1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,149 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,149
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 199 | FT: 2
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: 3,149 | Reviews: 1,384 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jason_Quad, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

LooseMoose1978, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

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 abrodsky
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

abrodsky, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of 9InchNails
2.48/5  rDev -39.4%

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 gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -10%

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 dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

bkrbdan, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Wortman1998
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Wortman1998, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of packetknife
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

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
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber/light brown with a rocky, fluffy white head, mild thin lace

S: Very soft malt, with a mild nutty aroma to differentiate it from an ordinary brown ale

T: Mild like the smell, traditional british brown ale - mild, session beer, slightly toasted malt, nice earthy british hops, but soft enough not to dominate the delicate malt

M: Definitely thin, without much carbonation, again very traditional though

D: Easy, a british session beer true to form

Notes: I was expecting a little more umph out of this beer, however keeping in the mindset that it is an example of a classic english style, it represents that image perfectly. Very enjoyable and easily drinkable.

dpodratsky3, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Carpentiere
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Carpentiere, May 16, 2013
Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

poured from a 550ml bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance: Beautiful brown color, crystal clear with a nice tan creamy dense head. Medium lacing.

Smell: Smells a little soapy, nutty and finishes with some caramel. Nose is a bit off for me but nice.

Taste: Nice rich nutty, caramel backbone with a good malty taste. Not overpowering at all, but a good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect. Great carbonation, great texture. Easy drinking and refreshing

Drinkability: Perfect session beer. Great weight, and great texture makes this an everyday drinker.

Augustiner719, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of AudioGilz
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Sammy Smith's has never disappointed me. This brown ale is simply a beautiful experience to drink. It's a medium bodied brown with a creamy tan head. The taste if of hazelnuts, toffee, and toastiness, with a creamy sweet mouthfeel; just very easy to enjoy and drink. There are no bothersome qualities at all. This is my session brew of choice when I have the money to afford it.

AudioGilz, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of Arch578
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Arch578, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of devilben02
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours from the bottle with a nearly opaque earthy brown color and a foamy tan head. The aroma is pretty one-note, with a dry, nutty, mineral-like quality and only a little bit of caramel sweetness creeping in. The sweetness is more pronounced in the flavor, but the dry nuttiness dominates again, and the fine but active carbonation keeps the beer relatively light and dry. Maybe I'm just missing some of its nuance, but this beer is merely solid in my mind.

devilben02, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of bckayaalp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

bckayaalp, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%

The appearance of the beer is a beautiful auburn color, with a creamy looking, tan head of about 1/4". It's retention is excellent, as there is plenty of carbonation. For the aroma, there's scents of caramel, molasses, and a very bready, toasted malt presence. The taste is unbelievably smooth, with butterscotch and walnut notes, and the slightest hint of hops. The balance achieved here is second to none. It's got a very full mouthfeel but relatively light body. The finish pleasantly lingers. Perfect for drinking with a nice dinner.

Neorebel, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of nasty15108
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Smiths pint glass.

Before you read this review its only fair that I tell you that this is hands down my favorite ale.

A - Poured a mahogany brown with ruby hues when held up to the light. Creamy head of slightly off white foam that subsided into a spotty film. Good lacing throughout. I'm have to say i'm a little dissappointed that they got rid of the clear bottle.

S - Malty with a slight buttery aroma. Hints of caramel and hazelnut.

T - Malty and creamy. Definite nut flavor that mixes well with the slight sweetness. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - Medium bodied and tasty. IMO the perfect ale. I could drink this everyday.

nasty15108, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of uustal
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Pours a mahogany brown with a two finger cream colored head. Good retention throughout. Nice aroma. Toffee, nuts and a bit of chocolate and coffee. Malty flavor. Toffee right off the bat, a little dark fruit malt and then finishes with the nutty flavor which lingers a bit into the aftertaste. A very creamy mouthfeel.

uustal, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of olympicgatorade
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

olympicgatorade, May 02, 2012
Photo of jordanimal
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Liverocks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Liverocks, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of velosuds
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger light tan head with good retention and ample lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-A pleasant nutty aroma and dark, earthy malts and a sugary sweetness. A bit subdued, but nice.

T-A creamy sweetness with a nutty malt presence and enough stingy hop bitterness to make this interesting and delicious.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a balanced complexion. Just the right level of carbonation.

D-A great English style brown ale. It is amazing to me how Samuel Smith gets so much flavor and complexion into such a sessionable beer at only 5% ABV. I could drink this all night long, and would, but for the price. Hope to enjoy this on tap one day.

I love this style and this particular beer. I acknowledge this is not the most popular style, but if there is a better nut brown ale, I hope to find it soon. IMO, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is nearly spot on for the style. This beer is what brought me to beeradvocate.com.

velosuds, Sep 19, 2009
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,149 ratings.