Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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: 3,955 |  Reviews: 1,489
Photo of BierReise
1.48/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why they insist on bottling this one in a clear bottle is beyond my imagination. Looks nice poured, brown/amber color with a decent frothy head. Aroma is overpowering skunk with a hint of more skunk. Flavor is malty and skunky. Thin on the palate with a watery feeling. I'm sure this was good before they ruined it putting it in a clear bottle but I have to give it an honest review. A dissapointment for me and hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to re-rate a better sample.

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

Although any ale that comes in a clear bottle leaves me with an uneasy sense of apprehension right from the get-go (regardless of any shiny foil around the cap), Samuel Smith has yet to disappoint. To think I used to drink this stuff right out of the bottle in college. It's nice to evolve.

A beautiful copper tone, this brown ale pours out with a nice creamy head, which sticks around long enough to leave a nice film of lace right to the sweet end. The nose is sweet, with the faintest hint of hops, it could all be in my head it's so faint. The initial flavour is a burnt nutty taste that blends into a sweet caramel aftertaste, followed by that faint hint of light hops found in the nose (so I wasn't imagining it).

A very smooth brown ale, one of my favorites of the style, Samuel Smith does not disappoint.

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

A nice colored beer. Lightish-brown, lots of reds. The head is fantastic, though. Choppy and offwhite, it settles even more unevenly and leaves beautiful lacing. Not at all an overpowering aroma, but it is very good. Rich and cherry-ish. Heavy taste, a little smoky and a little (tiny) bit sweet. Complex. Godd mouthfeel, but a little bit of a mettalic aftertaste. The other flavors (coffee, chocolate) make up for this. Wonderful brew.

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Photo of jlervine
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with the nut brown ale. To me, it tastes too similar a dry-hopped Winter Welcome. The head retention is great - clears to a ring that sticks with the brownish red beer all the way down. Aroma is nutty with a nose of hops. The taste is very smooth, tingling the tongue with bubbles all along the leading edge. I'm beginning to wonder if my bottles of Samuel Smith that I picked up tonight are a bit skunked. This is my second type of Samuel Smith tonight, and they are just too similar for it to be coincidence. Come on, I'd be willing to pay extra for the beer if it didn't come in a clear bottle!

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer to drink on a cold winter day. Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades away quickly, leaving a thin lace. The aroma is extremely nutty with lightly toasted malts and subtle fruit undertones. The taste, like the aroma, is very nutty with some sweet caramel undertones. This is beer has a lot of character. It’s a very smooth and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes off as the bigger more flavourful twin of Newcastle
Brown both in fruity tones and nutty aftertaste. The colour is deep
and dark with a fantastic head that makes this beer a joy to behold.
One thing you notice about almost all of this breweries beers is the
commitment to quality and drinkability. It is hard to not salivate when a fresh shipment comes into the Liquor store,

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Photo of Running4beer
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber/brown color(iced tea color) with a thick head that slowly goes down to half its original size. Aroma was not strong at all but there were hints of mixed nuts and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy easily drinkable. Tastes of mixed nuts especially walnut, some malt and little after taste. Very good beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slender, 355ML clear bottle, foiled cap. Looks like tea in a bottle, looks are deceiving! Pours a deep amber with a rapidly disappearing head, tons of lace left in the bottle. Beautiful roasted, nutty aroma. Smooth roasted malt, a light hazelnut, slight coffee taste. Very smooth and balanced, a rich caramel aftertaste. Tasty, delicious, this is an awesome brew!

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

This beer came in the notorious clear bottle, 550ml size. It poured a dark reddish mahogany brown, with a pale head that started out tall and proud, but soon dissolved to lacy watermarks. The aroma was of bitter hops. Flavor was mostly the same hops bitterness, plus walnuts and fleeting malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is thicker and more syrupy than most ales. The finish was sweet caramel, fading to dry hoppiness.

