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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer manages to stay perfectly clear, colored brown, and have a thick creamy head.
The aroma is mostly bready with brown sugar, as are the flavors, which include the namesake nutty profile.
This is a great one to pair with food, as it is refreshing and would pair well with most standard pub offerings, drinking this actually makes me want some Fish n Chips.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With such high ratings on Beer Advocate, I had very high expectations before drinking this brown ale.

It is a beautiful clear brown color with a tan, creamy head.

A faint sweet smell.

The taste is good. Carmel malts up front and finishes with a dry and the slightest bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel is good too. Not watery like Newcastle.

Very mild, very smooth and extremely easy to drink.

It is good beer, but I do not think it is outstanding by any means.
Just a little weak on flavor.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer as part of a beer appreciation program at Cloverleaf Tavern in New Jersey.

I poured the beer into a weizen glass. It had a one finger head. The color was a light brown (shocking, a brown beer with that color). The head held until the first drink. It left some pretty lacing on the glass.

The aroma was of english hops, but not much more. I was looking for some nuttiness, but I couldn't find it.

The drinkability was nice and clean. There wasn't much challenge in the taste of this beer. It wasn't a bad flavor, but it wasn't exceptional. The taste is average. The beer has a very nice history, but they had plenty of time to improve on the flavor (but didn't). They brag about the process on the label, but not the flavor as much. I tried to identify a nut flavor from the taste, and then I tried to figure which nut it was. The label didn't even say which nut. I like some nut flavor, but I wish they could have picked a nut.

Side note: what is up with the foil? I know that used to be a sign of quality. Now the flavor alone determines the quality. The foil is only good for getting in your beer. It is just a pain in the drinking process.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Euro-size bottle into a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Pours a deep ruby, but far from brown...I feel a little jipped. Looks like a British mild.

S: Smells like a mild. There is caramel and nuts, but also a lot of metallic harshness.

T: Taste begins with the smell: caramel and metal, but quickly improves. Walnuts and cashews shine through and brown sugar and chocolate in the finish.

D: Nice smooth drinking. This is a session beer for sure and a damned good one. Goes down easy and it would be nice if I had another one.

Overall: A nice little nut brown that surprised me. It has a lot in common with a mild, but this one has a very unique character and nails its flavours. The lower Sam Smith price will assure that I will be returning to this beer soon.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brown with a khaki color head that thinned down leaving a couple of spots of lacing.

S - sweet roasted malt aroma.

T - this is a malty beer, sweet caramel and toffee with roasty notes and a little bit of earthy flavor.

F - medium bodied with fine carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a very good English ale.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18.7oz clear bottle. No freshness date noticed.
Served in a Nonic pint glass.
It pours a shiny nutmeg brown color with a fast-fading off-white head along with some webby lacing.
I love the nutty, earthy aroma at first pour. Sweet malty and tea-like smells mingle with a light whiff of fruit cup and bread dough. A very distant smell of cut green wood is noticed.
The flavors are incredibly uniform and tasty without any off tastes or weighted flavor profiles. Nicely balanced!
The nutty malty sweetness is tempered with tea-like, light citrus and a faint pear-like fruitiness. A mild alcohol fuminess peeks through in perfect harmony.
The mouthfeel is slick, not oily. A little buttery, not thick.
Delectable liquid brew!

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Photo of ToddT
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear medium brown with some ruby highlights. It is topped with a thick tan off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap, which is long lasted and leaves some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Strong roasted malt, caramel, molasses, slight raisin, and plum in there notes too.

T- Malt, roasted but not overly strong, some sweet caramel notes come out in the middle and then a slight herbal note of hops at the finish. The finish is dry and lingering, mostly roasted malt and a hint of herbal hops make up the aftertaste.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, thought there would be a little more body based on the appearance and aroma, but it's not lacing here. This is a case where lighter only adds to the drinkability.

D- Easy drinker and the 5% ABV make this a session beer.

Wonderfully done, this the benchmark of the style.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nut Brown pours a garnet hued brown color and appears quite clear when held up to a light. The head is light tan in color and has very nice retention, leaving splashy lace on the glass.

The aroma is quite malty with a good amount of toffee and caramel as well as some pecan like notes and a bit of fruity character. Just a touch of herbal hops come into play as well, but the malt really rules the aroma in this beer.

Much like in the aroma, the malt is the main player in this beer. It is very sweet with an extremely rich mix of caramel, toffee, nuts, fruitcake, cocoa and brown sugar. The earthy herbal hops are present but fairly well buried, though their bitterness keeps this brew from going off the deep end with the malt sweetness.

The body is medium with a bit more carbonation than I think I would care for. The beer also seems to have a bit of a watery character to it, which is quite surprising given the maltiness. I think the hops may be most apparent on the fairly dry finish.

