kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent beer. Aroma is of sweet malt and is quite plesant if a little light. Appearance is good as the dark amber clear beer is topped by a creamy sizable head. Flavor is mild and slightly sweet with a medium body. Some of the spiciness comes through but does not dominate the beer. Simply an accent and is additive in my opinion.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like many of th BBC offerings, I have noticed a decline in the flavor of this brew over the past three years. But its still pretty good -- very caramel sweet with a nice ruby red appearance and thick head. Aroma is spiced and sweet, and boy does this have a kick and half to it. Probably the best of the Seasonals, since Octoberfest fell off in my book. A beer to try every winter. Cheers!
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Alehouse in Ft. Myers, FL. This beer when poured had a large sized creamy and smooth ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was transparent and softly carbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty and also caramel. The flavor was malty and caramel with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average amounts of lacing.
JFGrind (1866) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Meets standard Sam Adams requirements for flavor, appearance and aroma. No sign of spices either.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark red color with a difficult to discern aroma (weak maltiness?). Nice balance of malts and wheatiness in the flavor. One of Sam Adams' better beers.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle: Retained it’s head pretty well, not watery like old fizzywig. Malty with notes of ginger or is it mint? Interesting but not spectacular. 3.3
Rerate Nov 2004:
On tap very malty almost to the point of being syrupy. Maple notes and no hint of ginger this time.Tasted like an old ale.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent, Earthy malty beer. Delicious, chewy character. I enjoyed this beer. Still made by a "big American brewery", but not bad at all.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best part of this beer is you can get it at many restraunts (in my area) that don't have a big variety. Sweet malt aroma, some fruit and spice, and just a hint of floral hop. Good initial malt flavors blended with spices that add to the sweetness. Fairly balanced with a slight bittering hop finish. I'll drink this beer again.
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 20, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 130. This bottled brew was sampled at the Ale House resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a large head of fizzy foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent softly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was that of a mild malt and the mouthfeel was acidic metallic yet smooth with a mild hop bite. It had a medium strength brown malt flavor that I did not care for. There was something skunky about it that lingered in the finish and bothered me.
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It's got a really great deep red color to it, but not much discernable in the aroma. Average flavor, decent palate. Not too dry. Served ice cold, which didn't hurt at all.