Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Nut Brown AleNut 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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Ratings: 3,935 |  Reviews: 1,484
Photo of AHaytko
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle with a standard pint glass

A: Pours a walnut brown with a light red copper tint and and creamy white head. Very think head, that lasts until the last drop.

S: Toasted malt, with slight hints of butterscotch and hay.

T: restrained brisk bitterness with a nutty caramel and fruity.

M: Medium carbonation and body

O: One the greats that I have tried so far, nothing bad to report just overall a great among nut browns

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Photo of ckollias
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle with a gold wrapper out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with an amber hue and an off-white, frothy, 1 finger head that lasts for awhile, leaving a great trail down the glass and ending in a persistent lace.

S: Sweet toasted malt aroma.

T: Smooth, dark, rich, sweet ale with a generous toasted malt bitterness. Nutty throughout and nice crisp finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Great nut brown ale. Smooth and tasty and went down way to easy. One of the best brown ales I’ve ever had.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .55L bottle into a clear standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium brown chestnut color. Had a one and a half finger soapy off-white foam that didn't last long but left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and malty with an earthy whiff of musty hops beneath.

Taste: Sweet bread-like malts up front with a dry biscuit flavor, followed by a little earthy hops bitterness and then finishes semi-sweet with a little sourness, which works. A fine tasting brown ale.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation.

Overall: Brown ales aren't my favorite beer style, but this one is balanced perfectly and is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. The low ABV would make this a great session beer for the malt lovers out there.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an impressive copper brown color. Quite translucent when held to the light with nice ruby highlights. Yields a finger of light khaki head that fades to a thin sheet in a minute or two. No lacing.

S - Right off the bat, this is a very aromatic beer. I get lots of light, sweet caramel, candied fruits, and a very subtle spiced character. A light fruity alcohol aroma is also present.

T - Right away I get tons of sweet malt, lightly roasted grainy flavor, and a faint tanginess (no doubt a by-product of their "stone Yorkshire squares" fermentation vessels and proprietary yeast strain). Hop bitterness comes in toward the middle and provides balance along with a more estery sweetness. The finish retains much of the initial malt character, but with a more prominent dry burnt grain flavor as well as a slightly bitter walnut flavor.

M - Thin-to-medium body with a clean, but sweet finish. Perfect carbonation. Slightly dry, but still definitely retains its brown ale credentials.

Overall - a very well-crafted brown ale. I will admit that this is not one of my favorite styles, but there have been a few pleasant surprises for me, and this is definitely one of them.

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

Picked up this bottle as part of the Samuel Smith gift pack.

A: Pours a ruby/brown color, looks very nice when held up to the light. Head is beige in color, about 1.5 fingers in height and disappeared rather quickly. A thin layer remained on the top and sheets of lacing formed on the glass.

S: Rather nutty with a bit of caramelized sugar. Slightly sweet as well. A little bit of dark fruit comes out as it warms.

T: As expected, the flavor profile is a very nice nut flavor to it. It is slightly sweet with a minimal hop presence. Little bit of caramel and a little toffee.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O: Pretty good beer, but not something I am going to actively seek out. Solid, just not overly exciting.

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

P: We've got a one-finger head here, and that dissipates rather quickly.

A: Medium brown colour- a little darker than something like a Newcastle. Some carbonation, but not much.

S: Good balance of malts here. I'm getting a hefty dose of toffee, with not as much in caramel as I would have expected. The nuttiness is there at the end.

T: Much like the smell- but exceptionally well-balanced. While I would have actually liked a little more of a flavour explosion on the palette, I can appreciate the balance of this beer. Also, incredibly smooth and very drinkable.

M: Excellent. Well balanced- not overly thick, but very well done.

O: This is actually my first Sam Smith. I'm generally a fan- not the best brown ale I've ever had, but I might have it again.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed November 4th 2011. 550 mL bottle poured into my JFF is my BFF novelty pint glass.

A: Poured a beautiful 1 and half fingered tan head. It appears that this beauty will lace quite nicely. This holds a nice rusty appearance, brownish-red. After drinking for awhile it turns out this does not lace that nicely, but instead it laces in small patchy areas. The lace simply slides back down.

S: I am picking up some toffee malts. On the pour I smelt the nuttiness, but after it was in the glass it simply seemed as if it vanished. There might be some minor biscuit smells, but they feel so light I'm not really sure.

T: Even though I wasn't able to pick up the nuttiness in the noise I can definitely feel it in the taste. The taste of caramel and it's roasted malts really comes together well. A nice bitterness even lingers on the tongue. Leaving that bitterness I just want to hop right back into this drink.

M: The body feels thin and the carbonation makes this drink have a smooth feel. It leaves me mouth slightly dry, but I have water near by so it's all good. The mouthfeel just feels too oily and slick for my preference.

