joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer scored high on my list. I am not a fan of such ales, but in comparison to other Christmas ales, this one is a keeper. At first there is too much going on, but let it sit, warm up and it quite drinkable.
Unlike some Christmas Ales, this one is full bodied. It is not thin, and has great head retention. Good beer, not my favorite style. But the general flavor in all Sam Adams beer works well with this one.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep burnt malts in the nose with a little brown sugar. Malty flavors and chocolate with touches of maple sugar sweetnes. Faily decent but not too exiting.
jaymobrown (1646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The label interested me, and thatís about all. Some slight chocolate, malt flavors with, hmmm, spice, cinnamon. Tasted much like a lot of other Sam Adams.
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is very enticing - reminding me of a freshly opened fruitcake. Head is off white and quickly dissipating with a tad bit of lacing. Deep, dark copper appearance. Flavor is many things - hint of raisins, oranges and cinnamon but has a bit of a fizz that gives it a bad mouthfeel. It is a little too carbonated and thin for my taste. Sam has done much better than this. Thanks out to Aurelius for this one as well.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper sheen. Sticky, tan froth. Slowly ascending carbonation. Fruitcake aroma with noticeable orange and cinnamon traits. A bit fizzy but full with a quick alcohol smack. Deep malt base, light acidic hints and a tempered spice blend. Notes of oranges and cinnamon ride the lightly clingy caramelled chocolate base. Medium full body. A touch fizzy but itís not distracting. Finishes with a flash of hot cinnamon and burnt caramel. A tasty holiday treat.
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Fezziwig..lmfao....Fezziwig. Sadly, the name is the best part of this spice ale. 5.6% ABV is redeeming.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Completely unmemorable. A bit of spice I suppose.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
There was nothing spectacular here. The aroma was the best part, slightly complex with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and malt. The flavors couldnít match the average aroma. It was just bland and uninspiring, and to me, just a typical Sam Adams beer.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holiday spice starts coming out as the beer gets warmer. Especially the cinnamon and ginger. The orange comes out at the end of the taste. This beer also comes with adequate sweetness. Not too bad...
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not outstanding but I liked the subtlety of the malt blend...I mean it didnít grab you by the mouth and scream CHOCOLATE NOW! Likewise, I didnít think it was that spicy or interesting, but I think Iíd get it again, especially if company was coming.