unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2007
12oz bottle. Why can’t all Samuel Adam’s be like this?! dark brown with a foamy khaki head. rich, heavy caramel, toffee, almond, dubbel aroma. slight alcohol ring on th glass. flavor is sweet and very malty. Heavy bodied. 10%?... it is hidden very well. This is my favorite Sam Adams! SoylentBlack (148) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 A slight cleanser odor - and no head. But a pretty fine ale. Mr Oliver has done well. Not a brew I’d drink more than 1 per eve though, save this one for the special nights. Beautiful color. I’m surprised a larger brewery could produce this in such quantity... *edit* I thinkk vyvvy got the right idea, I bet this would age to perfection.
update: ok, so the aging only went 5 months, because I ran out of beer. But this ale has turned out fantastic. It smells like whiskey (or is it bourbon? or scotch?), and almost tastes like it to. Fantastic. I hope Sam Adams makes this a regular. DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
This is another benchmark beer from the SA LS series. Great ruby mahogany colored pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, cabernet, hops, cobwebby earthy notes. The flavor is caramel malty, with a very rich, complex palate, and some molasses, raisins, dark chocolate, cabernet, and mild hop taste notes. This one is outstanding. Kudos to Don Oliver. jimhilt (2625) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a four finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is sweet molasses/caramel, not cloying, high ABV is hidden. $7.49 6-pak, 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. KenLee (1) - Livonia, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2007 does not count
This was a wonderful experience on a cold winter night. The rich malt was similar to candy caramel and was truly well-balanced with hop bitterness. It was similar to a good dopplebock from Germany. I highly recommend this contest winner. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter, rich color and a nice lace curtain. This one had me draining the last drops from my glass with passion for more!
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Poured into a Pint glass. Pours a red copper colour, fizzy off white frothy head with large bubbles and good retention with an instant lacing of the glass. Vinus malty aroma. Taste starts with a malty, rock candy,caramel combined with a well balanced hop bitterness for finishing taste. Silky Smooth on the palate. 10.6% is well represented and not overpowering. Big Props to this one, by far the best of the long shot variety. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop marker best before 6/07 poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated red brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty vinous and sweet. The mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of very nice and strong caramel malt sweet vinous dark malt and brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. FROTHINGSLOSH (8141) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright ruby-chestnut color with a medium sized light brown head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and had notes of molasses and caramel. Lovely aroma. The flavor was very sweet and fruity - notably cherry - with strong notes of caramel and molasses. The finish was long and sweet with ripe fruits. The body was a bit too fizzy for an old ale but that was really my only complaint. Probably the finest beer I have had from this brewer. BenDover (230) - Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Pours a mahogany with a good off-white foam. Aroma of bananas. Taste is spicy and malty, coffee flavor, some cinnamon and nutmeg, not at all bitter. Wonderful stuff. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, too. This guy is brilliant!!!