NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 pours dark red/brown. slightly tan head. smells of caramel malt and nuts. tastes the same and is well balanced. still a quality brown
Suttree (5420) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown. Nut brown, some might say. Tan Head. Mellow walnut flavor and a rich, filling mouthfeel. Sooth mellow hop finish. Very English.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-amber color; thick and lumpy off-white head. Abundant and lively carbonation. Fragrance of molasses, nuts, and mulling spices. Flavor of caramel and toasted nuts with some welcome bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and warm initially but leaves a thin coat on the palate. Excellent... for a brown ale, which isn't really my thing, but that ship may finally be turning with browns like this. Now where's that hop syringe of mine... I need a fix of IBU's.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good transparent brown color,small tan head with a mild amount of staying power.Roasted malt aroma with a mild hop presence.Good roasty flavor with a mild nut character that fades to a watery malty mildly hoped after taste.pretty much just an ok brew nothing special.It could be that it is just old,clear glass does not a good brew make.It was worth trying but little else beyond that.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells skunked! That is my first impression and it wasn't a good one. The beer itself tasted fine though. Smooth, clean malty taste. I just wish Sam Smith would go with brown bottles.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Smith is consistently satisfying. Pours nicely with a rich brown color, and a creamy head that lasts till the last sip, leaving a nie foam on the wall of the glass. A full bodied ale, with a smooth mouth feel. The aftertastse is both nutty and nicely hopped and ends with a nice lingering blend of malt and nut. Another great beer form Samuel Smith (I still prefer the Oatmeal Stout over any SS beers I have tried).
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
what a great brown ale. i was sketchy on getting brown ales since i had new castle a while ago- but now i realize what a poor beer new castle actually is. this brown ale blows new castle horse piss out of the water. nice smell, great taste, long lasting head. a typical great beer by SS.
jek803 (41) - USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am very impressed with any Samuel Smith I try...this was no exception. It poured a beautiful red/brown color. Little head that quickly settled. Smooth, medium mouth-feel, malty with an almost buttery finish. I enjoyed this one very much.
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good easy drinking ale but then again all the sam smiths that I have tried so far have been just that.Good colour,nice malt taste with a bit of caramel and a chalky finish.
goondawg (3) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This tasting came from a 550 ml bottle. the aroma is that of toasty caramel with a slight burnt smell. The color is a nice reddish brown. The flavor is tasty and complex. Caramel dominates. Earthy flavor. Roasty. Lingering roast. Pleasing aftertaste.