dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very impressed with this one, has a nice dark appearance with a hint of chocolate and caramel taste
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very unique beer. I've only ever seen this one in the Christmas/Winter selection sampler. Deep brown in color, with odors of strong brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finishes smooth, with chocolate, spicy, nutmeg, and more malt and nutmeg flavors. A nice holiday beer.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and nuts. Flavor is a mix of bittersweet chocolate, nuts, coffee, and a slight cherry. Palate is a bit thin. I really love this beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber in color with a light tan head. Definite spicy flavoring, possibly cranberry? I couldn't quite pinpoint it, but it didn't really agree with me. Definitely would not buy this beer again.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a nice dark amber with a decent sized tan head. Very pleasant and inviting spicy aroma. Reminds me of Christmas. Has a nice balance of malt and spice that makes it very easy to drink and has a good smooth finish. Can definitely taste the cinnamon and caramel notes that it describes.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 My least favorite of the holiday/spice ales. This one does not produce the right balance of malt body to harness the strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors that dominate. UPDATE 12/2007: In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pronounced diacetyl aroma. Buttery taste. Thin body. Odd synthetic caramel taste. I drop my previous rating from 3.1 to a 2.7!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with tan head. Spices to the nose and to the taste but subtle enough to make this one of Samuel Adams better offerings.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was another surprise. Spice and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste was of spiced cake, cocoa, toffee and wheat bread. Really smelled and tasted like Christmas.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hope you like my snapshot of this beer (upper left). It's a shame this beer is so rare, as it's certainly one of their better offerings. Moderately spicy with some pepper and lots of bitterness. I even feel like there's a touch of citrus in this beer - enjoyable! My only beef with it is that it's a touch too heavy on the hops for me, as they linger on the tongue forever. Malt body gets left behind.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best beers from the Boston Beer Company, too bad it only come in the winter sampler. Good nose and good head. Flavor is complex with caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, and hints of other flavors. Slightly bitter aftertaste overall a good beer.