starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge tan head(unchilled), lovely nearly opaque colour with hints of chestnut. Smells quite spicy, rather moldy. Gentle palate, intense flavours of basement and holly wreaths. Thick mouthfeel.
1010 (309) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a dark dark amber color with a nice thick light tan head.
S - Aroma of spices like nutmeg
T - Initial taste of spice but then nothing. I expected more depth from this one
D - Don’t think this is one that you would drink much of, but just one is about right.
Serving type: bottle, 2008 version
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage: pours dark mahogany with a fluffy brown head. aroma of nutmeg, plum, prune, pine, anise, and molasses. flavor is spicy, lots of dark fruits, slight warmth. heavy nutmeg, raisin, and prune. maltiness and bitterness come through as it sits. aftertaste is dry, long, and bitter.
cmacklin (309) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a large tan head that laces. Spicy aroma with caramel and roasted malt. Sweet and spicy flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel and roasted malt with a dry finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.
johnnymusky (308) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2014 vintage...pour is black with a nice creamy head...super sweet on the nose...nutmeg malt and other spices...mouth is the same with bit of ginger mixed in...weird beer but it works for the holidays...spices really stay on the palate a long time...again weird!
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007. Pours a pretty dark brown with a nice tan head. Spicy aroma and great spicy taste. Definitely a good holiday brew.
12 oz. bottle.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winter 2007 Edition. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, strong maltiness at the outset. Very spicy bouquet. Blood red with substantial, foamy, tan head. Initially spice overwhelms flavor: allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinammon. Malt takes on midpalate, with a touch of spicy hop on the finish. Spices subsist till the finish; however, the finish is rudely abrupt for such a boldly flavored ale, and it may have benefited from a more drawn out flavor. Still, quite a warming ale. I might take a case up to the mountains with me next month.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Purchased at Liquor Lodge in Menomonee Falls. Opaque with a big tan head. Smells spiced, like mulled cider. I can smelll anise too, along with some hops. The flavor is black liquorice candy (Good N Plenty) and ginger. Iím not a big fan of this one. To be fair, it is a winter seasonal from 2005 that Iím first drinking in August of 06. It may have gone bad?
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown into glass with a finger tan head. The aroma is cinnamon up front with some breadiness iím also picking up a floral hop aroma. The taste is figs, cinnamon with a hop bitter finish, it has a pretty creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark mahogany with a minimal tan head. Aroma of cloves, cinnamon, and spices associated with Christmas. Tastes like Christmas. No thanks. It may not be bad, but not something Iíd like again.