of malt, toffee, caramel, slight English hop (Fuggle maybe), bready. Slight alcohol hit; not hot but definitely warming (surprising for this 5% ale). Mildly resinous hop finish.

Finish: Hoppy at first with a lingering malty roastiness. Still coats the mouth after 5 minutes between sips. This is a contemplative beer meant for enjoyment with friends and exciting food with lots of flavor and spice.

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Photo of risendragon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is THE traditional English Brown Ale, brewed with hard well water (which was laid down in 1758 - that's old school) and fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'... I could go on but I'll spare you from the harsh glare of my encyclopaedic beer knowledge [I was reading from the bottle label]. The only other traditional EBA I've tried is Newcastle Brown, which was average at best, so the bar has been set pretty low for Mr Smith.

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deep hazy caramel body with a sizable 2cm tan head that slowly settles after the pour.

S: Nuts. As advertised. I like that. There is an earthy hop aroma and some caramel malt thrown in, but you know you came for the nuts, admit it [that's why you bought a "Nut Brown Ale" Dok].

T: Nuts, walnuts specifically, on the front palate, then we get a caramel middle (with an added pecan flavour) before it finishes with some dry earthy hops. These are subtle flavours but they do play nice together. The after taste has a touch of hazelnut biscotti and café latte to it. Earth and beauty in its purest simplicity.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light (almost English pub but a touch fizzier) carbonation.

D: Easily the best EBA I've tried, the nuttiness and the complexity of the palate, for what is essentially a lightweight beer style, has impressed me thoroughly... shame about the difficulty to obtain it and the price in general ($8.50 a bottle in Plonk) whilst Hook Norton Old Hooky is half the cost and not so bad. If however you are asking yourself what a nutty beer should taste like you need to seek out the fine Mr Samuel Smith and ply him for this Ale.

Food match: Stilton cheese, game such as roast grouse; pheasant; partridge; roast duck and guinea fowl... yeah I read from the label again.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear ruddy brown body of ale, few fingers of tan head draped some lacing down the glass

S: toasty and nutty malts; dark herbal bread dough; something herbal and earthy

T: nut and biscuit flavors up front, highlighted by lighter points of wet toast and tea; drying malt tastes on finish

M: mellow and smooth, slight coating on the close; slim-bodied and easy drinking

O: a nice brown English pub-style from renowned English brewers. No wonder it's a classic.

My first English brown ale, I found it only vaguely comparable to various American brown ales I've had. While not partial to brown ales, I was very fond of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown and DFH's Indian Brown ales, and while you would never confuse this with them, I would consider it on par.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Magpie Irish Pub in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark but clear brown, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like toasted bready malt, caramel, and nuts.

This is the classic nut brown, and tastes like one. Some cocoa powder, nutty flavor, toasted bread- pumperknickel, sorta, with caramel, and slight Englishy hop bitterness- leafy and tea-like. It's basic, but it's goddamn tasty.

Medium bodied, crisp, very clean mouthfeel, and insanely drinkable.

This is the blueprint for brown ales, and I can see why.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a wonderful brown color with amber around the edges when held to light and a two fingers of gorgeous fluffy off-white head that slowly receded leaving abundant lacing. It looks fantastic. Scents of sweet malt, rich, yeasty fresh bread, caramel alongside some hints of toffee and nuttiness. A very appealing, rich, malt-dominated aroma that is still quite light. Very nicely executed and extremely true to style. Flavor begins with toasted malt and slight caramel flavors, alongside a medium-light malt sweetness and light bitterness, moving into a nutty, toasted, biscuity malt flavor with moderate bitterness and hints of toffee. Finish is semi-dry with notes of toasted malt, nutty flavors, toffee and faint hints of caramel. Aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of toasted malt and nutty flavors with a moderate bitterness. A very good flavor profile that is true to style and very pleasant to drink. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a smooth, slightly chalky feel. Very nice, quite true to style and a good example of an English pub ale. Overall this is an excellent example of a classic Northern English Brown Ale. It is true to style and excels in every regard and is quite the nice treat.

