Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 4,004 |  Reviews: 1,501
Reviews by StroppyMare:
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of Gauss
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really don't see how this is a 100 for the bros. That means they drank this beer and decided that there was no other beer better than this....THE QUEST IS OVER?!?? But seriously, it is a good beer, but far from "perfect" and not worth the money in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Jason
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Yes, it’s brown, albeit with a ruby hue. The tan head came up quite nicely as well. It looks like a soft pillow cushion.

Smell – This one is balanced for sure. The sweet malt aroma and floral hops come together just right. The caramel undertones and musty nature of the nose are great.

Taste – Boy, did this hit the spot. The hops come out a tad bigger at the taste, but the beautiful malt flavor is there as well. There also seems to be a good amount of butter and a faint hint of oak.

Mouthfeel – This was the ale’s strong point, IMO. Maybe I was just parched, but I couldn’t put this thing down. It’s medium-bodied and dry enough to quench, but the incredible balance just kept me wanting more. There was also just enough carbonation to keep things lively and interesting.

Drinkability – With only a 5.0 ABV I let ‘er rip after making my tasting notes. I downed this bottle in a New York minute and will be sure to pick up a few more this weekend. You gotta love a beer that’s this good and that they sell in the supermarket.

Comments – I felt the key to this ale was its balance. I enjoy the one-sided “extreme” beers as well, but this one was right on the mark. By far the best Brown Ale that I’ve tried to date.

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Photo of ricke
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear mahogany brown with a small head that settles into a cracked lacework.

S: Great caramel malts with hints of chocolate and butterscotch. Nutty with faint grassy notes.

T: Fantastic taste of caramel, butterscotch, plenty of nutty flavors and some grainy notes. Slightly buttery backbone. The finish is medium bitter with some faint grassy hops, hints of herbs and lingering nutty aromas.

M: Medium body, kind of creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This beer is just oh so delicious. Very well balanced and drinkable almost beyond belief. At 5% ABV it ought to be conceived of as one of the best session beers around, at least in my book.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply the best nut brown ale I've ever tasted.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown pour with thin tan foam. Aroma of caramel and biscuit with a slight, not-unpleasant astringency. Flavor is remarkably balanced - sweet caramel malt offset by a semi-dry nutty finish. This is smooth and delicious. A favorite of the style.

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Photo of ThemThangs
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just realized I haven't done a rating for this favorite, even my girlfriend that doesn't usually like beer enjoys it. I don't usually pair beer with anything, but this goes great with chocolate. I get notes on scent and taste of roasted nuts, honey, caramel, and coffee. Decently smooth mouthfeel. It has everything I like in a beer.

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Photo of davesfolly
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK in keeping with the all 5's advice I had to go with 4.5. Add another .5 here.

The appearance of this beereminds me of Ancient Times in beer land. Dark with a generous amount of foamy goodness rising out of the top of the Pint and standing on it's own a full inch and a half above the rim.

Smells like chocolate and Pumpernickel bread. I am not a person with good sinuses though and it may smell completely different to other people.

Tastes like the Nectar of the Gods. Really. This is one of the most temperature tolerant beers on my shortlist.
You know when other things are going on you may not get back to your beer right away! So it is good warm or cold. I think you could put some in a cup and warm it in the microwave and it would still taste like fresh pumpernickel bread. Some nutty flavor almost like almonds also. But like I said, my sinuses have seen better days.

Others have noted that it is remarkably light on the palette and I agree. Sometimes you want a Guinness and sometimes you don't. This is one refreshing nut brown ale!

It really is a world class brown ale!

Thanks for making it for the last 300 years or whatever!

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer. First time having it. Dark copper color, not a lot of head but it will stay covering the top of the beer the whole way through. Minimal lacing. Gorgeous, deep nutty, roasted malt smell. The taste is significant, sweet yet complex for a 5%. A little bit of raisin, some malt, peanutty (that's a word right?) balanced. Really tasty beer for being 5%. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to understand why Samuel Smith's has been around for so long.

L: Pours a beautiful deep dark amber with a two finger head. The head takes a good 5 minutes to fully recede to a thin layer and halo leaving behind beautiful lacing on the glass.

S: Smells a bit malty at first with only the slightest booziness right after pouring but there is also a smooth, sweet, nutty scent there that gives away the treasure ahead.

T: Wow. This is an amazing brown ale. Probably the best I have tried. The malt is perfectly balanced as is the mild nut flavor and there is a sweetness to the whole affair that is not overboard but just enough. Very impressed.

F: As with most Samuel Smith's I have tried the feel is close to perfect. Just enough carbonation and you can tell the water they brag about is more than marketing. They claim it to be 'dry' on the label but I don't know that I would describe it that way. A slightly dry finish perhaps.

Overall this is an utterly fantastic brown ale that is of a highest quality like all of Samuel Smith's beers. I would buy it again and most certainly will.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.49 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, dark, shiny, chestnut body that transforms to a bright ruby when held to the light. A tall, foamy, three-finger in height, beige coloured head dissipates quickly, leaving behind patchy bands of soapy lace.

The nose consists primarily of lightly roasted malts, and subtler aromas of fruity yeast and floral hops. Taste roughly follows suit. Lightly roasted malts, traces of caramel and touches of slightly sweet toasted barley/ grain lead the flavour profile upfront. Towards the middle, faint fruity yeast becomes noticeable, along with some earthy, vaguely nutty flavours. On the end, moderately bitter floral hops and dry roasted grains provide excellent balance to the initial sweetness, while touches of burnt caramel have the last say, as they are left lingering on the palate. In the mouth, a medium body and moderately lively carbonation give a smooth and crisp feel that dries out just enough in the finish to encourage another sip.

Overall this is a very good beer. It’s well balanced, easy drinking and refreshing but the nuttiness and toffee flavours I enjoy in the style are a little underplayed. As a session beer, its low ABV% and huge drinkability combined with just enough character to keep you interested however would make it an excellent choice for this purpose. Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a medium sticky head,the aroma is of course nutty and malty sweet.The taste is pretty rich for the appearance pretty nutty and earthy with a sweet malt backbone.Somewhat with a lighter looking brown ale with such a rich taste to it.Not a bad brew but maybe a little overated.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an okay beer, just too sweet for me and not the taste I was looking for. Had a sweet strong honey taste. I enjoy the oatmeal stout much more. Glad I only bought one bottle of this to sample. Priced too high for the rather average amount of ABV.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a dark rust/brown with a big foamy khaki head that falls quickly the a 1/2 inch layer and leaves an elegant, stringy lacing.

The nose is light brown sugar, malt, and extremely faint hops and apple.

I get hops first in the taste. They are earthy and spicy and backed by a sweet nut toffee flavor. Occasional hint of nugat. Big ale fruitiness toward the end, almost tastes like pear. Finishes with a light spice bouqet and a suprising earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and lively. Perhaps just a tiny bit thick. This is a light, playful, but still very complex beer I could drink gallons of.

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Photo of Spaten454
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GBfan75
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good low alcohol brown ale with a rich maltiness and complex flavor that never fails to please. A lot of brown ales have a high alcohol content which takes away from the malt flavor but not in this case. This is a beer that lets those malty and nutty flavors come through.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 4,004 ratings