shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Color is dark chocolate brown with off white head. Aroma is of malts with ginger and orange. Flavor is gingery with some cinnamon kind of a clean after taste. The mouthfeel is like water.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This ale pours a dark brown color with a heavy brown head. Clear body with no carbonation. Aromaís of light cinammon and a sweet fruit scent, balanced with a light cookie malt scent. Taste is watery and sweet with a hint of coal. Mouthfeel is chalky yet creamy with medium body.
maxwelldeux (2223) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Nose on this is extremely spicy - almost like a mulled wine without the wine parts to the nose. The taste is rather spicy as well, with a bit of bite to it from the spice. Not my style.
britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2001
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Old, old musty aftertaste. Tasted like I was in my great grandmaís house. Yech!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Best by 3/3) Dejavo. Looks great, but it taste strange. This is just overly sweet and spicy, not much else. I guess Jim Koch believes more (except hops) is better.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2005
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
The 5th and final loser from the Sam Adams Holiday pack. Iím beginning to think this package was infected. One of my roomates Porters exploded in the fridge, and 3 of my 6 have been absolutely foul, watery messes. There are absolutely no signs of spicing or *anything* interesting in this beer. One of the foulest Sam Adams Iíve had yet, which is very dissappointing because I had this one of my want list even for quite a while. If its infected, Iíll rerate it if I have a chance, but itís certainly not my fault, so the brewery gets nailed with the bad rating.
Rustyham (1633) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ginger flavor comes through more than anything which I whole-heartedly disagree with. But, it does have n earth flavor which sucks, too. Unfortunately, the flavor is long lasting.
babyjesus (6) - Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2010 does not count
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
pours with a slight head, with a caramel color, tastes similiar to a regular Sam Adams lager.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Reddish-purple brew, small dissipating, foamy white head. aroma is spicy pears. All-spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, fizzy flavor. The style is unmistakable, unfortunatley I am not of fan of the style. Beer is supposed to have hops, where is the hops?
StoutOrDeath (119) - USA - DEC 14, 2003
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nice color. Nice smell. Too fruity and weak. Give up Sam.
I'm of the opinion that you have to drink at least a 6 of any beer to truly understand it. No way I could make it through 6 of these. Cleve name, though.