anthlovesbeer (67) - north grafton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2008
Loved ths ale. A true old colonial ale that brings you back in time with every sip. I hope for two things to come out of retirement...this ale and #33 Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics! I’m not holding my breath! jimmycyo (13) - USA - OCT 19, 2005
on tap at BU Pub, 10/18/05. nice aroma. Smoky molasses complex hoppy aftertaste. Eventhough it’s not a lager tastes to me a lot like the Boston Lager except sweeter b/c of the molasses and a bit smokier. I didn’t find the carbonation to be too high but it is definitely present. A very drinkable beer. thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Tap @ Porter’s, Boston. Pours a brown-ish amber color. The aroma is slightly sweet and nutty, possibly with some fruit thrown in. The taste is very smooth with a nice sweetness to it and subtle spices and malts thrown in. I’m a big fan of this beer. commonshawn (1335) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Tap at union oyster house bar with commonmac and samadouche. Hazy orange with small white head and little lacing. Sweet and citrus aroma. Sharp, high sugar taste, with a bite. Kinda tangy. Better than expected. bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2017
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2005
FLAVOR- noticeably smooth, slight sweetness. Very little roasty flavor (which makes sense considering the malt bill). The blackstrap molasses probably adds to the sweetness I’m tasting. It is called a brown, but it doesn’t ’fit’ within the typocal types of brown ales today.
NOTES- cool that it’s only available in Union Oyster House in Boston. Definitely one of the most I interesting and good beers ive had from Sam.
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 [tap @ Bukowski’s 10/19/05] Pours a dark reddish amber, with a small head that quickly diminishes to a lacy ring around the edge of the glass. Immediately, I noticed the thick, oily mouthfeel and high carbonation- this really seems to stick to the tongue and teeth. Aroma is sweet, lots of molasses/brown sugar flavor.. plus a little hops. Tastes quite nutty - lots of nice, toasty malts. This is pretty well balanced, except for the serious carbonation.. I dig this more than most of Sam Adams’ offerings. This seems to have less of the ’rusty’ overtones than their usual brews. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2006
NEBF05: Clear orange and brown with a thin white head, rich spicy aroma with a hint of rye and brown sugar. Starts and ends lightly sweet. An odd tasting beer, but certainly interesting. thornecb (6093) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2008
This is still pouring at the Union Oyster House in Boston. Pours a deep brown into a shaker. Nice, off-white head with medium retention. No aromas. Flavor leans to malt, but was served way too cold to get an idea of the full flavor. Refreshing non-the-less. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2005
On tap. Dark brown color with mild white head. Sugary aroma, mostly of molasses and waffles. Flavor is heavy on both of those as well, with the molasses prominent, raisin bread as well. Minimal hop presence, and I detected hints of detergent as well. After several tastings this is defintely unique, though too sweet overall. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2006
On draught. Pours amber with a white head. Smells nutty with hints of juniper. Tastes roasted and nutty with splashes of spice. Not a bad experiment.