TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty much the same to me every year and I’ve had it since the early ’90’s. Nothing overwhelming. Decent head. Brown in color but not as dark as the Nut Brown Ale. Standard English ale aroma to it. Some bitterness and nuttiness to it. Definite malt but not overloaded. Not sensing the floral-ness mentioned. Definitely worth drinking. The label changes every year for you enthusiasts out there.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright clear orange-amber color topped with a very thick creamy head with good lace. Slightly sweet yet lemony sour aroma with a slight hoppiness. Malty flavor with a good hop balance and a slight sweet smokiness. The finish is dry and hoppy. medium bodied and dry.
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden brown colour, skunky german smell. Fairly smooth and mild ale. No extra seasonal characteristics though!
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Over-rated. Crappy winter warmer.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells kinda cardboardy and a little cidery? Pretty light brown color. Decent head that lasts.Grainy,slightly oxydized flavors.Thin body. Leaves a funny,grainy aftertaste.Seems to me this used to be a better beer several years back.Maybe not?
Rib Eye (147) - USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samuel Smith"s does it right again. While not as yummy as the Taddy Porter, this is a fine beer anytime of year. Malty, smooth and quaffable.
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 (05-06 vintage, 550ml bottle, rated 1/28/06) Clear amber body topped by a pillowy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy, some caramel, light nut, wood. Taste is medium sweet, peach, some earthy, caramel, light leaves. Smooth, watery light-medium body that is not especially inviting, but is very drinkable. (6/4/7/3/13)
(02-03, rated 1/5/03) Beautiful clear amber body topped by a long-lasting rocky tan head. Aroma is quite inviting: caramel malty, slightly fruity (peach?), sweet, and floral hoppy. Taste is very malty -- caramel, toasty, and moderately sweet. Bitterness is limited to the aftertaste, and there it’s earthy and quite mild. (8/5/7/4/15)
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice floral malty arome, beautiful reddish amber crystal coloring. Very smooth drinkable malty taste with a hop bite at the end. Very good but I wish Sam Smith would stop using clear bottles.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a lovely ale when the bottle isnt skunked, nice crisp taste, very creamy and just plain good!
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whohoo! an uskunky bottle! Finally I get to taste what they intended. Lightly sweet toffee like aroma, without a trace of skunk. I am immediately taken by the interplay between chalky water flavors, the caramelly malt, and the british hops. Quite nice.