mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hoppy skunky aroma.tawny appearance with medium head.Bitter hoppy, sweet malt liquor garbage flavor with a little caramel as it warms a bit.Grainy hop finish.Very dissapointing.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a tad betterthan a 3.0 but...I'm tired of clear glass(though this just came out of the case 2003)This tastes like there india ale and has some newcastle characteristics.If sam smith would stop putting that damn aluminum foil on their beers they could afford to sell 4 pks for 6.99 maybe?Otherwise a nice english ale but a winter welcome I think not.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a nice copper color with a real good off white head and some lace. The aroma is of biscuit malt and floral hop. The flavor starts out malty and goes through to hoppy and finishes with some warmth. The palate is nice. Overall, nothing real special, but the bottle looks nice.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color with medium large white head.Sweet malty aroma with a decent malt taste.Some fruit notes are noticed and the malt gives way to a hoppy warm feel. Alcohol shows up near the end. Finishes rather strong with some bitterness.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3-D skunkorama aroma on haystack screen...Saliva-inducing maple syrup and cranberry dryness convey a great potential for complexity...Coast to coast hop astringency in the back of the palate, the skunk is starting to claim this territory also...I think this must be rated even though it is not on its best behavior since it is "clearly" the brewer's fault...
Perceptron (32) - USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
One should not rate this beer if you cannot get it from a sealed case and that's a shame. I got some 2003 last night as a sample from a distributor and when fresh this is a great welcome to the holiday season. Spot on deep color with shifting deep golden and orange hilights. Fine bead rising toward a white crown. The taste begins with malt and some slight fruitiness. About halfway through the big bottle a warming sensation appears in the middle between the beginng malt and the ending 'dusty' hop flavor. Delicious.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Skunky bottle. Taste is a little offensive. I can taste quality stuff in there. I'm sure it would taste great from tap.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-copper beer with fruit and flower aroma and a hint of caramel. A malty brew that is quite tart, with moderate honey sweetness and flavor, and a medium body. Includes an unexpected note of spearmint. Billed as a winter brew, but I can't really understand why. Slightly fortified but still more fruity and refreshing than rich and warming. Distinct and interesting anyway.
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2002-2003 bottled). Orange-amber, brilliantly clear. Toasty caramel aroma with faint peach? Nice balanced beer has sweet malt leadoff, ripe peachy esters with clean perfect bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriate moderate carbonation. Clean finish with gentle alcohol warming. Nice.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sam Smith makes great beer that is very flavorful.I hate their glass bottles though which skunked the aroma a bit. However the taste was not affected and this was a "warming" beer great for the increesingly cold weather. Very smokey and rich perhaps a very small hint of chocalate?