smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - a touch of the "typical" Euro-brew shipped to America in a clear bottle funk, but not bad. Malty and nutty otherwise. Medium brown witha purplish hue on an off-white head. Very nice flavor! Unlike many of the American nut beers, this one is not overdone. Just the right amount of nut for my palate. This is an impressive beer!
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light brown color, crystal clear, with a cream colored thick head. Just arrived at this particular liquor store, so I was hoping for freshness. I am so surprised to smell a little skunk!(that was sarcasm). Moderately carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Malty, of course nutty, with an adequate hop bitterness, a detectable hop flavor, and no hop aroma. Slighty fruity and vinous, this quality increases with temperature. I think the slight skunk adds to the winey perception. A decent beer, but canít go ga-ga over a beer that will almost always be skunked in this country. Please, give brown glass a shot, it doesnít bother Fullerís.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown colour, thick tan head that fades to sticky lace. Nutty malt aroma, light fruitiness. Flavour is malty, nutty, with a hint of caramel and molasses. Slightly roasty as well. Long, slightly sweet finish.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown with a small tan head. Malty aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts. Flavor was mildly sweet malt with
a bit of caramel and a touch of hops.
Not a big brown ale fan but this was
jgentgesdo (683) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with thin tan head. Nose is mildly flowery and quite a bit of malt character. The flavor is quite good and contains aspects of currant, raisin, and an oily nutty quality. Mouthfeel is a little watery. There is early malt and later hops, actually pretty well balanced. Alcohol is noticable, which I feel is a negative for this style. Finish is clean except for an oak charcoal flavor at the end. Low bitterness. Overall very good beer, but I have been rather taken lately with more spicy alternatives.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really decent beer that had ok taste. This was the first time I had the style so I have nothing to compare it to.
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good and not too heavy. Every beer I try by this brewery seems to be quality stuff. A nice, nutty flavor and maybe a little caramel.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty durn good beer. Follows in that tradition of English beers that you think will be pretty heavy but actually arenít. Nice nutty flavor, very tasty. Itís nice to have a tasty beer that isnít too heavy. This beer is nice.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown in color with high carbonation and a light beige head. Aroma is rather fruitty. The flavor is nutty, but there is a smokieness in the background that is hard to overcome to enjoy this beer. Iíve noticed this in many Sam Smith beers (are they skunked? I wonder.)
MarkBarnes (394) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Sep. 12, 2004: Lots of flavor - much more than the relatively tame Newcastle Iíve been used to. A rather heavy wine-like aftertaste that isnít at all unpleasant. Iíd like to try this brew again. Re-rate on Mar. 28, 2013: Bumped a tenth of a point - still wonderful after all these years.