O: I always feel like Samuel Smith products feel a little thin. Maybe it just feels like this because of the lack of alcohol content. It just doesn't offer the kick that I truly desire. This is far from a bad drink, but why are they holding back on that alcohol content? Hopefully with their other drinks I will not react this same way.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, dark rust color with thin foam and lasting lace. It's aroma is nutty, toast, biscuits, and a hint of milk chocolate. The flavor is complex. Beginning with caramel, nuts, biscuits, and toffee with roasted malt and a hint of maple in the finish. The mouthfeel is an oily, medium full. Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale is a very good beer, great on a cool fall night. Highly recommended.

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Photo of atlason
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tapered pint glass.

A: Decent head with nice lacing. Light brown color.

S: Coffee, toffee malts. Some steely notes. Nutty aroma comes as it warms up.

T: Really comes through in resembling the smell. Deep roasted malt with strong coffee notes and a nuttiness, perhaps hazelnut ? Reminiscent of Nutella. Slight grassy hops keep it interesting.

M: Not a terribly easy drinker due to the strong maltiness and low carbonation compared to the medium viscosity.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear coppery brown color with a one finger head of tight tan foam. Nice head retention.

The smell is not real strong, but does offer up a fruity malt scent. A hint of milk chocolate in there along with hazelnut. Really clean and interesting smell.

Very clean and pretty straightforward flavor. Caramel malt with a touch of toffee sweetness to go with the light nuttiness. A touch of earthy hops come in towards the end.

The carbonation is wonderfully velvety, but the body feels just a hair on the light side.

A very well made beer with great consistency. Highly drinkable and easy going that fits the style wonderfully. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle (gold foil wrapped top) into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown. A few small bubbles lazily rise to the dense, creamy, off-white two-finger head. So far, this beer is a looker! Head stays intact all the down the glass. Lacing isn't too sticky and only covers the bottom third of the glass in large splotches.

S - Plenty of nutty notes with a touch of dark malt. Could stand to be much larger.

T - Nutty malt upfront. The body is well balanced with rich, dark malt and nut flavors backed by earthy hops. Very smooth over the back of the tongue leads to a pleasant, slightly bitter nutmeg finish.

M - Medium bodied ample carbonation to give the beer a pleasant creamy texture. Suits the beer nearly dead on.

This is one of those "fancy" imports that seems to crop up at tourist locations, but not my local grocery (I've seen it at multiple shops in Yellowstone and Hot Springs National Parks). This one, I picked up at world market for $2. The simple, yet elegant bottle with gold foil, certainly gives the initial impression of a regal brew, and this beer delivers. The flavor is rich and smooth and is paired with an exceptionally creamy body. This would be my ideal session beer if I could find it locally at a reasonable price, but alas, neither condition is met. I guess I'll only get to partake during special occasions or roadtrips...

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Photo of fx20736
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a British pint glass.

Beautiful, rich, deep Sienna brown, capped by a thick khaki head that leaves wisps of lacing.

Aroma: A rich caramel toffeeness.

Mouthfeel: soft

Taste: perfectly toasted malt, caramel and rich with a dark sweetness that reminds me of Prunes with just an echo of bitterness like burnt toffee.

Notes: I used to rank this beer much higher. It is a good and tasty beer but I no longer consider it one of the best.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown in hue with a three finger foamy off-white head. Silky until it starts to dissapate, leaving nice rings of lacing. A little fruity on the nose, in the form of dark cherries maybe. Molasses is also very prevelant. Very sugary to the nose. Very aromatic, I could sniff this all day.

Sweet on the front of the palate, but not overly so. Molasses and caramel are there, with just a smidge of that fruitiness from the nose. A small but notable hit of hops touches the middle of the palate, spicing it up. The back of the palate plays the caramel malts up, showing off a sweetness that rounds everything out superbly. A nutty taste resides in the back of the palate as well, sticking around with the linger as well. This gives the beer the full balance, and as it drinks smoothly and finishes dryly, you are left wanting another sip. This is a nice little beer with high drinkability and a great taste. Sam Smith always has great beers brewed to style and never with any off flavors, giving them the longevity that they have prospered from.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Deep, beautiful, glowing brown with a quickly forming, though not too persistent, light khaki colored head. Leaves thin lines and dots of lacing down the glass. A gorgeous brown ale.

A relatively simple aroma, and perhaps the weakest component of this classic brown ale. This smells of toasted fresh bread, a very mild nuttiness, and a simple caramel sweetness. Though, even after significant warming, there's just not a ton of aroma.

This is delicious brown ale, though it's still not nearly as nutty as I was hoping for. The bready malts and sweet toffee/caramel present a wonderful balance. This is incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel--particularly great for a brown ale, which I often find thin and lifeless. This, on the other hand, is a tremendous joy to drink.

One of the best, and most consistent, browns. A daily drinker if there ever was one.

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Photo of skywizzard
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. Very nice clear dark amber color with about 1 1/2 fingers of head which lasted a reasonable amount of time.

