Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man you cant go wrong with Sam Smith's. Has that nice silky texture and beautiful head that all the other Sam Smith's have. This is easily one of my top 3 favorite breweries. A good english pale ale, balanced well, smooooth yet hoppy. Its just damn good
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine smelled kind of skunked. It had traces of tropical fruits. Slightly watery on the palate. Not Sam Smiths's best beer, but still good.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear bottle doesn't hint at a fine drop enclosed. Rather spicy on the tongue, goes down well, and tastes better into the second jar.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish colour, good creamy head. Hints of honey and tropical fruits in the aroma. The flavour is delicate, with a good malty sweetness and traces of nuts and pineapple. The finish is very hoppy. Sam smith is definitely one of my favourite brewers...
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shocker, this one was skunked. I really don't understand why they still put their beers in clear bottles. Most of their target demographic probably understands what good beer is and doesn't need the marketing ploy. Anyways, once you get past the skunky aroma, there are notes of butterscotch, caramel and some spiciness/fruitiness. Rich amber color with decent head. Flavor matches the aroma, nice even balance. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. I'm left wondering how much better it could have been if they just put it in a brown bottle.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one in marcos island at some little restaurant that had a decent selection of beer... had the typical "samuel smith" flavor that is hard to describe, a mellow hoppiness that balanced a noticeable, distinct malty sweetness quite well... which isn't really typical in my experiences with pale ales. Not as floral as others, with a nice hop spiciness that "calmed it down," so it was not really as "big" as others... Im just in love with these quotation marks, and I'm certain this rating will be quite cryptic to some of you... just know that I am watching you. Good beer... wonderful balance
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opened the bottle and smelled skunky, but not the usual skunky, almost like a citrusy skunk. I blame the clear bottle and the place I purchased it at. Reminds me of the St. Peters lemon and ginger Spiced Ale (anybody want the remaining three of those dogs?). The taste on other hand was was tolerable and even though it was a pricey bottle to obtain I would drink this one again.
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells like old paint; very dry and musty. Slightly hoppy. Bright tan amber look with small white head, large bubbles. Tastes very harsh at first. Later tastes like paint thinner, and agravates the throat in much the same way (I can only imagine) that paint thinner would. Was this bottle skunky? It sure wasn't like all the other skunky beers I've had, but perhaps this bottle was on it's way. Ragardless, what I tasted in this bottle that was unskunked was absolutely awful. I will definitely have to try this again in the future only to decide on the skunkyness of this bottle. God, I hope this isn't how it's supposed to be.
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flagship beer, in my opinion. Prototype brown hue with a quality head on the pour. Wonderful malty nose. Nutty, rich malt flavors are perfectly balanced with just right amount of bitter edge. Outstanding ale.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells nutty, tastes the same. Dry with slightly acrid finish. I love the description, "good beer is a product of the soil." I hope this is referring to the hops and grains. However, since this is an English brew, perhaps it is referring to the heart and soul, as well as years of love and hard work that went into perfecting the craft.