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)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 mdale13
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark ruby/brown color. 1 finger tan/white head. Very delicious looking. Perfect for a brown ale.

S- Nutty smell, with some malts, sugary even.

T- Smooth, creamy, malty. Just like a brown ale should taste. Hints of nuts, some hops on the finish. Again, perfect for the style.

M- Good balance of smoothness and carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Perfect Session beer. Could easily slug back 5-6 of these.

Other- THe perfect brown ale in my mind. A shining example of the style.

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Photo of FallinDeck
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry/brown body with a nice big off white head. The nutty aroma caries a fruity hint with it. It has a nice light airy mouthfeel. Taste starts bitter fruity and finishes a smooth nutty finish. The fruit taste almost reminds me of a grape wine.

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Photo of Leo-Dean
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice maple syrup brown color, pour with a small amount of carbonation. Tastes of hazlenut, sweet, a little bit of malt taste. Almost a bit of a milk chocolate taste. Good dinner beer.

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Photo of tkach
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark amber-brown with a frothy tan head that dissolved at a mediocre rate.

Smelled like toasted golden malty goodness. A rich scent not too fragrant while no where near bland.

Taste. They gave this beer a good name. It is in fact like a toasted nutty ale. I sensed a slight spicyness that offered a bit of zing as well.

Mouthfeel was alright, not what I usually look for, the zing kicked a bit too much for me with the carbonation. Very light afterwards and it still held the flavor so that was nice although somewhat common.

I thought this was pretty drinkable. My large bottle went down fast, it didn't seem to be something to want to savor too long and it went down easy with a nice rich flavor and clean finish.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with minimal head. The beer has a smooth robust flavor with hints of chocolate, and had a pleasant light hops finish. The aroma of the beer was a little weak but not unpleasant. This is an easy drinking tasty beer, tastes alot like Killian's Irish Red in my opinon. My first experience with an English Brown, will definitely purchase this beer again.

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Photo of markb33
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beer. Just perfectly executed.

A--Poured into a pint glass generates a nice thick tan head. Body is a deep reddish chestnut brown. Holds sticky thick lacing all the way to the finish.

S--Notes of caramel and toffee with a dry roasted nutty finish.

T--Round warm caramel and toasty malts. Beautifully balanced with nice crisp hop notes which punctuate the body giving way to an anise or walnut finish that lasts forever. There is a certain round, full, smooth flavor that underpins the beer, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

M--medium body with a slightly dry finish.

D--At 5% a very sessionable beer, especially during the colder months. Complex yet straight forward and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of dcx10music
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very full, dark brown. Surprisingly translucent when held up to light.

S - Absolutely wonderful. Dark and rich with a mild coffee aroma holding everything together. My mouth was watering at first sniff.

T - Similar to, and just as good as, the smell. The malty backbone is complemented nicely by a sweet toasted nuttiness.

M - The weakest part of this brew. Not terrible, but it seemed a bit on the watery side for my palate.

D - Goes down easy, but it's quite heavy on the stomach; I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time.

Notes - If it was a little more thick, this would likely be one of my favorite all-time brews. As is, it's still an excellent way for me to embrace my inner Englishman.

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Photo of PaulfromNoVa
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I fear this review brands me as a philistine. Or perhaps the bottle I had was gassed. Batch stamp, but no date. Poured at 45 degrees into a standard glass pub pint.

This ale sits pretty in the glass: thick, foamy head of not-fine bubbles, dark, aged copper body, carbonation roiling and welling up thickly as form a Deepwater-Horizon type blowout.

Delightful nose. All suggestion, nothing overpowering. Nutty, not very hoppy, some toasty malt. Created keen sense of expection.