I liked it, just not as much as the stouts I usually drink.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's always a little scarey to sample from a clear glass bottle. This one seems to have turned out okay. Nice somewhat complex aroma of sweet caramel that moves to a mild roast quality. Nice appearance although the head after pouring medium had very little retention. Dark golden to red and brown. Clear. Really pleasant taste with remarkable smoothness. Nutty, roasty (but not too strong) with caramel qualities too. A little rich, but not sweet. Terrific blending of flavors. Just enough dryness in the finish with nice lingering. The feel is quite expcetional with good carbonation balance. Best example of style that I've had so far. A good nearly anytime beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with light getting through around the edges of the clear bottle, and a thick, sizzling tan head. Aroma is nutty, herbal, with a notes of caramel, butterscotch, and almonds, and the lush feel of the deep woods. On the palate: sweet and buttery, with a mellow and medium body. Small hop presence here, more a malt emphasis, and a great balance between. Sweet enough to please the folks, but with a solid enough body not to disappoint the serious ale lover. Quite unlike the ever-present, flimsy and bland Newcastle. Very pleasing, and rewarding.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sammy Smith's has never disappointed me. This brown ale is simply a beautiful experience to drink. It's a medium bodied brown with a creamy tan head. The taste if of hazelnuts, toffee, and toastiness, with a creamy sweet mouthfeel; just very easy to enjoy and drink. There are no bothersome qualities at all. This is my session brew of choice when I have the money to afford it.

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Photo of Morris729
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish ruby color with a creamy tan colored head that dissipates into a nice sticky lace. Nose is butterscotch and lightly roasted chestnuts—very nice. Sweet malts come through up front in the taste with a touch of caramel followed by a nice creamy and buttery nuttiness. Medium creamy mouth feel with a nutty finish and walnut-like aftertaste. This is one of the finest brown ales in the world.

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

Very clear ruby color, cream coloered head that stays well and is easily regained by agitating the brew.
The smell is perfectly nutty, hint of licorice and walnut sherry.
Taste is very much like the smell, very smooth and round taste, gentle on the taste buds but still has alot of character to it.
Mouthfeel is good, the brew has alot of body, alittle chewy even. A beer I will have again.


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

I'll admit to this point that the Samuel Smith phenomenon has been a bit of a mystery to me. Drinking this one, however, led me closer to the appreciation expressed by so many others. It's a really beautiful brown with just a slight hint of red and a pretty tan head. It does have that wonderful nutty smell, but has other things going on too. A hint of toasty aroma and taste is noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully alive. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Reddish russet brown, with a clean and thick white head. Very nice malt aroma precedes the smooth malty taste. Although called Nut Brown, I got less of a nutty flavour out of this than, say, Newcastle. That seems to me a good thing, however. Light hint of hop flavour, but little to no bitterness.

To quote Father Jack: "Drink!!"

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

Simply stated, this is a great ale. It's full of flavor yet it maintains a drinkability that should be easy for just about anyone to enjoy. It's a good beer with appeal.

It poured a beautiful ruby-brown with a luscious tan head. The smell was that of malty goodness, with a touch of chocolate n' fruit underlying the scent. The flavor is smooth and nutty. The body is full and adds a creamy "choco-caramel" feel to the overall composition of the ale. Suprisingly, the hops come through with an assertiveness that does not hinder the natural sweetness that this beer possesses.

