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 jsprain1
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a readish brown with a perfect head that sticks the the glass.
S- Nutty, hazelnut or walnut, maybe a little almond? Also some butterscoth and caramel scents.
T- What a wonderful beer.Malty and nutty. Many beers that add fruit/nut/chocolate, lose the beer for the inspiration. Sam Smith doesn't balance the flavors, so much as intertwines them. Splendid.
M- Starts creamy, finishes dry. A bit of buttery diacetyl holds the beer on the tongue.
D- Absolutely my favorite brown ale, if not one of the top couple beers I've ever had. Just so well rounded and well crafted. A piece of art.

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

A: Clear and brown (you could even say "nut brown"!), with a frothy head the color of dusty linen. Retention is good (second only to those produced with a little help from a nitrogen widget...)

S: A nice balance of grainy malt and aromatic hops.

T: Wow! I'm hit with several flavors at once: slightly-sweet malt, buttery diacetyl, floral notes, and those quickly transition to bitter hops and floral notes.

M: Very smooth - it's hard to believe this doesn't have a nitrogen widget!

O: The finest brown ale I've ever tasted -- the epitome of its class. I'd drink this a couple of times a week, but for the price. If I ever have the opportunity to taste this on tap, be sure that I'd pay handsomely for the chance!

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

A-When you think Brown Ale and close you eyes this is What you should see.

S-Toffee and malts with some carmel apple mixed in for good measure.

Taste- Simple and complex at the same time toffee and malt mix with some bittering hops but it is just so balenced and the yeast gives it some odd fruity falvors that mesh right in.
M- smooth very smooth
D-I love this brew and so should you

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Photo of uspbacchus
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a nice dark brown. Nice head, light tan. Nice lacing.
S. Nice breads smell. Nothing strong.
T. Fantastic. A well crafted brown ale. Malty, slightly nutty and bready.
M. Perfect carbonation. Extremely enjoyable.
O. Dynamite. It's the definition of the style for a reason.

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

Wow...this is a great beer.

It poured a deep brown with a little red, a big frothy head, and lots of lacing. The aroma was nutty and malty, just as one might expect. The taste really can't get much better - well-rounded flavors and just the right amount of hops. It had sufficient body and a decently long finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of crazybrody06
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an amberish brown with a big head that lasted a good while. lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is malty with hints of chocolate, nuts, coffee, little hint of alcohol.

Taste is malts, with a nice sweetness, carmel, nutty, kind of dry

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body.

Very high drinkability

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

Poured into my beer mug a cola brown with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that recedes to something a little rockier with some lacing around the sides of the glass.

You can smell the "nut brown" smell from the end of the arm of the couch, it seems pretty powerful. Bringing it up to my nose I can smell some slight malty sweetness with with some light fruits like pear and apples.

Taste is much the same, with malty sweetness in the front, finishing with the light fruits. The slight pear taste to this is delightful. Perhaps could be a little more roasty, but I won't split hairs on this one. I like the taste of this beer.

The mouthfeel is on par with the style, slightly watery with some pretty good carbonation.

Man oh man is this drinkable! I've had some nut browns, and while I believe Rogue has a better offering, this is more of a sessionable beer for both the price per ounce and the milder taste.

This was delicious with my Cheddarwurst lunch, though I made sure to taste the beer and take notes before eating, it paired nicely.

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Photo of TehAnkh
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass and allowed to warm slightly. (I had some head room left. So what? Wanna fight about it?)

A: Poured a gorgeous, clear amber/walnut color. Lots of little soda-like carbonation bubbles clinging to the whole inside of the glass. About 1 finger of tan head that recedes slowly, but does eventually go away completely. Large, foamy bubbles, and a little lacing. Pretty :-).

S: Smells very malty, there's a faint nutty aroma but nothing that stands out too much. It has a faint tinny/metallic aroma and a very light grassy hop character. Nothing offensive, but nothing to write home about either.

T: Plenty of caramel malt, walnuts/hazlenuts and a nice mild hop character in there. Not too much malt, nor too little. Not too much hop, nor too little. This is balanced to heck with very subtle flavors. Nothing stands out too strongly, but at the same time everything stands hand in hand. It does, however, feel like it's lacking a certain sweetness that I've come to expect in nut brown ales.

M: Smooth and crisp with a very delicate hop bitterness, extremely effervescent and bubbly but not overwhelmingly so. The only disappointment is that the finish seems muted somehow. After the swallow, you feel like something is going to linger and take you somewhere, then it dulls out in the middle. It's hard to describe.

