Dogbrick (9625) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really wish this one was available year round, as it is Sammyís best offering, edging out the Winter Lager. I really had trouble placing the aroma, it was kind of like toasted wheat bread with a hint of orange. The color was rich and so was the taste. Refreshingly complex.
crossovert (9547) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a reddish brown with a foamy off white head.
It smells like caramel.
The flavor is pretty tame. It has some caramel malt, some roastiness, and some spices, but it also has a certain wateriness and some metallic flavor.
It certainly isnít as good as their winter lager, but that isnít saying too much.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-09-2010 22:59:17
GT2 (9409) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a short-lived tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and copper. Taste is biscuity and metallic with some subtle spice and ginger kick. Overall too sweet and too acidic on the finish. Meh. Itís Sam Adams so donít expect too much.
shrubber85 (9135) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Milld ginger, cinnamon and orange aroma. Dark copper color with small head. Chocolate malt and cinnamon/orange flavor. Very nice and reliable seasonal.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown beer with a thick creamy off-white head. Sweet nutty malts, light cocoa and a fairly sweet cherry/blackberry fruitiness. Malty with sweet caramel and brown bread notes. Flavour is also sweet and chewy, brown malt and a nice bready sweetness. Cherry esters, nutty sweet. I donít get any cinnamon or spice, but this is still a pleasant porter. A bit of chocolate as it warms. Slightly too sweet, but still, not a bad brew.
gnoff (8795) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle from Total Wines & More, Clearwater, FL. On January 24, 2011
Clear brown color, big light brown head. Sweet, malty, spicy scent. Sweet, spicy, malty, bread taste. Grain and slightly roasted aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium dryish bitterness.
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark red with off white head, aroma is full of ginger and orange peel. Taste up front is cinnamon, and works into ginger and orange peel with a spicy finish. Not a bad spiced beer.
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly spicy, but has a dominant pine needle aroma and taste. Too thin in the mouth.
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Clear deep amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness and sweet spices. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, fruits, ginger, cinnamon and a slightly drier finish. Medium-bodied.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very unique beer. I've only ever seen this one in the Christmas/Winter selection sampler. Deep brown in color, with odors of strong brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finishes smooth, with chocolate, spicy, nutmeg, and more malt and nutmeg flavors. A nice holiday beer.