Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 3,896 |  Reviews: 1,477
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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Photo of Satchboogie
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes reviewed on 11/29/10:
Victorian pint poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
bottled on 6/16/10

A: Brownish red, tiny bit opaque. 2-finger off-white bubbly head that sticks around a while, leaves little lacing.

S: Lots of malt, has an apple cider like aroma in the background. Does have a nutty smell reminiscent of a dry aged steak.

T: Lots of malt come through in the nose, has some dark and nutty characteristics, somewhat musty. I can taste the apple cider like flavors, but it isn't sweet or intense. Has decent complexity. Finishes very mellow with a hint of bitterness and roasted malt. Earthy.

M: Medium carbonation, light body. Has a clean mouthfeel. A little chewy, finishes dry and clean with just a little tartness. Seems too thin and weak.

D: Drinks really easily due to the light finish and body.

Overall I was expecting something a bit more flavorful, especially in the finish, and a thicker body. Perhaps the food I was eating threw the body off for me, but it seemed a lot thinner than what other people have noted. I'll definitely be trying this again.

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

Props again to the nice bottle presentation. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Color is a dark reddish brown with just a little light getting through. Nice two finger light tan head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is mild. Some light toffee, a hint of nuts, just a little roasted malt.

The taste clearly follows the aroma but with a stronger roasted maltiness. The nutty flavor is present but not overly potent; just a slight bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation over a fairly light body. Very drinkable. The best brown ale I've had so far.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice caramel brown pour, red tint as the beer fills the glass. Off-white frothy single finger head which dissipates slowly. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Wish there was more here, struggling to pick much up. Do get some coffee and cocoa, roasted malts.

T: Nutty up front, sweetens out mid-drink, some bittering hops in there and gently fades away.

M: Low carbonation, great mouthfeel.

D: One of my favorite nut browns.

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

This beer pours a deep amer color, with a slightly off white head. The aroma smells of english earthy hops, there is also a sweet malty note. The flavor is sweet, and ends with a nutty malt note. There is also a good mild english hoppiness to back up the malt. The mouthfeel is medium light, and is drinkable.

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

Presentation: 550 ml brown embossed bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found, but daycode stamped on bottle.

Appearance: deep reddish amber hue, tan foamy 1 finger head in a pint glass.

Smell: sweet nutty aroma, slight carmel.

Taste: smooth very creamy textured. sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish.

Notes: my first 'nut' brown ale, like a new castle on a nut diet...exceptional

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Photo of liamt07
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chesnut brown (surprised?), lighter orange around the edges when held to the light. Creamy and slightly offwhite head, with some dense retention. Nose is nutty , with some maple and light chocolate. Dominated by the nuts, but has some darker bread and cereal here too. Light metallic finish, creamy with medium carbonation. High drinkability, a definite winner and something that should be kept year round in the fridge.

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Photo of KeOw
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle (1pt, 2oz) into a shaker at around cellar temp. Rich, pale buff head, 3 fingers thick, retains well all the way down, leaves patches. The body below it is the dark red brown of well-steeped black tea, and shows some carbonation.

The brew exudes a malty sweetness of deeply roasted nuts, dark and yeasty bread.

The flavor is of course predominantly malty. In addition to the aforementioned aromas, I taste a little more yeastiness and, nearly drowned in the bread and malt, some dark fruit, perhaps figs. Also something buttery, perhaps butterscotch (diacetyl), and even some alcoholic fruitiness--both surprising, in light of the sessionable 5% abv. Perhaps it's their propietery yeast. It is somewhat drier than I expected from the bouquet, like the dryness of roasted almonds. Finally, upon swallowing, some hops bite--well, softly nibble at--the tongue, the dulled edge of bitterness staying with malty sweetness through the aftertaste and preventing it from being cloying. Overall, it's more complex than I'd expected. (It's my first time drinking this in more than ten years!)

The mouthfeel is silky, the carbonation slightly present and lending a slight crispness. The finish is wet, slick, and silky at first, but dries very quickly, leaving the mouth uncloyed and wanting more.

Even as someone who has a taste for hops, I find this highly drinkable. Samuel Smith's managed to counter the sweet maltiness with some dryness and hints of aromatic hops, making it a mellow, easily quaffable drink.

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

550ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

The second of the Samuel Smith beers from the gift set I bought a few weeks back.

A - Pours a rich and deep chestnut color, crystal clear with a foamy, yet quickly fading 2-fingered head. Some spattered lacing around the glass, but a bit inconsistent.

S - Smell is smooth, full of earthy tones and sweet malts. I'm getting some darker fruits and berries as well, along with a yeasty breadiness. Smells deeper than a mere 5%.

