CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a damn fine ale. Smooth going down the gullet. Good flavor and I love the roasted flavor. ;)
edork99 (3) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2002 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just a dark beer...no flavor
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good all-around. Looks nice, smells a bit genaric though. Think of the most typical beer smell you can think of, that’s how this smells. Small complaint though. The nutty ondertones blended nicely with the malt, but the hops seem to be a bit shy. Good, but not as good as I was expecting.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a nice dark amber color. Formed a large, nice white head that formed some nice lace when it subsided. Slight aroma of malt and nut. The taste has elements of butterscotch and chocolate. A little bitterness, but nothing that impacts the finish. A good beer.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a lovely ale. Dark, nutty, just the right amount of hops. Like <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= 1845, everything is balanced wonderfully, though otherwise the two beers are quite different (this is a darker, more bitter, almost porter-like ale). The aftertaste is bitter, but balanced by a subtle warmth. I really, really like this beer.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As Austin Powers would say ’It’s a bit nutty’. good brown ale
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown color, head disapears quick. Very nutty and rich.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Again I don’t like nut brown ales, but Samuel Smith has been good to me lately so I tried this one. A little too much nut flavor, not enough beer flavor. Aside from that, it was a bit skunky, but looks very nice and has nice malt tones other than the nut flavor that I liked.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had very high expectations – so needless to say, I was a little let down. I think this has the potential to be very good – but again on the slight skunking!
Dogbrick (9672) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Again with the clear bottle and slight skunking! I am really disappointed that their stouts can be so good but their Pale, Nut Brown, and Winter Welcome can suffer so much from the clear bottles. Granted, this one was not skunked as badly but it still detracted from my enjoyment of this beer. There were some nice nutty tones in the aroma as well, but they were masked by the skunk smell, same with the flavor. Decent hazelnut flavor imparted with malt, but again, change the bottles!