Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 2003-04. Light caramel brown in colour with pleasant with malty vinous aroma. Good fresh malt with lots of woody overtone, a little sweet and decent hoping. A bit thin in the mouth. 6-3-7-3-14
2004-2005 Red copper ale with a thick white head. Sweet caramel with vanilla in aroma, with light pear notes. Sweet caramel with woody notes in mouth, with light hops and alcohol notes, some licorice also noted. Rich and complex. 7-4-8-4-15
2005-2006: Nice amber ale with a nice white head. Nice sweet malt with fruity esters and caramel. Nice caramel malt in mouth, with fruity orange notes. Tingly mouthfeel 7-3-8-3-14
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 2003-2004 version. My least favorite to date. Previous incarnations have been pretty good. This one does not have enough malt body and that causes it to lose balance with the hops and spices. UPDATE 11/2006: Thank goodness they are finally putting this in a brown bottle! Slightly phenolic aroma. Still not great, but much better than it used to be.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice spicy cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, but feels thin and watery. Slight skunk in the aftertaste, but still pretty good.
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003-2004 version.A medium to dark amber color with a frothy head.Hints of wood ,nuts and fruits.The finish was clean with very little aftertaste
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light amber with a moderate white head. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavor is malty, caramel, moderately sweet and slightly acidic. A little orange in there, too. The finish is dry, but not bitter. A little alcohol is present. Very nice. Not a thick or malty as most winter brews, but still a nice warmer.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well well well, what do you know , another skunked sam smith beer in a clear bottle. Ok once you get past the skunk in the bottle, it does have some caramel notes and a slight bitterness, a little different than most other winter ales. Would be good w/o the skunk.
DanielBrown (4268) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Nice rosey colour, fast receding, loose bubbly head. Tasty bready aroma, with some tartness and wet-trouser. On my first sip I was hit with a weird mixture of cider and lager flavours. Further in I got a winey essence, with niticeable alchohol presence on the very beginning and finish - which is medium length and warming (der!). Quite bitter generally this stuff, certainly after the initial vinousness. Not particularly delicious or thick, or balanced; but does get better as one delves deeper into the pint.
hershiser2 (1686) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is the first Samuel Smith brew that I've been disappointed with up until this point.
Appearance: golden amber, nice head. It has a nice color- and is a nice looking beer.
Smell: very liquory and dry smelling. Reminds me of the smell of a dry wine or something.
Taste: very dry and not really my thing. Reminds me a bit of Old Speckled Hen, which i didn't care for at all.
Nice mouthfeel, but still only JUST drinkable.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003-2004 bottling. Pours clear amber-copper, with an initially dense off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Nice floral hops aroma with caramel malt backbone. Really nice "chewable" flavor, with caramel malts battling with floral hops over sweet fruity background notes. Thin-bodied like most Samuel Smiths beers, but the rich flavor belies this fact. I prefer this to the majority of overspiced, one-dimensional American holiday offerings.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This reminded me of John Courage with maybe a little more hops at the end. Caramel and toffee dominated the flavor. I expected something different from something called "Winter Welcome" but I wasn't disappointed.