Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Poured a clear brown colored beer with a medium head that has very little retention. Smells of hops is clearly present with a very subtle touch of nut sweetness. Taste is very ''creamy'' with again a sweet touch of hazelnut. Medium body with standard carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer but I would have enjoyed it more if the hazelnut taste had been more accentuated.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full reddish-amber with toasty malt aromas. Pretty sweet up front with hints of vanilla and roasted caramel. Also some drier, nuttier malt flavors and lingering earthy hop notes in the finish. Hazelnut flavor leaves a very nice aftertaste.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opened like a volcano(not a good sign)Smells too much like the pale ale I had hours ago?Tease of sour.Never really cared for this one.The color was the best part(a glowing mohogany-red)
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Sweet aroma, accentuated by the delectable appearance comprised of the perfect creamy head and dark brown hue. Perfect smooth flavor, though not my favorite beer by Samuel Smiths. As an after note, on closer inspection I noticed that the lacing was not only really well defined, but that it also lasted (each lace grouping) the entire beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear ruby body topped by a large rocky tan head. It has that Sam Smith’s aroma just like every other Sam Smith brew I have tried. Also some nutty sweet roasted malt. Flavor is caramel and nutty with a very big nutty finish. The body is somewhat watery. Overall an OK beer.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have been drinking this fine brew for years, and it has always come in a clear bottle. No negative impact from the clear bottle, at least as far as I can tell. Never had a skunky Sam Smith of any kind. Color is deep, chocolate brown with some hints of redness. Aroma is nutty sweetness, just a hint of walnut or something. Flavor is malty right up front, with a good nuttiness and a downright smooth texture. Head is light tan. No pronounced hop, but just enough to round out this beer. It is just about completely wonderful, can't think of anyone else's nut brown even coming close. Maybe Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar, but in a different way.
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paid $7.99 for a 4-pack.
Nice deep brown with a good sized, soft and creamy looking head.
Pretty average smell for a nut brown, but I do happen to enjoy the smell.
Nice taste. I had originally given it a 4.5, but it wasn't a mindblowingly original taste. Nice & smooth & creamy...
A nice beer. If it was a little cheaper, I'd make it a part of a regular rotation.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I first noticed a warm, roasted, nutty aroma, which was pleasant, but not very strong. The beer had a very attractive appearance, pouring a dark, slightly cloudy brown, with a substantial light brown head and excellent lacing. Taste was nutty and malty, punctuated by what I perceived as a noticeable taste of alcohol. Bitter and warming, and full of flavor. A delicious brown ale.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Smells of dry, english malt, lightly roasted with a bit of a zing. Color is a very light chestnut brown. Nice, but ultimately too clear for my likings. Decent off-white "walnut" colored head. Flavor begins lightly sweet, caramelly and the trademark Sam Smith yeast flavor. Medium body, dosent seem to thin out as it warms. Not a ton of nuttiness though, just lots of brown sugary malt, with some earthy/roast tinges. I should have let it warm more, but didnt have time. Probably tastes better closer to room temp. will rerate. Rerate Well, I let it warm and it wasn’t much better. Sharp graininess, dry hay with a high amount of iron in it. Some watery coffee. Dead and pasteurized, watery and filtered. I think I need to stop trying to make myself like Sam Smith’s beers and just rate them for what they are. Pasteurized, filtered beer that is well-brewed but obsolete.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A chestnut-colored ale with a distinctively nutty aroma. Medium bodied with nutty, woody, and malty flavors throughout, accompanied by an earthy, hoppy dryness that lingers beyond the finish. A pleasing, flavorful, dry, and nutty brown ale from a North Yorkshire brewery that rarely disappoints.