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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)

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really a decent pour here with a nice medium brown color and a smooth even head of tan that came up from the bottom and coated the glass rather nicely i have to say. aroma is light chocolate with hint of nice roasted malts and a touch of coffee, well rounded for sure and definetely a nice way to end an evening. a mix if light carbonation with a smooth, velvet like texture to it led me to sip it down quite nicely and left a really nice overall impression.

very solid beer for sure and one i would have no issue in going back to again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this blind May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tenderbranson69. I was surprised a little by my review, but tasted alongside American browns it must seem lighter. I want to review again for comparison.

A - a light tan head crowns the ale w/ medium redish brown body. A slightly hazed appearance w/ slow streams of bubbles rising. Good lace patterns form on the tumbler.

S - Like a mild red grape fruitines in the aroma w/ a subtle prune scent and woody hop fragrance. The yeast gives off mild citrus hints

M - Slightly acidic, light fruitiness and crisp feel w/ med body and mild nutty texture w/ subtle roasty finish.

T - Taste is mildly vinous w/ dark fruit and biscuit/bran taste. There is an almost almond flavor w/ gentle brown sugar tinge and the mailt is taken over by the yeasts fruit. The hops are light and mild w/ dark red apple skin taste.

D - A taste that deserves praise for it has unique elements and does not dissapoint, w/ lasting flavor from the yeast and caramel malts.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel to brown with a 1" tan head that fades too fast. No head retention or lacing

Smell: Nutiness, frutiness, & slight oaky notes

Taste: Tasosty malt, sweetness, slight hops bitterness on the tounge. Finishes sweet.

MF: Slight undercarbonation, but good balance maltiness &grainy/hop bitterness

Very drinkable. Certainally had better nutbrowns, but this was my first & still shines as great example of the style

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Photo of Jason
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown chestnut in colour with a caked on lace.

Smell: Nutty aroma ... a mix of sweet and grain with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste: Smooth with a creamy textured mouth feel coming from the medium body. Sweet up front then leaning more towards dryish nutty finish. There is an underlying buttery flavour from the Yorkshire yeast and a sufficing hop bitterness that seem to do a good job of putting the missing pieces together for this brew.

Notes: Truly one of the best brown ales in the world ... this is the cast and mold for lots of brewers trying to come up with a nut-brown ale. The lasting nutty finish leaves a pleasing hazelnut or walnut aftertaste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle as part of the Samuel Smith gift pack.

A: Pours a ruby/brown color, looks very nice when held up to the light. Head is beige in color, about 1.5 fingers in height and disappeared rather quickly. A thin layer remained on the top and sheets of lacing formed on the glass.

S: Rather nutty with a bit of caramelized sugar. Slightly sweet as well. A little bit of dark fruit comes out as it warms.

T: As expected, the flavor profile is a very nice nut flavor to it. It is slightly sweet with a minimal hop presence. Little bit of caramel and a little toffee.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

O: Pretty good beer, but not something I am going to actively seek out. Solid, just not overly exciting.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild head with little lace. Pale brown color; very clear.

More malty than anything, but there is also a slight touch of metal to the smell.

This is a malty offering in the brown ale category. I like the smooth and clean feel to the beer. Full body for the style with a modest amount of carbonation.

When this fresh (as this one was), this is a superior nut brown. I worry about the clear glass and the possibility of skunking.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ML bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep brown with 2 giners of off white head. Nice lacing and little carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, bready malts, and caramel.

t - Tastes of caramel, some bready malts, and nuts again. Nice mixture.

m - Smooth and easy to drink. Medium body and almost no carbonation.

d - An above average brown ale. Nice malty/caramel taste to it. Would have liked a little more carbonation. Would have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a an attractive deep ruby brown and forms a massive tan creamy head in my imperial pint glass, speckled lacing forms as the head dwindles. Aroma a nutty soothing tone under slightly caramel malt sweetness very nice and mildly robust in the aroma department, where this beer shines though is the taste. Taste: Smooth slightly sharp sweetness partially dry but overall awesome nut tones in the background what an awesome beer this is by far the staple for the style. Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of body easy flowing carbonation great beer. Drinkability is effortless only wish there was another bottle sitting in the fridge, what a wonderful English nut brown to be tried by everyone this is the type of beer that turns people on to craft beers and remains part of the beer diet for eternity.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange, effervescent, big head and great lacing. A mouth watering appearance on such a drinkable beer...

S: Bitter malts in the English style.

T: Very malty and earthy. Clean tasting and refreshing. Light, but not too. A beer fit for all seasons.

M: Great feel, carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A great beer to session, and very easily attainable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fear not, loyal followers, I have not abandoned The CANQuest (TM), bottle be getting back to it real soon, I promise!

From the bottle: "Brewed at Samuel Smith's small, traditional British brewery with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), best barley malt, roasted barley, yeast and aromatic hops. Nut Brown Ale is relatively dry with a rich amber-brown colour and nutty flavour derived exclusively from small amounts of dark malt. Brown ales are a specialty of northern England. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'."; "'Samuel Smith's of Tadcaster has the richest, maltiest and nuttiest of brown ales.' (Michael Jackson's Beer Companion)"; "Samuel Smith's brews at a small, traditional British brewery, the oldest brewery in Yorkshire."; Captioning a picture: "Rousing during fermentation in 'stone Yorkshire squares' to redistribute the flocculent Old Brewery yeast strain."

