MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
12oz - best before June 2008 - Aroma is sweet caramel malt with subtle hops in the finish. Pours transparent garnet with a small lasting head and good lacing. Flavor is a little chewier than aroma but pretty much the same. Palate is sticky at first and finishes clean. Not bad at all. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright red-caramel color with a large tan head that lingered forever and left incredible lacing. The aroma was a very enticing mix of nutty malts and fruity hops. Surprisingly complex on the aroma. The flavor was roasty, nutty and malty with a light fruity hop note. Only slightly bitter. A bit of biscuit on the finish. I did not have very high expectations for this one, but this is the kind of beer I could drink all night long. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Saw this in the store for the past month and a half and finally bought a six pack of it. Unlike most people, I am not opposed in the slightest to drinking Sam Adams beers because sometimes they come out with a decent beer. This one pours out dark brown to red color with a thick brown head on it. Sweet, full of caramel, malty, not many hops present, but still, an easy drinking smooth beer. Not bad, I would drink it again. donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2008
A beautiful ruby red with a nice adequate tan head that laced nicely and clung to the sides of the glass throughout.
Had a bready/malty scent to it that was somewhat appealing, but not anything extraordinary.
Nice flavor, the malts are very evident in the taste. It was also a bit bitter, but not so much so that it disrupts the quality of the beer.
Very rich and creamy in the mouth with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Went down smooth. Upon first swallow I wasn’t sure how into the beer I was going to be, but half way through the glass I found it to be very satisfying.
I bought this in a six pack at a Giant Eagle, thankfully not in a variety pack like someone else had mentioned.
Serving type: bottle ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours amber. Good carbonation. Medium hopped. Medium malted. Touch of sweetness.
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 30, 2008
12 ounce bottle. Clear deep amber color with slight bubbles but no head. Malty aroma. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry malty flavor and dry finish. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2008
12 oz bottle: A nice caramel malt up front in the aroma with definite grassy hop characteristics intermingled with a sweetness that is pleasing. Pours a clear amber color with a medium long lasting off white head. Taste is got a definite herbal hop characteristic, malt is on the back end. An interesting brew, i am kind of torn with this one. It’s nice and interesting but the aftertaste is watery. Overall, I think it’s alright, interesting indeed, and rather strange on my palate right now to give it anything but an average rating. newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle - Pours a nice amber/red color with a full head and some slight lacing. Sweet fruity and malty aroma. Kind of a thin sweet flavor with a slight hint of bitterness. I really liked this one, and definitely will pick this up again. Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2008
robust and full of flavor. high on the malt with a slight toasty/earthy flavor. not much hops but the rest stands above RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2008
I hate to say this as Sam Adams brews some fine beers, but this was mediocre at best. Far too much like Killian’s, in my opinion. if treated to both in a blind taste taste, I would’ve been screwed. Definitely lacking. A slight cut above your run-of-the-mill macro.