NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Well, it didn’t look or smell particularly bad, nor was the initial taste. But, after that, it went awry. Quite harsh and unsmooth. Not appealing at all... jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Pours a good-looking red with a pretty big head. Malty aroma with something strange and unidentifiable in the background--like piss and vinegar, actually. No kidding. Decent malty and spicy flavor, but could be a little more robust. So-so. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Pours a nice clear mahogany with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar and wheat. Taste has notes of caramel, toasty malts, molasses, dark fruits and toffee. Pretty sweet but not too sweet. I didn’t detect any spiciness as mentioned in other reviews. Some light bitterness on the back end Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. Good head retention. Overall, a solid brew. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Solid appearance,with a nice dark brown color, aroma was pretty average, nothing stood out. Taste was nice, a very sweet start that ended with a bit of bitterness, but nothing too negative. Thought I tasted a little bit of cherry in there. A little lighter on the body side than I expected from a Winter beer. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
Brown amber colour with rich, creamy head. Flowery toffee aroma. Sweet, medium boided. Fruity with notes of plums. Some bitterness. A nice tasty brew.
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2004
A flavorful beer that could easily pass as an ale rather than a lager. This is because of the texture of the beer and for the dark color. I don’t think I have tasted many lagers with this much body and such thick mouth feel. Its bitter with a hint of spiciness. Long malty finish. Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Good taste, yet missing something on the full lager feel. Pretty bland start, intresting in the mouth, and a afterthought that lasts a little too long. Found my self grabbing snacks off the trays in order to get it off my palate. Okay, but i would stick with SA’s other holiday specials, namely the porter! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Draft. Clear brown amber body. Malty caramel flavor with nutmeg/cinnamon spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit too tingly for me. A tastey and well-done bock. shadey (2148) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Tried this from the bottle at Smokey Bones resturant outside of Albany NY. It was the only beer on the menu that I hadn’t already tried. I was pretty dissapointed. It wasn’t nearly as good as a regular Sam Adams Lager. For a winter beer, I definitly expected more alcohol and a whole lot more flavor. I will stick to winter ALE from now on, thanks.riot8088 (3) - USA - DEC 26, 2004 does not count
RERATE: Dark amber color with a creamy white film on top with some nice lacing. Aroma is malty and a little smokey. Flavor is a little smokey with a long lasting finish. Better than I remember.
One of my favorites. Compared to Yeungling on tap it comes out on top with a good margin.