YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Copper color with tan head. Spices to the nose and to the taste but subtle enough to make this one of Samuel Adams better offerings. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
This was another surprise. Spice and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste was of spiced cake, cocoa, toffee and wheat bread. Really smelled and tasted like Christmas. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Hope you like my snapshot of this beer (upper left). It's a shame this beer is so rare, as it's certainly one of their better offerings. Moderately spicy with some pepper and lots of bitterness. I even feel like there's a touch of citrus in this beer - enjoyable! My only beef with it is that it's a touch too heavy on the hops for me, as they linger on the tongue forever. Malt body gets left behind. changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
One of the best beers from the Boston Beer Company, too bad it only come in the winter sampler. Good nose and good head. Flavor is complex with caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, and hints of other flavors. Slightly bitter aftertaste overall a good beer. egajdzis (6499) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with a tan bubbly head, some lacing. Roasted malt, caramel, cinnamon aroma. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel in the taste. Average mouthfeel. I liked this!
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Sam Adams Holiday Sampler case is a wonderful variety! This one almost reminded me of a Winter Lager. Perhaps a bit sweeter though.... Patik (11) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Very dark red color with a cream-colored head. A little bitter, but still a decent taste. A little spicy too, with a hint of orange. Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2004
The aroma has a malty smell, with a very slight hint of orange and spices. A strong taste malty taste as well that also hints of orange and spices. Still, quite drinkable. But I couldn't stomach a six pack of this beer. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a nice cherry color with a tanish/sudsy head. Large aroma of dates, raisins & nutmeginnamon (nutmeg & cinnamon). Initial taste is of a cherry cough drop. While the aroma was nice, the overall flavor was somewhat simple. Its as if too much was thrown in there and it didnt add up. Finish is no different from the beginning, uneventful. Prior years have been better.rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2004
this beer looked great. as far as a spiced beer goes....... well, i'm not a fan. lots of complex spice characteristics that i don't care for. too much fruit and cinnamon and nutmeg for me...!