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: 3,934 |  Reviews: 1,484
Photo of ShireReeve
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour- Tulip Glass

Appearance- Clear brown with average good carbonation. Had to pour aggressively for a three-finger head. Head stuck around for the entire beer at about one-finger. Very nice patchy lacing.

Smell- Made me think of butter pecan or butterscotch. My mouth actually actually started to salivate at the aroma. Nice!

Taste- Sweet and nutty initially and then a slight dryness on the backend.

Mouth Feel- creamy but light, flavor lingers around with the nuttiness.

Overall- The butterscotch aroma and creaminess is awesome. The beer even got better as it warmed a bit. I liked this one and wish I had tried it sooner. Will have to try some more beers from this brewery as well.

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Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish-mahogany and quite clear with a creamy, khaki head that has good retention and shows some very nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet bready malt, with caramel, toffee, toast, and a distinct nutty aroma-like lightly toasted hazelnuts. A trace of earthy hops and a whiff of fruity esters round out the profile. As it warms, the caramel and nuttiness become more prominent.

Flavor-Caramel, toast, and a sweet almond or hazelnut liqueur type character, almost like frangelico or amaretto. Also some fruity, estery character up front, almost like ethyl acetate in low concentrations. A little bit of earthy hop character, and some moderately low hop bitterness dry the finish. Finishes nutty-toasty and a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel-Truly exceptional. Smooth, medium body with moderately light, gentle, soft carbonation. The beer practically caresses your tongue.

There's a reason that this beer is the benchmark for the Northern English Brown style. It's an excellent beer; I don't think much more needs be said.

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

A: Amber brown color with one finger khaki head leaving moderate amount of lace. Poured into my Old Rasputin nonic.
S: Yeast, sweet malt, toffee and nutty aromas all in rapid succession.
T: Sweet roasted malt with nut flavor dominate. Slight hops bitterness add to the finish.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation. Dry but clean.
O: Delicious beer with excellent flavor and feel. Will definitely enjoy another of these.

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Photo of IPA35
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 11 december.

It is ruby-brown with a slightly offwhite head. Looks good!

The smell is indeed quite nutty. Quite mild smelling. Dark malts in there, cereal. SOME dark fruits.

The taste is a nice balance between sweet and bitter. The dark malts are there with their caramelly flavour, the Brtish hops are there (but without much of a 'bite' that I would expect from a Brtish ale) and it is really good actually.

The mouthfeel is medium and a little creamy.
Good aftertaste and easy to drink as well.

Nice brew!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown(1) colour with a one finger head. Aromas of oats / nuts / muesli. Dry / hoppy / bitter. Light flavours, which should in theory add to the drinkability.

I can't really add to the reviews here, save to say that I found this drier, and a bit more one-dimensional than most of the other reviewers. Too dry, and almost a hollow mid-palate. Bottle well within freshness, as well.

Oh well.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of white head

S: Nutty, caramel, toffee, tiny hop bite, creamy sweetness

T: Nutty and malty sweetness hits first, touch of hop bite in the middle and a bitter, dry finish at the end

O: Pretty good nutty brown. Not exactly a fan or expert with brown ales, but this is a good ale in its own right.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 flo. oz. bottle. This is the brown ale that brewers emulate when they brew a brown ale. The pour is a clean mahogany-brown with a delicate, thin head. The aroma is full of nuttiness, sweet caramel malts, with a crisp, clean mellow hop background. The body is smooth and soft. The taste sweet with a slight bitterness and just a little yeast thrown in. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter brown with rising action. Head creeps up and matures at top while lingering and lacing. Nice retention.

S: Malt, yeast, caramel, and nutty scents.

T: A nut brown ale that actually delivers a nutty flavor. Good malt, sweet, and nutty balance. Very easy to drink with a good aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with great flow. Nice coating and a tasty aftertaste.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown w/ a nice two finger tan head. Decent carbonation and lacing. Nose is that of bread, malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Very well balanced and really nice nose. Taste is very similar to the nose profile. Nut and cocoa added on the taste. Feel is malty, bitter, and sweet/sour... A lot going on here. Really nice for the style. Overall, this is one of the best in the style. I really like this brewery, and this beer is highly recommended.

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Photo of Cpherg
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep molasses brown, small wispy head around the rim.

S: Carmel, malty nuttness, appley

T: Dry finish with a sour middle note. Malty nut prevalence throughout

M: A medium creamy brew with small fizzy bubbles

O: Great beer to drink a few of while staying entertained by it.

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives a hell of a first impression with regards to appearance and aroma.

Frothy 2 finger pillow sits atop this copper/auburn English Brown Ale. There's a sweetness that dominates the nose. At first it was difficult to pin down, but as it warms, caramel apple and molasses prevail.

Light-to-thin body. Sweetness in the middle quickly gives way to more earthy spice (mainly pepper). The longer it warms, the more complex the finish becomes (chocolate, coffee). Forgot this was sweet ten minutes ago.

