drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like the fairly high alcohol percentage...fitting for the colder winter season. Malty, malty , malty. Slight metallic taste too. Can't find the hops, which was ok beause I was switching off between this and SN celebration ale. So I had my hops and my malts between the two.
Reid (2134) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok new Winter 2003/04 version with a slighly changed label.
In appearance this a deep dark red almost garnet coloured beer woth a tiny off white head..goes but leaves nice lacing.
Smell is rather subdued..malty though.
Taste is almost all sweet malts..some fruity flavours near end.
Pretty average feel in the palate.
Have to say i was dissapointed I have had this beer the last 5 winters ..it was always excellent..maybe its just my changed taste buds but i think the recipe has been "tweeked" for the worst ..my opinion only!
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Pours a deep garnet, moderate carbonation, a little "rocky" head. Smells malty, almost no hops, or anything else for that matter. Flavor is again malty, a bit cheap in my opinion, with a bit of dryness on the end, aftertaste of grass. Palate is thin. Not much special here.
desurfer (1262) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper body with no head. Very malty and sweet, some hop zing but mostly just the malt comes through. Smooth palate.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany with a dense white head and lace. Herbs, wheat and some candy in the flavor and nose. A bit weaker in the nose, though. Small spice in the finish. Not too bad.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brilliant copper colored with a rocky sandy color head. Grass and bread, with a touch or orange and clove in the aroma. Not overly "spicy", but a big malt body and crisp herbal peppery finish.
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Aroma is malty with some spice present. Appearance is amber with a fair head. Flavor is creamy with some dark fruit, pumpkin spice, molasses, and caramel detectable. I do enjoy Sam Adams alot more than most people, but this may be one of thier best.
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 (12367) - 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.