Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is probably one of my favorite English beers. It is very smooth, amber in color with a nice lacing white head. Malt dominates this brew with a nice subtle hop bitterness at the end.
Braudog (5025) - 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.
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favs. This is the bottled version of their Old Brewery Bitter. Has more of a kick at 5.0% abv. Nice buttery flavor.
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was very happy with this pale ale. Pours quite nicely and makes a nice size rich, creamy head. Definitely taste a nice floral flavor. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada, but more refined.
wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2000
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - great beer. Old Sammy comes through again.
hutch914199 (107) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best pale Iíve had yet, still looking for one better.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
550ml brown bottle from Louís in Augusta. Red-copper translucent body with around an inch of initial off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells caramelly and fruity, with hints if a peaty quality. A roasty maltiness dominates the flavor with hints of fruit, diacetyl (coming through as a very pleasing butterscotch flavor). No one quality of the flavor overpowers another I would say. A nice balance and a medium-bodied mouthfeel make this extremely drinkable. Definitely glad I finally tried it, and Iím sure the brown bottle helped the flavor. A new favorite!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 One of my all-time favorites. The best buttery tasting ale in the world. Consistently good although it comes in a clear bottle. I gave some to my friend, a lifelong beer drinker but not a taster (he thought Fat Tire was the best beer in the world) and he said it was the best beer he ever had in his life. About as perfect as an ale can get. I dream of a day when I can visit this brewery, I love all of their products and if I had to pick a favorite brewery Sam Smith's would be it.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would have to say that it's hard to find fault with this beer. It is fantastic.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reminds me of a musty, rustic pub in merry ol england. Nice, balanced malt flavoring. Caramel definitely. Cherry. Wood/oak. Hint of sherry. A gorgeous dark maple color not unlike Amaretto. Strong head. Port in the nose. Full palate. Great finish.