It's dryness at the end makes it difficult to stop replenishing. Dry, refresh. Dry, refresh. Pretty sneaky sis!

Man, this beer gets better and better as it warms. It's a must try for all. Considering the price, drinkability, and accessibility of this brown ale, you have no excuse!

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Liquid bread. There is brilliance in simplicity and there is nothing fancy about this beer. It's almost a difinative beer for the style.

The beer is brown with a foamy head that settles to a nice cap sticking to the sides of the glass with web like lacing. Smells of bread, hay, and perhaps slightly medicinal. Tastes perfectly balanced of rye bread, butter, grass, and coffee. More of a harty beer. This beer is food. Fantastic.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great pour! Froths up to two fingers of creamy tan head. Carbonation is light when looking through the toasted almond colored glass. It’s dropped down to a one finger cap after a few minutes, but still looks good and there is definite stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A wonderful bready malt aroma. The hops also contribute a little to a sweet, slightly floral smell in there. Caramel is what I smell most when not hitting on the malts. Even a little bit of honey. It smells great!

Taste: The roasted nut flavor washes over the tongue in loads. It also has more of that malted barley sweetness in the finish that is very enjoyable. The flavor profile is not really complicated, but it sure is fantastic and all its own when it comes to this style of beer. The nuttiness is perfectly paired with the heavy bread malts. Also, I’ve finally realized I’m not getting much of the hops that were there in the nose, but it really doesn’t matter. This beer is really good without them. The roasted nut flavor is what really lingers after the drink is finished.

Mouth feel: It’s not really dry as the labeling would have you believe. Maybe I’m saying that because I’ve been drinking a lot of IPA’s recently, but no matter. It’s great on the tongue; it’s a silky smooth drink, medium mouth feel. It goes down too easy in my opinion, this one is already over half gone, and I’m not really sure how that happened.

Overall: I guess I really am a sucker for brown ales, and this one will be the beer I use to grade all other brown ales from here on out - a really wonderful beer. You. Must. Try.

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Photo of Pete0714
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, was redddish brown, eith a whitish inch thick head. head remained fairly noted through drinking.

S: Nuttiness is there, perhaps with note of sweetness as it warms

T: A first was a bit cold and seemed lacking in nutty notes, but as it warms it is nuttier, and has a slight bittersweet taste.

M Smoothe, with very easy drinkability

O: I am not sure if this is the best respresentation of this beer, seems a bit uncharacteristic of other reviews, but for what it is worth, it is okay, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours true to the type, a brown or perhaps a dark copper color. Modest head retention. The smell is modest, with hints of nuts and wood.

The tastes are subtle. They start with the typical English ale fruitiness (maybe some plum or grape?) followed by a touch of almond. Nothing overbearing. A straightforward example of the style and another solid offering from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nut Brown Ale smells malty and full of chocolate, as well as boasting aromas of freshly-baked bread. The nose does have a bit of a sour edge, but sugars and dark fruit esters dominate, the latter including banana and pear.

On the tongue, the first impression is almost cider-like, with slightly sour apple and pear flavors. These quickly dissipate to reveal a full body of chocolate malts, vanillas, caramelized brown sugars, and pecans. The flavors here are distinct, but light; this is a nuanced and subtle brew, rather than a hit-you-over-the-head tongue-throbber. Sugars last for a fairly long time, joined by light citrus and rosewater notes from the hops. The aftertaste is mainly toasted grains, and comes across as biscuit-like, or un-buttered toast. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good fare, and far more accessible than many of its peers; drinkers unfamiliar with the style will find this nut brown ale easy to quaff.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint glass...

A - Beautiful leathery tan colored, copper and auburn. Pours a lovely 2 in head that recedes to an inch and is constantly prevalent. Thick creamy lacing. Decent activity. Absolutely Superb

S - Lot's going on. Rich caramel and honey malts. Low hop bite. Buttered Toffee and hazelnuts

T - Big malty front, Nutty finish. A bit plain though, was expecting more of a wow, especially after the smell.

M - Very smooth, A bit thin but it allows the beer to be surprisingly refreshing for the style.

O - An excellent brown ale. May be a bit on the boring side for some, but a classic example of an important style and it should not be missed or taken lightly.

Also, let it warm up a bit, this is amazingly better at room temp

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beer I've been wanting to review for a long time.

A: Nice dark amber/brown color, perfectly translucent. Head is beige, looks creamy, 3 fingers worth. Retention is really good and lacing is pretty good too.

S: The smell is wonderful. There is a really nice amount of brown sugar and molasses (which are the dominant smells). Some good maple and cinnamon. Light pepper, nutmeg and vanilla. Straightforward but wonderful.

T: Well, it carries its name very well as it has a really nice nut flavor to it. Not as sweet as the smell too. Nice earthy and lightly grassy hop profile. Definitely bready and has good amount of nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and molasses.

