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

3,885 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 bnes09
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It pours a transparent reddish brown with an off-white, creamy head that maintains itself for as long as you decide to savor the brew. Nose is sweet and complex with hints of banana and caramel. Taste is somewhat roasted with a mild hop bitterness that contrasted the smooth flavor. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low level of carbonation, goes down smooth! Exceptional drinkability, plenty of flavor without being too filling. Great for enjoying with dinner, drinking at home, or bringing to a party.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into pub glass this beer pours a browne hue, when held up to the light it a congnac color with a light tan haed about two inches or so.

this beer has tiny bubbles that provide a tingleing feeling, it tates of
walnuts, pecans, it was very hard to put a finger on it, it finnishes with a bitter rich hoppy taste.

this would make a greate after dinner beer.


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Photo of jt31914
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

A: 3/4 fingers of head - brown with hints of amber; this is a fairly light brown ale.

S: Alcohol is faint in the beer, the nut is prominent. Brown/Darker malts not noticeable.

T: Tastes good; nut is dominant and malt is noticeable - faint alcohol warms the throat on the way down.

M: Smooth, but a little too bubbly.

D: Great.

Good nut brown, smooth with heavy nut flavors - very dry just like all Samuel Smith's I've had.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and ½ fingers of light tan head. Ok retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear copper brown.

Aroma: Hmm.. I seem to really enjoy the aroma. Carmel, light chocolate notes, nuts, and grassy hops. Very elegant in a way.

Taste: Roasty malts, caramel, light chocolate again. Grassy hops with some nut flavor, sugar. I am fairly impressed here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, a little crisp, kind of has a skunky flavor to it. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted malt flavor aftertaste.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. It is a good brown ale. Worth buying. The only part I didn't like was the English part of it and it bringing some skunkiness with it. Still, I like. My big bottle won't be hard to finish.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.
Pours a slightly murky brown to amber with a tan head of moderate volume that has at best average retention. Excellent side lacing is present.
Smell is of roasted malts first with hops a far second.
Great aromas of coffee/toffee, caramel, biscuits and butterscotch.
Taste is sweet, buttery with a tinch of bitterness and a dry finish. Hops not coming through here.
Mouthfeel is buttery, smooth and medium to light body.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

caramel colored body serves as an apt preview of things to come. Sweet, complex caramel aroma with a nice nuttiness. Sweet caramel maltiness provides the base with nutty malt notes, earthy floral hops, toffee, and brown sugar. Smooth and refreshing, the kind of beer that requires restraint to keep you from chugging it. Subtle, mild, and utterly English.

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Photo of uno99
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass. served a little too cold since I anticipate this large bottle warming as I sip

A: murky chestnut brown color with amber highlights. 2 finger head dissipates quickly to a small ring around the top of the beer

S: roasty and nutty as expected. hazlenut.

T: very balanced and lovely roasted malts. slight hazelnut character aswell.

M: medium to full bodied, low carbonation

D: a fine and easy to drink brown ale.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep amber color with a creamy thick off white head that has good retention and pretty darn good lacing.

S-This smells unlike any other brown ale I've ever had. It smells more like an lod ale I made one time. Smells like really ripe malty papaya to me. It could totally just be me. I'm a little under the weather while reviewing this so my sences could be a little off right now. It really doesn't seem that nutty to me though.

T-I seem to get some nuttiness in the flavor but it really doesn't stand out as nutty perse. Again, I think my palate is clean, but it could be a little off too. Has a real nice sweet maltiness toit as well as a very noticable bitterness to boot. Also a mild earthy hop character too.

M-Has a smooth sweet medium body with good creamy carbonation. And a bitter easy dryness in the finish.

D-This beer is very drinkably. I could have another pint bottle for sure.

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a brown, I was expecting a bit of a darker color than the rich amber that I go. Fortunately, the beer got much better as I took in the nice malty and nut aroma, then took a sip. The malt and nutty taste was the key flavors, with a hint of some fruity sweetness that wasn't overpowering, but added some distinction to the brew. There was a mild aftertaste, but very clean and crisp. Would definitely have again and will be featuring another brand of the Samuel Smith's line later on.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Lighter than I expected; more amber in color than brown - good head that sticks around
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - malty and nutty aroma; flavorful
Taste -4.5/5.0 - walnut, really malty, nutty taste, hint of fruit at beginning; "woody" - distinctive flavor without being overpowering - very flavorful
Feel - 4.5/5.0 - mild aftertaste, but good. Clean and crisp taste;
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - Very good taste and would definitely try something else from the brand

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Photo of Mavajo
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Brown Ale. Pours a nice amber color with an average head. Incredibly smooth and malty - but not too much so. I was able to enjoy this without being overwhelmed by the sweetness. There's just enough hops here to round it out properly. Feels great and has an excellent taste.

