Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RE-RATE: 7/25/02 - Merry Christmas in July!!!! Got the big bottles for $1.50 and guess what - they ainít skunked! woooo-hooo! Just a yummy ale.
A classic! this one is so good that my daughter has left a bottle out for Santa Claus the past couple of years. Santaís very happy!
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty malty but it has a strong hopy character.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first, I wasnít very pleased with this beer... it smelled like a cross between malt liquor and Miller. The flavor though was an old frind in Samuel Smith. It was quite light, sweet, and malty. It gave me the warm belly and feeling that Samuel Smithís beers normally does... and has that unmistakable Samuel Smiths falvor similar to a light bacon. Must be something in the roasting, but it is pleasant indeed.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Deep amber-copper color, big frothy, clingy off-white tan colored head, leaves thick sheets of lace in my glass. Light caremel malty and flowery aroma. Sweet caremel malty flavor, some hops come through in the finish, decent medium body, a bit watery mouthfeel, not the best Samuel Smith, but not bad.
Aggie80 (776) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, golden color. Small head, but a nice bit of lace. I found it very refreshing and the flavor is pretty good. Iíd take this any time!
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks. Very malty in flavor. I like a good malty beer... especially in the Winter.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I look forward to the Sam Smith Winter Welcome every year. Itís light, creamy character is untouched by any other brewery. The gentle caramel malt flavor is perfectly balanced. Not too bitter, not too sweet - but with lots of room for hop flavor.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium copper color, pleasant aroma, a slight touch of bitterness and sharpness, well-rounded flavor.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well - not much to say here. I had the same slightly skunked bottle Dogbrick had - so I feel like I should give it another try sometime.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like the Pale Ale I had the day before, this bottle was slightly skunked. They really need to leave the clear bottles to their Stouts. Skunking aside, this had a decent spiced aroma. The flavor was kind of lacking though and I was not really all that interested in finishing the bottle, which is never a good sign.