Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale

Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale

Rated 3.843 by BeerPals

Brewed by Samuel Smith Old Brewery

Tadcaster, United Kingdom

Style:  Brown Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

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Often called “mild” if it is on draft, brown ale is a walnut-colored specialty of the North of England. A festive-occasion beer, brown ale is one of the oldest English brewing styles, mentioned in literature in the 16th century. Beers brewed at the old brewery have a round, nutty flavor because of the Yorkshire square system of fermentation. Walnut-like color and palate of hazelnuts. Wonderful balance of roasted crystal malt and aromatic hops. Long clean finish. Stilton cheese, grouse and roasted game hen, barbecued duck, pepper steak; spicy food, paella, stir-fry, teriyaki, Thai food, Chinese food, creamy chicken and pineapple curry. Serve at 55 degrees. Gold Medal and "Top-Rated English Brown Ale" —World Beer Championships, 2004

ID: 9068 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank413
Overall Percentile99.2
Style Rank3 of 1128
Style Percentile99.7
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.866
Weighted Score3.843
Standard Deviation0.505

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  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.9 3 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The beer pours a clear dark brown color with a weak tan colored head. Aroma is light caramel, nutty malt, and yeast. Flavor is the same with hints of light citrus. Finish is not very bitter for a British ale.

  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 4.5 3 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This is the granddaddy of all brown ales. It pours a dark brown, is clear, and is topped by a whitish fluffy head that lasts a while. The aroma is nuts, caramel, bread, yeast, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is average to full. Flavor has notes of chocolate it in, along with the nuts and caramel. The finish is mildly hoppy. Perfectly British.

  • GIG 30 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Very nice Brown ale that I received for Christmas 2014 in a Sam Smiths gift pack. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Very drinkable,and delicious beer. Nice brown clear beer, long lasting head, right to the bottom of the glass. Very nice medium bodied, balanced beer.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours a nice tight foam top, with good top retention.Very good aroma's, great taste of nutty-malts and hops. Great finish a very good beer, maybe now my favorite i have had of there beers. I can see why its so highly rated.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours rich copper color 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 would drink again.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 2.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Dark ruby color with light brown foam head, lacing to glass. Sweet nutty smell (surprise) but also hop. Sweet nutty taste although some bitterness too. (Houston 201205)

  • RICHSBEER 1950 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation, with a nice tall light beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface with moderate lacing. The aroma is malts (caramel and bready), nuts, and just a hint of bitterness. The taste is a lot of maltiness - dark and bready - along with some very nice nut flavors.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is one of the first breweries I got into when starting to drink craft. For some reason, I missed this review. Maybe I was waiting until I got this again to review fresh. Anyways, been about 2-3 years since I had this, but recall it to be one of my favorite brown ales. On the thicker side for the style. Semi-creamy texture. Medium-brown appearance. Nutty flavors balanced very well with the malts/hop combo. Now that I am reading the other reviews, going to go this direction next time I go brown...not so much to get a refresher to my memory, but mainly because this is one of the best browns around.

  • MATTFUNGUS 234 reviews
    rated 4.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Had this one at a sampling at Ridgeview liquor and had I not already made my purchase I would have bought a four pack of these. What a really enjoyed about this was the mellow carmel flavor that was rich and yet not too sweet. I think this one would be great to put in a brandy snifter and have as an after dinner dessert by a nice warm fire.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A rather nice not too anything brew. Not two sweet, not to bitter, not too toasted, not too much head, no too thin or too thick. Found in most grocery stores and is a nice treat every once in a while.

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