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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a Samuel Smith signature pint glass. 1 of 3 from a Samuel Smith beer set I received for Christmas. Pretty excited about these.

A - A moderate pour yields a moderate head. I filled my pint glass to just a finger from the top and the foam just barely touched the rim of the glass. I was surprised to see how red the ale looked. There are bubbles racing all over the glass. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smells like fresh dark malt. The nose is a lot like sniffing into a grain barrel. Very clean.

T - Very sweet up front with dark caramel nuttiness in the middle. As the bottle says, its a little dry on the finish and you can also pick up a tough of hop bitterness. As with the nose the beer is very clean and no off flavors are detected.

M - Light to medium bodied. Lightly carbonated for a nice mouthfeel. I would like it to be a little heavier though.

O - A wonderful and clean. This is a great example of what a brown ale should be.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale

Poured into a large brandy glass, similar to a tulip.

Appears a nice brown color with varying amber tones. Light amount of visible rising carbonation in the glass. Pours with only a small bit of carbonation, which recedes to the rim quickly.

Smells sweet and malty. A bit of alcohol. Roasted malts.

Tastes mostly flat ad tasteless. The most prominent taste is the moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Smooth and light texture. Not watery or too dense, but just nicely balanced. Tingle from the carbonation on the tongue.

It's very easy to drink, but it doesn't blow me away. I'm sure that the beer is consistently good and reliable. I like it, but I don't intend to try it again. In my view the beer doesn't meet the promise that I was hoping for, but it's still a great brown ale.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a nice rich oak-colored ruby brown. The light cream colored head stays around for a while with some lacing. The beer smells of sweet malts with a nutty aroma. The beer tastes malty with biscuits and toasted almonds. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is very easy to drink.

Overall, another brilliant beer from Samuel Smith's. High quality in all areas and very sessionable. Brown ales are a style I'm growing to like, and this one is certainly worthwhile.

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

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, this ale is a clear cherrywood colour. Somewhat dense cream-coloured head on pouring fades to less than half a centimeter retained at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Nutty, and caramel malts combine in a way reminiscent of vanilla, with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Sweetness that almost immediately defers to a nutty flavour, with a balancing of present but unconfrontational hazelnutty bitterness. An apple aftertaste lingers very pleasantly on the palate. Definitely improves as it warms. I would caution against serving it too cold.

Mouthfeel - Almost something one doesn't think about while drinking this beer; it just seems right for the style. Carbonation is certainly present but non-aggressive, and the beer is of a medium density.

Overall - Very straightforward and pleasant beer to drink, with a depth and richness of flavour that puts it ahead of many nut brown ales.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Milk chocolate, almonds, tiniest hint of wood

Appearance: Semi-opaque, deep brown, hint of ruby, head forms medium-large bubbles, lacing is mild, foam is khaki colored

Taste: Delicious. Burnt chocolate, pumpernickel bread. Slight twang or apple underneath (seems to occur in all Sam Smith beers; hooray for open ferm)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation makes for a very sessionable and appetizing treat. Light and yet whole mouth feeling at the same time.

Overall: Another great Sammy Smith beer, great for drinking on any occasion. Just like having your cake and eating it too.

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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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