loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glowing dark ruby color with a thick tan head. The aroma was slightly burnt...some caramel, cherries, and alcohol. The flavor was better...caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, sugar. Crisp carbonation.
notalush (5513) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, slight ruby, initially large head that shrinks quickly, leaving a tiny lacing - aroma of cinnamon and caramel - flavor has some of the same, as well as a very cookie/toasty kind of flavor - some chocolate - toasty finish with lingering malts - a pleasant surprise.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very handsome, crystal clear, copper ale. Looks like a shiny, new penny. Creamy, off-white head. Great retention with creamy lacework.
Malty and caramely nose with a hint of vanilla.
Very rich, malty flavor. I know it's spiced, but I don't taste it. The malt must override the spice. Decently balanced. This chunk of buttery caramel should be wrapped in wax paper and handed out to children on Halloween, not poured into a glass. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The finish is very dry and astringent. An inexpensive fix for we maltheads! Trick or Treat?
Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Holiday sampler. No head to speak of. Very dark brown color. I could smell the caramel. An interesting "winter" beer. Spices/caramel and even some citrus... all go together pretty well. Personally I like this darker winter beer. More appealing than the sam adams winter lager which I found rather decent. Will buy again.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity spice sent and ruby red color with a medium tan head. Spice and hop flavor that is suprisingly good. I think this is one of Sam Adam's best beers.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this better than the winter lager. Nice, dark malt flavors, mild spiciness (not overdone), and decent citric/spicy/fruity hop presence. A very good beer for the winter months.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great. Lots of cinnamon and spices swirling around in the taste. finishes clean and leaves a nice residue on the tongue.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Bottle. Poured a dark ruby color with barely any head. The nose was of chocolate and the taste was of cinnamon, chocolate and malt. Much better then I remember from years ago, however I think my taste buds have matured. A nice addition to the Sam Adams holiday 12 pack. Definitely not a session beer, but delicious none the less.
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 2003 winter variety pack, which I found in Williamsburg, Virginia. A pretty good beer with a good crisp flavor. The hints of cinnamon and citrus really added to the experience. Too bad it's hard to find 'round these parts.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good seasonal from Boston beer. This is another one that warms you up like the winter lager. Very hearty and just enough boldness. I can taste a good bit of coffee, malt, and spice in this one. It's a thick beer. I suppose it's missing something, but it could almost pass as a spiced, weak stout.