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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Reviews: 1,446 | Ratings: 3,776
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.

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Photo of mrjimcat
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasure to drink. In the glass the color was rich, deep, and clear. Initial notes of toffee gave way to a full but not overpowering bitterness. This was followed by a most pleasant sweetness that lingers on the palate. This is a beer that tastes better and better as the glass empties. An excellent choice for a nut brown ale.

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

A- Deep red-brown. 1.5 finger head that melts down to a tiny layer.

S - Malts, roasted nuts, perhaps caramel.

T - Heavenly. Starts out with a rich caramel flavor, which transitions to nuts, and finishes dry with a hoppy flavor.

M - Subtle carbonation, which is just perfect for this beer.

D - This is a fantastic beer; I've never been more pleased with a random selection. This is simply a must-try for beer enthusiasts everywhere.

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Photo of kazmaniac
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Nice foamy head with no lacing. Beautiful reddish brown beer.

Smell - Sweet malt, toast, and slightly nutty (pecan?) aroma. Nuts increase in prominence as it warms.

Taste - Pretty m.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability - Pleasant, enjoyable, and subtle beer.

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Photo of pugbutter
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to other brown ales, this one tastes far too much like a stout for my liking; very rich, very sweet, with a chalky mouthfeel. If I had been blindfolded while drinking this, I would actually have thought it was a darker offering from Rogue or Brooklyn.

This is probably the most overrated beer I have had yet. I recommend Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog instead, if you want a nice malty brown.

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

Pours out of bomber a dark amber/brown into tulip, lots of creamy off-white head that retains well with heavy lacing.

Smells very sweet, hazlenut extract overpowers, then chocolate, all giving way to roasted malts. Very little bitterness.

Tastes good, like it smells. Sweet, nut extract at first, creamy, dark crystal malt towards the end. Very slight hops finish, enough to put an end to the lingering sweetnss.

Suprisingly creamy and heavy on the tounge for how 'watery' it seems at first. Sweetness is very strong, but doesn't overpower.

This beer is really easy to drink. A little sweet for my taste, but I had no problem finishing the bomber. If you're into sweet beers, or belgian beers, you'll love this brown.

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Photo of Blake
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn good beer,

Good amount of hoppiness, stayed smooth all the way through.
A very nutty flavor, cinnamon too. Tastes warm and a little spicy.

Smells the same.

Pretty expensive, not a beer that you can drink all the time on my budget, but I can walk right down the street and get one when I have the money.

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Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, very clear, off white head that disappears quickly
S- green apples, apricot, dried figs, pumpkin pie spice, hints of licorice
T- nice malt backbone, walnuts, wood, green apples, upfront bitterness quickly disappears
M- med body, appropriate carbonation
D- very smooth complementing flavors, nice session beer

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Photo of pablot71
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Has a dark yet transluscent brown color. Medium frothy head that leaves a few traces of lacing behind. Has a malty aroma that is not overwhelming. This easy maltiness continues with the taste with a a nice nutty background. The taste finishes with a bit of hops bitterness. A medium mouthfeel. Overall an easy beer to gulp down with plenty of character.

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Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - thick cream color head with tight small bubbles, color is deep red/dark brown. Crystal clear. Nice lacing.

Aroma - layered malt with toffee, burnt sugar, and a sweet floral hop around the edges.

Taste - malty with dark roasted malts coming through first and most obviously. This is followed by a very slight hoppy bitterness and a dry finish which gives it a nutty quality.

Mouth Feel - round and smooth much lighter than one would expect from the aroma. Dry finish which combines to make this beer very drinkable.

Overall - the malty aroma and flavor of this beer are outstanding, the slight hoppy finish keeps it from becoming overly sweet making a beer with heavy dark roasted malts clean smooth and very pleasant.

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

Got this beer from The Beer Box MTY (my local beer store)

A- a deep brown color, very nice

S- nut and caramel malt

T- nut, toffe and caramel

M- a little bit dry, medium body

D- if they still sell it i will go at least 1 time a week for one or two of this one, very good brew, a clasic

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives a hell of a first impression with regards to appearance and aroma.

Frothy 2 finger pillow sits atop this copper/auburn English Brown Ale. There's a sweetness that dominates the nose. At first it was difficult to pin down, but as it warms, caramel apple and molasses prevail.

Light-to-thin body. Sweetness in the middle quickly gives way to more earthy spice (mainly pepper). The longer it warms, the more complex the finish becomes (chocolate, coffee). Forgot this was sweet ten minutes ago.

It's dryness at the end makes it difficult to stop replenishing. Dry, refresh. Dry, refresh. Pretty sneaky sis!

Man, this beer gets better and better as it warms. It's a must try for all. Considering the price, drinkability, and accessibility of this brown ale, you have no excuse!

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

The classic by which all other Brown Ales are judged, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a specialty of the North of England. English Brown Ale is one of the oldest brewing styles, it got it's start in the late 1600's, and was then known as a "Mild Ale." This just meant that it was much less hoppy and bitter than the more popular Pale Ale of the time, and was also a bit younger. Since then, the style has evolved into an incredibly friendly beer for the masses, and while they may have called it "mild" back then, there is definitely no lack of flavor or complexity today.

