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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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1,417 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,417
Hads: 3,634
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 237
Gots: 515 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of phil7568
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't believe I've never had this stuff.

Pours a deep amber with a nice retaining head.

Smells sweet and malty and why not, nutty.

I'm very impressed with how this beer is put together. It's malty and sweet but not too sweet. It's smooth as silk and finishes with a pleasant nuttiness. I can't detect a bit of hops.

I could drink this all night and into tomorrow morning. I also think this would be a great introduction beer for those getting away from the macro stuff.

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Photo of kevinhulit
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown in nature, brown in color. small head on my pour, cream color. smells sweet, and malty. tastes like caramel, and maybe chocolate. nothing here tastes nutty to me. Carbonic mouthfeel, light on the tongue but more on the back upper roof of the mouth, almost the throat. Drinkable, as a sipper, on a snowy night, and luckily this is one. Selected for such an occasion, and pleased with the choice/setting. will investigate other smuel smith beers... jury's still out here.

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Photo of dEM1972
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark tan in colour, with a creamy head; deliciously malty aroma with clear nutty elements; smooth in texture, bitter, nutty (I am thinking hazelnuts); complexities include butter, vanilla-caramel; bitter after taste but clean without leaving too much trauma

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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 railcaider
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice chestnut brown with a slightly reddish
tinge. However, it's still light enough that objects on the other side
of the glass can be seen. The head is a bit small but has a sandy tan color that complements the beer's color well.

Initially, it's got a slightly acrid smell that reminds me of
vinegar. It's got a subtly sour taste that matches the prickly
carbonation well, though the body is a bit thin. I'm afraid that I
might have chilled this too much, because overall the taste was a bit thin as well.

This beer is well balanced but not that exciting. Samuel
Smith's makes some great beers but this one is merely good.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a nonic pintglass.

Pours a clear copper caramel color with a two finger pale frothy head. Lacing is very prominent along the edges of the glass.

Smells strongly of caramel and fruits, bits of roasted nuts and malts.

Hints of buttered pecans and toffees with very subtle hoppy notes. With a mouthful you get the tastes of brown sugars, the viscosity very thick for how thin it appears within the glass.

I could drink these all night long with no qualms, the phenomenal taste makes it feel like you're drinking a glass of cinammon shortbread. This is one of the best brown beers I have had, and others should strive to achieve the notoriety that this one has!

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Photo of SacredBeverage
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of moosemoose
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass

A: dark, perfect brown with dirty tan head. Good lacing.

S: Smells like a malty chocolate candy bar with nuts. Maybe a hint of cherry.

T: Malt, pecan, hazelnut, caramel, toffee, and a splash of coffee.

M: Smooth and light. Almost perfect. No bitter aftertaste.

O: One of my favorites for sure. A little creamier and thicker and this would be the best beer.

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Photo of brewtal
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of beabear
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Head subsides after a minute or two.

Smell: The first whiff is pure hazelnut, with a generally sweet maltiness coming after.

Taste: Like any Brown Ale, it tends toward the dry side. Still, it's very crisp, and though the taste lingers on your palate, it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel: It feels great normally, but it holds up even better if you swish it around your mouth a bit. Suddenly, the taste becomes a little sweeter, and the texture becomes velvety smooth. Carbonation is perfect, to the point where it's easy to forget it's even there.

Drinkability: Personally, I could drink 20. The alcohol and taste are perfectly balanced.

Like all Samuel Smith beers, it's a little pricey -- especially for a style that many other brewers do well. Still, it's a great beginner's beer. People who don't like the taste of beer (or don't know they do) will still love this. Best of all, it's a beer I still come back to and enjoy, and I expect to do so for years to come.

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Photo of smilingPolitely
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Chinook
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, this ale is a clear cherrywood colour. Somewhat dense cream-coloured head on pouring fades to less than half a centimeter retained at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Nutty, and caramel malts combine in a way reminiscent of vanilla, with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Sweetness that almost immediately defers to a nutty flavour, with a balancing of present but unconfrontational hazelnutty bitterness. An apple aftertaste lingers very pleasantly on the palate. Definitely improves as it warms. I would caution against serving it too cold.

Mouthfeel - Almost something one doesn't think about while drinking this beer; it just seems right for the style. Carbonation is certainly present but non-aggressive, and the beer is of a medium density.

Overall - Very straightforward and pleasant beer to drink, with a depth and richness of flavour that puts it ahead of many nut brown ales.

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Photo of Slamms
3.07/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Many UK beers have a similar quality I don't care for at all; Not my experience from drinking in pubs over there, so maybe they just don't ship well. But this quality I'm speaking of is a vegetable-like aftertaste, like maybe pureed broccoli that's been fermented. I drank this together with the German Aventinus, which was sublime -- The Samuel Smith was not sublime. Just another premium English beer that I don't enjoy. Don't believe the hype.

A friend who drank Guinness in Irish pubs said it was wonderful there, and nothing like the Guinness shipped to the US, so I have some backing on my thesis here.

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Photo of salvadorwill
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A550 ml bottle served about 48 degrees, poured into a Pyrex straight-walled lab beaker.
Color is deep brown, with a sort of ruby tanned leather color. Creamy, foamy head that lingers and provides nice lacing.

