DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is my favorite from the winter sampler. It is the kind of quality that I would hope to get the Boston Beer Company. Good flavor, not too hoppy, but they are noticed, and the aroma is pleasant.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite dark in color, aroma is malty, pleasant hints of spice/fruit. Flavor is also pleasant and fairly well balanced, however does not inspire or approach Victory’s effort.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer. Nice spicy aroma, disapponintingly small head though. Nice balance of bitter with the sweet, not much wheat flavor, could use more to my taste. Nice winter brew, one of the best.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of Sammy’s best beers. Malty, spucey aroma. Sweet without being syruppy, as may beers of this style can be. Well balanced. Must be a very small percentage of wheat, to be nearly impercievable.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Re-rate, draught, poured a nice amber color with a thin white head aroma was malty and sweet with nutmeg and hops. Inital taste was good hitting the nutmeg and malt notes from the aroma. Aftertaste was kind of sour/ranicd. Very disappointing
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty and sweet, but could be thicker. This is still a macrobrewed beer. Decent flavor, but can’t compete with its microbrewed cousins.
Braudog (6218) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Beautiful warm, roasty brown color with light airy head. Enticing nutty aroma. Excellent spicy, roast-malt flavorings.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good one from Sammy boy here. Kinda goes as the boston lager though i get em when there’s no micro’s around.
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very beutiful beer with a dark amber color and a beutiful lasting head. The aroma is very fruity (almost like an ale) and also sweet and spicy. It has a very filling taste with a very complex sweetness - it’s very hard to tell that its been brewed on wheat malt - there are some smoked and caramel notes contained. And it ends on a nice bitterness that lingers. All in all a very fine beer.
freekyp (1850) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Dark chestnut color with a rocky off-white head. Slightly sweet, the various winter spices shine through. No one spice dominates and all mesh nicely. A slight rise in bitterness near the swallow keeps you coming back for another sip. A medium-bodied, easy drinking, winter beer equally at home by itself or with heartier dinner fare.