ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite ales! Very smooth and refreshing after each taste. Not bitter or harsh at all, rather exceptionally smooth. A carmel flavor with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Perfect to drink while viewing a beautiful Bermudian sunset while smoking a wonderful cigar with the woman of your dreams! Nothing gets better than this.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2002
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
What the hell...mine was like brown tap water. Looked pretty..smelled hoppy....but that only takes me so far especially when it tastes just like watered down iced tea. There was NO nut flavors whatsoever, and nothing discernible to make it a brown ale other than color. Since i blew 10 bucks on a 4 pack the rest better not be this bad (once i get around to them)...not what i expected/hoped.
PorterPounder (6215) - 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’.