skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2004
A cloudy pour with the colors of an acorn. The aroma hints boldly that winter is coming, with nutmeg and pumpkin. Medium-bodied and clearly wheaty, with some nice pear and peach flavors. Finish is abrupt and balanced between sweet and dry. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Rating update, on tap. Clear amber in color with a creamy, milky tan head. Chocolate, caramel and copper pennies meet allspice and clover to spice the aroma, but there’s a distinct corn adjunct characteristic protruding through the nose. Hints of gently crushed white pepper and white chocolate toffee nougats do little to segway into the flavor. Weak, watered down and astringent. Touch of liquid caramel and diluted brown sugar. Some aspects are akin to flavor sucked Tollhouse caramel cookie tubes. Aluminum reverence and pepper extract, if that’s possible for the brewer, patriot. Nutmeg and golden raisins are enforced in the yeasty brown bread finish, though diluted with almond intonations. Without a doubt, the red headed stepchild of weizenbocks. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Red in color with hints of brown and a well-sustained, off-white head. Aroma of subtle clove, a nice chocolate, and chicken bullion cubes. Flavor is sweet, carmelized, toasty, and subtle chocolate with a solid, medium body. Very pedestrian. macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Sam Adams makes good reliable beers. This one is no exception. It’s got a thin nose, a nice bitter mouth, and not much aftertaste. Sam Adams is, I believe, the gold standard for mass marketed beers in North America. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Bottle. Pours deep bronze with a small tan head. Nose is nicely malted with some light spices and caramel. Also a hint cookies. Taste is malty and spicy with light fruit notes and whole grain breadiness. Body is medium with mild carbonation feel. Finish is spiced and malty but with some sweeter notes. Good beer!
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2004
****RE-RATE**** Bottle. Copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, big caramel notes, soft spice and pleasant nutty notes. Taste is caramel, soft ginger, light cinnamon, sweet malt and nutty notes. Faint cocoa as well. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation and is slightly chewy. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, soft spice, light ginger and nutty notes.
Nice cherry wood in color with a quickly diminishing head. Malted yeast in the nose and similar in taste. Mild. In offensive, but not outstanding. shrubber85 (11411) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Bottle. Malt aroma with nutmeg and orange rind. A very nice amber color with small head. Malt flavor with orange peel/cranberry - very mild hops. A decent enough beer - just not a great example of the style. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
On tap. Poured a medium to dark mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light spices and sweet malts. Caramel. Lightly sweet. Creamy if somewhat of a thinner/watery body. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Slightly spicy and light, this one is just pretty good. It fails to become spectacular, but it will do. beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Served on tap. Clear, deep amber color. Medium bodied. Light malty sweetness. Light alcohol notes. Light bitter finish.