Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 2005 (rated 2.4) : I got the same whiff of skunk Joe got; it surprised and disappointed me. It’s an amber brew (but I bet you could tell that by looking at it in its clear bottle-source of the skunkiness?) and pours with a smallish white head; nice lacing. Flavor is unremarkable; good hop/malt balance--but the skunk hovers above. 2004: (rated 2.8) Fizzy and a bit thin overall, but has nicely balanced hop & malt flavors, as well as pronounced alcohol. Despite its 6% ABV, feels light on the palate.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light, effervescent and without some of the overwhelming spices some brewers use on their winter specials. Far from one of Sam Smith's best, but enjoyable none the less.
Hangover (1107) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had a couple of these with my thanksgiving dinner. Not bad... one of the better winter beers that I've had so far. Very drinkable... but I worry about the clear bottle.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice color. Malty/bready aroma. Not bad but not much seems to distinguish from one yar to the next. Very average but I'll agree to it's merit as a session beer.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bright orange, grainy/malty aroma. thin head. First taste was sweet, malty, but a bit papery. We suspected it to be old, but the bottle proudly proclaimed 2003/2004. The malty, papery, grainy tatse was all that this beer had to offer.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 2004-2005. Clear amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, apricot and butterscotch Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pleasant flavor of caramel, bread, nuts, spice, and a hint of citrus. A good session beer, but not very memorable.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2003-04 Edition. Poured a nice copper color with a creamy off-white head that lasted well. I pulled this bottle from the very back of a lower shelf where it was protected from light, so it's free of skunkiness. Aroma is sweet maltiness, a little spice and mild hops. Flavor is about the same with a peppery finish. Medium body, creamy carbonation. Nice ale!
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
02-03 edition. skunky smell probably casue of its age. pretty mundane too me. Had a sweet malty character too it, with a little hoppy twang.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The first whiff after pulling the cap is pure skunk,i hope it gets better.Amber in color,small slightly off white head that had a little staying power.The aroma is malty and mildly hoppy with a very slight fruity side,maybe some caramel or toffee.Highly carbonated with a malty toffee taste,mild hops kind of sweet at first but later changes to a mild bitter sweet taste.The carbonation kind of gets in the way of the flavor but maybe it is helping cover up some of the skunk in the taste,who knows.The after taste is malty mildly sweet and mildly hoppy.Not a bad brew but could definately use a brown bottle to cure some of it's odors and taste woes.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initially, the aroma was especially skunky, but the beer turned out to be pretty good. I wouldn't call this a winter beer though, much different than other winter brews I've had.