D: Damned refreshing, and not too heavy on the alcohol content for all the balance it provides. All the flavors in here are extremely subtle and it just never really grows old on you. This is an extremely sessionable beer. It drinks like it ought to, and leaves you feeling pretty good about the next one.

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Photo of scootny
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super clear brown liquid with a light cocoa head. Decent retention and nice lacing. Smell is wonderfully sweet and malty with molasses and the namesake nuttiness. Some dark fruitiness, soupcon of butterscotch, and a bit of floral hops. Taste is rich with roasted and toasty flavors. Sweet brown bread starts and flows into nuts and roasted grains with a slight metallic edge. Yeasty fruit esters and a touch of vanilla. Clean slightly dry finish leaves some tea leaves and graham. Feel is medium weight with a semi crisp and smooth persona. Restorative and quenching at the same time.. Goes down so well but the complexity begs for savoring. a superb session ale.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice & bronze with reddish highlights, a foamy + slightly fizzy head.

S: Warm, nutty, buttery aromas. A clean and subtle smell... quite nice.

F: A delicious flavour... beautiful balance. Warm, subtle, and complex flavour much like the smell. Nut & butter. A little sweetness in there to top it off. This is an excellent tasting brown ale.

M + D: Rich, round... a good balance for its class. Not huge, certainly not light. Just about right, and that's a nice feel! With the decent full body, it's very nice to enjoy the subtle features and drink rather easily. Certainly room for another. I could potentially session this quite happily.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this big boy into a Samuel Smiths Victorian pint glass. Perfect for this ale.

A: Dark amber with a brownish hue. Slightly cloudy with a small, persistent tan head.

S: I get tea leaves, fresh honey, maple syrup, oily nuts (walnuts?), molasses and definite notes of dark fruit: prunes, figs, dates, etc.

T: Walnuts, macadamia nuts, coffee with cream and notes of dark fruit. Finishes ultra-clean with a smooth, light citric finish. Fantastic.

D: Buy it in the 4-pack! You will not regret it.

Value: Excellent. I think the Samuel Smith brews are some of the best I've had and they are very reasonably priced.

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Photo of danmouer
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the landmark brews of the world! I began brewing back in 1981 hoping I could reproduce beers like this one. I've brewed oceans of decent beer and a few rivers of plonk, but I've never yet matched Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. It is richly malty, yet dry. Just as candy-like caramel and toffee begin to take over, a clean lightly grassy, spicy hop bitterness straightens everything right out. It's a brilliant beer in the glass and down the hatch.

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Photo of beertholomeus
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours rich copper color into a dimpled mug with a light tan 1" head, decent retention. Caramel and malty smell with some nuttiness. Caramel and malts are tasted first with a nutty dry finish. Medium body with a slight bitterness. Lively amount of carbonation. Overall, great brown ale that I will continue to buy.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a bulbous pint glass is a clear, almost bright, brown colored body with an immediately disappearing off-white head leaving only a glass-hugging ring and spotted lacing.
Aroma is butter-caramel popcorn.
Bread malt dominates the taste with a toffee hint. No bitterness, but also not cloyingly sweet. Great balance.
Medium feel is thinner than the caramel aromas and flavors might foretell.
Clearly the standard bearer for the style.

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Photo of Byeast
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: a deep brown color with some slight red hues and a large , frothy , and lasting head of tannish foam.

Smell: Nutty aroma , some bready malt , and some buttery diactyl.

Taste: Delicious. Lots of malty flavor , smooth , some sweet brown bready qualities at first , some more buttery diactyl , bit of roasty character , some balancing hop bitterness , nice nutty flavors ( walnut , almond) throughout and even more in the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and a bit creamy , with a dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely drinkable! The flavor it has makes me want another large sip as soon as i set it down. It really does leave a lingering flavor of fresh nuts. Iv'e yet to have a brown ale that can beat this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours bright chestnut brown under a rapidly dissipating 3” rocky foam collar that produces thick lace.
S: Fresh baked bread crust, nuts.
T: Nutty, toasty biscuit with a dry finish and a moderate bitter hop accent.
F: Exceptionally creamy medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: this is a well balanced brown ale with nothing over stated.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that clings to the sides of the glass, making a crater. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of honey, figs, walnuts, loads of caramel, and earthy hops. Taste is, of course, nutty and bready with hints of maple and caramel. Finishes rather dry and with floral hop. Nice bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is like pecan maple waffles. Mouthfeel is moderate to almost chewy and doesn't get sloying like many browns I've had. Perfect levels of carbonation. Fantasitc drinkability.

