aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is dominated by spices: cinnamon or cloves. Appearance is dark clear ruby color with tall head that fades quickly. Taste is more of the spices from the nose and a large amount of bitterness and a hint of raisin/dark fruit. Overall not my favorite beer but the spices are complementary to the malts used and it doesnt just taste like a spoonful of cinnamon/clove. Not going to try it again.
SFtaster (60) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can into a chilled tall glass. Served with pork and mushroom gravy on a cold rainy night. Another tasty seasonal offering from 21st Amendment. Dark, malty, not too spicy, and enough hops to balance - a perfect beer for the longer nights of winter. Clocking in at 7.9% ABV, this is definitely NOT a session beer. Rather, this ale pairs well with hearty dishes like beef stew, pork chops, and mashed potatoes. A couple of these cans will keep the holidays very cheery.
samsmith33 (727) - - NOV 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can to snifter. Appearance is Deep dark reddish brown, like mahogany. Big creamy head, off white. Aroma is clove, nutmeg, orange, roasted chestnuts, honey, Brown sugar. Taste is honey, fig, date, raisin,pecans. Like a liquid mincemeat pie. Delicious. Low carbonation, but creamy and smooth. Quickly becoming one of my holiday favorites. We’ll see how it fares in the upcoming blind holiday beer tasting. I can almost hear FDR on the radio.
arn8897 (244) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of hops. Taste of hops and some spice. Not bad but nothing special.
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bullshit political comments aside (FDR had nothing to do with this beer... and regardless he was wayyy better than anyone who has been president since -- just sayin), this is a boring and uninspired holiday beer from a brewery that is hit or miss. Tastes like it’s trying to be Great Lakes Christmas or Avery Jubilation... but fails in both. The body is too thin, the spices stale. If Santa left this under my tree, I’d punch him in the neck.
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2015
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
355ml can. Hearkening back to a terrible president and terrible era of the US. Why? Aroma is hops, brown sugar, and some pumpkin pie. Tastes liek a rubbermaid full of christmas things, tastes christmassy ill give em that.
stevoj (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Winco. A pretty solid brew, I’m sensing an English ale under the spice bouquet. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla all present, as accents, not overdone. Solid malt body carries it well. Body a bit thin, lets see where this goes with a little warmth.
kingaugusta (41) - Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours medium brown and clear. nose is weak a little bit of raisins and alcohol. flavor is similarly lacking and generic with just a hint of herbs and brown sugar. drinkable but boring
Ron (3178) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A can that’s been in my beer cellar since last winter. Clear copper dark brown with a foamy white head. Cinnamon and some clove in the nose. Mildly bitter with a little wood and a little alcohol in the mouth. Medium body and a little alcoholic finish.
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. cans poured to wine glass samplers at Binny’s of Glen Ellyn, IL. California Love Tasting, showing a clear, mahogany hue, with a frothy layer of tan head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was toasted with a bit of sweetness and two of my favorite spices when I make pancakes or French toast, namely cinnamon & nutmeg. Medium bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, with no noticeable cocoa, unless it participated slightly in the toasted sweetness. Included was a moderate, lingering, earthy bitterness. Kind of a lightly spiced Brown Ale, with pleasant drinkability.
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red brown color with a huge puffy head. Looks like an amber or a light-colored brown. Or a root beer float.
The aroma is sugary, with lots of wintry spices: cinnamon & sage. Brown sugar and dried leaves. Touch of hazelnut and almond.
The taste is brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses. It’s sweeter than I remember. The nuttiness is a distant second to the sweetness.
The feel is slick and soft; a bit pillowy. This is not my favorite 21st Amendment brew, but it’s appropriate for the season. I’ll bet it would be welcome among non-beer drinkers who don’t like the bitterness.