Posts Tagged ‘Samuel Adams’


Day #327 – Samuel Adams Winter Lager

November 24, 2011

Short review today as it’s THANKSGIVING! Cowboys win; heck yeah.

Samuel Adams Winter Lager


This is the winter seasonal from Samuel Adams which is technically a spice beer. it is 5.6%.

This beer pours a dark brown color that edges on red. Red highlights through the light. White type head.

Aroma is grainy for certain with some cinnamon spice and all-spice. Dark malts as well.

The flavor is much the same with spice and dark malts abound. Finishes dry spice that turns ever bready as it warms.




Day #321 – Samuel Adams Black & Brew

November 18, 2011

Samuel Adams Black & Brew

New beer from Samuel Adams today, courtesy of my friend Mike. This is a stout with Sumatran coffee added. I must say coffee beers are my absolute FAVORITE! I have high expectations for this. 5.8%.


Pours a dirty brown color with a tan bubbly head.

Aroma is chocolatey, dark chocolate and coffee grounds. The e isn’t nearly as overt as I was hoping.

Flavor is sweet chocolate, light coffee and roasted notes. Finishes sweet and ground. Not as much coffee as I wanted.



Day #280 – Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier

October 8, 2011

I’ve got another Samuel Adams beer for today; the last new one in their seasonal pack.

Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier


This beer is the final new release in the Samuel Adams Seasonal Harvest mix pack. It is classified as a Rauchbier, or a smoked beer. These beers are often made with malts that have been smoked to give it a nice woodsy flavor and aroma. This one has 5.7%.

This beer pours a clear deep ruby red color with a beige type head. It has a lot of carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is certainly smoky. Smoked wood and beef come to mind with heavy malts and some grassy notes. Earth tones perhaps.

Flavor is also smoked with a slight beef jerky flavor as well as wood, oak and outdoors. This is not one of my favorite styles but it falls in line with the others of it’s type. Worth the taste if you’ve never tried the style before.




Day #278 – Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

October 6, 2011

Really not too happy with my phone right now as I typed out this entire review and it crashed and lost it. Ugh.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale


This beer is new to the SA line-up this year. It appears in the Harvest mix pack. So you can expect at least 1 more review from them coming up. This is a pumpkin spice beer that is brewed with real pumpkin. Apparently it has been made for the company Halloween party for years and they just now decided to put it into production. 5.7%.

Pours a dark amber orangish red color with a white type head.

Aroma is pumpkin, ginger, and sweet Malts. Lots of autumn spices in this.

Some spices with pumpkin flavorings and a sweet/spicy finish. Slight ginger that leads all the way to the finish. Definitely a spiced beer.




Day #277 – Samuel Adams Black Lager

October 5, 2011

In my early days as a young beer enthusiast, when I was trying whatever new beer I could get my hands on, I was inevitably trying lots of beers from Samuel Adams. They were plentiful, available and presented me with a wide variety of new styles. Some of their beers I liked right off the bat, many I didn’t but I certainly remember the exact time and place when I tried this beer. It made that much of an impact on me, and I knew I liked it, I just couldn’t say why. Well I don’t think I’ve tried this beer in several years and I am looking forward to figuring out why I liked it so much right off the bat.

Samuel Adams Black Lager


Samuel Adams Black Lager is classified as a Schwarzbier, which literally means black lager. It has an ABV of 4.9% and I am not sure if this beer has made it to year round production now. I picked this beer up in the Fall seasonal mix pack, and I don’t see it around in the smaller 6-pack mixers anymore. It used to be mixed in with the Irish Red and the Brown Ale. (Come to think of it I haven’t seen the Brown Ale in ages either.) On to the beer.

This beer pours pretty dark. When held to the light you can see it has deep ruby hues with some touches of brown near the edges. Off-white colored head.

Aroma is dark malts, slight roast, a touch of peat perhaps and some chocolaty tones. Certainly an attractive smell that would appease any new drinker.

The flavor is also quite the delight. Dark chocolate flavors mix with bittersweet malts and a slight roasted quality near the end. This was pretty different for one of my earlier beers but I can see why I liked it so.




Day #260 – Samuel Adams Octoberfest

September 18, 2011

Expect to see plenty of Oktoberfest beers in the coming weeks. In fact I may even dedicate next week purely to Oktoberfest beers. Let’s go ahead and plan on that right now. 🙂

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

I’m on a bike ride/pub crawl tonight and I happened to run across this beer. I keep having more and more Samuel Adams beers!! This is their Oktoberfest (intentionally spelled Octoberfest in theirs) and has an ABV of 5.3%.

This beer pours a clear amber orange color with a decent sized white foamy head.

The aroma is very malty, metallic and bread with a fair bit of biscuit malt to it as well. This smells easy drinking with just a bit of spice.

The flavor definitely has lots of malt and some caramel flavors. Earthy and malty sweet, this makes for a good Oktoberfest beer.




Day #224 – Samuel Adams Utopias

August 13, 2011

Today is a very special occasion so I am featuring a very special beer. I attended a bottle share with some very cool people in Dallas. It was a bottle share hosted by local Beer Advocate members. I had previously only met a few of those people but I met lots of people today! Several folks brought some awesome beer to share, and this one in particular is well worth talking about.

Samuel Adams Utopias

Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company) created this badboy a few years back, and it only comes out on odd numbered years. I had previously tried the 2009 version, and today had the great fortune to try the 2011 batch. Utopias is a barley wine, and it’s a HUGE barley wine at that. 27% ABV huge! This beer also comes in limited quantities, so each bottle sells for around $200 a pop. Yeah, so this beer is rare, high in alcohol and very pricy. The bottle itself is a collectors item. It’s made of metal and resembles the shape of a copper brew kettle. Annnnnnnnnd it’s awesome. You’ll see why.


I swirled the hell out of this beer and there was no head to be found. Pours a very pretty reddish orange color with drippy sticky legs that stick to the side of the glass. This looks more like a brandy than anything.

Huge alcohol nose. Smell that curls the nose hairs. After that there is candied sugar, raw apple and snozeberries. Thick rich legs. Very alcoholic on the nose. I’m also pulling lots of lovely maple syrup notes, it’s incredible how syrupy this is. Very nice! I seriously smelled this for a long time.

Taste is incredibly complex. Huge flavors of brown sugar, black cherries, alcohol and oak aged wood fill the palate. Literally my nose is tingling every time I bring the glass up. Insane. Like waffle syrup on the nose, but hot. Damn. Large taste of maple syrup also. Drips down the throat. This is fantastic. A sipper no doubt. Hot hot hot as it warms.

If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer, I HIGHLY recommend it. Absolutely one of the best beers I have had in a long while.