Nut Brown Ale | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Nut Brown AleNut 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 moulefrite
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful color-deep,deep brown with a lovely red glow around the edges. Aromatics include milk chocolate, sweet toffee and a touch of butterscotch. The mouthfeel is heavenly and includes a nice buttery viscosity. Flavors are complex and hint of sweet butter cream, some light maple undertones and a bittersweet hop component. I can't help but finding maple cream chocolates on the tail end? This is a nicely done brew that has gone well with many a fish and chip dinner!

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence: deep dark red, thick lasting head

smell: surprisingly little, but i am begining to think that maybe my senes of smell is all but gone cause i can't really notice smells on any beers anymore... so dont take my word for smell on this one...

taste: yummy, Sammy Smith never disapoints, always good, really good, but not as flavorful as some other premium brown ales, namely Brooklyn's, which is probably one of my favorite beers ever, so perhaps my judgement is skewed.

drinkability: It's sammy smith, it goes down easy, what did you expect?

like i said a good beer, but i wouldn't say it is the best Brown Ale out there or Sammy SMith's best brew, but certinly worth trying, perhaps with a grreat big juicy steak.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown color with two fingers of head. There is a good bit of lace rings left on the glass. The smell is very nutty and malty. A fairly sweet smell. The taste is also a sweet malty flavor, with hazelnut and caramel present. Not too much hops present, but good nonetheless. It has a nice heavy and smooth mouthfee. It also has a good drinkability. The one nut brown on which all others are based.

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Photo of Garin
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut colour, with a thick and creamy head that leaves lots of lace on the glass. Beauuuutiful.

Some apple fruitiness on the nose, with a slight hint of hops. Lots of malt, obviously. It has that Sam Smith appley sweetness that I find in their oatmeal stout as well. Some nutty malt, but I taste more fruitiness than nuts. Lots of citrus as weelll. A good bitterness balances it all out.

In the mouth it feels fresh, tart, and medium-light with a smooth dry finish. It's good, but I find it more appley than nutty. Hm. I would never describe this as a nutty ale. Weird, and kind of disappointing.

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

dark copper and brown color under a simply gorgeous half-inch head that is creamy light brown. great lace inside the glass. the scent is nutty and malty, not very much hoppiness in the smell and a bit of sweetness is detected. the flavor is rich and nutty with a bitter bite. it has presence of walnut, brazil nut and almond (among other nuts i'm certain but these i could pick out clearly) a host of herbal tones but not at all over pronounced. a dry maltiness really bitters on the finish and the hop profile isn't at all strong, it's more of a thought than an expression, just a little help to dry it up in the end. mouthfeel is creamy but crisp in the finish. the only problems i could have with these are wateriness (perhaps) and some strange chemical flavor that seems a bit metallic toward the final development. a great beer as far as i'm concerned though, i'm just groping for flaws i guess, sometimes i do that to those who are supposed to be real good. to hell with that though, i'll drink these again and again when the mood strikes me! have one.

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Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with red highlights and a frothy head. Smell is of sweet malts and hazelnuts. Taste is exactly what the smell makes it out to be. The only other real noticeable flavor is the yeasty dryness that comes forth in the finish. This is a solid beer but not spectacular by any means.

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Photo of Winter
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear 550 ml bottle with gold foil wrapped around the cap and neck. A thick creamy off-white head sits atop a dark brown body with reddish hues. Aroma consists of dark fruit (fig?), caramel malt and molasses. Mouthfeel seems thin for a brown. Hard water taste can be detected. Caramel malt dominate the body with a light hop bitterness. Mineral water flavor is a turn-off for me. Seems to lack some of the sweetness of other brown ales I've sampled in the past.

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

Pours a medium brown with a medium sticky head,the aroma is of course nutty and malty sweet.The taste is pretty rich for the appearance pretty nutty and earthy with a sweet malt backbone.Somewhat with a lighter looking brown ale with such a rich taste to it.Not a bad brew but maybe a little overated.

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

served in clear bottle.
maybe the greatest session beer ever in my book. definitely a great great ale. super complex malt taste. beautiful nutty aftertaste that is scrumptious. goes great with food. great on a hot day. great on a cold day. just an amazing all-around beer. what's left to say. my favorite sam smith beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok second Sam Smith product this week..I was bitterly dissapointed by a skunked Pale I am wary tonight ..but this was on sale here goes.
Comes in the (oh no) clear Sam Smith Bottle..same simple label.
Well this certainly looks like a great beernice dark walnut brown with a largish off white creamy went down fast bit laceing was good.
Smell thank goodness is nice and fresh..malty and nutty..simple yet well done.
MM this is a delicious beer..low alcohol yet the taste is luxuriant..nice and creamy..with a full malt profile..finishes with nice nuttiness( pecan..maybe black walnut)..nice semi bitter aftertatse.
Very nice on the tongue..creamy.
an exceptionally drinkable Nut Brown..wonderful do the English put so much flavour into such medium strength beers?

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

I don't drink browns or nut browns too often, but what a way to start! This one may be tough to beat. Pours a cola-brown with a light tan head. Subtle malt and nut smells detectable. The taste is sweet, nutty-chocolatey with hints of cherries (?) on the palate. The finish is roasty, woody, and bitter. Mmmm... The mouthfeel is surprisingly big. I would love to try this on tap. Another great Samuel Smith concoction.

