jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2003 Chestnut is the best way to describe the color, beautiful 1/2 inch head. Aroma of slight roast, nuts, chocolate malt, caramel and more. Smooth mouthfeel, ok body, palate is lightly nutty, sweet then changing to slihtly bitter and finishing clean with a nice dry roasted maltiness that lingers just long enough. Not a bad brew, although nothing to write home about. Probaly a different story if it were fresh in a non-clear bottle or on cask.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2003 This was another great brew from samuel smith. It had a bold flavor that i definetely respected. one of my favorite pints.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As with baseballguy I tried this after reading muzzlehatch. And Iíll admit, itís a first class brown - lively, even fierce in flavor. But the bottle i had had an odd whiff of off muskiness that metaled the flavor and left me shaking my head - if only more of you would try Boyne River Brown!
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Muzzlehatchís enthusiasm sent me back to this beer and increased my appreciation for it. The nuttiness isnít anything like as pronounced as Rogue Hazelnut Nectarís, which could be a plus or a minus depending on where you sit. Samuel Smith canít beat out Newcastle in the daily libation department, because at least here in Chicago itís quite a bit more expensive. But itís a superlative brown ale (and gorgeous to look at, with a most impressive head).
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2001
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 4, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 12 oz bottle. Dark, very clear chestnut, fluffy off-white head lasts considerably...nose is just a touch nutty, very slightly skunked (clear bottle) at first but this fades quickly, somewhat vinous...very nice nutty body, clean and smooth with some hints of tobacco adding edge and more than the usual amount of hop bitterness late. Really excellent brown ale, not a 4.8 as I rated it in my formative days but still amongst the best of style. Original rating 8/5/10/5/20 4.8
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, nutty, creamy... excellent.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 24, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oddly, the aroma reminded me of an apple crumb cake. Dark cherry red character with a smooth, smokey brown sugar flavor. Also slightly nutty, there was something about the taste that just seemed a bit off. Perhaps it was a bit too grainy. Probably my least favorite Sam Smith to date.
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20