Formerly brewed at Boston Beer Company
Style: Old Ale
Boston, Massachusetts USA


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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
Created by Don Oliver, California. Don says that the blend of distinctive malts in his brew "offers a rich and malty taste that doesnt overpower. Its a full-bodied, heavy ale good for a winter night by the fire."

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-22-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to ford9719
Dark red brown with no real head. Smell is below average sweet malt. Flavor is cough syrup and soy sauce. Not enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
*did not mind would not buy* aroma: smells of fruit pancake syrup and sweet cheap candy malts. smells like one of the avery sugar spiked high abv beers. app: looks great! nice ruby tones. flavor: buttery, warm, does have a sweet finish but not as sweet as i thought. its good. lacks magic and complexity. tastes a lil cheap. pal: thick! nice. very good! OA: nice but not great. its ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2008
Reddish-brown and clear in look. Smells of maple and molasses and caramel. Taste is sweet and molasses like. Full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2008
From Notes 12 oz bottle pours a nice ruby with a thick off white head. Flavor is sweet, strong, syruppy. Seems to need some aging.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2008
bottle from ford9719. Thanks!
Porus dark maroon with mostly clear body and a short lived tan head. Smell is soy and malt and pretty odd. Taste is tart, and old malt. Not sure this one aged so well. Definitely has that "soy" character strongly about it. A bit thin as well. Lingering awful taste. Drink this now before it gets worse!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10936) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2008
DELICIOUS! Very strong and malty. Nice head pours that sticks around for awhile. Dark red color with a great flavor of caramel, brown sugar and dried fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cainede (9) - DuBois, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008 does not count
About as tasty as a 10.6 ABV can be. Wouldnt want more than 1 or 2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Nice amber color with a big white head. A bit surprise Sam Adams made a regular beer this big. Lots of caramel aromas with a hint of raisins. Same flavors plus dark fruitiness (figs maybe?). Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Found a six pack of the Samuel Adams 2006 AHC at Warehouse Liquors in Duluth, Minnesota. Pours a clear dark reddish brown brew with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and ring top. Aroma of roasted dark caramel malt, some dark pitted fruits, raisins and a touch of plum. Taste is medium bodied, some light carbonation with flavors of sweet caramel malt, some raisins, dark fruits, a touch of molasses and some chocolate. Finish is semi-sweet, a good balance of dark grain malt and fruity character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2008
12oz bottle. Attractive deep red-amber color. Half inch frothy head. My bottle was labeled as best before June 2007, it is now late February 2008. Pungent malty alcohol aroma, but the malt blend really does a great job covering the taste of the alcohol. Heavy and rugged by most anyones standards, reminiscent of a Samiclaus or a really strong English ale. Lots of subtleties running amok in this one, from chocolate tones to an almost citrus fruit twang. Pretty cool beer, especially for Sam Adams.

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