SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sam Smith Nut Brown pours a deep brown glass with just enough head to get by. Sweet malty aroma and flavor with a hint of hops in the finish. A step up from Newcastle yet not spectacular either. An easy to drink Brown Ale.
DanielBrown (4212) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Bottle at Cittie of Yorke, Holborn, London. No real head, minor lacing. Wonderful red/brown colour, with a sweet, bready aroma. Delicious, sweet, malty, biscuity, gingery flavour. Full, balanced taste. This really is excellent stuff!
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly skunked in the transparent glass contained. Medium head, decent lacing. Sweet malty nose. Flavor would be better without some of the skunk, nutty and sweet with some hints of roasted hops, very malty sweet. Terrific, reminds me of why I used to regard New Castle so highly, this one is clearly on another level.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown, lightly carbonated, with a tight, slightly off-white head which fades to a light covering of bubbles. Good whiff of hops while pouring, but only very slight aroma from the glass. Bitter, slightly malty, drying, sparkling in the mouth.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma has a hint of nut. Taste is all nut, especially hazelnut. I think that spoiled it for me since I'm not a fan of hazelnuts. I won't hold the slight skunkiness against Sam Smith; I'll assume that was the bar's fault. Not great for me, but I'll give it another go just because it's Sammy Smith.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear brown, beige head. nutty, toffee, burnt sugar, roasted malt aroma. flavour is malty and sweet with a hint of anise and earth. very nicely balanced brew. excellent.
dwyerpg (4917) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gorgeous beer. The nut flavor takes a long time to show up, which is fine by me. Does this company make a bad beer?
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Computer says no.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep red-brown color with light brown Nice caramel aroma, malty flavor with slight hoppy aftertaste, smooth feel, overall a nice beer.
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.