HuskerTan (657) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Slightly sweet, alcohol, dark fruits, toffee, raisins, bready, malty, woody, chlorine.
A- Amber color, hazy liquid, tan head.
T- Raisins, toffee, oaky, slightly sweet, alcohol, bready, fruits.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- I consider Sam Smith to be one of my favorite breweries. This one was pretty good but maybe the biggest letdown from them so far. The flavors weren’t as deep as I expected and at $12 for bottle it was certainly not worth the price as far as I am concerned. Let me say that it is far from being bad but not what I’ve come to love from Sam Smiths.
mike_77 (3588) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown colour. Aroma has raisins, caramel and a bit of wood. Carbonation is quite high. Flavour has lots of sweet dried fruits, including dates and raisins. Some woody dryness. A shame that it’s too gassy.
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear coppery-amber with a resilient white head. Aroma is barley sugar, red berries. Flavor is barley sugar, biscuit, red berries, caramel. Finish is very herbal, somewhat earthy, and woody as well. Medium to full body, velvety mouthfeel and weak to average carbonation.
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours unclear bright copper with a reviving light beige cap leaving nice lacing. nutty fruity caramel, toffee and berries - malt depth, earthy and citrusy hops, orange marmelade and lightly buttery apricots - never overwhelming - actually gives this english brew more character and authenticity; touch of maple syrup, soft and well rounded oaky notes, bit of dirt, clean english yeast. light carbonation, medium body - oily, assertive grassy-peppery-earthy-citrusy finish. nice staving action. chewy and quite nice.
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mr_Pink_152 (1418) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
550ml bottle from Melbourne Bros Stamford. Deep golden colour with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel and wood. The taste has warming sweetness almost brandy.
annunz123 (902) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wood, pipe tobacco, raisins, and molasses in the aroma. Sweet, bready flavor with caramel, raisins, and dark fruit. Some coffee/chocolate bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Tremendous.
SlimHabib (262) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Dark copper brown with a large creamy tan head. Raisin, toast, nuts, and dark fruits. Thick full body. Alcohol is well hidden, with a malt based taste and a strong dark fruit finish.
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer really marks the start of the Holiday Season. It has a perfect balance between aroma, taste palate and appearance. The first sip reminds you of a mix between a candy cane, a well aged merlot and a plum. The sweetness of the balance is unbelievable. The alcohol is also very well hidden. The palate takes like a perfect fruit cake. A damn near perfect brew.