Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
18.7 oz. bottle. Nice nut brown color. Very nice head that sticks to the sides. Tastes like I’m eating acorns and dirt, but its delicious as if I were a squirrel or earthworm. Good stuff
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red/brown, creamy head an texture, easily quaffed. Mild bitterness, hint of chocolate/caramel/port wine in the nose, taste is a little astringent and not as "nutty" as it could be. Still a fine example of the style.
heemer77 (5286) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Very dark brown color with amber highlights. Thin off white head. The aroma is malty with plums, raisins and some apples. The taste is definitely nutty and earthy. It also has dark chocolate, a little port and a touch of vanilla. A full mouthfeel. This is the way a brown ale should be made.
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber colour, with a frothy but quickly decaying head. Lovely malty character and not too sweet, but a crisp bite. Not much lacing, and not a very strong odour, but a pleasant one of fresh bread once I did detect one. Maybe my nose was frozen from shovelling the pavement.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
You can tell right away this is definitely an English brew. Has that familiar bad smell to it. I think it would be even better in a dark bottle. Plently of malty nutty flavor followed by a slightly dry bitter flavor. A tad too dry for my liking. Nevertheless, this is an OK brew. I won’t ever drink it again as there are far better Browns out there.
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some pretty good brew. Fairly dark, and quite dry, unlike some brown ales that are a bit on the sweet side. The malt is balanced perfecty with the hops. The overall flavor reminds me of a good home brew. Too bad this brew is so darn expensive.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May i start off with saying this is a delicious brown ale. Even though, I don’t like brown ales this one is a standard example of what it should be all about. Dark leather brown, and tthin layer of head across the glass. Aroma of sweet malts and fresh nuts. Toasted flavor of malt, and roast cooked nuts of pistachio or cashew blended with almonds. Also I sensed a small dose of the alcohol on the inital sip. I enjoyed it all the way to the finish, and think it is in the best beer category for Samuel Smiths catalog.
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a unique and special beer. Very attactive brown color with a creamy smooth nut flavor. Last time I had this was with Lebanesse food. Great stuff.
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a beautiful beer. I’ve read the numeous reviews for it, and I don’t get it. This beer has the traditional Samuel Smith’s house flavor, which can also be picked up in the aroma. Flavor is mildly nutty, with hints of chocolate, and maybe a tad bit of sulphur. No, it’s doesn’t have a million and a half IBU’s, but it is world class.
TaktikMTL (7008) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 550 ml achetée à la LCBO. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de noix grillées. Apparence: Couleur brune avec des reflets de rouge. Carbonisation faible. Petit col beige. Saveur: Goût de noix grillées avec une petite touche sucrée. Présence d’alcool. Palette: Légère acidité sur la langue et en arrière goût. (Rating #30)