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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,308 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,308
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 167
Gots: 256 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of MNMike
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

MNMike, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -2.2%

smekermann, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jeeb, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Brinks
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Brinks, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of plfahey
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish-mahogany and quite clear with a creamy, khaki head that has good retention and shows some very nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet bready malt, with caramel, toffee, toast, and a distinct nutty aroma-like lightly toasted hazelnuts. A trace of earthy hops and a whiff of fruity esters round out the profile. As it warms, the caramel and nuttiness become more prominent.

Flavor-Caramel, toast, and a sweet almond or hazelnut liqueur type character, almost like frangelico or amaretto. Also some fruity, estery character up front, almost like ethyl acetate in low concentrations. A little bit of earthy hop character, and some moderately low hop bitterness dry the finish. Finishes nutty-toasty and a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel-Truly exceptional. Smooth, medium body with moderately light, gentle, soft carbonation. The beer practically caresses your tongue.

There's a reason that this beer is the benchmark for the Northern English Brown style. It's an excellent beer; I don't think much more needs be said.

plfahey, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of bralston345
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

bralston345, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Swaino
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Swaino, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of pweis909
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear 550 mL bottle, no date. Bottle was stored unrefrigerated in full light in store. Always a concern.

Translucent garnet-brown in color, with tawny foam that persists for just about the right amount of time. Leaves laces on the glass. A joy to see.

Smell and taste are complex, with caramel, bready, toasty malts, evocative of nuttiness, with some fruitiness, and a earthy mineral finish. Hopped to balance sweetness, without strong aroma hop character.

Full mouthfeel, but not filling. Damn. My glass is empty.

pweis909, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ejh06752, May 13, 2013
Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

dbarny76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +10%

MystikCelt, May 20, 2013
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with some reddish hues out of the new brown bottle. There is a perfect thick and creamy tan colored head with good retention and some decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel, brown sugar, fresh baked bread, diacetyl and a faint hoppiness.

Taste is like fresh baked whole grain bread, there is a nice nutty flavor, there is a touch of sweet brown sugar, and just a tad of hops. Pretty well balanced beer. Mouthfeel is smooth, pleasantly carbonated, and medium bodied. A very easy drinking beer for sure. A classic Brown Ale, and one that originally turned me onto the style.

hckyfn9999, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Nice, light brown with an off-white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very pronounced with caramel. There's also a little nuttiness in there but also lots of malt. Not much in the way of hops. The taste is very similar to the smell, i.e. dominated by caramel and malt with some nuttiness and not much in the way of hops. Its easy to drink and an enjoyable brew to drink. Its very simple in flavor and I think that's what they are going for, which is kind of nice when one is used to drinking stuff striving to be complex at all times. I like it but will probably not get it again. Definitely give this one a go though... you'll be glad you did.

SkunkWorks, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I see this one in the stores a lot so I decided to have a go. Well, I can't say it was the most impressive nut brown I've had. The caramel color and aroma of nut and molasses are rather nice, but the flavor and body seem a tad watered down for the price I've paid. It goes down ok but has an earthy after taste that comes back after an hour that made me want to brush my teeth. I can't say this will be a repeat buy.

DesMoinesMike, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of fx20736
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a British pint glass.

Beautiful, rich, deep Sienna brown, capped by a thick khaki head that leaves wisps of lacing.

Aroma: A rich caramel toffeeness.

Mouthfeel: soft

Taste: perfectly toasted malt, caramel and rich with a dark sweetness that reminds me of Prunes with just an echo of bitterness like burnt toffee.

Notes: I used to rank this beer much higher. It is a good and tasty beer but I no longer consider it one of the best.

fx20736, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Jackal
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of dfried
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel like this beer is bascially a standard, defining for it's style. It is pale/brown in appearance, slight head. Smell is kind of sweet and carmely. The taste, well all I have to say about it is sweet nutty goodness. The mouthfeel is kind of a weak point, lower carbonation, not really watery, but something like that. Quite drinkable, a good inbetween season beer.

dfried, May 11, 2006
Photo of SamN
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Lively and active beer starts the head flowing immediately after popping the cap. Billowy, soapy tan foam everywhere! The beer itself is a very dark amber/mahogany hue, slightly chill hazed and with lots of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom. THe excellent head retains for a good while, maintaining it's body and activity far into the tasting. Classic English ale looks, deep, dark but not opaque. Quite the beauty. Smell is of sweet hazelnuts, an almost woody malt aroma, some slight fruit notes, like apples and figs with a yeasty, doughy background. Pretty good, but not exactly what I was expecting. SMell doesn't seem firm like a borwn ale should, the malt aromas seem flimsy and has a distinct doughy, raw edge to it. Too much fruit in the nose for my tastes, but overall not a bad aroma; just not quite up my alley. Taste, also, seems a tad flimsy and loose. Definitely has a malt foundation, but it seems undermined by a distinctly crisp apple taste; the antithesis of what I exepct in a brown ale. Maybe because it's English my expectation are misplaced, but too me, this isn't what I want in a brown ale. Not enough rich nutty, bready and creamy flavors. Tastes seem to fall flat, not fleshed out. Finish is a little dry. Mouthfeel, however, is excellent. Smooth and fuller bodied, quite nice on the palette; wish the flavors were better along side the excellent mouthfeel.

Underwhelmed by this highly-praised beer. Not nutty enough for me, or just not in the right vein. A bit of a dud for me. At least the price is right.

SamN, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Carpentiere
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Carpentiere, May 16, 2013
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich brown, burgundy when held up to the light, with tan, creamy head, with good retention and some lacing.

Smells of cranberry, almond, and malt - a delightful nose.

Almond smooth up front giving way to cranberry tartness, finishing dry and creamy at the same time. A wonderful brown ale unique and full of flavor.

Chickenhawk9932, May 20, 2011
Photo of stomioka
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

stomioka, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of BigGold
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

BigGold, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a tan head that left average lacing. Big nose of roasted malts and caramel. Mouthfeel nice and rich and flavor followed he nose and there was a nice bitter finish with a hint of hops. Overall this was a very nice brew that is one of the better Browns I have seen.

rkuhnel, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Sipchue
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 3,308 ratings.