M: Not as smooth as expected. Medium body with high carbonation.

O: This is a really good beer that is deep in the roots of what is a british beer. Really well made, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep ruby colour with a nice thin layer of head settling out on top.

The nose is rich and slightly chocolaty, with some fresh floral notes coming through alongside some slightly fruity yeasty aroma.

The flavour is and slightly sweet to start, but quite clean. Notes of molasses come through alongside toasty malt. It finishes quite try, but then a very lovely aftertaste of walnut and hops comes through. It's very aromatic, and keeps me craving another drink.

Overall, this is a very good example of the style. It is easy drinking and not too overpowering, while having subtle complexity.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Newcastle Brown Ale.

Appearance: Clear brown with moderate carbonation. Huge, off-white and creamy head that was mostly lasting. Good lacing.

Smell: Bread, roasted, and nutty aromas. The aroma improved as the beer warmed.

Taste: Matched the aroma. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Roasted and nutty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight earthiness and spice. The finish had an average duration.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body that was creamy. Lively carbonation. The alcohol was not at all apparent.

Overall: This was and still is one of my favorites. This beer definitely improves as it warms. It might be a 5 for me if it had a more vibrant and nutty aroma.

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Photo of pBRale
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--Beautiful deep amber color, exceptionally clear, well carbonated, with a creamy off-white head formation leaving behind moderate lacing.

Smell--mostly nutty aroma with a hint of toffee and a very slight earthiness.

Taste--Toffee-like sweetness blended with a toasted nut maltiness that leaves the palate with a hint of bitterness. Nutty aftertaste lingers long after each drink. Finely carbonated from the first sip to the last.

Mouthfeel--fairly heavy presence in the mouth, more so than I expected; smooth and creamy.

Overall--Excellent beer that is well worth every penny.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like root beer but a little bit of a lighter shade of brown. High carbonation and big bubbles with a cloudy white head that goes away after a couple of minutes and drinks.

S: Milk caramels and pecans up front, roasted sweetness all the way. A little bit of smoke and rye.

T: More pecans, and some walnut with a lot of caramel sweetness. Malted milk and some coffee biterness.

M: Not as carbonated as it looks and a little more viscosity than expected. Smooth and rich on the tongue.

O: Blows Newcastle out of the water. Its got depth of flavor and a full body. I like it.

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Photo of kflorence
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imported from my profile - APR 7, 2008

550ml bottle, pours a deep almond brown with off-white head that lasts awhile. Smells sweet, almost like toffee. Light on the tongue, not overly complex but very smooth and tasty. Notes of burnt nuts, light hops, malts and toffee. It is not overly carbonated, which I enjoyed, and it’s very easy to drink. A very enjoyable brown ale, even if it is slightly less complex than some of the others.

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Photo of StoutishDan
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's for $3.49. I can only hope it lives up to the hype.

A - Smooth dark brown color with a reddish shade. Nice creamy finger thick head. Super sticky lacing.

S - Sweet aroma with some carmelly roasted nuts.

T - Sweet up front. A smidgen of carmel sweetness. Slight bready finish, but very expensive tasting bread, ha.

O - My excitement has paid off. This beer has all the right stuff going for it. It is sweet, satisfying and perfect in almost ever possible area.

I've looked at other reviews on Ba and I feel as if they drank an entirely different beer from me. Clear bottles? Skunk? Watery? I'm really sad that their experience was ruined because of skunk.

If a beer is skunked DON't REVIEW IT!

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Photo of SamN
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Lively and active beer starts the head flowing immediately after popping the cap. Billowy, soapy tan foam everywhere! The beer itself is a very dark amber/mahogany hue, slightly chill hazed and with lots of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom. THe excellent head retains for a good while, maintaining it's body and activity far into the tasting. Classic English ale looks, deep, dark but not opaque. Quite the beauty. Smell is of sweet hazelnuts, an almost woody malt aroma, some slight fruit notes, like apples and figs with a yeasty, doughy background. Pretty good, but not exactly what I was expecting. SMell doesn't seem firm like a borwn ale should, the malt aromas seem flimsy and has a distinct doughy, raw edge to it. Too much fruit in the nose for my tastes, but overall not a bad aroma; just not quite up my alley. Taste, also, seems a tad flimsy and loose. Definitely has a malt foundation, but it seems undermined by a distinctly crisp apple taste; the antithesis of what I exepct in a brown ale. Maybe because it's English my expectation are misplaced, but too me, this isn't what I want in a brown ale. Not enough rich nutty, bready and creamy flavors. Tastes seem to fall flat, not fleshed out. Finish is a little dry. Mouthfeel, however, is excellent. Smooth and fuller bodied, quite nice on the palette; wish the flavors were better along side the excellent mouthfeel.

Underwhelmed by this highly-praised beer. Not nutty enough for me, or just not in the right vein. A bit of a dud for me. At least the price is right.

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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,934 ratings