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
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,884
Reviews:
1,475
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
283
Gots:
704
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good beer with food, its astringency or is it bitterness works to add to roast beef and patatoes meal. Haven't done a sample but I bet UK reviewers rank this higher. Canadians can try a couple of more balanced lighter versions of this type such as Wellington's. Brown colour looks like matter is there and suds on top look like dish soap. Also strong carbonation begs for food relief.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, burnt caramel/toffee, slight nuts, and some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that makes it quite easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

as good as advertised, and super cheap for the quality, I cant believe how long I waited to try this. what was I thinking?! the pour is a remarkably clear dark maple syrup color with a bubble bath head of tan foam that wont quit. the nose is the weakest like, smells like malty ale yeast, rather bland really. the flavor through really opens up. this is a caramel almondy malt bomb, but it isn't sweet if you can imagine that. its got a bitter dry finish more akin to cashews or something, unsalted of course, with some mild chocolate essence, and this only gets more dramatic as it warms up. not incredibly complex, but more of a simple elegance vibe here. did I mention this beer looks sexy? im down to my last swig and the head is as big as it was when I poured it some 45 minutes ago, just astonishing. lovely mouthfeel as well, cleanish in the finish with a flatly medium body and that casky English ale carbonation nice and mellow. this is a really drinkable brown too, glorious without all those residual sugars. I always knew sam smith wash high quality stuff, but I think its wide availability made me overlook it in favor of some of the rarer American craft stuff. with two delicious offerings from these guys in the last week, I will no longer walk past their shelf. I will be grabbing up the other varieties as quick as I can now, this stuff is the nectar!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out as a really nice brown color. The head is pretty good size for the style with a light tan color. The lacing doesn't leave much behind on the glass. The smell of the beer has sweet nutty and roasted aroma. The taste has a good bitterness to it with a subtle brown sugar sweetness and a good roasted nut flavor also. The mouthfeel is thin but has a carbonation that keeps it interesting. Overall it's a damn good Brown Ale.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark amber with a moderate level of carbonation. The head died down rather quickly and just left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There's a distinct nutty smell with a bit of malty sweetness.
T: The flavor is nutty, sweet and buttery and also has some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is very much sessionable.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking a lot of high gravity beers lately, it's nice to have a lower bodied beer with the roasted complexity, well brewed, matured, and handled beer that's more easily drinkable and less alcoholic. The look is of solid brown with deep amber highlights. Aromas and flavors of good old barley malt, nicely roasted or toasted. Good caramel, toffee, and butterscotch flavors. Cashews and hazlenut flavors deep into the body. The body is smooth without being thick or cloying. Sweet, but balanced with light hop bittering and slight yeasty sour notes. Finishes mildly sweet and bitter from hops and grain. A good beer to get back to basics.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Ah, one of the few positive attributes of the LCBO - selling products of British origin at half the price as that in other parts of the country.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-tinted amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somehow gritty dirty white head, which leaves a perfectly distributed array of snow rime lace around the glass in its splattered wake.

It smells of lightly toasted, sweet bready, and richly nutty malt, creamed caramel, and some mildly citric, pleasantly leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, robustly nutty malt, lesser caramelized toffee, subtle aged dark fruit, and a smallish drying earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is patently reserved, and of course beholden to the menial task of structural integrity, the body a decent medium weight, well-rounded, and agreeably smooth. It finishes rather clean, with some silken caramel malt, lingering oily nuttiness, and mild noble hops.

The prototypical English Brown Ale, veritas, the real deal - the nut adjunct is suitably laid back, and the hops are just there to make sure that you aren't scared away by this little adjustment. Wow, it's hard to describe the subtly of the old-world styles sometimes, engineered as they are for drinking, and perhaps not explicit dissection.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap acquired as part of a $9.99 3 bottle/1 glass gift box at a local Trader Joe's and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its current glowing reviews and my opinion of the brewery.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Presentation: The label is alright. The foil is a nice touch. I'm glad it's brown glass and not green or clear. The Michael Jackson quote on the back label is a nice touch: "Samuel Smith's of Tadcaster has the richest, maltiest and nuttiest of brown ales." Though I do have to complain: no oxford comma, Michael Jackson?

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of great cream, good thickness, notable frothiness, and great retention - though the modest ABV diminishes the impressiveness of that achievement. Decent lacing. Body colour is NOT brown, but actually a translucent chestnut-amber. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, a nice blend of biscuit, dark, and caramel malts, cherry fruit, nuts (though far less than anticipated - especially considering the style), butterscotch, fig newton, and toffee. A delightful very British aroma (as strange and vague as that sounds). Assertive and true to character. Amber malts. Minimal floral hopping. A fairly strong aroma.

T/Mf: Cherry comes through quite a bit, actually, complemented by surprisingly overt bright fruity hop esters. Hm. Caramel and toffee, sure. Cream, buttery qualities. A butterscotch kiss on the climax. The fruitiness and bold hop presence are actually a bit off-putting, especially as it warms. Sugarcane. The foundation lacks the maltiness I'd expect of a good brown ale. And where are the nuts? Their absence is unforgivable given the style. Too sweet, especially on the finish - an attribute worsened by the smooth and wet texture. Smooth and wet - in a brown ale? And on the finish, no less? This should be coarse, dry, and malty as hell - with some cream to take the edge off. This is not that. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Good carbonation and thickness. Fruit syrup does come through, or perhaps just artificial fig extract a la fig newtons; though this is not the dark fig you'd get in a good quad, it is bright, thin, and out of place. I'm disappointed in both the build and balance, though I must admit I do enjoy it all around. It's just a failure as a Brown Ale is all. Hopping feels as English as can be.

Dr: The lack of nuts and strangely fruit-forward build make this a failure of a Brown Ale, but I still like drinking it. I wouldn't get it again, though. It seems anything but traditional. a good buy at Trader Joe's. Brown Ale fans steer clear, but this is worth a go and is quite drinkable if you simply enjoy beer. It's tough to come up with a letter grade on this one because it's not at all to style, but I do like it for what it is outside of conventions.

C+

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Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. Decent retention. The smell is sweet and grainy with some toffee and a fruity note. The taste follows from the smell. It's sweet but not overly so. I'm getting a slight fruity note along with some caramel. The finish is full of slightly sweet grain. The beer is dry, seems slightly chalky. Smooth carbonation.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel brown with a touch of garnet. Decent head with nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and nuts from the malt with a distinct bit of alcohol on the nose

Taste: A bunch of flavor jumps out at you and gets better as the beer breathes a bit. Caramel sweetness with a dry nutty bitterness that blend quite nicely and linger for a while.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit too much carbonation but otherwise full bodied.

Drinkability: The carbonation limits my appetite to drink more than one of these, but overall it is a very nice brew.

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3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle - Poured a clear brown colored beer with a medium head that has very little retention. Smells of hops is clearly present with a very subtle touch of nut sweetness. Taste is very ''creamy'' with again a sweet touch of hazelnut. Medium body with standard carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer but I would have enjoyed it more if the hazelnut taste had been more accentuated.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a pillowy, three-finger head. Leaves great lace.

S - It smelled of grains, malt and nut.

T - It tasted of malt, hazelnut and some spice.

M - It was a little thin and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good brown ale, but not the best offering from Samuel Smith's.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium sized light tan head dies out quite quickly above a clear caramelly brown colored beer.

Chocolaty nutty strong aroma.

Nice full chocolaty malt taste with some roasted nuts flavors added.

Slightly dryish aftertaste that brings along some of the flavors of this beer with it on a full bodied beer.

A very good beer with some slightly different tastes adding to the nutty chocolate taste, well worth a try.

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