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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

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 mrkc
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One can't help but admire Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale's bottle, with enough moulding on the glass to lend it elegance, without being guady. It's sturdy glass, with simple labels that seem a touch olde-timey. The beer has a course pour, and after an initial flush of head, it dies down to the tan ring. The beer is a opaque red-brow, almost like oak. It smells fruity like freshly ground nutmeat. It's the malts that stand out when you drink it though, thick on your tongue as syrup. I'm disappointed about the lack of nutty hints - it isn't much of a brown ale without some nuttiness to it. There's barely detectable undercurrent of apple that I missed in the first few sips. It has a fine mouthfeel, and the carbonated bite is minimal. Rather, this beer has a watery, clean finish. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale would excel as in many other beer styles, but is a weak entry in the field of brown ales.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid brown with outstanding, thick, tan foam. Fantastic lacing as well. I only with the foam stayed a bit longer. A pretty red tint in this beer that I really like. Very little active carbonation.

Smell: Wonderful mixture of spiced apple and caramel malts with a bit of coffee. Mellow hops. Even some berries?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great mellow hops in the start and the finish. Great caramel malts with a bit of coffee throughout. And I definitely taste the apple as well. Feels maybe a bit thinner than I'd like, but that's a tiny complaint.

Drinkability: An excellent pub brew.

Overall: See drinkability. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Reviewed from old notes.

A: Pours a dark wooden brown with a large rocky tan head made of large bubbles. Head took its time to recede.
S: Very sweet smelling with notes of brown sugar, nuts, raisins, dark malt, salt and wood.
T: Follows the nose but not as sweet. Has a sweet finish though. Mild hops, slight syrupy taste, hints of green apples and cherries.
M: Low carbonation that tingles on the palate. A bit thin and flat.
D: Not my favorite but good for a brown. Good flavor but not enough carb. Just not feeling this one. Better than Newcastle though...

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Photo of dditto2
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

My basic description would be newcastle on steroids, for better or worse, but only because more have drank newcastle. Nut Brown being the better in my opinion.I would rather say newcastle is like watered down nut brown ale.
A- Dark and beautiful, with medium head that retains the color of the beer amazingly. Beautiful natural dark woody color.
S- Nutty! Very nice.
T- Also very nutty, and stoney like all sam smiths. Good taste.
M- The mouthfeel is quite unique. In my own strange words, medium carbonation but with smaller more powerful bubbles?!? on a very smooth beer.
D- Very drinkable. Why do I get the craving for morels? If you dont like this beer let me show you where the sissy drinks are.
The name of the beer says it all. What a perfect simple description, NUT BROWN ALE.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date I could find but a batch stamp on the neck - 01JI10) poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: The beer is a clear brown with orange tints on the table, but is red-brown when held up to the light. The foam is a persistent 1/8" dense off-white foam that lasted the whole way down and left chunks of lacing on the glass. Little bubbles noted coming up slowly through the beer.

Smell: Malt with a biscuit-like character and a hint of something fruit-like. I can't place the fruit exactly but it's faint and towards the end. The malt dominates, but the malt is also not exceedingly strong or cloying. There is a hint of sweetness - but that's as far as it goes.

Taste: Very well balanced between the biscuit-like malt and a hoppy bitter finish. It's simplicity between the just two flavors I think makes it a good one - it is a good example of a brown ale. I think my sweet tooth wants a bit more on one side, but I have to admit that with this big of a bottle if it was sweeter I think I'd tire of it after awhile.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation on the tongue, but just right in texture. Goes down very smoothly with a hint of thickness but not sticky on the teeth.

Drinkability: Very sessionable and I think it would be great on tap or pulled from a cask. Good with a meal (bangers and mash) but good for sipping or drinking alone as well.

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Photo of darkmartin
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, translucent, brown with a frothy white head that hangs around for a little while. Thick rings of lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel and malts.

Taste: Rich, smooth caramel and nut flavors with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean.

Drinkability: The initial smooth, rich malts paired with the fairly carbonated, hoppy finish create a simple, yet great brew.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with thick tan head that leaves some minor lacing behind.

Smell: Dry caramel, floral English hops and a light nuttiness.

Taste: Barely sweet caramel malts, walnut, floral English hops, slight cherry and a light roastiness. Slightly medicinal aftertaste detracts.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish (especially for a Brown).

Drinkability: Classic English Brown Ale. Not my favorite style, but this is what others should be measured against.

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

Pours a tantalizing nut brown with about an inch of tan head. Leaves thick, fluffy lacing. Aromas of sweet nutty/caramel malt, faint grassy hops, possibly East Kent Goldings?
The grassy hops are the first thing that hits my palate, followed by a moderate dose of that caramel and nutty malt. Mild bready grain rounds out the finish. It tapers off pretty quickly. The body is a little thin for my taste, but definitely in line with the traditional English brown ale. Very nice, but not one of the most interesting releases from Samuel Smith.

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

A garnet brown (yes, garnets can be brown), which is just another way of saying it somewhere between deep red and rich brown. It produces a nice two-finger thick off-white head that leaves behind copious amounts of sticky lace.

