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

3,884 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, five bucks to spend and looking for a good beer; plus, I’m on a big British kick, so Samuel Smith is the way to go. Looking forward to another great beer from these guys.

Brewed a little less than a year ago (brewed on April 8, 2011, according to the bottle date code).

A: Medium toffee/maple syrup brown with a considerable darkness and an amber hue; decently thick-looking. The head – tan as beach sand – is frothy and dynamic, churning and bubbling to a full three fingers. It moves slowly to a shallow half-inch, with an odd visible bulge in the middle of the glass (where the nucleation site is).

S: Vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, and creamy butterscotch lead the pack, all within the nose of toasted malts. It smells thick and savory, a sweet, hazelnut dream. Has hints of roast, buttery toast, dark fruit cream, and woody booze (like a barrel of grainy alcohol). This nose is absolutely superb.

T: Supremely malty: they’re so buttery and maple-rich it’s like a mouthful of fresh French toast. We’re talking full-force umami here. Hazelnut, banana bread, walnut, vanilla (like animal cracker flavor), and coffee with cream – all very standard for an English Brown, but done in a flavorful, savory way. Yeast and bitters also make a substantial impression: smooth tastes of wheat bread crust, bitter dark chocolate, and tart, grassy hops. Finishes mild with grainy barley flavors and a metallic note.

M: Rather fizzy, but with some good mouth-coating effects. Astringent at times, which gives it a more complex presence than most other English Browns I’ve had.

O: Aaaand Samuel Smith with the win – this time for English Brown Ales. This brew reminds me of a lighter, nuttier version of Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout; it’s just as satisfying in nose, taste, and feel, and just as perfect as the quintessential beer for the style.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Mahogony with a hint of red.

S- Very basic. Nutty and malty aromatics.

T- Well made and it shows. Nuts and slightly
roasted flavors. Somewhat rich.

M- Effervesscent, balanced.

O- A perfect example of English brown ale. A great balance of malt and hops. Would be sessionable if not for the large bottle.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber to light brown. Absolutely crystal clear with a one finger off white head, leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
This has a nice nutty, bitter roasty type aroma along with the scent of caramel.
I taste roasted malt which gives the beer a burnt toast type flavor that is also accompanied by just a touch of malty sweetness.
I would say that this is a light bodied beer. I get a nice crispness from the carbonation which is followed by burnt toast, nutty and bitter flavors. The finish is slighty sweet which balances the beer off nicely.
Overall a beautiful beer that has some good flavor and aromatic complexity. And for $10 along with the glass and two other offerings an absolute bargain.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review! Going with a classic in the nut brown world.

A- Dark, reddish-brown in color with sharp clarity. Thick and creamy light tan head with lacing sticking to the sides.

S- Nutty with a bit of sweet malts. A bit of butterscotch, finished by some buttery yeast bread. Very profound.

T- Sweet and malty up front, dry and nutty on the back end, more of a walnut taste. Slight hop spice noticable near the back end as well. Complimented by an underlying creamy and saltiness from the yeast. So complex, yet very well balanced.

M- velvety smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O- This beer sets the standard for nut brown ales. Although not the most popular style, this be deserves a try just to completely understand how a brown ale should taste. Another solid brew from Samuel Smith.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,884 ratings.
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