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

3,877 Ratings
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 MattyV
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +0.7%
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 +8.8%
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 +7.6%
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 +13.8%
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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Photo of Transatlantic
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice clear reddish brown color with fine bubbles (almost creamy) and nice head retention. Lacing is excellent

S - Very nutty smell with caramel and a very light chocolate in the background.

T - Much like the smell, this nut ale really delivers on it's name. The nutty taste really comes in strong with the light chocolate smell finishing with the taste. A lice sweet and straightforward drinking beer.

M - Light to medium bodied beer

D - You'd have no problem downing these. They are very straightforward beers...the cost is a bit high for it though. I'd be better off with Newcastle.

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Photo of staffweilder
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dirnkable beer. dark ale with an almost pilsner feel.

pours dark amber color, leaves much lacing behind. smells very nutty and rich with hints of coffee and caramel.
not very hoppy or bitter which is good. has an almost creamy feel in the mouth. would definitely drink again. its like a lager in ale form. great in the winter time when you need a thicker beer without the heavy alcohol taste.

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Photo of biglite351
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Red brown, able to see through center of glass. Tall off-white head leaving a lot of lacing behind.

S - Sweet malts and maybe a bit of caramel

T - Dry malty flavor. Quite mild with little after-taste.

M - Mild coating and only a bit of tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - Easily drinkable, but not even clost to a early choice. Many better options avqailable.

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Photo of dcx10music
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very full, dark brown. Surprisingly translucent when held up to light.

S - Absolutely wonderful. Dark and rich with a mild coffee aroma holding everything together. My mouth was watering at first sniff.

T - Similar to, and just as good as, the smell. The malty backbone is complemented nicely by a sweet toasted nuttiness.

M - The weakest part of this brew. Not terrible, but it seemed a bit on the watery side for my palate.

D - Goes down easy, but it's quite heavy on the stomach; I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time.

Notes - If it was a little more thick, this would likely be one of my favorite all-time brews. As is, it's still an excellent way for me to embrace my inner Englishman.

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Photo of Landfill21
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this fine beer into my Hofbrau Mug.

Pours into a nice dark brown color with a finger and a half head that laces down the glass as you drink it.

Smells of oats, nuts with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Has a nice smooth taste. Goes down easily and is refreshingly light.

Has a med. light mouthfeel

Has a nice drinkibility.

I would recomend this to anyone who likes brown ales.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one finger of frothy off white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing

S: Nice nut scent but with plenty of sweetness to it

T: Initially has deep flavor reminiscent of most brown ales with a nice addition of nuts. The flavor does disappear quick quickly from the tongue and leaves the pallet quick clean

M: Gentle carbonation tingle that has a very smooth finish on the tongue

D: Very smooth drinking brew, the fact that the taste leaves the mouth so quickly makes the drinker wanting another sip almost immediately, does not drink as thick as the name would allude

Overall, a purely wonderful brew although the nut additions are slightly understated (perhaps i drank it too cold). the sweetness is quite nice however, and assists in the overall drinkability

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Photo of kazmaniac
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Nice foamy head with no lacing. Beautiful reddish brown beer.

Smell - Sweet malt, toast, and slightly nutty (pecan?) aroma. Nuts increase in prominence as it warms.

Taste - Pretty m.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability - Pleasant, enjoyable, and subtle beer.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle a rich brown and mahogany. A single finger of medium dense mix bubble head graces the top. No lacing.

Smells of malt and for some reason belgian yeast, maybe my nose is off a bit, a little bit of hazelnut.

Flavor is toffee, caramel and malts honestly the flavors are there but of really weak presence. Sweet and ever so slightly bitter. The hops and malt are balanced perfectly and if you are looking for a non offensive (big flavor) beer with good balance this is it.

Mouthfeel is creamy with smaller carbonation making a tingle on the tongue when pushed quickly passed the tip. I almost have to force the carbonation out of it though.

Ya it is very drinkable. If the point is to drink beer while not paying too much attention to it this could be a good choice and at 5% alc it aint gonna do you wrong.

The price is pretty solid, 3 bucks for a pint. I dunno not my thing and I hat to really disagree with the rest of you but this beer was below average, and SS's is making me a really disappointed drinker lately.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

After finding this site I saw that many of my most favorite beers were only in the B+ range. I saw there must be even better beers than my favorites so I wrote down the A and A+ beers. Most A+ beers are hard to find, but I found a few A's. The first one I tried is Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

I'm not the biggest fan of this style. It is a little plane for me, but I want to give it a fair review compared to other nut browns I've had that include Troeg's and New Castle. I'm gonna grade this better than New Castle but slightly under Troeg's. I am a little biased towards Troeg's however.

A- Beautiful dark copper caramel color. When I first poured it there was a nice foamy, soft head. The head was a little thick for my taste, but still nice. The foam clung to the glass nicely with each sip.

S- Nutty is a good description of this beer. I smell a slight pecan and hazelnut with toffee undertones.

T- Very clean. The bottle describes it as dry and that would be a good description. However, there is an aftertaste almost porter like on the breath. A slight bitterness with a coffee undertone. A little watery for my taste. The more you drink it the more complex it becomes, but I wouldn't describe it as a complex tasting beer overall.

