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

3,890 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.16/5  rDev +2%
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 +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this the other day at a Hamilton establishment. Was curious about it so figured I would give it a try and really glad I did. Served fairly cold into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, mahogany color. Nice 2 finger light tan head with good retention and leaving some foamy goodness around the glass even after the head is mostly gone. Some decent lacing as well.

Smell - Caramel, nuts, molasses and hints of vanilla. Not overpowering but very pleasant and inviting.

Taste - Like the nose especially the nuts and caramel really standout here. Just enough bitter taste from the hops to cut through the sweetness of the rest of the beer. Also a little bit of smoke comes through to enhance the roastiness of this brew. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel - For a beer that has this much flavor and gives the appearance and has the aroma of a heavier beer, it is exceptionally light and fairly refreshing. Nor is it thin in any manner. Medium low carbonation works well here too.

Overall - Really glad I followed by curiosity and got this since it is delicious full flavored but light enough that more than one could be consumed in a sitting. Would recommend this to all types of beer drinkers.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,890 ratings.
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