Moderate ABV and stellar smoothness makes this an excellent session beer. I intend to always keep some of this on hand.

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Photo of rosmhuire
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color.

Smell: Not much on the nose.

Taste: Delicious! Nuts and malt.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Just a slightly bitter taste on the back end which is not really unpleasant.

Drinkability: Definitely high marks here. Did not feel overly filled up after finishing the bottle.

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

Pours a rich, deep brown color like that of mahogany wood. There is about a finger's width, or less, of off white head that clings to the glass rather nicely.

The smell is a nice malty blend of toasted bread, earthy grains, and some caramel sweetness. Nothing too over the top, no coffee or chocolate in the aromas, just toasty malt and a hint of caramel.

The taste is malty up front, with some nice bread-like flavors and perhaps a hint of some nuts but not a lot. There is an interesting bitterness that seems to be trying to break through and almost edges on being sour - hope this is the hops, not an infection. Overall, though the balance is pretty spot on.

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Photo of velosuds
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger light tan head with good retention and ample lacing. Very nice appearance.

S-A pleasant nutty aroma and dark, earthy malts and a sugary sweetness. A bit subdued, but nice.

T-A creamy sweetness with a nutty malt presence and enough stingy hop bitterness to make this interesting and delicious.

M-Exceedingly smooth with a balanced complexion. Just the right level of carbonation.

D-A great English style brown ale. It is amazing to me how Samuel Smith gets so much flavor and complexion into such a sessionable beer at only 5% ABV. I could drink this all night long, and would, but for the price. Hope to enjoy this on tap one day.

I love this style and this particular beer. I acknowledge this is not the most popular style, but if there is a better nut brown ale, I hope to find it soon. IMO, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is nearly spot on for the style. This beer is what brought me to

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby brown topped by an off white head of froth. Outstanding head retention and a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is malt and peach, strong toffee, and nuts and some unplaceable fruity esters.

The taste is roasted nuts and caramel with a moderate hop bitterness throughout, all with a very dry finish and a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The roasted malts impart a subtle coffee grinds taste. A little papery.

It's somewhere between full and medium bodied and quite filling, actually.

Admittedly this is not my favorite style by a long shot - I don't think I've ever had an English Brown Ale that blew me away. But for what it is, it's a good example of the style and worth trying.

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

a - brownish amber with a great tan head which reduces to some great lacing which has lasted for 20 min.

s - a carmel aroma with hints of lemon

t - carmel with a coffee/nutty aftertaste

m - coats the mouth but is not oily. deep flavors linger for a long time after drinking.

d - great beer, for the style this is one of the bests I have had after Bear Republic Tribute Brown.

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Photo of steveh
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this old favorite, from a time when it was the only Nut Brown Ale to be found on shelves.

A -- Dark, clear, reddish brown with a very thick, light tan head that settles slowly leaving good lacing.

S -- Aroma of sweet toffee and caramel with mild biscuit character back. Some vague hop earthiness and even some fruit esters trying to peek through.

T -- Sweet caramel up front, followed by some roasted malt and nutty character and finishing rather dry. Was expecting more sweetness, but the dryness is to-style for N. English browns. Lightly bitter hops in the finish.

M -- Light medium body.

D -- Very good. The dryness seems like it might become too overwhelming after a while, but there's a good amount of sweetness to balance everything out. Funny that I had a bigger, heavier impression of this in my memory, but it's really not as bold as some of the newer beers around these days.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.00 %

Reviewed @ Pugh's, bottle>wine glass, 11/29/08
A 4.5 - beautiful copper brown color, solid 2 finger head of tight foam, mediocre head retention, but reduces to nice collar
S 4.0, somewhat bread/yeast aroma, some sourdough notes, very interesting aroma. less nut/fruit aroma than expected.
T 4.5 - malty nut and bread tastes on palate, balanced smooth and mellow dark fruit on finish
MF 4.5 - Medium in body, Medium+ on carbonation, excellent mouthfeel
D 5.0 - This is a showcase example of a nut brown ale in my experience to date. Here's to my belated buddy Slappy on this brew, as this was his favorite brew and it always brings back good memories!

