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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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1,411 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,411
Hads: 3,598
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 228
Gots: 485 | 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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Reviews: 1,411 | Hads: 3,598
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! (695 characters)

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. (653 characters)

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. (382 characters)

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! (662 characters)

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. (1,048 characters)

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. (265 characters)

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. (925 characters)

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. (609 characters)

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. (792 characters)

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. (741 characters)

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. (1,168 characters)

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. (410 characters)

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.

Enjoy! (530 characters)

Photo of Jericho7x
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New to drinking beer, so take this with a grain of salt. Smell was wonderful. Taste was very nutty at the start, then kinda of light and sweet on the finish. Other than 4pk for $12, it is a great beer. Not hoppy at all. (219 characters)

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. (392 characters)

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. (253 characters)

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. (412 characters)

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. (325 characters)

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. (362 characters)

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. (576 characters)

Photo of zodiacv1
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite what I expected from a nut brown by Samuel Smith. It has a pleasant ruby brown color with a nice 1.5" tan head. As for the smell, it was hard to tell since I had been using spray paint part of the day. It was not as rich or smooth as I am used to with other brown ales. It did go down quite well though. I think that I will re-visit this beer again soon to see if my senses were just off. (398 characters)

Photo of CromDubh
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful brown with a slightly yellow creamy head. Smell is nothing outstanding and expected more. Taste is nutty (obviously), smooth and fine. An excellent summer evening beer that leaves you wanting to crack another as soon as the last mouthful is gone. (264 characters)

Photo of ShireReeve
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour- Tulip Glass

Appearance- Clear brown with average good carbonation. Had to pour aggressively for a three-finger head. Head stuck around for the entire beer at about one-finger. Very nice patchy lacing.

Smell- Made me think of butter pecan or butterscotch. My mouth actually actually started to salivate at the aroma. Nice!

Taste- Sweet and nutty initially and then a slight dryness on the backend.

Mouth Feel- creamy but light, flavor lingers around with the nuttiness.

Overall- The butterscotch aroma and creaminess is awesome. The beer even got better as it warmed a bit. I liked this one and wish I had tried it sooner. Will have to try some more beers from this brewery as well. (693 characters)

Photo of toddw8
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby-brown color with a 2 finger, dark cream colored head. The head settles to 1/2 inch and sticks around the whole time leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong to the point of seeming artificial aroma of sweet caramel sprinkled with walnuts. Too strong and cloying for my taste.

Taste: Subtle (at least compared to the smell) caramel malts and nuts with just a touch of bitterness and a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: Hindered by the overpowering aroma. I didn’t want to stick my nose way down into the glass to drink the last quarter.

Notes: Right now this isn’t something I want to drink all the time, but I definitely want to try it again when I’m a more experienced BA. (815 characters)

Photo of slargthorb
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

haven't had this in a while - price may have something to do with it because this stuff would be near the top of my short list!

A - looks nice and dark, a bit reddish? not a ton of head but what's there clings to the glass and looks real nice.

S - Complex smell, an indication of whats to come.

T - shall I say musky? yes, I shall. LOVE it!

M - Not the highpoint - I like creaminess and while this is certainly not watery or at all disappointing, its mouthfeel is not especially distinctive.

D - As drinkable as it gets. (535 characters)

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