thorongil2 (912) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle) clear, deep orange amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of noble hops, fruit; mostly bitter and mineral flavour with a hint of spice; average
jehoesefat (159) - Kapolei, Hawaii, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty grain aromas. Pours clear copper with a minimal white head. Decently flavored for a lager, good maltiness.
Wesman (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap, smelled like a winter beer with some spice. Looked great with some caramel color. Tasted some citris, spice and a hint of sweetness. Very balanced and overall a balanced and drinkable beer.
Bamaboy1975 (194) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What a pleasant brew! This was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was remarkable with a deep caramel color, almost like a fine cognac. The head doesn't stick around long and their isn't much lacing but not a big deal. The scent is a lot like the taste, very balanced with very very light citrus and some other spices which Sam Adams claims cinnamon among, although it isn't easy to pick up anything specific. I actually got some ginger and something of a coriander scent although I doubt it's actually in the beer but that's fine I like coriander. The mouth-feel is pleasant and full....not too water and not too creamy, like I said balance was their aim here. The taste is very pleasant with a bouquet of spices and notes, none of which jump out at you, but I think that's why this recipe works so well. Hints of ginger and orange for sure and you will get some cinnamon on the taste, something I didn't get from the scent. This is a very very smooth beer and this is something anyone can enjoy. Some of the more "refined" beer snobs might be a bit disappointed with the "lack" of complexity or boldness but putting this in perspective as a fine seasonal brew, I think it's pretty damn good and would recommend this to anyone.
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Holmen1 (1670) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fra flaske på slutten av kvelden, DSJT, Cardinal nov-13: lager og lager, fru Blom. Mye godlukt, og frisk munnfølelse (fizzy). En del krydderelementer i en ellers nokså nøytral smak. Havner på kjedsomhetslisten.
BeerLady66 (2) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full bodied, citrus ginger and vegetable blend.. what I’ve come to expect from SAM ADAMS.
jerseyjohn71 (110) - corsicana, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, roasty, herbs, spruce, ginger, red, clear, frothy, rocky head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, fizzy, sticky, good lacing, tan head
Beerandhockey8 (154) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 12oz bottle to lager glass. Pour is a very nice deep ruby, thick off white head. Nose is a bit of everything, roasted malt, light caramel, cinnamon, orange peel. Taste is slight bitter, medium bodied. Hints of sweetness here as well. Finishes clean, thicker texture. Decent beer, best enjoyed on cold nights hanging by the fire.
njnut (43) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at an Applebees. Served in pint glass. A fingers worth of head, large bubbles. Almost looked like the foam in a rough surf. Deep amber color. Aroma was light wheat. A slight roasted malt taste. Generally weak. I noted none of the holiday spice it says in the Boston Beer description. Much more mild in taste than expected from a winter brew.
chris__hartley (258) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It pours copper with ruby highlights, very transparent; the head is bone-coloured and foamy. The aroma has notes of: ruby-fruit jam, berries, and toffee. The taste is light sweet that finishes light bitter; there are notes of: toffee, cracker, grapefruit, and a slight licorice. The palate is light bodied, slightly creamy, and has a short finish. Overall, boring.