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Translucent deep reddish/brown. Light creamy head with nice lace. Head faded quickly

S: Obviously nutty with some sweet notes.

T: Well balanced nut flavor with some hop bitterness. No overpowering flavors that can often be found in Nut browns.

M: Light and Smooth

D: Could easily enjoy a couple of these in a night

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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a see thru copper colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with lacing all down the sides,it has aromas of nuts,some subtle fruity hops and a touch of smokey peat,it has an above average mouthfeel with tastes of almonds,walnuts and a tinge of fruity hops which finishes nice and dry, definately a moreish beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- My pour yielded little head, what was there was wispy and off white. The beer its self is a clear, red/brown.

S- Real nice smell. Smooth, rich and earthy. Vanilla or butterscotch or caramel. I cant decide which it is. Also some nutty roasted malts. The smell isnt too strong but its very nice. It opens up as it warms.

T- Also opens up as it warms. At first I rated the taste lower, then I let it sit and had to readjust. I think I agree that this is the standard English Brown that all other's should be compared to.
Nutty (duh), lightly bitterness that breaks into a nice smooth malty sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth. Low carbonation.

D- Really sessionable. Low alcohol and no offensive lingering flavors.

Sam Smith's is one of the keystone breweries who consistently craft outstanding beers, many of which are or should be the gold standard in their respective category. Nut Brown is no exception.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- three quarter finger bubbly head, decent carbonation, deep brown coloring, wispy lace that lasts about half the beer, leaves little head trail on glass.

s- roasty malt, little sweetness, biscuit, clean, overall pretty mild.

t- roasty nutty malt upfront, not overly roasted though, perfect amount, ever so slight warming wiff on the backend, doughy biscuit throughout, nice caramel.

m- nice silky medium body, not too heavy.

d- good drinkability, i would go so far as to session these, but i'd definately have one or two on a nice occasion.

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

Let me agree that this is just a great example of an English brown. Great brown color with nice head and really nice lacing that wouldn't go away.

Nutty flavor. General sweetness, pervasive but subdued.

Exceptional drinkability. My thoughts kept drifting towards possible food pairings. Mushrooms, beans and other items with "earthy" characteristics.

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Photo of PerroGrande
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a gorgeous brown with golden hints. Strong, golden/tan foam is tall and durable.

Smell: Very lightly scented. I picked up a nutty aroma, with a slight hint of hops.

Taste: This is an outstanding example of an English brown -- if not the standard by which other EB's can be held to. Subtle, slightly bitter opening gives way to a hint of sweetness. A nutty, hoppy, but still subtle finish follows. Very smooth and good to drink.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and on the light side. Not watery, though. Mild carbonation present.

Drinkability: Very good. A pint (or three) of this slips down quite nicely. Very refreshing.

This is another one of my favorites, and an excellent brew overall.

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Photo of thekanna
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown body with a ruddy hue when held up to light. Nice rock solid head that doesn't like to budge.

S: An overall pervading sweet malt smell. Not much else that stands out, but very soothing and not at all offensive.

T: Sweet malt taste is huge and saturates the mouth, along with an ever-present nuttiness. Slight bitterness when it first hits the tongue but that sensation melts away very quickly.

M: So damn smooth and malty, like silk.

D: Great food pairing just to provide refreshment and a break from the flavors of whatever you're eating. Went great with the homemade meatloaf I was having.

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Photo of tj4288
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into tumbler pint

a- rusty brown body, brown as dirt but translucent. excellent heavy head that lasts fairly long and leaves rings of lacing.

s- smells like a nutty starbucks coffee drink with the slightest addition of malt and hops in the background. well balanced and mouth watering.

t- taste is classic english brown till the nutty finish. again almost like a cold flavored coffee syrup.

m/d- mouthfeel is med body and med carbonation. drinkability is excellent and i can definatley see making a session out of this stuff. this beer would go great with desserts also .

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,885 ratings.
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