thegreenrooster (2971) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a hazy red with a white head. Aroma is decent amount of roasted malts and a nice hop backbone. Flavor is deffinatly heavy on the caramel malts but there is also a nice citrus hop on the swallow. Not a style that is going to wow the bejesus out of you but its decent enough. To bad you have to buy the whole 12 pack brewmasters collection just to get this one new beer.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours a semi-clear amber color with a medium white head that laces nicely. Heavy aromas of roasted malts, caramel and some hints of spice. Flavor is a tad sweet, but has a dry, malty finish with hints of sweet fruit and caramel. Mouthfeel is very light and soft. Much more enjoyable then I had thought!
pforei (338) - USA - JAN 21, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Red amber with creamy head for a Sam. Malty pie crust, caramel bready aroma, with a faint floral hop note. Taste is similar with slight bitterness at the finish followed by dryness and then a metallic tongue coating. Thin to medium body. Aims low and executes, but for the metallic finish.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful reddish copper into the glass with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet with malt. Taste is nice and crisp, slightly more bready and dry than the sweet aroma would lead you to believe. I really like this beer and would like to see them put this one on the shelves full time!
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, ruby red color, clear.Good sized creamy head. Slightly sweet clean flavor, very satisfying. Overall very good for Sam.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a red/amber with a monster 3 cm off-white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of sweet malts and a hint of hops. Initial flavor is malty, caramel and bread, and citrus hops at the end to balance it out. Aftertaste is very mild citrus. Nearly no carbonation, light to medium body, no lacing. Drinkable as a nice alternative to a heavy beer, or one with more alcohol, or another SA selection.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light red with a hint of amber. Decent head. Smells and tastes of cherries. Other than that the flavor isnt too complex. Decent palate but doesnt knock you off your feet.
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark, slightly tan, red. Aroma of caramel malts. The sweet flavor from the malts is dominant. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy.
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 At stevofest, tronraner and I were discussing how its a pain to have buy the entire Sam Adams mix pack just to get one new rating. I agreed, but also made a note to myself get a new SA mix pack. Which I did, the next day. For a beer that I was pretty sure would be pretty average. Sure enough, It looks nice - all red and stuff. And it smells OK, kind of bready and toasty, with a whiff a cramel. Flavor is just a bit too understated, but pretty much echoes the aroma. Now, does anybody want two Sam Adams Brown Ales?
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper translucent body with close to an inch of light tan head that leaves some lacing. Floral earthy hops with fruitiness and maltiness characterize the aroma. Tastes toasty, slightly peaty, with a good dose of citrusy and floral hops to balance it out. Roasty caramel malt dominates the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A pretty good drinker, this one is. Not my favorite example of the style for sure, but a fairly solid beer nonetheless.