daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bittersweet! Pours out with a deep nutty brown with a small head. Aroma was lacking with sweet hints. Taste hits quick with a bitterness which is imidiatly followed with a caramel sweetness and ends with a nutty aftertaste. Overall not bad but not the best I have had. Still have a case so I may re-rate later.
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite brown ale. Good body with a great finish. Good blend of carmel and ’nut’.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells and looks great but it is lacking something special in the taste. the hops do not show up, not even the little bit they should for the english style and the nuttiness is the predominant factor. very nutty and caramelly as has been commented by many people. nice and smooth to drink but there are others with more flavor.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
How come I never like this beer as much as I ’should’? Sam Smiths is a great and traditional brewery and this is one of its classic products, so why don’t I like this more than Newcasle? Well the answer of course is taste and how true imported ales never seem to do very well. Always past its prime. Loss of flavor leaves this beer thin bodied and a bit cardboardy.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer rocks.
A beautiful amber color. The nose is floral and peppery. A bit thin and bitter for a nut brown; not all that well balanced. I personally like a brown which is a bit on the malty side. Has a very nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. There are much better brown ales out there, but this one definitely deserves a taste.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of caramel, nutty taste a little bland.
Nate (3549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma - sweet malts with just a bit of fruitiness or light chocolate. Great dark brown color with off-white head. Persistent. Medium watery body with pleasant carbonation. Flavor starts a bit sweet with a little tang, then gets you with some nice bitterness. A nice finish with nutty after.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a damn fine ale. Smooth going down the gullet. Good flavor and I love the roasted flavor. ;)
edork99 (3) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2002 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just a dark beer...no flavor
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good all-around. Looks nice, smells a bit genaric though. Think of the most typical beer smell you can think of, that’s how this smells. Small complaint though. The nutty ondertones blended nicely with the malt, but the hops seem to be a bit shy. Good, but not as good as I was expecting.