Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,052
4.11 | pDev: 11.92%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale
Reviews: 1,532 | Ratings: 4,099 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RaulMondesi from California

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Raul man can swoon hard. Like, you tell him this is the #2 English Brown Ale and he comes running hard like that Rebel Wilson chick on a Big Mac.

So does it deliver?

I always have to remind myself; even though it pours dark and sexy, do t think Stout textures. So now that the Raul man has that out of his head... Taste is pretty damn good. It’s like the best but the squirrel saved for winter. And believe me - I’m feelin’ dat. I mean, hell. It’s like all Brown Ale-y, nutty, and a bit sweet.

Ok. Raul it out!

Thursday at 07:48 AM
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is really yummy English Brown Ale!!! I have found myself drinking more of this style lately, and I have to say that this is the best one so far. Rich taste, good smell, excellent feel and finish....nothing to complain about at all, even for me!

May 16, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

Poured a predictable light brown in color with a khaki colored head. Had about a half finger head on initial pour, but did not have much of a head retention at all.

When nosing my glass, I could immediately tell why they decided to call this "Nut Brown Ale". The aroma was very interesting, consisting of almonds, hazelnuts, sweet malts, and a bit of raisins. Not super complex, but very satisfying none-the-less.

The taste was more malt forward than what the smell might suggest. I primarily got the taste of the sweet malts upfront, which developed into the more subtle tastes of almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, which eventually finishes with a more subdued notes of the aforementioned nuts. There was no bitterness in the aftertaste, but there was also a slight alcoholic note; it wasn't super prominent at all, but it was there.

This beer also leaves a slight waxy coating around your mouth, reminiscent of what walnuts kinda do. Other than that, it was medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Definitely super drinkable, inoffensive, and easy going. You honestly can't go wrong with this!

May 12, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz tall, skinny bottle with the cap wrapped in gold foil, served in a WABL sample glass. Don't see a date, but the shoulder says, "SB06S1". No idea what that means. I'll assume it's fresh enough.

Pours a translucent brown with a medium sized head and plenty of carbonation. Smell is yeasty, grainy, a little bit hazelnut, actually pretty rich and pleasing.

Taste is quite mild, has some of the same yeast and grain characteristics but seems to have an unintended medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium and kind of slick.'s not bad, but it's not excellent.

Apr 26, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Clear dark amber with clouds of carbonation bubbles rising. Absolutely gigantic off-white head of thick foam with excellent retention out of a bottle.

Smell: Nutty, sweet, doughy brown malt with a notes of banana bread and dried fruit. Almost reminds me of a Belgian quad.

Taste: Nutty and sweet caramel and banana bread. Very mild hop flavor with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, with extremely little carbonation.

Overall: This is one of the best examples of a classic English brown ale. Served at cellar temperature, it provides immense flavor.

Apr 18, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 3/6/2020.
Poured from a 15oz can into a pint glass.
The body is dark reddish brown with 3 fingers of light tan head. The head recedes slowly leaving a nice cap and some thin lacing. 4.25
The aroma is a little below medium in strength and of sweet malt, banana bread, dark fruit, and some kind of candy but I can't place it. 4.25
The taste is a little above medium in strength and of caramel, toasted banana bread, dark fruit, and a bunch of other flavors that are there and blend together to where I cannot identify them. 4.75
The mouth feel is medium in thickness, creamy, lightly carbonated, and has a slightly astringent finish. 4.5
Overall, it exceeds my expectations. Back when there was not a great selection of craft beers in bars, I often drank Newcastle. This is the beer that Newcastle wants to be when it grows up. It's my first time drinking this beer. I did not want to get my hopes up. However, this is already one of my absolutely favorite beers. It may seem simple to some, but it's everything I desire in an English Brown Ale. 4.75

Mar 13, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty, nutty, faintly roasty, dark fruit, earthy slightly herbal notes, a bit floral, bready, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, nutty, pecans, a hint of milk chocolate, dried fruit, fig, apricot, and raisin, floral and slightly herbal earthy notes, bready malt, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Shows off all the best elements of British beer. Tasty!

Mar 07, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle. Reddish-brown colored ale with a foamy tan head. Sweet & malty aroma of nutty grain, caramel, toffee, and fruit. Flavors are malty and sweet too, with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted nutty grain, mild fruitiness, and earthy hops. Medium body, ample carbonation, balanced finish. It has been about 10 years since I had this one. It was fun to come back to.

Mar 02, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby tinted brown with about a finger and a half of light tan head, moderate lacing

Aromas of toasted malt, dark fruit, mild yeast, a tad muted without any nuttiness

The taste is a bit more bold, the dark fruits come out with a chocolate sweetness and the roast of the nuts come forward slightly, almost like an almond

Feels a bit still at first, but the carbonation builds. Drinks really easy for a brown, finishes light and bitter

I was expecting a little more flavor from this, but it could be a freshness issue; I couldn't find a bottled date anywhere. Nevertheless, I would drink this again

Feb 17, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel-brown with excellent foamy carbonation and head that lingers well. Nice big bubbles linger in the lacing.

