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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1652) - Christchurch, - APR 20, 2013
I’m delighted to report that one of the macro brewing companies in this part of the world has begun distribution of this and other Samuel Adams beers. There has been a paucity of importers into New Zealand but this trend appears to be reversing as the larger companies are realising the stake of the market that craft beer drinker occupy is growing and has money to spend. Anyway, this beer leapt off the shelf into my trolley and so I was forced to buy it. Appears clear and amber with a creamy, molten marshmallow head that left good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is foremost of amber malt, biscuits, caramel and unctuous dessert. And so it follows in the mouth with the amber malt creating a very Munich impression (thank you Gabriel Sedylmeyer Snr). There is a persistent, slightly prickly mouthfeel that brings out an almost sour note in the beer that I don’t mind at all. The flavour endures and encourages as second and third bottle. Bang on. Thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SNL (236) - - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber color, small off-white head. Mild nose, some malts. Crisp malty taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Not bad. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waiake (73) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2014
355ml bottle pours gold orange with a lingering head, aromas are malty & caramel, taste similar with fruity spicy flavours before ending with a smooth semi bitter finish, glad I’ve got another

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1283) - - SEP 1, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-11-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – Pours a nice amber color bordering on copper. Upon pouring there are tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the clear brew. A two finger just off white head sits atop the brew after pouring, which slowly fades over time to give a moderate level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma is a mix of malt, sweet and hop. The malty is of a bready and biscuit nature with the sweet being of a caramel and toffee nature. With these aromas is a hoppy aroma of a more earthy and herbal smell which rounds out the sweet and malty well. Taste – The taste begins with a more bready taste upfront. With this more bready taste are some flavors of a hoppy nature. The hop begins largely as a citrus and earthy nature. As the flavor advances however the citrus hop fades while a herbal hop takes its place. While this occurs, a caramel sweetness develops and maximizes more toward the middle to the end of the taste. At the very end, the caramel is of moderate strength and mixes with the bready flavor as well as the hop flavor, which is now most potent in a herbal and earthy nature, leavening a malty but bitter sort of earthed flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and make for a rather easy drinker. Overall- A pretty good ale. A bit more of earthy and herbal hop then that standard ale, but nothing totally out of the ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle. Clean amber. Full, soapy white head. Aroma of sweet malt and orange candies. Some dishwater and wet stones. Taste is a bite of a mess. Orange peel and grassy hops. Hints of kvass. Mostly sweet. Eh. Can be ignored.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laakus (12) - Nossebro, - AUG 28, 2014
Appearance is brown reddish with minimal foam, nose is light touch of caramel- Mouth is medium full, with a soft carbonation and long bitter finish. Not as good beer as I remembered.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ramboraffe (451) - SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2014
355 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is caramel and malt. Taste is light malty with nutty caramel. Some bittering hops. Medium bitterness and low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bright amber, white head. Thin bodied. Light malt with added caramel. Not much to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
klippx (54) - Solna, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
If there were a category of "just ok beers" this would be the feature number. Smell is rather bland, just like the taste and palate. This used to be my favorite beer. Times certainly have changed...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2561) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Single from total wine. Nutty caramel and toasty grain. Toffee baked bread. A little more full bodied than most you see in this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Xavalias (149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle from Irma, Copenhagen DK, 5.1% ABV. Pours amber-brown with medium, persisting, creamy slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts and ripe fruits, caramel. Bitterness confined to the head. A bit oily on the palate. Medium bitter finish.

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