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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 3,918 |  Reviews: 1,482
Photo of Zekezilla
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe I had an odd experience with this or I just wasn't in the mood to try this for the first time. I feel a little strange giving it a less than stellar review when most people seem truly blown away by this beer. It was everything I expected I guess, nutty, caramelly and sticky in feel. Nice deep brown in color. I just really didn't enjoy the taste that much, I drank half a bottle and didn't really want the rest. I also had it with a meal (mexican) and this was probably poor planning. I'll try it again in better circumstances.

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Photo of railcaider
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice chestnut brown with a slightly reddish
tinge. However, it's still light enough that objects on the other side
of the glass can be seen. The head is a bit small but has a sandy tan color that complements the beer's color well.

Initially, it's got a slightly acrid smell that reminds me of
vinegar. It's got a subtly sour taste that matches the prickly
carbonation well, though the body is a bit thin. I'm afraid that I
might have chilled this too much, because overall the taste was a bit thin as well.

This beer is well balanced but not that exciting. Samuel
Smith's makes some great beers but this one is merely good.

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Photo of markb33
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer. Just perfectly executed.

A--Poured into a pint glass generates a nice thick tan head. Body is a deep reddish chestnut brown. Holds sticky thick lacing all the way to the finish.

S--Notes of caramel and toffee with a dry roasted nutty finish.

T--Round warm caramel and toasty malts. Beautifully balanced with nice crisp hop notes which punctuate the body giving way to an anise or walnut finish that lasts forever. There is a certain round, full, smooth flavor that underpins the beer, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

M--medium body with a slightly dry finish.

D--At 5% a very sessionable beer, especially during the colder months. Complex yet straight forward and incredibly drinkable.

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

Got this beer from The Beer Box MTY (my local beer store)

A- a deep brown color, very nice

S- nut and caramel malt

T- nut, toffe and caramel

M- a little bit dry, medium body

D- if they still sell it i will go at least 1 time a week for one or two of this one, very good brew, a clasic

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of tan head. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. It is brown in color. It has a sweet buttery toffee aroma. The taste is more of roasted malt and is then followed by some sweetness. The hopsprovide enough bitterness that offset the sweetness. It tastes better than I recalled. The mouthfeel is decent. Its a pretty good beer. I prefer their Taddy Porter, but that's the kind of guy I am.

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Photo of yankiac
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid brew.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a decent head

S: Pleasant nutty aroma

T: Rich malt character with hints of nuttiness throughout

M: Creamy and smooth

D: Very drinkable

This is a great representation of a British Brown Ale. I will certainly return to this drink

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a moderate brown with a nice off white head.

S: Plenty of malty sweetness alongside caramel, toffee, and a nice nut scent.

T: The nuts make quite the appearance and match well with the sweetened malt.

M: Light-to-medium body with good carbonation and a nice creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. Great Fall season session beer.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear, Dark Amber with golden, red highlights. Very smooth and creamy off white, cream colored two finger head with very nice lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt with hints of walnut and caramel.

Taste - Taste of walnut with slight pecan flavoring that was very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium, chewy mouthfeel that really hangs on the palate. Very smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability - I want another!!! Probably couldn't drink very many of these during the real hot days of summer. I would love to have this during the fall and winter months however.

Definitely the best brown ale I have had thus far.

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

A- Bright medium-brown with a mohogany tint. There is a nice, retentive, lacy head.

S- Aroma of nutty malt, warm cereal grains with maple.

T- Rich cereal grains, malt and yeasty biscuit flavors make up the front. Mid palate is a slightly sweet rich maltiness. The finish is creamy, rich and dry simultaneoulsy.

M, D- Medium bodied but rich with malt. The level of drinkability is very high. Don't drink too chilled, of course, which will dumb the aroma and mute the flavors!

A British icon. The S.S. Nut Brown is a classic example of the characteristics produced by the Yorkshire Squares.

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

550ml bottle into a nonic. The beer is aptly nut-colored, a dark woody brown, with a finger of off-white foam topping the body. Clarity is excellent, and while the head dies down faster than I'd like, it's still a beautiful beer.

Toffee is strong on the nose, nuttiness surprisingly not, though there's a very pleasant toasted malt backbone that, combined with the toffee-like sweetness, vaguely resembles peanut brittle. The English yeast profile is distinct and characterful, lending a buttery cream-caramel note that's thoroughly enjoyable.

