Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,786
4.1 | pDev: 11.95%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Notes: Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a relatively dry ale with rich nutty colour and palate of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts.
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JZH1000 from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from ab12oz bottle.
L- Dark brow but you can still se thought it held up to the light. Tan head of frothy bubbles, but not too fine. About 1 finger an dissapates into a ring and a few bubble islands.

S- coffee notes with a dark sweetness and bitter hop notes that balance the malts. Almost herbal funky earthy qualities from the yeast

T- taste follows the smell but is more mellow and creamy. Then it transforms into a roasty slightly bittered aftertaste, the malt and hops work together in this one very well, hops are very traditional.

F- this one is definitely a before bed/winter warmer, very thick and hearty. Good with a big warm traditional steak and potato dinner or maybe a lasagna, comfort foods things like that. Has a nice nostalgic vibe.

O- good to have a couple but not the most seasonable in the world compared to other British styles, but the flavor is very good and the quality shows. A very nice sipper.

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MNJR from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Earthy, bold, highly flavorful, and unique. Tastes like I imagine beer would have tasted when knights in armor stomped this planet. There is an antiquity to the character of this beer, and it is not branding, it is real. A very large range of flavors, from slightly tart to sweet to coffee, cocoa powder, mineral, woodsy, smoky... and something indiscernible to my current vocabulary but extremely good. Creamy, silky feel. Lingering wonderful flavors. One of the best ever no doubt.

Thursday at 01:58 AM
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tolar111 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured the beer into an imperial pint nonic, a decent pour produces a nice fluffy off white brownish head, it sticks around for a bit and recedes to a thin cap that leaves a little lace with each sip. The color is medium dark brown and is somewhat translucent. The smell is all malt with a little roastyness, nothing grassy or herbal about it. The taste follows the nose, it's not sweet, but not bitter. I find the taste to be lacking in that ashy roasted barley that I find in other brown ales that I like. The feel is straight up medium body with maybe a little more carbonation than I care for, but seems right for the style. Overall, I like it and would revisit, but I have had better examples of the style.

Nov 13, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No obvious date. Only marking I see is SA30T1, on the neck of the bottle.
I've had this several times previous, just never reviewed it, somehow.

Clear chestnut brown, with slight redddish tint if held up to the light. Light tan head, that leaves a thin ring.

Smell is light raisin+date, followed by a nutty (walnut?) aroma after the head fades. Slight, fresh, biscuity malt aroma appears when swirled.

Taste is roasted nuts (walnut+pecan), brown bread, raisin, some hop spiciness, and a vague woody/earthy flavor.

Feel is medium light, initially smooth , with light very,very fine, sharp carbonation bite coming in later. Suspect that this is fairly fresh, or that previous specimens were quite old, as I don't remember it being that sharp. (& I like it better now)

Overall, smooth, easy-drinking, and always a pleasure. Nice to revisit the old standards every now & again.

Nov 12, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review 1636
Nut Brown
Samuel Smith
Date: unknown
I have consumed this beer several times; it surprised me to learn I have not reviewed it. The beer was 44 degrees, and I poured it into a pint glass. The pour created a frothy and creamy two-fingered head, a light tan head with good retention. The somewhat slow dissipation left a bit of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 15, mahogany color with ruby hues. When put to a light source, the beer has clarity.

The aromas in the beer are nutty, caramel, toffee, medium roasted malts, a touch of herbal, hint of floral, and malty sweetness.

I taste nuttiness, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, bready, earthiness, a hint of floral, cereal grains, a touch of mineral, and malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy.

The body is medium, medium-low carbonation, and subtle finish.

A classic nut brown ale with all the goodness to make you go back for more. I enjoy this beer and what this brewery produces. Cheers!

Sep 25, 2021
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22 oz bottle bought with a three bottle gift pack. Enjoyed on the side porch while watching the chicks experience their first real grass! 9/19/21 Lovely malty, caramely aroma. Great mouthfeel and the taste is caramel, roast, and stone. I'm not a huge fan of this type, but this was fantastic!

Sep 19, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely reddish brown colour. Thick, brown-tinged, off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves thick bands of lacing. Toasty malts on the nose, hint of chocolate, caramel, and red wine. Barley and malt are prominent in the taste, finish is subtle red wine and even subtler licorice. Nutty flavour is not as pronounced as I had hoped. Feel is rounded, refreshing, and not sweet at all, in a good way. Overall a solid English brown ale, if not extremely special.

Aug 22, 2021
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RadMan18 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sampling was taken from a 4 pack of 16oz cans. I did a traditional easy pour at 45 degrees. The medium brown beer formed a light, cream head with larger bubbles in the foam than you’d find in most stouts. The foam formed tall calling for a pause to the pour to let it settle before pouring the rest.

The foam quickly settled to a thick lace around the parameter which lasted through to the bottom of the glass. The beer is warm brown with a slightly yellow appearance at the margin.

The smell is subtle of light wood and sweet caramel. Upon the first sip I tasted the sweetness like caramel with hints of hearty nuts (such as walnut, but not exactly) and earthy, root. The feel is medium thickness but not chewy. The low carbonation creates a consistent feel from the front to the back. Slight bitterness that fads quickly.

Overall, this is a surprising refreshing brown ale without any stand-out negatives. This is a brown ale that any beer drinker can appreciate. My take away is that if I could pleasantly drink a tree (root, trunk and nut), then this would be it. Be one with a tree, try this beer if you can find it!

Aug 15, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small head, dissipate quickly. Medium carbonation. Dark brown color. Nice body, like creamy. Very pleasant malty flavors still something refreshing about it. I was not expecting to like whatever nut is in this but it subtle, quite good actually. Glad i have 3 more to drink, this is a winner !