Very aromatic for the style and the ABV, with toasted malts forward. Brown bread and butterscotch. The promised nuttiness is definitely there along with hints of grassy and earthy hops. For such a simple delivery it smells awesome.

The flavor is simple, yet deserves more words than I'll write here. In one word--balanced. The toasted caramel/butterscotch malt sweetness certainly leads the show, but the brew also closes with solid yet restrained old-school earthy hops. In between these balanced bookends is a melange of nutty (almond and hazelnut mostly) and bready (dough, biscuit, and toast) flavors that round out the whole.

The brew is just-so medium on reflection, but excellent carbonation makes it seem lighter than that.

In a new brew world where it oftentimes seems like the only route to big aromas and flavors are ABV, malt, and hop bombs, this classic is simply outstanding. The brew looks pretty sitting in the glass, and smells spectacular. Then, every flavor is just so, but restrained and balanced at the same time. The earthy hops are pure old school Brit and outstanding.

Feb 01, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled but sadly not bottle conditioned but in a nice dark brown glass
Pours a nut brown body with good tobacco stain coloured head
Aroma is roasted chestnut and dry roast
Flavour is dark sugars with a dry finish

Jan 28, 2020
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25_13Bdfrd from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reading some of these reviews are hilarious and off the charts.

Sorry, but there is no way someone can pick up 15+ different flavors from drinking one beer:

"Taste/Feel: I get walnuts, dates, figs, unfiltered macadamia nut blossom honey, dark fruits, maple, and a distinct burlap type flavor. Immaculate, pure earthy Noble hops balance things out. On the burp, the hops reveal the full depth of their flavor with an absolutely textbook presentation of Noble hop character. A smooth, buttery flavor of English toffee is also present on the long-lingering finish. It is quite buttery like a rich caramel with fresh walnuts and almonds. The body is full and silky smooth, carrying not only the weight of the rich flavors but also bearing the pride of England."

The aforementioned review is totally asinine.

Good, now I feel better getting that off my chest.

Cheers everyone!

Jan 24, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, unable to guess at age.

Very clear light maroon. Light beige head with staying power, leaving tight lace.

Nose is figs or dates mixed with inverse sugar metallic toffee.

Taste is more candied dark fruit with a hint of hop flavour, but just a hint. Thin body, a bit of coffee and hop bitterness at the back. A bit of tangy edge, subdued carbonation.

This is of course classic, but at least this bottle was not as good as I remembered this over the years. Good but a bit timid and lacking complexity. Cannot really understand how some people wax poetic about this. I doubt they would do that in blind tasting.

Jan 18, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I got this at Trader Joes in their larger bottle size in a gift pack that contained one of these, an Oatmeal Stout, and a Taddy Porter along with a Samuel Smiths glass. It is an awesome pub glass with their logo laser-etched at the bottom for nucleation sites so the carbonation will evenly feed the head. All this for only $9.99!

Look: Stunningly beautiful mahogany body with reddish copper hues in the light. Perfectly amazingly clear body topped with a gloriously fluffy, choppy, rich, and thick khaki head of slightly tan foam. The head lingers throughout and drags hearty lacing down the glass.

Smell: I can smell it from an arm's length away. The enticing aroma leaps from the glass. Gorgeous fig, honey, burlap, and floral hues on the nose. Hints of caramel underline complex earthy notes. Candied dates and walnuts outline toasty and buttery nuances.

Taste/Feel: I get walnuts, dates, figs, unfiltered macadamia nut blossom honey, dark fruits, maple, and a distinct burlap type flavor. Immaculate, pure earthy Noble hops balance things out. On the burp, the hops reveal the full depth of their flavor with an absolutely textbook presentation of Noble hop character. A smooth, buttery flavor of English toffee is also present on the long-lingering finish. It is quite buttery like a rich caramel with fresh walnuts and almonds. The body is full and silky smooth, carrying not only the weight of the rich flavors but also bearing the pride of England.

Overall: Oh my God this is world-class and genius beer. Each silky smooth gulp yields waves of deliciousness with a litany of the most amazing flavors one can possibly imagine. This is an impressive beer. It is absolutely delicious and incredible in every way.

Jan 09, 2020
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EvershineDan from Michigan

2.2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Being ranked #2 for the style of English Brown Ale, I found this beer quite disappointing.
Lightly roasted nut, and... fermenting plums?
Mild to low-medium flavor, zero bitterness.
Meh. Unimpressive.

Dec 28, 2019
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woosterbill from Kentucky

2.52/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

550ml bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a surprisingly muddy reddish-brown body - lots of haze along with some larger particulate chunks - under a lovely dense tan head. Tremendous retention and lacing, but the lack of clarity and presence of chunks is troubling.

S: Fairly sweet, overripe fruit is the dominant characteristic. Some nuttiness and biscuity malt as well. Prune is the biggest single note. Disappointing.

