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
AnotherRound (1) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer totally blew me away! I have drank Sam Adams for many years and don't usually like it when they try changing things up, but this was sensational! An excellent tasting beer that goes down very smooth with a very enriching quality.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice foamy tan head on a clear amber reddish body. Nose is weak, I only sense a litte malt. Is is quite flavorfull with notes of roasted malt, nutmeg, pepper and caramel with a nice alcohol bite to the finish. Smooth.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 This has a nice palate with festive spices. It was enjoyable but I probably would not buy it but like maybe once a year if that.
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.