superspak (2832) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can in to tulip glass, canned on 10/14/2013. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, ginger, cinnamon, clove, dark bread, light roast, toast, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Strength of spices is a bit too much in the nose. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, brown bread, light coffee, toast, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown bread, light coffee, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. This is an over spiced holiday cake of a beer. For some unknown reason i paired it with a bowl of ramen at an Asian restaurant. Worst pairing ever - why were they selling it and how did I possibly come to pick it.
Bulk_Carrier (2264) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The appearance is a dark brown almost black colored body with a full one and a half finger white foamy head that rises just above the pint glass to mushroom cap a bit, gets a bit foamy but once it starts to die, there is barely any lacing, just some little spots here and there. The smell is quite Brown ale-like as there’s a fair amount of nutty roastiness but has a decent amount of a dried fruit-like substance with some spices coming through in an earthy sort of way, I’m thinking chai and maybe some ginger. The taste is mainly sweet but a decent spicy element includes itself into that same earthy aspect, a lightly spiced (chai/ginger-like) aftertaste, dry finish. Its somewhat easy on the palate. Overall, I say this is a pretty good winter warmer, well worthy of coming back to.
TheBlackCloud (21) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am surprised this beer is rated so low, maybe drinking it during a snowstorm made it that much better. It is a great winter ale with different spices in every sip a true winter beer throwback.
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can from"Lifesource" in Salem OR
$2 ( i think).
Pours a nice solid tawny brown with a large thick and frothy cream coloured head.
Odd smells a bit like a spicy Christmas pudding..with rum cream on top..actually brings back memories and is very nice.
Taste also is akin to British Christmas pudding..fruity,malty,dark,nutty absolutly a gem!
Mouth feel is grand and easy at the same time. carbonated well.
a lot of mediocre scores here..but this is just a great beer for me..invokes Christmases past.
luttonm (2425) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at The Pine Box. Darkest roasty brown, odd colored foam head. Tart sweet red/oud bruin aroma, body is drier herb and leather. Interesting, but not great
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour with near white head. Aroma has a lot going on, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and slightly cocoa. Taste is not as complex or layered as the aroma, but overall not bad. Hides the abv well for being nearly 8%
Theydon_Bois (9927) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at the Night of Garbage, thanks muchly to Leighton - he never stops ratin’, 20/12/13 up his shit load of stairs !
Hazed dark amber with a moderate light beige head.
Nose is spiced stewed fruits, pumpkin notes, sweet notes, light woody ring.
Taste comprises brown sugars, toffee fudge, caramel, dark fruits.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bittering presence in the finish.
badhack (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drank from can. Strong spicy flavor like a combination of christmas and pumpkin spices but without the pumpkin. Alcohol is well masked but there’s plenty of it. I would find the spice tasty but it’s too strong. A little tang, and toasty malt. Extremely light.
Kita (1192) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Rosamunde, Brooklyn, NY. Clear dark brown color with thin creamy off-white head, good lacing and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, some spices and dried fruits. Taste starts with smooth and rich malty sweetness, backed up with caramel and chocolate, following is refreshing spicy and a bit grassy with light bitter finish. Medium to full body, oily texture and lively carbonation in palate. Real winter warmer...