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 (12616) - 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 (9709) - 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
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great brown. The color and head are perfect and scream "drink me". The taste is great, yet it could be stronger. Great brown overall.
calivania (62) - USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I find it a challenge rating Sam Smiths, because for me they kind of set the standard for quality beers. You first Sam Smith is like your first English or Itallian tailored blue suit. Unlike many on this site, I have always liked this style, mainly because of this beer. First of all it is beautiful, both in the bottle and the glass, a perfect chestnut brown. The head and lace is exactly how I want it to be. The aroma faintly sweet, with a hint of Grandfather musk. Mouthfeel is buttery and soft. Comes on strong with butterscothy malt, a middle that is nutty and not a bit sweet, and a finish that is longer and cleaner than a Jordan foul shot. No beer matches cured meats better. I consider this the one against others of the style should be judged.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark tan rocky head. ruby brown at center, red at edges. faint sweet aroma, mild malt sweetness (but not roasted). fizzy. strong hop aftertaste.