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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 355ml poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish brown with lots of carbonation and a thick two finger brown head that settles into a rocky half the size in about thirty seconds.

S: Nutty (obvious), malty, toffee, smoke.

T: Rich malty overtones with crunchy nutty undertones that sit and linger in a long finish with a hint of alcohol bitterness.

M: Rich and dry.

O: This beer deserves the acclaim it has received over the years from Michael Jackson to Beer Advocate. Its malty, nutty flavor is simply one of the best that can be found in the world for brown ales. If I am to raise any question, the mouthfeel might be a bit creamier, and I am nitpicking.

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3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: very solid 550mL embossed brown bottle. A very old-school label - quite a nice package.

Appearance: a clear dark brown with a reasonable two-finger off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: roasted nut malts with some sweet toffee malts to counter-balance.

Taste: certainly a strong nut flavour, which well-and-truly dominates. Some metallic flavours too, which creates an unpleasant off bitterness.

Aftertaste: similar flavours hold on for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: a medium yet smooth body, with limited carbonation.

Overall: a nicely put together ale, but the overpowering nut and metallic flavours are unpleasant - at least to me.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear cranberry brown body. Bone-white head with ok retention and nice lace.

S - Toffee and fresh bread with accents of nutmeg, bubble gum, red grapes, and toasted walnut.

T - Bready malt, earthy noble hops, and copper minerals. Dry, lingering finish of walnut, orange, and caramel malt.

M - Low carbonation, and a medium body that coats your palate.

O - A nice nut brown, but the strong mineral character throws things off for me a bit.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice, deep bronze color with a thick, frothy head almost 4 fingers in width.

S - Has a slight smell of butterscotch and caramel; very pleasant.

T - Gives a sweet taste of caramel and roasted nuts. Leaves a very mild aftertaste.

M - Very easy to drink with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall this is one of the best brown ale's I have drank thus far.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep rich brown color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of nuts and roasted malt with a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste is a blend of roasted nuts and the roasted malt. Nice touch of the caramel sweetness. There is a subtle bitterness and a clean dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a rich creamy texture. Excellent balance.

O: Very drinkable. Good example of the style. A classic that is a benchmark compare others to.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like nutty bready malt, with some overripe banana and subtle copper hops.
T: It tasted like copper and nutty bread, with a little earthy barley and banana. It had a bittersweet and mostly clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a very nice smell with good taste and ok body. It had a smooth finish, so it was very easy to drink. Solid classic brew, but not super delicious.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,915 ratings
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