sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 (Bottled, 5.6%) Clear amber/ruby color with a smallish, firm head. Sweetish, malty aroma with a slight toffee-scotch ale feel and a hint of spices, smoke, milk chocolate and aromatic hops. Quite toffee-malty, sweetish flavor with a bitter, dryish finish, some vanilla and other spices. Medium-bodied, smooth-carbonated, slightly sticky palate. A nice, reasonably full-bodied and balanced brew with just enough (but not too much) spiciness to suit the wintertime.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Way darker than I had expected. At first, I had the impression that this was a jazzed-up version of regular Sam. However, as the beer warmed, I could detect spice-like flavors and more roasted caramel malt body. Very drinkable and pleasant, if nothing else.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured amber brown with thin tan head...smell is sweet with molasses with a hint of nutmeg...if I just tasted it not knowing what the style was, I’d be torn between overly sweet Oktoberfest or spicy brown ale...molasses sweetness with some cherry and nutmeg...finish a little cloying...
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Bottled (BB 03/2005)
Red ruby, good foamy medium head, lace. Sweet, malty, hoppy, berries, black currant nose, almost Belgium character. Medium-bodied, chewy, flavor of toffee, berries. Aftertaste has some late bitterness. Decent brew, but a bit unbalanced. Though this is weizen bock, this has some Märzen notes. (6/4/5/3/12 3.0)
Re-rated, alc. 5.6% (BB 09/2006)
Ruby red color, creamy white head, lace. Aroma has wheat and rye, some tobacco. Medium to full bodied. Sweet, rounded barley malty flavor. Real cross over -beer of styles. (5/4/7/3/13 3.2)
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured kind of dark but also see thru. smelled rather pleasant and spice, like winter cooking.Light brown head that did not last. spicey and refreshing. Alittle extra fiz. Bitter hoppy finish. Good.
lamas (1551) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an attractive dark amber with very thick tan head. Smells malty and slightly of bourbon. Taste is nothing too notable. Pretty standard dark lager. The above-average ABV is hardly noticeable. Not warming like they lead you to believe.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sam Adams is my fall back beer, something to hav when nothing decent is available. So I always like to try the seasonal brews. This poured a dark amber colour with a nice lasting head. The flavour is good, slightly complex with some malt and hops character. It doesn’t deviate too much from the standard lager, but it has some spice to set it apart as a decent winter beer.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby/amber with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and fairly standard for Sam Adams. The flavor, however, is very interesting. Similar to Sam Adams lager with a dark spiciness that I can’t seem to nail down. It’s very good, though ... a shame it’s only available once a year.
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Winter Classics 12 pack. Maybe it’s me - but I just didn’t like this beer much. The wheat base and an alcohol note came throught, but was muddled with what seemed like too many added flavors that didn’t work together. Nice Amber color, though. BUY AGAIN?: Drinkable as part of a sampler pack, otherwise no.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy just how I like my winter brews. Was very surpised by this beer and I’m glad I have 5 more to drink throughout the coming winter, if they last that long.