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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
BA SCORE
4.09/5
3,900 Ratings
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,078
Reviews:
1,478
Ratings:
3,900
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.95
 
 
Wants:
285
Gots:
712
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,900 |  Reviews: 1,478
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in Sam Smith "nonic" signature glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1/3" tan head coming off the body.

Smell: You know at first glance or I should say sniff, you would think before tasting this beer is high in alcohol. But it is like inhaling it's taste, pure barley malt.

Taste: That tasty, well put together and something that falls subtly in the category of classic. Barley wine, roasted nuts.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation so smooth you wish you had another bottle.

Overall: I bought this in a three pack recently, read absolutely nothing about it and don't regret a penny nor time consuming it. It might come off a notch sweet to some taste buds but very hard to compare this and call any other brown ale better. Hope you all enjoyed....Salud!

 769 characters

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jeffrydon
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have read many great things about this beer and decided that today is the day to give it a shot.

Bottle
Pint glass
Temp 45%

A- The beer pours a dark mahogany brown with a deep ruby red glow to it. Has a nice, thick, frothy, 2 finger head. Off white nutty in color. The head stayed for a good 5 minutes maybe a little longer and gave way to a moderate to heavy amount of lacing.

S- At first the beer had a extremely heavy apple aroma. Sour apple but not too sour. Had a bit of a warm caramel smell hidden behind the apple. As the beer warmed a bit the apple really took a backseat to a decently strong maltyness. Eventually the apple smell seemed to go completely away.

T- came on very sweet but finished quickly and dry with some decent bitterness. Fair amount of pectin, some toffee notes, and surprisingly a sour dough like flavor.

M- Mouth feel was hard on this one for me. Couldn't quite put my finger on it. It had a slight burn to it, and that sticky like pectin feel if that makes sense. But it was a good sticky like feel. made me want another drink.

O- Overall I'm not sure on this one. The first few sips I was thinking not, but kept finding myself wanting another sip. By the end of the beer I found myself wishing I had a second. Still not sure though.

 1,279 characters

Photo of jwhancher
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack last weekend. Poured into a tulip glass for review. No best by date that I could see.

A: Pours a clear ruby amber with nice frothy head. Adequate carbonation - subtle enough to make it drink like a classic English session ale. I really dig the foil wrapper and classic brewery picture on the back label. Has an old time nostalgic feel to it.

S: Aromas of walnut, chestnut with crisp slight chocolate & toast. Excellently put together!

T: Bready malt flavors w/nuts. Reminds me of a brownie with nuts. A tad syrupy sweet taste follows at the end which is a bit off-putting.

M: Medium to light feel that's mostly dry with a touch of sweetness.

O: The hops aren't noticeable as this one centers around the great malt character. A classic English ale that's great to relax with. Forgot how good this one is.

 825 characters

Photo of HxC90
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tread
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of craftbeer31
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of sbvrt6913
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beagle75
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mbabble
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mechanicalprints
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of snowsurfer422
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Goldmund1
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.54/5  rDev +11%
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.

 1,873 characters

Photo of oldseacaptain
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of PeteRiz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,900 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.