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

The only thing I don't like about this beer is the price! This is certainly a fantastic brown ale, but I don't think it is significantly better than many regular priced local brews. The craft brewery price-tag is a little steep, but of course, this ale deserves a lot of praise. Rich, full, and smooth flavor, and all said and done I would probably buy it again.

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Photo of Antnego
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled mug.

A: Pours a pleasing deep amber hue, without cloudiness, with almost no head or lacing.

S: I get malt, nuts and apple in the nose. Very faint undertone of banana.

T: Caramel, nuts, apple, with slight sour/yeasty notes.

M: Hefty amount of carbonation, thin mouthfeel - has the texture of clear soda.

O: A fantastic, malty beer with low bitterness and a great price point. One of the best beer values out there.

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Photo of uspbacchus
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a nice dark brown. Nice head, light tan. Nice lacing.
S. Nice breads smell. Nothing strong.
T. Fantastic. A well crafted brown ale. Malty, slightly nutty and bready.
M. Perfect carbonation. Extremely enjoyable.
O. Dynamite. It's the definition of the style for a reason.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a great head that lasts forever. Very good lacing. Smells nice and malty. A very easy beer to drink. Not too thin or too thick. Very good flavor. Has a hint of sweetness and a nutty finish. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, mostly translucent, with a slight cloudiness. Light tan head, which fades down to a thin line. Mild lacing persists.

S - Malt and nut, with bread-like yeastiness.

T - Following the nose, with malt out front. The yeast in the nose melds with the malt, coming out as a bread is more in line with a molasses. Some hints of tree nuts, pecan or walnut. Close comes in a bit bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

M - Subtle carbonation, mild closing bitterness.

O - This is not your typical brown. There are articulated flavors of nut and malt, and a subtle bitterness that keeps the beer from becoming cloying or heavy. A good brown is often hard to find, and this is a very good brown.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-copper pour, tan one finger fluffy head
Not much nuttiness in the smell, maybe a tiny hint of salted peanuts, faint chocolate, rich caramel, some dark malts, dark bread. Not complex.
Dark chocolate taste, caramel, dark roasted grains with a smokey note, then dark fruit with raisin and plum (a bit of sour lemons too), faint vanilla. Nuts are more obvious than in the smell, pretty diverse (chestnuts, walnuts, faint almonds, salty peanuts). Leafy English hops, mild bitterness. Roasted nuts and malts in the aftertaste.
Light body, medium carbonation, a bit smooth.
Tasty, great example of the style, tho i expected a dustier feel and less dark fruit.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Transparent brown. Close in color to a maple syrup. A 1/2 finger head of foam dissipates quickly.

S: I get the odor of a dense bread with molasses.

T: Nothing jumps to the front on taste. Slight metallic taste with malts and hops.

M: Clean and crisp.

O: Very underwhelmed. This one misses the mark for me. It doesn't taste bad - but it doesn't taste good either. It is just bland.

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Photo of Jerryb1961
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this stuff. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. I went through a period a while back when I was hooked on English brown ales like Newcastle; also at the time I was brewing my own using kits. This was far better than anything I ever made. A sweet taste, not hoppy at all. Good with food, and I say that as someone who rarely drinks while eating.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber-brown color with a strong, lasting head and excellent lacing.

S - Caramel, molasses with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - Caramel malt dominates with a hint of nuttiness and light hopping - excellent balance.

M - Rich and creamy with a good sweet finish - excellent carbonation level.

O - This is to me the definitive brown ale. I expected a lot and got it here.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger of sand colored head sits atop a rich brown with ruby noted body. A slow but steady stream of bubbles rises to the top. The head dissipates to a light frothed ring around the top in a little over a minute. There is the light attempt to lacing noted.

Smells of light caramel with rich toasted malt and a little nuttiness. Also getting a whiff of medicinal alcohol that (I know this is likely contrary to popular opinion) smells delicious.

Malt and nuts up front. Light caramel swings in more for the sweetness than anything else. Earthy and gardeny hop flavor shows up here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and I almost want it to cling a little more.

