anthlovesbeer (67) - north grafton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loved ths ale. A true old colonial ale that brings you back in time with every sip. I hope for two things to come out of retirement...this ale and #33 Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics! I’m not holding my breath!
jimmycyo (13) - USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at BU Pub, 10/18/05. nice aroma. Smoky molasses complex hoppy aftertaste. Eventhough it’s not a lager tastes to me a lot like the Boston Lager except sweeter b/c of the molasses and a bit smokier. I didn’t find the carbonation to be too high but it is definitely present. A very drinkable beer.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Porter’s, Boston. Pours a brown-ish amber color. The aroma is slightly sweet and nutty, possibly with some fruit thrown in. The taste is very smooth with a nice sweetness to it and subtle spices and malts thrown in. I’m a big fan of this beer.
commonshawn (1064) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at union oyster house bar with commonmac and samadouche. Hazy orange with small white head and little lacing. Sweet and citrus aroma. Sharp, high sugar taste, with a bite. Kinda tangy. Better than expected.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 [tap @ Bukowski’s 10/19/05] Pours a dark reddish amber, with a small head that quickly diminishes to a lacy ring around the edge of the glass. Immediately, I noticed the thick, oily mouthfeel and high carbonation- this really seems to stick to the tongue and teeth. Aroma is sweet, lots of molasses/brown sugar flavor.. plus a little hops. Tastes quite nutty - lots of nice, toasty malts. This is pretty well balanced, except for the serious carbonation.. I dig this more than most of Sam Adams’ offerings. This seems to have less of the ’rusty’ overtones than their usual brews.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NEBF05: Clear orange and brown with a thin white head, rich spicy aroma with a hint of rye and brown sugar. Starts and ends lightly sweet. An odd tasting beer, but certainly interesting.
thornecb (5545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is still pouring at the Union Oyster House in Boston. Pours a deep brown into a shaker. Nice, off-white head with medium retention. No aromas. Flavor leans to malt, but was served way too cold to get an idea of the full flavor. Refreshing non-the-less.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark brown color with mild white head. Sugary aroma, mostly of molasses and waffles. Flavor is heavy on both of those as well, with the molasses prominent, raisin bread as well. Minimal hop presence, and I detected hints of detergent as well. After several tastings this is defintely unique, though too sweet overall.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught. Pours amber with a white head. Smells nutty with hints of juniper. Tastes roasted and nutty with splashes of spice. Not a bad experiment.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first traditional ale....aroma is mildly sweet with some nutty malt presence and spice. Flavor is mainly malt, with caramel and toffee on the front...finishes with a lingering roasted malt character. Wasn’t that great, but nothing to complain about.