Sigmund (5278) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, vintage 2007, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Hazy brownish orange colour, big and lasting off-white head with a pale orange hue. Fairly strong sweetish aroma with notes of candied fruits (figs, actually), caramel and malts, hints of cinnamon. The flavour has notes of cinnamon and other mild spices, figs, caramel and malts, great sweetness nicely balanced by decent hops in the finish. Some alcoholic warmth, but not dominant. Some wood in the aftertaste. An interesting beer, pleasant to drink.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium amber with a ligth thin head- slight haze. Aroma is lightly fruity, candied dried fruits- raisin fig and dates, spicy- phenolic and cinnamon and vanilla- earthy. Flavor is a slate and mineral in the middle- some sugar and sweet upfront and some spices lingering past the finish- light cinnamon noticed - slight diacetyl as it warms with more earth and herbal notes as well.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have never heard of this brewer before and was surprised to hear that it comes from Japan. +++Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-brown color with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was cinnamon, nutmeg and was a bit musty. The flavor was bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and raisin. The finish was medium length bread and dry spices. Medium body. Ok.
notalush (4962) - 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle (at 7%ABV): Lightly sweet aroma of cinnamon, caramel, spices, slight tea, pale malts, and slight fig. Poured deep orange/deep amber in color with a medium to large-sized, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of cinnamon, figs, pale malts, slight tea, wood, caramel, light honey, spices, and slight resin. Light to medium body (more toward medium). Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Cinnamon, tea, and wood finish.
thebeertourist (4894) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle at Olympen. Hazy copper with a healthy tan head. Tart berry aroma. In the mouth dry chocolate blends with tart berries. Overall quite dry. Medium body. Complex and somewhat surprising.
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Looks nice. Full head on copper. Light quiet earthy scent. Malt fig favoured born or dark amber ale. A bit of dubbel. Just a hint of cinnamon if you insist. Better than I expected.
Beer4000 (4576) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a fine off-white head. Aroma is fruity with some caramel and cinnamon spices. Flavor is refreshing fruity, mild malty, fine balanced bitterness, cinnamon and other spices, maybe some ginger? A nice, fruity, spicy and a bit unusually beer. Quite enjoyable.
JohnnyJ (4484) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown color. Malty beer, with nice fruit flavors. Figs, sweet malt, orange peel, clove, citrus, apple, and notes of cinnamin. Pretty nice spiced ale.
ChainGangGuy (4400) - 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: It’s sweet, spicy, heated, though overall just okay for me.