Poof! Gone. Thin mouthfeel, swirling around in my piehole, waiting for a flavor epiphany, studying the reaction of my tastebuds, wondering when everything is going to kick in. Very dry, slightly hoppy, very little other sensation, and very fleeting at that. I don't have a cold or any taste malfunction: it's just that very little registered, with no finish to speak of. When it was down the hatch all traces of flavor went with it. Does that mean "clean"? That's why I think it might have been the bottle, sitting as a single in a shop fridge, for perhaps a long time.

It's very easy drinking. And I'll certainly give it another go on another day.

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Photo of Lowseph
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

brown ales are one of my favorites,
and this one is no exception.

smooth like a porter, with the delicious roasted flavor.

this is one of the few beers I could see myself drinking everyday,

I can only imagine how good this stuff is on tap.

if you're a fan of brown ales or porters,
I highly recommend you try this.

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Photo of Jericho7x
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New to drinking beer, so take this with a grain of salt. Smell was wonderful. Taste was very nutty at the start, then kinda of light and sweet on the finish. Other than 4pk for $12, it is a great beer. Not hoppy at all.

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Photo of mrjimcat
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 BrandonWardlaw
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep red-brown. 1.5 finger head that melts down to a tiny layer.

S - Malts, roasted nuts, perhaps caramel.

T - Heavenly. Starts out with a rich caramel flavor, which transitions to nuts, and finishes dry with a hoppy flavor.

M - Subtle carbonation, which is just perfect for this beer.

D - This is a fantastic beer; I've never been more pleased with a random selection. This is simply a must-try for beer enthusiasts everywhere.

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Photo of kazmaniac
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Nice foamy head with no lacing. Beautiful reddish brown beer.

Smell - Sweet malt, toast, and slightly nutty (pecan?) aroma. Nuts increase in prominence as it warms.

Taste - Pretty m.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability - Pleasant, enjoyable, and subtle beer.

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Photo of pugbutter
2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to other brown ales, this one tastes far too much like a stout for my liking; very rich, very sweet, with a chalky mouthfeel. If I had been blindfolded while drinking this, I would actually have thought it was a darker offering from Rogue or Brooklyn.

This is probably the most overrated beer I have had yet. I recommend Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog instead, if you want a nice malty brown.

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Photo of GAPit
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out of bomber a dark amber/brown into tulip, lots of creamy off-white head that retains well with heavy lacing.

Smells very sweet, hazlenut extract overpowers, then chocolate, all giving way to roasted malts. Very little bitterness.

Tastes good, like it smells. Sweet, nut extract at first, creamy, dark crystal malt towards the end. Very slight hops finish, enough to put an end to the lingering sweetnss.

Suprisingly creamy and heavy on the tounge for how 'watery' it seems at first. Sweetness is very strong, but doesn't overpower.

This beer is really easy to drink. A little sweet for my taste, but I had no problem finishing the bomber. If you're into sweet beers, or belgian beers, you'll love this brown.

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Photo of Blake
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn good beer,

Good amount of hoppiness, stayed smooth all the way through.
A very nutty flavor, cinnamon too. Tastes warm and a little spicy.

Smells the same.

Pretty expensive, not a beer that you can drink all the time on my budget, but I can walk right down the street and get one when I have the money.

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Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, very clear, off white head that disappears quickly
S- green apples, apricot, dried figs, pumpkin pie spice, hints of licorice
T- nice malt backbone, walnuts, wood, green apples, upfront bitterness quickly disappears
M- med body, appropriate carbonation
D- very smooth complementing flavors, nice session beer

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Photo of pablot71
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Has a dark yet transluscent brown color. Medium frothy head that leaves a few traces of lacing behind. Has a malty aroma that is not overwhelming. This easy maltiness continues with the taste with a a nice nutty background. The taste finishes with a bit of hops bitterness. A medium mouthfeel. Overall an easy beer to gulp down with plenty of character.

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Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - thick cream color head with tight small bubbles, color is deep red/dark brown. Crystal clear. Nice lacing.

Aroma - layered malt with toffee, burnt sugar, and a sweet floral hop around the edges.