Very flavorful, with toffee again prominent but matched by an equally strong toasty bitterness. Earthy hops are faintly detected, along with some husky grain, buttered toast, biscuit and the slightest mineral twang. Near the finish a bit of over-steeped-tea-like astringency pops up, melding with the hops to create a drying, mildly bitter finish.

Quite enjoyable overall, an easy-drinking almost-session beer with plenty of character, though slightly rough around the edges.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark amber with a moderate level of carbonation. The head died down rather quickly and just left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There's a distinct nutty smell with a bit of malty sweetness.
T: The flavor is nutty, sweet and buttery and also has some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is very much sessionable.

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

Small bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Beautiful clear dark amber color with a small yellow head which dissipates quickly. A lot of lacings left.
S: Delicious smell of roasted caramel malts. Brown sugar and a bit of scotch smell.
T: Also delicious taste of roasted caramel malts. Light citrus bite and light "hoppy" end
M: Light body. Low carbonation. Balanced bitterness. A bit molasses. Very refreshing
D: Good. Very light and refreshing beer but at the same time with strong British personality

An authentic British Ale. Simply delicious! Light in alcohol and balanced bitterness, dry taste, strong smell and taste of roasted malts. I really recommend it.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A. Poured into a nonic pint glass. Beautiful amber with a thick creamy tan head that fades to lacing.

S. Sweet malt with more subtle molasses.

T. Sweet upfront with a yeasty bread middle and a dry nut finish.

M. Slightly thin with a bit too much carbonation.

D. As you finish a sip, you are compelled to take another. Plenty flavorful to be interesting, but goes down easily; perfect for relaxing on a cool spring night watching the stars.

One of the best brown ales I've tried so far. I grabbed it out of the fridge because it has been sitting around for awhile (not because I was really compelled to drink it), but I was pleasantly surprised. I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle with gold foiled neck. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-brown color with a creamy one-finger tan head.

S: A malty explosion of caramel, toasted grains, roasted nuts, brown sugar, and butterscotch.

T: Sweet malts up front, mostly in the form of caramel, toast, nutty, coffee, and molasses. The yeast gives it an underlying smoothness.

M: Medium-bodied; smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

D: Not as heavy as some other browns; fairly easy to drink.

Notes: I'm a big fan of brown ales, and I'm glad that my 50th beer review is one of the best out there.

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Photo of goldbot
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber brown with thick tan head and lots of carbonation. Spotty lacing.

Caramel malt nose up front followed by raisin and dark cherry sweetness throughout. Slightly nutty without much hop presence.

Sweet maltiness with more raisin flavor. Slightly bitter with an herbal hoppiness present. The finish and aftertaste show good nuttiness with some more raisin flavor.

Very crisp mouthfeel with a slightly thin body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A : Pours a lovely deep brown with amber red, highlights of speckly gold from fizzy bubbles. The tan head is roughly a finger and a half, and simmers slowly to a fuzzy topping. This is a lively looking brew if I've ever seen one.

S : The malty brew brings forth lots of nutty smells, almost of almond, with little bits of syrupy sweetness.

T : Mimics the smell almost exactly. The strong maltiness is all this brew is about. There is some level of hops to keep it from being too sweet, and it is a perfect balance. It finishes a smooth, fuzzy feel.

M : Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Doesn't roll or swish well, as the higher levels of carbonation tingles.

D : The price brings down the drinkability here. A 4 pack ran me 12 bucks. This is a beer designed to be slowly enjoyed, and the heavy mouthfeel leads itself to that.

This is, possibly my favorite beer yet. A quintessential brown ale. Fabulous. A must for anyone who likes the maltier brew.

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Photo of n0rc41
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my goblet, showed deep brown/red color with good one inch head. goes down kinda fast and had good lacing

smelled great nutty and butterscotch aromas on the nose.

Tasted great I really liked it. nut brown ale tasted like a nut brown ale, butter, nuts, nice hops tasted great

Felt nice on the palate, its not as thick as i was thinking it was going to be so i was really impressed

could drink a few of them for sure, not a beer i would drink for a marathon though.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light brown with red hue. Had about a one inch tan head that one minute later is now a thin, somewhat sticky cap.

S: Strong smell of sweet malts and nuttiness. Took a second whiff and the sweetness smells like caramel or butterscotch. Picked up on a small yeasty scent, too.

T: A well-balanced malty and nutty flavor. Underneath that sweet nuttiness is actually a slight hoppy bitterness that I didn't pick up in the scent. The after taste is all yeasty bread malts and nuts. Overall, it is a very tasty beer that lets the different flavors unfold as you drink.

