Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice amber colour from the bottle with a small head,quite fruity and too sweet,an ok seasonal ale.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
muffled sour smell. bitter skunky bite to the flavor. Not very impressive but the color kind of reminds me of puke and bananas.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003: Deep amber w/a lasting off white head. Spicy and herbal hop aroma at first, then sort of becomes grassy; malty aromas come through as it warms becoming bready; light hints of alcohol and a slight banana ester. Malty and very well balanced; hop flavor is secondary and goes into the finish and aftertaste. Has a caramel malt flavor and a restrained fruitiness. Aftertaste seems to be a little toasted malt. Medium bodied w/ low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Seems more like a more dry hopped pale ale than anything else. Malt character could be more complex and alcohol could be bumped a bit more for a warmer. Complexity does increase as it warms, but it's still lacking a little, but a very solid, drinkable beer anyway.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003-2004 bottle. Not a bad beer. Nice english strong malt flavor with a hint of spiciness.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003-2004 Vintage: Clear sparkling amber. The off-white head is large and creamy, quite a nice looking beer. Smells like a Samuel Smith's brew (this house aroma shows up in all of their beers that I have tried). Mostly caramel, sweet malt with some hops way in the back. Flavor is sweet and a bit alcoholic. There is an astringency (very slight) in the aftertaste that I am not a big fan of. The finish is very dry and ends quickly with a musty/earthy flavor. The body is medium. The clear bottle can not help the life of this beer. I have had bad bottles in the past so beware.
raymow (1290) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent balance of sweetness and hops. Great color, nice aroma. I'm not surprised, since Sammy Smith's makes some truly excellent beers.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very easy to drink. Good caramel flavor and smell. It went down easy. Medium body
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003-2004. I like the minimal carbonation and general look of this amber ale but I find the flavour to be lighter than hoped for. Basic hoppiness and slight bitter aftertaste are nice but seems like a fairly standard decent ale.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent brew with little head that fizzled out quickly. Color was a deep amber and the taste reminded me of Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, however, with less hops. There was a slight skunkiness to this bottle, which is expected because of the CLEAR BOTTLE...why do they do that???
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 2003-2004 vintage. Small white head. Little carbonation. Nice spicy aroma with a little malt and slight skunk. The flavor is subtle and has a little caramel and some bitterness. Nice smooth finish.