Additional notes 02/05/23 (pictured)
Still not a beer that gets me excited. There’s a lack of depth for my palate which may have been spoiled by almost 2two-and-a-half decades in the USA (I accept that), but it always feels a bit thin. I have this on draft many times too, but I just don’t recall much about those experiences, most of them were years ago.
Original notes 11/19/05
My interest in brown ales was recently revived by Tommyknocker and Rogue Hazelnut, which both proved to be really interesting and tasty to me. I wasn’t expecting either to really be great, but they were both really delicious, so I came to Sam Smith’s with a higher expectation than normal, especially since I though the English version would add something too. I was disappointed, this wasn’t as good as either.
Light brown appearance with good lacing, but the color is a little thin. The thin nature is repeated in the mouthfeel.
Tastes are slightly acidic and has a large amount of metallic character, not very nice. More bitterness in the finish than I would like for the style and a lack of the nutty sweetness that I was hoping for.