Why does everyone insist on smelling a beer before tasting it?
To me, I don't want any preconceived notions about what it may or may not taste. You ever see a trailer for a movie and you think it's going to be awesome. Then you go see it and realize it's only so-so?
The aroma is a big factor, don't get me wrong, and adds to the total experience of a new beer. But I don't drink beer for the smell.