dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 The color was rich red. It tasted pretty good. I prefer a beer that doesn't overwhlem you with flavor, and this doesn't. It's one of Sam Adams' best brews. Sweet and a little spicy.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small white head atop a clear amber brew. Aroma is malty, with a hint of hops and a faint note of banana. Flavor is smooth overall, malty and slightly sweet. A pretty good brew.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice spice aroma, which came through in the flavor. Sweet malt and warming alcohol came through as well, and made it overall a nice winter beer.
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011 03/11: I can only assume that SA has made some significant tweaks to this beer over the years. I had originally given this one of my lowest all time ratings. But this winter I received some 12oz bottles as a gift, and I have to say, I’ve quite enjoyed them. Giving credit where credit is due, the beer is much richer, well balanced, with hints of seasonal spice, orange, coriander - and not in any way overdone. Also, a warm hue and decent head and lacing.
03/04: I usually think the SA products, especially the Boston Lager, get bashed a bit unfairly but this beer deserves any beating it gets. Not a bad looking beer but the aroma of dirty laundry, the thin mouthfeel and the generally unbalanced flavors left me very disappointed.
surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This didn't stand out as anything special. It wasn't bad except it was terribly overpriced and nothing to write home about. Tasted like the regular lager. Just okay.
imdownthepub (13226) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Red brown beer with carbonated head. Preferable to the SA Lager if only that there is some flavour coming through. Still another American beer that is too similar to cola, thin sweet short and glutinous, but there is an attempt to get the malted wheat through the mess. Good alcohol though.
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweet fruit and a little spice is what pops to mind... Not to impressive when it comes the aftertaste
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber coloured. Sweet and slightly spicy. Rather thin body. Short lasting aftertaste.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my favorite from the Winter sampler. Nice, clean and refreshing with a well balanced flavor and aroma.
stranger34 (8) - USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer. I hate the Boston Lager so i wasn't expecting much here, but I found this beer to be fantastic. I won't drink much of this, but i'll look forward to buying a case every December.