Pailhead (6273) - 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 (3191) - 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 (6318) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2015 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a medium brown color with orange highlights and a with a large fluffy tan head that towered over the glass and left good lacing. The aroma was malty and toasty with a hint of caramel. The flavor was bitter and malty with sour caramel and touches of coffee and fruity hops. Medium finish. Medium body. Ok.
jasonp (1566) - 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 (10659) - 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.