davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Dark brown appearance, litte head. Aroma was sweet and spicy, flavor was pretty nice. You can taste the licorice, and was pretty malty. Overall Iíd say it was decent, a good beer to try out.
Slubgob (225) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
201. Nearly opaque mahogany with a fine white head clinging to the glass. Not getting a lot of aroma.in the mouth it?s a bit thin, which makes it an easy if not very intriguing drink.bit of overbrewed coffee bitterness and dust or cocoa in the back. Add it warms up a bit it rounds out some. Basically a winter brown ale, decently done bit not terribly different from others out there. Really not being any of the spices other reviewers ate picking up on.although as it gets warmer maybe a bit in back?
kindacold (224) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle. Pours reddish dark brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of spices and grain. Light mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Lots of spices and pepper in the front, hints of celery, raisins, and a slightly hoppy finish in the back of the mouth. Throughout, there is a hint of orange pith. Slightly sticky finish.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a deep brown-black with a medium tan head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, fruit, and spice. The flavor is similar, with a nicely complex malt profile, and notes of caramel, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and some things that I canít put my finger on. Sweet, but not cloying. Quite nice.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark amber pour with a little white head. Tastes of candy cane and some dark fruit and anise. Tasty but hard to drink more than one because of the sweetness.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with reddish edges and a full, lasting, tan head. This is a very complex beer, a light acrid roast flavor combined with a minty, spice flavor with the possible use of ginger. Hop bitterness is moderate and balancing, with some floral flavor an aroma. Very dry roasty finish.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. 2011 version. Has notes of pine (spruce?), notes of roasty malts. Mild spiciness to the aroma as well. Dark red color with medium tan head. Slightly sweet with a very mild sourness on the back end.
Its a pretty good winter ale. This is the first version of the beer that I tasted. I enjoyed it. Definitely not my favorite, but good nonetheless. Although my grandmother sampled this and loved it.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Midnight black with thick tan head. Consistent retention throughout.
Holiday spices hit nose, some liquorice and notes of toffee.
Medium body with tastes of roasted malt, coffee. Very milky. Could use some more flavors.
Not too exciting, could be better, but overall okay.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful beer. Absolutely beautiful. Dark brown, almost ruby color with a nice fluffy head.
Smells pretty sweet, a bit malty, but mostly sweet.
Hmmm.. not quite as intense as I was hoping out of this one. From the look and smell, I was expecting a whopper of a taste and it just wasnít there. Sweet taste with some evident spices but didnít really taste any malt in there.
I think I probably should have held on to this one for a while. Only bought one bottle and wanted to try it, probably should have waited.