Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
500ml bottle. Ah, one of the few positive attributes of the LCBO - selling products of British origin at half the price as that in other parts of the country.
This beer pours a clear dark orange-tinted amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somehow gritty dirty white head, which leaves a perfectly distributed array of snow rime lace in its splattered wake.
It smells of lightly toasted, sweet bready, richly nutty malt, creamed caramel, and some mildly citric, pleasantly leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, robustly nutty malt, lesser caramelized toffee, subtle aged dark fruit, and a smallish drying earthy hoppiness.
The carbonation is patently reserved, and of course up to the menial task of structural integrity, the body a decent medium weight, well-rounded, and agreeably smooth. It finishes rather clean, with some silken caramel malt, lingering oily nuttiness, and mild noble hops.
The prototypical English Brown Ale, veritas, the real deal - the nut adjunct is suitably laid back, and the hops are just there to make sure that you aren't scared away by this little adjustment. Wow, it's hard to describe the subtly of the old-world styles sometimes, engineered as they are for drinking, and perhaps not explicit contemplation.
02-12-2010 23:45:49 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Nice appearance. Russet brown in color with excellent clarity and a full, but not very dense, tan colored head. The head holds well and leaves some very good lace. Light bodied but somewhat creamy. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt with a lightly mineral character and just a touch of diacetyl. The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a fairly dry, softly biscuity malt with some light caramel undertones and only a very slight touch of hops. There's no chocolate or toasted malt character present. A firm bitterness balances and it finishes quickly, dry with some residual earthy hops. A very memorable beer that keeps you coming back for more.
07-29-2002 10:57:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of honey, nuts, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste is malty and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, honey and nuts. There's a decent hops presence for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, if I were in the mood for this style, I could certainly drink quite a few of this beer.
03-13-2008 02:40:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
A - Medium sized light brown head that settles to a film of large bubbles. Dark brown body with good clarity.
S - Nutty with a slight caramel note and brown, toasty malt. Clean fermentation profile with little to no hop aroma.
T - Malty toffee flavor with sweet, nutty flavors in the middle. Caramel and light hop flavor in the finish with mild bitterness.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
D - Excellent nutty, malt character. A little lacking in aroma and could use a bit more hop character. Overall, a good example of the style and reasonably drinkable.
04-11-2008 05:08:28 | More by nickfl
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance: Pours with a an attractive deep ruby brown and forms a massive tan creamy head in my imperial pint glass, speckled lacing forms as the head dwindles. Aroma a nutty soothing tone under slightly caramel malt sweetness very nice and mildly robust in the aroma department, where this beer shines though is the taste. Taste: Smooth slightly sharp sweetness partially dry but overall awesome nut tones in the background what an awesome beer this is by far the staple for the style. Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of body easy flowing carbonation great beer. Drinkability is effortless only wish there was another bottle sitting in the fridge, what a wonderful English nut brown to be tried by everyone this is the type of beer that turns people on to craft beers and remains part of the beer diet for eternity.
09-12-2003 20:34:43 | More by WVbeergeek
4.95/5 rDev +21%
Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown chestnut in colour with a caked on lace.
Smell: Nutty aroma ... a mix of sweet and grain with a hint of butterscotch.
Taste: Smooth with a creamy textured mouth feel coming from the medium body. Sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish. There is an underlying buttery flavour from the Yorkshire yeast and a sufficing hop bitterness that seem to do a good job of putting the missing pieces together for this brew.
Notes: Truly one of the best brown ales in the world ... this is the cast and mold for lots of brewers trying to come up with a nut-brown ale. The lasting nutty finish leaves a pleasing hazelnut or walnut aftertaste.
11-30-2001 05:46:33 | More by Jason
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Pours caramel to brown with a 1" tan head that fades too fast. No head retention or lacing
Smell: Nutiness, frutiness, & slight oaky notes
Taste: Tasosty malt, sweetness, slight hops bitterness on the tounge. Finishes sweet.
