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

550ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Walnut brown with a lingering two-finger head.
S: Rich toasted malt and pecans. A hint of something sweet.
T: Nutty- walnuts and pecans, with toasted malt, just a hint of earth and whisper of hops.
M: A bit thinner than I expected, but smooth and pleasant overall.
O: A well-made and enjoyable brew.

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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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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,945 ratings