beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sam Adams Holiday Sampler case is a wonderful variety! Enjoyable, with a malty tone that accompanies an impressive golden color and smooth finish.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking beer. Good head and lacing. A decent offering from this "macro micro." Relatively high ABV, especially for a lager, and well hidden.
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This hearty beer was burgundy in color and had hints of caramel and vanilla. This beer leaves a warm feeling when finished.
Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Wonderful aroma, great taste with a bit of hops and a good aftertaste. The color is a somewhat dark reddish brown. Overall this is a great tasting beer, always leaving you wanting another,
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with an off-white craggy head that soon disappears. The nose is sweet with bananas, caramel, malt, possibly some vanilla scents. Sugary flavors are immediate but they quickly disipate. Malt and caramel take over to dominate. The finish is a subtle sting of bitterness. I could of had a few more of these.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) Tannish/caramel color under NO head. I thought this was a fluke so I sent it back and got it the next night at a different place, still the same. I'm sure this is a distributor problem, not the beer. Anyway, lots of subtle aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, spiced orange candy. Tastes quite sweet and malty, but bland otherwise and just okay. Not offensive or exciting, the Sam Adams trademark. Finishes warm with good alcohol kick that I liked.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light brown looking brew with thin head. unusual malty, caramel, sugary flavor that tasted strong. unusual not so good aftertaste.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich brown with a craggy head. Malt nose with a small amount of hops. Brown sugar dominates the flavor with vanilla but they are nicely balanced with hops.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Wheat shows up in the dense, lasting head and lace. Deep copper-brown color, slightly spicy aroma, a little stale. Doesn't have the complexities of a good weizenbock, hardly any wheaty spiciness, banana or clove character. Not overspiced. Sweetish.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 On tap at Pickled Parrot on the last weekend they were open. The beer was deep amber red with a decent cream colored head and little lace. The aroma is a bit malty and lightly Weizen like. The flavor is nice and malty, but finishes very clean and refreshing with nice body. Overall, this is pretty good and a nice surprise.