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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Photo of dahlen22
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To be fair, I have a soft spot for Sammy Smith's beers from my underage days when my friends and I would go to New York City and get served underage and drink these.

Serving type: Bottle from the four pack

Appearance: Dark brown

Aroma: Nutty and malty

Taste: THIS IS IT!!! Exectional taste and character. Smooth with a creamy texture yet also sweet at the beginning and then ends with that dry nutty taste.

Drinkability: Awesome is what comes to mind. So easy to drink.

Overall: All other nut brown ales should bow to this offering from Samuel Smiths. It is everything an English nut brown ale should be. Exceptional character with a remarkable taste. I actually knew then what I know now and that is quality. Only wish I could find it on tap at a reputable establishment in the New York/Philly area.

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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 maddamish
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freaking near perfection!

A heady ale that laces nicely. Light brown in color.

You really need to drink this beer at 45 - 50 degrees. Any colder than that and you are going to cheat yourself out of a nice treat.

Caramel and butterscotch notes on the first offering with a nice nut finish in the aftertaste.

Sugar and caramel are slightly present in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a brown ale as it is consistent and smooth.

Notes: I will have to hook up my friends with this one when they come up to visit. This is the standard for brown ales everywhere!

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Photo of kimbo33
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. I love the nuttiness about it. I have been on a english brown kick as of late and this is by far the best in show. Almost all 5's, I did smell one better Brown Ale so I will reserve the perfect score but that is nit-picking. If you haven't tried this it is a must.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very good creamy malty bitter sweet malty some carbonation at the end
Tastes better once the bottom of the bottle is in the glass yeasty goodness biscuits
This beer is great

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Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best brown ale I've had and should be what other browns aspire to be! This great brew poured a nice dark brown color with a supprisingly big head that lasted about 2 min before turing into a nice lace around the whole glass. The smell was of grain and burnt nuts, very nice. The taste was out of this world, with a great mix of nut, hop, malt and toffee/carmel flavor. This is a great beer to kick back and enjoy, and one could eaisly make a session out of it. Good stuff!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color, with a tan head. Smells of coffee and malt, which matches it's taste. A very deep flavor that changes as it warms. Just a little hint of alcohol present. This is a very good beer, a benchmark to which all other Brown Ales should be measured.

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Photo of Steamer
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A reddish-brown hue that looks like a nut brown should look. The nut aroma really comes through along a some sweet overtones that smells like caramel. The taste is far and above any other brown ales I have tried. It follows the smell with a full, rich nuttiness that lingers on the palate forever. Mouth feel - Smooth and silky; goes down very smooth. Overall outstanding - there may be other nut browns out there that top this one but I have yet to find it.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Poured a nice dark redish brown with a good head which died and left a film. Lots of lacing. Looks great.

Nose is lovely - complex - notes of coffee and coffee coming through with raisins, dark fruit and molasses. Lovely.

Palate is wonderful - complex malts with coffee, buitterscotch, nuts, cherries and a faint vermouth note. Super stuff.

Mouth is nice - quite full. Pefect.

I had this beer once before in a bar and although I liked it I was expecting more because of all the good reviews I'd read. That was after a few. This is a beer that needs to be appreciated - it's not a session beer. One has to be prepared to fully appreciate the complexity.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml very dark brown bottle.

Pours a dark deep reddish brown color. Good head to start, but doesn't stick around long and very nice lacing.

Aroma has a nice sweetness to it with malts and nutty smells, almonds or walnut. There is also a very faint barely detectable aroma similar to dark chocolate. Some buttery aromas as well, lots of stuff going on here.

Has a very nice taste to it. Roasted malts with hop bitterness on the finish. Some nice nut flavors in there too, with a caramel sweetness. It has a smooth mouthfeel, feels well balanced. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a very good brew. Very nice aromas, nice balanced taste. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of BBQSteve
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer!

I really respect this brewery and their refined processes.

