JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by notalush. Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a little bit spicy. There is a kiss of figgy sweetness and some soft light spiciness. Prominent cinnamon and clove with a touch of orange peel and ginger. Softly earthy bitterness over a little bit of chewy malt sweetness. Itís a pretty solid beer really
notalush (4993) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from State Line Liquors - pours a hazy light red - everything about this beer is beautifully subtle - the fig is quite present in the aroma, but not heavy or overly sweet - the fig sweetness and cinnamon spiciness ride in on a surprisingly light-bodied bready malt backbone (which is great, because so many spiced beers overburden the palate) - some cane sugar balanced by the spices and moderate herbal bitterness - understated and well-done.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle. Dark amber body with a good deal of sediment, nice tan head. Some apple and cinnamon nose, a bit sweet and fruity. The taste didnt have quite enough character, everything felt too soft. The cinnamon was the strongest, then some apple and burnt toffee, long dim coffee finish. Got nicer as it warmed. Palate was soft and could have benefitted from a touch more carbonation. The combo of apple and coffee was different. I liked this but had hoped for even more.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555 Ė thanks J! Pours a hazy amber with a 2 finger thick beige head. The nose is figs, malt and spice. The taste is caramel, figs, cinnamon and citrus hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. Decent brew Ė thanks again J!
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel colored brew with a tight eggshell head that left a small amount of lacing after every sip. Aroma is subtle candied sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and molasses. Flavor is extremely balanced between hops and malt. Honey, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar and citrus. Nothing mind-blowing but I thought this was a well put together beer.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
633 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is light esters (fig) and caramel malt with a hint of spice (very light cinnamon). Iím not quite sure what to make of the flavor. I mainly detect some esters and caramel malt. Iím not quite sure what to make of this beer. All I know is that itís not worth the $12 I paid for it.
McGarnigle (565) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
633 ml bottle courtesy of Shelton Bros. 7% ABA, according to the label. Pours reddish amber. Medium body, somewhat oily, properly unobtrusive carbonation. Something different. The first hit is big caramel. Yes to cinnamon, but not sure about the figs. Over-spiced. I donít think it is too sweet, as the hops balance it. But there is an odd, rough aftertaste. Worthwhile more for its uniqueness than its quality.
zach8270 (3583) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Ruby red pour with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is spicy with some hints of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, very light figs, and sugar. Flavor is very sweet and malty with hints of cocoa, honey, cinnamon, yeast, sugar, and light figs. Very sweet and spicy and rather cloying.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JAN 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ale didn’t seem quite as festive as it’s namesake, but proved to be drinkable. Hints of clove, cinnamon, spice, orange peel, but nothing terribly solid and memorable. ON tap @ Cheers.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite little for the alcohol here. As my drinking buddy mentioned this is a beer that is looking for an identity. Still quite nice and sweet and I am partial to cinammon so I enjoyed it. Could have a bit more body to it to compliment the festive ingredients