papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002-2003: Beautiful cooper color with a fading frothy white head. Sweet carmel malt flavor with a touch of spice and nicely balanced with a mild hop bitterness. A real nice winter ale.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Release 2004 - 2005
The beer escapes the 550ml clear bottle a splendiferous brown with a modest frothy light tan head that erodes quickly leaving a thin but concealing sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a hint of sour apples, and the start sweet malt with the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is benign in its carbonation, the hops adequate in their spiciness, a drinkable beer, but one I find lacking personally, give me a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout any day over this beer and I must admit I prefer SSOS over 90 percent of the beers I sampled over the last 50 years.
The pour a clear deep amber or copper if you like, the head is quite pronounced, beige in color, the lace in thick sheets. Nose is malt, caramel, a bit spicy. Front is malt, the top is light, the finish is very dry, lightly carbonated, mildly hopped, and a decent beer, but as with last years a drinkable brew, but not SSís best by far.
A take it or leave it beer with most. Had some good, had some bad. Malts and hops are evident, a good beer, but not my favorite
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a much better change from the typical spicy holiday beers. Very warming and enjoyable.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is among my favorites for cold weather. Itís great anytime of year, to tell the truth. Nice malty flavor with good fruity aroma. Clear honey-like color with a nice thin foam. Good sweet cloying aftertaste.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks, smells, and tastes like Bass Ale. Hides the 6% ABV well.
Davhgbrew (750) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is #400! Real nice aroma, the appearance is dark orange with an off white frothy head. Not the typical consistency of a winter brew, and honestly I canít figure out why this would make a good brew in the winter. The flavor has a nice amount of hops in it and it really tastes more like a brew to have in the summer. Whatever the time to drink it, itís good!
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001-2002: Floral cookie, bready aroma. Golden honey hue. Maltiness first, medium bodied, nice hopped finish. Well balanced beer, nice and warming. i enjoy it, but not the best from sam smith.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very interesting beer. Decently balanced with an anoying maltiness and pleasant hoppiness, nothing really hooked me though....kind of complex but plain when all is said and done.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this. Dark, rich smell which manifests itself as a chocolate maltiness in the flavor. Interestingly contrasting moderately strong flavor with the somewhat thin mouthfeel. Bonus points for not being catty despite the clear bottle and the fact that it was bought in Texas in August...where you canít even be sure if it was brewed last winter or two winters ago.