Taste - malty with dark roasted malts coming through first and most obviously. This is followed by a very slight hoppy bitterness and a dry finish which gives it a nutty quality.

Mouth Feel - round and smooth much lighter than one would expect from the aroma. Dry finish which combines to make this beer very drinkable.

Overall - the malty aroma and flavor of this beer are outstanding, the slight hoppy finish keeps it from becoming overly sweet making a beer with heavy dark roasted malts clean smooth and very pleasant.

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Photo of nano
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from The Beer Box MTY (my local beer store)

A- a deep brown color, very nice

S- nut and caramel malt

T- nut, toffe and caramel

M- a little bit dry, medium body

D- if they still sell it i will go at least 1 time a week for one or two of this one, very good brew, a clasic

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives a hell of a first impression with regards to appearance and aroma.

Frothy 2 finger pillow sits atop this copper/auburn English Brown Ale. There's a sweetness that dominates the nose. At first it was difficult to pin down, but as it warms, caramel apple and molasses prevail.

Light-to-thin body. Sweetness in the middle quickly gives way to more earthy spice (mainly pepper). The longer it warms, the more complex the finish becomes (chocolate, coffee). Forgot this was sweet ten minutes ago.

It's dryness at the end makes it difficult to stop replenishing. Dry, refresh. Dry, refresh. Pretty sneaky sis!

Man, this beer gets better and better as it warms. It's a must try for all. Considering the price, drinkability, and accessibility of this brown ale, you have no excuse!

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Photo of KDeLibero
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classic by which all other Brown Ales are judged, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a specialty of the North of England. English Brown Ale is one of the oldest brewing styles, it got it's start in the late 1600's, and was then known as a "Mild Ale." This just meant that it was much less hoppy and bitter than the more popular Pale Ale of the time, and was also a bit younger. Since then, the style has evolved into an incredibly friendly beer for the masses, and while they may have called it "mild" back then, there is definitely no lack of flavor or complexity today.

Nut Brown pours a rich walnut-like color with a thick head that quickly dissipates, releasing aromas of roasted malt, nuts, and wet wood. The flavor follows close to the smell, becoming a bit fruitier, spicier, and caramely-sweet as it warms up. There is a nice underlying creaminess that balances well with the brown bread and aromatic hop characteristics that develop on the palate. The finish is dry, lasting, and nutty, leaving a pleasant hazelnut aftertaste. This beer goes down incredibly smooth, and the robust body represents the style well. There is enough heft here to please even the most serious ale lover, but sweet and drinkable enough to appeal to anybody. Simply delicious and begging for food.

My first food suggestion is to try Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale with a true Camembert from Normandy, France. Make sure that it is nice and ripe too, or the flavor will be too mild, and missing the great earthy quality that will compliment the beer so well. Between the breadiness in the beer and the creaminess of the cheese, the combination of Nut Brown and Camembert is a liquid grilled cheese experience! Various meats will balance harmoniously with Nut Brown, especially if they have some caramelization or sear on the outside. Roasted duck, Steak au Poivre, or even seared salmon are all great pairings.

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Photo of cleolicious
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a delicious frosty 2 inch head. The aroma is delightful with hints of nuts and crispy fresh fruits. The first sip is amazing. The second sip is even more amazing. This is the best dark brown ale I've ever had. Sight caramel and nuts with small bit of cider. It's so delicious I want another glass asap. This beer is freakin' great. I would drink this until I die. I'm going to drink this in the afterlife. I love you, Sam Smith.

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Photo of AHaytko
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle with a standard pint glass

A: Pours a walnut brown with a light red copper tint and and creamy white head. Very think head, that lasts until the last drop.

S: Toasted malt, with slight hints of butterscotch and hay.

T: restrained brisk bitterness with a nutty caramel and fruity.

M: Medium carbonation and body

O: One the greats that I have tried so far, nothing bad to report just overall a great among nut browns

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