rockydog (11) - martinsbug, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a Top ten beer ever for me. Excellent flavors. Reminds me of some sort of candy. Very nutty. Now I wish I had some blah.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Beer pours (in Hoegaarden glass) a medium dark orange-red with off-white head that lingers. Aroma is of pine needles, and skunk spray, vegetal. Flavor is of straw with hint of pine needles. Nothing great to like or enjoy about this one. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy with fruit undertones. Hard to find fresh here in Mi. Good hop flavor and nice Belgian lace.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful golden almost pink hue with beautiful lacing--not to mention 40 oz bottle!!! Taste crisp and wine like, dry yet sweet with a apricot peachiness; delicious complement to vegetarian meal, would prefer a little more meat and a little less flower.
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze appearance and a medium sized head that left good lacing. Fruity aroma. Predominately smooth malt taste with enough hops to blend in well. Tasted a bit of cherry in the flowery, fruity finish.
ClarkVV (4219) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle. 02-03.
Fresh saaz hops aroma with some barley malt aroma as well. Small head. Wonderful reddish-brown color. Initial taste is full of saaz hops with some sharp notes followed by some even, full malt notes. Ends with a warm, pleasing round flavor almost like a light honey chocolate bar. The body carries through and there is some syrup taste that is not unpleasant in the aftertaste. True to the style, i would never guess it was 6 ABV, as its round medium-full body with earthy, hoppy and barley notes suggest little harshness. A little too carbonated, but I have come to expect this from bottled Samuel Smith products and let the beer sit longer. While writing this I have a slight honey taste in my mouth that is peculiar as an aftertaste for this style, but enjoyable nonetheless. Could be a bit more complex, but that is more just being constructive, this is certainly a well made beer.
Jayb0 (1093) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 creamy dense head gives off a nice aroma of malt, nuttiness and florals. Big, mouth feeling, dense maltiness. Lingering and shifting flavors, light and dark fruits, caramel, hop spice. Delicious.
NEW 03/04 : Perhaps affected by its clear bottle but a slightly skunky aroma on this year. I found the flavors a bit muted compared with my earlier experiences. Still, a pleasant beer that looks beautiful in the glass.. Downgrading aroma/flavor/overall from 6/7/16 to 4/6/14
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
has a beautiful slightly tan, thick head. aroma is a little skunky, but isn't noticeable in the actual taste. a good, traditional beer.
jsquire (3743) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002-2003 Pretty light orange color with a nice fluffy head. Fruity malt flavors with apple and apriocot notes. Well balanced hop finish. Very tastey beer.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorites. Looks wonderful, tastes even better, warms the belly , and gives you that warm feeling in your cheeks. If you've never tried this beer you are depriving yourself.