A most excellent choice.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head. Fruity hop aromas and nutty malt aromas are most noticeable. It has a buttery malt texture and a nutty malt flavor with coffee notes. It fades to a balanced bitterness. It is medium-bodied, smooth with a creamy texture, not overly carbonated. Overall, it is an easy drinking, smooth ale. Delicious nutty flavors that are perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness. Another great beer from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dearly love these 550ml Bottles. Yorkshire folk (including yours truly) are usually down to Earth and don’t ponce around when it comes to drinking, no pansy 12 fl.oz Bottles here. Has the ‘old style’ Samuel Smiths label format, this one has a brown background with the words Nut Brown Ale, again topped proudly by the White Rose of Yorkshire.
As with all Sam’s beers, I carefully agitated the beer into an oversize Glass, because I like head (Ooeerrr). A huge gaseous release gives a 3-4” deep frothy looking head that resembles the yeasty deposits that are dumped Vesuvius style in the Yorkshire Squares at the Brewery. Head is a lovely tan color, that just goes so well with the very deep brown chestnut Ale, the color of which reminded me of the well polished high quality furniture at the house of a rich Uncle I visited when a Child. This looks like a “Man’s Beers” as my Granddad would say. Head retention is important to me, and it does not fail to impress, eventually settles to about 1” after leaving an exploded spider’s web of complex lace on the Glass. Nose is of malt, and not much else. Taste though is very complex and changes as you progress through it. Starts with Malt, lightly roasted chestnuts, some sweetness, oats mixed with caramel, nuts (obviously), some oak-wood and a very feint hop taste, no bitterness, just a hop taste. All perfectly balanced in a very accomplished, quite astounding beer. This is not a Pale Ale with a kilo of burnt brown sugar added – that’s for sure. Mouthfeel is above average, and the finish lingers, you savor the tastes, then your taste buds cleverly “tell you” that you should savor some more. Easy drinking, creamy and very, very, VERY smooth. I only bought One Bottle – Shit. Back to Traders Joes tomorrow.
Interestingly, I got a phone call half way through tasting this beer. On return, the beers Aroma and Tastes all improved in intensity with the slight rise in serving temperature, worth noting – don’t chill it too much!!!
There are just not enough words for me to express how highly I rate Samuel Smiths. OK, so I am from England, Damn It - I am also from Yorkshire, but there is no partisanship here. I was extremely lucky to attend a Wakefield CAMRA Trip to the Brewery in Tadcaster a few years ago. Sam’s are no doubt an extremely high quality outfit that do not “cut corners” in any department, and boy does it show in every single one of their beers – without exception.
One of the best English Nut Browns I have ever had.

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Photo of mrjimcat
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasure to drink. In the glass the color was rich, deep, and clear. Initial notes of toffee gave way to a full but not overpowering bitterness. This was followed by a most pleasant sweetness that lingers on the palate. This is a beer that tastes better and better as the glass empties. An excellent choice for a nut brown ale.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first brown ale I ever tried. I was pretty impressed. Nice dark brown color with a creamy head that lasted for some time. Very full mouthfeel and smooth on the way down. The label shines through with a nutty smell and taste. A malty aftertaste which left me wanting more. I like to get this beer during cold weather .I bet it would be even better fresh from the tap. Its not a best seller at local stores so its hard to get it very fresh.

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

A pretty amazing brew! This beer has a wonderful dark brown appearance with a caking head! This smelled to me like nuts and especially like some fine ameretto liquer. The taste was pretty much the same, nutty, alcoholic, and wonderful! This also had a beautiful, full mouthfeel and it is incredibly drinkable! A nice 5%abv too so this would be a great session beer! I would love to try this on tap when I am in england or perhaps they have it in Ireland too? Who knows but this is some great stuff! This puts newcastle and many other brown ales to shame!

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

Wow, must have skipped this one all this time...bottle is from a three beer and a pint glass sample pack...

Clear medium brown, 1/2 inch pillowy head. Sweetish aroma, some nutiness and a little carmelized sugar. Medium body, low carbonation and an upfront malty sweetness. Looked hard for a flavor impression and mostly came up with a sense of sweet vanilla and a sense of hazelnut. Hops are nicely spread across the late taste and finish, nice balance. Malt lacks a lot of distinction, so this beer is not a huge favorite, though its quite well done.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Something of a skunky aroma on first opening the bottle. Disappears after the beer sits for a while but leaves you with a scent that is a bit thin, overall. Appearance is nice, dark brown/reddish with a thin, creamy off-white head. The flavor is malty sweet, with a muted nuttyness and a pleasantly balanced finish. Medium-light body. Decent beer, but not one of my favorite Browns.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Musty swet roast malt smell. Dark red color with an airy brown head. Light malt notes on the front of the tongue followed by a slightly bitter sweetness on the back of the tongue. There is a clean finish to the brew but not a ton of complexity to the taste. The mouth is also needs some body. This brew did not impress me very much. I expected more layers of nutty flavor. I would very much like to try this on tap and compare.

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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,955 ratings