Nice clean smell, and the taste was the same. Not overpowering but very pleasant with a definite nuttiness. A good drinking beer or goes well with a steak. I will have again (and again).

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Photo of tony223366
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 5, 2011.

A: Gorgeous amber red. Clear. I really like the way this beer looks. Nice light brown head. Very fluffy with good lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Caramel and toffee. Definite nutty aroma.

T: Lots of caramel and toffee flavors. Also a big hit of nuttiness. Nice malts. Small bitterness at the end. More like dark chocolate than hop bitterness.

M: Lighter body than I expected with lower carbonation.

O: This beer was surprisingly tasty and refreshing. This beer is absolutely worth all of the praise it receives.

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

Pint Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Reddish almost ruby brown with a very nice ½”head, lacing is good.

Smell: Roasted malt aromas with some toffee mixed it, very nice deep aroma for a smaller (5%) ABV beer.

Taste: Very nice, rich and flavorful toasted malt which brings out some almond as well as the subtle toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, a little thin, well carbonated.

Overall: Very delicious brown ale a whole lot of flavor proving that flavorful beer doesn’t always have to be accompanied by a high ABV.

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Photo of DerekP
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first introduction to this legendary beer appears glassy, mahogany brown. A fluffy, thick nougat colored head sits atop.

The nose is rewarded with deep notes of caramel, friendly whiffs of diacetyl, maraschino cherries and the spiciness of a fruit cake. The blurb on the back of the bottle reminded me of the notion of aromatic hops which are definitely there upon revisit.

Taste: creamy, sweet maltiness up front. Wild yeast flavors (product of the open fermentation), caramel malts and a touch of booze.

Full-bodied with the slightest amount of bittering hops. Balanced as expected from an English brewery (with the malts winning overall) and I'd be remiss to not mention that Samuel Smith's has yet to let me down.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with half an inch of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel malt and ripe bananas. The taste is sweet apples, caramel and nutty malt, with very faint hop character. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium to full bodied, and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It's a little sweet for my liking, but the malt character is solid. This is one I've had several times, and when looking for something authentic it's a go to.

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Photo of hiku7
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby brown with a two-finger beige head.

Smell is initially a doughy English yeast presence. Further inspection reveals the malt, which is caramel and nutty with some lingering raisin esters.

Taste is slightly doughy and tart at the outset, but then deep nutty, toasty, caramel malt, with a mild earthy autumn hop and roasted malt finish. Some molasses pervades the senses.

Body is medium and smooth, slightly thin but appropriate, with a low but foamy carbonation. Well attenuated for a moderately dry finish despite the sweetness in the body of the feel.

This is a tasty and very drinkable, simple, straight-forward brown ale. Exemplar of the English Brown Ale style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A medium brown color, almost the same as the color of the label. Two fingers of dirty head that held nicely.
Quite an experience for the nose: nutmeg, alcohol (weird with so low ABV) and grain.
Good malt at first but not sweet. Followed by candy sweet, then a slightly bitter ending.
Silky smooth, low carbonation and medium bodied. What a treat.
Outstanding beer. The texture was incredible. Find some now for yourself.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is orangey dark copper with mahogany hues when backlit. Big (3-finger_ ivory head ontop leaves behind good foamy lace.

S: Toasted bread and nutty malt.

T: First impression is more the mouthfeel than the taste: it's a bit thin in heft. As for flavor: toasted malt again, with some fruitiness underneath. Touch of caramel malt and a faint hint of nuttiness. Hops are of teh leafy, earthy variety, with a touch of mineral. Finishes fairly clean and neutral on the palate.

M: Light-to-medium in body; a touch watery-thin. Carbonation is moderate, with a nice feel to it.

O: A solid, easily drinkable English Brown. Nothing earth-shattering (I prefer more malt flavors and a thicker body, personally), but solid.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is what it is....nut brown ale. Being a nube,it looked like I invisioned. Hoping it wasnt going to look dirty and it didnt. Robust dark wood color with a smoked hickory smell but also fruity sweet smell too. The taste expecting to be kinda of bitter,but not at all,nor dry. Refreshing zesty fruity taste,malty and at the end another sweet taste kinda of honey?..not sure what,but very good. I loved this beer

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque medium-dark brown under a few fingers of yellow-light brown fluffy head which lasts quite a long while. Very good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and toffee, reminiscent of a barleywine almost, and some roasted cashew and nuts.

T: Mild caramel, nut, and malt, slightly sweet and pretty nuanced overall.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Very well done brown ale. Tastes like it would pair with a lot of foods quite well.

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Photo of ErlendA
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a solid beer which I believe promises more than it delivers: The nuttiness is present but not as prominent as I feel it should have been and I prefer my brown ales with more body. Higher mashing temperature and some brown malt would benefit this ale in my opinion.

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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,935 ratings