JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-brown in color with a thick, light-tan head that is mostly diminishing. Sweet, caramelly aroma, a bit of nuttiness, and earthy mustiness. Rather sweet flavor initially, some brown sugar and caramel, turning slightly to moderately bitter and a touch smoky. Upon further sips, the sweetness becomes more subdued as the subtly spicy hops lend an earthy, peaty "freshness" (for lack of a better word). Finish is mildly sweet, moderately bitter and slightly metallic. Moderately carbonated, perhaps just a touch too much. Overall, highly drinkable.
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ehhh. You know, I usuallll ike Sam Adams, but this one I didnít care for. red in color, not a whole lot of head. I didnít really get the carmel or much of the malt. I donít know, not one of my favorites.Thatís ok, they ,ake lots of other good stuff.
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red color with a medium head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and a little marshmallow. Grainy. Slightly sweet taste.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark amber but not much of a head. Really very smooth, not much of an after taste. Has a very nice smell to it. Another good Sam Adams, what is next for this company?
Skyview (5352) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours a dark reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving beige head that dissipates to a thin off-white ring. Aroma of multi-grain cereal malt, some flowery hops, a touch of yeast and herbal spice. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of bread dough, flowery hops, some sweet citrus. Finish is slightly gritty and watery with a light malt aftertaste the quickly disappears. A solid Irish ale at best.
Ernest (6901) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of sand/dirt, hint of butter.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Grainy/dirty aftertaste that seems to be the brewery trademark is certainly on show here. Why canít they at least make their beers clean? It wouldnít be so bad if they were just dull and uninspiring.
SSSteve (4007) - - FEB 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 a deep reddish brown beer under a large, creamy, orange-beige head. malty aroma with a touch of hops and sweetness but not really exciting. flavor is bready malts, caramel sweetness, some bitter hops, cherry medicine. medium bodied with a creamy texture. solid.
jimhilt (2489) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a five finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear red/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is balanced not malty, dry bitter finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, cereal-sweet tannic ale aroma. Pinky, red brown brew with a big head and a good label. Standard American longneck bottle. Easy drinking, a little molasses/caramel, prominent peat, rusty cereal, adeptly bittered, moderately sweet at first but then a fadeaway dryness. On the heavy side of session weight. Finishes out with a nice tangy break and moderate astringency. Overall, another solid brew from Sam, underrated by my fellow Ratebeerians. Looking forward to having this soothe my frazzled nerves in some airport Sam Adams pub some day. Publix, brewmasters pack.
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice coppery red pour. Plenty of malt on the nose and a strong hop character. Slightly sweet notes before a crisp drying finish. Easy to drink