Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with lighter edges and a small tannish head. Creamy. Left me quicker than a saigon whore. I know all about the nose on this one as I was taking a step inhaling the wonderful? aromas a stray bit of beer shot up my nose. Lots of chocolate malts, sweet roast, very caramel like. There is a spicy fruit like figs or raisins and cinnamon abundant as well. Ugh... the flavors are very dry an acidic. Lots of pennies were in the fermenter of this one. The chocolate is drowned out by bitter bitter roast. There is a cloying stickiness that leaves itself deposited in the palate. Very harsh. Almost reminds me of cigarette tobacco. Creamy though. Not the greatest.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Sam Adams Winter Variety Pack. Had to buy a whole case of Sam Adams (4X of: Boston Lager, Light, Old Feziwig, Cranberry Lager, Winter Ale and [drumroll] Holiday Porter) to get to this *sigh*, here goes.
Dark burgundy brown color, crimson blood red hues on the edges and through light. Thick creamy tan head with super-glue sticky head that puts 200 thread count linnens on the side of your glass, not lacing. Nose of plums, fig newtons (the bulk kind, not nabisco), chewy chocolate malts and light caramelized roast. Brief floral hops in the nose, not very noticable. The flavor is very bitter and astringent: metallic and dry. Ugh! Finishes creamy and toasty, like metallic tinges still coming through the palate. Not as dry as the flavor in the tail but still not overly impressive. Decent Sam Adams seasonal, will probably peak in quality right around christmas time though.
IndianaRed (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a dark brown with a huge frothy light tan head. As this settles, large amounts of sticky lacing coat the glass. Aroma is very chocolatey, fairly sweet and a touch of alchohol. Flavors are less sweet than I expected, chocolate is there, dark malts, a little licorice and a bit of smoke. Not particularly complex, but simple and tasty enough. The ABV is 5.9 but smells and tastes a bit higher. Quite noticeable chalky feel that is a bit much actually. Lingering slightly bitter old campfire flavor.