wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
55 cL bottle, pint glass, 55 degrees F. Tall, creamy, off-white head is well lasting and sits on a clear brown-red body. Cookie, molasses malt (M); flowery hops (L); raisin and toffee aromas. Rich aroma is quite pleasant. Flavor shows hints of staleness and has a grainy aspect not present in the aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic, lightly unclean finish. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: s'alright.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sparkling clear and as copper-colored as a shiny, new penny.
My bottle must have been a touch lightstruck as the nose was of skunk and citrus fruit. Thin flavor with a watery palate. Well-bittered flavor carries over into a lightly bitter finish. Not one of Sam Smith's best efforts. Switch to brown bottles, please?
GregClow (3077) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in a sealed Samuel Smith's gift pack, so I was able to keep it out of the light and therefore avoided the skunkiness that others have been plagued with. Rich amber colour with a small off-white head. Great earthy nose with caramel and malt notes. Fruity flavour, somewhat tart, with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced and satisfying.
Nuffield (3987) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like others, I had just a hint of skunkiness in the nose, but it wasn't that substantial and wasn't present in the flavor. The aroma was mostly caramel/toffee but with a bit of fruitiness, especially grape. The flavor was mild but becoming notably more distinguished, especially with nuttiness, at room temperature. Vigorous carbonation, not exceptional. The finish was moderately bitter, with a metallic edge.
Reid (2235) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the excellent Sam Smith beers I had yet to taste.
Comes in the Sam Smith 550 cl CLEAR bottle of course..with the White rose of Yorkshire prominent on the label.
After pouring into my British Imperial pint mug the beer looks nice crystal clear darkish brown with a rather large frothy off white head..good lacing.
Oh man..this does not smell to good..I detetct a little skunk! I had heard this was a problem with Smiths beers but this is the first time I have had it happen.
The taste is not too badly affected by the skunkiness though..so maybe it was just slightly skunked?Its a well balanced pale ale to be sure malts preedominate..but the hops are ever present underneath.Not a great falvour though.
rather average mouthfeel.
Its drinkable..but I would rather have an American Pale..this is below my expectations for Sam Smith.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Reddish / borwn / copper colour, clear appearance. Very thin but persistent light white head. Sweet malty scent with a spicy balance. Slight caramel hint in the aroma. Taste is initially bitter, with a balance of malty sweetness and spice in the end.
Cartoonkhaki (1231) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with large puffy beige head. Decent hoppy aroma fruity. Hoppy flavour slight metalic notes slight caramel notes. Dry bitter. Quite enjoyable.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, bright amber. Finger of beige foam. Fruity (orange, cherry), earthy (hopsack?), spicy, caramel aroma. Medium, slightly resiny feel. Buttery, toffee & caramel flavour which is also spicy & fruity (green apples). Finish is earthy & moderately hoppy. Nicely balanced.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nutty smell, light brown colour. taste of fruits right after swallowing the liquid beverage. took forever to get the damn bottle cap off! fuck you bottle cap!
jerohen (2151) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown coloured, sparkling. Weak nose. Hoppy, bitter flavour. Very nice easy to drink beer.