Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Strange aroma- nuts, sweet caramel, and...urine? There’s something funky about the aroma. The body is red-brown and topped as most Samuel Smiths beers are, by a thick, puffy light tan head. Hmmm...I’m also picking up some raisin/tobacco in the aroma now. Sweet, sugary, somewhat nutty flavor (maybe I’m merely open to suggestion on that latter note), with a grassy, floral hops finish. Relatively thin-bodied. OK, now I’m getting some tobacco leaf in the flavor too, adding a touch of complexity to this otherwise single-note beer. Pretty good, but pretty standard for Sammy. Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 bottled from 207th street wholesaler-smells nutty brown amber color. Cant put my finger on the tase but not that great. drinkable to say the least FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2015 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a medium brown color with orange highlights and a with a large fluffy tan head that towered over the glass and left good lacing. The aroma was malty and toasty with a hint of caramel. The flavor was bitter and malty with sour caramel and touches of coffee and fruity hops. Medium finish. Medium body. Ok. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Love this brew. Pours a nice brown a good sized head. Taste is sweet, nutty, malty and well balanced with some hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very satisfying, enjoyable brew. Very smooth and drinkable. Highly recommended. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Re Rated, tried a few bottles to make sure I didnt get a bad one. Rather uninspired. Much thinner than first rated after a bunch under my belt. Might be good for a starter into the world of micros, but not good overall
Pours a amber/brown color. Caramel, malty nose. Nutty, but does not dominate. Medium body mouthfeel.
Nothing exceptional, but good versus macro-options.
Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
its astringency or is it bitterness works to add to roast beef and patatoes meal. Haven’t done a sample but I bet UK reviewers rank this higher. Canadians can try a couple of more balanced lighter versions of this type such as Wellington’s. Brown colour looks like matter is there and suds on top look like dish soap. Also strong carbonation begs for food relief. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 25, 2004
Poured nicely, good head/lacing. Nice deep brown color. Balanced nicely... PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
Bottle. Appearance= Very dark clear ruby/brick body, not black though. A medium off white head formed, and fell to a thin layer. Aroma= Wow!!, on of the best smelling beers I have ever had. Nutty roasted malt hit my nose along with mild bitter coffee overtones, just wonderful, might be the best part of the beer. Flavor= Nutty very balanced malt flavor hits you first, and then finishes with a creamy sophistication. Palate= Body is medium and the texture is creamy and soft. It leaves a roasty /nutty very satisfying flavor in you mouth. Outstanding Beer! BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Similar to Newcastle, but more flavorful and the head is more carbonated. Very malty and enjoyable. I will buy it again and again....and again. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
Brown ale with a beige head. Nutty malt flavour with alcohol warmth coming through, Smoked peat taste, slightly lactic with a nice sweet finish. Medium bodied.