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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 3,915 |  Reviews: 1,482
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber colour. Big frothy head full of nooks and crannies. Alcohol, yeast, hops, and some dark fruits in the nose. Some-thing there that my mind associates with British. Creamy taste. Wonderful malt presence. Years ago, when craft beer was new, my cousin recommended this to me, saying it was the best beer he had ever had. It may have been surpassed for both of us in the best ever description, but I had forgotten just how good it is. A marvelous beer from one of England's great breweries.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer from a quality English brewery. Nutty brown in color, with a nice head. Sweet and fuity up from taste with a nice finish. A little bitter aftertaste sometimes. As with most ales, this tasts best a little warmer than you would drink a lager.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's some brilliant eye-candy for ya. The name accurately describes the color. It is a nice dark-tea color with excellent clarity. It pours a nice had that dissipates fairly quickly yet it still leaves a lace down the glass. The taste is fairly mellow and slightly dry. Very smooth with a hop bitterness that is balanced nicely. While a good beer, I'm still a young amateur advocate, I will have to try many many others before I have a repeat of this good brew.

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Photo of packetknife
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very reserved about trying this tonight. I just recall having a bad experience with it a year or so ago. Must've been something else. Nice medium brown, has hints of hay/wood on the nose. Small tan head (bad pour?). Roasted malts, smooth finish. I look forward to re-trying the rest of the Smith's lineup.

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Photo of Jordan
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very calm, almost flat carbonation. Penetrating alchohal and butterscotch aromas. Semi-sweet start, finishes with a powerful persimmon astringency. I enjoy browns, but I found this to be a let down. Always happens when we have high expectations.

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Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color w/ a definite chill haze. The head retention is poor. Light nutty and toasted malt notes in aroma w/ a mild yeast ester fruitiness. The mellow hop nose is mildly earthy and pleasant. The taste is sweet initially, but is followed by slightly toasted notes from the conservative use of chocolate malt. Carbonation is quite low, providing for a smooth mouthfeel. Definite signature Sam Smith diacetyl from the yeast strain is perceptible, but it's in the background and complements the overall malt profile. Hop character is very mild, and allows the toasty malt flavors to be clearly distinguished from hop bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet. I got an unskunked bottle! Although not a complex beer, the light body, nutty malt flavors and overall balance make for quite a drinkable brew.

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Photo of aracauna
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There was a nice head on this one. It was foamy, stiff-looking with big bubbles. It also hung around for a while. The beer was a dark red brown and very clear. There were flowery hops and some roasty maltiness on the nose. The taste was good - roasty and bitter - but not exceptional. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Good drinkability, though.

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Photo of rockdick
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is excellent, it ranks up at the top of my list now. I love the color of the beer, and the head is just icing on the cake. A match made in heaven if you will. Very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer has a nice red brown color and a modest light brown head that fades fairly quickly. Scattered thin lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malt, rustic brown bread notes, and a faint nut character, like roasted pecans.

Taste: Opens with lots of roasted and mildly nutty malts, like toasted pecans. AS the taste progresses, moderate bitter cocoa notes appear. Finishes with a mild, lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a Victorian-era style custom bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of budgood1
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep amber in color, cream color head that dies down to a thin lace. nutty, malty aroma without much hops to speak of. has a medium body which shows off some caramel malt character....nutty undertones and an almost sweet buttery mouthfeel make this seem so silky smooth. some very soft hops break up the smoothness a little bit in the end, like frosting on a cake. this is what americans browns should strive to be like. almost like candy in a bottle. delicious!

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

Red to brown in color sweet and nutty flavor. Overall a really good brown ale. I don't think it's worth the price tag of a case though. By me it's almost $60

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Photo of hooligan
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red to brown beer with slightly off white thin wispy head, no retention. Smells like burnt caramel and slightly astringent. Light thinly astringent taste up front, followed by a strong rich caramel and toasty flavor. Bitterness is bold and clean with no percieved hop aroma. Thin clean finish and mouthfeel. Very quaffable brown ale, with more character than many other brown ales.

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Photo of Jason
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown chestnut in colour with a caked on lace.

Smell: Nutty aroma ... a mix of sweet and grain with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste: Smooth with a creamy textured mouth feel coming from the medium body. Sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish. There is an underlying buttery flavour from the Yorkshire yeast and a sufficing hop bitterness that seem to do a good job of putting the missing pieces together for this brew.

Notes: Truly one of the best brown ales in the world ... this is the cast and mold for lots of brewers trying to come up with a nut-brown ale. The lasting nutty finish leaves a pleasing hazelnut or walnut aftertaste.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice ruby brown color. Good carbonation. Malty, complex, nutty aroma. Sweet, malty, nutty, roasted flavor. A tad thin on mouthfeel. Very clean, smooth with a slightly dry finish. Lingering nutty aftertaste.

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

A little less sweet and more dry than most other browns I've run across.

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