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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
3,902 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 Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a deep clear brown. Nice retention on the creamier tan head. Decent lacing left behind and a hint of carbonation.

S- richly malt. Caramel and a nice nuttiness dominate in a most pleasing way.

T- the taste closely follows the aroma with a nice subtle hops bite kicking in as a counterweight.

M- silky smooth with a pleasant fullness on the palate.

O- this is what a nut brown ale should taste like. It hits every note.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown copper color with a two finger thick head with low retention and leaving laces.
Light hazelnut malty aroma.
Delicious nutty malt flavor, I needed to check the label if they were added to the recipe. Notes of almonds and walnuts, caramel, roasted malt, earthy hops and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Excellent Brown Ale, flavorful and very easy to drink. For all tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Archimetez
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Moderate to deep brown color, clear. Minimal cream colored head.

S: Sweet malty/caramel smell

T: Roasted malt with caramel nut flavors, almost faint pecan pie, that linger well after the slip is finished

M: clean, moderate body, minimal carbonation

O: Great English Brown Ale. Glad to have tried it to use as a bench mark for other microbrewers in the area. Only concern I have is not knowing how fresh my bottle was.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Usual 550ml Bottle: BBD Apr 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 17th Nov 13.

Looks impressive: clear body of redwood (teak/mahogany), a deep blanket of beige foam sits on top, nothing moves as you stare at the glass, apart from carbonation bubbles rising through the body. One of those moments to savour.

The nose is dry, as is the taste: malts rule the roost here, nutty (obviously by the name) and slightly over roasted in smell and flavouring.

This is a fine beer and I'm glad I found it after years of not having any since my youth. An old school Brown with nothing fancy or clever about it, just good ingredients and blended well, then left alone to sort it's self out.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

550 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO. Early on in my beer drinking career, brown ales were probably my favourite style - malty and sessionable, sweet but balanced - a great style to draw beginners into the realm of craft beer. I still enjoy them, but finding new ones is becoming more difficult - so I am pumped to try a new one from one of my favourite UK brewers. Served only slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear brownish-amber colour with crimson highlights. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of dense, creamy, off-white head that retains cohesion for quite a long time, lacing the glass as it recedes. Mild, malty aroma - a little bready, a little nutty, with some brown sugar and raisins. The hops also contribute some somewhat earthy notes, but the malts are in the driver's seat, which is ok by me.

Very nicely balanced, with no real flavour flaws for me to gripe about. Toffee comes through at first, followed by plums, raisins and dates. Toasted bread and roasted nuts come to mind as far as the malt backbone goes. The hops are earthy and a little leafy, as English hops are apt to be, providing a fine counterpoint to the malts in the finish. Bittersweet in the finish, with some light roastiness that dries the palate out. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with relatively firm carbonation that gives this brew more of a bite than I tend to prefer from my brown ales. Still, it's absurdly quaffable, showing the same level of professional brewmanship I have come to expect from this outfit.

Final Grade: 4.16, a very respectable A-. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is an excellent example of the style. Perfectly balanced, moderately complex and a pleasure to drink; this is the sort of ale that is made for sessioning. Not my favourite beer from this brewery, but still a superb brown that all English ale fans should give a shot or three. Hopefully the single bottles will make their way here eventually!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,902 ratings
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