Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good pale ale, though not as strong as some of the other Samuel Smith offerings. Copper tan color with a quickly receding head and nicely balanced.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 12/01/02: The color on the pour a translucent burnished copper, the head mountainous in size, the consistency is that of butter crème frosting with thick glutinous sheets of lace to envelope the glass, both a light tan color. Nose malt, and sweet black walnuts, pleasing to the old nose. First taste is ambrosial, top is fair to middling in mouth feel, the finish is enchantingly hopped, charmingly acidic, delightfully dry aftertaste. What a “Wonderful World” it would be if all beers were as masterfully brewed as Samuel Smith’s “Bravo” to the brewers of this most exquisite line of beers, a regular on my “Beer Shopping List”!
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty with some hops. Medium bodied pale ale. Mild flavor, kind of typical for English Pale Ale. Malts and hops are evident, but not overpowering. Kind of buttery tasting. Well-balanced beer. Nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper with dense creamy tan head. Good mouthfeel. Faintly fruity fore and mid , few hops in finish
RaginCajun (312) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great brew from Samuel Smith’s. Color is great with a small lasting head. This is what beer should taste like; perfect balance.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent brew with a nice brown color and a smooth creamy head that lasts a long time and leaves some lace. Flavor also has a creamy,buttery start and a little bitterness in the end. I wasn’t fond of the aroma however, as it seemed a bit agressive to the point where I was holding my breath while taking a drink.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent brown color. Nice head leaves clinging lace work and releases sweet floral smell. Buttery malt taste gives in to a decent hop finish.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma. Creamy head with some staying power. A good transition from malt to hops tastes. When I think of beer this is what comes to mind.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, Solid ale. Good hops, easy drinking, wonderful taste.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Dark Brown. Very rich aroma. The flavour is also very rich, alcohol is noticeable and it has that unmistakable slightly-sickly flavour present with other Yorkshire beers - Black Sheep, and Tetley’s. Because of this I found it hard to drink the whole bottle, but not necessarily because I didn’t like it.