badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed in 2008; Tasted September 25, 2009. Never imagined I would see this style sitting on a shelf in Minneapolis. Murky orange color with a medium head that quickly vanishes. Big aroma of nuts, fruits (pear in particular) and a little bit of the musty cellar character common in Normandy ciders. The flavors start with a dry breadiness, raisins and yeast levels like a Belgian ale. Thick and chewy malt, yet very carbonated. A faint hint of the oak is there after it warms a bit, along with biscut and some spice. After getting close to room temp, I could have sworn I could taste stone, like the smell of granite or limestone just smashed apart. Really surprising brew that I wish was more easily (and cheaply) available.
bhensonb (11908) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours clear copper with a tan, fluffy 3- finger head. Rich aromas of darkish fruit and roasted malt. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is a bit malty, a bit treacle, a bit fruity, and rather balanced - though I’m not sure whether the bitter is from hop or oak. I think I get oak.
zach8270 (3711) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml - 2008 vintage) Dark copper color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and malty with a nice roasted note along with lots of dark fruits and sweet malts. Flavor is incredibly sweet and complex. Begins with a smooth and sweet malt mixing with lots of dark fruits. As it warms, I can definitely taste the raisins and the treacle. Finishes sweet and lightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden.
decaturstevo (5340) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour with a tan head and lace. Aroma of light brown sugar dominates. BB, vanilla, sweet malt with a bit of an off funk. Thick cloying sweet with very light carbonation.
redlight (2317) - 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 Smith’s 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 (10035) - 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 (4004) - Durham, 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 (2005) - Greeley, Colorado, 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 it’s badass.