Overall this beer was not really my cup of tea. I think it mostly boiled down to the fact that I did not really care for the malt character it had to offer. It was still a decent beer and no doubt a pretty classic example from a brewery that has been around for a very long time.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a brown to dark copper color with not much head. The scent is a wonderful molasses. Tasted a little malt sweetness up front - maybe like molasses or caramel - then an earthy or floral hops bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The more I drank (and as it warmed a bit), the more I enjoyed it. Not as good as some other Samuel Smith's offerings, but quite good.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown, with some red tint. Small creamy head with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Malts, roasted nut, sugar, hops, molasses. Light cocoa and chocolates.

Taste - Bold and roasty. SLighty bitter from the malts. Ample amount of sugars and cocoa spices. Very flavorful and mild. Alcohol is barely noticable. Has a slight creamy finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and easy on mouth. Thick and coats its well with sweet and malty goodness. Nothing to too strong, and palette recovers quick

Overall - Fantastic, as usual with sammy smith beers. Low alcohol and easy to drink. Nutty with a sweet kick. Not to far off from taddy porter but not as sweet and creamy. Great beer, right up there with taddy porter.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dorks brown nutmeg colour with a nice creamy head that stays around.

S - Nice nutty aromas, and some burnt toffee and caramel.

T - Rpoasted malts and nuts with nice balanced sugars

M - Full body and medium carbonation makes for a smooth drop.

O - A must try and one of the better brown ales around

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swiped this from my in-laws fridge a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for an evening to enjoy it.

Crystal red, with a certain glow to it, bulging from the insides of the glass. The head is like a pancake disc, riding above a pool of black cherry syrup.

Distinctively nutty, adding a depth to the nose you don't often find in a brown - other toffee, butter, raisins, alcohol apparent too.

Ridiculously good - almond-like in its creamy nuttiness. Sugar, toffee, dark bread.

The light carbonation softens everything, while drying the tongue.

I'd love to have this on tap - either way, exceptionally drinkable, especially at this ABV.

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Photo of oldbutslow
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer for a decent price. I expected a stronger ale taste, but this has a lighter touch; even my wife liked it.
Slightly toasted flavor without a lot of after taste. I would buy this again and match it up with some cheddar cheese or some beer cheese soup.

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Photo of nickd717
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from BevMo.

Exceptional appearance for this one. Brilliant reddish-brown in color with a lasting two-finger khaki head and thick lacing.

Nice rich aroma, with fruity English yeast very big. Some milk chocolate and toffee notes as well as good nuttiness.

Good balanced flavor with toffee, English yeast, and milk chocolate. The nuttiness asserts itself on the finish. The nuts are substantial, if not as big as some of the American brown ales that actually add essence of nuts to the beer. Hey, sometimes you'd rather not have a brewer smack you in the face with a big ol' nut sack.

Medium-bodied and smooth, maybe a little boozy for 5%. Soft carbonation and a long finish.

Hey chief, if you dig the browns you should check this out. It's nice, balanced, and classic. I'd go for it again if I wasn't a ticker.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a NB globe. Didn't find any freshness info on the bottle.

A - This brown ale pours a dark auburn color with a good two or so fingers worth of creamy colored head forms which settles down a bit. Above average lacing leaves a nice presence on the glass.

S - A few different nutty aromas are the first noticeable thing in the nose. A bit of English toffee and caramel in there as well.

T - Loving the taste on this. A ton of roasted nuts combined with a nice sweet malt backbone make a great brew. A bit or brown bread element in there as well. Just the slightest touch of hops round it out.

M - The feel of this beer is spot on. Smooth and creamy with a nice full body, but not especially filling which makes this easy to put down.

D - Drinkability on this one is through the roof. I could drink this one all day. One of the best brown ales I've ever had and probably will ever have.

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Photo of sj660
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seductive maple color leaving good lace above a ribbon of aromatic foam, only tarnished by an uneven bubble composition.

Aroma is mild and matches the nutty taste with a subtle liaison of fruit and stone, but nothing to interfere with the nutty, malty, slightly caramel elixir. A kiss of hops follows to complete the very well balanced flavor.

The feel is creamy and full bodied without unnecessary alcohol or gas.

A world-class beer that should be the archetype for the English Brown Ale. For me, a favorite among favorites.

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Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 18.7 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark brown color with ruby hues and a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, I am not able to detect much of anything. Taste is also rather mild, some nuttiness, a bit of hops, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me in a pint glass. The waiter actually poured it at my table, which was nice since I got to see the initial head.

A - Nice, two finger tall, foamy, white head. Deep reddish brown.

S - Nutty smell with a hint of sweet like caramel.

T - About the same as the smell. I really enjoyed the lasting malty nut taste.

M - Perfection? Super smooth with a medium body. Creamy with a slight carbonation.

D- Probably the best brown ale I have had thus far in my limited experience. It matched perfectly with my steak dinner and I would have ordered another had it not been over priced.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4 Pours a clear, reddish-brown. There's a quickly dissipating one-finger layer of bubbly tan head that ends up being less than 1/4" throughout. It has silk sheet-like lacing.

