mkgrenwel (498) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 A bit of a mixed bag with this one. Great head and lacing, but really unappetizing super hazy, orange/brown color. Aroma surprised me, as it was mostly malty sweetness and alcohol. The flavor was the same: a lot maltier than I expected. Actually niceley balanced, considering the high amount of hops. Very intense bitterness. As it warms it becomes sticky sweet and the bitterness mellows. I give the guys at BBC credit for doing something very different. I enjoyed it fine, but wonít be buying more.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the bottle at $3.99. poured a hazey copper with a light tan head that left good lacing. aroma, orange , grapefruit, when the hpos come out they take over evrything. flavor wow those hops, than sugar, grapefruit, a nice dry bitterness as it warmed did get a touch of alcohol. very good. will get more of this stuff.
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is a very good beer! i like citris hops better and dislike earthy hops like fugges in saranac. This is earthy!. with that said, i think SM did a great job makin this beer and it is worth every penny to try.
Iím going to run out on monday and buy another one for aging. i cant wait to see what five years or so does to this brew.
A must try at any price - I paid 5.79 in rochester - beers of the world.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Clear light copper with a fluffy white head that laces. The smell and taste brims with hops, hops and more hops. A very good beer if youíre a hophead. If youíre not itís still crisp and enjoyable. My favorite Samuel Adams beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blends of slightly spiced, orange-citrus hop notes in the nose with also some wet hay aromas wafting across cranial nerve #1. A bit vinous, grainy, and a touch sweet. Moderate-mostly hazy copper color with an amber twinge. Smallish off-white head. Starts a bit sweet and a touch sugary without much maltiness in the middle before the harsh, bitter hops pulverize your palate. Lots of dry, grapefruity tannin notes to finish. Very long and dry and bitter finish. One dimensional hop monster. Not too far off from Stone Ruination when it comes to balance...this just uses German hops as opposed to Stoneís West Coast stuff. Good if youíre a hop head who just likes a really hoppy bitter beer with no balance. Not for me.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Not what I expected from Sam Adams and a very pleasant surprise indeed ... a real craft beer. Like a translucent bead of amber with a huge light apricot colored head. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Nose of hollertau czech hops. Mouth slam of hops. Is this an IPA? Only American brewers hop to this degree of delightful insanity, but these are not west coast citrus hops but classic Europena hops ... takes some getting used to. Not much balance, as the sweet toffee and light roast malt are almost hidden under the hops. Long bitter finish and tongue coating tooth coating hoppy oils make me think of an Old Crustacean. Is more always better? No ... as it warms complexity begins to emerge. Thoughts of the Dogfish Head 120 Minute fade, to be replaced with hints of grapefruit, thoughts of a Stone Ruination. But itís not. Itís a grand slam of classic German / Czech hops in a lager of such intensity that it approaches an IPA. Definitely something new and different. And what amazing lacing ... pity it canít get more than 5 out of 5 for appearance. Hats off! // I served this to a group of beer company executives from a traditional mass market beer company and they could barely drink it. They recognized the hops immediately as very "Sam Adams" but the intensity was beyond anything that they could stand. Iíve since discovered that a bottle goes a long way, and Iím not sure I still have my enthusiasm for this. I do still like each of the compontents ... nose, appearnace, etc. Iím just sure that over-all it rates a 17. i mean how good can a beer be if you canít really drink it.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color with some haze and a moderate white head on top. Spicy Hallertau aroma, balanced out fairly well with bready malts. Flavor is malty up front, a bit doughy and followed by some sharp and grassy bnitterness. Nice balance. Medium bodied, alcohol is not noticible, no fusels either. A nice concoction, on of SAís better beers for sure.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly translucent and glowing orange in color with a saliva spackle and dusty grey head at first pour. Consecutive pours yield a taller, fluffy head and sticky frapped milk lacing. Honeyed hops aroma, some cedar panels, pine combs, toffee, honey oat whole wheat bread and mildly sugared hot oatmeal. No musty sulfur in the nose. Didnít know what to make of the first sip, but the second sip conjured up happy hoppy thoughts. Dry, hoppy, spicy, floral montage. Titillating grassy bitterness. You donít find many beers hopped to kingdom come with Hallertauer, but this is proof positive that it can be done. Malt sweetening by way of caramel and toffee, imparting a slight barnyard barley flavor from the ample helpings of pils malt contributions. Bitter tongue scraper and thirst elicitor. Impeccably balanced, finishing with grassy fields, grapefruit enzyme and trailing whole grain sweetness. Encompassing, dry bitterness lingers long into the night. A nice, tasty surprise.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an effervescent dark gold with a greamy off-white head. Huge citrus hop aroma with a big sticky cinnamon candy malt undertone. Taste comes right at you with a huge hop kick, a powerful mixture of grapefruit and pine smacking you right in the face. Waiting for corn and alcohol to come out, as they usually do in this style of beer, but only the smallest drop of alcohol sweetness is able to penetrate this solid brick wall of hop flavor. The alcohol finally manages to sneak itself into your senses, but only by warming your stomach. Not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this... IIPL? But as a lover of big beers and hops, I can put style aside and say unequivocally that this is my favorite Sam Adams concoction to date.
Saarlander (1677) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sooo frigginí good, My favorite beer ever from Sammy, Killer hops here, Suprised by how great this one is. Piney, hoppy, sticky, a hop heads dream! I will buy quite abit. Boston Beer,You listening? lol