DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 IT"S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, buy it hot and cool it a little!!! underrated this is a great golden ale, best of the Samuel Smith clan. Unpasteurized ships in the late Fall, grab the new stuff first of November stateside (2002-2003) means it was made for Winter of 2002.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking beer, not all that special. It had that same old hop flavor all the other sammy smiths have.
CapFlu (4239) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great, full almond coloured head. Full aroma. Beautiful amber brew that is definitely a treat of english hops and malt flavours but not the greatest for the coming winter season.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002-2003 bottling. I always look forward to this beer. Very much my style. Beautiful amber/brown color, with that pleasant and familiar british aroma. Smells sort of like an english brown ale. No head, besides a ring around the edge of the glass. Malty, with a strong kick of english hops (possibly Kent and Goldings). Superbly balanced, with good complexity. Tastes of caramel, honey, dandelion, earth, and brown sugar. I guess a lot of americans are used to beers topping 8% or more, but you have to remember that this comes from a country that usually averages around 3-4%. I think it’s very good, and gives me a warm, snuggly feeling in my belly.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002/03. Light copper color with white head. Smells of hops and slightly roasted barley, with some spiciness too. Has a nice spicy taste with a good kick of malt and English hops, but isn’t all that complex. Not a bad brew, but not really a "warmer" at 6% either.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange/rust in color with a foamy off-white head. Somewhat piney and sweet aroma. Nicely balanced beer that seems almost like a winter spiced version of their IPA.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in dimple mug. Floral, spicy scent. Slight head, small but stable. Nice deep gold/brown colour. Tangy, light, fruity taste. Nice ale - could be stronger with same balance.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002-03 release. Attractive copper color, balanced malty flavors with some bitterness in the finish. Some interesting flavors. Hid its strength well. Not a beer about which there is much to say--I drank it after a Trois Pistole with Thanksgiving dinner, and then prompty fell asleep on the sofa, so I don’t have a lot to say now.... Overall rather enjoyable, especially in the holiday spirit.
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, solid head, good colour. Aroma is very strong metallic hops. Taste is similar but with lots of roasty malt. Good but not what I would expect from these guys.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2002-2003) Clear copper/amber. Decent head and lace. Floral and malty nose, very ’english’. Almost medium bodied, floral hops are all over the place, some creamy sweet malt riding in the back, hoppy finish. Definitley kicked this up a notch from last year or so it seems. raising it a few points.
Clear, beautiful light copper colored. Thin head and lace. Not real assertive in the nose. Some floral notes.. maybe. Smooth and creamy beer with subdued malts and hops. The usual sammy smith dry finish. Not a bad beer, pretty tasty actually , just not too interesting or complex. Not warming in the least.