Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark amber. Off-white head. The smell is a pleasant mix of orange and spices ( ginger and cinnamon ) overlaid on a strong caramel malt base. For me, though, the taste of this beer was somewhat disappointing, being much lighter on the spiciness than the smell had led me to believe. When I drink a spicy Winter beer I want to really taste the spices, but try as I might all I could taste in this brew was orange, with maybe an echo of ginger.Not bad, just not what I was expecting. thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Amber, thin bubbly cream head. Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, malts. Odd flavor indeed. It has a sour tanginess to it, and a very dry finish, no aftertaste. Cinnamon in the flavor. Better than the so-called Cranberry Lambic. Nice festive holiday beer. biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Nice amber pour- Nose was exceedingly complex hints of spice: ginger and some vanilla as well... Nice, rich malty sweetness that was suprisingly well balanced... Very warming Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Great aroma - full of spices and even fruit - the label says they used orange - I only picked it up in the aroma, not much in the flavor. Body is thick and malty, they gave this a generous handful from the spicerack - cinnamon and ginger. The finish was surprisingly not too sweet, still I couldn't drink this all night long. Try it with dessert - pumpkin pie maybe. SiddFinch (156) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
They blended quite a bit of spices/flavors together without any one of them being too overpowering. I remember a few years back, the cinnamon and ginger seemed a little over the top. Much better overall balance. Probably my favorite in this years sampler.
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Got this in the winter special 12 pack. Nice hoppy smell. Decent head. Amber color. Flavor was awesome with a slight bitter hop bite at the end of the bottle. Great stuff. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Orangish brown color, cream colored head. Malty aroma with some toffee and some spice. Similar flavor profile with the spice being a bit more pronounced in the finish. Medium body. Pretty good. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Reddish-brown color with a fragrant malty aroma. A sweet and spicy taste even a litle tart. The malt character could be a little heavier to blend with the spices. Still it warms the soul, a nice offering from Sam. OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2003
This was a really good sam adams beer. I thought it had a sweet aftertaste hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Amber in color. Flavor is malt with caramel and cinnamon. Best served cold, it seemed to lose flavor as it warmed.