Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber color with thin but lasting tan head...smelled of malts, caramel, mild nuts...tasted crazy malty...a great Octoberfest (I hate this style)...
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this brew. Wasn’t anything too special, but it tasted good and went down nice and smooth. I wasn’t expecting it to be this good.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 Copper tones permeate every facet of this beer. Very flavorful, aroma of hops and fruits- apricot and dates it seems -complex flavor for this beer as well -can taste the wheat, nice harvest.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice orange color with a thin head. Taste is slightly bitter and the body is very crisp, if that’s a word I can use. Somewhat dry finish. Very good beer.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 The beer pours into lager glass with thin head. Has a slightly sweet aroma. The first taste is smooth, and mildly bitter There is a bit of a cola-like tingle on the tongue that seems to linger momentarily. The body of the beer is light and has a hint of roasted nut flavour to it. A bitter taste lingers in the mouth, but is not offensive.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 bottle 12 oz. Crystal clear cherry/amber. Small head that didn’t last, no lace. Aroma is slightly smoked Mickey Mouse cooked amber malt w a touch of hops. Flavor is sweet, a bit bitter, cooked, buffered med roasted malt. Alcohol is noticible. Tastes like some macro attempt at a decent brew, like a powder that was added to water and alcohol to form an instant. My Sam Adams opinion still stands......dump it! I got a feeling this crap is just like BMC...god damned hop extract and all. It did go down the drain.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great copper color with a thin but lasting head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity (apricot and pumpkin) and a bit metallic. It’s very refreshing with a taste of apricot and other fruits, and very little bitterness. Overall, this is a good beer, especially since I’m not really into Sam Adams. Pour a couple of these while watching a football game, and you’ve got yourself a good afternoon.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 Bottled. The colour is somewhat pale copper. The foam sinks down to a two finger thick, smooth head.
The smell is full of fresh hops, some bread and a burned flavour.
The carbonation is… crispy. Crispy with small bubbles; it is rather refreshing.
The taste is full of burned malt. The sweetness is moderate for the style. The bitterness is quite soft. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness with tones of citrus
I think that this is a very, very good dark lager beer, as one could have expected from Samuel Adams. But is it an oktober bier? Maybe.
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am typically not a fan of Sam Adams’ beer, but this was pretty nice. A little bit sweet with a dark red color. I dislike the regular grade Sam Adams...way too malty for me. This has a much nicer balance. Worth a try.
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m working solely from memory here, but I remember really enjoying this last year. It had a good, rich taste.