Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007, dark reddish brown, low carbonation. Spicy hoppy aroma, coriander,nutmeg, with a little bit of sweetness. Medium bodied, smooth with medium bitterness. Hops are fairly heavy, not overwhelming, aftertaste of spices and hops.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a dark brown color with a long lasting fluffy head. scent is of roast and fermented fruit. Taste is of coffee beans and roasted malts. There is also a hint of fruits in the aftertaste. Overall, this beer is kind of bland and I would probably not purchase this again.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 edition. Nice aroma but thin mouthfeel and bitter taste. Not as big as the inviting seasonal aroma would promise.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at liquorloft tallahassee. poured black with lots of carbonation, reminds me of soda. aroma is light but still pleasant mix of christmas herbs, nutmeg and something sweet. taste is much more defined, it took me a second but i found it to be gingerbread cookies in the finish. the start is a spices and bread. body is watery and the most unpleasant aspect.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle, consumed on 12/21/07. Aromas of nutmeg and spice and cola. Flavor is nicely malty with spices appearing on midtongue. Finish has a light touch of bitterness with a lingering nutmeg/clove character that’s not entirely welcome by the end of the bottle. Mostly well done. One bottle is enough, though; not a good session beer.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with nice tan head. A little thin, but not watery. Aroma is spicy, smoke and coffee. Flavor is not too sweet, but spicy (herbs, juniper?) with a roasted orange peer taste. Maybe a little gingerbread taste. Good dry finish.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2008 vintage. Pours black like a porter. The aroma is spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. The flavor is very malty with some spicy hints. I could detect what I thought to be caraway, perhaps some clove too. Cinnamon might also be present. This beer is very earthy and if there was anything like orange or lemon peel, or coriander, I could not detect it.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cola colored with ruby edges, pillowy beige head. Aroma dominated by holiday spices. Man I really dont llike these spiced up beers, but aside from the spices which I dont like, the beer is good.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, earthy, spicey, with some dark fruit in the flavor. Very little of that comes through in the aroma, however. Suffers from the watery palate that many other seasonals succumb to.
Sjohnh (242) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruddy brown with a small off-white head. Dried fruit and spice aroma. Medium body. Nicely balanced flavour with spices, including ginger and nutmeg, sitting beside brown bread crust malts.