jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A freind of mine came over with a growler of this. Nice amber color with a big cream colored head that left some lacing and a strong toasty nose. The beer reminded me of cinnamon toast with cinnamon, white sugar and a grainy astringency. Something green in the finish. Nice spiced Christmas ale.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ginger and honey stand out in the aroma. Amber color, thin white head (that is the exact description I’ve used for most of their beers). All three spices stand out - honey, ginger, and orange peel - in the sweet malty flavor. Medium-full body. Very similar to Great Lakes x-mas, although I like the sweeter balance in this beer better.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 On tap at #1. Clear copper with minimal head. Quite a bit of ginger in the aroma that, other than the underlying malt, is all but overpowering. Not saying there isn’t anything else, it’s just that the ginger is hard to get around. The flavor is a nice bit of sweet caramel and candy like malt. Spices like ginger and ?. Again, ginger dominates. Though it is not bad in any way (which to me means there is more going on behind the scene). Semi-sweet with minimal hop presence (noticeable only in light bitterness). Medium, slightly slick body. Good Christmas brew.
Tried again 12/07. Don’t know if my tastes have changed but I really enjoyed this years. Did not re-rate but I will be bumping up my score.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spice aroma and flavor. Dark amber color.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The original version of the winter warmer. Not for those that aren't into heavily spiced beers. Nose of spices and orange. Follows thru in the flavor. Very unique. Of the 3 years I have had, I think the 2001 version was the best.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orangey/amber with a small creamy head. Rather thin taste, with hints of orange, ginger and nutmeg. Very smooth. Not much in the area of hops but overall very drinkable and refreshing.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Alehouse 2. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate allspice sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium spicy balanced flavor with a medium sweet spicy finish of moderate duration.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Wow this is a spicy beer. Like taking a shot of nutmeg. It is good for the season but be ready to a flavor explosion.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good this year as years past. A little thin, very heavy on the ginger. Spicy hopping. Served too cold. Malt liquor nose and flavor.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Ale House: Dark copper colored pour with an off white head. Aroma, some spice, caramel malts. Flavor, caramel, malty, brown sugar, some slight bitterness.