igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice lacy head, roasted flavor with an initial heavy alcohol taste (taste disappeared after about 4-5 sips). i expected a little more body than this, but still a quality beer nonetheless. re-rate...pretty big malty/bready flavor...the only really bad thing about this in my opinion is that it leaves a metallic aftertaste which isnt very pleasing.
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at the SA Brewhouse in the Newark Airport: light nose, deep gold color, no head. Light toasted malt taste and a faint hop bitterness. Not at all spicy and nothing "Winter" about it. This was served flat from a wait staff that knew nothing about beer. A shame for an outlet run by SA itself.
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much winter is going on here with this brew. Almost no nose. Orange amber color. Flat carbonation. Spicey and pepperý, but light. Medium finish.
Terminus (3254) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ReRate-tap-this is a very good beer coming from such a huge company. It is very sweet-aroma and palate. Nothing else to say other than a quality beer
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wheat Lager? Minimal nose. Nice copper color with a small bubbled, tall head. Sweet and dry flavors. More alcohol flavors than I prefer. Finishes with a husky grain dryness and a cloying sweet sourness tending towards medicinal.
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very bright, crisp taste. Full body and very smooth. Definately one of the best by Sam Adams
ElGaucho (2222) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderate malt and light hop nose. Small, fully diminishing head with no lace. Clear, dark, reddish black body. Moderately sweet and bitter; well balanced. Softly carbonated, almost flat. Not as tasty as the Boston Lager but above average for a Winter brew. A solid offering
OldJack99 (114) - USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It’s another dark beer from Sam Adams....a very wheaty taste to it, but it’s good to warm you up in the wintertime.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 My beer drinking neighbor handed me one of these over the fence last Saturday, telling me it was his very favorite beer. I have to admit that I can see why he would say this--very nice beer in all respects. It looks gorgeous and tastes marvelous. It also has a nice 'mouth feel', very smooth and perfectly carbonated.
This is the first beer from Samuel Adams I've ever tried. I considered them to be almost a 'macro' brewery so I was hesitant to actually drink any of their brews. Hate to say it, but my closed-mindedness would have kept me from a very good beer if my neighbor hadn't given me a bottle.