1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,189 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,189
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 159
Gots: 214 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,189 | Reviews: 1,387 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jaluria
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appeared a dark rust color in my pint glass with a soft, off-white colored head that left quickly and left behind some lacing. Low level of carbonation is present. Aromas of pine nuts, peanuts, and fruit juice seemed apparent to me. The taste was a bit sweeter than I expected with fruity undertones that contrasted nicely with the bitter flavors in the beer. Relatively thin in my mouth without a comprehensive texture or feel. A bit sour in the aftertaste. I had one of these and that's all I wanted for quite awile.

jaluria, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of battlekow
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An average dark brown, slightly cloudy brown ale. Did have a pretty, even white head and excellent lacing. Smells earthy, musty, dank and alcoholic. Mostly just tastes sweetly alcoholic. Though it's called a nut brown ale, the only nuttiness in this is in the aftertaste, which is by far the most pleasant part of my experience with this beer. It reminds me of the Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown, but that at least had a 10% ABV to explain its unpleasantness. I really don't understand why this is rated so highly; apparently I just don't "get" this particular kind of brown ales.

battlekow, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of dubmax
4.5/5  rDev +10%

dubmax, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Rootdog316
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale pours to a dark brown color reminiscent of cola. The thick, creamy head helps reinforce that image. The nose suggests lightly roasted malt, and the palate is very malty, creamy, somewhat nutty (hence the name) with a unique mushroomy character almost akin to a Ringwood ale. There’s a touch of butter albeit a light one, and a surprisingly fruity finish, which strongly hints at melon and pear. A light toffee character and subtle roastiness permeate the beer as well.

Rootdog316, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of depechemode1983
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light orange/brown color with a decent off-white head that has good consistency. It stays around for a good while. It has smells of sour fruit with caramel/toffee notes. Also smells a bit nutty in the middle of the nose but just slightly. Taste is sour and bitter to begin with. then there is a touch of fruity sweetness. There is a toasted characteristic appearing towards the finish. Its well carbonated yet smooth and surprisingly creamier that I anticipated. It washes over nicely. This beer is highly drinkable. I could drink this all night. Wish I could get it in six packs. Its a little pricey at 3.99 a pint. Well worth the money though, in my honest opinion.

depechemode1983, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Portertime
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite possibly one of the best nut browns I have had to date! Served chilled in a pint glass. Produced a lucid red brown color with lots of little tiny bubbles. Nose gave an aroma of sweet, nutty almond and walnut notes. Taste is smooth as butter with hints of nutty flavor and very well balanced with the hops. A great ale to enjoy after dinner or just about any time.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber brown. Absolutely beautiful beer. Head is initially great, but doesn't have much retention. Lacing is decent.

S: Nutty, as one might expect. Some sweetness mixed in, almost like light cinnamon-sugar, or maybe butterscotch.

T&M: Very smooth and sweet initial taste followed by a nutty, dry, and smooth finish. The aftertaste is almost that of roasted walnuts. Really an excellent brew. The palate is simple, but excellent. 5 for this one. Mouthfeel is ideal: smooth, with just enough carbonation to help the beer develop sufficiently on the palate. I love the dry, nutty finish of this beer--it's perfect for the style.

D: A great brown ale that is superbly drinkable. I could drink this at any time of the year under any circumstance, if not for its scarcity and expense in my area. Simply a wonderful beer.

BamaBeerBuff, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Wortman1998
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Wortman1998, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Arch578
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Arch578, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a deep chestnut brown ale that has a hint of caramel and chocolate in its complexity. It's not as great as some small batch brown ales but is really top notch for a more largely produced one. The flavor is deep, the brew is well done and it is significantly better than a Newcastle.

chugamugofsud, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

mater, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Carpentiere
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Carpentiere, May 16, 2013
Photo of Pug
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Pug, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of JesseLara
4/5  rDev -2.2%

JesseLara, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first ever experience with Samuel Smith. Pretty good so far. Pours a very nice and deep brown with a frothy head that was slow to develop but is retaining nicely with good lacing.

Very nice tasty and nose. For only being 5% its alcohol smell is pretty pungent. Sweet smelling with some roasty notes. Taste is quite nice. Orange and walnut dominate.

A very drinkable brown ale, not too bitter and not too heavy. Actually I am surprised it is not rated higher. I think it's quite good.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 28, 2005
Photo of Vengeance526
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish brown color with a 1 finger tan head that holds up fairly well and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Smells of caramel and nuts with a little bit of sugar in the back. The initial aroma seemed strong but after a few seconds there wasn't much there and it was hard to detect much else.

The taste quickly rectified the subdued smell, with clean notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, a hint of fruit and of course an overall nuttiness.

Mouthfeel was a little light with not much carbonation. This was a good brown ale that I will likely go to again when I'm in the mood for this style.

Vengeance526, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color with high clarity. As I've found with all Sam Smiths, the head is very nice, several fingers high and leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is primarily toffee-like malt. A little bit of chestnut and a floral hop note round things out.

Some nuttiness comes through on the palate, lending credence to the name. Malty sweetness is thoroughly masked by bittering hops and a bit of roasted malt astringency. Backbone of caramel malt. More dark malt flavor would be appreciated. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a soft carbonation.

Sam Smith has a brown ale that displays great session ability and versatility with various dishes. While more oomph would be appreciated, it's still a big step up from the likes of Newcastle.

gr0g, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jason_Quad, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear mahogany brown with a small head that settles into a cracked lacework.

S: Great caramel malts with hints of chocolate and butterscotch. Nutty with faint grassy notes.

T: Fantastic taste of caramel, butterscotch, plenty of nutty flavors and some grainy notes. Slightly buttery backbone. The finish is medium bitter with some faint grassy hops, hints of herbs and lingering nutty aromas.

M: Medium body, kind of creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This beer is just oh so delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable almost beyond belief. At 5% ABV it ought to be conceived of as one of the best session beers around, at least in my book.

ricke, May 09, 2009
Photo of 9InchNails
2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As I opened the bottle it was like a geyser of beer shooting all over my floor. Not fun! Hopefully the beer makes up for this mishap.

The head is a light tan head that is extremely frothy. Light in bubblage and amber in color. Quite cool to look at.

Smells sweet and yeasty, nothing too noticeable, just malty and light hoppiness.

Light and smooth in the mouth. Leaves the mouth try.

The sweet taste is present but as soon as it came it leaves with an abrupt bitterness. A metallic taste at first but disappears a few sips later. A noticeable caramel and toffee malt-iness. A definite dry hop bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste as well.

Overall, I'm not impressed with this Nut Brown Ale. I wouldn't want another one.

9InchNails, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +10%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

bkrbdan, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Liverocks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Liverocks, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of packetknife
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very reserved about trying this tonight. I just recall having a bad experience with it a year or so ago. Must've been something else. Nice medium brown, has hints of hay/wood on the nose. Small tan head (bad pour?). Roasted malts, smooth finish. I look forward to re-trying the rest of the Smith's lineup.

packetknife, May 18, 2002
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,189 ratings.