blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Like many of th BBC offerings, I have noticed a decline in the flavor of this brew over the past three years. But its still pretty good -- very caramel sweet with a nice ruby red appearance and thick head. Aroma is spiced and sweet, and boy does this have a kick and half to it. Probably the best of the Seasonals, since Octoberfest fell off in my book. A beer to try every winter. Cheers! hotstuff (5140) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Bottle at the Alehouse in Ft. Myers, FL. This beer when poured had a large sized creamy and smooth ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was transparent and softly carbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty and also caramel. The flavor was malty and caramel with a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a medium bodied beer with average amounts of lacing. JFGrind (2042) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Meets standard Sam Adams requirements for flavor, appearance and aroma. No sign of spices either. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Beautiful dark red color with a difficult to discern aroma (weak maltiness?). Nice balance of malts and wheatiness in the flavor. One of Sam Adams' better beers. GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle: Retained it’s head pretty well, not watery like old fizzywig. Malty with notes of ginger or is it mint? Interesting but not spectacular. 3.3
Rerate Nov 2004:
On tap very malty almost to the point of being syrupy. Maple notes and no hint of ginger this time.Tasted like an old ale.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Excellent, Earthy malty beer. Delicious, chewy character. I enjoyed this beer. Still made by a "big American brewery", but not bad at all. tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
The best part of this beer is you can get it at many restraunts (in my area) that don't have a big variety. Sweet malt aroma, some fruit and spice, and just a hint of floral hop. Good initial malt flavors blended with spices that add to the sweetness. Fairly balanced with a slight bittering hop finish. I'll drink this beer again. thedm (6143) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 130. This bottled brew was sampled at the Ale House resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a large head of fizzy foamy finely sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent softly carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was that of a mild malt and the mouthfeel was acidic metallic yet smooth with a mild hop bite. It had a medium strength brown malt flavor that I did not care for. There was something skunky about it that lingered in the finish and bothered me. dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2003
It's got a really great deep red color to it, but not much discernable in the aroma. Average flavor, decent palate. Not too dry. Served ice cold, which didn't hurt at all. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Nice dark red color. A little bit of caramel flavor and slightly floral aroma. Nothing extraordinary, but still fairly good. About as good as Sam Adams gets.