NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely clear and golden, light carbonation, fully diminishing head. Fresh aroma of buttered bread (dinner rolls) and honey. Lots of soft, pale malt, and lightly bitter, this is a very tasty lager. My only complaint that the texture is a bit watery. Also, one of the most attractive bottle/labels Iíve seen lately, with a really cool gold and green foil hops motif around the neck.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale golden color with a medium thick white head and lots of lace. Slightly sweet yet bitter malt aroma well balanced with hops and a hint of fruitiness. Hoppy slightly sweet flavor with a little bit of lemon accents and a hoppy finish. light to medium bodied and slightly dry.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I canít knock Samuel Smith beers even if itís not in my genre... Iíd drink motor oil if they made it.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, 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 Smithís 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 Smithís new #1 fan and I look forward to trying his other varieties in the very near future.
PorterPounder (5957) - 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, itís a lager not an IPA. Very mellow finish. I think Iíll 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.