leaparsons (10504) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2004
Amber bronze with a large fluffy head. Aromas are caramel, toffee and spice - if a bit a bit light struck and skunky (damned clear bottles). Flavours are better - nutty and sweet with some sourness. The finish is burnt toffee and coffee with some fruitiness. Not bad, even if let down by its aroma. JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Dark amber brown, with a nice off-white, medium head. Roast coffee, chocolate, sweet malty aroma. Sweet malts dominate the taste but there is also nuts and a bitter finish. Nice long aftertaste. Nice full body and smooth with average carbonation.
Excellent. walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2004
poured a amber to mahogany color with a light tan head. aroma skunky like the molsons I use to drink back in the early 70’s, malts , choc. a little nutty as the head went away so did the skunky aroma than I poured more into my glass the skunk came back than the head went away no skunk so don’t put this to the nose till the head is gone. flavor dark choc. molasses, coffee. mouthfeel was full and rounded another good one from ss, will buy again turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Dark brown with a nice thick head that lasts.
roasty chocolate aroma.
rich tasting chocolate roasted nuts toast.
easy drinking and good good good!! spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Not the absolute best brown, but good none the less. Pours a nice lighter brown/red color, with a good white head. Aroma is kinda off the charts to me, but some good malty roasted coffee. Well balanced hops and malts. The flavor was good, but not the best for a brown. Thin body. Def good brew.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [bottle - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a deep brown color with very little head. Sweet malts mainly in the aroma. Good sweet malty taste with a hint of hazelnut and some cinnamon. Smooth but a little watery. jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
Brown color with little or no head. The taste has a malty sweetness as the dominating taste pattern. Has some slight spicy or nutty notes. It feels rather thin and watery. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Pours a very dark red color. Has a slight nutty aroma. Flavor is fruity and nutty. This is a much, much , much better brown ale than New Castle. Over all a nice brew. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Very pretty red color, deep. No skunk, even with the clear bottle. Far superior to Newcastle. Very malty, with a very English hop presence. Actually, not my favorite Brown... I have never been incredibly impressed with Sam Smith, maybe it’s my wanton need for American hops and malts, who knows... mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle. Deep red in color and clear. Nice long lasting head. Malty. Caramel fruity aroma. Nice full body. Some bitterness in the finish. Great.