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

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 WesWes
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It is malty and full of roasted and victory malts. The taste is also good. It is malty, but a bit watery. It finishes dry, but good down smooth. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is an excellent nut brown ale. It is refreshing and not at all bitter like most English ales I try.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a fairly transparent brownish-red with a pillowy, light tan head.

Taste: The taste is of nutty malt, as can be expected.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night if I could afford it.

This is one of the first beers I really loved. It will always be a point of comparison for other brown ales, especially nut browns. I've never tasted another beer that has replicated the flavor.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut brown color with thick brown head that lingered for a long time and left clingy lace. Mouthfeel was very good with velvety texture and above average body thickness. The taste was dominated by rich malts with hints of coffee and caramel thrown in for good measure. PAs it warms up, more of the much anticipated dry nutty favor comes in. True to the styly, this beer has a very light helping of hops, so the smell was a bit unremarkable with a sour yeasty note. The best that I've had from this brewery so far.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color, with a tan head. Smells of coffee and malt, which matches it's taste. A very deep flavor that changes as it warms. Just a little hint of alcohol present. This is a very good beer, a benchmark to which all other Brown Ales should be measured.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a very much indeed quite a quaffable beverage. It is both pleasing to the eye and to the palette, and if served fresh I'm sure it would be very pleasing in the aromatic sense as well. It leans toward being a sweeter ale, and it doesn't offer too much in the way of hoppiness, but its drinkability is near flawless.

This beer pours a nice amber/brown color with a decent tan head that retains fairly well, but leaves minimal lace. The smell was a little bit skunky, but it eventually subsided with some coffee notes and a reasonably potent caramel aroma. The mouthfeel was maybe a little bit thinner than expected, but it was still quite smooth and it had a moderate amount of carbonation. Thankfully the skunk did not carry over into the flavor. As mentioned, this beer was slightly sweet, and the main flavors were of some coffee and some nuttiness. Some caramel was detectable, along with some very light fruity apple/pear flavors. This does lack some bitterness, and in the finish there is just a light nutty dryness. The nutty notes continue into the aftertaste, and some apple/pear flesh flavors come through more readily. This ale finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

This beer is similar in some respects to Newcastle Brown, but it is much more flavorful, and perhaps even smoother. Only on very rare occasion has Samuel Smith's let me down, and this brew does nothing to disparage me from their beers. Another respectable beer from the Old Tadcaster brewery.

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Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with small head that leaves a little lace as you go. Nose is malty. Taste is strong malt and caramel. Also has a roasted/toasted finish to the taste. Rather sweet with a dry finish. A little astringent.

Note this beer gets better as it airs out. A pretty good English brew.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had a skunker last time, so lets give it another go. pours out a deep ruby with a nice fat rocky head, impressive! a swirl releases hazlenuts, caramels, and light hops, but each in a small amount. the taste is sweet, no doubt, lightly nutty (not as strong as say, morimoto hazlenut) with just enough hops to even things out, but in no way overpower the sweet malty/nutty flavor that is the brew's signature. smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth, this beer is a contender. not a powerhouse of flavor, but a tastey pleasant brown that balances everything perfectly. good stuff.

$2.99 for the biggin.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Yes, it’s brown, albeit with a ruby hue. The tan head came up quite nicely as well. It looks like a soft pillow cushion.

Smell – This one is balanced for sure. The sweet malt aroma and floral hops come together just right. The caramel undertones and musty nature of the nose are great.

Taste – Boy, did this hit the spot. The hops come out a tad bigger at the taste, but the beautiful malt flavor is there as well. There also seems to be a good amount of butter and a faint hint of oak.

Mouthfeel – This was the ale’s strong point, IMO. Maybe I was just parched, but I couldn’t put this thing down. It’s medium-bodied and dry enough to quench, but the incredible balance just kept me wanting more. There was also just enough carbonation to keep things lively and interesting.

