eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Once the clocks go back and we've drunk the last of the Oktoberfests, its time to break-out the "winter" ales and lagers. Brought to us by the brewers and patriots at the Boston Brewing Company, this lager is a hearty, malty brew with hints of nutmeg, pear and clove. Not too complex, but pleasant nonetheless. Not an impressive palate or finish, but good "comfort" beer for a mid-autumn's stormy night!
MaBeer1972 (1243) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On-tap at Uno's. Served mighty cold. First few sips were tasteless. Had to pace myself to let the thing warm up a bit. Not bad. Nice, rich malty flavor. Not spiced. A decent brew.
haddon90 (1372) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 vinatage. Nice clear ruby color with a brief lacing head. Aroma of figs, fruit, and some spice as well. Smooth taste, creamy at the end. Some hops as well as some fruity flavors in the end. A Pretty good brew from Sam Adams!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I can’t believe my father spent the money, deviated from his regular MGD purchase and bought a 6er of Samuel Adams Winter, SWEET, a free rate!
This brew pours a deep mahogany colored body and a short lived caramel colored head, nice lacing though. The aroma and flavor are of caramel, figs, plums, peaches, apricots, and maybe a dash of nutmeg & black peppercorns, really surprisingly good stuff. The palate is fairly creamy, medium; finish has a fizzy bitter edge. Overall I’m impressed with the quality, being that it is probably brewed in mass batches of 20,000 gallons or something ridiculous.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like the fairly high alcohol percentage...fitting for the colder winter season. Malty, malty , malty. Slight metallic taste too. Can't find the hops, which was ok beause I was switching off between this and SN celebration ale. So I had my hops and my malts between the two.
Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok new Winter 2003/04 version with a slighly changed label.
In appearance this a deep dark red almost garnet coloured beer woth a tiny off white head..goes but leaves nice lacing.
Smell is rather subdued..malty though.
Taste is almost all sweet malts..some fruity flavours near end.
Pretty average feel in the palate.
Have to say i was dissapointed I have had this beer the last 5 winters ..it was always excellent..maybe its just my changed taste buds but i think the recipe has been "tweeked" for the worst ..my opinion only!
sethdude (687) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Pours a deep garnet, moderate carbonation, a little "rocky" head. Smells malty, almost no hops, or anything else for that matter. Flavor is again malty, a bit cheap in my opinion, with a bit of dryness on the end, aftertaste of grass. Palate is thin. Not much special here.
desurfer (1188) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper body with no head. Very malty and sweet, some hop zing but mostly just the malt comes through. Smooth palate.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany with a dense white head and lace. Herbs, wheat and some candy in the flavor and nose. A bit weaker in the nose, though. Small spice in the finish. Not too bad.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brilliant copper colored with a rocky sandy color head. Grass and bread, with a touch or orange and clove in the aroma. Not overly "spicy", but a big malt body and crisp herbal peppery finish.