Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great aroma - full of spices and even fruit - the label says they used orange - I only picked it up in the aroma, not much in the flavor. Body is thick and malty, they gave this a generous handful from the spicerack - cinnamon and ginger. The finish was surprisingly not too sweet, still I couldn't drink this all night long. Try it with dessert - pumpkin pie maybe.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
They blended quite a bit of spices/flavors together without any one of them being too overpowering. I remember a few years back, the cinnamon and ginger seemed a little over the top. Much better overall balance. Probably my favorite in this years sampler.
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this in the winter special 12 pack. Nice hoppy smell. Decent head. Amber color. Flavor was awesome with a slight bitter hop bite at the end of the bottle. Great stuff.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangish brown color, cream colored head. Malty aroma with some toffee and some spice. Similar flavor profile with the spice being a bit more pronounced in the finish. Medium body. Pretty good.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish-brown color with a fragrant malty aroma. A sweet and spicy taste even a litle tart. The malt character could be a little heavier to blend with the spices. Still it warms the soul, a nice offering from Sam.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a really good sam adams beer. I thought it had a sweet aftertaste
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber in color. Flavor is malt with caramel and cinnamon. Best served cold, it seemed to lose flavor as it warmed.
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer caught me off guard a bit, i was not expecting to much. After reading the bottle i though how can they take all the flavors in one beer but the did and it was goood.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice spicy aroma...lots of scents are captured. This is one of the better selections in the winter pack. But you really would only want the 2 you get in the pack!!!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry-color and thin, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, and spice. Malty and tangy fruit flavor with hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Reminds me of a spiced English Pale Ale. The spices are quite well-integrated. Not a bad offering from Samuel Adams.