Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, New York. Smooth amber colour with a slow settling creamy head. Lovely nut and malt aromas. Easy drinking, really smooth, filling the palate out completely, giving you full the full service. Samuel Smith’s was everywhere in New York. As were many other British and European beers. Good to see but this wasn’t initially on my list. The beers to follow were drunk in Ratebeerian hideouts and breweries (5 in all) in 3 states. NY,MAS, Main.
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice deep amber with an impressive head. malty and nutty aroma, with a dominant malt mouthfeel and a moderately bitter finish. pretty good, but nothing special.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice caramel aroma, deep red-brown color with light brown head, malty flavor with slight hoppy aftertaste, smooth feel, overall a nice beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahoganey color with a small light brown head. Aroma of caramel, malts, and nuts. Flavor is malty and slightly fruity up front followed by a nice nuttiness and a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Very solid nut brown.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very easy to drink brown ale. Kind of like a more flavorful Newcastle. Nice notes of coffee, nuttiness, and caramel. Not much in the line of hop bitterness though. Although average for a Sam Smith's, it is better than a lot of beers.
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
POW! This one really hits you. Dark amber color with a good aroma.
Big flavor good mouth feel and a big finish.
You better be ready when you try this one.
A great example.
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown witha a large, rocky and creamy head that takes its time to recede... leaving some nice lace. Roasted malt aroma. Taste is of hazlenuts and carmel with a nice mouthfeel. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste, but I'm not disappointed... this is good!
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red-brown colour with a strong tan head that leaves loads of great looking lace. Fresh & sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops. Good mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Smooth, nutty flavour with notes of hazelnut and chocolate, and a well balanced hoppy finish. Really nice stuff!
Choos (666) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma gives off a nice burst of hops and a light amount of malt. Looks a nice reddy brown so much so I didn't realise the bottle was clear. I love hazelnuts and certainly thought I could taste them to begin with but 40% of the way through it has given way to a slightly roasted malt flavour and good aftertaste of clean hop flavours. Higher carbonated than I think it should be.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nutty, browny. Not my favorite style of beer, so I can't really judge it. Very rich and powerful. Hard to finish the whole bottle.