hopscotch (9840) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler... Pours crystal clear and a lovely shade of copper. The bouquet offers toasty notes, caramel, brown sugar and a spice-rack full of winter goodies. Medium-bodied and thin with dancing carbonation. The flavor is biscuity and toasty with undercurrents of crunchy malts, sweet caramel and winter spices. Malty, spicy finish. Growler courtesy of darkguardian!
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Fardowner’s, Crozet, VA. Pours a dark copper with a thin head. Poor head retention. Aroma of toffee, stone fruit, ginger, cinnamon. The taste is ginger, nutmeg, clove, citrus, stone fruit, toffee. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice. Hit the spot.
50belair (2655) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear light brown pour with a fleeting white head. Spice aromas. Spices and caramel malt notes. Thin in the body. Below average mouthfeel.
zizzybalubba (1537) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Y-Not, Chesapeake, VA. Brownish-orange pour with a short off-white head. Aroma of graham cracker, cinnamon, and allspice. Taste of sweet toffee, brown sugar, and graham cracker with touches of nutmeg and clove. Finishes with only a mild sweetness that lingers. A good winter warmer.
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at DoG Street Pub. Solid red beer. Drinks with nice holiday spice, nutmeg and cinnamon all the way. Exceptionally well balanced and delivered with finesse. I’m not a fan of spiced beers, but this was a nice warmer on a cold day. (#5404, 1/4/2013)
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery. Bright clear amber pour with good khaki head. Hints of cinnamon and and ginger with just a touch vegetal on the nose. Flavor is kinda like gingerbread and pumpkin ale mixed together with notes of caramel and honey. They were billing it as a "spiced brown ale". Pretty sessionable too. Good stuff.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
obguthr (4222) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Green Leaf Annual Christmas dinner, Williamsburg VA: Faint allspice nose. Cloudy copper, thin head. Low carbonation. Allspice and cherries on the palate, malt forward, no hops detected. Alcohol well concealed, easily drinkable.
TheBeerGod (5407) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Draft at DoG Street Pub. Dark copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is Christmas - cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, malt, grains and bread notes. Taste is gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, chewy malt, caramel, dark bread, nutmeg and brown sugar. Body is medium with a soft creamy carbonation. Ends with more gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, dark bread, caramel and nutmeg.
Cask at DoG Street Pub during the Alewerks tap take over. Copper with a short tan head. Aroma is strong clove, light cinnamon, faint gingerbread and toasted malt. Taste is clove heavy with cinnamon, gingerbread, caramel, toasted malt, dark fruit and toasted dark bread. Body is medium and creamy with soft carbonation. Ends with more clove, caramel, cinnamon, gingerbread, sweet malt and caramel notes.