monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 '03/'04; hearty malt, tiny hops; verrry smooth and biscuity; incredibly festive packaging. For those who do not like anything but Yuengling or Heineken, get 'em to try one! 2002/2003 Vintage; November 27, 2002 tasting notes: Packaging, packaging, packaging; for $58 a case, not much to recommend it. Nice malts; near absent hops; very pleasant but not very exciting. A great enticer for the Yuengling drinker to try something more daring!
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent beer. Pours nicely into a Bass pint glass. Nice copper color. Sweet with caramel flavors. Malty. Pretty smooth. I'd buy this one again.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2003
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Feb, 2003Caramel toffee sweet whiskey malt. Pleasant. Not outstanding, just pleasantly enjoyable. Something I would have again. [2.9]
Oct, 2003 A sweeter, juicier, maltier Brown Ale. Not great. [2.7]
Dec, 2005. Aroma of stale pale malt and stale cooking chocolate. Brisk, but not aggressive carbonation. Strongish pale malt. Barley sugar flavours from the pasteurising process. Carbonated water finish. Some rust, some metal. Tastes like what it is - a cheap strong ale. It’s drinkable, and it’s not unpleasant. But it has many flaws and indications of bad brewing practise. [2.3]
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sweet, malty. slightly spicey. The palate, is light. Not one of the better sam smith beers, I must say.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beautiful copper colour. Head retention is slightly below average. Light nose of caramel malts and grain. Flavour is grainy,very macro like. Too bad it comes in a 550ml bottle. Alcohol flavour is quite pronounced. Carbonation is quite lively. Some light skuniness (clear bottle). Sam Smith has better products out there.
Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On pouring, there is an intitial skunky aroma. Hmmm... maybe Sammy Smith needs to finally switch to brown bottles. Looking past the skunk, there's really not much going on here. Crisp carbonation. Some sweetness. Wine-like notes in the finish. No head. Looks like apple juice with a slight froth on top.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Simple malty, not much hop flavor. Good looking beer. Hides its alcohol to the point that you think 6% is a lie until you stand up. The easiest drinking strong seasonal beer I can think of
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose was almost non-existant. Flavor was slightly malty with just a hint of citrus. A disappointment.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am not a malt fan, and found the taste a bit overwhelming. Could benefit from a stronger hop finish. Citrus flavor is nice however.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
My least favorite of the Sam Smith's by a long shot. Some caramel flavors. Some citrus flavors also. Aroma was borderline bad as it reminded me of many German lagers that I've tried (i.e. skunky). I have 3 more of these to try and maybe they will grow on me a bit.