Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
Similar to but not as good as the lager..................................... ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
I liked this beer better than the lager.
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Looks and smells similar to the Boston Lager with a taste of spice to make this a wonderful addition to my regular Sammy's drink list. Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Amber color. Spicy almost pepper like aroma. Very slight hint of fruit. Nutty malt flavor turns bitter then malty again. Hints of caramel/toffee. Lingering bitter finish. collegiatebrew (22) - Defreestville, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2002
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Copper orange color with a big head that disappears and leaves some faint traces on the sides. A slightly caramel nose mixed with faint hops. The taste has an odd nutty bitter flavor. At first I scoffed, but it grew on me. While not greatly complex or thick, there is enough flavor here for it to get by. A decent ale for house guests or the next get together. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Amber hue.Whitish head is frothy and clean. Roasty toasted malt aroma, tangyness in the background. Caramel and toffe-ish notes, medium bodied and a lingering bitter finish with malts flowing all the way through. I forgot how much I like this brew. Its not extraordinary, but its definately impressive. bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2002
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 I’ve had 2 more sixes of this and it’s been great each time. The flavors are balanced well, and this is VERY smooth for an ale. I love this beer, possibly my favorite domestic.
Well I recently found some other micros here in Ames (hard to find a lot of variety here) and I like some beers better but not too many. The rating has slipped in comparison to new beers I’ve found but this is still a wonderful ale in my book.
This beer seems to be going way downhill. After having not tasted it for over a year, I bought a sixer and it’s much worse than I remember. Instead of the fruity, spicy ale tastes, now it tastes like a lousy adjunt-heavy macro. It’s hard to believe how far Sam has slipped over the past several years. 007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Had a great spicy aroma, but the taste was almost non-existent. Short finish, weak body. Not bad, but definitely not great. hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Has some nice malt/hops flavors and goes well with the typical beer foods. I like it a bit more than their lager, too.