revolution2718 (228) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very malty. More spiced than their winter ale. Pretty sweet. Not bad, pretty standard.
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paintedmaple (408) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Barely OK if you must drink a super sweet Xmas beer...any other time of the year you would avoid this like the plague. Sam Adam’s is trying to appeal to the mass market with ’fun’ sugary beers, but this doesn’t cut it as a good beer in any regard.
AbbeyRoade (314) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad but not great either. Good for a typical Sam Adams beer though! Kinda malty, sweet, a bit of caramelly note in there as well.
ScipioA (299) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks fantastic poured into a big mug, massive durable head on top of a red/brown clear beer. Not much of a sniffer, just some general beer smells dominated by the malt. The flavor is better, restrained levels of spice (maybe a bit too much cinnamon) and quite sweet. There is a lingering orange aftertaste and slight bitterness. Good mouthfeel, lots of really fine carbonation. One of the better ’winter warmers’, a style I am no great fan of.
WVBrU (61) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear reddish brown, without much lasting head. I smelled the holiday spices and a roasty caramel character. Tasted the caramel too, with a good bit maltiness. Overall enjoyed the beer.
Slubgob (184) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into glass. Dark mahogany color with medium of white head. Malt aroma with touch of cinnamon and ginger. Rich malt mouth, very full mouthfeel. Dodd are reasonably mild and notable mostly in the after taste. One of Sam?s better seasonal offerings.
Poobah (272) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a thick head and a spicy nose. Smooth intro with a mildly-carbonated mouthfeel, and a finish with hints of orange, cinnamon, ginger, and chocolate.
jessekratina (12) - Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance- red/brown, clear, minimal head
Aroma-bready, resin, citrus, toasty
Taste- bready, spices,
Palate-lively, umami, sweet/sour, salty
Overall I really like it, gets me into the Christmas spirit.
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very mild spices for a winter warmer. Lightly citrus and some ginger but they aren’t very assertive.
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white/light tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very nice. Taste is a good, though somewhat weak, balance of the caramel malts and spices. It tastes like someone mixed holiday spices into a Boston Lager, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Thin mouth feel. Overall, this isn’t too bad, but not my favorite holiday ale.