daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this one. Alot like a porter in texture and flavor, with a bit of spicce thrown in. Translucent brown in color with a tan small head that leaves a thin sheet on the side of the glass as it goes down. Very warming in the mouth and as it flows down the pipe. Flavor is a good burnt chocolate and malts, with some spice in the finish. A good overall brew and one I will enjoy the remainder of this winter.
PhillyBeer2112 (2710) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2003 Nov 2003: Bleh. Overly spiced, cloying and unbalanced. Hard to finish this one, and I've been starting to like spiced beers more and more.
Nov 2002 update: The new one is really nice, and I'm upping the numbers on it this year: V. dark garnet with small sticky beige head. Rich malty chocolate and spicy aroma - like baking cookies or spice cake. Notes of ginger and cinnamon. Clean malt with caramel and chocolate flavors, hint of ginger and pepper. Lightly fizzy mouthfeel. 2001: One of the more characterful brews from SA. Rich spicy aroma and flavor with plenty of malt depth. Spice flavor is almost nutmeg, but there's none of that in here. Background of orange peel is nice. Balanced bitterness is appropriate. Main drawback is overcarbonation. It has a nice lasting head and coating lace, but the sharp prickly mouthfeel hurts this beer's warming, sipping quality. Nice brownish red color.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Best by 3/3) Dejavo. Looks great, but it taste strange. This is just overly sweet and spicy, not much else. I guess Jim Koch believes more (except hops) is better.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark apperance with an excellent flavor and nice aftertaste. Excellent overall.
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 I’ve 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 don’t 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.