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Photo of taez555
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Drank it out of my Sammy Smith Imperial Pint glass. It poured a reddish brown body with big white/tan head.

The nose unfortunatly had a lot of skunk flavors due to the clear glass bottle. (when will Sammy Smith learn) Lots of malt, earthy hops, some almost german smelling yeast, wood and slight hints of fruit..

The taste was very smooth, light and easy drinking. Lots of dark roasted malt, some slight roasted bitterness and even some faint hints of smoke. Very bitter with lots of earthy hops. I could also detect some soft fruit sweetness.

The beer ended with a lot of lingering bitterness.

It's sad that the bottle was skunked as it was, but amazingly a lot of the flavor still fights it way through and make this a damn good beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a tan head with medium sized bubbles. The body was clear and the hue of this beer is dark brown. A good brew with a good smooth taste which is much to my liking. I have found another brew that I could drink all night at a bar or party.

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Photo of Mustard
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 19oz. translucent bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date.

Appearance: A clear ruddy-brown; mid-sized, off-white head which is quick to dissipate; light, sporadic lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate/caramel maltiness with a light nutty bend.

Taste: Medium in body, somewhat prickly carbonation-wise; malty sweetness upfront, fairly strong earthy/spicy hop-bitterness in the follow-through; light nutty notes pervade. This particular bottle was strongly phenolic.

Notes: I'm always disappointed by this brew. I love nut-browns -- hence my willingness to give this puppy shot after shot. I attribute these bad experiences to skunkage. Darken your friggin' bottles, Sam Smith. Mustard is irritated.

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

This is a beer I keep coming back to. It is well balanced and is consistently very drinkable. It has a great texture that gets creamier as it warms, yet remains quite lively. In fact, it seems to change character dramatically with the temperature (more of a bite when it was cold than when it warmed). The color is a reddish brown. The head was a little disappointing and petered out about midway.

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

Nice malty aroma. Its initial pour yielded a nice light brown head full of medium bubbles with a dark brown transparent body. Initial taste was full of flavor and went down very smoothly while leaving the remains of a subtle after bite. All in all, it is a very nice first brew to sample this evening.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank God for Trader Joe's, my regular stop for beer between runs to BevMo in Brea. Bought this in a 550ml bottle thinking "might be like Newcastle Brown Ale", a beer I chased around in Japan but haven't had in a few years.
This is better than Newcastle Brown ale. It poured a dark brown color with a terrific creamy beige head. Minimal carbonation was observed. The smell was of caramel toffee, nuts (maybe hazelnuts) and a faint smokiness that I really liked.
The taste was a nutty caramel with no bitterness and a slightly smoky aftertaste. The feel was smooth, medium bodied, creamy as it warmed.
Overall, a well put-together beer I could enjoy these on a daily basis. Very tasty!

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

Appearance: Pours a light reddish-brown with superb clarity. A light tan head starts out thick and fluffy, and holds at a thick cap.

Smell: The aroma is quite faint. It's rich and nutty with a hefty dose of malt. Diacytel makes it's obligitory appearance...

Taste: Malty and oh-so-slighty sweet with just enough hops to balance everything. Extremely nutty in flavor, with a touch of chocolate and toffee. There's some buttery diacytel (like in all of their beers) that is kept well in check. Small hint of a minerally taste. Ends with a green, floral hop note.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth, dry mouthfeel. There's a bit of astrigency on the finish that I've never encountered before...could be just this bottle.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is not only a tasty brown ale, but a great 'gateway' brew that can be used to turn macro drinkers to better beer.

A solid and dependable beer, this is a classic example of the Northern England-style brown ale.

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Photo of steelreign
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a nice, easy drinking brew. Pours a nice tawny brown with a lacy white head that stays most of the pint. Aroma is that of fruit/nuts with a slight yeast-y smell or skunk - not really strong, just there.

I found it highly carbonated, but quite refreshing. Not a ton of flavor, but it's mostly in the finish; nutty taste, pine, caramel. Very subtle flavoring. The body was quite thin, but I would say fairly typical of this style - similar to a Newcastle. Drinkability is way up there, though! I could see myself downing this all night if not for it's price. A very fine example of the brown ale style!

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Photo of Thrasher
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with good head that leaves decent lace. Some light skunkiness in aroma that carries over into the flavor, but not enough to be a real drawback. Also some great British mustiness in the aroma from the yeast (for me it is a highlight of any good UK beer). This is a mellow beer with quite a bit of flavor but you have to dig for it, it doesn't hit you over the head. Caramel flavors are sugary, strong, buttery, complex, severely tempered by minerals from water and dominant musty yeast. Some tartness towards the very end but this is more of a sour quality than any hop bitterness. Quite fizzy on the mouth and this doesn't feel right for a British ale to me. Mellows a bit in the glass and becomes creamier. If this was all there was to drink in the world, I could certainly manage, but it doesn't quite jibe with my personal tastes.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is a light scarlet red. A thin and whispy beige head caps the beer off. The nose is herbal, earthy, sticky sweet and a little skunky. The flavor is pretty heavy on the English Toasted Malt tones. Bitterness is a little too sharp. And there's the slightest hint of an acrid off flavor. There's also some carmelized sugar and light nut tones. All in all, this is pretty bland, especially when compared to the beauty I just had (the New Glarus Fat Squirrel Nut Brown). The mouthfeel of this beer is too carbonated and thus it hinders drinkability some.

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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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Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,976 ratings