M- Smooth but with a creaminess left over. Like whip cream, it leaves a pleasant filminess. The bitterness dries the mouth a bit.

Drinkability. Very easy to drink. Goes great with a burger or steak. No harsh alcohol taste. Very gentle and clean. An overall enjoyable and refreshing beer. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of jkrich
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date: poured a slightly hazy, brown with reddish highlights.

This one is very aromatic: strong, earthy and perfumy malt aromas mixed with english hops.

The flavor is one the most complex tasting brown ales I have tried. The taste begins somewhat vinous with a solid malt profile. There are a lot of subtle nuances here: faint fruity date flavor with a faint touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel is almost chewy with a solid medium body. The carbonation does not stand out which is very good.

I don't often drink Samuel Smith products but I always enjoy them when I do. It is good to see this old, world class brewery using brown bottles. Next, I hope they use freshness dating.

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

Poured a huge 3" head which faded eventually to 1/4". Clear burnt umber color and sweet malty smell. Taste of slight caramel, and some mild stout flavors. A little bitter but it balances sweetness.

Folks, if you ask me this is twice the beer Newcastle Brown Ale is, plus it's less likely to be skunked since they use brown glass for Sam Smith's. Choose the Nut over the Castle.

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Photo of cleolicious
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a delicious frosty 2 inch head. The aroma is delightful with hints of nuts and crispy fresh fruits. The first sip is amazing. The second sip is even more amazing. This is the best dark brown ale I've ever had. Sight caramel and nuts with small bit of cider. It's so delicious I want another glass asap. This beer is freakin' great. I would drink this until I die. I'm going to drink this in the afterlife. I love you, Sam Smith.

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Photo of tykees88
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- heavy rusty brown with off white mocha colored half finger head, little lacing, but just enough to make you look at it and smile.

S- nutty, oddly hoppy, and malty, there are toffee unertones and some sugar smell as well

T- it's just not a homerun in this dept. I like everything else here but the taste, sorry. I taste alcohol too much which is weird, and I can't help but get over the hops flavor here. It's nutty sure, and all but just doesn't do it for me.

M- medium bodied carbonation not so much

D- makes me full would go good with thanksgiving dinner of course. split a bomber with someone and enjoy it for what it is.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown, 1cm tall thick tan head.

Smells of burnt sugar and malt, hazelnut

Tastes like malt, sugar, caramel sweetness, hazelnut aftertaste

Medium carbonation, buttery mouth feel.

Very easy to drink.

Fantastic brown ale. Perfect example for others to follow.

Something I could not get tired of drinking.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep brown with rubby red high lites. A robust foam head sits atop the brown nut ale. It fades, but a good shake or swirl brings it right back.
Smells of rich malts candied sugar.
On my fist sip I did't pick up any nutty nuiances, just rich malt flavor. But latter as the brew warmed these nutty flavors came to the fore front.
I thought it felt thin on the palette.
A flavorfull English beer.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is as clear, clean caramel brown with copper undertones. Two fingers of thick, slightly tanned head rose and dissipated slowly.

Smell: Very reminiscent of London Pride or ESB, but much bolder. Sweet and toasted caramel malts, dark fruit (mostly plum and raspberry), and a little bit of toffee. The "nut" namesake provides a backbone for all the other aromas; as the pint warms it reminds me of walnuts.

Taste: Similar to the taste, but it has a much hoppier/bitter edge. Sweet and toasted caramel malts, a nutty backbone (sorry for not being a nut expert), and there are hints of dark chocolate and coffee. An adequate hoppy aftertaste leaves the tongue and back of the throat tingling.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with an offwhite, light tan colored, proteinaceous head, which was well-retained, somewhat rocky, and formed some decent lacing on the sides of the glass... over a chill-hazed garnet-tinged dark amber colored body. No visible carbonation.

S- The nose is comprised of some mild malts, a touch of faint huskiness... no esters... no noticable hop aroma.

T- Flavor starts out somewhat sweet and malty. The sweetness is balanced out with some dry husky and nutty flavors on the midpalate. And on the finish you have a very faint flavor of some low-alpha hops that perfectly balance that sweet malt into a sustained finish.

M- Medium body, complimented by a reasonably soft carbonation. No astringency, no EtOH heat.

D- An incredibly drinkable Brown ale. I could easily consume several of these in a session!

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Photo of nickhiller
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: one finger head, good lacing, ruby colored.

S: fruit, raspberry, malt loaf.

T: brandy, roasted malt, fruit, minerals. A very tasty mix, but it's a little sweet for a Brown Ale.

M: steady carbonation and medium body with great warming alcohol on the finish.

D: English Brown Ales are not really my thing--too sweet, not enough hops--as I prefer mine on the dry side. But I liked the brandy and sour fruit.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- this beer pours so beautiful, it had little more then 2 fingers of beautiful tan and great lacing, the color is a nice dark brown with good carbonation

s- smell is of toasted malts and barley with toasted nut undertones

t- this beer tastes great it has the perfect amounts of bitterness. similar of coffee or a dark chocolate undertones. Overall this is one of my new favorites and would definitely recommend this beer

m- very smooth and crisp mouthfeel great body and nice balance of dryness to it

d-great drinkablity this is one of my new favorites

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,877 ratings.
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