greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. A very typical holiday beer with brown color and a thick taste. THere are notes of choc and cara-pils in flavor while the palate is spicy and clean.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2000
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just plain bad. You’d think that any beer would taste good when you drink it in the back room of your work, but alas this one disappoints. Sam Adams has a few bright spots (Oktoberfest) but overall the brewery reminds me of a pseudo good brewery. People who don’t know any better drink Sam Adams and think it’s the best stuff on earth.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An older, but less wise, Mr. Boston graces the label of this one. I am by no means a Samuel Adams hater, but I find this one rather silly. When spice and fruit and toasted malts do not integrate properly, the result comes off as a bit absurd. I think that’s what goes on here.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - DEC 16, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 No cinnamon and only the barest suggestion of any citrus on the finish. Otherwise just an overly heavy decently malted porter.
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good winter beer but just a little too tart for me. The color is excellent (deep brownish red - rust color). Looks like a very nice mahogany varish. The lacing is also very good. The taste is spicy and rich flavored but the palate is poor.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Some good spices added to it. Some hoppiness and a good color. Shame you can't buy it alone now.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber in color. Flavor is malt with caramel and cinnamon. Best served cold, it seemed to lose flavor as it warmed.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 My least favorite of the holiday/spice ales. This one does not produce the right balance of malt body to harness the strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavors that dominate. UPDATE 12/2007: In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pronounced diacetyl aroma. Buttery taste. Thin body. Odd synthetic caramel taste. I drop my previous rating from 3.1 to a 2.7!
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber in color with a light tan head. Definite spicy flavoring, possibly cranberry? I couldn't quite pinpoint it, but it didn't really agree with me. Definitely would not buy this beer again.
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very impressed with this one, has a nice dark appearance with a hint of chocolate and caramel taste