argo0 (12854) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Medium beige head atop clear garnet body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, cinnamon, light ginger, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light ginger, cinnamon. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.
burg326 (5202) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured deep amber brown color with a Roman of spice and bread with some toast. Flavors really all spice and potpourri not good blah... horrible herb beer not my style blah.....
dmac (5208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can from jcwatts, cheers John. Poured an okay looking murky light amber-crimson brown with a foamy mostly white head. Aroma is like a vanilla muffin with some cocoa beans sitting near by and open cinnamon and nutmeg spice on the counter. Flavor is more spicy but not necessarily in a good way, all-spice and vanilla are dominant. Medium-full body, stronger carbination, average duration on the aftertaste.
puboflyons (2904) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the can received in trade from jcwattsrugger. Thanks JC. It poured a lot darker than I expected. Deep amber in color with a lasting tan head. Subtle aromas of roasted toffee malts, light spice, and even a hint of fig. The body is light to medium but also on the acidic side. The spices really kick in more in the taste and become the beer.
TXBadger (2379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spices and sweetness.
fluffy (2241) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really didn't like the holiday spices in this one-probably same reason I don't like pumpkin beers either.
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Chad9976 (1605) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This year will be my first Christmas in Florida, so itís only appropriate I review a winter warmer made here in the Sunshine State. Barley Mow Tinsel is pretty standard for the style: spicy and warm as well as flavorful and easy to drink. Not the best Christmas beer ever, but itís nice.
I poured a 12oz can into a wine glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.39 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Deep copper/burgundy hue with a foggy body. There appears to be sediment within. Pours to a thumb-width, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Traditional holiday spices and a lightly sweet, cookie-like aroma. The nose seems to be a tad mild, though.
Taste: If you want an example of a winter warmer palette, then this beer is it. All the spicy and warming flavors you want in a cold weather beer are here for the taking: ginger, nutmeg, some cinnamon and perhaps some Allspice as well. The label indicates itís brewed with honey, and there does seem to be a lingering honey flavor in the aftertaste. The malt character is fairly contained: sweet to be sure, but not cloyingly so. I donít get much in the way of caramel and toffee flavors as advertised. There is a surprisingly strong bitterness here, though. Itís dry and spicy Ė to the point where itís a bit distracting. Had it not been for that character, this would be more than just a good beer.
Drinkability: Itís rare that winter warmers are light in any way, shape or form and Barley Mow Tinsel is no exception. The actually mouthfeel is not that intense or viscous, though there is plenty of flavor from beginning to end. Thereís also noticeable alcohol warmth from the 7.3% ABV. Itís not distracting like the bitterness in the palette is, though. A beer better paired with Christmas dinner than Christmas dessert.
snoworsummer (4301) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at the Gnarly Barley. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy white head. Tastes like caramel malt, spice, light herb, citrus hops, and grapefruit. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like citrus hops, herbs, caramel malt, spice, and faint grapefruit.
PorterPounder (6972) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz can. Slightly hazy medium copper pour, frothy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma has a definite spicy bent to it with some horehound candy and cinnamon. Flavor has the same spicy profile as the aroma, Christmas spicy notes, some nutmeg, a touch of toffee, some underlying ripening vegetable funkiness. Thick enough mouthfeel.
Aurelius (4937) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting, artsy can. Misty, tea-colored brew, big fluffy oaty head. Spiced, nutty malt aroma - some matchstick sulphur. Nutmeg/allspice up front, modestly sweet, nutty, big malt. Muted, perhaps implied, cinnamon. Body is lighter than the flavor might suggest. Tea, tannic notes in the finish. ABC Liquors, Betton.
Rustyham (1829) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
prunes, caramel, black pepper. Dry red wine flavor, very rustic. Deep cola flavor and a very dry Mouthfeel