M: Very smooth and medium bodied.. a little chewy to me as I continue to drink.

D: Very drinkable. The taste keeps you wanting more. Helps that it's a low abv %. I could see myself downing a lot of these in a pub somewhere in England.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep amber color with nice head lacing.

Smells of distant nut and butterscotch.

Tastes pretty nice, a little bit bitter with a smooth nutty butterscotch flavor. No hint of alcohol, and goes down nice, though with a noticeable bit of an off-sour finish.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style; thick enough but not syrupy and carbonated enough.

Highly drinkable- I could down a few of these larger bottles if the night called for it.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a gold foil top. Printed at bottom: "Yorkshire's Oldest Brewery." Couldn't find a bottling date.

Appearance: A deep, reddish, chestnut brown colour in the glass. Poured a nice tan, creamy two finger head, which it retained for a while. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pretty clean actually. Mild resinous hop aroma. Faint malty grain and caramel smell.

Taste: Strong malt flavors with some nut and butter qualities at the outset. Finishing dryer with some hoppy bitterness. Hoppier than most brown ales I've tried, but certainly not enough to overpower the malt. Pretty well balanced, although the malt flavors are a bit more prominent, which is typical of this style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with a medium mouthfeel. However, it's fuller bodied than your average brown ale. Quite filling as well, almost like you're drinking a meal.

Impressions: I like it, probably one of the best brown ales, and an all around good beer.

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Photo of rfabian
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass it forms a one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is brown and clear. The aroma is of spicy hops and malt. The taste is moderately bitter with slight malty sweetness. The feel is medium to light bodied with a perfectly clean finish.

This is a highly drinkable, enjoyable and delicious ale.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Not as dark as I expected, small but foamy head, looks decently carbonated in the glass. Head retention is ok, it is lacing my glass nicely.

Smell - Smells quite sweet, a bit brighter and less earthy than I was let on, but nevertheless smells good. Mainly malty and caramel type smells. Fruity aromas are present as well. Earthier aromas are easier to pick up once beer warms.

Taste - Clean and dry finish but leaves a nutty aroma in the mouth. I like how it leaves the taste in aroma rather than physical form. Slight tart corresponds with the fruity parts of the smell. A touch of bitterness. I don't feel like the tartness matches the other characters of the beer well though. I kind of wish the nutty flavor was more of a physical kiss than a "blown kiss" if I am making myself clear.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium-low carbonation. Taste makes an appropriate entrance and leaves with good manners. Its a little thinner consistency than what I'd like from it though.

Drinkability - This beer has a lot going for it, other than the tartness which doesn't seem to fit. The tartness doesn't overstay though. I guess thats the main thing thats holding this beer back to me. I don't think I'll be having another one of these, but I will continue to explore this style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ML bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep brown with 2 giners of off white head. Nice lacing and little carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, bready malts, and caramel.

t - Tastes of caramel, some bready malts, and nuts again. Nice mixture.

m - Smooth and easy to drink. Medium body and almost no carbonation.

d - An above average brown ale. Nice malty/caramel taste to it. Would have liked a little more carbonation. Would have again.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with nice cap of cream colored head with good retention and lacing. Smell is forward of carmel malts, roasted nuts, faint hints of buttery biscuits and slightly astringent. Taste up front is slightly astrigent, moving into a nice blend of mellow carmel malts (not very sweet) with a nice roasted nut charachter, bitter earthy hops round out the taste. Medium bodied, excellent cask like feel. A nice beer with a few muddled, earthy flavors, could have kicked up the malts just a touch.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3-23-10 from a pint glass. Best by data Sept. ยด10.

This seems like a good choice for my 100th beer.

A - Less than one finger of a light beige head. Not really nut color more like a nutty fruit cheese color. the beer itself was a bubbling golden walnut brown. Afterwards there was some nice lacing that sparkled like a crystal.

S - Initially airy and very softly caramel and maple syrup. After warming it became sweeter with butterscotch and bourbon corn notes.

T - A bit too sour honestly. There is a bit of the intenseness of green walnuts. Unripe and inky. This left a sourly bitter aftertaste like dead yeast. The caramel malts were nice but the balsamic vinegar flavors seemed un-intentional

M - A bit loose and hollow. The carbonation gives a bit of crispness.

D - This is a pleasant drinkable beer. But there seems to be a lot of inconsistency from one batch to the next.

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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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