brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The usual bitterness you love/hate from Sam Adams with spice and organge flavor. Overall, I'm a little disappointed.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had on tap at Callahan's on February 12, 2003
Served a dark red/brownish color with a very small tan head. I most definitely wasn't sick and I know I could smell because the buffalo wings almost knocked me out later in the evening, but this beer had the weakest aroma to a beer ever. There's a slight taste of spices and malt which are a nice addition to this Winter Lager. The aftertaste is quite weak and overall, this was a disappointment.
VAYankee (333) - Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark appearance, good aroma. Winter spices are clearly evident in the flavor. Overall a pleasing winter beer.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2008 Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: Clear light brown brew with large creamy, foamy head. 4-
Nose: Light , sweet slightly dusty aroma with hint of continental hops, slight citric hints. 6+
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied, soft texture. Blend of gold malts with wheat accent, bit raw. Mid late spicy feel. Refreshing and clean. Mild, slightly creamy but not bland. Late bitterness. Good brew.
thejman454 (56) - cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark appearance, good spicy taste, a lot like Oktoberfest, but not quite as good.
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2003
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It's a good looking beer. Not doubt about that. The flavour is spicy and unusual. Pretty malty. Not bad. But the aroma reminds me a little of once when I opened a regular pilsner that had been left in the sun...and in my opinion that is not good......
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Left over christmas gift,looked lonely.Pours with a good looking tan head that doesnt last long.Nose is bready.Beautiful clear copper color, very bright.The breadiness comes through in the flavor with some hints of spices, coriander?Medium bodied brew.Not bad for a sammy.
NJBeerLover (6) - USA - FEB 13, 2003 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer with a little more alcohol than one would expect, but it warms the body. Sadly, that is one of it's only positive traits. It's a bit too malty for my taste and leaves a sour/bitter afteraste. Get a sixer, enjoy it, realize it's not worth getting more than two sixers a winter.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent seasonal, though some of sam's other seasonals are better efforts, in my opinion.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A spicy nose to it. Dark brown-amber. Thin head that falls away quickly. Sweet and spicy gingery. A good beer to have once and awhile. However I can't see myself having it again for sometime.