T - The taste also doesn't feel as if this is a lower alcohol beer as well. It's full and round, yet it also has a much higher bitterness than I would've expected given both the meager alcohol as well as the almost non-existent hops in the nose. Sugary sweet malts and fruits hit first, then the bitter mid-palate washes everything down. The bitterness does subside for the most part, however, and the berries and figs come back to make the finish clean and smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is pleasantly medium-bodied, leaning towards thin. Ample carbonation. Finish is sweet, yet a bit too thin and watery.

D - Drinkability is high. A beer full of flavor and complexity given the alcohol. Besides the bitterness in the middle, the alcohol is masked well. If there were a way to amp up the thickness of this beer, it'd be great.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was accidentally given to me when I meant to order a draft of the Ithaca Nut Brown, which I'm crazy about. It was not as good as the Ithaca for my taste but certainly similar in a lot of ways. Most disappointing was the lack of nutty character that I've enjoyed from some recent local browns.

Color was a medium brown with an almost fizzy head. Aroma was mostly malt and not too overwhelming. Flavor as well had a good balance but there was nothing about it that I was blown away by. Overall, an ok beer but not one of choice for me.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reviewed this beer two times. The numerical ratings above are based on the most recent tasting.

Review of 7-14-12:

550 mL bottle poured into a glass

Nutty maple-ish aroma. Surprisingly, it reminds me of Paulaner Salvator.

Pours a rich mahogany brown. No haziness. Huge fluffy off white head.

The flavor starts off dry then moves to some sweeter, toasty dark brown bread notes. Some hazlenut maybe, definitely some lingering maple. Slight tangyness too. A little bit of rich cream thrown in too. A faint hint of spices. Very faint hops in the background but they become more noticable as the beer warms.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

This beer is very balanced. It is a different experience from most American Brown Ales that tend to emphasize one or another trait --- either being super sweet, or very nutty or very dry, or very toasty. This beer stays right in the middle. Today it is what I'm in the mood for. Another day, I would prefer the brashness of an American Brown Ale (especially Real Ale's Brewhouse Brown).

Review of 12-3-2010:
AP 4.0/AR 4.5/F 4.5/MF 5.0/D 4.0
Mahogany brown clear liquid with generous fluffy light tan head.

Malty aroma with a little bit of tangyness.

Flavor is interesting and improves as it warms. Dry but rich, malty with a little bit of a buttery undernote. Slight tangyness in the background. Just a little bit of bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and becomes better as it warms. Very smooth, medium bodied.

Interesting for sure. I think I like some of the American Brown Ales better but I do like the unique tangy background of this beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light orange/brown color with a decent off-white head that has good consistency. It stays around for a good while. It has smells of sour fruit with caramel/toffee notes. Also smells a bit nutty in the middle of the nose but just slightly. Taste is sour and bitter to begin with. then there is a touch of fruity sweetness. There is a toasted characteristic appearing towards the finish. Its well carbonated yet smooth and surprisingly creamier that I anticipated. It washes over nicely. This beer is highly drinkable. I could drink this all night. Wish I could get it in six packs. Its a little pricey at 3.99 a pint. Well worth the money though, in my honest opinion.

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Photo of bens0n
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber/brown with a small amount of off-white head, not the least bit murky, you can see through it when held up to the light. There is a small amount of lacing that etches the glass on the way down.

It has a rich malty smell with a hint of yeast, its very complex and has a slight sweetness to it.

Flavor wise, it starts out slightly sweet, but the maltyness and roasted malts quickly take control and it finishes with an almost bitter nuttiness. The nuttiness stays on your tongue afterward and is more prevalent in the aftertaste than the initial flavor.

Its not too thick or overly carbonated; a very satisfying beer.

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

Immortality rings through my inner-ear when I think about ways to describe this ale. A delightful smell combined with a rich, dark hue concoct one of the boldest nut brown's I have had the pleasure of trying. Not to mention Samuel Smith's are so classy.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.54/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As I opened the bottle it was like a geyser of beer shooting all over my floor. Not fun! Hopefully the beer makes up for this mishap.

The head is a light tan head that is extremely frothy. Light in bubblage and amber in color. Quite cool to look at.

Smells sweet and yeasty, nothing too noticeable, just malty and light hoppiness.

Light and smooth in the mouth. Leaves the mouth try.

The sweet taste is present but as soon as it came it leaves with an abrupt bitterness. A metallic taste at first but disappears a few sips later. A noticeable caramel and toffee malt-iness. A definite dry hop bitterness at the end and in the aftertaste as well.

