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

3,860 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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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Poured into a pint glass, in the fridge for only a few hours - cool, but not cold. Beautiful ruby brown hue with a sustainable fluffy, white head. Amazing lacing - white fluff clinging to the sides of the glass! Thin head continues remains with every sampling.

S: Sweet, slightly hoppy.

T: Everything a brown ale should be - malty sweet, slight hops. Probably goes perfect with anything a brown should.

F: Smooth with light carbonation.

O: Perfection!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured pint botte into dimpled seidel. Ring of head and some lace. Medium-dark brown color.

Sweet malty nose with some nut, floral hops seem a contributing factor.

Tastes of mildly roasted nuts, caramel,

Medium, and smooth body.

A smooth, lightly sweet brown ale. Not pretentious, but enjoyable with every swig. Classic brown.

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Photo of MAXEL
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent mahogany/copper color
Aroma: caramel/faint chocolate
Taste: sweet/nutty quickly balanced by faint burnt bitterness. Perfect balance.
Overall: The perfect nut brown ale

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into to tulip pint; no manufacturer/use by date. Rich dark copper color with modest head and modest lacing evident. Nose: dark malts and caramel; palate: very mild with toffee note and pleasantly bitter close. Light bodied. I enjoyed it, but it might not be my first choice.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bubbly brown appearance, medium white head. Nutty aromas, not any spice. Nutty flavors, overall very good, but I wish the flavors were a bit stronger. Heavily carbonated feel. Dry, malty finish with notes of caramel. Classic English brown ale…a style I love, but is hard to find in the US in the summer, when most brewers turn to light, fruity summer seasonals and leave brown ales to be fall seasonals.

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Photo of OlaB
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a clear light brown color, small creamy top of head with lacings on the side of the glass.

S: Wonderfull aroma of caramel,tofee,bread,chocolate,nuts, raisins and prunes

T&F: Follows the nose in most of the way, roasted malts, with hints, of chocolate, caramel, dark dried fruita, finishes of with a slightly burnt bitterness that is balanced greatly, long aftertaste , clean and smooth mouthfeel, and goes down really easy.

O: A wonderfull beer inn every aspect, could not find any thing about it i disliked. Taste great, enjoyable, and easy driking.I would sure have this again.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite nutbrown ale that is commercially available. One of my first, and still great. Very strong. What I will compare other brown ales to. Makes me want to try their stout.

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Photo of Holderness
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous dark reddish brown with absolutely no haziness and a handsome, two finger cream colored head. Moderate lacing. Smells like plum pudding in a glass: lots of dried stone fruit, molasses, roasted barley malts, Scotch, and a mild hop backbone. Drier than expected. A little too hop-forward, which masks the nuanced barley, nutty, and digestive herb flavors to a certain extent. Astringent finish prevents this from being too watery. Overall, this is one of the best British beers I've had.

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This a grand beer in all ways. It is a very dark brown. Fruity Carmel smell and taste. Full bodied.
It's bottle and wraper are great art. Did one when you find it.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a rich dark brown...with a small head that quickly diminishes and very little lacing. Smells of roasted malts. I've been drinking this for 20 years, so I thought, might be a good one to pick up and review. When I was in college, this was one of the first beers from England that wowed me. I've drank a lot of different beers since then, but this one still holds up. Toffee chocolate roasted malts upfront with a little bitter finish from the hops and dark roasted malts and a hint of fruitiness and sugar. It finishes cleanly and somewhat dry (certainly not "dry" like many Belgian ales)...Which allows it to maintain a bit of creaminess. Maybe a little on the thin side? Still a solid ale to this day. A classic.

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Photo of danmouer
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the landmark brews of the world! I began brewing back in 1981 hoping I could reproduce beers like this one. I've brewed oceans of decent beer and a few rivers of plonk, but I've never yet matched Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. It is richly malty, yet dry. Just as candy-like caramel and toffee begin to take over, a clean lightly grassy, spicy hop bitterness straightens everything right out. It's a brilliant beer in the glass and down the hatch.

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Photo of MinerBob
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color with a very large tan head. Nutty smell and flavor it is very smooth going down. Not overly carbonated has a nice mouth feel its a very good brown beer. It comes in a large 1 pint 2.7 fl. Oz. bottle for about $3.50 a bottle.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +3.7%
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 -12.5%
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 -10.5%
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%
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 -0.2%
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 -18.9%
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 +19.1%
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 +16.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -21.1%
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 +11.8%
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 +4.7%
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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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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