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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
3,900 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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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!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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.

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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