MF: Slight undercarbonation, but good balance maltiness &grainy/hop bitterness
Very drinkable. Certainally had better nutbrowns, but this was my first & still shines as great example of the style
03-12-2006 06:02:40 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
Dark brown color, with light getting through around the edges of the clear bottle, and a thick, sizzling tan head. Aroma is nutty, herbal, with a notes of caramel, butterscotch, and almonds, and the lush feel of the deep woods. On the palate: sweet and buttery, with a mellow and medium body. Small hop presence here, more a malt emphasis, and a great balance between. Sweet enough to please the folks, but with a solid enough body not to disappoint the serious ale lover. Quite unlike the ever-present, flimsy and bland Newcastle. Very pleasing, and rewarding.
02-04-2003 13:51:30 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Beer is clear and has good carbonation and an off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is reddish to brown.
Aroma is sweet and malty overall. About what's to be expected, overall its weak.
Slightly bitter in the back but overall good. Medium to full bodied, a mild roasty flavor with some caramel and sweetness in there. Some carbonation in the mouth. Overall a really good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good.
02-24-2010 05:00:33 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69. I was surprised a little by my review, but tasted alongside American browns it must seem lighter. I want to review again for comparison.
A - a light tan head crowns the ale w/ medium redish brown body. A slightly hazed appearance w/ slow streams of bubbles rising. Good lace patterns form on the tumbler.
S - Like a mild red grape fruitines in the aroma w/ a subtle prune scent and woody hop fragrance. The yeast gives off mild citrus hints
M - Slightly acidic, light fruitiness and crisp feel w/ med body and mild nutty texture w/ subtle roasty finish.
T - Taste is mildly vinous w/ dark fruit and biscuit/bran taste. There is an almost almond flavor w/ gentle brown sugar tinge and the mailt is taken over by the yeasts fruit. The hops are light and mild w/ dark red apple skin taste.
D - A taste that deserves praise for it has unique elements and does not dissapoint, w/ lasting flavor from the yeast and caramel malts.
05-12-2009 14:15:21 | More by Slatetank
4.16/5 rDev +1.7%
as good as advertised, and super cheap for the quality, I cant believe how long I waited to try this. what was I thinking?! the pour is a remarkably clear dark maple syrup color with a bubble bath head of tan foam that wont quit. the nose is the weakest like, smells like malty ale yeast, rather bland really. the flavor through really opens up. this is a caramel almondy malt bomb, but it isn't sweet if you can imagine that. its got a bitter dry finish more akin to cashews or something, unsalted of course, with some mild chocolate essence, and this only gets more dramatic as it warms up. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple elegance vibe here. did I mention this beer looks sexy? im down to my last swig and the head is as big as it was when I poured it some 45 minutes ago, just astonishing. lovely mouthfeel as well, cleanish in the finish with a flatly medium body and that casky English ale carbonation nice and mellow. this is a really drinkable brown too, glorious without all those residual sugars. I always knew sam smith wash high quality stuff, but I think its wide availability made me overlook it in favor of some of the rarer American craft stuff. with two delicious offerings from these guys in the last week, I will no longer walk past their shelf. I will be grabbing up the other varieties as quick as I can now, this stuff is the nectar!
03-27-2013 02:59:41 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev -2.2%
The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It is malty and full of roasted and victory malts. The taste is also good. It is malty, but a bit watery. It finishes dry, but good down smooth. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is an excellent nut brown ale. It is refreshing and not at all bitter like most English ales I try.
01-21-2004 02:09:55 | More by WesWes
3.99/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. Decent retention. The smell is sweet and grainy with some toffee and a fruity note. The taste follows from the smell. It's sweet but not overly so. I'm getting a slight fruity note along with some caramel. The finish is full of slightly sweet grain. The beer is dry, seems slightly chalky. Smooth carbonation.
