sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 4, 2003
I felt that this was just far too sweet for my liking. I guess i prefer the richer, Imperial Stout style to the sweet stouts GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Got a bottle for my birthday. Was good but I expected more. Not as silky as i would have thought. I will re-rate soon to be sure. rogueman (19) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Pours nice dark brown with a white lacy head that lasts for awhile. Smells like brown sugar and apples-warm apple crisp. Mmmmm....warm apple crisp....mmmmm....beeeeer....52 slices of American cheeses...mmmmmm
I like this beer. A great sweet stout for a great price. Highly recommended. fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
Dark heart, brown head. Peculiar aroma: liquorice, curaçao, brandy, phenol, Porto, apples. God body, smooth and harmonious, but less interesting than the aroma lets hope. Perfectly balanced, leading to a correct final. Similar to, but poorer, than my favorite <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBeer London Porter. IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
A fine beer with a nice dark color, light brown head, strong aroma with hint of oatmeal/ coffee. Full taste and nice stout feel. A great beer to spend the money on.
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Its always around and its always good, the only brit cooler than Samuel Smith is Babar, becuase shit, nobody can mess with Babar, and I love peeling off the gold foil, it makes me feel like an elephant princess. Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Dark black with ruby highlights. Thick diminishing tan head. Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma with a hint of roast. Medium-full palate with almost no carbonation, very creamy. Smooth, sweet flavor with notes of roast, coffee, chocolate, molasses and a hint of vanilla. Very tasty, an excellent stout! Reid (2673) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Bought in the clear glass 550ml bottle ( why clear?)
This beer looks pretty darn good right from the first pour..seems to pour heavy it musters a large tan frothy head..but that only lasts a minute of two before it dissapates down to a thick lace around the glass edge.
The beer it self is a deep dark mahogany brown..with some ruby highlights...nice.
the smell is malty and fresh..can maybe sense some oats.
This beer has a great chewy long lasting tatse for one so low in alcohol..good job.. i taste some malt, some choclate ( milk chocolate for a change) some coffee undertones and a creamy taste right at the end..very well done.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth yet not lacking in taste bud tingling!!
My Lord a very drinkable stout..if this were not so exspensive i could see me downing quita few of these most weekends!!
Overall great beer.
Hangover (1152) - oxford, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Smells of vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Not as smooth as some other stouts, but that is mostly due to the sweetness I think. Initially sweet and thick... with a roasty, coffee finish. It's really good... I think most stouties will dig this offering from sammy smith. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 The first time I rate this, I was knocked over. I thought I had just purchaced an average english stout, I was new! Little did I know this would grow to be an easy to get favorite. Average brown-white (not really tan) head over nearly opaque ale. There is a very fresh scent in the dark beauty, like fresh fruit or something. Has that same hard water taste, a little too much but I guess that makes that palate. Mouthfeel is so smooth. Leaves good lacing. I’ll continue to come back to this one.