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
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
Ratings:
3,890
Reviews:
1,477
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
284
Gots:
706
For Trade:
1
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Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium sized light tan head dies out quite quickly above a clear caramelly brown colored beer.

Chocolaty nutty strong aroma.

Nice full chocolaty malt taste with some roasted nuts flavors added.

Slightly dryish aftertaste that brings along some of the flavors of this beer with it on a full bodied beer.

A very good beer with some slightly different tastes adding to the nutty chocolate taste, well worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle into a nonic. The beer is aptly nut-colored, a dark woody brown, with a finger of off-white foam topping the body. Clarity is excellent, and while the head dies down faster than I'd like, it's still a beautiful beer.

Toffee is strong on the nose, nuttiness surprisingly not, though there's a very pleasant toasted malt backbone that, combined with the toffee-like sweetness, vaguely resembles peanut brittle. The English yeast profile is distinct and characterful, lending a buttery cream-caramel note that's thoroughly enjoyable.

Very flavorful, with toffee again prominent but matched by an equally strong toasty bitterness. Earthy hops are faintly detected, along with some husky grain, buttered toast, biscuit and the slightest mineral twang. Near the finish a bit of over-steeped-tea-like astringency pops up, melding with the hops to create a drying, mildly bitter finish.

Quite enjoyable overall, an easy-drinking almost-session beer with plenty of character, though slightly rough around the edges.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 8/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, raisin, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and moderate fruity notes. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, floral, nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, floral, nuttiness, light roast, and light earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; very robust for 5% with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent english brown ale! Great balance and complexity of robust flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1 and ½ fingers of light tan head. Ok retention leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear copper brown.

Aroma: Hmm.. I seem to really enjoy the aroma. Carmel, light chocolate notes, nuts, and grassy hops. Very elegant in a way.

Taste: Roasty malts, caramel, light chocolate again. Grassy hops with some nut flavor, sugar. I am fairly impressed here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, a little crisp, kind of has a skunky flavor to it. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted malt flavor aftertaste.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations. It is a good brown ale. Worth buying. The only part I didn't like was the English part of it and it bringing some skunkiness with it. Still, I like. My big bottle won't be hard to finish.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance. Russet brown in color with excellent clarity and a full, but not very dense, tan colored head. The head holds well and leaves some very good lace. Light bodied but somewhat creamy. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt with a lightly mineral character and just a touch of diacetyl. The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a fairly dry, softly biscuity malt with some light caramel undertones and only a very slight touch of hops. There's no chocolate or toasted malt character present. A firm bitterness balances and it finishes quickly, dry with some residual earthy hops. A very memorable beer that keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in pint glass.

When I first tried this beer about 20 years ago, I thought it was probably the best beer I had ever had. (I was probably right). Having one for the first time since joining BA, I had high hopes but some anticipation that it could be disappointing - I've tried a lot of beers over the past 2 decades. Well, it was not at all disappointing. Perhaps not the very best brown ale I've ever had, but excellent, upholding its reputation as a gold standard of English browns.

Plenty of caramel malt in the aroma. Tastes only slight nutty at first, but a more notable nuttiness in the excellent malty finish. Perfect balance of flavors. Slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel - a tad thin; otherwise excellent, with perfect carbonation.

O - outstanding example of style. Refined and superbly crafted.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a moderate brown with a nice off white head.

S: Plenty of malty sweetness alongside caramel, toffee, and a nice nut scent.

T: The nuts make quite the appearance and match well with the sweetened malt.

M: Light-to-medium body with good carbonation and a nice creaminess.

D: Very drinkable. Great Fall season session beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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 nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium sized light brown head that settles to a film of large bubbles. Dark brown body with good clarity.

S - Nutty with a slight caramel note and brown, toasty malt. Clean fermentation profile with little to no hop aroma.

T - Malty toffee flavor with sweet, nutty flavors in the middle. Caramel and light hop flavor in the finish with mild bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Excellent nutty, malt character. A little lacking in aroma and could use a bit more hop character. Overall, a good example of the style and reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, nuts, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, honey and nuts. There's a decent hops presence for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, if I were in the mood for this style, I could certainly drink quite a few of this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown (more brown) in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker patch and ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of malts (caramel and bready), nuts, and just a hint of bitterness.

T: Wonderful flavor for the style, lots of maltiness - dark and bready - along with some very nice nut flavors. This beer also has a very light hop bitterness on the finish which I really enjoyed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Another oldie but goodie - I have been drinking this beer since the mid-1990s and it has always been solid. Probably the quintessential English brown ale. Very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. Definitely one to get another time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown with a 1/2" off-white head which recedes to the rim and leaves spotty lace. Aroma of malt, and faint sweetness. Flavors of nutty grains and malt. Somewhat rustic and pleasant.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SS Nut Brown is dark reddish-brown with an average-sized brown head. Head is creamy and has above average retention. The aroma has a light malty sweetness with touches of nuttiness and spice. The taste has the malt profile of a good brown ale with a subtle nutty flavor. Hops provide just a tiny hint of drying and spice. Drinkability is great, however I was expecting more from Samuel Smith with this beer and I was hoping that Nut Brown would be more robust.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-copper pour, tan one finger fluffy head
Not much nuttiness in the smell, maybe a tiny hint of salted peanuts, faint chocolate, rich caramel, some dark malts, dark bread. Not complex.
Dark chocolate taste, caramel, dark roasted grains with a smokey note, then dark fruit with raisin and plum (a bit of sour lemons too), faint vanilla. Nuts are more obvious than in the smell, pretty diverse (chestnuts, walnuts, faint almonds, salty peanuts). Leafy English hops, mild bitterness. Roasted nuts and malts in the aftertaste.
Light body, medium carbonation, a bit smooth.
Tasty, great example of the style, tho i expected a dustier feel and less dark fruit.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear cranberry brown body. Bone-white head with ok retention and nice lace.

S - Toffee and fresh bread with accents of nutmeg, bubble gum, red grapes, and toasted walnut.

T - Bready malt, earthy noble hops, and copper minerals. Dry, lingering finish of walnut, orange, and caramel malt.

M - Low carbonation, and a medium body that coats your palate.

O - A nice nut brown, but the strong mineral character throws things off for me a bit.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,890 ratings.
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