Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is amber and clear with a thin and small off white head...smell is toasty and sweet with some booze and strong oak notes...taste is sweet with prunes and raisins up front with strong woody flavors too...twinge of bitterness and moderate heat from booze...well done and enjoyable.
Mr_Pink_152 (939) - 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 (873) - 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 (198) - 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 (608) - 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.
Tstamba (353) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle to a snifter. Hazy copper with off white head and lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, dark fruit, spice and toffee with a bit of funk. Complex flavors feature tart acidity, fruit and spice... Bittersweet warm finish... Very nice.
RobBestwick (595) - 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 (100) - 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 (925) - 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 (6019) - 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 (338) - 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.