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Samuel Adams® Boston Ale was first brewed to celebrate the opening of our Boston Brewery. Like Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, it was an old family recipe that was rescued by Jim Koch from his father’s attic. Samuel Adams® Boston Ale, a Stock Ale, has a complex, caramel malt character balanced with distinct spicy and herbal hop notes. Our proprietary ale yeast imparts a variety of fruit and ester notes in both the nose and flavor which are indicative of the style. Stock Ale, one of the few classic beer styles to have originated in the United States, has a strong New England heritage. The style draws its name from the cool "stock cellars" in which it was aged. This technique imparted a smoothness and body which became the hallmark of this style. Keeping with the Stock Ale style, Samuel Adams® Boston Ale is fermented at cooler almost lager like temperatures and conditioned much longer than most ales. It also is Krausened and dry hopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2002
A little too malty, but had nice hoppy hints that did a decent job balancing. A prety decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2002
I did not like this beer, watery bland tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jezmez68 (395) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2002
A nice brown ale. Good flavor. Quality beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Smelled strangely like vinegar. Had a great head and lace with amicable dark amber color. Taste was a decent balance between a large malt presence and the finish of hops. The malts were too aggressive in my opinion. Respectable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
Pleasant smooth beer with a nice medium hops/malt aroma. There’s nothing bold about the flavor, but that’s not what this beer is about. It’s the perfect ’intermediate’ beer for trying to get your friends to bridge the gap between the macros and the real stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cruddler (32) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
Pours good, looks good. Tastes average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Fruity, buttery, spicy hop aroma. Light orangey-amber color, and quite carbonated. Very persistent head. More buttery, fruity spiciness in the flavor profile, along with some caramel malt sweetness for the finish. Light to medium bodied. Probably the most bitter beer from Sam Adams. Fairly well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 16, 2002
White head, red amber colour. Nice malty and spicy nose. Distinct herbal flavour, perhaps more distinct than pleasant though. Medium bitter finish. P.S. Alcohol content is apparantly only 4.6% in Denmark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
Slightly better than the lager, but a tad too sweet and not well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Primobang (18) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2002
Really bubbly with a pleasant aftertaste

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