brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is a clear, dark amber color with a finger’s worth of off-white foam.
S: The smell is caramel malt, mild spices such as cinnamon and ginger.
T: The flavors are similar to the nose, but amped up a bit. There is a sweet caramel flavor along with a nice cinnamon and ginger spiciness. There is also a bit of fruit, maybe cherry and orange.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is quite light, but works nicely for the beer.
D: This is an amazingly drinkable beer. I’ve never had this beer before and was quite pleasantly surprised by it. One of the better beers in the Winter Pack. Dedollewaitor (16539) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle @ Kvickly. Thanks ChrisitanScheffel. Pours dark amber with a small off white bubbly head. Nose and flavor is sweet malty and lightly spices. Cinnamon and caramel. Medium bodied. Ok djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is dark chocolate and a caramel malt. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a light malt with licorice and caramel finish. A very good brew from Samuel Adams. bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Malt, orange, and cinnamon? aroma. Deep reddish amber color with a persistent light tan head. Starts with a burst of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg, a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is better than thin. Really quite good, though I’m not sure I detect the ginger mentioned on the label. The chocolate is probably there, but the cinnamon mutates it. I don’t know how to describe the finish. All of the above? There’s a slight bite in the finish, and that could be the ginger. Good stuff. Ratman197 (15604) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of carmel, toasted malt, cinnamon, orange zest and light toffee. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, light orange zest and light spice with a smooth lingering malty finish.
DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. Clear deep amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, honey, some fruitiness and sweet spices. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, fruits, ginger, cinnamon and a slightly drier finish. Medium-bodied. Tmoney99 (15113) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Bottle from Winter Classic sampler. Clear ruby color with an average creamy off-white head that was lasting. Average ginger, cinnamon and citrus aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Moderate sweet spice flavor with an average finish. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours a clear ruby red color with a medium eggshell aroma, moderate retention and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, citrus and spice. Lots of orange peel and some green apple. Taste is fruity, again with the citrus and green apple, with some subtle bitter notes and caramel malts. Medium bodied. Dogbrick (14287) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2002
I really wish this one was available year round, as it is Sammy's best offering, edging out the Winter Lager. I really had trouble placing the aroma, it was kind of like toasted wheat bread with a hint of orange. The color was rich and so was the taste. Refreshingly complex. Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Brown ale with nice reddish hues, and a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon, ginger and lemony notes. In mouth, nice sweet caramel malt, coriander and oranges. Like a light bodied belgian brown ale. I tought this was quite good. Bottle is one yr old.