HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Brown in color with high carbonation and a light beige head. Aroma is rather fruitty. The flavor is nutty, but there is a smokieness in the background that is hard to overcome to enjoy this beer. I’ve noticed this in many Sam Smith beers (are they skunked? I wonder.) MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Sep. 12, 2004: Lots of flavor - much more than the relatively tame Newcastle I’ve been used to. A rather heavy wine-like aftertaste that isn’t at all unpleasant. I’d like to try this brew again. Re-rate on Mar. 28, 2013: Bumped a tenth of a point - still wonderful after all these years. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Cream of hazelnut and toffee candy luring the nose in easily...The caramel allusions are lightened by a round, quaffable feel and a branch of cherries underneath...As close to dessert as a quenchable brown ale can get... Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 I’m not a brown ale fan, but the reddish-brown body, the thick tan head, and caramel & spice aroma seized my attention. The head remained as I drank and laced the glass nicely. A smooth blend of hops & malt made this go down easily. I would’ve liked more carbonation, but it was a decent drink, regardless.tony2times (23) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
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the beer was slightly hazy, probably from being over chilled, but it was still a nice brown color. I liked it, litle hops but the malt flavor wasn’t overpowering
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 5, 2004
This is one of the better nut brown ales I have had.Not as much nut flavor as some,but great malt profile,and enough hops to balance it out. Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
This beer had a very strong taste and was not good to me at all. Most people had disagreed with me. Little amount of hops was used. igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
This is a beer I keep coming back to. It is well balanced and is consistently very drinkable. It has a great texture that gets creamier as it warms, yet remains quite lively. In fact, it seems to change character dramatically with the temperature (more of a bite when it was cold than when it warmed). The color is a reddish brown. The head was a little disappointing and petered out about midway. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Dark brown color, with light getting through around the edges of the clear bottle, and a thick, sizzling tan head. Aroma is nutty, herbal, with a notes of caramel, butterscotch, and almonds, and the lush feel of the deep woods. On the palate: sweet and buttery, with a mellow and medium body. Small hop presence here, more a malt emphasis, and a great balance between. Sweet enough to please the folks, but with a solid enough body not to disappoint the serious ale lover. Quite unlike the ever-present, flimsy and bland Newcastle. Very pleasing, and rewarding.
n0kwa (34) - Talisheek, Louisiana, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Deep red with a moderate lasing tan head. Has a sweet, fruit/nit taste. Felt smooth during drinking.