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.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 bottled from 207th street wholesaler-smells nutty brown amber color. Cant put my finger on the tase but not that great. drinkable to say the least
FROTHINGSLOSH (5316) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 A pretty and drinkable beer but really lacking character. I do not really see what all the fuss is about this one. +++Sampled from a 12 oz clear bottle this beer pours a medium brown with a small tan head. The scent is bitter and lightly nutty. The flavor is bitter, thin on the mouthfeel and weakly balanced. Not a whole lot to it.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love this brew. Pours a nice brown a good sized head. Taste is sweet, nutty, malty and well balanced with some hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very satisfying, enjoyable brew. Very smooth and drinkable. Highly recommended.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Re Rated, tried a few bottles to make sure I didnt get a bad one. Rather uninspired. Much thinner than first rated after a bunch under my belt. Might be good for a starter into the world of micros, but not good overall
Pours a amber/brown color. Caramel, malty nose. Nutty, but does not dominate. Medium body mouthfeel.
Nothing exceptional, but good versus macro-options.
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
its astringency or is it bitterness works to add to roast beef and patatoes meal. Haven’t done a sample but I bet UK reviewers rank this higher. Canadians can try a couple of more balanced lighter versions of this type such as Wellington’s. Brown colour looks like matter is there and suds on top look like dish soap. Also strong carbonation begs for food relief.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured nicely, good head/lacing. Nice deep brown color. Balanced nicely.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Appearance= Very dark clear ruby/brick body, not black though. A medium off white head formed, and fell to a thin layer. Aroma= Wow!!, on of the best smelling beers I have ever had. Nutty roasted malt hit my nose along with mild bitter coffee overtones, just wonderful, might be the best part of the beer. Flavor= Nutty very balanced malt flavor hits you first, and then finishes with a creamy sophistication. Palate= Body is medium and the texture is creamy and soft. It leaves a roasty /nutty very satisfying flavor in you mouth. Outstanding Beer!
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Similar to Newcastle, but more flavorful and the head is more carbonated. Very malty and enjoyable. I will buy it again and again....and again.
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown ale with a beige head. Nutty malt flavour with alcohol warmth coming through, Smoked peat taste, slightly lactic with a nice sweet finish. Medium bodied.