rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006. Dark red color. Tannish head. Dark fruit flavor combined with burnt caramel’s. Spicy finish. Can’t wait to try after a year of aging.
Stefano (1901) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany brown with thick foamy tan head. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce. Flavor is biting at first, but has a good malt washout to balance the bite.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle. Cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Pours quite dark with a vey quickly dissipating ruby head. Flavour very nice with some astringency (not unpleasantly) and more cloves balanced with some sweet malt. Mouthfeel lets it down a bit as it is a little thin and watery, but all in all a pleasant sesaonal.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had a small sample at a bar, on tap. Clove overload. Muddy dark brown color with a small tan head. Like I said cloves, in aroma and taste, I could not detect anything else, which is not surprizing since this is a powerful spice. I could not see myself drinking a 12oz of this, well maybe if I had all night. Never been a big fan but this sample was a little too much for me.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Pours dark with a big head that laces well. Aroma of nutmeg and coriander. Taste is of a brown ale with the aforementioned spices. Mouthfeel is just right. Not an anytime beer, but very good for winter.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Decent aroma of holiday spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, clover. Pours a very dark body with good size head that stayed. Flavor is well balanced and smooth. Very smooth actually. Lite malt presence. Good brew.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/1/06: Bottle. 2006
X-tra dark brown head- almost black. Enormous tan head - resembling a Boston cooler. As head diminishes, lace clings to glass. Vanilla & novocaine nose – spicy with clove and cinnamon. Flavor is predominantly ginger with other notes of carrot, nut, and clove. 2006 seems a little less gingery/ spicy than 2005. I have not been a huge fan of Our Special Ale’s flavor in the past, but this year I think I am finally coming around.
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mostly opaque reddish brown with huge light brown head. Taste is a bit weak, and thinly malted with a hint of spice. $2/12oz
raphael (1022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
the aromas are the spices, but what are they. spruce and cloves my wife says, on the flavor. (looking through past reviews I see six named at various times) I smell powdered sugar, yes something piney, and maybe raspberry, darkest mahogany with a generous, dark tan head. texture a little oily while thin. the connection tween spruce and pepsi, but nowhere as sweet. something that dries the tongue. broadens the definition of beer, with hints of A-1.
Louipa (121) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with "dyetube" quote.... "Right off the bat there is strongs notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in this thing! What a smell! It drinks very smoothly and easily with some complexity in the flavor. I like this beer! it is great for a winter brew but wouldn’t want to drink this during the warm months."
My thoughts exactly. Its a good seasonal brew.