Nut Brown pours a rich walnut-like color with a thick head that quickly dissipates, releasing aromas of roasted malt, nuts, and wet wood. The flavor follows close to the smell, becoming a bit fruitier, spicier, and caramely-sweet as it warms up. There is a nice underlying creaminess that balances well with the brown bread and aromatic hop characteristics that develop on the palate. The finish is dry, lasting, and nutty, leaving a pleasant hazelnut aftertaste. This beer goes down incredibly smooth, and the robust body represents the style well. There is enough heft here to please even the most serious ale lover, but sweet and drinkable enough to appeal to anybody. Simply delicious and begging for food.

My first food suggestion is to try Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale with a true Camembert from Normandy, France. Make sure that it is nice and ripe too, or the flavor will be too mild, and missing the great earthy quality that will compliment the beer so well. Between the breadiness in the beer and the creaminess of the cheese, the combination of Nut Brown and Camembert is a liquid grilled cheese experience! Various meats will balance harmoniously with Nut Brown, especially if they have some caramelization or sear on the outside. Roasted duck, Steak au Poivre, or even seared salmon are all great pairings.

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Photo of cleolicious
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a delicious frosty 2 inch head. The aroma is delightful with hints of nuts and crispy fresh fruits. The first sip is amazing. The second sip is even more amazing. This is the best dark brown ale I've ever had. Sight caramel and nuts with small bit of cider. It's so delicious I want another glass asap. This beer is freakin' great. I would drink this until I die. I'm going to drink this in the afterlife. I love you, Sam Smith.

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Photo of AHaytko
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle with a standard pint glass

A: Pours a walnut brown with a light red copper tint and and creamy white head. Very think head, that lasts until the last drop.

S: Toasted malt, with slight hints of butterscotch and hay.

T: restrained brisk bitterness with a nutty caramel and fruity.

M: Medium carbonation and body

O: One the greats that I have tried so far, nothing bad to report just overall a great among nut browns

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Photo of EricLander
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle into glass with a very clear dark brown color. Nearly no head at all. Aroma is rich, clearly nutty. Taste is a little too sweet for my tastes - but pulled off well. Light carbonation, equally light overall feeling and therefore easy to drink.

Given the previous reviews and my own expectations, I expected a stronger nut flavor that I didn't pick up on. If anything, there was more of a caramel, sweet flavor I wasn't at all expecting.

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Photo of baldwinfamilyfarm
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours with a thicker, fluffy head with staying power. This is an exceptional nut brown with the perfect balance of sweet scotch caramel and smooth dark malt. Will always come back to this one as a standard. Amazing Nut Brown!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Has a very nice aroma upon opening, pour is great, dark and nice foamy head, recommend a nice gobbler style glass. I prefer it very cold, seems to improve its character more. Very nice flavor and texture. Long time drinker of this beer and never have been let down. Good in summer or winter.

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Photo of kuykendall
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first reveiw of a beer. All and All I have to say it tastes much like most brown ales. The flavor is smooth and it is drinkable, but so are all brown ales. I gave it an average rateing because nothing deffertiates this beer from the others I've tried ( although until recently my experience has been whofully limited). I can honestly I don't yet understand all the terms that most of you use, but it looks a dark brown amber in the glass. It smells like it tastes. Its bitter when it first touches the tongue, and then becomes smother the longer it's held there. As for drinkability I would choose this before some but after some. Please bare with my reveiws, as I am new to this.

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Photo of Stagi
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pretty much like it sounds, Nut Brown Ale.
It has a good smell, NUT would be the best way to describe it.
I liked the taste, it has you coming back for another sip, which I look for in a beer.. But I don't know if it's what it's cracked up to be.. It also seems to thin out more as it warms.
The mouthfeel is good, though not close to as thick as I thought or would like it to be.
This beer's easily drinkable, but it doesn't have you crawling back to the fridge for more as others do.

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Photo of AZTEX
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer tonight. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Appearance = nice reddish brown color with a good thick foamy head.

Smell = it had a strong, but not overpowering malty aroma. I did not notice a nutty aroma as many report; but then again, my allergies have been bad.

Taste = great tasting and very drinkable. Left a rich, malty, almost sweet taste on my mouth.

Mouthfeel = medium body.

Drinkability = very drinkable and refreshing on a cool spring night.

This is a very good imported English brown ale. I will definitely drink it again. I would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Cheers
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - brownish amber with a great tan head which reduces to some great lacing which has lasted for 20 min.

s - a carmel aroma with hints of lemon

t - carmel with a coffee/nutty aftertaste

m - coats the mouth but is not oily. deep flavors linger for a long time after drinking.

d - great beer, for the style this is one of the bests I have had after Bear Republic Tribute Brown.

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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 Karma_is_flawed
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nut brown, almost a dark honey color, can see the carbonation
Smell - mild and crisp, like a pear or an apple
Taste - Fairly bitter with a nice almond or cashew after taste
Feel - Very light, good amount of bite from the carbonation, but nice

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Photo of MaGno
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance : Nice bottle with gold foil top. Poured into a pint glass a nice brown to walnut color. A thick 1" head of fairly large bubbles dissipated quickly to just a small lace. There were small tight bubbles of carbonation present in the upper half of the glass but not many rising from the bottom.

Smells: Nice aromatic beer. Balance of roasted malts and hops with a spicy nutty smell. Very earthy.

Taste: Light smooth beginning with a dry hoppy finish. Small traces of chocolate at the finish. Not as nutty or spicy as the color makes it look. The taste was average but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated to a flat dry finish. Left my mouth dry and craving something to quench my thirst with.

Drinkability: If someone offered me this beer I would not refuse. Its a nice nutty earthy beer but the beautiful color raises your expectations only to dissapoint with an average taste.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
91 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.