Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Samuel Smith | Tags: black, chocolate, coffee, dark, deep, delicious finish, heavy, heavy malt flavors, inviting, layered, light bitterness, liquor, long, loose lace, murky, nice, oily, opaque, persistent head, rich, roasted, soda, tan, tannins, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: tannins, dark, roasted, chocolate, coffee, nice, inviting. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: deep, murky, black, opaque, tan, persistent head, loose lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: deep, roasted, liquor, light bitterness, heavy malt flavors, layered, rich, well crafted. 9 out of 10.
Palate: soda, heavy, oily, long, deep, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Not quite up there with some other imperials, such as Stone, and not nearly as rich nor deep as something like Mikkeller’s Geek Breakfast, but highly available, and very delicious. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. It’s a great beer, and very well crafted. 18 out of 20.
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Samuel Smith | Tags: disappointing, not again, not good, poor, sad, watery, weak
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 220 C
Glass: Dimpled Mug
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Consumed at: home
First Impression: Not a fantastic beer – rather light, not watery, but simple. Aroma is leather, earth, and serious hay — like a day at the farm. Visuals are a nice clear ruby brown with a sustained off white head. Taste is maybe the weakest feature, and a shame at that. Thin, muted, and a bit shallow. No discernible complexities of flavor, like ones you might expect in a brown ale, as from roasted or chocolate malts. Palate is crisp, dry, with a soda mouthfeel. Taste does not linger for long after, and doesn’t do much during a taste. Second Impression – it’s very sad that the same brewer that makes the Oatmeal stout does such a poor job of this. Thin, weak, sad.
Aroma: 4 out of 10
Visuals: 3 out of 5
Taste: 4 out of 10
Palate: 2 out of 5
Overall: 12 out of 20
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Samuel Smith | Tags: boring, faint, floral, not great, sour, weak
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver
Size: 18.7 fl oz
ABV: 5 %
Estimated Calories: 220 C
RateBeer Rating: 80
Aroma 4 out of 10
Impression: slightly off
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet
Hops Flavor:Floral Herbal
Other: wet dog
Notes: At first I thought it was the glass, but I changed glasses and the skunkiness remained.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Head Retention: just okay
Notes: A very clear, beautiful beer. Head stays, but just there.
Flavor 6 out of 10
Intensity: slightly strong
Balance: slightly bitter
Impression: just the nice side of neutral
Malt Flavor: Grain Toast Nut Coffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Citrus
Other: slight Chemical
Notes: Not bad, but the taste is just sub par for the type.
Palate 3 out of 5
Sensation: Slick Drying
Carbonation: faint to lively
Notes: Palate is just okay.
General Impression: 14 out of 20
Craftmanship: more Boring
Freshness: somewhat Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked
Notes: Good as an experiment, but I prefer bolder, hoppier varieties.
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Samuel Smith | Tags: bland, clear, not great, red, watery
Calories: estimated at 250C
Volume: 18.7 fl oz
Glass: footed pilsener
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor, West Trenton NJ
Consumed at: home
First Impression: Aroma is herbal, a bit dusty. Visuals include a deep red and nice head with some lacing. Taste is only okay – the flavor is a bit muted, somewhat watery, kind of bland. Palate is good, spongey, with a dry crisp middle-length finish. Second Impression: I didn’t enjoy this a whole lot. It’s kind of weak, and while it’s easily drinkable, and not bad, it’s not great either. For the price, I expected more.
Aroma: 8 out of 10
Visuals: 4 out of 5
Taste: 6 out of 10
Palate: 4 out of 5
Overall: 14 out of 20. It just isn’t that great of a beer, and when you have something like their great Oatmeal Stout to compare it with, why would you pay the same amount for this?
Filed under: Oatmeal Stout (English pint), Samuel Smith | Tags: chocolate, coffee, delicious, good, good head, mild, rich, stout
Impression: A rich, deep dark body with a thick tan head. Impressive for such a widely available beer. Almost impenetrable but has a deep ruby core in bright light. Deep, rich, and full flavor with good long aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted coffee, raisin, plum, and orange peel are evident. A very good example of a well crafted mass produced beer. Good finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable, drinkable, and with depth of flavor throughout.
Visuals: 4 out of 5
Taste: 9 out of 10
Palate: 5 out of 5
Overall: 17 out of 20