jefcon (1921) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Dark amber in the glass and a tiny bit of lacing. Aromas are light toast, kind of herbal, and a little musky. This beer is lively on the palate with a solid progression. The peak flavors jump out in the middle, with an essence of fruit and hops. Grains and malt dominate before and after. Otherwise, this beer is smooth, shows you what it’s made of, and is suprisingly rich. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours dark amber with decent head that lasts a couple of minutes. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Very well balanced smooth body. Decent lacing. Decent hop bite in the finish. Very drinkable overall. Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Toffee, Caramel, malt aroma. Body is brown with a thin light tan head. Damn sweet, sweet tea and caramel, Taste very similar to newcastle at the beginning, then fades to a more toffee taste at the end. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 (Bottled, 5.6%) Clear amber/ruby color with a smallish, firm head. Sweetish, malty aroma with a slight toffee-scotch ale feel and a hint of spices, smoke, milk chocolate and aromatic hops. Quite toffee-malty, sweetish flavor with a bitter, dryish finish, some vanilla and other spices. Medium-bodied, smooth-carbonated, slightly sticky palate. A nice, reasonably full-bodied and balanced brew with just enough (but not too much) spiciness to suit the wintertime. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2004
On tap at the Crescent Moon Alehouse. Way darker than I had expected. At first, I had the impression that this was a jazzed-up version of regular Sam. However, as the beer warmed, I could detect spice-like flavors and more roasted caramel malt body. Very drinkable and pleasant, if nothing else.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Poured amber brown with thin tan head...smell is sweet with molasses with a hint of nutmeg...if I just tasted it not knowing what the style was, I’d be torn between overly sweet Oktoberfest or spicy brown ale...molasses sweetness with some cherry and nutmeg...finish a little cloying... TBone (17994) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Bottled (BB 03/2005)Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Red ruby, good foamy medium head, lace. Sweet, malty, hoppy, berries, black currant nose, almost Belgium character. Medium-bodied, chewy, flavor of toffee, berries. Aftertaste has some late bitterness. Decent brew, but a bit unbalanced. Though this is weizen bock, this has some Märzen notes. (6/4/5/3/12 3.0)
Re-rated, alc. 5.6% (BB 09/2006)
Ruby red color, creamy white head, lace. Aroma has wheat and rye, some tobacco. Medium to full bodied. Sweet, rounded barley malty flavor. Real cross over -beer of styles. (5/4/7/3/13 3.2)
Poured kind of dark but also see thru. smelled rather pleasant and spice, like winter cooking.Light brown head that did not last. spicey and refreshing. Alittle extra fiz. Bitter hoppy finish. Good. lamas (1651) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours an attractive dark amber with very thick tan head. Smells malty and slightly of bourbon. Taste is nothing too notable. Pretty standard dark lager. The above-average ABV is hardly noticeable. Not warming like they lead you to believe. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Sam Adams is my fall back beer, something to hav when nothing decent is available. So I always like to try the seasonal brews. This poured a dark amber colour with a nice lasting head. The flavour is good, slightly complex with some malt and hops character. It doesn’t deviate too much from the standard lager, but it has some spice to set it apart as a decent winter beer.