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.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps I am not a fan of brown ales, they always seem to be a little lacking on flavor and palate, but this one was a little ahead of the curve. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but still found the taste to be flat and unappealing. Great smell, nice mahogany color. I would recommend this beer to someone who hasn't had much experience with brown ales, but no one else.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Back in the bad old days, this was one of the beers that was always a standby. Sure, it was $12 for a sixer, but for that price you got something decent with actual flavor! The taste, unlike so many other beers from this time period 10+ years ago, hasn't changed a bit. Deep reddish brown, decent tan head that fades into a medium sized ring. Aroma of molasses, toffee, and butterscotch. Somewhat nutty flavor with a solid malt middle, emphasis on toffee flavors, and a buttery, soft finish. A fine traditional example of the style.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 2/14/11
It’s been a while since I’ve had this...and my opinion is much the same. It’s a really nice brown, easy-drinking, smells like apple juice, looks amazing, a little thin...good blend of flavors. Amazing session beer, refreshing, well-crafted. Wet, but finish dries out, roasty finish, hazelnuts, apple skin. A great brown.
Appearance was wonderful amber with red as a brown should, with a nice head and good lacing. Aroma of nuts, apples, English style hops; sweet, balanced and pleasant. Front sweet with apple and toasty almond and hazlenut flavor with strong apple flavor followed by a distinct bitter finish. Aroma had some skunk, as in the acutal animal and not just stale beer, which I rather enjoyed. Overall: as a brown should with nuts and great appearance and lovely all around for a brown with apples, nice balance; medium body with a bit foamy carbonation. Not my favorite style, but perhaps my favorite? of the style.
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut brown color with thick brown head that lingered for a long time and left clingy lace. Mouthfeel was very good with velvety texture and above average body thickness. The taste was dominated by rich malts with hints of coffee and caramel thrown in for good measure. PAs it warms up, more of the much anticipated dry nutty favor comes in. True to the styly, this beer has a very light helping of hops, so the smell was a bit unremarkable with a sour yeasty note. The best that I've had from this brewery so far.
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very pleasant roasty beer with a good full head. It is also quite tasty on corned beef and cabbage!
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Because New Jersey is VOID of any real Beer Distributors, some jackass must have changed the temp on this beer once too many. So it may have been turning? I dunno? But my overall impression of this beer wasn't a good one. I couldn't even finish the glass. I did use a bottle of it to cook in my Beef Stew recipe and it was awesome. But I will never drink this again. Poor, poor, pour down the drain. Yuck!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Elegant nutty, fruity and malty aroma. The commercial description of the color is accurate, it is definitely walnut. Lightly carbonated with a thin tan head. Beautiful malty, nutty taste. Hops are very reserved. As with the aroma, the taste is very elegant. Not overpowering in any aspect, but very pleasing to the palate. Medium bodied with a slightly malty finish. Quite an exquisite brown ale.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with moderately large head. Roasted nut aroma. Medium to full body, with as much chocolate as nut flavor. Very tasty, perhaps second only to Rogue in the brown category.