shrubber85 (10756) - 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.
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very handsome, crystal clear, copper ale. Looks like a shiny, new penny. Creamy, off-white head. Great retention with creamy lacework.
Malty and caramely nose with a hint of vanilla.
Very rich, malty flavor. I know it's spiced, but I don't taste it. The malt must override the spice. Decently balanced. This chunk of buttery caramel should be wrapped in wax paper and handed out to children on Halloween, not poured into a glass. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The finish is very dry and astringent. An inexpensive fix for we maltheads! Trick or Treat?
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is dark chocolate and a caramel malt. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a light malt with licorice and caramel finish. A very good brew from Samuel Adams.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Dark red/brown appearance with a big tan/brown head. Spicy nose including orange peel, cinnamon, and possibly ginger with a brown malty body behind the spices. Pretty spicy brown malted body but the spices are well-done and not overdone. Ginger comes out pretty well in the finish. After taste is a spicy brown malty taste. Good job not overdoing the spices.
Camons (10441) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Home. Pours brown with a brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, spices. Taste is sweet with malt, caramel, browncookies, cinnamon and other spices. Sweet, but pretty good. Medium body, soft carbonation. 040210
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"you can really taste the malt sweetness and great blend of spices in this beer. it’s like drinking a Christmas cookie! always a yearly seasonal brew, i wish they’s let me get a sixer of this, so i could avoid the (old) cranberry lambic in the holiday pack."
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with a strong red hue. Aroma is full of ginger, cinnamon and burnt caramel notes. Flavor has a strong malt profile with hints of cinnamon, ginger and chocolate.
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s a beautiful, clear, red-brown beer with a creamy head. The aroma is slightly spicy with notes of cinnamon, caramel and fruit. The flavour has a light sweetness and a cinnamon/citrus-like dryness. It has notes of cinnamon, caramel, syrup, a peppery ginger bite and light fruit. The finish is dry and peppery. Compared with many other beers with added spices, this one is pleasant because of the subdued spices.
DocLock (9999) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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. It’s Sam Adams so don’t expect too much.