Aug 01, 2021
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alexaedita from Utah

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With US market overfilled with pale ales that all taste alike (or not like pale ale at all), I like to go to a basics like this one. One thing about English Ale's in general- you know what to expect. The reason a lot of people deviated from US made pales, is because how much flavor has migrated from the release year in last 20 years for lots of iconic brands. Take Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, as a true presenter of the style and a true classic. It is nowhere near the flavor I remember from back in the day. Sam Smith takes me back in time, it was able to preserve the flavor, reminding me of those days when Beck's was German and Bass was English. And yes.....Harp was available everywhere.

Jun 10, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown body with a quickly dissipating soapy beige head. Aroma is very malty and inviting; almond, walnut, freshly baked bread. A slight hoppiness. Taste is on the malty side which goes with the style. Very smooth and beautifully rounded out with flavors of malt and barley. Reminds me of the kind of beers I drank when I first got into beer, enjoying the malt profile.

Jun 04, 2021
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Grubetube01 from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant, easy drinking beer. It hits the right notes but a little too subtly for my taste. It’s slightly bitter, but not enough to make a lasting impression. The chestnut taste barely registers.

Overall, I’m glad I tried it but wouldn’t necessarily seek it out again.

Apr 06, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---In light, it is crystal clear, medium brown color. Fluffy khaki head had nice retention and left very good lacing.

S---Malty. Caramel and brown bread.

T---Stronger than the nose. Caramel & brown bread follow.

F---Medium bodied. Very good carbonation.

O---A classic.

Mar 25, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown hued with a quarter inch of creamy tan head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of bready malt. I taste chestnuts and fresh baked bread. The mouth is creamy and refreshing.

Mar 21, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Reviewed from memory, have had several times, an absolute classic, will have again.

Mar 20, 2021
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear ruby brown with a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Light lacing. Nose of caramel, roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. Taste follows the nose with somewhat of a light hop flavor that lingers on the finish. Moderate body and light carbonation. Somewhat silky. Although I am not a big fan of brown ales, this is enjoyable and I would definitely buy it again.

Mar 19, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice dark cherry kind of colour with a nice full asymmetrical head. Left a small amount of lacing on my glass.
Smells of dried dark fruit and some nice bready malt on the nose. Smells like the kind of malt that creates banana character on the taste.
Yep. Banana comes up front with a sort of yeasty malt and earthy esters here too. Light hop character creating some nice bitterness. This beer is pretty sweet but in a good natural way and not an artificial sickly sweet way. There might be a very small amount of nuttyness at the end and into the aftertaste. Very cool flavour profile here I enjoy this.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is done well. Pleasant.

Overall I'd recommend everyone who hasn't tried this one pick it up where possible. This beer is super interesting and I love how Sam Smith beers always have that kind of unique twang to them.

Mar 15, 2021
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STBKelly from Germany

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL can. Beautiful color. Very slight hint of toasted malt. Drier than one might think it to be based on its appearance--I think the water composition enables this. Nice balance. Lot of history here; makes me wish I were huddled in the Duke of Cumberland Arms pub with plate of fish and chips.

Mar 06, 2021
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StephenLovett from California

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful dark cherry color, with a light tan head from a 15 oz can. Slightly fruity classic english ale nose, with slight banana esters. It's less sweet on the pallet than it smells, so not really sweet at all. Hops have a bit of sourness a bit reminiscent of sourdough starter, but are well balanced so don't overwhelm the mild malt flavor. Smooth lightly carbonated with a head of very small lacy bubbles witch dissipated quickly. Good overall

Jan 07, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste is spicy, crisp and dry. Good mouth feel.

Dec 30, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was delightful and I thought was one of the most beautiful beer on looks. It has a nice deep brown color with a nice light brown frothy head. The smells of roasted nuts and dried fruits like raisins are apparent. A sip is similar produces similar notes to the smell of dark fruits, roasted nuts and a cola like flavor. It goes down so smooth and time seems to pass the more you sip. A great beer.

Dec 09, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent head production, retention, and lacing, with a creamy dark tan topper of foam slowly receding, leaving behind wide fields of lacing. Body is crystal clear, dark brown with a coppery tint, and very lively.

Fruity, estery nose: dark fruits (raisin, prune) layered atop pumpernickel and wheat bread, accented with pepper notes and a bit of cola. Light toast.

Smooth, light mouthfeel. Lively yet slick. Very drinkable. Thickens slightly as it warms.

Flavor follows the nose somewhat. Dark fruit and a light banana note mingle with dark bread and cola, yielding to a nutty and lightly toasty middle. Cola returns on the back end, along with prune and a leafy green herbal note, lending a moderate bitterness to clear the way for the next sip.

Definitely a beer you can quickly quaff - but not "crushable," exactly. Rather, the semi-dry, clean, bitter finish leaves little lingering aftertaste, and simply readies you for the next sip before you're done fully savoring the previous.

Dec 06, 2020
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NHBeerDrinker from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440 mL can

Look: Dark Carmel colored with head that lingers
Smell: Sweet and malty
Taste: Tastes much like the smell, more sweet than I was expecting
Feel: Refreshing easy to drink
Overall: I don't have brown ales often, and this was a pleasant beer.

Dec 06, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear slightly reddish brown with a nice off white/light tan head that slowly reduces and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is malty and sweet. in the mouth, it is nicely flavored, malty and slightly sweet. Nice brown ale, considering that the style is not my favorite, I still think this is nice.

Dec 05, 2020
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Jjaredjoyner from California

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love pouring this into a pint glass. The head sticks around. Delicious malt flavour. Right kind of body and carbonation. When I’m craving an ale, I’m thinking about this one lately.

Nov 22, 2020
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