Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2004
If you’re looking for a better Newcastle here your wish is a pipe-dream. Save your money and get a Newcastle. Nice deep brown color with little head. Smells and tastes kind of like a wood cask. Just kinda gross. I don’t know what people like about these samuel smith craps caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Dark brown with a medium off-white head. Balanced aroma and flavor, with some nice malt characteristics. Noticeable yeast in the aroma. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
Cola brown slighty foamy head. Nice hops and strong on bitter malts. Cola mouthfeel while still remaining smooth with no aftertaste. Decent apost8n8 (123) - USA - NOV 8, 2004
Dark brown clear body with thick creamy tan head. Laced the glass nicely. The aroma was strong with hints of nut and hops. medium body with malty finish pootzboy (1737) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
1/2 liter clear bottle. poured a reddish chestnut brown with a rocky 2 finger cap that laces well. moderate carbonation. Hints of caramel and nuts in the aroma. Nice mix of malts sweet caramel, some roasted tones...hops tamed back (as should be) in this brown...finishes mild ...nothing unique here...this is the second Sam Smith’s ale that disappointed in expectation....maybe a standard for the style but there are better domestic browns with better character..no need to go back here at the import price.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
BOttle- Pours a dark brown body with some red accents. Head is small, foamy and white. Aroma is nutty, malty, and perhaps meaty. Taste is dry, nutty, and slight alcohol. Caramel accents are present as well. Smooth, dry finish, with nice lingering aftertaste of nuts and molasses. Very nice. JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Bottle: Pours a dark brown body with thin minimal white head. Aromas of malt and nuts. Can also smell the alcohol. Tastes of malt, and nuts. also slight coffe flavour. Very dry, and leave sslgith bitter coffee aftertaste. Decent! roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours a light clear brown with a big froathy tan head. Hazelnut aroma is definitely there with some sweet malty notes. Taste is light and smooth, kinda carmely with a smooth sweet finish. Overall, very very good. Gotta love Sammy Smith! biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Clear reddish brown with a wispy white head. Aroma of hazelnut and caramel. Flavor that matches the aroma with some tartness perhaps some vanilla and woody tones. Good mouth feel and body. Little in the way of hops. Smooth finish with nothing to complain about. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Deep Red. Moderately aromatic, fruity and fresh, with a strong fragrance of hazelnut along with a hint of caramel and fruit. Taste begins with a note of browned red apple. Immediate mid-palate flavors of caramel take place followed by a long and satisfying finish with notes of hazelnut and vanilla. A wonderful tasting brew and a pinnacle for its style.