Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice stout-like brew. Has a burnt flavor to it, and is very light in coloring for a beer as dark as it tastes. Probably the best Sam Adams Iíve had.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spiced malt nose. Beige head. Deep blackish ruby hue. This is definately one of Sammies best brews. Sweet warm mellow malt first, prickly on palate, almost too much carbonation, chewy, cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate, light caramel accents. Finishes sweet, molasses, and well rounded. I enjoy this, one of the few sammies i like.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2002: Not bad. A bit fruity, but not heady enough.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought it was a barleywine, judging by the name. No wonder I thought it was a crappy barleywine. I still donít like it so much though, actually I like it less now that I see that it is only of average strength.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best beer in the winter sampler. Typical holiday beer (deep red, cinnamon, nutmeg flavors). Good beer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Found it to be soapy and unpleasant. Maybe I had a bad bottle.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad, matly aroma, spicy clean taste.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 2001 bottle. oh wow this was good. Had this in the winter sampler. Is this really Sam Adams? why dont they make the rest of their beers this good. Amazing complexity for this brewery, with good caramel malt notes. Not too spicy though, must be some nut in there too. A great old ale, something not seen from America much.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark reddish color, kept a really nice head out of the bottle, caramel & a little hint of some kind of nut & chocolate in the taste & finish, very nice brew
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer seems to get more mellow as the years go on.Either that or my palate needs more to be entertained.Spices donít seem to be as prominent as they used to be, and they can kiss my ass if they expect me to buy a 12 pack just to get 2 bottles,bad bad bad marketing gimmick to the drinkers who made you what you are today.