Lightrider (184) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a goblet. Pour is a dark ruby brown with a fine head. Aroma is of, chocolate, coffee, caramel and malt. Taste is a nice spice and dark rich malt with, coffee, roasty, chocolate. Finish is warm with a, citrus and malt wash. Very good ale.
hockeybeerguy (212) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a light tan head, the color of the body is a dark red amber. The smell is wheat, nutmeg & spices. The taste takes those previously mentioned aromatic flavors and adds a bit of a gingerbread kick to it. Some light orange peel comes out a bit. The palate is light to medium, a good amount of carbonation helps the crispness and drinkability. Overall, this is basically a pretty good winter warmer that I would come back to.
superspak (1478) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before May 2013. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, ginger, cinnamon, citrus peel, chocolate, nutmeg, brown sugar, dark bread, light roasted malt, and light grassy hops. Damn nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt/spice notes. Taste of toffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, cinnamon, milk chocolate, ginger, light citrus peel, raisin, dark bread, and grassy hops. Lingering notes of toffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, chocolate, dark bread, cinnamon, ginger, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with great robustness and balance of malt/spice flavors; and nearly zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Christmas beer! Nice flavor balance with big robustness; and very smooth to drink. This was a very enjoyable offering.
Wordsworth (85) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark sienna colored with a toasty molasses aroma. Not a bad beer-tastes like it smells. Drinkable bit not memorable.
jmcgavin12 (167) - Madison, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby with a minimal amount of head. Aroma is tantalizing with cinnamon ginger and a hint of nutmeg. Taste is sweet almost toffee with some roasted notes. Dont detect too much chocolate. Finish is bit dry almost astringent.
Overall Iíve always loved Samuel Adams and this is one that I will keep drinking
bobbyberbiglia (139) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle A - Coca Cola with a thin off white head that dissipates into a film. S - Subtle, nutmeg & sweet malt. T - Amber malt, bitter toffe, nutmeg. M - Medium bodied, nice tingle, creamy/bitter after taste. O - Interesting, but not my thing.
Hartung32 (98) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Favorite of the "Winter Sampler", and it has been for years. A great holiday spiced ale at a more sessionable ABV.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ironprog (33) - - JAN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber with a frothy, light-tan head. Aroma of caramel, spices, and ginger. Has a sweet taste with flavors of cinnamon and ginger. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and average carbonation. Finish is long and has a bit of a metallic tinge to it.
Itís an okay holiday beer that I would drink again, but there are others that I like much better.
bpar73 (163) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown, off white head that doesnít last. Aroma- Wintery spices (nutmeg cinnamon), malt Flavor- Plums,Malts,nutmeg,cinnamon. Clean finish.
rollinsr (246) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 9, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep and clear brown with a finger of off-white head. Aroma is light and tinged with spices. Taste again is slightly spiced malt with a little metallic off-flavor. Nothing terribly special but not bad.