jaymobrown (1605) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2001-2002: Orange color with some reddish tints. Small-ish head. Malt nose with some burnt sugar. There’s a maple syrup-type taste. A hoppy honey taste.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good strong ale. Perfect for the winter months.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 Update 2002-2003 bottle sampled 11/4/02: Pure amber color with large off-white head that dissipates only a little too quickly. Aroma of orange and light fruit, plus herbal and grassy hops. Full warming malty palate with caramel and fruit up front and an earthy herbal bitter finish. <P>Previous Rating: Warming. Rich and malty without
an overbearing sweetness or alcoholic
taste. A gamble though - I've had some
that weren't fresh or were borderline skunky.
But when its good, its damn good.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i can’t imagine ever "welcoming winter" -this time of year especially - but i appreciate the thought. butterscotch pour with an ivory mantle of rich foam. i believe it is ratebeer protocol to mention ’skunk’ in every rating of a clear-bottled product, so here’s mine: no skunk. aroma potent with gorgeous spiked apricots and polished old wood, oozing caramel and a peppery spiciness. sweetness to bitterness turns with the gentle grace of a flatland river bend. though it could be stronger still, it’s like a bass dubbel. very tasty, very english, rather overpriced.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
I love this beer as simple as it may be. Or perhaps that is why. Have to agree that it is rediculous being in a clear bottle. Looks pretty. Marketing. Years ago I worked at a store with a great beer buyer that always put the bottles of Sam in paper bags for protection. I only buy these when I can grab them straight out of the box!
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2002
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 Had to give the aroma a "1" because the clear bottle created the skunk aroma. I put off drinking this beer for years because of the clear bottle. When I purchased this bottle it was new stock from the back of the shelf, but the skunk aroma was still there. There was a little teeny, tiny head and no lacing. The good news was that the skunk aroma did not impart itself in the taste, which I found odd. The flavor was malty, sweet and overall it was very good. Didn't have a lot of hop flavor to me, but maybe the light shining in the bottle converted my hops to that lovely skunk aroma. Even though the beer tasted fine, I will never drink it again from a clear bottle.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium brown color, small foamy head. Aroma is slightly malty. A lighter bodied ale. Mild malts and hops. Slight toffee and malt flavors, slightly spicy. Well balanced and very drinkable, but there is not much to this beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. At $4 a bottle, I guess I expected more from this beer. Think I need to think twice before buying another beer in a clear or green bottle. Most of them have been bad or at least disappointing.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(2002/2003 Version) Light nose with mild tones of fruit, spice, and butterscotch. I protected this beer from light to prevent skunking, but there was nothing that I could do to prevent the ill flavors caused by pasteurization. The palate was cooked and malty. The finish was sweet with flavors of brown sugar and butterscotch. Overall a bit sour/winey.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 2004/05 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly malty (toasted light bread), with light notes of diacetyl and peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Seemingly less aromatic and flavorful than in previous years. Eh.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001/2002 bottle. Very beautiful and unique orange color. The aroma was sweet and citrusy, and the taste was sweet, malty, and citrusy. I really do like Samuel Smith’s beers. My body feels very warm after drinking this beer. The alcohol content is not that high. Is there something else in this beer to make me sweat?
2002/2003 bottle. Even more orange than last year! This time I detected some grassy, peppery tones. Still very malty and sweet with just a bit of hops in the finish. Nice.