bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle to a pint glass:
ive had this one every year since about 94. dont think they change the recipe but they do change the picture on the front, the best one was of shakepeare (99?) not what you typically think of when you think of a winter beer. pretty suttle not high in alcohol either. however, a nicely balanced beer. i prefer other sam smiths beer to this one, they are all excellent.
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 (1344) - 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???