progrock (21) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium, short-lived head. Slightly cardboardy smell. Slight vanilla and very little hop or malt character. Thin, dry cola-like finish.
stouby (4127) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home (031031).
Redbrown. Aroma and flavor light malty/sweet (fruity) and hoppy/bitter. Light body.
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep orange amber ale with a creamy white head. Crispy herbal malt aroma with caramel notes. Caramel malts with nutty notes, with a lighter body. A decent ale.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
intial concern was skunk....clear bottle and all, and how many units do they move? maybe or maybe not...sam smiths doesn’t usually skunk. this was average average. not enough hops and under malted, almost watered down?? yet it had a nice taste and was clean on the tongue.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Isabella’s in Dubuque, IA. Clear amber color with foamy tan head. Smells and tastes of caramel with a hint of floral hops. Also some dried fruit and brown sugar undertones. Slightly metallic aftertaste.
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 The aroma is like super sweet cola with toasted malt, caramel, and medicinal hops. The appearance is a deep red brown and the head is small but persistent. The flavor is complex with cherries, raisins, toasted bread, coffee, and brown sugar. This one is almost too sweet for me. The palate is just about right. Bitter aftertaste. This is a quality beer but there is just something about the taste that I am not crazy about. Still this is not a bad beer.
ChrisG (31) - Secunda, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fairly strong beer that has a chocolaty colour as well as aftertaste. Head stays a long time and looks real good. Not bad at all.
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NOt really my type. It was dark, and with an ale colour, like the New Castle one. BUt it was too hopy, unnacesary, perhaps. Almost no foam, and tiring too.
Nejhleader (1374) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
well i was expecting a bit more from this. even for a bitter the taste was rather plain. Can’t really describe this, except that it is excedingly plain.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours medium amber/brown with a big, thick off white creamy head. Head stays around for a while too, real pretty. Aroma slightly bitter, malty, with apples. Bitter smell, like a red delicious apple. First taste is light, apples, caramel, tasty malt, maybe hazelnut. Light bitterness on the back of the tongue, increases as flavor disappears. Feels a bit on the thin side, but the maltiness on the tongue makes it feel a bit creamy at the same time. Like 2 percent milk. Aftertaste leaves you a ghost of hops on the back of the throat and tongue, but disappears, finishing clean. All that being said, there is a little metallic hint in every part: aroma, flavor, finish. Not unpleasant, but noticeable. Still a pretty tasty beer.