bvc (1103) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz can. Pours a deep light walnut brown with nice uniform and tight khaki head that falls rather quickly. Touch of hops and vegital notes, but mostly brown sugar, tobacco and plenty of spices...clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and allspice. Whoa, nose was slightly promising, but first sip not so much. Thin mouthfeel with small flabby carb feel. Plenty of metallic twang up front, flat boring sparse spicing, with a basic lightly nutty brown base beer. The metallic kills it for me just like with the back and black and this will meet the drain as well.
Nephilium (1153) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild nutty aroma, with just a touch of spice. Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with a thin cap of light brown head. The spicing is the predominant flavor in this beer, with just a touch of malt in the back end. The spicing is reminiscent of Anchor’s Our Special Ale, so if you like that beer, this would be another one to try. The palate is a bit astringent, but it’s a nice sipping beer. I may have to pick some more of this one up and see how it holds up over time.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is initially lightly metallic on top of a shit tons of spices, dark malt sweetness, light clovey characteristics, cinnamon notes. Pours dark brown almost black with a off white head and sticky lace. Notes of dark malt, some roast, a bunch of spicy sweetness, clove, and light metallic notes. Some alcohol peaks through as well. Not my favorite, not a huge fan of spiced beers which confuses me as to why I even bought this...
craftbeerdesign (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
can. pours a dark brown / deep red with a big 2 finger off white head... which sticks around for a bit (although smaller in size). nutmeg, cinnamon and dark fruit on the nose - very inviting. medium body with a good level of carbonation. more spices throughout with layers of chocolate, tart apples, dark cherries and roasted malts. finishes a bit thin, but very roasty. the dark malts stick around for a bit with lingering citrus bitterness as well.
afireinside96 (924) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a lovely dark chestnut topped by a sticky khaki head. The nose has a Belgian character,spicy with some dark fruit and a hint of sour. The flavor is nothing like the smell and is actually quite bland. It is very bitter and metallic. Has an infected quality to it. Maybe aging would help it but as it is right now it is almost undrinkable.
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2010 Dark chestnut brown with a creamed lightly browned head. Aroma of English Crystal malts, caramel, muddling spice. Spicy nose, almost a Belgian Dubbel character, but with a more piquant quality. Musky and peppery. Flavor is somewhat stale malting with some tinnyness and along with some allspice and perhaps cinnamon. The body also has that musky quality and some szechuan pepper heat on the finish. In my afterthoughts, it seeps in that this was perhaps permeated by a vein of Brett. Interesting complexity.
SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
can. clear and rusty color with a small beige head. can’t put my finger on the aroma right now. the flavor has lots of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. some light bittering hops but mostly a malty beer. floral and fruity at times. tasty overall.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Toasty roasted aroma, little dusting of nutmeg over a smooth brown ale. spice note along with the beer flattens out in the sip. hmm. broken down, gently spiced mild.
Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at The Beer Authority in Seattle. Aroma of cloves and malts, poured a thin tan head and a nice ruby brown color. Crisp on the palate, not an over the top spice like I just finished a ginger cigarette. Made my belly warm and makes me want to listen to the radio.
elgiacomo (734) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz canned October 7, 2010.
Pours dark brown, red/orange under the light with a large foamy tan head that holds a good cap and leaves some rings of lacing.
Aroma is heavily spiced, as expected. I’m not a spice expert but can pick up some ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some citrus hops also manage to come through with some caramel malt, toffee, and brown sugar. Good strength.
Flavor generally follows suit, although the spices aren’t quite as pronounced as they are on the nose. The citrus character comes through more here, along with the maltiness. Finishes mostly dry.
Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, slick, medium carbonation.
A very good spiced Winter Warmer, although not quite to the level of Anchor’s Our Special Ale. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit as it is hard for me to drink more than one spiced beer in an evening, but I certainly did enjoy trying this and will save the rest of the 6-pack for around Thanksgiving and Christmas.