Posts Tagged With: Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest

Beer: Octoberfest
Brewery: Samuel Adams
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.3%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Stein
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Cloudy amber body with a small head that disappeared instantly.

Smell: This smells like a generic amber lager. There’s an initial aroma of caramel and toasted malts. It doesn’t progress much past that.

Flavor: Slightly nutty and surprisingly bitter, not dissimilar to the flavor of burnt sugar. The backbone of the flavor profile is a caramel malt and it finishes with just a hint of Noble hops.

Feel: Medium-thin body with great carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  More flavorful than some German Märzens, Sam Adams’ Oktoberfest resembles more of a Vienna Lager than an authentic Oktoberfestbier. It has a pleasant enough caramel taste, but it’s missing a little of that German je ne sais pas. Uh, I mean, ich weiß nicht.

You’ll inevitably find it on tap anywhere in this country for the next month, so you might as well try it. But I doubt it will have you dancing on tables and singing “Country Roads” by the great John Denver. 

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Samuel Adams Dark Depths

Beer: Samuel Adams Dark Depths
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Baltic IPA
ABV: 7.6%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Cola-colored body with a thin, frothy, beige head.

Smell: Charred malt with a slight lemon/pineapple aroma. Almost unpleasant.

Flavor: Charred malt, a little coffee, a little toffee, and a little raisin. Feels bitter, but you don’t get much hops out of it.

Feel: Very thin with high carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Samuel Adams’s Baltic IPA is more like a Porter or a Black Ale; there’s nothing IPA about it.  It’s sweet and roasted, but with very little hops.  It would make for a decent Porter, but nothing more.  But I guess that’s why the brewery says it “confounds definition”?

For more of Sam Adams’s renditions of the IPA, check out the other brews reviewed from the Hopology variety pack: the Grumpy Monk, the Third Voyage, and the Tasman Red.

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Samuel Adams Tasman Red

Beer: Samuel Adams Tasman Red
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Red IPA
ABV: 6.75%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Clear, dark ruby/garnet body with a frothy beige head.  Leaves a crazy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dirt, pine, and hops, with a little bit of dark honey.

Flavor: Very pronounced caramel/toffee taste, which is tempered with a full earthy hop flavor. A bitter flavor hits mid-sip but dissipates. There is a mild note of pine, pineapple, and grapefruit, but…caramelllllll.

Feel: Creamy medium body with low carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Another IPA from Samuel Adams’s Hopology variety pack (the Grumpy Monk and Third Voyage were reviewed earlier this month), the Tasman Red is weird.  Upon trying it, my brother simply said, “Whoa.”  But, it’s a welcomed addition to the IPA world.  Named for the Tasmanian hops used in brewing (Topaz and Galaxy), Sam Adams says this brew “is about more than the hops though.”  The very end tastes like a caramel sundae, with its creaminess and caramel flavors, but topped with pineapple and grapefruit chunks.  Personally, I think it could’ve had a bigger hop profile, but the toffee and caramel notes, which are characteristic of a Red IPA, make for an interesting and special India Pale Ale, for sure.

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Samuel Adams Third Voyage

Beer: Samuel Adams Third Voyage
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.0%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Drinking glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Medium amber, with a clear body and frothy beige head.

Smell: Citrusy, just like pineapple candy, with notes of pine and a little grass.

Flavor: Bitter hops, with a strong pineapple taste…is this a pineapple ale?  Also a little piny and a tad biscuity. The aftertaste is one part liquor and three parts bitter, and also a rich malt caramel.

Feel: You can feel the ABV via a warm sensation. Thin-to-medium mouthfeel, a tad oily, medium carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  Sam Adams’s Third Voyage Double IPA is like an alcoholic, sour, tropical citrus fruit juice. Not quite enough of an explosive hop profile that you would want from a Double IPA, but one of the better Sam Adams Hopology IPAs!

(Check out the review for Sam’s Grumpy Monk, reviewed earlier this month; and check back for a few others before month’s end!)

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Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk

Beer: Samuel Adams Grumpy Monk
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 5.7%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Mug
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Clear amber body with a sticky, bubbly beige head that retains half an inch and leaves a thick coat of lacing.

Smell: Like a Tripel: notes of Tripel yeast, banana, and cloves. It’s bready and doughy, with a light floral hop.

Flavor: Slight but not aggressive hop bitterness, with a pleasant clove and biscuit notes. The first sip is a grassy floral hop, but it mellows out to a Tripel taste, which underlies the entire flavor. The hops comes back, but the final note is yeast.

Feel: Not overly carbonated, with a medium body that holds the flavor well.

Concluding Remark: The Grumpy Monk is one of six IPAs in Samuel Adams’s Hopology variety pack.  A Belgian-style IPA, inspired by the ales brewed by Belgian monks, the Grumpy Monk is quite complex and downright delicious.  An unexpectedly excellent combination of a Belgian ale and an IPA, I’d say.

Unfortunately the Grumpy Monk is available exclusively in the variety pack; but look for reviews of the other Sam Adams IPAs later this month–maybe you’ll want a 12-pack for yourself.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour

Beer:  Thirteenth Hour
Brewery: Samuel Adams
Style: Belgian-Style Stout
ABV: 9.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Primary Consumer: Ally



Sight: Dark cola color.  1/2-inch tan head that quickly recedes to nothing.  Tiny carbonation bubbles that linger around the edges of the glass.

Scent: Very mild aroma.  Sour fruit notes, with perhaps some chocolate and oak in there.

Flavor:  Spice, particularly pepper, and chocolate.  The sourness and oak also come through, as well as a distinct alcohol taste.

Feel:  Medium, crisp mouthfeel.  Moderate-to-high carbonation.

The Thirteenth Hour Belgian-Style Stout is part of Samuel Adams’s special “Barrel Room Collection” and is blended with Sam’s Kosmic Mother Funk, an ale that’s been aged in oak for up to a year.  This, in combination with malts, chocolate, and coffee flavorings, makes for an interesting brew.  There is an emphasis on the spice in the flavor profile, as well as a sourness from the Kosmic Mother Funk, and the crispness of the mouthfeel is strong, perhaps overwhelmingly so.  But, as the beer rests, it mellows and lends itself to a unique but balanced drinking experience.

Concluding remarks: Not a bad offering from a brewery that’s known for just cooking up the standards.  Worth a try if you’re a Belgian fan.

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