sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium sized tan head, fair retention and some stringy lace. Murky copper color. Lightly spicey nose. Med/light body, somewhat watery. Light spice flavors, cinnamon out front. Finish is dry, watery. Thanks Chris!
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours dark amber with full tan head,hoppy,raisiny nose.sweet up front,hoppy finish.interesting beer.
DalzAle (1845) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma was nutty and spicy. Flavor was very herbal and left a funky tea aftertaste. Maybe this is a good beer for some, just not for me I guess.
kappldav123 (4292) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The bottle looks a bit complex, the beer in the glass is okay. Hoppy and fruity-sweet aroma. Starts modest dry, notes of clove. The finish is a bit weak, modest dry in the background. Too boring!
spilledpint (337) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from HyVee Marion
Ar: Aroma seems a bit muted. There is a bit of black pepper and oddly enough I get some cinnamon spice here.
Ap: Pours a hazy copper with a two finger cream colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a bit of lace.
T: The flavor is very spicy, with lots of black pepper flavor. There is some sweetness, and maybe a bit of burnt sugar. However, the finish is oddly bitter, but not in a pleasant way (think more grapefruit rind than dark chocolate). It does become slightly more balanced as it warms.
P: Medium body with very assertive carbonation.
O: This was a bit of a let down. I just found everything to be a bit off.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick cloudy orange with an off white head. Not much carbonation. Had a citrus aroma with orange peel standing out the most. The Nutcracker name is not really appropriate for this one. The flavor was mild citrus, mostly orange. Kind of a flat finish.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is a lightly hopped beer that is filled with evergreen trees and grapefruit. The aroma has a mild nutty malt. Cherry? Corriander? I wish the aroma was more powerful.
The appearance is a body that is cloudy medium brown color with a light brown/off-white head that is average and frothy. There is virtually no lacing on this lasting head.
The flavor is initially lightly sweet and nutty. The finish is moderately bitter/acidic/sour. It is an average finish length.
The palate is lightly syrupy with a soft carbonation.
Overall, not a bad beer, just not really exciting. It doesnít taste, smell, or look bad. Mostly boring.
Strykzone (4201) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Having seen the high rating and having read some of the ratings of this beer, I must be drinking the wrong stuff. I found the beer to taste of sour mash and to be surprisingly bitter. It looked like an inviting ale and the aroma was somewhat intriguing. However, the beer itself left me wishing for more. Maybe the next one will change my mind.
BeerandBlues2 (8480) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle received via trade with tjthresh. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cereal, grain), heavy hops (flowers, perfume), light yeast (sweat, leaves) with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cardboard. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from sry23 on BA, thanks Scott. Hazy medium brown color with a white head. Slightly sweet spicyness too it. Not alot of flavor to me, pretty easy to drink, slight butter flavor. Eh.