The aroma is pretty weak, but there a slight caramel scent you can pick up if you work at it.

The caramel is more assertive on the tongue and the malts of this British brown are in the starring role, as it should be for this style. There's a slight hop presence in the wash, but nothing aggressive at all. Yep, a British brown ale, not an American brown ale.

The body is a bit light, but the carbonation could be throwing it down a little. Otherwise, this has a clean mouthfeel and they go down easily. Sam Smith is THE classic nut brown. Very few come close to this one.

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Photo of t00sl0w
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer, bought it at a local bottle shop, very impressed.

it has a beautiful brown with a red tint. a light brown, tannish head, with a lot of lacing, and little finger trails.

the smell is malty, caramel, and nutty.

the taste, as the name suggests, is very nutty. it has a slight tea taste, maybe some caramel.

very light, barely noticeable carbonation, smooth, goes down easy, little taste on the back. very drinkable, this would be a wonderful beer to enjoy with some friends on a slow, talkative night. love it!

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Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a huge and active off-white head that bursts with bubble activity and slowly fades with some curvy fingers of lace left in it's wake. Aroma consists of caramel malts and a subtle light fruitiness. Tastes sweet, slightly nutty and spicy (cinnamon) with a furtive piny hoppiness. A bit thin on the palate but fairly complex overall.

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Photo of prosper
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy brown with an off-white head.

Smells are all very faint. What is there is mostly malty - slight tartness and a whiff of something roasty.

Taste is excellent+. There's a pleasing hoppy presence, but the focusis the malt. Some dark caramel flavours, nothing particularly sweet. Finish is lightly roasty, slightly acrid - complimenting and balanced perfectly with the IBU's. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium-low, finish is dry.

Drinkability is good, I'd be perfectly happy to drink these all night

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Photo of magine
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear brown, with some amber notes. has some red shining on the edges. Brew has a massive thick frothy light tan head. Has very nice head retention as the brew settles to a chunk lace island. Has nice lacing. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells malty; slight roast, barley, nutty, some yeasts, and some hops, caramel, maybe even fruits as well. Good smell.

Brew is slightly carbonated and a tad spiced initially on the tongue. Has a very nutty, malty taste and smoothness as you drink. Finishes dry and not bitter at all. Can pick up a lot of the roasted nuts as you drink, maybe even caramel. Can taste a bit of sweetness in there as well, has a nice smooth easy going medium mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry and has almost a buttery smooth texture as you drink. Very good tasting brew.

This is a top shelf brown ale, truly a measuring stick for this style. Easily could session this all night.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear deep brown amber, decent off white head the retains well and left some lacing
S - nutty with caramel and earthy malts, along with a sweet cherry syrupy scent
T - roasty caramel malts, followed by a rich nutty flavour, a little of that syrupy sweetness, with just a little bitterness of the finish
M - light carbonation, a good smooth factor, and the slightly bitter finish lingers on the tounge
D - this is a great nut brown, a fine balance between the rich roasty nutty flavours and sweetness boost the drinkability, and a little bitterness provides even more complexity. Well done!

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


I poured a 19oz bomber into my snifter.

Color was dark brown, showed deep amber/ red when held up to light. Had an off-white head started off 1 finger and went down to a thin creamy line, left some lacing on the glass.
Smells of roasted nuts, sweet malt, caramel and earthy hops.
Tastes nice and roasty, hazelnut, with a tad of bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Feels smooth with a small tingle from the carbonation, and a dry finish.
Drinks awesome, I could drink these all day.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, crimson, copper color (alliteration aside) with a minimal head and virtually no lacing. Decent, but I think my standards are higher for this one.

S: Burnt, sweet nutty aroma. Baked banana nut bread with more nut and less banana.

T: Roasted, mild sweet nut. Subtle hops finish. 'Tis okay, but did not exactly meet my expectations.

M: Not as smooth, rich or creamy as I had expected. Slight hops finish, but nothing exceptional. This is drinkable to be sure, but not as amazing as I first thought it might be.

D: Expectations dashed, though this is still a pretty good brown ale in terms of style. Probably one of the best. I've only had a few, including Newcastle brown ale, and this one is just as good as that one. Fairly drinkable, but not as great as I would have thought. I'd have this again, but I won't bend over backwards to get it.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a readish brown with a perfect head that sticks the the glass.
S- Nutty, hazelnut or walnut, maybe a little almond? Also some butterscoth and caramel scents.
T- What a wonderful beer.Malty and nutty. Many beers that add fruit/nut/chocolate, lose the beer for the inspiration. Sam Smith doesn't balance the flavors, so much as intertwines them. Splendid.
M- Starts creamy, finishes dry. A bit of buttery diacetyl holds the beer on the tongue.
D- Absolutely my favorite brown ale, if not one of the top couple beers I've ever had. Just so well rounded and well crafted. A piece of art.

