Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,459 | Ratings: 3,831
Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated SB22P1. I a man told this is Feb. 22, 2016. Michigan craft pint.

A: pours a dark amber/light brown with TONS of visible carbonation and three fingers of thick, frothy, foamy, sea-scum like sandy head. Excellent retention. Very good lacing.

S: immediately upon pouring the English yeast character is evident, with hints of pear blending in with bread crust, toast, a little milk chocolate, and English hops (aka dank woody basement). This is heaven for me.

T: similar in taste to smell; immediate taste is a mild toasted malt, with good dry maltiness and hints of unsweetened cocoa on the mid palate. Toward the end the yeast esters become more pronounced, then transition to mild English hops. A little of that pear character lingers.

M: medium, with ample carbonation making it feel lighter. Carbonation is quite high, actually has a little bite. Very clean as brown ales go, not terribly slick.

O: blows Newkie Broon out of the water, but doesn't come with as much assertiveness as the American takes on the English style. Still, it is as it should be (except for the high carb) mellow, malty, and dank. Quintessential English but brown.

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Photo of ThemThangs
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 aleigator
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing brown color with an eggshell colored, smooth head.

Tastes of bready, earthy malts with a nice, subtle sweetness to it, revealing a toasty quality and bakers chocolate.

Has a smooth medium carbonation with a soft, refreshing finish, showcasing a light, pleasantly malt defined beer.

Tastes of bread, church candles and slightly chocolaty malts, which receive a good earth coating. Very rustic, yet smooth and a litte creamy on the tongue, this also features a nice toasty quality. Finishes clean and soft with a short, sweet malt peak among a watery quality.

Pretty light, but well composed with a nice, bready malt profile.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, 5% ABV, 31 IBU. Pours medium brown and thin, 4 finger head leaves light lacing. Nose is slight alcohol, malt, and brown - smells brown, and small nut smell. Taste is also brown, small nut taste, slight bitter close, a little tangy. Mouthfeel is OK. Overall inoffensive, but given small nut nose and taste, not the big nut bomb I had expected. That said, it is going down quickly so does not totally suck.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From estucerveza. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Raisins, nutty, with a good amount of bitter hops. Amazing in aroma, pretty drinkable and good taste

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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 janubio
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber-reddish colour, with a big head. Great retention, creamy big lace. Aroma ff nuts, malts, notes of chocolate and caramel. Madiumto light body body, thin texture. Garbonation is great. Taste of nuts, caramel, liquor, notes of chocolate. Good, but not great.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good creamy malty bitter sweet malty some carbonation at the end
Tastes better once the bottom of the bottle is in the glass yeasty goodness biscuits
This beer is great

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a bulbous pint glass is a clear, almost bright, brown colored body with an immediately disappearing off-white head leaving only a glass-hugging ring and spotted lacing.
Aroma is butter-caramel popcorn.
Bread malt dominates the taste with a toffee hint. No bitterness, but also not cloyingly sweet. Great balance.
Medium feel is thinner than the caramel aromas and flavors might foretell.
Clearly the standard bearer for the style.

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Photo of erk0607
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Great hazel brown color, no visible effervescing, nice creamy brown head that lingered for a bit and left a nice lacing
Smell: Super strong nut aroma, like the cinnamon sugar coated candy nuts you get at a carnival or theme park, prunes and similar dried fruits, and grain.
Taste: Impressive. Bitter roasted malt is the first thing that hits you, followed by nuttiness and ever so slightly present hops. Sweet caramel and toffee, like an extremely dark roast coffee with fresh cream. Definite roasting notes.
Feel: Slick. Medium body that gets lighter on the palate, with smooth, creamy carbonation.
Overall: Great example of a brown ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a nice brown ale, maybe a little thin by American standards, but nonetheless. Aroma gives off that biscuity nutty vibe with brown malt.

Smooth flowing taste, thin mouthfeel. Not a lot of roast really. Hi cost format. Mild caramel and toffee feels.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a visible brown with good carbonation and a inch of foam that lasts

S- wonderful chocolate, with a nice malty flavor to it.

T- tastes like it smells nice milk chocolate with a malty backbone.

O- I really enjoy this beer. Simple yet luxurious. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice coppery brown. Fairly opaque and topped with an antique white, light foamy head. Pours very nicely, carbonation bubbles are fairly small and tight. Dissipates pretty quickly and lace is very evident.

