Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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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.
01-05-2014 18:19:16 | More by devilben02
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.
11-28-2013 19:15:01 | More by Neorebel
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured into a New Belgium snifter
A - Burnt sienna, tan/white decent head and a bit of lacing
S - Malt, Toffee, yeast, oak, earthy, roasted sweet nuts and a touch of hop
T - Honey, malt, roasted barley, yeasty and a nice hop bitterness
M - Tiny bubbles and leaves the mouth dry
D - Sweet, salty and bitter. Nice combo for a kick back nut brown ale
Final thought - Good beer, but I wouldn't buy another unless they had no other good beer
01-30-2011 08:43:25 | More by whatthehull
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.
09-19-2009 03:01:16 | More by velosuds
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a beautiful dark, tawny red with a fine head. Somewhat elegant in flavour. Some dried funky strawberries and a bit of oatmeal and huskiness on the nose mirrored by sweet malty goodness. Superbly long finish. Don't agree with the serving suggestions on the bottle- pairing with Thai or Malaysian food would be a mistake. Far too malty, viscous sweet for such food. Pub lunch of steak with a sweet jus would be more the go. A fine beer.
06-01-2010 12:56:31 | More by juju7
3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
Poured from a 18.7 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Cream colored head and light brown color beer. Good head retention.
Sweet, candy, caramel, chocolate smells. Very nice.
The beer has a smooth taste, but it's a bit watery. A little "nutty" flavor, I guess. There's some other flavors here, a touch of honey and sweetness. A decent brown ale, overall.
Very drinkable, could probably have quite a few over a couple hours. It doesn't leave me craving another, though.
05-26-2007 16:09:38 | More by jar2574
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from a clear glass bottle @ 45F.
A: Light brown with a tan head of about 2 fingers when poured (very controllable) which diminishes to a nice lace after about 3 minutes.
S: Smells sweet with a hint of roasted malt. Nothing too impressive.
T: Very good. Nutty and roasted wood flavor. Slight aftertaste of alcohol, but not in the least overpowering.
M: Leaves the mouth feeling clean and crisp. Taste all but goes away after about 1 minute.
D: I could drink this all night. Goes down very smooth.
Sam Smith has done a fine job with this brew.
08-29-2007 22:46:26 | More by ralree
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. 12oz. bottle, 2009 vintage
Between chestnut and deep maroon in color. Opaque and beautiful. 2 finger head, and great caked on lacing.
Heavenly nut aroma, hops, and caramel. It is a delight just to smell.
Taste & Mouthfeel -
Smooth and delightfully creamy for a medium-bodied beer. Complex sweet flavors leap forward, only to be surpasses by a delectable dry nuttiness. The bitterness of the hops creates a tremendous balance.
Notes: This is one of my favorite nut brown ales. I had it first at BLT Steak in NYC with a filet mignon served with bernaise sauce. The trifecta of flavors was perfect.
01-26-2010 01:51:59 | More by BeerNemesis
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance: Pours a light reddish-brown with superb clarity. A light tan head starts out thick and fluffy, and holds at a thick cap.
Smell: The aroma is quite faint. It's rich and nutty with a hefty dose of malt. Diacytel makes it's obligitory appearance...
Taste: Malty and oh-so-slighty sweet with just enough hops to balance everything. Extremely nutty in flavor, with a touch of chocolate and toffee. There's some buttery diacytel (like in all of their beers) that is kept well in check. Small hint of a minerally taste. Ends with a green, floral hop note.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth, dry mouthfeel. There's a bit of astrigency on the finish that I've never encountered before...could be just this bottle.
Drinkability: Pretty good. This is not only a tasty brown ale, but a great 'gateway' brew that can be used to turn macro drinkers to better beer.
A solid and dependable beer, this is a classic example of the Northern England-style brown ale.
06-28-2003 13:45:34 | More by MJR
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Paid $11.79 for a 3pk. (550mL) gift set with pint glass and two coasters...
The appearence is another top-rate quality as assumed from Sammy Smith. An Amber body beer with a tanish-white head, med-to-small sized retains well, lacing is a nice touch to the beers' overall appearence. The aroma is a wonderful mix of mixed nuts with a few hints of candy smell flavors.
The taste is awesome, smooth as can be it's like a fresher more flavorful Newcastle, without any flaws. The mouthfeel and drinkability are up there. No harshness detected, no desire to stop drinking... great palette feel, great blended ale.
Final Thought: Wow, just as stated above, a Newcastle++ one plus for the full taste the other plus because it's just that good!
07-10-2004 19:49:30 | More by mobyfann
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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