mikedR (361) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice and flavorable Christmas ale. A good mix of holiday spices, cinnamon being the most prominent. Rich color deserving of the resulting taste. A bit of pepper on the backend finish. Would only like to see (taste) a bit more malty backbone. Thatís a nitpick tho -- overall this is pretty solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
glennmastrange (1886) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cookie and roasted, light orange for the hops and dough for the yeast, with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon and fig. Head is average size, frothy/creamy, off-white with some slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color ismedium red with a thick amount of large particles. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Pretty nice aromas and flavors in this Spiced Beer.
Davros (1477) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a fading head.
Nose shows sweet rich malt, with dried fruit and golden syrup showing through.
Flavours are equally sweet but quite complex. Hints of eucalyptus, dried fruits and some spices. Pretty interesting (in a good way).
Body feels too syrupy.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy golden amber, almost the color of natural honey. Practically no head, but a trace amount of lacing remains throughout. A restrained aroma mainly of stone fruit. Taste is more complex. Sweetness dominates, with stone fruit (cherry and fig) leading the way, followed by alcohol (brandy). Tastes of brown sugar and oak are also noticeable. Mouthfeel is watery, but slightly prickly. In sum, a fine beer, but one that almost tastes more like a scotch ale than the "Christmastime" dark ale that I had expected. Worth a try if you favor boozy, fruity beers.
mkel07 (2340) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
633ml bottle. Pours a strong amber almost copper colour with a good cap of tan foam. Lots of biscuity caramel malt through the aroma and this translates into the flavour. Smoothing the mouth with good texture and body.
Stew41 (1572) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Would have picked as an off-beat pale ale if drunk blind. Very well made; balanced and elegant in the extreme, even if the ABV is only 6.5%. Clean hops keep the beer zingy and sharp but thereís an unusual farmyard biscuity finish that I can only assume comes from the cinnamon and figs. Great session beer.
abemorsten (1854) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Hazy orange body with small particles. Fingerthick creamy light brown head. Sweet fruits, clove, freezer ice, honey and maple syrup on the nose. Honey sweet, light acidic and light bitter flavors. Reminiscent of a honey induced vanilla tea. Medium body.
gam (2662) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Creamy head misty deep amber pour weak carbonation aromas grain cereal sweet potato cinnamon nutmeg flavours sweet potato creaminess nutmeg mild clove very smooth to weak tastes finish flat like aftertastes would be good if stronger in flavour bit weak
pintbypint (1975) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
633ml brown bottle. Amber pour, hazy. Has a thin whitish cap with creamy edges. Nose is fruity, lots of marmalade notes, smells like a sweet amber ale. In the mouth ther is cinnamon spiciness, fruity and caramel malts, finishes with a light suggestion of hops. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste but lots of spice, and slight woody notes. Decent.
ChainGangGuy (4120) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
633ml bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a rather clouded, dark copper body with a small-sized head of yellowish foam.
Smell: Fruity, sherry accented aroma with a generous dose of spicy er... spices. Also, some sugary caramel, herbs, fragrant orange bitters, and yeast cake.
Taste: A sweet sip of bready caramel maltiness followed closely by figs, orange blossom, golden raisins, and a shot of cooking sherry. Pinch of ground cinnamon, but also a slice of piquant ginger. Current of yeastiness throughout. Herbal, leafy hops with some bitterness noted. Continued fruitiness with a sprinkling of candied almond on the back half. Spicy-sweetish finish with a lingering heat on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Itís sweet, spicy, heated, though overall just okay for me.