bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2003
deep amber with a small off-white head which disappears rather quickly, mild sweet malt aroma. medium bodied and fairly malty with slight amount of fruit in the finish, but no spiciness was detected. A very average beer, that's better than the masses, but no really worth seeking out. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Super coppery color thats pretty deep and glowing, thin ivory head that fades fast, lace minimal but sticking in thin ink blot patches. Smell is more sweet then spicy, the spice seems citric like cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with pepper and orange peels, malty sweetness subdued overall with a burnt-like caramel. Not all that strong but interesting. Taste is all over the place, layers of different spicyness, including dried peppers, cinnamon, curried apples, orange peels, did someone mix the fruit salad with the salsa? Some malty sweetness of caramel lingers in the back trying desparately to keep things in check but lets go in quite a few areas. A mild but wild ride, nothing really stands out or is overwhelming. Feel is lighter then medium with a texture that didn't fit in the carbonation for me. Seems creamy, but the smoothness is all but lost due to the carb bite it tends to have mixed with the spices. Not something I'd have again really, but wouldn't turn it down if offered. Subtle but complex, but maybe trying a little to hard to stand out. celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Good Brew. It reminds me of the SA Boston Ale, but better. Malt was the dominant flavor. I tried to detect the "spice" but it just wasn't that noticable, though not absent completely. It is a good tasting beer though. Poured dark amber with good head and lacing. Carbonation was pretty good. Creamy and satisfying mouth feel. Nice warmer upper considering the ABV. I'd definitely drink more and, just as I stated with the Ale, I got it on sale, and will get more again, epecially if it's on sale. eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Once the clocks go back and we've drunk the last of the Oktoberfests, its time to break-out the "winter" ales and lagers. Brought to us by the brewers and patriots at the Boston Brewing Company, this lager is a hearty, malty brew with hints of nutmeg, pear and clove. Not too complex, but pleasant nonetheless. Not an impressive palate or finish, but good "comfort" beer for a mid-autumn's stormy night! MaBeer1972 (2145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 5, 2003
On-tap at Uno's. Served mighty cold. First few sips were tasteless. Had to pace myself to let the thing warm up a bit. Not bad. Nice, rich malty flavor. Not spiced. A decent brew.
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
2003 vinatage. Nice clear ruby color with a brief lacing head. Aroma of figs, fruit, and some spice as well. Smooth taste, creamy at the end. Some hops as well as some fruity flavors in the end. A Pretty good brew from Sam Adams! matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2003
I can’t believe my father spent the money, deviated from his regular MGD purchase and bought a 6er of Samuel Adams Winter, SWEET, a free rate!
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
This brew pours a deep mahogany colored body and a short lived caramel colored head, nice lacing though. The aroma and flavor are of caramel, figs, plums, peaches, apricots, and maybe a dash of nutmeg & black peppercorns, really surprisingly good stuff. The palate is fairly creamy, medium; finish has a fizzy bitter edge. Overall I’m impressed with the quality, being that it is probably brewed in mass batches of 20,000 gallons or something ridiculous.
I like the fairly high alcohol percentage...fitting for the colder winter season. Malty, malty , malty. Slight metallic taste too. Can't find the hops, which was ok beause I was switching off between this and SN celebration ale. So I had my hops and my malts between the two. Reid (2611) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Ok new Winter 2003/04 version with a slighly changed label.
In appearance this a deep dark red almost garnet coloured beer woth a tiny off white head..goes but leaves nice lacing.
Smell is rather subdued..malty though.
Taste is almost all sweet malts..some fruity flavours near end.
Pretty average feel in the palate.
Have to say i was dissapointed I have had this beer the last 5 winters ..it was always excellent..maybe its just my changed taste buds but i think the recipe has been "tweeked" for the worst ..my opinion only!
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 Pours a deep garnet, moderate carbonation, a little "rocky" head. Smells malty, almost no hops, or anything else for that matter. Flavor is again malty, a bit cheap in my opinion, with a bit of dryness on the end, aftertaste of grass. Palate is thin. Not much special here.