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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
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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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Ratings: 3,918 |  Reviews: 1,482
Photo of rjochman
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A; Pours a dark brown color with a thick brownish-white head with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Good nutty smell with a sweet brown sugar scent as well.

T: Great flavor that followed with the nutty and brown sugar smell.

M: medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. One of the best beers I have ever had. Definitely will be buying more of this soon.

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

Poured into a nonic glass from a 550 ml. brown bottle. This bottle pours a clear light brown with red cherry highlights. An inch of off white foam settles slowly as a light carbonation rises throughout the beer. Lots of lacing left behind.

Clean caramel malts on the nose along with some cherry and muddled strawberry notes. Bit of roasted malts and nuts for balance. Rather intriguing and quite welcoming albeit not quite what was expected as nuttiness is never too obvious.

Mild malts hit the tongue with a light sweetness amidst an effervescent carbonation. Fruit notes return on the swallow and linger for a relatively long finish. Feel is decent for the style, perhaps a bit thinner than average as for body, yet with enough texture to balance the malts adequately. Offers a hint of woody hops as the beer warms and finishes clean without any bitterness or alcohol in sight. Drinks swiftly as a result.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: 1/2" brady head. Light brown in color with very slight red and orange tones. Only the spottiest lacing.

S: Banana bread. Caramel. Sweet yeast over a balanced malt.

T: Huge malt. Sweetness from yeast balances with a chalky hop bitter. Astringency actually works with the nuttiness of flavor. Walnut liqeur.

M: Nicely foamy in the cheeks. Carbonation explodes the flavors across the palate. Astringency leaves metallic feeling which is a little off-putting.

D: Nice. Really like this one as one of Samuel Smith's classic styles. Not as good as Rogue's Hazelnut Brown or other American crafts of this style I've had, but tastes like history in a glass.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice head; copper color; clear
S: malty smell that lingers
T: very strong brown ale with a hint of nut, whorehound, toffee; not very sweet; bitter, but not because of the hops

Very English ale; well worth having; expect it to lean toward a strong ale

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark, burn sienna with a creamy, 1-finger tan head. It's sustained by a nice wave of carbonation lifting towards the top of the glass. Very pretty.

S - Smell of sweet, candied toffee and pecans with a touch of plum. Really nice combination, with everything showing up on an even level.

T - Buttery pecans and toffee. A sort of butterscotch flavor is the real backbone here. Simple and effective... I don't need much more than that.

M - Light, creamy body with a very even-headed amount of carbonation that blankets the tongue. Slick and smooth, just like it needs to be. Really, I have to say this is the sort of feel I think of when I think of a good, sweet brown ale. Awesome.

D - As easy to drink as any beer you could want to get your hands on! Sets the standard for the style, if you ask me.

Overall/notes - Excellent! I've been looking for a nut brown ale to truly enjoy, and finally, here it is. I've never felt quite as refreshed after drinking a beer as I did after this one. Definitely getting a few more int he nar future.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Smith's Pint glass.

A: Pours with frothy off white head. Brown body with amber around the edges. Little carbonation noticeable.

S: Smells of wood and nutty notes. Good roasted notes.

T/M: Tastes of roasted malts, nut characters and also light woody notes.

D: Good brew, not super robust. Although I am not a huge brown ale fan.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark reddish brown colour with a good amount of head. Tastes of slight malt character with a nutty earthy tone finish to it. Lacks overall flavour, but its decent and there is no really bad after taste. Just nothing is wowing me from this beer to bring it into a A category.

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Photo of Zwetschgen
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful nice light carmel color. It a beautiful color, it's head is a light cream color. Nice.

S: Semi-sweet with a grainy aroma.

T: It has a very mild flavor. It's only very light on it's 'nutty-ness' The flavor lingers, not my favorite.

D: Goes down slow and smooth, drinkable, but it has a unique flavor that I just don't dig. It's less drinkable as it's a bit strange...

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Photo of tapman
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very small, tan head that makes a very small lacing. Body is dark orange in the light and red-brown in the shade. Appears filtered.