Overall, I'm not impressed with this Nut Brown Ale. I wouldn't want another one.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head created by the pour was three fingers of oak brown thick bubbles. Exceptional lace cling, like glue. Color is a 26 on the SRM Beer Color chart. Enchanting smell of butter, butterscotch, walnut, and cashews. Tastes of toffee, nuts, caramel, rye bread, peanuts, and malt. Very robust mouthfeel as it rolls around my mouth and over my teeth and tongue. The more I taste this beer the more I want more. Great flavor for the price.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light tan head that is a finger high with the body being a beautiful ruby color.

S: There is some fresh fruit aroma with a nuttyness. There are caramel notes as well.

T: The beer is not what I expected flavor wise. The taste is somewhat fruity, but not really citrusy like an American IPA. There is a touch of bitterness for balance. The beer also has a bit of nut flavor with a hint of roasted malts. Overall the beer has some wine characteristics. It is interesting, but I wouldn't call it mind blowing.

M The beer is a little overly carbonated and medium bodied.

D: The beer is decently drinkable, but the high level of carbonation really hurts it. The taste has enough complexity and is tastey enough for the beer to be worth drinking.

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

Pours a clear brown-copperish colour with a big creamy off-white head that has good retention and laces well.

The aroma is subdued, but very pleasant with toffee, dark fruit, and toasted/caramel malt. Also picking up faint hints of floral hops?

Dark fruits make a very brief appearance up front, just showing a hint of sweetness, and then are overtaken by the malt which is bringing in roasted, caramel, and toasted nut flavours. The dark malt and hops come together in the end for a lightly bitter finish.

Luxurious, medium-body, creamy feeling.

A tasty, quaffable brown ale that blows Newcastle out of the water and provides a good amount of malty flavours with a very light bitter finish to make this oh so easy drinking.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale appears a robust deep brown color. Cherry highlights are appreciable when the glass is held up to light. The toffee colored head rises up to a modest two to two and a half fingers in size, and hangs around for a minute. Lacing is barebones, a little bit of a disappointment. The nose is malty and quite good. Biscuits and toasted nuts, with a nice dollop of caramel. As I first sip, my impression that the flavor is more of the same. Hops that didn't come through in the nose show up here though, added by a deft hand. The bitterness is appreciable, but mild, and a slight herbal note closes the beer. An unexpected, but welcome addition to the usual malty notes. The body is very smooth, it almost reminds me of an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is appropriately low for the style, but at times I almost feel like the beer comes across as flat, it could stand to be inched just a tiny bit higher. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a fine beer, this four pack didn't last long in my fridge.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/amber/red in colour with a nice white head throughout. Slight carbonation.

S - Nutty, sweentess, malts, caramel.

T - Really nutty. Maybe hazlenut or something like that. Chocolate and caramel with the caramel winning out. Sweet but not overly so. The sweetness is shown though good flavours not in a cloying way.

M - Minimal carbonation. Very soft in the mouth. Flavours stay for a while in the finish too.

D - Pretty high. Nice abv and quite warming for a cold night.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into an authentic Sam Smith pint glass. Beautiful deep brown/red color as it poured with a hint of caramel and malts in the aroma. Very good head which dissipates slowly. Beautiful lacing as I kept sipping on this delicious brew. Mouthfeel is truly wonderful, hint of malts with a nice nutty, caramel flavor. Leaves a very good aftertaste with beautiful silky complexion. Drinkability is VERY of the best brown ales I have had. Another solid beer from Sam Smith's, highly recommended.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich reddish copper. Moderate yet firm head of white that leads to outstanding lacing.

S- Nutty with a dry sweetness of malts underneath.

T- I'm not usually a fan of nut brown ales so I was surprised (although not too surprised due to the love people have for this ale) at the richness of the flavor. Sweet and nutty but there is also a lingering not-quite caramel coating of the tongue that adds to the depth of this beer. Just a touch of hops finds its way into the aftertaste, from the back to the sides.

M- Medium. Works well with the dry nuttiness of this brew.

D- Due to the multifaceted flavor and the medium mouthfeel this is a nut brown ale that could be enjoy in numeration without issue.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very attractive amber colored beer with good carbonation visible and a nice off white head building, which sticks around for a couple of minutes and leaves very nice lacing.
The smell hints sweet nutty malt flavors, just like the name promises. The taste is phenomenal, just like the other types of beer from that brewery.The taste of roasted malts brings along the nutty earthy feel combined with hints of coffee and caramel, yet it is immediately balanced with an equal amount of bitterness from the hops. Very nicely measured, creating a unexpected freshness, which invigorates. Great prickly mouthfeel, very fresh , even so the beer has a creamy feel to it. Very drinkable, I could just imagine, how good this beer would be an fresh tab.What a great job!!!

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 3,896 ratings
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