Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is Smith’s the most consistent big brewer? Such quality in this; earthy aromas, malty, bready aroma and flavors, and just the right balance of hops to send a tingle to the tongue. Delicious. If only American standards could be 1/3 this good!
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The perfect amount of carbonation for me (much more than the oatmeal stout), very hoppy flavor, thick in content and bitter yet not overpowering aftertaste. Elegant pouring beer from an awesome bottle. I am Sammy Smith’s new #1 fan and I look forward to trying his other varieties in the very near future.
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight malty aroma upon pouring. Nice, white creamy - but quickly dissipating head. Nice, even golden appearance. Faint, sweet pipe tobaccy taste - very full bodied and smooth going down. American lagers should take some notes.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright gold color with very creamy white head. Decent hops and malt, not too pronounced. Well, after all, it’s a lager not an IPA. Very mellow finish. I think I’ll have another.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good try at a German Helles style. Interesting to say the least.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured a straw color and formed a nice airy white head that left some nice lace. The aroma was of hops and malt. The flavor was also of hops and malt, with a slight sweetness of citrus with a bit of a doughy finish to it. Not a bad lager from Old Tadacaster crew.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet grassy aroma, dark golden colour, with a huge white head. Crisp, clean, malt flavour. Fair bitterness. A pleasant experience.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Decent British lager - not that bland soapy lager normally produced here. I’m not sure why I would want to try this again, as it is more expensive than continental imports like Budvar or Urquell and they are better.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing special, alittle disappointing. Tasted like average lager. Not worth the price, get a LaBatt’s Blue instead...
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not the brewery’s strong point. They do have a lot of strong points, however. Stout, cider, brown, you name it.