argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I remember really liking this beer when I tried it years ago, but now I have no idea why. Little aroma, though what’s there is nutty/caramel. The flavor is nothing exceptional -- mild bitterness and a little nutty maltiness. Very smooth, with a bitter nutty aftertaste.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich, creamy head with a vaguely lemony scent. Reddish-amber color, like the color of almonds (nut brown!). The flavor is mild, not too complex, and with a pleasantly bitter finish. A nice beer, but not one I would seek out on a regular basis. Not enough oooomph for me.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautiful reddish brown color, not much aroma, head dissipates rapidly, disappointing lack of flavor, not strong, not light, very dry, it just dulls the palate, nothing developing, this isn’t a whole lot better than a Leinenkugel’s Red, which is a beer to gulp, not sip, probably needs food, as there’s really not much of a lingering finish here.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice color. Somewhat bitter taste was not what I expected. Initial aroma was a little skunky but mellowed out after a short time. Not much head retention. Good example of a classic English ale.
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I like Brown Ale to be a little sweeter, this one is quite bitter, not as good as All the hype Ive heard....very fizzy too...I think I’ll stay away from Samuel Smith Brown Ales...the taste is too bitter for me...has a cough syrup aftertaste..yuck!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little lighter in color than I expected - very Brown. Also, crisper than expected with a nice malty, nutty flavor. Very good!
Bov (9630) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
transparent dark brown colour, few head and a nice lace, caramel and nutty aroma, notes of licorice, sweet and rich with a slightly dry and bitter finish
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - APR 9, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful beer, probably why they bottle it in clear glass despite the problems that can cause. Unfortunately, there is not much aroma at all. The flavor, while not bad, is tilted more toward the bitter than the sweet, and while I more often complain about beers being too sweet than too bitter, my idea of a brown ale is a little on the sweet side. Thin body, almost more lager-like than ale. I really wanted to like this more, as I love their oatmeal stout, porter and even pale ale.
aracauna (3115) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head on this one. Foamy, stiff-looking with bigg bubbles. It hangs around for a while, too. The beer is dark red brown, very clear. There are flowery hops and roasty maltiness to the nose. The taste is good, roasty and bitter but not exeptional. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.