hershiser2 (1313) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Auburn/red/orange beer with a thick (and long lasting) head. This beer has a nice appearance, but lacks a taste I'm looking forward to having. This isn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't say it's good either. But it's not average, because it's got a unique flavor. I can't see myself being tempted to buy another 6-pack of this.
zach8270 (3769) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a deep copper color with a thin and short lasting head. Good carbonation and lacing. Spicy slightly malty aroma. Initial spice taste with a good malt undertone. Very smooth and creamy feeling in the mouth. The finish has a slight bitter and spicy flavor. Very easy to drink.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head which did not last long. Minimal carbonation but decent lacing. Aroma is mostly malt with some spices thrown in for good measure. Color is a great ruby/amber. Flavor is quite good and well balanced. Good malt backbone with some hops and a little yeast thrown in. Liquid is like velvet in the mouth. Very smooth and creamy and very easy drinking. Finish is slightly bitter with a noticable hops presence. A very good beer from Sam Adams.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hey not all that bad. Darker in colour with a thin white to tanish head. The nose is malty and simple. Same goes for the taste. Easily drinkable but finishes quite salty.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good head and spicy nose. Dark amber color good complex flavor. One of the best Sam Adams beers, leaves you wanting more, but with almost seven percent alcohol, be careful.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
To begin with the beer had a great aroma that hinted at the complexity of flavors that was to come. However, at times the beer seemed too complex, with so many different spices and flavors that it was often hard to process.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing amazing. It looks nice and has some noticable spices. Flavor was smooth and balanced and the mouth feel was probably the best part of the beer. It left a creamy feeling in the mouth. Good beer, but definately not the best winter seasonal I've had recently.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A complex aroma of spices, including hints of cinnamon. Beautiful copper/amber appearance with a moderate head and lacing. It has a very full set of flavors, spicy and warming. Very good.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this beer was a tad bit spicy. kinda tasted like ginger and nutmeg. a dark amber? color. smells like nutmeg. not bad
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the better winter beers I've had. Aromas of fruits and nuts; flavorwise, spices are very apparent, but balance out nicely to leave a nice not-too-bitter and crisp finish