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

Samuel Smith's 'Nut Brown Ale' @ 5% , served from the SS gift box (3 hand picked authentic beers , 1 'tulip' Pint glass , 2 brewery coasters) purchased for $15

A-pour is a .. brown from the bottle to brown/light amber in the glass with a big frothey tan head which is leaving a spotty lace along the supplied pint glass

S-sweet caramel malt , nuts ?

T-smooth & clean tasting , well crafted , slight mellow bitterness on the finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium to full body

Ov-good beer , decent English brown ale

prost LampertLand

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into goblet glass

A: Pours caramel that is clear but quite dark, almost like maple syrup. Low carbonation appearance, some tiny bubbles climb to the single finger light tan head that was quick to dissipate. Looks medium bodied that flaunts little to no lacing.

S: Smells like a Belgian Dubbel, straight up. Dominant banana nose with sweet dark bread; Caramel notes with big malts coming forward. Light spices of anise and clove – light chocolate

T: Bready in the forward taste and malty. Beechy-rye dryness that comes up crisp. The banana profile arises in the middle mouth melded with the clove and bits of pumpernickel. A mid-mouth exhale reveals an almond liqueur flavor. The finish is a dry variant, but differs from the middle-mouth. Big malt. Notes of caramel play in and out throughout the encounter with pangs of fig or prune. Not distinguishing the nuttiness, assuming that’s a facet of the finishing dry factor.

M: Lighter mouthfeel that I had expected, but still medium - mild carbonation. Aftertaste is relatively dry and a little flat. Sports a certain ‘hotness’ that’s not boozy, but a bit spicy.

O: The smell is wonderful, very enticing. Plays like a lightweight dubbel with a decent portion of its profile. I wish it were a bit creamier with a fuller body. I think it provides a more pleasing experience closer to room temperature. Overall, it’s pleasant and easy to drink. If it crosses my path again, I’ll drink it.

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Photo of deadchef
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle to pint glass...

a: healthy off white head, transparent brown, dark copper.

s: mint, sweet malt, bready

t: medium toast, little hop bitterness with minty-floral hop flavor. dark malt flavor, roasty.

m: moderately carbonated. lingering bitterness/astringency. medium to medium light body.

o: this is a shining example of an english nut brown ale. sessionable, easy drinking mild style.

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Photo of slusk
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a clear, deep copper/ruby color with a dense light tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: There's a lot going on in this beer. There's a pronounced deep malty aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel, and a nutty bread crust. there's also a subtle hint of dark fruit coming through amidst a noble earthy hop. A tiny alcohol aroma tingles the nose in a most pleasant way.

T: Beautiful toffee and caramel sweetness explodes on the palate with a subtle cream flavor. A small raisiny flavor competes with the mild hop bitterness. There's also a nice tang that dances across the back of the tongue and finishes semi dry. Low to medium carbonation fits well.

M: A bit fuller body than a typical northern English brown that fit's this beers complexity.

O: This is one of my favorite English ales. It has everything an English brown ale should and then some. Do yourself a favor... Pour this brew and try it cold but let it warm and take another sip every few minutes to fully appreciate the complexity of this supreme being.

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Photo of brewbattles
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We conducted a blind taste test with this beer and 5 other brown ales to objectively determine which one was best. The 5 beers were: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool, Newcastle Brown, and Wychwood Hobgoblin. You can view the video here:


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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I see this one in the stores a lot so I decided to have a go. Well, I can't say it was the most impressive nut brown I've had. The caramel color and aroma of nut and molasses are rather nice, but the flavor and body seem a tad watered down for the price I've paid. It goes down ok but has an earthy after taste that comes back after an hour that made me want to brush my teeth. I can't say this will be a repeat buy.

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

Poured from the 18.7 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark copper with an inch tall tan head which dissipated salowly to rocky surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Caramel malt with light hop balance. Dry finish.

m: Moderate and smooth.

o: A fine quality brown ale, tasty from start to finish.

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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.