Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ehh, for this being my first taste of a sam smith beer, im not impressed at all. maybe a dark bottle would have helped this one because i think mine was skunked-maybe i will have to try other sam smith products....
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Unfortunately every bottle of this I have had has suffered from the clear bottle. I have never had a good one
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This red/brown colored brew with it slims foam, smells very peculiar. Smelling of hops, malts, and grains a weird mix for the style of beer it is. It taste very bland, with no real distinct taste, very alcoholy tasting, not a beer I liked very much at all.
onmywaytoaa99 (3) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2002 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head and a malty aroma. The color was what I would call a very light amber. The beer had a nice malty flavor, followed by a little hops, then you could get a slight hint of the spices with no aftertaste. A pretty good beer, but not one of my favorite by Sam Smith’s.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a slight disappointment, copper-honeyish color, good floral and spice aroma, malty with some subtle spiciness, but nothing special, not one of Sam smith’s better efforts
jazz88 (2550) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. I did not like this beer when I first had five or six years ago and still don’t like it. Something just does not sit well with this beer. Floral notes with a little skunk. Malty body.
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 (4493) - 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.