Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
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From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Brown Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,948
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 12.01%
Reviews:
1,581
Ratings:
2,632
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 10, 2022
Added:
Jul 11, 2001
Wants:
  324
Gots:
  790
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Rated: 4.9 by rawbraves from Colorado

Nov 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by joran from Kansas

Nov 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bought a single 14.9oz can $4.99 Village Bottle Shop
328 days old
Smell of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel
Dark brown color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-low carbonation
Taste of roasted malts, caramel, nuts, a little on the lighter side
Overall pretty good. Might be better fresher.
Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a pint glass at 45F. No idea how old it is.
Look: slightly hazy brown to amber with about a finger and a half of off-white head, and settles down to a film..
Smell is sweet barely malt and some nuttiness that all resembles pecan pie and caramel
Taste is amazing; I get sort of a semi-sweet pecan pie on the front end... very delicious! And I get a bitter finish that leaves an unsalted nutty flavor. Very effective blending of flavors for sure!
Feel: expansive and velvety mouthfeel with carbonation that is just so perfect for this style. Alcohol is basically not noticeable. 5/5 top-tier brew!
Nov 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours crystal clear, a beautiful dark brown color with a very lightly browned white head. The head is quite nice; dense, cohesive and great retention in the form of a nice thick layer of creamy froth. I'm just getting started on sips but this thing is showing some major lacing.

Nose is malty up front in a toffee or caramel sort of way, some toasted dark bread and nutty but in an almond skin like sort of way, slight minerality.

Taste leans heavily into the malt as well, toffee like with some toasty qualities; dark bread, and some grain husk; little bit of earthy and damp hops on the finish. Toasted qualities show a little more as it warms and specifically in the aftertaste.

Light to medium body, full feel, subtle sweetness up front, some low but noticeable nut skin like bitterness, creamy carbonation, finishes clean, a very sessionable beer.

I really enjoyed experiencing this beer, very well balanced and easy to drink. There is plenty going on but not enough to detract from just how easy it is to drink this one down.
Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very surprised I had not reviewed this beer.

Poured from a bottle into a a tumbler. Clear dark brown color with great head and curtain lacing. Sweet dark bread smell and taste. Caramel and toffee. Bit of chocolate. Pleasant beer!
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Brumaster77 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wow! What a beer this ridiculously smooth brown ale has you wanting more. Pours a brown perfect color with mild carbonation. Smells of mild malt with nutty aromas. An oldy but a goody!
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A staple back in the late 80's when so few good beers could be found.
Bright, light brown color and crystal clear supporting a thin barely off-white head that slumps quickly.
Aroma is mild malt with hints of chocolate and brown sugar but you have to go looking for them.
The flavors, at least in retrospect, are solid dark mild / brown ale flavors. Mild and slightly sweet, the complexity of the earthy hops and caramelized grain stand up despite the thin body and mouth feel
Traditional flavors as far as this US drinker can tell though not the depth of character it's label and mystique suggests.
Sep 13, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear tawny brown, .75" light tan head, minimal lacing. Nose is moderate malt, hard water, light caramel. Taste avoids sweetness, instead a rich, heady flavor of roasted malt balanced nicely by lightly spiced hops. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Very drinkable and happily readily available.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a 550ml bottle. Dark copper color with a half inch of cream colored head. Rich, malty aroma. Medium body and slick feel. Rich malt and nutty flavor followed by a hit of floral hops. Very nice
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by flgimp from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look is fantastic with a very dark red pour and very light tan head. Lacing on the glass continues while drinking. The nose is crisp and rich rich with notes fresh bread and hops. The taste is special: sweet and nutty up front then toasted malt and mild hoppyness. Body is medium with a nice amount of natural carbonation. Overall a very fine nutty brown.
Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by ikapaMK from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pulled from fridge and allowed to rest 15-20 min, before pouring into a round-bottomed stein

Look: Tea-colored, translucent brown, with gold highlights, and a 3-finger tan head

Smell: Bready yeast, sweet malts, and caramel

Taste: dried fruits, caramelized sugar, malts, with a dry, nutty finish

Mouthfeel: Medium overall - light, with strong effervescence. Slight residue left on the tongue. Not chewy or boozy.

Overall: A very well-balanced, malt-forward brown ale. I appreciate how it's not over sweet, and that the bitterness comes across more as a dry finish instead of twisting ones tongue in knots. I can definitely see why it's well-regarded.
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2022
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Rated by magikbagel from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A standard brown ale that hits all the right notes. I think the nuttiness is kind of subtle, but the flavor is still very good.
May 28, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: clear reddish brown
S: earthy and sweet nuts. Reminds me of honey glazed mixed nuts.
T: toast, malt, toasted hops in addition to the nose. Finishes very earthy
F: very drinkable with good lingering qualities.
O: it's my first brown ale, but this is a very good experience.
Apr 27, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased as a 16oz can from The Blue Door for $5.00. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear deep brown, with a two-finger tan head. Good lacing.
S - Toast, brown bread, and toffee. Earthy.
T - Matches nose exactly, with the addition of a very nutty finish. There's a really nice earthiness from the hops here, and it definitely balances things out.
F - Medium body, with medium carbonation. Refreshing, and very drinkable.
O - I've had this ale before, but only now am I actually reviewing it. A fantastic brown ale. Covers all the bases, and the nuttiness was something I've been craving for a couple of months now. Definitely recommend this one, and I'll be buying it again real soon.
Apr 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Apr 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Beecham from California

Apr 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a bottle of this beer from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured a clear rich amber with khaki head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had rich malt base with subtle yeast and nuttiness. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with robust malt with bread and nut presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look - great slightly dark brown with a nice tan head and lacing
Smell - dark caramel nutty maltiness
Taste - nutty malty slight caramel bread
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - great but brown
Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by TheItalianStallion from New York

Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by JLBarley1 from West Virginia

Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Dec 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by MGibbons from Maryland

Dec 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Mortarforker from Texas

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.
Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.83 by BillDakelski from Oklahoma

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by tolar111 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -10%
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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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 2.96 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Nov 03, 2021
Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 4213 ratings