Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 1642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Each year the label has a different picture.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, yeast, hops, seaweed finings, carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dorwart (2423) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Damn clear glass! When are the English going to learn. Slightly skunky aroma. Also floral (hops) and malty. Color is medium golden brown. Gret big head from the pour which settles nicely. Ok carbonation. Somewhat thin flavor of malt, iron and hops. Finish is creamy and slightly bitter with hops presence. An ok beer but not one that I would get again. Maybe slightly spoiled because of the clear glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Nice orange color with a long lasting creamy head. Slight caramel malt flavor as it warmed, but this was generally bland. Not impressed with this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Nice hoppy aroma and flavor. A little thin to me, not much maltiness. Golden amber in color. Not bad, but nothing special. Not my favorite from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (650) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2003
Hoppy aroma, light amber hue with a good head and substantial lacing, nicely balanced with hops and malts with a dryish finnish, good solid ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
02/03 Release: This is a pretty nice seasonal brew, but I have to admit that I had hoped for more from this one. In many cases, breweries seem to save their BEST beers for seasonal and celebratory batches, and I don't think that's the case with Sammy Smith. Good, but not great on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2003
A dark golden color with a yellowish bubbly head. Malty and caramel aroma. A slight whiskey alcohol smell and some nuts. Caramel flavors with a touch of nutty character as well as a strong alcohol whiskey flavor. Decent palate that is carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Hop aroma, other smells of peaches, whiskey, oranges? Very carbonated at first. Fruit, caramel, banana maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 '03/'04; hearty malt, tiny hops; verrry smooth and biscuity; incredibly festive packaging. For those who do not like anything but Yuengling or Heineken, get 'em to try one! 2002/2003 Vintage; November 27, 2002 tasting notes: Packaging, packaging, packaging; for $58 a case, not much to recommend it. Nice malts; near absent hops; very pleasant but not very exciting. A great enticer for the Yuengling drinker to try something more daring!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Decent beer. Pours nicely into a Bass pint glass. Nice copper color. Sweet with caramel flavors. Malty. Pretty smooth. I'd buy this one again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Feb, 2003Caramel toffee sweet whiskey malt. Pleasant. Not outstanding, just pleasantly enjoyable. Something I would have again. [2.9]
Oct, 2003 A sweeter, juicier, maltier Brown Ale. Not great. [2.7]
Dec, 2005. Aroma of stale pale malt and stale cooking chocolate. Brisk, but not aggressive carbonation. Strongish pale malt. Barley sugar flavours from the pasteurising process. Carbonated water finish. Some rust, some metal. Tastes like what it is - a cheap strong ale. It’s drinkable, and it’s not unpleasant. But it has many flaws and indications of bad brewing practise. [2.3]

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