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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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3,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,422
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 193
Gots: 323 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of cyrenaica
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on April 17, 2008 after purchasing at one of the local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a beautiful translucent reddish-brown colour with a huge rocky head that slowly dissipated. The aroma was caramel malt, and some hops. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, slightly creamy, and slightly bitter. The flavour was similar to dark, powdered cocoa, with a little hoppishness.

Photo of Duffman79
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Carpentiere
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stephendr
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of medium to dark brown , with an alright tan head - nose of , nutty , malts , sweet burned , dark cherries , and ginger – taste of nutty , sour dark cherries , and burn coffee - body is medium , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of slightly burnt , sour cherries , and malts

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Finally trying this beer.

This is a crystal clear beer, which surprises me being a brown. That being said, it is beautiful. The one finger of light tan head that formed when I poured this is now (after a few minutes) a thin layer on the surface.

Smells like a piece of caramel nut chocolate. Enough said. Awesome.

The flavor displays an impressive interplay of chocolate malt, a distinct nuttiness, toasty lighter malt flavors, a touch of English hops and some rich caramel. It isn't very sweet (thank goodness!) which is often the downfall of brown ales in my opinion.

The mouthfeel seem slightly over carbonated to me, but then again I am sort of a cask ale guy. Overall the body is on the thin side for having this much flavor, but it is certainly traditional and where it "should be" (as far as I know).

Conclusion: Another great beer from Samuel Smith's!

Photo of Danno48
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Leschber
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of teraflx
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Romulux
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SteveB24
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance; very enticing color, a deep brown with some red mixed in, head is a little disappointing, pours a finger of head which settles quickly into thin lacing, beer is pretty clear, dark but not cloudy. carbonation is hard too see.

smell; the high score is due to how unique the aroma is, a nice sour/ sweetness with some grain and nuttiness.

taste; taste is very similar too smell, which i find to be a surprisingly rare occurrence. the taste is nutty, with grain, sweetness, hints of chocolate and spice, with a bitter finish that is not unwelcome.

mouthfeel; medium body, with good carbonation despite the bubbles being hard to see. beer is not creamy, but not thin.

overall; there is wonderful contrast between the strong tastes but relative lightness of the beer. this is a great introduction to nut browns, and also a good option for an ale that is dark and flavorsome but not too strong and filling, would buy again if I'm in the mood for a brown ale.

Photo of TheDM
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice malty aroma. Its initial pour yielded a nice light brown head full of medium bubbles with a dark brown transparent body. Initial taste was full of flavor and went down very smoothly while leaving the remains of a subtle after bite. All in all, it is a very nice first brew to sample this evening.

Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the gold foil over the bottle caps. stay classy.

this one poured with a finger and a half head which laced oh so slightly. deep amber brown see through coloration.

scents of caramel malt, yeasts and toasted grain.

the flavor has a presence of caramel, woodsy malt. this is accompainied by a slight hop flavor in the middle. balanced, if not explosive.

watered down a bit, smooth though on the feel.

a good, solid one here. nothing mind blowing but a good offering and enough flavor to be respectable.

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a perfect brown that is red-amber in the light with an airy beige head that is pretty consistent throughout drinking. Good retention; the kind of lacing (or maybe it technically isn't) where when you swirl the glass and the head leaves a high mark on the glass that uniformly recedes back down to the surface level as if it was the rest of the beer in slow motion.

Rich and earthy. A "winey" smell (sort of acidic and boozy) throughout. Simple, subtle.

Earth, dirt, rain, leafy vegetables. Mud puddle in the garden after a rainstorm. Nutty and slightly burnt malt flavors; just enough of a hop twinge to balance it. Great!

Very smooth, slightly creamy, round, crisp and rich. Enjoyable beyond belief. Nice abrupt finish with a lingering tinge of minerals.

I don't know that I believe that anything can actually be perfect, but this is damn close. If I ever wanted to show someone what a brown should taste like I would point to this beer. It has a lot going on but you have to concentrate to pick it up. As smooth and well-balanced as could be. A beer made to enjoy in a pub or something on a rainy day. The category of beer that they probably serve at The Prancing Pony .
With craft beer as it is, people forget that simple, straight-forward beers are lovely. Everybody wants to re-invent the wheel. Beers like this show why the wheel is the fucking wheel.

Would get again without hesitation.

Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a robust dark amber with a wonderful ruby glow, and developed a small tan head. The aroma was classic Samuel Smith. It had plenty of malt and hops and got you ready for what was to come. The taste was pretty straightforward and again classic Samuel Smith's. It had a rich malty taste up front with just a dab of sweetness to it, then rounded out into a nicely balanced hop finish. That small sweet kick was really all that I saw different between the Nut Brown and the Tadcaster Ale, so loving the one I had to love the second. In fact that slight difference might put me in the Nut Brown column instead of the Taddy. It had a nice medium body to it and as usual you got a nice quenching and satisfying fullness to the taste and feel. Samuel Smith consistently delivers really quality beers that you can truly enjoy. The taste and feel show excellence in both the brewing and the ingredients. This is the type of beer that would show anyone the light of quality beers.

Photo of PintOHops
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Clear red/dark brown color with a 1-2 finger off white head, didn't stick around at all. Lacing, not much at all but the a nice ring of foam stuck around till the end.

S - Bold nuttiness with notes of butter, pretty dry as well with some semi bight apple notes and cracker. Simple and still inviting.

T - Very nutty with traces of butter throughout, wonderful biscuit & toast finishes with more buttery & nuttiness. Soft bitterness balances it all out.

M - Lite-moderate crispness, slightly thin feel and goes down easy. Lite bodied, compliments flavor profile perfectly! I love the feel.

D - Wow, does this brewery make a bad beer? Just flawless, simple, refreshing, delicious and very drinkable. I could down a 6pack of this brew, just so nutty and buttery, ahh, very very good. I definitely recommend this one, and I would buy another for sure. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of goalie33
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Clear, brown in color with redish hues. Two fingers of fluffy, off white head stick around. Leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Caramel malt with a nutty sweetness. A slight note of roasted malt.
T: Sweet malt, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Leaves an aftertaste of butter pecan. Very nice tasting beer.
M/D: Very soft, smooth mouthfeel. Not a very thick, chewy beer, but it is by no means watery or thin. The beer goes down easily and is somewhat refreshing.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 3,422 ratings.