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Title: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: theDarkSide on October 29, 2010, 08:40:07 PM
They are including Chocolate Bock this year!!!

Woohoo!!  Usually only get that every other year.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: bluesman on October 30, 2010, 02:47:46 AM
I was wondering what SA was up to this year.
I am interested in sampling their offerings this year.
I know they are also offering a Holiday Porter.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: euge on October 30, 2010, 07:15:46 AM
Saw their Winter Lager at the store tonight. Cinnamon? Really? :P
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 31, 2010, 02:11:32 AM
Cinnamon? Really? :P
Cinnamon is antioxidant.
May be that was the reason.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: euge on October 31, 2010, 06:51:27 PM
Cinnamon? Really? :P
Cinnamon is antioxidant.
May be that was the reason.

Cinnamon is one of those spices that does well in sweet or savory, but in my beer? I shouldn't scoff though without trying one. Methinks it's for flavoring purposes only.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: denny on October 31, 2010, 07:15:04 PM
Does the selection still contain the dreaded cranberry lambic?
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: bluesman on November 01, 2010, 01:59:31 AM
Does the selection still contain the dreaded cranberry lambic?

God... I hope not.  :(
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: theDarkSide on November 01, 2010, 12:32:59 PM
Does the selection still contain the dreaded cranberry lambic?

No...that's the best part...been replace with the bock!!!

I cannot taste the cinnamon in the Winter lager...maybe the ultra-trained pallette can.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: ipaguy on November 08, 2010, 10:01:41 PM
Does the selection still contain the dreaded cranberry lambic?
No.  My local grocery store had a special & I picked up the 12pack the other day.  Chocolate bock is a nice change of pace.  Holiday porter is OK.  I like the wheat beer (white ale?) a lot.  Thought the Old Fezziwig was down right nasty (though I understand some folks actually like the stuff).  Maybe I just don't care for holiday beers, but I feel that I would have been better off just getting a couple 6-packs of craft IPA or ESB.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: alikocho on November 08, 2010, 10:15:55 PM
Does the selection still contain the dreaded cranberry lambic?

I used to have a soft spot for the Cranberry Lambic, mostly because it failed to hit the mark on both the cranberry and the lambic parts.

Having said that, I wouldn't be sorry if they took Old Fezziwig out this year, nor if Saranac ditched their horrible maple porter from their box.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: Slowbrew on November 08, 2010, 10:22:00 PM
Back when I was starting out I picked 2 of the winter sampler packs from SA.  I liked all the beers in them except the Cranberry Lambic.  I decided it wasn't worth drinking two of those just to get bottles. 

Maybe I need to try one again.

Paul
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: ryang on November 09, 2010, 04:40:53 AM
Having said that, I wouldn't be sorry if they took Old Fezziwig out this year, nor if Saranac ditched their horrible maple porter from their box.

I actually enjoy old fezziwig quite a lot.  It's almost worth it to buy the sampler just for that.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: alikocho on November 09, 2010, 07:38:42 AM
Having said that, I wouldn't be sorry if they took Old Fezziwig out this year, nor if Saranac ditched their horrible maple porter from their box.

I actually enjoy old fezziwig quite a lot.  It's almost worth it to buy the sampler just for that.

I feel the spice is a little overdone, but that might just be me.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: tschmidlin on November 11, 2010, 06:33:58 AM
Having said that, I wouldn't be sorry if they took Old Fezziwig out this year, nor if Saranac ditched their horrible maple porter from their box.

I actually enjoy old fezziwig quite a lot.  It's almost worth it to buy the sampler just for that.

I feel the spice is a little overdone, but that might just be me.
I'm enjoying the Fezziwig right now . . . I was worried it would be overdone based on this thread, but I find it to be rather subdued.  Maybe it's just a year to year variation. 
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: bluesman on November 11, 2010, 12:42:59 PM
I think this is the current classic collection.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3501/3180691619_001133a95e.jpg)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: theDarkSide on November 11, 2010, 01:33:26 PM
I think this is the current classic collection.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3501/3180691619_001133a95e.jpg)
Looks like last years.  Mine had White Ale and Chocolate Bock instead of Cream Stout and Cranberry Lambic.  I'll miss the stout but always dumped out the CL every year.

Their Winter Lager is great, and most restaurants around me will have it on tap after Octoberfest and before Nobile Pils.

And Fezziwig is one of my favorite seasonal beers.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: alikocho on November 11, 2010, 01:46:15 PM
Having said that, I wouldn't be sorry if they took Old Fezziwig out this year, nor if Saranac ditched their horrible maple porter from their box.

I actually enjoy old fezziwig quite a lot.  It's almost worth it to buy the sampler just for that.

I feel the spice is a little overdone, but that might just be me.
I'm enjoying the Fezziwig right now . . . I was worried it would be overdone based on this thread, but I find it to be rather subdued.  Maybe it's just a year to year variation. 

I wont be in the US until mid-December, but I may pick one up and see if my feelings have changed.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: tschmidlin on November 11, 2010, 06:16:50 PM
Looks like last years.  Mine had White Ale and Chocolate Bock instead of Cream Stout and Cranberry Lambic.
Same for me. :)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Winter Classics
Post by: tschmidlin on November 11, 2010, 06:17:25 PM
I wont be in the US until mid-December, but I may pick one up and see if my feelings have changed.
Let us know, I'm interested in hearing what you think.