Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #2
Ranked #3,576
4.1 | pDev: 11.95%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 1,557 | Ratings: 4,156 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

WIFE bought me the bomber for my birthday....

A I'd have to call this a deep ruby Red. Nice looking brew indeed. impressively thick 2 finger head that settles with light lacing. lots of clarity

S: faily bland to the nose...a bit malty is all.

T: not bad - sweet / leaves a bit (just a bit) of a hoppy follow-up. too sweet for my taste but not horrible

M: faily heavy carbonation, a bit of alcohol bite, lots of depth here

D: this one is a mixed bag. I dont really like it but appreciate its complex qualitries.

Dec 22, 2009
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Gauss from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jan 28, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Nov 30, 2001
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ricke from Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

May 09, 2009
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StringsAreWings from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Mar 24, 2016
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ThemThangs from California

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nov 13, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

May 13, 2015
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NicolasBird from Utah

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Sep 10, 2016
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davesfolly from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Nov 23, 2015
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Dec 18, 2003
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berkeleymaw from California

4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

May 08, 2015
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911CROFT from England

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Feb 13, 2016
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Jul 08, 2013
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EvilKeith from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby brown color, head is a short-lived fluffy tan. Lacing is fine and sticky.

Smell is actually somewhat nutty (go figure), grainy with a whiff of butterscotch.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Definitely one of my long time favorites for the style. I plan to continue drinking this one whenever the chance comes along.

Apr 27, 2006
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baos from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 ml into Dog-faced mug.

A: Nice deep dark caramel color with an ecru head about 3 fingers high that laces up and down the glass.

S: Spicy maltiness caramel and a bit of alcohol, Earthy with a hint of mushroom.

T: Piney walnuts and orange-zest-beeswax. Ends with dry hint of canned mushroom. Very nice, but the finish seems to get stronger and more bitter as the glass empties. Maybe a bit metallic as well.

M: Nice medium to full.

D: Very good blokes.

Feb 14, 2008
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SickBrew from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours, well, brown with a solid and persistent tan head. Nose is mild, slightly sour as well as malty. Taste is a bit complex, with some definite astringency and tartness, although not to much. The maltyness is well balanced with the other mildly roasty and caramel flavors and when drinking this beer, you definitely get a different flavor in the beginning middle and end. The body is a supportive medium with a light carbonation. I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer and might try brewing my own version.


Feb 10, 2009
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assman79 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Jul 26, 2014
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid brown with outstanding, thick, tan foam. Fantastic lacing as well. I only with the foam stayed a bit longer. A pretty red tint in this beer that I really like. Very little active carbonation.

Smell: Wonderful mixture of spiced apple and caramel malts with a bit of coffee. Mellow hops. Even some berries?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great mellow hops in the start and the finish. Great caramel malts with a bit of coffee throughout. And I definitely taste the apple as well. Feels maybe a bit thinner than I'd like, but that's a tiny complaint.

Drinkability: An excellent pub brew.

Overall: See drinkability. Truly a great beer.

Aug 05, 2010
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harrymel from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: unk

A: pours brown, single finger of peanut head. Brilliant clarity. Spotty on cobweb lacing.

S: Hazelnut, caramel, praline, brown sugar. Good nose. Malts are sweet and easy. Slightest hints of metals.

T: Whoa, the metal is forefrontal. Sweet, subtle molasses and hazelnut falls in here. The beer is relatively simple, and surprisingly, there is a hint of alcohol, weird.

M: Medium to light with low carb. Mouth watering. Pretty good for the style. Used to a little more dry, and prefer this take.

O: Good beer. For brown ales, pretty much in the top rankings I've had. But I am not particularly impressed with the beer as a whole personally.

May 24, 2011
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, russet brown tone with a good two fingers of a creamy beige head. decent retention; patchy lacing evident.

the nose is mainly toasted malts with notes of nuts and (though fainter) caramel. a pleasant if somewhat tame aroma. toasty, bready, biscuity flavors follow through in the flavor, along with a slight but perceptible hop presence that arrives mid-palate; a distinctly dry finish. smooth and quite tasty. unquestionably one of the better english brown ales i've sampled.

medium body/carbonation; a bit watery. very drinkable.

original review: 10-06-2010

May 15, 2012
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foxyaardvark27 from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Mar 22, 2013
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dc4three from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Jan 16, 2013
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cwkash from Kentucky

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

Jul 25, 2015
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Moniqueske from California

3/5  rDev -26.8%

Sep 01, 2014
Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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