T: Follows the nose, but worse. Slightly rotten fruit is the main flavor, with the maltiness only briefly appearing before a muddled bitterness closes things out. Really unpleasant, sadly.

F: Fine. Fairly light-bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Huge disappointment. I remember really liking this one, but it's been over a decade since I had it so maybe my tastes have changed. A more likely explanation is that this is a woefully out-of-date bottle, but as it lacks a readily decipherable date code I can't be sure. In any case, I'll likely hold off on revisiting this unless I'm sure I'm getting it fresh and in good condition, since I'd bet it can be better.

Beers of Fame tick 185/250. Cheers!

Dec 28, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of those beers i have no real excuse for not already enjoying other than i never bothered to buy one. poured into the pint glass a clear cherry wood/milk chocolate brown, with a frothy head thats left a big ol sheet behind. nose is sweet malts and toffee with hints of nuttiness and some dark fruits and overall just very inviting. flavor profile stars with a big slap of bread/malts that's matched with a decent amount of sweetness but quickly falls into roasty toasty nuts, bitter hops and candied fruits. nothing really overpowers the other but that bitterness tries it's best to lead the pack. drinks very smooth and light, would probably go well with some grub. makes me want to get my hands on more brown ales. long live the brown.

Dec 18, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 550 mL bottle poured a clear medium brown and got a nice full 2 finger light tan head that fades into a fine thin layer.

The aromas are beautiful! Full of complexity and depth, there are rich Carmel, apple, barley, almond cookie, plum and airy floral notes. WOW

Taste follows nose with the barley flavors, light apple note, and a perfect light feel and clean finish. Superb balance also.

Overall, a classy, delicate, wonderful traditional brown ale that defines the style. Love it!

Dec 02, 2019
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A world classic I suppose, but spoiled on the many good america craft version of browns (Brooklyn, Cigar City, etc.), good, just not great for me. I prefer Sam Smiths Taddy Porter, a solid choice.

Nov 29, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out light translucent honey brown. Good two fingers of head.

Smell is honey, mild tart fruit, savory nuttiness, toffee. Very pleasant.

Taste is mildly tangy up front. Fruit and honey that tapers off and makes way for salty, savory nut flavor. Some bitterness at the end.

Very fine carbonation and definitely on the thin side.

There's a nice complexity coming from this beer. Didn't expect this much to be going on. Definitely surprised me.

Oct 11, 2019
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic! From the can into the glass, it pours a clear, clean reddish-brown, almost cherry wood color. A thick tan head that falls to a thin cap with some very nice lacing as you sip. Smell is malty, a bit of grain, some candied fruit too; the smell is very enticing. Taste is something special! Sweet malt and bread up front, then you get some of the nice fruity esters, and the finish provides some bitterness from the hops which keep the sweet malts in check. This is a really balanced brown ale: not too sweet, not to "nutty", not too bitter or hoppy like some American browns. The feel is medium bodied and rich without being heavy. Carbonation is there, but not in your face. It cleans everything up without dominating the feel. Overall, I like this beer. A lot! I'd love to try this beer from a hand pulled cask somewhere close to the source. But for now, I'll stick to the four pack cans from down the street!

Aug 21, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Four pack of 15oz cans purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Slightly hazy, cola colored with a nice light khaki colored head that dissipates very slowly.
Good carbonation stream in the glass and lacing that clings for days.

Smell- Sweet malt, caramel and light brown sugar with a nutty/fruity twang to it.

Taste- Malty nutty goodness, the brown sugar taste is there too, but is in the background with a bit of bitterness.

Feel- Incredibly smooth. A little watered down and thin, but still very serviceable.

O- One of the better brown ales on the market for certain.

Probably won't go out of my way to get it again, wouldn't ever turn one down though.

I'm beginning to wonder if Samuel Smith makes a B grade product in there lineup.

Jul 16, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This bottle, 18.7 oz. poured a perfect looking reddish brown with a beautiful 3 finger tan frothy head. After several minutes it settled to a quarter inch head with no lacing. This beer is not really clear, just a little hazy with light carbonation. Picture perfect!
The smell is very sweet malts, chocolaty. Smells like a dessert.
The taste is sweet up front, cocoa nibs, nuts of coarse, with a slightly dry and a touch bitter finish. Very nice!
The feel is creamy and smooth.
This one is a favorite of mine, all other nut brown ales are compared to this one. Samuel Smith has not let me down with any of there offerings yet.

Jul 04, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Clear reddish-brown ale.

Tan head; spotty lace.

Nuts, oats & cream nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Taste follows nose; smooth & tasty.

Jun 07, 2019
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MercInc from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried several of the Samuel Smith brews all are well done. Aloud to warm to about 55 degrees. Very good flavors and just the right carbonation. The light tan head dissipates fairly quick. Just a bit of "back of the throat" bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable.

Mar 15, 2019
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