evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
"dwyerpg" put it best, "shot like finish" which i found incredibly unappitising.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colour with a big fluffy white head. Average English ale with sweet malt and a tangy hoppy bitterness in both the aroma and the flavour. Decent mouth feel. A better beer than my numbers probably reflect.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The clear glass bottle always makes me wary but here goes. Clear sparkling copper body. The light tan head is large and frothy. This beer looks very appealing in my Samuel Smith’s pub glass. The aroma is caramel malt pure and simple. The flavor is better then I remember from my college days, caramel malt balanced by just enough bitter English hops (EKG?). It is really quite a pleasant beer. The body is medium and a bit lively with the carbonation. The finish is smooth and refreshing. Just make sure the bottle is kept out of the light. I bought the “gift-pack” which came in a box with the pub glass and a few coasters. The box was probably key to keeping this one fresh and good.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a light pale ale aroma was sweet with some caramel notes. Taste seem very plain just basic maltiness and a slight hop presence. After taste was hoppy with a slightly offenesive, kind fruit aspect.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great pale with a lot of character, there's a distinct chocolate/coffee flavor that sets it apart from other pales i've sampled.
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle.Fizzy bland and boring.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have yet to try a bad Sam Smiths. This ale was no exception. Nice balance between malt and hops. nice colar and flavor.
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yet again, I am completely underwhelmed by a Samuel Smith's beer. Immediately, the smell of sweat socks hit me and soured me for the rest of the bottle. Taste is smoother than the smell. Nice ruby-brown color with almsot no head. Lots of carbonation.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with a medium white head. Slightly skunky aroma with malt and nut notes. I was afraid to buy this because of the clear bottle and my unfamiliarity with the liquor store. The flavor is still decent - malty, bready and nutty. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little disappointing, I will have to rerate this later.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brown color with a light colored head. Malty aroma. Light caramel and malt flavors. Slight hops finish. Overall a pretty good beer.