bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Rich brown head; very smooth feel; slight coffee taste with finish that is bitter, but not excessively so. May 2004: the aroma is among the best
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolat aroma. Very dark brown color, brown head, good lace. Intens flavor, sweet, chocolat, hint of cola, very drinkable, light roasted. Long lasting coffee liquor flavor finish.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally opaque, very thick pour with no head. More than any beer I've had, this one could pass for a wine. At first, I swore I could smell the grapes in the aroma. However, it somehow manages to taste much much better than any dry, bitter wine. There's a small note of sweetness and grain flavor to offset the winelike flavor. Unrelentingly bitter/sour aftertaste. Very good.
JK (5592) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Black. I thought it was a brown bottle before I poured. Tan head that disappears soon but leaves a nice lace on the glass. Coffee and bitter chocolate very noticeable in the aroma, and also a little tobacco. Flavor of the same coffee and chocolate with a little cream. Faint malt and hops tastes as it warmed. Mildly bitter finish. excellent beer.
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love it. Once I got hooked, I couldn't get enough. Creamy bowl of oatmeal flavor really comes through, but oh so much more!
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Deep dark and creamy pour. The creamy head faded far to fast. A nice aroma of chocolate and coffee.
Slightly sweet, medium body, creamy texture. Very light alchoholic finish. Great balance. Very nice brew!
TheBelgian (24) - USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark with a good head on it. not very creamy. buttery and bitter with not much after taste.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderful dark colored beer with a thick slowly dissipating head. Bitter & sweet taste with mild aftertaste. My first & not last oatmeal stout
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unpleasant aroma. Very dark color. Flavor was kinda sweet, slightly bitter, and it felt slightly creamy in the mouth. I dont think these kinds of beers are for me.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colour, nice pale brown head. Disappointing aroma, but the taste is wonderful, with a bittersweet complexity. Another great beer from Samuel Smiths!