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.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark burnt malts predominate. I taste cherries and some dark fruits in this. Not nearly as spicy as the description would suggest, certainly not very much in the way of cinammon. Interesting combo of fruit and dark malts. Pretty good.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good winter beer but just a little too tart for me. The color is excellent (deep brownish red - rust color). Looks like a very nice mahogany varish. The lacing is also very good. The taste is spicy and rich flavored but the palate is poor.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love the seasonal beers and this is about my favorite. I love the cinnamon flavor combined with the dark malts.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This isnít a bad beer at all, but I really donít like Christmas- tasting beer.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 16, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 No cinnamon and only the barest suggestion of any citrus on the finish. Otherwise just an overly heavy decently malted porter.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent stuff. I can taste the ginger but no cinnamon or orange. Not much aroma, nice abiding head, rich brown color. Good flavor, but a little darker than I expected from the label. Good but not nearly as flavorful and rich as I wanted.