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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Finally trying this beer.

This is a crystal clear beer, which surprises me being a brown. That being said, it is beautiful. The one finger of light tan head that formed when I poured this is now (after a few minutes) a thin layer on the surface.

Smells like a piece of caramel nut chocolate. Enough said. Awesome.

The flavor displays an impressive interplay of chocolate malt, a distinct nuttiness, toasty lighter malt flavors, a touch of English hops and some rich caramel. It isn't very sweet (thank goodness!) which is often the downfall of brown ales in my opinion.

The mouthfeel seem slightly over carbonated to me, but then again I am sort of a cask ale guy. Overall the body is on the thin side for having this much flavor, but it is certainly traditional and where it "should be" (as far as I know).

Conclusion: Another great beer from Samuel Smith's!

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass (but of course!)

A: Pours a beautifully clear dark amber color, with a foamy two-finger light mocha colored head with mediocre retention and decent lacing.

S: Some caramel, toffee, and a bit of nuttiness. Plain and simple, I like the way it smells.

T: Truth be told, I'm not always a fan of the malt profile in most amber/brown ales, and this is no exception. Very biscuity flavor to me, and almost reminiscent of sourdough bread. Still, there is a touch of nuttiness on the back end which I like, and of course, the mineral-y hard water taste typical of Sam Smith beers.

M: Light carbonation, and honestly, it feels a bit flat and watery in the mouth. Could use a little less dryness in the finish. It reminds me of an Irish Stout in the mouth, which means A) I'm not blown away by its feel, and B) it would be a lot better on tap.

O: Not a big fan of this, to be frank, though I don't hate it at all. Probably my least favorite Samuel Smith beer to date, and not something I'd willingly go for in the future, unless I caught it on draft.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of capeannbass36
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a holiday 3 pack with glass....poured into Samuel Smith pint glass that came with 3 pack.

A- Pours a crystal clear chestnut brown color, topped with a 2-1/2 finger off white head that disippated slowly. Medium lacing left behind throughout.

S- Sweet and nutty. Smells rich and wonderful. Hint of toffee.

T- Some malt and nuts...but certainly no hazelnut for me.

M- Medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and dry finish.

O- Definitely gets better as it "warms". May have had this one too cold. Overall...not all that bad. May be an acquired taste?? Do not get the "world class" rating. To each his own. In my opinion, this one smells way better than it tastes.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. This pours a nice dark brown with a decent off white head. The smells are of caramel and toffee malts, with a hint of nuts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, a little nutty flavor, lots of malts.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always feel like I'm missing the point on these English beers. There are certain flavors and elements in so many English beers I just find offensive. Thankfully this one avoids that and yields a mellow and enjoyable beer.

Pours a bright reddish color, brown it is now. There's a nice tall 2 finger head, it doesn't hold which surprises me given the deep and creamy appearance. Pour lacing is also a surprise.

The beer smells and tastes about the same. Sweet malt with just the most subtle hints of roast, ignored and missed unless one looks for it. The finish tries to bring in some hops, no bitterness really comes through but it adds a certain spice to the mix.

Really drinkable and easy to enjoy almost anytime at 5% abv.

I really want more "nut" like elements here. This beer is extremely one dimensional, even for the style. I suspect a fresher bottle would bring in some more complexity and and give some more balance to the malt. Sadly I can't really seek out fresher versions of this living in the states.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of MelissaJ
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a brown red with an off white head that quickly reduces

S wet grains, a light maltiness in the smell. Quite nice. Slight coffee fragrance. A refreshing aroma.

T Hazelnuts, nuts, coffee, and maybe some chocolate and vanilla.

M light body, light carbonation. Very slightly coats the mouth with a pleasing nut flavor.

O Great balance, very interesting flavors and pleasing smell. Definitely a favorite.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2nd sam smith of the night. This one goes out to my professor who taught an entire class on Milton and Paradise Lost. He loves saying "English Nut Brown Ale" at any chance he could.

Pours a very semi-hazy deep amber color with a nice two finger off white head.

Very Nutty nose with hazelnuts and chocolate being very prominent. Again the alcohol is noticeable on the nose which is odd for the abv. Definitely some mocha in there as well.

I expected some bigger body from this. Oddly very thin up front. Very watery mouth feel up front which is kind of a big turn off. It gets bolder near the middle of the tongue as well as chewy but still, not a good start. Carbonation is high. Mouth feel gets very big and chewy after a while. Flavor profile is very malty with a bit of a nutty presence but getting more chocolate.

Nutty after taste. Some detectable alcohol oddly enough on the swallow with a slight warming sensation.

I dont see the appeal to this beer to be honest :(

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 3,896 ratings
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