Drinkability – With only a 5.0 ABV I let ‘er rip after making my tasting notes. I downed this bottle in a New York minute and will be sure to pick up a few more this weekend. You gotta love a beer that’s this good and that they sell in the supermarket.

Comments – I felt the key to this ale was its balance. I enjoy the one-sided “extreme” beers as well, but this one was right on the mark. By far the best Brown Ale that I’ve tried to date.

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Photo of Darkale
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-brown clear body, pocked tan head with tremendous lacing. Aroma is a deep and satisfying maltiness with just an echo of nuttiness. Very nice.

Almost chewy, and certainly not thin in the mouth. Full and creamy. Sharp nut tang. Hoppy and sour.

A solid and dependable nutty brown ale. Classy beer.

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

A very nice brown ale. Arrived a dark amber with a frothy tan head.
A very light lace, cling and medium ring soon took over.
Full bodied with medium carbonation.
Nose of roasted nuts and a hint of toffee.
Taste is very rich, malt heavy with some balancing hops to the rear.
Not a session brew IMHO.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish gold with a medium thick dark tan head that dissipated slowly to a thin, very bubbly layer. The nutty malts are immediately apparent in the aroma, nicely balanced by a floral hoppiness. In taste, however, the ale was a bit dull; the malts were evident, but it seemed to lack the balance promised by the smell, and the taste faded too quickly, leaving nothing really to savor. The mouthfeel was, as anticipated by the visible and active bubbles, effervescent. I wish it had more body.

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

Medium brown in color with large head that dissipated to a thin tannish layer.Smell was wonderful full of malt but it also left with the head, strange. Taste wonderful malt with light nut taste and a pinch of hops to finish it off. Nice well rounded medium mouthfeel extremely drinkable finished the beer before the review. Do these guys make a bad beer? Only thing missing is a brown bottle.

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

Garnet in color with a slight head that disappears almost immediately. Hazelnut aroma with some caramel. Taste is nutty and malty, maybe a little chocolatey as well. A good beer from a solid brewery. No complaints here, just nothing that blew me away though.

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

Out of the 18.7 oz. Victorian pint bottle. Translucent coppery-brown color with a thick tan head. Mixed aromas of toasted malt, English noble hops and a delicate nuttiness. An earthy, almost bark-like aroma in there as well. Roasty malt flavors again balanced with a delicate nuttiness. Slightest diacetyl butteriness interlaced with the malt. I could venture a couple guesses as to which nut(s) the brewers use, but I suppose that isn't really important. Definitely smooth and balanced. Drinkability fairly high. A quality brown ale. Classic example of the Nut Brown style.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 12 oz clear bottle with foil wrapping. Pours an engaging clear hazelnut brown color into the pint glass. Luscious light tan head is thick, and carbonation is evident. Color in the glass is like a new copper penny and lots of lacing appear as the head gives way.

Nose is almost sweet, very enticing with malts and definitely some walnuts. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and there's plenty of carbonation here. Taste is not overwhelming, but it's a nice balance of roasted nuts and hops. Crisp and clean finish with a touch of hops. Nowhere close to the richness and creaminess of the Sam Smith oatmeal stout I fell in love with yesterday, and seems light for an English brown ale. Alcohol seems absent for a 5%abv, but makes for excellent drinkability.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - not a lot of bubbles, but pours out a pleasant brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma - malty but not sweet. Some whiskey notes that settle into a strong, nutty, malty smell.

Taste - Nicely malty without being too sweet. Caramel roasted malts and a nice solid earthy taste. Not really picking up the part of the flavor profile that represents nuts, but the beer is tasty. Finishes with a bubbly wash, then a low-level hop aftertaste that is easily noticeable and in balance.

Mouthfeel feels heavier and stronger than a 5.0% beer. Good rib-stickin' feel but not gut filling.

Drinkability - great taste, reasonable abv, and all around just a very easy beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best brown ale I've had and should be what other browns aspire to be! This great brew poured a nice dark brown color with a supprisingly big head that lasted about 2 min before turing into a nice lace around the whole glass. The smell was of grain and burnt nuts, very nice. The taste was out of this world, with a great mix of nut, hop, malt and toffee/carmel flavor. This is a great beer to kick back and enjoy, and one could eaisly make a session out of it. Good stuff!

