redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oaky, vanilla, malty, light fruits on the nose. Pours pale amber with a thin white head. Malty, fruity, oak and vanilla, with a slight tartness, finishes very dry. Not very exciting.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source:500 mL bottle from Midtown.
Glass:Guinness pint glass.
Appearance:Ruby red pour with a two finger tan head.
Aroma:Sweet bread, caramel raisin and candied fruits.
Flavor:Heavy candied fruit and caramel with hints of vanilla and raisins. Oak is muted, but present.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:This is Sam Smithís best beer. Loved it, and want to get more.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as partial payment for babysitting the step-son of one of my best friends. Pours out a nice ruby-brown with a decent tan head and some nice highlights and lacing. Aroma is oak, raisins, some breadiness and a wee dram of bourbon. Flavor is oaked bread with dark fruit and that same very mild astringency that I find in every Sammy Smith beer but that never deters me from enjoying them. (Except in India Ale) Another solid winner from the brewer, though not nearly worth the price point.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brownish pour. Sweet, bready aromas with some golden raisins and woody notes. Flavor is smooth and malty. Best Sam Smiths I think I have ever had.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by Jason at Tylers Bottle Shop. Big, woody and sweet aromas with some dark fruit and a little booze. Flavor is sweet, oak, and malty. Pretty much whatever, not really worth sinking out except for a tick.
That1Guy (1867) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hell, this bitch is delicious. Lots and lots of malty sweetness with hints of bourbon on the nose. Flavor is also pretty sweet with some bourbon notes showing through, but a mellow and hoppy finish balances it incredibly well. No idea what this is or why I like it so much, but itís badass.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Samís, Durham. Cloudy and somewhat still mahogany pour. Sharp and somewhat boozy aroma, settling into a thick blend of wood, port, and sweet caramel scents. Body is a bit thin, I suppose, but itís certainly not too far off the mark for the style. Thereís a nice malt presence to tie everything together, a sweet and chewy core, but the oak and dessert wine really do dominate. Itís quite pleasant, and I think Douglas is right that it compares favorably to an older Fullers. Nice, but Iím not sure Iíd spring for it again at this price.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear amber/orange pour, plenty of carbonation with a caramel, sweet cherry and whiskey aroma. Flavor is definite oak, vanilla, dark berries and a plenty of malt. Finish is dry and also woody with a little noticable alcohol, (although well balanced). Good, but I probably wonít but it again.
douglas88 (5554) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from the Boise Co-op drank with friends at Jordanís pad, costly at 11 bucks but nice. Anyway, pours a clear copper color with a large white head. The aroma is sweet; sherry and oak, lots of malts and caramel. The flavor is nice; a sweet sherry an caramel mix, strong malty backbone, oak flavors. Slightly sour from the aging process. Like a Fullers Vintage Ale. Very good. Distinctly English.
JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange/brown pour, creamy off-white head. Caramel malt, oak, sweet bread, some hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Good beer, nothing to write home about though.