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Photo of eat
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I opened the bottle, it immediately attempted to escape to my countertop; my first gusher in a while. I'm not sure what caused it. This beer looks pretty alright. It pours a beautiful cap of densely-foamy, cream-white head atop a mahogany/ruby body. Minimal lacing.

Smells pretty good: yeast, nutty roasted malt, caramel, minerals. I'm having a hard time pulling much off this one though. Smells very English.

This brew is a little deceiving, initially coming off as just a decent brown ale; but then it opens up and reveals additional layers of flavour not found in average ales. I almost feel like there are three stages of flavour in the mouth: As it enters the mouth, fairly plain flavours of caramel and roasted malt come out. A little further back on the tongue some more complexity comes out, with roasted almonds and bitter unripe plum. To finish, a perfectly balanced, earthy hop bite (with a very English character), cutting any sweetness and bringing you back for more. Extremely well-balanced. This is a masterfully crafted English ale.

Its silky medium body and lively carbonation highlight the flavour well. The finish is fairly drying.

This stuff is definitely one of the most enjoyable English beers I've had. I'm generally not a fan of most beers from the UK, but it would be hard to deny Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. This beer comes out as one of the best couple brown ales I've ever had and would certainly make for a wicked session beer.

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Photo of mcdevster
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer before and love it - however, now that I come around to review it I find that I got a bad bottle of it.. must be on the older side.. noticeable skunkiness and this is in a brown bottle so that means it has to just be old.. it also is a little bit spoiled tasting.. but for the most part i get the general flavor profile so i will proceed..
this is a sweet complex brown ale with a noticeable nutiness (hence the name).. this is a typical english complex malt with light floral hops sort of beer.. everything about this beer is just about perfect.. nice complexity, a slight crispness that evens off the sweetness also a touch of delightful bitter roastiness.. if you have tried newcastle you should deffinately try this to see the difference.. it is truly a revelation - everything a brown ale should be.. and despite the bad bottle.. this at least brings back memories of all the pleasant past experiences I have had with this and other samuel smith beers.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 mL bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Nut Brown Ale is a dark brown beer with redish highlights. It has great clarity and creamy light-tan colored head. As the head settles it leave some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is malty and sweet with a definate apple quality.

Taste is similar. More like a nutty apple cider. For the most part, very mild but with a little tart apple and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with low carbonation.

Overall a disappointment. It's just not very good.

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Photo of missingsense
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cola brown with a nice tan head, but no significant lacing. Smells of sweet malty caramel, hazelnuts, and toffee. Very smooth aroma. Light and smooth on the palate. Flavors really develop themselves in the aftertaste: a light creaminess and hazelnut flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. Hops are faint and nearly undetectable, but their presence is felt (rather than tasted) in the way that the sweetness is cut off before becoming overwhelming.

For someone who appreciates a smooth & well-rounded, but very flavorful beer, this one is excellent. If you're looking for bolder flavors, you might be disappointed, but is far as a balanced taste is concerned, it's hard to beat.

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

Pours a ruby brown/mahogany color with minimal beige head. Lots of sweet caramel up front followed by a plum note. Some chocolate and lots of dark fruit in the form of plums, raisins, and black cherries in the taste. I really like the mating of the tart taste and the sweet nutty malts. The taste is really enjoyable and the finish is clean. I wasn't expecting much as I'm not really a fan of the style, but this beer is pretty impressive.

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Photo of bbeane
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice 3/8" head that lingers a bit before almost completely disappearing. Beer is a crisp brown color but appears ruby when held up to light. Very light activity

S- After some agitation... roasted nutty aroma with hints of sweet malt toffee, and caramel

T- Definitely wouldnt put this up with my favorite brown ales. Has a toasty but flavor with bits of caramel or toffee notes coming through

M- Very smooth... light carbonation and medium/heavy body

D- I could definitely put a few down, but other beers, or better yet, brown ales id rather be drinking


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Photo of juju7
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark, tawny red with a fine head. Somewhat elegant in flavour. Some dried funky strawberries and a bit of oatmeal and huskiness on the nose mirrored by sweet malty goodness. Superbly long finish. Don't agree with the serving suggestions on the bottle- pairing with Thai or Malaysian food would be a mistake. Far too malty, viscous sweet for such food. Pub lunch of steak with a sweet jus would be more the go. A fine beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass this beer pours a copper brown with a frothy tan head. The head quickly dissipates after a few minutes.

The aroma is very similar to ferrero rocher chocolates. Hazel nut is the dominate nut in the smell. Surprisingly there is a strong chocolate prescience in the nose. One of the tastiest smelling beers I've had in a while.

The taste of this nut brown ale doesn't stand up to the hype I got form it's aroma. Hazel nut takes over the flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness as the beer goes down. Toasty malt and maybe a little oatmeal.

The mouth feel is good without being to impressive. Very lightly carbonated, but full bodied.

This is my favorite brown ale by far. I always want to drink another and can't ever have enough. Almost a perfect 5 for drink-ability. Samuel Smith's is always a go to beer when I can't make up my mind. I think of them as the Sierra Nevada of England in the way that their beer is always on point to style, and is of the best quality.

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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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