CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dirty copper appearance with some head. Confusing fruit and creamed corn aroma with musty hoppiness. Body is semi-sour and fruity, but still maintains an American standard flavor. I applaud Sam Adams' willingness to attempr to brew a beer in this style, but it could have been done much better.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2008
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tomís UGT Pt. 2.My god this was awful. Rather univiting cloudy light brown and it gets worse from there. Really nasty pukey sweet caramel. I couldnít smell it without feeling like I was going to gip. Undrinkable.
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (hopefully last) íSaranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tastingí. Fifth beer of the night and the first Samuel Adams -- after the last 4 lacklustre Saranacs it can only be uphill from here right? Right? Pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Sweet, artificial-like aroma of cranberries with yeast and spices. The flavour is...interesting? Itís different thatís for sure. Fruit, maple syrup and malt -- starts decent enough but has a mildly unpleasant aftertase. Medium bodied. Overall itís quite mediocre, it definitely doesnít blow away those weak-ass Saranacs we had. itís a nice attempt at trying something different but for the most part it fails. I hope the next Sam Adams on the list is better...
PorterPounder (7054) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean - slightly artificial aroma of berries - canít swear if they are cranberries or not. Nice cloudy reddish appearance with a lightly lacing head. Full bodied flavor - with a bit of an artificial aftertaste. Goes down smooth - served well as a Christmas Eve night cap. Thanks to Aurelius for supplying this.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blind tasting. Oak notes in aroma, light berry, light vanilla. Oak up front followed up by beery fruit syrup. The type of fruit was tought to decipher in this being blind. little tartness & zero sourness. We were told ahead that it was labeled a fruit lambic
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Honestly I didnít think it was that bad, at least not for the rating it has. Sweet/tart cranberry flavor, perhaps its because Iím such a fan of cranberry juice that I enjoyed this one.
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Ruddy red amber color, little head. The nose is very sweet and acidic, cranberry flavors, I suppose. The taste is sweet, sugary, terse with a somewhat tart finish. The bodyís watery and uninteresting. Overall, a beer I really donít have much feeling for - I couldnít finish my bottle.
onceblind (6740) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very cloudy pinkish dark amber, very little head that doesnít last much, kinda pink-cream tinted. Smell has some wheat, dull toffee, some wild yeast, and some dried cranberries. Taste is light and sugary, kinda sparkly...not sure how else to describe. Light tart fruit, cranberries thats pretty unobtrusive and forgettable. Light wild yeast funk and sugary sweetness stack up that fruity tone, but the body is pretty light and watery. Just unimpressive.
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours a pinkish amber with a large pink head. Aroma is overly yeasty, making me think they went way too far with the Belgian concept and forgot the lambic part. There is a hint of tart fruit in the nose as well. Some tart cranberry flavor, but it is overpowered by the yeastiness. Seeing as I am not a big fan of yeasty beers to begin with, I had to dump this one.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours an orange hue with adequate carbonation & lacing. Aroma is acidic with a minor apple smell. Initial taste is again acidic, with what could be best described as a cross between a pear, an apple, cranberries, and a squeeze of lemon. Moderate sweetness coats the mouth upon finishing. Compared to previous years, I find this one isn't as offensive.