Pike (6) - DL, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If this beer can't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing can. It pours a nice nutty amber color with a rich, lasting head, and gives your nose a tangy, malty, somewhat spicy kick. Then it does the same thing to your taste buds with a bit more verve! The aftertaste is spicy-sweet with a tasteful touch of hop-dry that lasts just long enough to leave you wanting more! If you like beer (if you don't and you're on this website...just why are you here anyway!?) this should become a regular winter holiday treat!
kumite56 (473) - 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 (4508) - Fort Wayne, 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 (1935) - 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 (742) - 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 (5215) - 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.