RobBestwick (650) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer really is nuts! toffee and nutty aroma, dark ruby hue with an off-white head, I could sense nuts, malts, toast and woodiness in this brew, this is almost like a cross between an altbier and an ale, long malty finish, this beer has a tremendous aray of flavours and is highly recommended.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ohh my what a fine brown ale this was. Sweet, nutty hazelnut aroma. Dark brown in color, and beautiful mouthfeel, and a delicious aftertaste. Samuel Smith does it again and again!!
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 This is excellent. Brown appearance with a good silky texture and lacing. Excellent aroma. The nutty flavor comes out nicely with a bitter finish. My 2nd favorite brown ale to Rogue and yet another fine brew from Sam Smith.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good ale. Crisp brown color with burnt nut flavors. Finishes slightly bitter. As with most of Sam's beers, this one had good balance.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, warm, welcoming brown beer with classic head. A hint of toffee/hazelnut in the aroma. The flavor is subperbly smooth with classically refined bitter nut tones. Beautiful.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent,brown with a big,pillowy,tan head. Rich malt aroma,with underlying nutty,and herbal hops. Good mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Caramel,nutty flavors fill the mouth.Slightly sweet and hoppy(herbal) finish.Excellent creamy mouthfeel,and the subtle,flavors are inviting as well.
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quality in every way, except for the clear bottle. Excellent mouth feel. Deep brown/red colour. Light head with good lacing. Good flavour of light nuts, malt and hops. The big bottle is empty way too fast as is the glass.
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour. Small head. very tight lacing fell fast. Nice light nutty aroma, caramel. Starts nutty and sweet, nice. Finishes smooth with a very slight bitter end. very slight. a pleasent drink.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The mix between the creaminess and nuts didn’t do it for me. Looks very nice—big, quickly dissipating white head. The hoppy smell in the glass wasn’t borne out by the taste. I felt the malt was overbalanced, and that it took away from the great astringent nut taste. It felt disjointed. Mouthfeel was nice and solid and the finish was clean but not bitter enough. Good but lacking in some areas.
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid nut brown ale. Good flavor; smooth and drinkable. I was hoping for a little more given the cost.