vmilaxer29 (397) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a nice spicy aroma after you pour it, but the taste doesnít seem to match the smell. The beer could definitely use a higher alcohol content and more distinctive flavor. Not a bad winter ale.
badwhale (334) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to a pilsner glass. Poured a brown / orange / copper color with an off white head. Had the scent of pine, a little. Kind of a watery mouthfeel, and tasted of spice / herbs / pine. Iím not a SHV fan, so itís hard for me to give a really strong rating, however this wasnít too bad.
Aaron68 (464) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330 ml bottle @ home,November 20,2012
Bottle bought @ Vinmonopolet Oslo City,Norway
dark brown to black in color. color.Aroma is malt,spices and pine.
Taste is roasty malt,hop and spices.
Finish is a bit bitter and watery.
Little to medium carbonation.A bit to flat and thin for my taste
krompt (611) - - MAR 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 On tap at Flying Saucer because they are always out of everything I want. A pub specializing in a variety of beers but always out of everything. Go figure. Beautiful aroma. Smells of Christmas spices. Solid winter ale with a lingering spiciness that doesnít quit like your sister.
NachlamSie (2608) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. Pours a deep red with not much of a head. The aroma is eggnog, some cedar, and some spiced candies. This isnít so bad initially, mostly of grains, cookies, nutmeg and some chalk, but there is a bubblegum flavor that compounds with each sip I take and becomes really annoying. After a while, itís all I notice. Maybe thatís because I hate bubblegum.
redlem (1293) - 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.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2007
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle of the 2006 vintage. If simply being "complex" made a beer great, this would be one of the greats. I, however, have a difficult time espousing the complexities of a beer that I didnít enjoy drinking. I actually opted to pour the remainder of this one out to move onto another beer. It looks nice: a ruby-brown with a large, creamy, tan head. It smells quite nice: sweet roasted malt, gingerbread, allspice, and other minty/spicy notes. It reminds me much of a scented candle that my wife would burn around the holidays. The mouthfeel and flavor, however, left me wishing that Iíd just stopped at the pre-drinking phase of the rating. Medium-bodied and oily it finishes dry/astringent and bitter. The flavor is unique, but itís certainly not my cup of tea. Dark roasted malt, black tea and an astringent, plastic soapiness that tastes like Iíve just popped a handful of potpourri in my mouth. Not a pleasant experience; this is an example of a beer that can receive a higher rating than my overall impression simply because it looks and smells nicely. I have no desire to try this one again.
Embrouille (2788) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled 355ml. Decent brown with a smallish beige head. A huge amount of ginger throughout. Metallic. Strange. I didnít enjoy this beer at all.
fiercepanda (432) - Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A dark red beer with a small tan head. The aroma is spices, cinnamon, and a little vegetable. The flavor also has cinnamon and vegetable qualities with a bitter, astringent finish. Not very good.
jcos (1412) - Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Location/Date:2011 Bottle split with Dave on December 20th, 2011.
Appearance:Pours brown with light brown head.
Aroma:Aroma is of malt and dark fruit.
Taste:Light bitterness, some malt, then a wall of spices that I donít enjoy.
Palate:Medium light body.
Summary: This beer has this "wall of spices" that donít work for me. Canít really recommend this.