mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There was a massive head on this beer upon pouring, but it quickly dissipated. Itís malty, and finishes a little dry. The spices really come through in the finish, but arenít overpowering. If the mouthfeel was a little thicker I would have liked it even more. Definitely worth a try.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice,rich orange with a pillowy off-white head. Lots and lots of juniper and nutmeg in the aroma. The first sip is like drinking a Christmas tree, and not necessarily in a good way. Mellows out a great deal from there, but still quite over-spiced, with an un-balanced coriander overtone. Might balance the spiciness with a higher alcohol content, but a bit too thin to qualify as a warmer. A decent session beer, but not really all that special.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
These spiced beers are not for me, I can take one but usually donít want to drink more than one. Spiced quite a bit. Sweetness as well.
BrewIPA (88) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, pots black with nice head, subtle aroma and earthly taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A good tasting ale for the holidays.
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boisebeerguy (88) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good spice aroma and taste to this beer. Not to heavy for how dark it is. Iím always happy to see this on the shelf.
rollingwood (88) - Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage. Finger and a half of tan head settles over the clear, dark brown pour. Aroma of pine and some sweet malt is discernable. Lacing sustains to the bottom of the mug. The flavor is subtle and complex: spruce, spicy hop, and roasted malt with just a hint of chocolate (as it warms) seem to coexist from the attack clear through the finish. I like this beer; I suggest drinking it at over 50 degrees F. Moreover, aging a six pack for a couple of months I suspect is in order. But I do not like it nearly as well as I did the 2009 vintage.
Murrow (87) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, 2012. Pours ruby brown with generous beige head. Aromas of pine and clove, with small hint of fruit. Cinnamon and clove flavors up front, developing into some caramel malt. Finish is pine and quite dry, with a lingering medicinal quality. Medium mouthfeel, bit too much carbonation. Iím not very familiar with this style, so itís difficult for me to compare it well, but this beer doesnít suit my taste.
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle...like drinking a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas ham in a bottle. very spicy and fulla hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine tree. good for standinging line in the butt ass cold before you go to a Dead show while youíre frying on acid.
BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is of sweet molasses and barley. It is a nice, rich dark color. Flavor is very coffee-like with hints of barley and molasses. Crisp on the palate and a bit of a bitter finish. Overall not too bad.
aetheon (85) - The Gutter, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 (2008 bottle) clear deep dark brown, excellent lacing. nice malty aroma. light carbonation. Flavor is of mostly medium roasted malts with a little dark roast. some creaminess with notes of grain, maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Whatever spices they used do not stand out much. Overall a very nice dark ale which I thoroughly enjoyed.