The head retains the toasty sweetness of the malt with no astringent CO2 smell.
After the head goes down, it has a slightly dough-y smell with a hit of brown sugar.

Taste & Mouth feel
Taste is a nice sweet toasted grain flavor, its the malty-ness of this beer is the reason to drink it. A good example of a distinct malty flavor that coats the tongue well, but isn’t cloying, and hops that balance the beer out with a nice sharpness that cleanses the palette well.

Overall Impression

A well made, traditional ale that is a pleasure to have more than one of.

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Photo of beerdavis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the gold-foiled wrapped bottle into a pint glass. Its a deep reddish color that lets a faint amount of light through to highlight the red color. Tannish brown head dicipates to a thin cap, but clings to the sides nicely.

S- Smells of sweet syrup and brown sugar. Very sweet, caramels and malt.

T- Tastes of malt, caramel and other sweetness. I taste a hint of raisins as well, not much but just enough to be noted. Nice balance of sweet and bold, full of flavors.

M- Nothing to complain about here, feels marvelous in my mouth, nothing sticks out, nice carbonation.

D- Overall a very balanced, well-thought out beer, that is very drinkable, not too heavy or syrupy, not light either. This is what a Brown Ale is all about.

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

12 oz. bottle hard poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, slightly reddish brown, with very little head. Slight cream-colored lacing around the edges. Probably should have been served a bit warmer, but restaurants usually deal with customers who want their beers freezing cold.

Smell: Mostly just typical "beer" (I assume people know what I'm talking about), with hints of toffee.

Taste: Interesting, and changed as the beer warmed up. A bit of malty sweetness, which I definitely liked, but also a kind of metallic aftertaste (not quite so nice, but not offensive). Somewhat dry finish, though not nearly as extreme as other examples. Oddly, I got more of an alcohol taste and more metal as the beer warmed—unusual, considering the low ABV. Disappointingly, no hazelnut. Overall well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Just the way I like it. Nice medium body with just enough carbonation to stimulate the palate without feeling watery or overwhelmingly bubbly.

Overall: Definitely a pleasant, high-quality beer overall. Some quirks that may not be typical (other reviews don't mention them); I will definitely give this beer another tasting sometime soon.

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Photo of greenborn
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very good ale, bordering on perfect for my taste. The smell was a wonderful sweet malted barley smell. Color was a dark brown coffee color matching its complex odor. The taste was an amazing mix of dark malt and a bitter sweet hoppiness that drove the flavor home. The feel in the mouth was silky and a after taste was a wonderful nutty like flavor that the title bears the ales name- Nut Brown Ale.

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Photo of JTBacon
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is hands down one of the best beers...PERIOD. You can include any factor...look, taste, feel, cost, overall, etc. It is excellent and worth every penny. I typically restrain from one of these until football season begins...makes them even more special and keeps me at a respectable weight. This beer really has everything. A rich brown appearance with a well-balanced and smart taste, that leaves your mouth excessively satisfied. I have yet to find a Brown ale that tops this one, tho I will keep looking and trying.


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Photo of Johnor3
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice caramel brown color. pours well and has a very nice creamy head. The smell is very inviting, fresh, malty and made me anticipate the tasting. The very first thing I thought while tasting this Nut Brown Ale was pupmperknickel rye bread, which I love. Samuel Smith's is very smooth for a Brown Ale, very drinkable and delightful. In short, I love this Ale. Cheers Mates!

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Photo of zythus
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours smoothly from dark brown 550 ml bottle into pint sized glass making rich cream head that settles slowly. Heavy lacing. Beer is smooth and rich, but not heavy. Smell is malty caramel and slight cinnamon. Taste is maple-ly and clean, with beautiful mouth-feel. This beer strikes a rare balance between rich smoothness and facile drink-ability. A classic, well-deserving of that name.

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

Immortality rings through my inner-ear when I think about ways to describe this ale. A delightful smell combined with a rich, dark hue concoct one of the boldest nut brown's I have had the pleasure of trying. Not to mention Samuel Smith's are so classy.

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

A Pours a brown red with an off white head that quickly reduces

S wet grains, a light maltiness in the smell. Quite nice. Slight coffee fragrance. A refreshing aroma.

T Hazelnuts, nuts, coffee, and maybe some chocolate and vanilla.

M light body, light carbonation. Very slightly coats the mouth with a pleasing nut flavor.

O Great balance, very interesting flavors and pleasing smell. Definitely a favorite.

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Photo of BBQSteve
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer!

I really respect this brewery and their refined processes.

Poured smooth into a tulip perfect head and color.

Aroma was nutty and brought me into the beer.

Taste is balanced, clean and simple.

Smooth on the palate and a medium light mouthfeel.

A great beer and should be at the top of this category.

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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 JoeNobody
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received the Gift Box containing 3 Samuel Smith beers, this is the first time I am trying this brand. The ale poured beautifully into the pint glass provided in the gift set. A nice foamy light brown head, not a huge head but very foamy looking, if that makes sense. A very woody/roasted nut smell, and a clean pleasant taste. A decent mouth feel but almost that of a cold soda. It's a nice beer to sip but not to drink too fast. The head disappears rather fats and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. It's a decent beer to drink but maybe not one I would go searching for.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.