Dark bread, dull sherry, caramel, toffee and a hint of minerals.

Pretty light tasting actually. At 5 % I guess that is all right. Closer to an English session ale and even a little strong for that. Taste is some raisiny roast characters, though subtle, and a somewhat flat toastiness from the medium kilned malts.

Pretty thin by American standards of craft beer, but is this closer to what a traditional English session ale should feel like? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and give them the curve.

A fine beer, I need to go to England, grab some local brews and then re-review for style.

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

Appearance - Deep ruby, brown ale. Solid lacing on the beer as the head holds nicely.

Smell - Sweet smell with grain prepares you for the outstanding taste.

Taste - Smooth taste, right amount of sweetness upfront leading to a grainy taste of the back end. Light hops provide a very enjoyable beer. A light spiceness complements the light nutty taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium Body

Drinkability - Can drink anytime anywhere.

Summary - One of my favorites. Fantastic beer that many brewers should imitate.

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Photo of TCMike
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass. It had a finger and a half of tan head. It was a dark amber/brown color.

The aroma was bold, but not overpowering. It smelled of brown sugar, nuts, and a little bit of an alcohol scent.

The taste was very smooth, low hopped, nutty, a faint bready taste, light malts. It was not as "thick" as I had anticipated, more of a medium bodied beer. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of tbern007
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, clear. Full tan head, very thick. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smells earthy, malty, light hops.
Tastes are complex. Bitter but yet there is plum and prune. Earthy and malt but yet caramel, nut, and hazelnut. Biscuit-like flavor as well. Creamy, well-to-over carbonated. Better if it sits a bit. Excellent beer.

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Photo of blink1371
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pour- I poured aggressively into a basic pint glass. Poured very nicely and produced a substantial frothy cream colored head.

Appearence- Color nothing special. As expected, reddish brown color with cream colored head. Lacing was great and the head remained for the entire pint + 2.7 oz bottle! Very impressed.

Smell- Amazing! Very Amazing! Have yet to smell a better smelling beer! NO hint of something here, or something there, in this beer- the smell was in your face. A nutty, brown sugar, cinnamon aroma that was impossible to resist a taste. It smelled just like my grandmother's homemade apple pie. Smell. Was. Ah...maze....wait for it...ING!!!!

Taste- Light medium to Medium bodied. The taste did not disappoint. Taste pretty much matched the smell, with a nutty brown sugar cinnamon. The only drawback would be that the body was not very thick as I was expecting.

Aftertaste- Not to much to be remembered here. Nothing bad, but nothing really amazing either. The aftertaste would be to take another drink!

Conclusion- This is by far the best beer I have ever smelled..not tasted..smelled. Don't get me wrong, the taste is good, but it's hard to follow a smell so incredible as this. This is a very Christmas-y beer and would be great to be enjoyed during the holidays. Could possibly be a late fall beer as well. Anyways, this is a great beer and don't pass it up!

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Photo of goalie33
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 550mL bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Clear, brown in color with redish hues. Two fingers of fluffy, off white head stick around. Leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Caramel malt with a nutty sweetness. A slight note of roasted malt.
T: Sweet malt, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Leaves an aftertaste of butter pecan. Very nice tasting beer.
M/D: Very soft, smooth mouthfeel. Not a very thick, chewy beer, but it is by no means watery or thin. The beer goes down easily and is somewhat refreshing.

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

Pours to an amber-brown color, brilliant clarity and a very generous and lacy buff head. Aroma is earthy, nutty and malty. Flavor is a nice mild blend of sweet, toffee-like malt and mild, earthy bittering hops to balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light and moderate CO2. Overall, a very well-made Brown.

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Photo of Axic10
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second bottle out of the gift pack I purchased last night. Poured from 550ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a finger and a half of fluffy tan head that settles after a minute or two.

Smell: Hints of toffee and walnuts in the nose along with a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Sweet malts, toffee and a pleasant nuttiness. A very mild brown ale, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I love a good brown ale and this is one of the best. Always a treat to get to enjoy this one.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber with finger sized head.