02-03-2013 03:31:21 | More by oline73
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from a 550 ML bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a deep brown with 2 giners of off white head. Nice lacing and little carbonation.
s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, bready malts, and caramel.
t - Tastes of caramel, some bready malts, and nuts again. Nice mixture.
m - Smooth and easy to drink. Medium body and almost no carbonation.
d - An above average brown ale. Nice malty/caramel taste to it. Would have liked a little more carbonation. Would have again.
03-24-2010 00:24:27 | More by mdfb79
4.72/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured medium brown with ruby highlights. The foamy head lasted for the duration.
The smell was of nutty caramel with undertones of fruit and bread. Very inviting.
The taste was of nuts, caramel. fruits (esp. applish), and bread. There was an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.
The mouthfeel was light, buttery, smooth and refreshing. Some of the tastes linger, along with a bit of stickiness (otherwise would be a "5" IMO).
A very drinkable brew and an excellent example of this style.
05-20-2006 22:31:34 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev -10%
Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby tinged, brownish amber color when held up to the light. Otherwise it shows an opaque, deep dark, amber tinged, almost black brown color. The head is a frothy, rockied surface, tan colored head that starts out at about two fingers in thickness and even leaves some lacing on the side of the glass. Aromatic notes of sweet plums, nutty toasted grain, rich toffee, and a hint of diacetyl combine together in the aroma after a first glance. After a bit more inspection ample notes of caramelized raisins and a touch of roasted grain become noticeable. At the first pour there might have been a hint of light struck hops, but my palate and nose seem to be desensitized enough from Sam's Pale ale that I don't really notice it in this brew.
Sweet fruity notes of caramelized fruit greet my tongue upon my first sip. The finish is lightly nutty with a subtle, toasted, even a touch roasted, grain type note. A touch of carbonation adds a prickly zippiness to the middle of this beer, and in the same vein a hint of hop bitterness rounds out the finish. The hop bitterness in the finish is joined by a dark grain astringency, which also helps to add a touch of balance to the other flavors in this beer. Notes of sweet plums, a touch of raisin and even a nice subtle fig note add to the fruitiness of this brew.
This beer has a really nice malt character to it, the interesting malt tapestry that this beer weaves is its selling point. It is quite easy drinking, and I am enjoying it, but it could use a bit more oomph, or even a bit more character. Not bad, and certianly a touch better than the pale ale from the same brewery.
08-15-2006 04:16:33 | More by Gueuzedude
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Mild head with little lace. Pale brown color; very clear.
More malty than anything, but there is also a slight touch of metal to the smell.
This is a malty offering in the brown ale category. I like the smooth and clean feel to the beer. Full body for the style with a modest amount of carbonation.
When this fresh (as this one was), this is a superior nut brown. I worry about the clear glass and the possibility of skunking.
11-30-2007 01:56:52 | More by smcolw
3.38/5 rDev -17.4%
18.7 oz. bottle, brown thankfully,
A: Light brown, with a tan head, a pretty average looking beer, really.
S: Toffee malts, with sour green apples, and English hops.
T: A mix of caramel and toffee, with sour green apples, and hard mineral water.
M: Smooth, dry, minerally, and a bit acidic.
D: A good English Brown, I'd buy again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.
07-25-2007 05:16:27 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
Usual 550ml Bottle: BBD Apr 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 17th Nov 13.
Looks impressive: clear body of redwood (teak/mahogany), a deep blanket of beige foam sits on top, nothing moves as you stare at the glass, apart from carbonation bubbles rising through the body. One of those moments to savour.
The nose is dry, as is the taste: malts rule the roost here, nutty (obviously by the name) and slightly over roasted in smell and flavouring.
This is a fine beer and I'm glad I found it after years of not having any since my youth. An old school Brown with nothing fancy or clever about it, just good ingredients and blended well, then left alone to sort it's self out.
11-17-2013 12:07:52 | More by BlackHaddock
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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