PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 Rerate Dark copper pour, decent head. Caramel, toasty aroma. Toffee, caramel, nutty flavor. Thickish mouthfeel - hint of metal on the back end. Still solid though. Original 4.2 The pour of the thick creamy head was a sign of things to come. Good nutty flavor and crisp fresh aftertaste.
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nutty flavor was nice, and a bit sweet.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful reddish brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is full of roasted nuts and bitter hops. The taste is extremely crisp and refreshing. Tastes like roasted nuts with a crisp bitterness that leaves the mouth feeling clean. Great social drinking beer. One of my favorites!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bright/dark amber; medium head. medium thick taste, the hops are kind of caramel sweet, but not as sweet/nutty as some browns; decent hops helps a lot.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
another solid brown ale. The Palate is not overly pleasent... Not a very good shelf life either.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another Sam Smith winner. Very smooth and nutty.
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.