Smell: smells a lot like Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout. Amber and chocolate malts.

Taste: Follows the nose. Sharp amber malt, chocolate, nuts, honey and coffee.

Drinkability: Fantastic beer, not much too improve upon. I like the dark malt flavor that is akin to their oatmeal stout. It mixes with nut flavor and amber malts to produce an interesting brew.

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

Poured from the tall skinny bottle into my Ommegang schooner. Deep ruby brown color and beautiful two finger head. The nutty (imagine that) aroma was nice. The taste was of butterscotch and malt with a slight kiss of hops. The mouthfeel was medium heavy and the drinkability was high. Easy to drink and a nice brew in-general. I felt like I was in a pub.

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

Drunk from a pint glass along with a sharp cheddar and spicy biltong.

A - nice 2 finger head, appealing dark red/brown colour.

S - walnut, caramel, a hint of chocolate.

T - as advertised, nutty, caramel with a real roasted maltiness. Some carbonation. A mild bitter finish. Some coffee notes towards the bottom of the glass. A pleasant match with the cheese and biltong.

M - a little thinner and less creamy than expected but still a lot going on to take pleasure in.

D - smooth, extremely drinkable, and highly enjoyable. Id love another one or two now.

I read the reviews before picking one up and it certainly justifies the props. Not cheap at my bottle shop, but Ill be grabbing another one in the near future nonetheless.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a perfect looking brown ale. Dark brown, if not slightly amber. 2 fingers of light brown head that disappears quickly but maintains a bit on the top.

S - Not what I expected, but doesn't surprise me. Less in-your-face smell, subtle hints of sweet malts. I like my beer to have a powerful smell though.

T - Taste is similar to smell; slightly underwhelming. Honestly, I was expecting to be blown away by this beer, as I've loved the past couple beers of this style I've tried. It is certainly a good brown ale, but not the top one I've tried.

M - Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation seems pretty on point for the style. The flavor is less syrupy, so it doesn't remain on my tongue very long, which I would have liked to see.

D - Because it's less powerful, I could see drinking several of these and have no problem finishing a bottle.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber red color with an impressive 2-finger head that sticks around. Lacing is very nice

S: Malty with nice nutty undertones

T: Quite bitter at first, but that is followed by a huge nutty aftertaste that stays on the tongue for a while. Not sweet AT ALL, which I think actually adds to the nut flavor

M: Nice and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation

D: Definitely a great example of a brown ale, and a highly drinkable one at that. Not sweet or high in alcohol

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

Pours a mahogany brown with a two finger cream colored head. Good retention throughout. Nice aroma. Toffee, nuts and a bit of chocolate and coffee. Malty flavor. Toffee right off the bat, a little dark fruit malt and then finishes with the nutty flavor which lingers a bit into the aftertaste. A very creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Pours dark red to brown with a thick foamy head. Nose is sweet nutty caramel malt with no noticeable hops. Medium to full body. Palate is of earthy hops, coffee, balanced by nutty juicy malt, hints of sherry. Finish is unremarkable. On the whole, it is wonderful Brown Ale

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super freaklin clear dark brown amber color. Nice fluffy cream color head. Head hangs our for a while, about a 1/4" lingers nicely. Some spottey lacing on glass. Moderate to full malty aroma with some dark apple (red delicious?) aroma; quite nice. Same level of maltiness in flavor with the dark apple fruitiness to flavor. Moderate to semi-high carbonation. definitely Pick up
more of the nuttiness to flavor when the beer gets more warmth and at the end and finish. Not super dry, has sweet with a bit of tartness to finish as well. Very drinkable. Medium on weight with a clean moderate mouthfeel. Enjoyed this one. Pretty solid example of style, not overly complex but simple and very well done.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brownish red caramel body with small head, good lacing.

S: very subtle. mostly sweet roasted toffee and nuts.

T: sweet nut/toffee up front, then mild bitter finish

M: smooth, light amount of carbonation.

D: good nut brown, but I have had better. fine session beer and very easy to find almost anywhere.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,918 ratings
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