SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of molasses malts, spice and floral hops. Sweet malty flavor with nutmeg, allspice, tart hoppiness and alcohol. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Decent winter warmer lager.
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown color with a thin bubbly head. Good flavor. An easy drinking beer.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this one during my Sam Adams sampling session. This one came after the Cream Stout, so I wasn't too impressed.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty mild caramel and hops aroma.Orange brown appearance.Mild flavors of caramel and chocolate with medium viscosity mild bitter hops at the finish.Didn't detect any obvious spices.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this in a liquor store in Bermuda in late August. The store had four bottles left. The bottle advised me to drink this by May, so I may not have received an accurate sample. Poured a deep brown color, almost purple, with a nice head and lots of bubbles on the side of the glass. Nose revealed rich malts, spices and alcohol. Taste is mostly malt with some spice and no hops to speak of. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer, possibly my favorite Sam.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent looking beer, the aroma is very weak. A touch of spices, but the lingering aftertaste is not too enjoybale. Decent, but not great.
jezmez68 (403) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty decent winter brew. I'm not really too into these winter brews. Usually the spices are too much for my palate. This one is no exception. Good for cold evenings.
AtomBombOfLove (30) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I drank alot of this this past winter and with good reason. The beer is finely crafty and keeps you wamr on those cold winter nights. Too bad it's only available once a year.
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 this beer is good. buy it when it first comes out in the winter but be warned, this beer will lay it on you if you drink enough of it. it has a great flavor, and personally this is one of my favorite sam adams
drank this again last night. a typical winter staple beer for me and my friends, its very good. roasted, malty, smooth, and spicy in smell and taste. very smooth, probably one of the best beers sam adams makes. score stays the same
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darker amber color, with small head and a little bit of lacing, medium-bodied. Noticed malty and fruity aromas, caramel, ripe pears, slighty woody. The taste was well balanced and a short bitter aftertaste, which was just fine. Perhaps my favorite of the Sam Adams line of beers.