adamlau (76) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure why this ale rates so high. I thought the bittering was rough but noted the spiciness that others have commented on. Not good, but not bad.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 25, 2001
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with a thin, bone-white head. Zesty hops and (unfortunately) yeast nose. Slightly tangy and yeasty, with faint orange and caramel flavors with a nice balance between malt and hops. Mediocre, bitter finish leaves this better than most macro crap, but boring nonetheless.
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite of winter brews
IL IPA Lover99 (69) - Monroe City, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really enjoyed this beer one of Sam Adams best brews.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich caramel sweetness, but not too sweet (which I liked); nice amount of bitterness to complement. Glad to find this beer not overly spiced; just enough to satisfy.
Aurelius (4370) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Wow, good beer. Garnet/tea color with light head. Nose reminds me of barleywine. Flavor is malty, slightly tart. Wide flavor profile for a ’commercial’ beer. Palate is just right, with some trailing tart aftertaste. I got 2 of these in the Winter Sampler, but I’m going back for more while they’re in season.
10/21/2010 - Nine years after I originally rated this beer, I think that my aggregate score would remain about the same. This is a good brew. Maybe the best generally-available winter seasonal in the US.
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Dunkel style dark wheat lager with some spices in the finish. A good smooth malty beer, just like the style would suggest. A bit more copper in color than a regular Dunkel, but still very good - if a bit remisniscent of their regular lager.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2001
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ho-hum stuff. Has a metallic kind of malt body to it, and leaves a cloying, sweet/bitter taste on the palate that I didn’t care for at all.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Simultaneously crisp and malty with a full body and spicy alcohol bite. Nice German hop bite amid some notes of orange. Nice tight head with creamy bubbles on a semi-clear body. A good weizenbock it’s not but it’s a solid winter seasonal, albeit mainstream.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2001
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smelled decent, caramel malt odors and looked pretty nice. Then i drank it and just didnt taste good at all. Kinda weird taste, like dirt, and i have eaten dirt as a kid. Some caramel flavor. Just didnt care for it at all.