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.
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This hearty beer was burgundy in color and had hints of caramel and vanilla. This beer leaves a warm feeling when finished.
Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Wonderful aroma, great taste with a bit of hops and a good aftertaste. The color is a somewhat dark reddish brown. Overall this is a great tasting beer, always leaving you wanting another,
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with an off-white craggy head that soon disappears. The nose is sweet with bananas, caramel, malt, possibly some vanilla scents. Sugary flavors are immediate but they quickly disipate. Malt and caramel take over to dominate. The finish is a subtle sting of bitterness. I could of had a few more of these.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) Tannish/caramel color under NO head. I thought this was a fluke so I sent it back and got it the next night at a different place, still the same. I'm sure this is a distributor problem, not the beer. Anyway, lots of subtle aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, spiced orange candy. Tastes quite sweet and malty, but bland otherwise and just okay. Not offensive or exciting, the Sam Adams trademark. Finishes warm with good alcohol kick that I liked.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light brown looking brew with thin head. unusual malty, caramel, sugary flavor that tasted strong. unusual not so good aftertaste.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich brown with a craggy head. Malt nose with a small amount of hops. Brown sugar dominates the flavor with vanilla but they are nicely balanced with hops.