Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a big bitter fan... dark Amber with a redish tinge. Small but fine head with good lasting lacing. Some nice caramel and toffee aroma characteristics. Some nice toffee and caramel malt flavours but nothing too exciting.No real hop flavour to start with, although it goes towards a bitter finish. A bit thin and watery...
Aquilo (636) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 I rather enjoy this beer. Here in California, it comes imported from England, and it seems to have traveled well. It is deep red-amber when you hold it to the light. It has a foamy mocha-colored head, with some lacing. Sweet aroma. Fizzy, dry palate. The flavor is light with hints of sweet toffee and perhaps vanilla.
saxo (17224) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Amber with a redish tinge. Small but fine head with good lasting lacing. Some nice caramel and toffee aroma characteristics. Some nice toffee and caramel malt flavours but nothing too exciting.No real hop flavour to start with, although it goes towards a bitter finish
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber beer with light tan head that fades quick. Light sweet malt flavor with no real after taste. Medium to light body. Worth a try.
progrock (21) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium, short-lived head. Slightly cardboardy smell. Slight vanilla and very little hop or malt character. Thin, dry cola-like finish.
stouby (4537) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home (031031).
Redbrown. Aroma and flavor light malty/sweet (fruity) and hoppy/bitter. Light body.
Lubiere (13192) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep orange amber ale with a creamy white head. Crispy herbal malt aroma with caramel notes. Caramel malts with nutty notes, with a lighter body. A decent ale.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
intial concern was skunk....clear bottle and all, and how many units do they move? maybe or maybe not...sam smiths doesn’t usually skunk. this was average average. not enough hops and under malted, almost watered down?? yet it had a nice taste and was clean on the tongue.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Isabella’s in Dubuque, IA. Clear amber color with foamy tan head. Smells and tastes of caramel with a hint of floral hops. Also some dried fruit and brown sugar undertones. Slightly metallic aftertaste.
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 The aroma is like super sweet cola with toasted malt, caramel, and medicinal hops. The appearance is a deep red brown and the head is small but persistent. The flavor is complex with cherries, raisins, toasted bread, coffee, and brown sugar. This one is almost too sweet for me. The palate is just about right. Bitter aftertaste. This is a quality beer but there is just something about the taste that I am not crazy about. Still this is not a bad beer.