My pour created two thick fingers of deep-mocha head with excellent retention. I would have called the colour "garnet". but I will defer to "amber-brown", and with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both nutty and chocolaty, like a Hershey's Bar with Almonds. Actually, allow me to amend that to a Cadbury's Fruit & Nut bar since I also caught some raisiny smells in there. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste had a molasses quality on the tongue, not sweet at all, but more bittersweet. Interesting. Finish was likewise more bitter than sweet, completely unexpected and welcome by someone who does not really like sweet, malty beers.

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Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured medium brown with ruby highlights. The foamy head lasted for the duration.
The smell was of nutty caramel with undertones of fruit and bread. Very inviting.
The taste was of nuts, caramel. fruits (esp. applish), and bread. There was an excellent balance between sweet and bitter.
The mouthfeel was light, buttery, smooth and refreshing. Some of the tastes linger, along with a bit of stickiness (otherwise would be a "5" IMO).
A very drinkable brew and an excellent example of this style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the three beers from the gift box I got in a Yankee swap.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy beige head that sticks around forever. Smells of brown bread, a touch of dark fruits, a bit of sulfur, and a hint of honey in there as well. Taste is malty with bread and some light fruits, a little butter with a touch of bitterness or astringency in the finish. I get an almost ashy taste and texture every now and again which seems really weird in this beer. Medium to full body, medium level of carbonation, a creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but not one of my favorites. It grew on me towards the end of the glass, but given the price and my palette I'll probably pass in the future.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with half an inch of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel malt and ripe bananas. The taste is sweet apples, caramel and nutty malt, with very faint hop character. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium to full bodied, and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It's a little sweet for my liking, but the malt character is solid. This is one I've had several times, and when looking for something authentic it's a go to.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with light getting through around the edges of the clear bottle, and a thick, sizzling tan head. Aroma is nutty, herbal, with a notes of caramel, butterscotch, and almonds, and the lush feel of the deep woods. On the palate: sweet and buttery, with a mellow and medium body. Small hop presence here, more a malt emphasis, and a great balance between. Sweet enough to please the folks, but with a solid enough body not to disappoint the serious ale lover. Quite unlike the ever-present, flimsy and bland Newcastle. Very pleasing, and rewarding.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A five finger head that has a great fluffy consistency. Head color is off white to very light tan. Really great ruby/brown color that has a great glow. Beer seems to be stuck in suspended animation.

Smell is initially powdered malt and biscuit. Small sense of wooded dry nut as well. Kind of muted but it's there and pleasant.

Taste is a little wet bodied but very interesting. Powdery sense of yeast and malt, with a whisp of brown nut tannic shell from say almonds or walnuts. Dry finish but tolerable, I like this wet/dry sensation as you drink throughout. Small sense of carbonation but just an ever so slight hint and not much.

Great tasting brew what can I say overall, these guys never fail.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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 vfgccp
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smaller clear bottle, without any freshness dating to be had. Pours dark honey amber and just about clear. Light almost white head and some non-descript lacing left behind. Nice nutty/malty nose. Lovely malty, subtle nutty ale, clean and refreshing. Classic British take on the style, IMHO, fine, fine sessioner.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Beer is clear and has good carbonation and an off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is reddish to brown.

Aroma is sweet and malty overall. About what's to be expected, overall its weak.

Slightly bitter in the back but overall good. Medium to full bodied, a mild roasty flavor with some caramel and sweetness in there. Some carbonation in the mouth. Overall a really good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel good.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/18/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance- Carmelized brown in color with about a 1/2 inch head. Leaves some light spotty lace behind.

Smell- Toasted caramel malt, a bit of chocolate malt and a light nutty aroma.

Taste- Seems to have crossed over to almost an american version of a brown ale. Fairly hoppy, nice sugary caramel malt base with a hint of chocolate. Bready and lightly nutty as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to slightly higher carbonation level. Nice earthy sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- I guess this is the benchmark for me per style. Very good beer as always is the case with Samuel Smith.

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Photo of tempest
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, the appearance rocks, but I'm not getting much else from this bottles. Perhaps it needs to warm up? Not so much. This ale just doesn't come alive for me. There's a nutty, caramel malt flavor, but its too subtle. It's also a bit on the sweet side in aroma and flavor, almost like sugar was added. I can imagine this might be better by cask, but I was sold a bottle, alas.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
A quality beer for the price.
Nice creamy head. Smelled of nut, flower and citrus. Caramel color.
Taste was smooth nutty, caramel, perhaps a bit chocolate. Seemed to become smoother as it warmed although it lost its 'refreshingness'.
Feel was balanced, not too bitey, not too smooth.
I had two in about 15 minutes, it was good.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It is malty and full of roasted and victory malts. The taste is also good. It is malty, but a bit watery. It finishes dry, but good down smooth. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It is an excellent nut brown ale. It is refreshing and not at all bitter like most English ales I try.

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