slowrunner77 (6022) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"this one came with some hype. i’d never heard of it and likely wouldn’t have bought one for a long while, especialy at $11, but a friend noticed this beer appearing on many best of 2010 lists including DRAFT mag, so... smells fruity, malty, oaky...a little alcohol, fruity almost like a belgian. ruddy dark ale. you can taste the abv, which i’m accustomed to not noticing at 8%, but the warming afterglow is quite nice. overall, very tasty - raisins, wood, toffee, no real hop presence. lastinf sweet aftertaste. a little oversweet, which prevents it from being elite, but it is quite good, and with one whiff, you can tell it’s a sam smith beer."
OwainTurner (338) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense beer. Lovely indeed. Very fruity. Sweet and slight alcohol. Nice beer. Very rich inddeeed.
AdiBeer (1411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: prunes, caramel, light honey, light alcohol. Appearance: clear, dark brown, massive, frothy beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: light sweets continue, caramel, bread, cereals, turning to medium bitters, alcohol, average-long duration, quite bitter in the finish, medium to heavy body. Overall: excellent English Strong Ale, fantastic aroma and palate. Bottle at The Windsor Castle, Pimlico.
Swamp_Thing (36) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Strong/Scotch Ale. Subtle woody after notes come through after the finish. Caramel and nut aroma. Tastes a little too sweet to handle the alcohol forward bite. Good candidate for the cellar.
nearbeer (3812) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550 ml. 8.0% abv version, 2013 vintage. Pours a mostly clear copper-brown with a lasting thin film on top. Aroma is red wine, oak, prune and hints of earthy citrus. Taste is red wine, raisin bread, oak and a touch of sourish citrus. Medium body has low carbonation and a nice balance. Tasty, but a bit vinous for 8%.
MissPxx (461) - - AUG 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Giving this extra points just for the sheer alcohol content. Like a punch in a glass, with a massive cushion. A bit like dynamite. Gorgeous red colour. Hazy with a thick head. Quite bitter with a heavy hoppy taste.
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ryecatcher (812) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550mL bottle. Pours a hazy, iced tea color with an insanely billowing beige head and I seriously have let this pint sit for over five minutes and the head hasn’t receded so much as a millimeter. Nose is hard to get because of said foam... there’s some malt, hint of toffee, raisins and brown sugar, some diacetyl butterscotchiness (but it’s Sam Smith, so that’s kind of supposed to be there). Mouth is medium bodied, bittersweet with dried fruit, caramel, hints of vanilla and wood. Medium bitter throughout and on the fadeaway. Solid ale from one of Blighty’s stalwart brewers. Cheerio.
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red/brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, oak, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar. Very flavorful and complex. As it warms up it really opens up too. The best Samuel Smith beer I have had to date by far. Awesome brew.
Beergeek23322 (2437) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/10/2010. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Dried fruit aromas with hints of oak. Caramel, dark fruit and malty flavors with a slightly sweet finish. Awesomeness in a bottle.
Bulk_Carrier (2225) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light sticky lacing.
The smell had some dark roasty malts with a nice dark coffee and a light dark fruitiness running all over.
The taste was combined through the previously mentioned flavors.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it.
Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good English Strong Ale but is it over hyped? There’s other beers by SS that I’d take over this.