bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours very big carbonated head, which dissipates to lumpy foam. Deep dark brown - almost black in color. Medium to big nose of baker’s chocolate and roated coffee. Make sure you let this beer warm up to appreciate the big, bold and complex flavors: roasted/burnt malt (not sweet!!) along with coffee. Long delicious and smooth finish - slight bitters on the backend that come from the roasted malt, not hops!! And thank you for not over-hopping this beer!!
This beer is a pleasure and true to the IS form where hops should take a back seat. One of my favorites - bravo!!
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, roasted flavor that leaves a nice bitter aftertaste. Scares people who can’t appreciate anything but clear yellow beers.
Shipman (48) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good stout..Sam Adams is the premium!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
That Sam Smith makes some of the best beer around. Better than the Oatmeal Stout, I wish it came in the large bottles too. A little light compared to the new breed of American imp Stouts, but you can taste the breeding in this refined beer. Never disappoints.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good brew. Has a huge coffee like flavor to it. Has a small brown head on it.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty with a burnt taste to some degree. Choclolate and alcohol taste obvious. (Why the clear bottle?) A good bear and wothy of repeated samples especially if you are a fan of the dark beers.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bit watery, with a light head. Has a trade mark aroma noteable of most of the Sam Smiths. Taste is initially sharpe with big chocolate and coffee tastes but disapears quickly leaving a hint of sweet lingering. Tasts best slightly warm.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A stout of amazing depth and complexity. Pitch black with a small beige head. The flavor has to be tried to be believed: The first impression is that of raisins and plum, and coffeeish roasted malts appear in the middle. The finish is that of a strong, black coffee with no sugar. American micros tend to overhop their imperials, so few have the complexity of this one.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Roasted chocolate malt feathers going down to rest in a puddle of molasses...Berry wine vapors and rich licorice intermingled with great chocolate, finishing in a bitter roastiness...Full-bodied for its size, very complex sweetness and fruitiness...A truly great stout...
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
All the Sam Smiths beers used to be MUCH better when the Samuel Smith brewery was independent and you could find Sam Smith pubs throughout London. The new brews from Tadcaster just are not the same: they are pale imitations of the original.