Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head which did not last long. Minimal carbonation but decent lacing. Aroma is mostly malt with some spices thrown in for good measure. Color is a great ruby/amber. Flavor is quite good and well balanced. Good malt backbone with some hops and a little yeast thrown in. Liquid is like velvet in the mouth. Very smooth and creamy and very easy drinking. Finish is slightly bitter with a noticable hops presence. A very good beer from Sam Adams.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hey not all that bad. Darker in colour with a thin white to tanish head. The nose is malty and simple. Same goes for the taste. Easily drinkable but finishes quite salty.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good head and spicy nose. Dark amber color good complex flavor. One of the best Sam Adams beers, leaves you wanting more, but with almost seven percent alcohol, be careful.
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.