Aromatics: Not sure what I smell first the hint of fruity sourness or brown sugar and molasses. Both aromas blend equally and compliment each other extremely well. Also there is a subtle toffee+coffee combo that weaves its way in.

Taste: Fresh spring water and toasted malt splashing together followed with a cascade of dry, floral, and nutty hop.

Feel: Light and smooth with a slight tanginess. Finish is clean, with an almost soft caramel caress on the palate and a gentle boozy kick at the end.

Overall: A really nice brown ale, extremely well put together where one aspect does not play rock star. Harmonious is how I would describe it. Everything fits where it should.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The gold standard of English Browns. Perfectly brown. Light tan head. Fairly subltle smell. The taste absolutely explodes with malty sweetness, perfectly balanced with just a touch of sourness and bitterness. Absolutely perfect.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, with a good amount of head that lasted for sometimes and laced around the glass.
Taste: Very creamy, and as its name, quite nutty too. Quite dry also, with some bitterness from the roasted malt. Little hop taste.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Poured a nice dark redish brown with a good head which died and left a film. Lots of lacing. Looks great.

Nose is lovely - complex - notes of coffee and coffee coming through with raisins, dark fruit and molasses. Lovely.

Palate is wonderful - complex malts with coffee, buitterscotch, nuts, cherries and a faint vermouth note. Super stuff.

Mouth is nice - quite full. Pefect.

I had this beer once before in a bar and although I liked it I was expecting more because of all the good reviews I'd read. That was after a few. This is a beer that needs to be appreciated - it's not a session beer. One has to be prepared to fully appreciate the complexity.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Has a very nice aroma upon opening, pour is great, dark and nice foamy head, recommend a nice gobbler style glass. I prefer it very cold, seems to improve its character more. Very nice flavor and texture. Long time drinker of this beer and never have been let down. Good in summer or winter.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Complex yet simple. Good balanced between the butterscotch from the malt and the herbal English hops. Better enjoy at room temperature. The smell Is mostly of dark fruit. A real benchmark for the style

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Photo of RizanTastingBeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a mason jar.

Look: Pours a very dark amber. Pillowy, light khaki head with smaller bubbles. Moderate, patchy lacing.

Aroma: Notes of toffee and caramel, as well as tree nuts which for me were most associated with pecan. Also a dark cherry note as well as some chocolate roastiness. Subtle herbal and earthy aromas in addition to a light rose flower note.

Taste: Toasty malts reminiscent of caramel, pecan and toffee up front, with a spicy, earthy background. Bitterness is assertive, especially in the finish; which opens up to perfumy rose, cherry, and chocolate notes.

Feel: Medium body beer with a noticeable level of carbonation that finishes rather dry.

Overall: It's a very palatable ale. I was anticipating a bit more body from this "classic" British brown, but it was nonetheless pleasing and rather crisp, not unlike a mild ale or English bitter, and definitely having very similar hop and yeast characteristics in the background, but more nut and toffee/chocolate qualities. Recommend serving on the warmer side, as the characteristics of the beer really only begin to shine above about 45 degrees F.

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Photo of Tomais
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer!
Needs an open pint glass -- my glass was too narrow leaving the beer too carbonated.
Needs to be cellar temperature as opposed to fridge: it got better and better as it warmed, but then it was gone...
Must see can I get more and give it a proper review during the week.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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 AleMan66
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a clear teardrop beer glass. A really nice light brown color with almost a three finger head. The taste is nutty and creamy--almost beer heaven for me. Lightly, but perfectly carbonated. The best nut brown ale I've ever had.

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Photo of GStone899
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A solid beer and a good drinker, but a 100 rating? Come on. Is there money exchanging hands here? Anyway, the beer had a very nutty smell with a brown color that is seethrough. Taste is nutty as well but a little watery which is where it dissapoints. If this was less watery I'd score it the 4.5 range but unfortunately there may be too much 1754 well water in this one.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured pint bottle into snifter. Decidedly brown. Beige foam becomes frosty lacing.

Nose of nut. Dark cherries. Caramel.

Mouth is much the same. More bready in flavor, like roasted oats.

Strong sensation resembling sour, but palatable. Finishes dry.

Bitter but sweet, this one’s delicious. For lovers of strong dark ale, weizenbock, doppelbock, dubbel, and brown on both sides of the pond.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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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