This is the first brown ale I tried years ago and none other has been able to compare to it.

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Photo of beyah
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried an 18.7oz. 550ml bottle.
Just the right balance between sweet and hops.
Very little head, slight lacing.
Mouth feel is perfect , small tingly bubbles.
Compared to my favorite domestic nut brown, its lighter, dryer and not as sweet.
It has a nutty buttery finish, YUM!!! Highly recomended

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Photo of bens0n
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber/brown with a small amount of off-white head, not the least bit murky, you can see through it when held up to the light. There is a small amount of lacing that etches the glass on the way down.

It has a rich malty smell with a hint of yeast, its very complex and has a slight sweetness to it.

Flavor wise, it starts out slightly sweet, but the maltyness and roasted malts quickly take control and it finishes with an almost bitter nuttiness. The nuttiness stays on your tongue afterward and is more prevalent in the aftertaste than the initial flavor.

Its not too thick or overly carbonated; a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: Awesome looking old school bottel with a long thin neck wrapped in gold foil. Label is very simple yet eye-catching. Label gives a bit of brewery info as well as states “Product of England”. Back label gives a small description of the beer and web info. Samuel Smith embossed in the bottle.

Appearance: A aggressive pour from its 550ml bottle into a 16oz English pint led to a 4 finger lightly packed light tan head atop a clear reddish brown blood-wood colored beer. Head retention was 5min 23sec before fading to a rocky coating an ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very sweet with hints of butterscotch and molasses along with a nice toasty nuttiness. Intoxicating.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of sweet butterscotch and molasses along with a sweet malt on the front end that turns to a toasty nutty midpoint with a slight hop flavor. Finishes with a roasty toasted nuttiness.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Very smooth and creamy while remaining on the the light side of medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: One of the best Brown Ales I have every had. I rank this right next to Tumbler from Sierra Nevada on my list of Brown Ales. A real pleasure to drink. Classified as an English Brown Ale @ 5% ABV. Consumed 10/1/2013.

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Photo of baldwinfamilyfarm
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours with a thicker, fluffy head with staying power. This is an exceptional nut brown with the perfect balance of sweet scotch caramel and smooth dark malt. Will always come back to this one as a standard. Amazing Nut Brown!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt amber ruby color with a nice sized almond head that literally coats the glass. The aroma is of deep caramel and bready malts and floral english hops. The taste is a remarkable blend of toffeeish malts and floral herbal hops. Quite hoppy, especially in the finish. Theres a great crisp a fruity yeastyness, as well as a pleasan subtle diacytel flavor. The aftertaste is a lingering caramel, hop bitterness and fruity yeast flavor. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is one hell of a good brown ale. Its definitely my favorite example of the style. Anyone who likes English Ales should like this.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear brown body, with a ruby red glow to it. Some very small bubbles rising. Light-brown head. Good lacing and very decent head retention. Looks beautiful if you ask me.

S - A very nutty malty smell to it. Some prominent hints of caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Some pleasant graininess and a touch of floral hops.

T - This has got to be the pinnacle of the style! You get a nice mild flavour, full of nutiness, some roastiness and balanced sweetness. Then it opens up with some gentle bitter chocolate and plum undertones. The finish is a bit dry, with lingering toffee and hazelnut notes. Nothing in this beer tastes off, that's certain!

M - Great. Its velvety smoothness is extremely pleasant. Medium body to it. The carbonation is quite low all in all.

D - Fantastic. Easily the most drinkable nut brown ale. Can make a great session beer if needed, but it's even better in moderation I think.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Sampling right now on 10/14/14 after bowling. Seen this over the years BUT never tried it. This one comes in a single 550ml (18.7 ounce) bottle for $3.99, though I seen it in a smaller 11.2 ounce 4-pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tall weissber vass glass.

Pours a pretty reddish-mahogany in color with a thick foamy/creamy 2-finger beige head that finally settles down to a few millimeters near the end of the drink. Lots of sticky lacing is seen through out the drink. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of caramel malts also. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of nutty chocolate also in the mix. Very smooth and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. One of the best 'Nut Brown Ale's' on the market in my opinion. Medium-bodied with lighter carbonation. A tasty brew!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Has a very nice aroma upon opening, pour is great, dark and nice foamy head, recommend a nice gobbler style glass. I prefer it very cold, seems to improve its character more. Very nice flavor and texture. Long time drinker of this beer and never have been let down. Good in summer or winter.

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