McGarnigle (575) - 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 don’t 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.
Westkyoto77 (547) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bungalow. Not usually a fan of spiced beer, but this was nice. Deep burnt amber with thin broken head. Sweet nose with rich fruity malt, figs, and caramel. Lovely sweetness and fullness- was as warming as advertised. Didn't get so much cinnamon as I thought, but there's definitely some spices in there. A great winter warmer.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Hashigo Zake. Pours a beautiful radiant reddish amber, tan head.
Aroma has smooth chocolaty, fruity oddness. A big full bodied flavour, kinda of nutty with Belgian-esq flavours, wierd esters. In a good way. Spicces are minimal and no hint of the cinnamon.
Tart, bitter and fruity, interesting but not amazing.
willisread (529) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Liquors Hasegawa (bottled on 10/13/2014). Poured in a snifter. Pours a hazy caramel brown with a modest head that dissipated within 5 minutes. Really clear and strong sweet fig aroma. Slight cinnamon and alcohol aromas present as well. Initial taste was very alcohol forward with strong spice and bitterness present from hops. As it comes to room temperature individual spices become easier to detect: clove, ginger, corriander, cinnamon and nutmeg are all present. Alcohol taste becomes a little milder. FIg aroma is quite strong and lasts throughout the glass. Medium body with a relatively thin texture. Bitter finish. Very unique beer from Baird.
GenkiGonzo (523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Copper colour, small white head, some lacing. Quite sweet aroma of fig and some spice. Lots of cinnamon balanced nicely with the sweet fruit.
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.
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.
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy copper color with a nice white head that left some very nice lace behind. Aroma is huge fig, malt and spice. Flavor is malt up front, fig, raisin, honey and some vanilla. finish is spicy, figs and biscuit.
Kind of reminds me of a fig newton. Nice beer, I look forward to trying more from this brewery.
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.
shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - caramel, toffy, cinnamon and there’s distinctive yeasty aroma.
Apperance - light amber orange, with not much head
Taste - thin caramel flavour at the beginning and then spicy chinotto’s bitter (used in Campari) after taste. bit of tartness
Palate - medium bodyied, bit sticky and soft carbonation. long finish