bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled: ive had this several times. last week at a crowded bar. i could see him hiding throught the glass dooor of the fridge it was way in the back, probably been there for years. ya know this is a bud crowd. but i refreshed myself with this old classic. may have been a little off due to age?? some tin characteristics and hazelnuts. malt sweet ...little to no hop character this time. much better then that newcastle crap. its time to darken the bottles samuel...
rlgk (12430) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Amber, red/brown, with a nice offwhite head. Has a nice aroma from nuts, malts and some toffee. Flavor is hoppy and from citrus and then turns malty.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 A superb ale. Goes down easy with a chewy nutty and malty taste. Better than any other nut brown I’ve tried. I wish it wasn’t so expensive. (And with a beer of this quality, Samuel Smith’s should really opt for the brown bottles).
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 (on bottle)Yeah, what´s with the clear bottles from this brewery? A classic brew this time and a good one too. A lot of hazelnut in the nose and maybe some burnt ones too in there. Small head, dark brown, but clear color. No doubt that this is an impressive taste, for an malts-only beer, but that´s about it. A bit to the bitter side in the ending, but the aftertaste does seem to sweeten half way through the glass.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a tasty brown ale. Chestnut in color with fizzy white head. Toasted malty rich flavor with toffee, and a pleasant nuttiness. Bready mouthfeel. Good after taste. This is impressive coming from a clear bottle. Overall, another fine one sam smith!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good brown, very nice balance to it. About the same as Newcastle, but not nearly as sweet.
Pailhead (5393) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty, nutty, and caramel. Pours a nice amber with a okay off-white head that has decent retention. Quick sweet and nutty taste with a bitter finish. Short lived bitter aftertaste. Could be balanced a little better. Bitter finish really takes away from the initial malt and nut taste. Balance improves significantly as you drink.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown with a hint of gold....decent head but not long-lasting. Nutty hop bite, crisp flavored with candy notes.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tried it, don’t have to do that again. Looked good but didn’t deliver. Thin, watery, mild, undistinguished flavor. Short aftertaste.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strange aroma- nuts, sweet caramel, and...urine? There’s something funky about the aroma. The body is red-brown and topped as most Samuel Smiths beers are, by a thick, puffy light tan head. Hmmm...I’m also picking up some raisin/tobacco in the aroma now. Sweet, sugary, somewhat nutty flavor (maybe I’m merely open to suggestion on that latter note), with a grassy, floral hops finish. Relatively thin-bodied. OK, now I’m getting some tobacco leaf in the flavor too, adding a touch of complexity to this otherwise single-note beer. Pretty good, but pretty standard for Sammy.