DrnkMcDermott (2994) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Draft, Dec 04 This seasonal is a bit more widely available in Chicago this year; I had this at the Cheeseburger in Paradise, Downers Grove, where, WARNING: they serve drafts in an inced-over mug. Still, the cold brings out a bit of spiceniess, probably from the hop bill. Good doughy, deep, dark roast malts amid the floating chunks of ice. My impression of this is much improved from last year.
Draft, Nov 03 Good half-inch head over a coppery body. But not a lot of smell. Maltiness is pleasant without having too much actual taste, though, just a little bit crystal. I had not pegged this for a wheat. Couldn't peg any kind of hop profile. Leaves a decent enough malty aftertaste.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling clear, copper-colored beer. Very small, creamy, off-white head.
Unlike every other facet of this brew, the aroma is fairly nondememo and weak.
Malty flavor. Well-balanced.
Medium to full-bodied with a nice, oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Crisp, clean, dry finish with some final notes of caramel. Great beer for die-hard maltheads!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 This one used to be called winter brew or somthin'.It had a unique and spicy character and I swore it used to be bottle conditioned.Or was I dreaming of another beer?I do enjoy this very much.Kinda spicy.Nice signature Sam adams taste which I do enjoy.I just wish this wasn't considered a weizen bock.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A winter beer that was brewed to be easily drinkable, if you ask me. Smell was a little disappointing (almost non-existant), but the flavor was good. Could have been a little more assertive, but good malty sweetness, and light spiciness (not overdone). Decent hop presence too.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium amber color with a decent head. Aroma is fair and taste is good. A great option for when you don't want to drop $3.50 on a premium beer but can't face Miller or Bud
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish, good head n' lace; aroma is cinnamon and oranges. Slightly spicy flavor, with traces of coffee and roasted grain, earthy malt and sweet, finishing dry. As you near the bottom of the glass a hint of diacetyl appears. Nice and satiating, but drink fresh as possible, I see this stuff as being fairly fragile.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark amber color with nice head and excellent lacing. Aroma is lighty spicy but moderately hoppy with a fruity end. The flavor is very balanced with a light spicy end. This wasn't a bad beer, sam adams has some pretty good offerings for macro.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
deep amber with a small off-white head which disappears rather quickly, mild sweet malt aroma. medium bodied and fairly malty with slight amount of fruit in the finish, but no spiciness was detected. A very average beer, that's better than the masses, but no really worth seeking out.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super coppery color thats pretty deep and glowing, thin ivory head that fades fast, lace minimal but sticking in thin ink blot patches. Smell is more sweet then spicy, the spice seems citric like cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with pepper and orange peels, malty sweetness subdued overall with a burnt-like caramel. Not all that strong but interesting. Taste is all over the place, layers of different spicyness, including dried peppers, cinnamon, curried apples, orange peels, did someone mix the fruit salad with the salsa? Some malty sweetness of caramel lingers in the back trying desparately to keep things in check but lets go in quite a few areas. A mild but wild ride, nothing really stands out or is overwhelming. Feel is lighter then medium with a texture that didn't fit in the carbonation for me. Seems creamy, but the smoothness is all but lost due to the carb bite it tends to have mixed with the spices. Not something I'd have again really, but wouldn't turn it down if offered. Subtle but complex, but maybe trying a little to hard to stand out.
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Brew. It reminds me of the SA Boston Ale, but better. Malt was the dominant flavor. I tried to detect the "spice" but it just wasn't that noticable, though not absent completely. It is a good tasting beer though. Poured dark amber with good head and lacing. Carbonation was pretty good. Creamy and satisfying mouth feel. Nice warmer upper considering the ABV. I'd definitely drink more and, just as I stated with the Ale, I got it on sale, and will get more again, epecially if it's on sale.