S- 4.5 Delightful smell, I just wish it were a tad stronger! I get candied pecans and hazelnut, possibly a slight roasted tone as well. Dark malts are present here and contribute to a sweetness that makes brown sugar and caramel come to mind.

T- 4.5 Great-tasting brown ale. It is nutty and malty/caramel sweet, with an ample level of hop bitterness that brings it in balance. None of its individual flavors stand out to me in general, but rather they combine to make one really good, well-rounded taste. Slightly dry aftertaste.

M- 5 Perfectly carbonated, this is a clean and smooth medium body ale that has just enough creaminess to it.

D- 4.5 One of my favorite brews in a favorite style, the Sammy Smith Nut Brown is a go-to beer for me. It is balanced in flavor and goes down easily. I'd recommend it to almost everyone. One of the best aspects of this brew - you can get it almost anywhere!

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Photo of KajII
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a rich medium to dark brown with a translucent red hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown foamy head that had decent retention and produced some nice lacing.

The aroma was that of a roasted caramel malt and a leathery yeast with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and molasses.

It tasted very malty and mildly sweet with a hint of chocolate at first and finished with a slightly bitter coffee flavor that stayed with you for a nice long while after the swallow.

Its mouthfeel was tremendous, smooth and creamy in texture and a solid medium in body with a very soft carbonation.

Overall a superb Nut Brown ale, one of the best I have ever tried. But then again most brews from this brewer are just awesome!!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Medium copper color, two fingers of pale tan head subsides slowly leaving faint lace.

S: Roasted notes predominate, some funky/fruity caramel in the background.

T: Lovely roasted notes, faint sweetness, no hops. Flavors are clear and pure. Some minerals emerge over time, also sweet biscuit.

M: Medium body with slight creaminess. Quite satisfying.

D: Very drinkable indeed-- none of the flavors are too strong, so it almost teases you into drinking more just to see if you can find something else in there-- and you can. Leaves me wanting more, but in a good way. Understated, even somewhat delicate.

Overall, a very pleasant beer. Will buy it again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a light brown color with a finger of off-white head that holds and laces better than expected.

S: Caramel, toast, light hoppiness (goldings), and faint fruitiness.

T: Mild berry fruitiness, caramel and biscuit malts, toasted pecans and almonds, and some nutmeg.

M: It has a medium-light body with average carbonation and creaminess.

D: This is a great example of excellence in subtlety.

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Photo of SisuPride
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer with great aroma and taste. This beer is more complex than a simple run of the mill brown beer without being too complex. I guess the less is more theory holds true. The bottle makes for a beautiful presentation with the foli covered cap and traditional graphics. A beer and brewery I'd recommend without reservation to anyone. One of my favorites in their line-up.

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Photo of starkystark
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a dark tan color. Level-headed with some pretty thick lacing left behind.

Toffee aroma. On the 3rd or 4th whiff I picked up that smell of roasted nuts.

Awesome complex flavor. I picked up that nutty taste at first. Then as it moves toward the back of the pallet it slowly turns to a roasted malt flavor. I caught caramel too.

Smooth. Lightly carbonated. Goes down pretty easily.

At 5.00%, this is definitely a very sessionable beer. I had two, but could have had two more for the night (although they were expensive). I would recommend this to my friends that enjoy Newcastle.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 550 mL bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. I could not locate a bottling date. I poured it into a pint tumbler. Upon pouring, a nice three-finger ivory head forms. Retention is very good. Sticky lacing lines the glass. The brew is walnut-brown with a healthy amount of active carbonation visible through the pint. The look is textbook to style.

In the nose this ale is giving off scents of caramel, and fresh baked bread. There is a nutty aroma and the alcohol is also detectable on the nose.

Despite the depth of flavor, this is a pretty mild-tempered ale on the tongue. There is indeed an implied nutty character to this beer. It is malt-forward, giving impressions of caramel and chocolate. There is a subtle smokiness and a mild alcohol warmth. It finishes with a mildly bitter hop presence and an earthy aftertaste. To my Americanized palate it comes off being a little watered down. There is nothing inherently wrong with the flavor of this beer, but this is one of the rare instances that I prefer an American take on a style as opposed to a more traditional interpretation.

The body of this brown ale is on the heavier end of light. The presence of carbonation is fairly high, thereby increasing the effect of lightness in the mouthfeel. It feels a little watery, but pleasant on the whole.

The biggest testament to this beer may be its drinkability. It is complex in flavor without overwhelming the palate. It is inoffensive in the mouth. The moderately low 5% ABV makes finishing this bottle (equivalent to almost 19 ounces) a breeze. As an import it is a little bit pricey for a beer this close to sessionable. I would suggest that everyone give this a try (if nothing else but to have an anchor for reviewing the style), but even as a lover of brown ale, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is not something that I would go to often.


The Two-Schlitz ScaleĀ™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. Despite the cost, its durability strikes a chord with the romantic in me.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,873 ratings.
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