mansquito (3025) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($10): You start with a beer with a cool looking package, then you pour in and it looks very nice with a deep brown body and a large beige head. Even the aroma of wintertime spices signals a tasty brew. Upon tasting it you realize that the commercial description was correct. Improvisation in spices was the name of the game and they decided to share it a little too early. Not enough of a malty backbone. The high abv sneaks through. All in all, the beer is not a pleasure to drink.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Can. Not my favorite spiced holiday ale but it drinks pretty easily and has some interesting flavor. It tastes a bit like spiced cider with oranges. Thereís a lot of English character in the caramel/toffee malt flavor. Not much in the way of hops, though some of the spice could be masking it for me. The flavor is a bit odd, but it works, at times. A fair bit of cola flavor hurts things. Mouthfeel is a bit effervescent and thin for the abv but not bad. Pours medium brown with a thin, fading head.
Cavie (3630) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Corpse can provided by ericandersnavy. Clear brown reddish color, some bubbles. Aroma is spiced fruit with soured notes and something odd. Flavor is sharp citrus acid, aged orange and a tart, almost painful follow-up. Not very good.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at RNH. Pours a deep amber with a thinning head. Aroma is big spicy, cinnamon nutmeg, toast, biscuit, dark caramel malt, burnt toffee, and some earthy notes. Flavor is sugary sweet, dark caramel, nuts, big cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, leather, earth, and a strange slickness towards the end and some yeasty phenolic notes. Strange beer- a bit messy, definitely not my style of beer. Seemed just mixed up, everything thrown together type beer, that just doesnt work for me. Meh.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz can from Princetonís. Dark brown colored pour with a cratery tan head. Nutty, spicy aroma with a bit of nutmeg coming forward for me. Not sure I like the flavor, itís a bit all over the place for me. Kind of a tangy spicy flavor but not one that I like very much. Not a bad beer for me but I donít think itís my thing.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Rattle N Hum.
Brown with a bit of head. Spicy aroma with some cinnamon, caramel. Roasted malt comes out more on the palate, light bitterness and smoke on the finish. Not bad, but I had high expectations for this beer and was a little bit disappointed.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can , thanks to ericandersnavy, dark amber pour with thin foam, aroma is cinnamon, spices, leathery, flavor is caramel, sour roast nuts, malts
IndianaRed (2150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of a can, and into a glass, at Brewforia, Meridian, ID Deep hazy mahogany with a small but lasting fine tan head. A skin more like, actually. Light toasted malt aroma with some spice and cidery notes. Flavor is fairly tart and of apple cider. Light medium bodies and a bit dry. Dusty tart finish and lively carbonation, The spices are nicely balanced and is good for the style.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Live rate after having a few cans from the brewery. As much as Iím in love with the artwork on the can; this is a classic case of poorly judging a book by itís cover. Pours a thin mahogany color with a frothy beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of sour cherries from afar along with notes of wet wood and dirty malt. Tastes of each with added flavors of toffee and flat Dr. Pepper. Unfortunately, does not improve as it warms and the strange barley flavor only becomes more apparent.
Guerde (1134) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2010 (can from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a dark reddish brown with a light cream-colored head that sticks around well. Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon with some gingerbread cookies as well. Pretty dry and spicy, with some subtle sour undertones beneath the dominant dry and spicy elements. Oddly interesting, and it vaguely resembles a flanders red. Taste is lightly sour, with plum skin, cinnamon, some caramel, and gingerbread cookies. The finish is overly spicy and is so dry that it leaves an effect that is reminiscent of the taste you perceive after vomiting or chewing an aspirin. Not that appealing. As the bile and pills fade, there is some saving grace when a light pumpkin-esque finish arrives, but it arrives far too late. Gets more tolerable and toned down as it warms. Overall, this is a pretty weird beer that is just far too spicy and possibly infected.