Poured smooth into a tulip perfect head and color.

Aroma was nutty and brought me into the beer.

Taste is balanced, clean and simple.

Smooth on the palate and a medium light mouthfeel.

A great beer and should be at the top of this category.

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Photo of MAXEL
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent mahogany/copper color
Aroma: caramel/faint chocolate
Taste: sweet/nutty quickly balanced by faint burnt bitterness. Perfect balance.
Overall: The perfect nut brown ale

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a dark rust/brown with a big foamy khaki head that falls quickly the a 1/2 inch layer and leaves an elegant, stringy lacing.

The nose is light brown sugar, malt, and extremely faint hops and apple.

I get hops first in the taste. They are earthy and spicy and backed by a sweet nut toffee flavor. Occasional hint of nugat. Big ale fruitiness toward the end, almost tastes like pear. Finishes with a light spice bouqet and a suprising earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and lively. Perhaps just a tiny bit thick. This is a light, playful, but still very complex beer I could drink gallons of.

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4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think it's wise to cover preconceived notions/expectations when reviewing a beer because hype can color our judgments. That said, I had heard good things about this beer so my expectations were somewhat high. That, and the premium price.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Nice brown/red color. Full two finger head that dissipated slowly leaving a nice complex lacing. This is a beautiful ale!

Smells good. Roasted malts, faint nutiness present, has a fresh bread smell almost. Very pleasant.

Ok. Taste is off the charts. Follows the nose quite well. Dry nutiness and bready. This is easily the best English brown I've tasted. So balanced....

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Finishes clean and dry.

Overall, this is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. And I'd say it's probably the best English browns (of which I'm partial) I've ever had. There isn't much I would add/omit to/from this beer in Beer Fantasy Land. It's damn near perfect! If you like English browns, this is the quintessential example!

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Photo of n0315
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle was clear so the taste may differ than others. Nice head that has a color of a tan white, with the beer being a nice dark brown or maybe amber. the head settles Smell is a nutty smell. A nice strong taste of nut and maybe wheat, much stronger than some of the other brown ales. very good strong taste of nuts, living up to the name nut brown ale.

Honestly...I think my new drink may be this insted of newcastle. Simply put the best brown ale I have ever had. very drinkable with the tastes of nuts that never stop. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popped the top and poured into a cold glass mug, with a good sniff the strong rich malts are lovingly over powering. After letting this ale breathe for a minute the taste is as you would expect from world class high quality nut brown ale, this one delivers full-bodied and somewhat bitter, with strong flavor.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A spectacular brew. Props to the guys at Samuel Smith's

Beautiful on the pour, just the right amount of head-between 1.5 and 2 inches. Delicious roasted grains on the nose, with obvious nutty characteristics represented. Same in the flavor, especially on the finish. Perfect balance between the malt and the moderate hop character. Wonderful, substantial mouthfeel, and the drinkability is of the charts.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head created by the pour was three fingers of oak brown thick bubbles. Exceptional lace cling, like glue. Color is a 26 on the SRM Beer Color chart. Enchanting smell of butter, butterscotch, walnut, and cashews. Tastes of toffee, nuts, caramel, rye bread, peanuts, and malt. Very robust mouthfeel as it rolls around my mouth and over my teeth and tongue. The more I taste this beer the more I want more. Great flavor for the price.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep umber mahogany color, topped with a thick ivory head, which dissipates quickly into a lasting ring.
The aroma is strongly malty, with a wonderful toasted nuttiness, and some light caramel. A touch of roasted barley or chocolate malt, perhaps. Woody, with some diacetyl butterscotch. Very light fig, and minimal hopping. Very nice, smells pretty much like the standard for southern english brown ale.
The flavor starts with a rich nutty caramel maltiness. Some toasted flavor comes through towards the middle, with the barest hint of chocolate or roasted barley. Some diacetyl butterscotch flavor in the middle, with a hint of fig. Diacetyl lingers into the finish with some mild english hopping. Some toffee and light hop flavor in the aftertaste. Mild, smooth carbonation, with a medium body. Silky mouthfeel.
Probably one of the best brown ales available. It's fairly easy to find, although a bit pricey, but well worth it.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review on 6/24/09

