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

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
BA SCORE
83.9%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 3,896 ratings
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown AleSamuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,067
Reviews:
1,477
Ratings:
3,896
Liked:
3,267
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
11.98%
Alströms:
4.95
 
 
Wants:
284
Gots:
710
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,896 |  Reviews: 1,477
Photo of ElGuapo
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smooth dark and delicious. somewhat creamy and nutty with a smooth maltiness that just slips right down your throat. a bit smoother out of the larger bottles, this one is worth having.

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Photo of mixed_master7
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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 WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml Bottle. A nice clear ruby/brown color with a two finger tan head. Aroma of toasted nutty grain and caramel with a touch of fruit im guessing from the yeast.Flavor is malty,grainy and nutty up front then you get this little fruit flavor that leads to a spicy,slightly bitter hop finish. Thin body,soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Very nice

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Photo of Morakaton
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Andreji
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought the nut brown ale somewhat by accident on a roadside stop somewhere in the kanton Zug in Switzerland.

the pour was nice and attractive, a dark brown slightly translucid tones with a very uniform appearance (as in practically no hues), with a thin and poorly retentive white-to-tan head. no carbonation inside, or very little all-in-all.

The smell was very grainy. it's the unfruity character of british beers. the malt was there, a fresher feel from the hops. definetly some nuts in there, just not in abundance.

The taste was a bit of a letdown but it was good nonetheless. starts off quite sweet in the way you'd interpret certain nuts (umm cashews peanuts this sorta thing) to be sweet. but the bitterness- driving us right back to the stronghold of my brit dilemma- is just too strong and invades right away, preventing you from further elaborating taste-wise.

The mouthfeel was not too refreshing because the beers senses are very elaborate, but is a nice session beer, reason for which I consider it's drinkability to be up there.

Note: half an hr. later, I developed an allergy. could it be the nuts in it? dunno. I had to drink more beers later during the night, so to rest assured that it's not related to beer in general. Still, this was ok.

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Photo of Rons35
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of SteveB24
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance; very enticing color, a deep brown with some red mixed in, head is a little disappointing, pours a finger of head which settles quickly into thin lacing, beer is pretty clear, dark but not cloudy. carbonation is hard too see.

smell; the high score is due to how unique the aroma is, a nice sour/ sweetness with some grain and nuttiness.

taste; taste is very similar too smell, which i find to be a surprisingly rare occurrence. the taste is nutty, with grain, sweetness, hints of chocolate and spice, with a bitter finish that is not unwelcome.

mouthfeel; medium body, with good carbonation despite the bubbles being hard to see. beer is not creamy, but not thin.

overall; there is wonderful contrast between the strong tastes but relative lightness of the beer. this is a great introduction to nut browns, and also a good option for an ale that is dark and flavorsome but not too strong and filling, would buy again if I'm in the mood for a brown ale.

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Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nutty taste upfront, followed by outstanding hops character. This is a nice, nutty brown ale, my only problem with it is, IT IS WAY OVERPRICED!! 9 bucks for 4 beers at 5% is outrageous. I don't mind paying that amount for belgians or a great DIPA but enough of that. This beer is good, but a little boozy considering the low alcohol content. Whiskyish finish and very dry. A good beer overall.

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Photo of zachpaschal
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of pottergator
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a bit thin, but feels much thicker than it appears.Smell is subtle but nutty, the taste is excellent, bready pudding and malts upfront washed down with a superb nutty taste which lingers, no nonsense stuff, one of the best brown ales ive ever tried, these guys could be the best in Britain.

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Photo of dnichols
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured a brown body with a reddish hue and a tall robust head.

S: It had a sweet malty aroma with floral hops and hints of caramel.

T: It had a well balanced presence on the tounge with just about the right amount of malts and hints of oak, nuts and light spices.

M: It was medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It finished dry with a bit of sweet oaky aftertaste.

D: It has a moderate body, balanced flavor and low ABV making it a decent session brew. Its not my style but I'd never turn one away and could easily spend a long evening enjoying this brew.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish orange color, very clear and nice to look at. The head is big, fluffy and a lovely shade of tan. It pillows up about an inch or two and lasts awhile. In fact because of the 18.7 ounce bottles I needed to sip a little and then pour the rest into the glass making a nice crater in the tall foam.

The smell is light and mild. Barely toasted malts duke it out with a faint flower petal scents. Not bad but a little boring if you ask me.

The taste is very nice, although it is a little on the thin side for me. Malty and toasted grains lead off with a solid bitterness there to beat back and balance the sweetness. Not much else going on which isn't that bad. This beer is simple and good.

The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a nice balanced sweetness to bitterness. The finish is of toasted malts and a little light fruit with a pucker of bitterness. Good straightforward stuff with no real KAPOW but sometimes less is more.

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Photo of GreyGhost4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Huffs
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, nice fluffy biscuit colored head developed which lasted and some what laced well. Aroma was mild with caramel and malt tones. Appearance was a clear dark amber, almost a brown / red color. Taste was very smooth with caramel notes and a light hop finish. mouthfeel was medium and slightly carbonated. Aftertaste was dry and mild.

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

Poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Has a nice brown/amber color with a lsmall ight brown head. Nice looking. Little lacing.

Aroma is sweet, caramel malts.

Taste is of roasted malts/grains, some nuttiness and ends with nicely proportioned hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite cleansing. Medium body.

Overall, quite drinkable. The beer has a nice balance that will not offend. Good session beer. Also, goes nice with a variety of food [e.g. veal, burgers, etc.].

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Photo of burnstar
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and very dark brown/amber with a small but persistant slightly off-white head. Aroma is heavy nutty and malty. Flavor starts with sweet malt and finishes a bit nutty with some dry spicy hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Quite smooth. Very nice flavor but is a little heavy to be very drinkable.

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Photo of sdm9465
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PeteRiz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of J_Dub
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 3,896 ratings
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