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.
egajdzis (6007) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color with a tan bubbly head, some lacing. Roasted malt, caramel, cinnamon aroma. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel in the taste. Average mouthfeel. I liked this!
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sam Adams Holiday Sampler case is a wonderful variety! This one almost reminded me of a Winter Lager. Perhaps a bit sweeter though....
Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark red color with a cream-colored head. A little bitter, but still a decent taste. A little spicy too, with a hint of orange.
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma has a malty smell, with a very slight hint of orange and spices. A strong taste malty taste as well that also hints of orange and spices. Still, quite drinkable. But I couldn't stomach a six pack of this beer.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a nice cherry color with a tanish/sudsy head. Large aroma of dates, raisins & nutmeginnamon (nutmeg & cinnamon). Initial taste is of a cherry cough drop. While the aroma was nice, the overall flavor was somewhat simple. Its as if too much was thrown in there and it didnt add up. Finish is no different from the beginning, uneventful. Prior years have been better.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
this beer looked great. as far as a spiced beer goes....... well, i'm not a fan. lots of complex spice characteristics that i don't care for. too much fruit and cinnamon and nutmeg for me...!
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Dark Brown Color with medium head. Aroma is sweet and full of different smells. Flavor is malty and sweet. Full of different tastes. Amazingly complicated taste compared to normal beers, yet does have weak and too sweat of an aftertaste. Still a good pick up, though i have only seen it in Holiday Winter Variety packs.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with a nice head. Big malty aroma. Flavor starts off with lots of chocolaty and carmel malts. Reminiscent of Celebrator at first, then some subtle spices of cinnamon and cardamom kick in and detract from the malty goodness. Finish is sweet and malty with a little lingering cinnamon. A very nice beer.