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Photo of Loki
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from the bigger 18.7 oz or 500mL bottle. Gotta love those bigger bottles.

Appearance: Poured a deep, chestnut brown color with a big, foamy, white head. Great lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dominant nutty aroma with backgrounds scents of toffee, malt, and floral hops as well as hints of minerals.

Taste: Begins with sweet roasted malt and toffee, but the main body is of chestnuts, hazelnuts, and similiar nuts that are all unsalted and slightly dry. A finish of balanced hops helps complete the flavor and round out the profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Very smooth over the tongue and very easy down the throat.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Well balanced, flavorful, and always consistant. This is a mainstay. A rock, a shelter to always seek refuge in. Another excellent brew from a brewery that does it the way they always have.

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Photo of TerryW
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good looking beer. Red-brown, respectable head, decent measure of lace.

Malt, nuts and chocolate in the nose. Delightful to inhale (although outperformed, I think, by Samuel Smith's Pale Ale).

Flavour of honey and hazelnuts, some chocolate. Nice bitter hop finish. An unexpected sour touch to the beer, but overall remains very drinkable.

Enjoyable, much better than a lot of the stuff out there.

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Photo of grynder33
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, but I'm not ready to rate it as high as everyone else.Amber brown color, foam exploded out of the bottle, malty aroma with a fruit tinge. Intial taste slightly sweet then quickly went dry.Nice lace on glass. I didn't get the nut part.Good but a little pricey to buy for what you get.

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

something was missing here...and i do believe it was a distinct nutty flavour that i remeber this brew once having. it poured a nice amber colour but was lacking in much of a smell other than hints of nut and malt. the taste stepped it up a bit, but there was much less here than i once remember, but it did retain that yummy 'samuel smith' taste that i find in all of their brews. can't pinpoint what it is, but it's always there and instantly noticeable. goes down very smooth and is a definite session beer. still good, but not as good as it once was.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark amber with a light tan head that quickly recedes. The nose is of malt, nut, and slight alcohol. Upon first taste there is sweet malt, changing into an slightly unpleasant acidic hoppiness that lingers until the finish. Honestly, not impressive in my opinion. Bold, but wanting. Could use more malt, and the balance is a bit off. Mouthfeel is chewy and lightly bubbly, very suiting for the style. Drinkable in most occasions, but not particularly pleasurable.

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

Hits the glass offering a fluffy medium-tan head that recedes over lightish clear brown liquid, gently carbonated. The nose is sweet maltiness with a slight diacetyl noted. Taste is at first sweet and indeed nutty/chewy. Then the taste dries out somewhat, allowing for a brief shot of hop bitters to show up. Finishes with a sweet and nutty flourish. Easy to "put away" quite a few of these!

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown color with a thick bubbly head. The aroma was somewhat lacking as hints of malts were present. The flavor was of a nice malt, nut, and slight hop balance. There was a sharp bite on the tongue which gave a crisp sensation. The malt lasts quite a bit on the tongue. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not that they make a bad beer, but this is one of my favorite Samuel Smith's. Poured a light tan head, which held itself for a few, and then sunk back into the beer. This baby is glowing in its Samuel Smith Imperial Pint glass. Towards the top of the glass it's a deep mahogany color, and then near the bottom where the glass in narrower it's a brilliant chestnut.
It smells nutty, sorry not an expert in nuts, and hoppy, can't pick them out either. I know, I suck. The smell is just right, not too overpowering, just enought to make your mouth water. Love the taste, the hops really balance out the nuttyness. What really makes this beer good is that when you lift the beer up to your mouth, you get this rich nutty aroma, and then when you drink it, you get the slightly sweet and hoppy taste of the ale. It's this combination that makes this one so enjoyable.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,830 ratings.
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