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 (12363) - 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.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, but I was let down. I have just grown to expect so many good things from Sam Smith, that I may of been asking too much from this one. The pour was okay, not much head or lacing. Color was an wxcelent dark amber, quite inviting. The taste is where the let down came. I was expecting a robust flavor, but it was very thin. Almost no mouthfeel. The flavor was slightly nutty and toffe, but watered down tasting. Finish was good with a spicy flavor that hung on to the tongue. Like I said, not a bad beer, but a little bit of a let down.
Mehmet22 (35) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Bottle. Thin tan head. Deep amber/red color. Malty, with distant hops and a bitter finish. Noisy nose with butterscotch, walnut and copper. Smooth palate, minus a malty-bitter finish. A wonderful Brown Ale with a great color.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a brown color medium-sized tan head. Has a nice balance of malt, hops, and nuts.
DocLock (9350) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown color. Aromas of nuts, malt, and slight hops. Tastes like malt, hazlenuts, and slightly dry. Finishes strong, crisp, and smooth. Not as sweet as other nut browns I've had, but that seems to be the British style, and is not a complaint. Excellent.
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The ale does, indeed, pour nut-brown with a really nice head. Aroma is somewhat fruity and hoppy with traces of caramel. Wonderfully smooth drinking, big thick, malty body.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much aroma really. Slightly cidery with a touch of malt, raspberries and some other fruit. Lightly sweet maltiness, caramel, light bitterness, slightly vinous. Good appearance, though pretty light for a brown ale, low carbonation and nice mouthfeel. OK, but boring.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Back to my favorite style, at least lately. Sweet citrus smell eminates from the glass. A clean liquid sweet taste follows. I drank my glass and wondered where it all went. Would recommend this one to friends