A- poured clear garnet brown with some rising bubbles supporting a creamy, piling beige head that retained well. Some nice lacing as the drink is consumed. 4.5

S - Sweet caramel malts, hint of nutmeg, and light hops. Touch of dark and ripe fruits: plums and raisins, melded wonderfully with the malts. Very well balanced. 4.5

T - Initial sweetness of caramel and mildly toasted cereal. Hint of coffee, earthy English hops, and a bit of dark fruits. Again, wonderfully balanced, one off the best nut browns I've ever had. 5.0

M - rich and full bodied, mild carbonation, very smooth and creamy. 4.5

D - a most excellent session brown ale. Another pint please! 4.5

Reviewed on 12/28/08

A - poured a clear garnet/roasted nut brown with a long lived 3/4" head in a pint glass

S - roasted nuts, nutmeg, pale malts, and chocolate malts. Semi sweet with light hints of bitters

T - sweet and nutty in the forefront, followed by toffee and ending somewhat dry with a slight aftertaste of well blended hops and nuts

M - seemed a tad lighter than expected with moderate carbonation, very smooth though

D - excellent, could easily do a few pints

Overall - Poured from a 500mL bottle, it definitely isn't enough for one person! An excellent example of the style, I daresay the paradigm of nut browns. Samuel Smith's reputation is well deserved and this is no exception. Cheers to the oldest brewery in Yorkshire!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice brown color with a reddish tinge. the head is tan in color fluffy and lasts pretty long. the smell is sweet caramel malty and inviting. the flavor follows the smell with sweet caramel malts up front and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. mouthfeel is medium bodied . overall the best nut brown i have had

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale pours to a dark brown color reminiscent of cola. The thick, creamy head helps reinforce that image. The nose suggests lightly roasted malt, and the palate is very malty, creamy, somewhat nutty (hence the name) with a unique mushroomy character almost akin to a Ringwood ale. There’s a touch of butter albeit a light one, and a surprisingly fruity finish, which strongly hints at melon and pear. A light toffee character and subtle roastiness permeate the beer as well.

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear ruddy brown w/ ruby notes, light carbonation with 2 inches of fluffy off-white (toward brown) head. Scent is nutty and malt based sweet, nice hop balance.
Taste is solid, malty, well balanced hopping with a nut (hazelnut/walnut) finish.

Mouthfeel is super smooth, clean and crisp.

Drinkability is excellent, medium bodied, I could drink this all night, if Sam Smiths sponsered me.

My review feels like I am understating the virtues of this beer, and I am. Not overly complex, but lets leave that to other beers. When I want a nut brown, this is the standard bearer. Really, the Nut Brown all others desire to be...Exceptional..

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Photo of joecalderoni
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: beautiful tanned brown with a nice 2 finger of a off-white head!!

S: Amazing nutty with caramel aroma. a hint of fruitiness on the back from the yeast!

T: very nice caramel taste well balanced with some nuttiness! A completely malt balanced beer!

M: Medium body. low carbonation!! amazing mouthfeel

O: an excepcional world class example of an brown ale!

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Photo of iceball585
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered very slowly

S- Dark malts, nuts, brown sugar, caramel, grains, hint of dark fruits

T- Caramel malts, toasted nuts, brown sugar, creamy, slightly buttery, faint bitter hops at the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, fairly sweet, semi-oily finish

D- Great session beer or sipping beer

When I try to think of a good English Nut Brown Ale this is always the first one that comes to mind. Great auroma, great flavor,... great in every catagory. Also great head retention, it lasted as a thin layer of head throughout the whole pint.

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Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,852 ratings.
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