Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, fruit, raisin, and toffee. It pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate raisin, light fruit, faint vanilla, and a touch of oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
kerenmk (2373) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 8%. Clear dark brownish gold with white film,. Alcoholic, apple aroma, with a sweet, cherry thingy in it. Bitter, alcoholic taste, medium body, slightly carbonated.
Hanoi (394) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is caramel, lactose, candy sugar undercut by slight oak sourness and green apple, very faint smoke.
Taste, is cream, caramel, treacle toffee, sticky dark fruits, a touch of smoke. The finish is oak with a little vanilla but with a strange watery note as well. It’s smooth but a little thin on the palette.
It’s a really nice beer, which tastes good and shows the barrel nicely, but there is something not quite right, the taste does not bloom.
KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml Bottle. The pour was a murky chestnut brown with some red highlights and a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that diminished rather quickly, leaving behind basically nothing in the way of head or lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet yeast with hints of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums & cherries), a mild odor of oak cask and a light alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty sweet with a touch of caramel and toffee from the get go, progressing with a moderate fruitiness, a hint of oak and a light alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a nice candi sweet taste left lying on the palate for just a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a dry yet syrupy texture and a very soft carbonation.
Overall this was a very tasty and delectable brew. It possessed a very nice balance, which obviously helped in hiding the high ABV that this beer possesses. On top of that it was the first brew I have had from Samuel Smith’s that was over 5% ABV... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
vlan1 (194) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy caramel color with a big fluffy off white head. Malty and mild oak aroma. Malt forward flavor profile with little if any hop presence. Faint hints of dark fruit and oak. Silky almost creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is nowhwere to be found in the taste. Very smooth.
AKORN (140) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unique aroma of grapes, sweetness, fruitiness and wine. Nice pour with good head. First few sips are a little strong then it mellows some. I taste the oak and toffee flavors, a little sweet and bitter with a heavy ale alcohol twinge mixed in there. Nice beer, glad I tried it, but nothing special.
Grzesiek79 (3206) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Brew. Swietne i chyba jedno z lepszych piw z tego browaru. Butelka 550ml, kolor czerwono rubinowy, krwisty, piana mocna trwala i kremowa, bezowa. W smaku slodkie wino deserowe, macerowane sliwki i wisnie, biszkopty i karmel. Swietne zestawienie smakow wyrazne sa one i niebywale tresciwe. Zapach bzu i innych lakowych kwiatow, nawet jakby lawenda. Niesamowite zapachy wyczuwale, Klasyka klasyczne go i starego tradycyjnego browaru. Tylko polecac i sie delektowac. Czworka ze sporym plusem odemnie za to piwo.
allmyvinyl (3350) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
550ml bottle at home. Pours clear amber to copper, thin white head. Aromas of caramel, oak, raisins and a light booze note. Taste had more of the same, full-bodied and rich with it. Good stuff.
Gerbeer (1780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
550 ml bottle. Pours a clear darkish mahogany with full head. Aromas of toffee, toasted malts, light oak, and alcohol. Boozy, bread like flavor with hints of spice and copper.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Poured cloudy, with an amber color and tan, lacing head. Caramel, honey, oak, hints of dark fruits in the somewhat lacking aroma. Good ale, but not much else.