RobBestwick (613) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate and raisin aroma. Pours with a cloudy deep copper colour with a thick pale yellow head. Chocolate and rich fruit flavours. The texture is very rich and luxurious. Brown sugar and bitter notes in the finish. Fantastic.
aumentm (119) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great brewery. Not my favorite of all the beers they brew. Aged in oak ale casks matured for over a year.
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle served in a snifter chalice.
Brewed in 2012. Best before 2015. 8% ABV marked in the bottle.
A: Pours a clear dark amber color forming a big, solid, thin bubbled beige head. Good retention and some few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top
S: Sweet, malty and fruity. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts and oak. Strong notes of grapes and dry dark fruits too. Remarkable bubblegum in the nose. Strong British character. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the very end
T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, candy sugar, caramel malts, oak, brown sugar, grapes, raisins, brown bread and tutti-fruit bubblegum. In overall, a slightly sweet taste
M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet malts and wood in the aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Another British masterpiece from Samuel Smith
[ BA Review @ 10/24/2013 ]
slowrunner77 (6163) - 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 (359) - 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 (1626) - 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 (38) - 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 (3899) - 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 (589) - - 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 (852) - South Side of 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.