pineypower (2148) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, somewhat copper color with a tiny lacing of a head. Aroma is of some cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, caramel and a little more spice. Taste is solid, some cinnamon, sweet caramel notes, vanilla, clove and a light earth taste as it warms a bit, big on the cinnamon flavor, but not in an offensive way. Definitely the standout of the trip there.
dmac (3166) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from a sampler. This was far and away the best if the six beers I tried. Deep amber body with a smaller off white head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg over a grainy malty base. Medium bodied with a lingering aftertaste. Flavor has lots of spices up front that blend nicely over the malty body.
joebudzjoe (620) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewery. Dark brown/black body with minimal head. Sweet smell. Cola, toffee, corn syrup notes. A little too sweet. Despite dark color, not too thick; on the thin side palate-wise. A pretty good beer.
HoppityHop (158) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark mahogany coloring with miles of tan head. Honestly, too much head for the style. However, the carbonation level was right where it should be, and letting it sit in my glass for a while brought everything out. Hints of coffee, chocolate, spice, etc. Lots going on here with the flavor. Medium to thinner body, with a nice bittersweet finish. Seek it out.
weezfour (124) - Oradell, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler me! Oh yeah, great beer. Wonderful when you are snowed in, deep in the winter. Powerful aroma, and swimming with flavor. Can’t miss this one if you have the chance.
rman18 (307) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 This beer is very good... It lives up to its name. You can taste the nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla... you can certainly taste the nutmeg as it exudes this beer. Served cold... probably would be better at room temp.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2008 on tap-pours a light tan head and brown color with red tint. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate, slight coffee. Taste is dark malt-chocolate (no coffee), hops bitterness. OK carbonation. Occasional.
081227- nice, malty, spice, nutmeg on the aroma. Taste follows with a balanced hop backbone.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Truly enjoyable!!! Lots of thick spiciness with nutmeg, cinnamon and other stuff. Lovely richness and very sweet. My favorite from Bittings so far.
argo0 (10365) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan head with clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cinnamon, caramel, some nutmeg/clove. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, cinnamon, some chocolate, caramel. Smooth light-medium body.
pivo (2540) - GERMANY - JAN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ON TAP: Sweet apple-like malt nose, creal reddish brown color. Caramel malt body with nutmeg and clove. Sweet with a pleasant spiciness. Not so special and a little unsophisticated, but probably the best one of the JJ Bittings brews we sampled.