tricyclist (1026) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint pour of dark brown with a khaki head. Nose is all spice and nuttiness... Loads of it. Some chocolate...flavor is all spices and some chocolate. Literally too much spice for me... by a long shot. This one isn’t my favorite... Should almost be considered for herb/spice/vegetable...
50belair (2881) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chris’ pad. Clear brown pour with an off white head. Spice rack aromas. A little thin in the body. All kinds of spices infused in a very nice brown ale. Good carbonation.
pineypower (2691) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from CCB. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of caramel, cinnamon, odd spice notes and some sweet vanilla. Taste is cocoa, cinnamon, allspice, tobacco, vanilla, light earthy soil, lots going on.
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Hopscotch and served in my Duvel snifter: Pours a medium brown with some reddish highlights topped by a fading off-white head and spotty lace. Heavy spices on the nose of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger... sort of like a "pumpkin ale". Moderate roasted, tobacco and bready brown malts as well with a hint of piney hops. The taste is more of the same, heavy spices over a semi-sweet brown malt base with just a hint of herbal and piney hop bitterness. The mouth feel is smooth and ashy. The 1st glass was nice but really this is beer to be shared since the spice notes become too much after awhile. Good thing is it is lower in alcohol so more of a session drinker if not for the spices.
jredmond (6073) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Christine at Franks February 2013 tasting. Pours a deep murky brown body with thin oily lacing. Aroma is chock full of spices - reminds me immediately of a holiday / Christmas time brew - lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, pie, bread and light fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of cinnamon pie, crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, raisin bread and light fruit. A lot going all, but personally not my preference.
DialSquare (3283) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at hunahpu day ’13. Limited notes: cinnamon sweet, brown sugar, spices, caramel, dark fruit. little too sweet for me. 6.8
AirForceHops (4234) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle from Total Wine, Naples FL. Deep brown color with some light brown around the edges. Nose is lots of spice. Cinnamon, ginger, all spice and roasted nuts. Taste isn’t going to surprise you. Much like the nose with some raisin and chocolate malt. It reminds me of a Christmas spice cookie. The finish is spicy and sweet. Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation. Its ok. Nothing to get excited about.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from MeadMe. Thanks, Greg. Really owe you for this last box. My 100th Cigar City rating. Just a few days out from our trip to Tampa (And my first trip to Florida since 3rd grade). Pours a nice deeper brownish hue, gentle haze, glowing copper brown edges, nutty glow is a bit fiery in darker light, darker body and top. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas throw nutmeg and clove, pie spices mix with ginger, gentle spiciness. Brown malts, touches of toffee, biscuits and toast. Gentle nuttiness, more spice as it warms as settles in, truel pie spice with allspice, ginger, and nutmeg taking the nostrils for a ride. Bit of cocoa and chocolate malts, brown malt, nuttiness, and toffee lends itself into the fold. Initial is a lighter end of medium bodied, offering a firmer dryness. Some tobbacco, earthy malts, toast and biscuits onto the palate as we move in. Toast, mellow earth hops. Dry cocoa and toast, nuttiness. Some of that spice dries but also gives some flavor as we enter the middle. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg offer some life. Cocoa and chocolate malts, brown malts give some of that backbone as we move into the backend from there. Touches of silky creamy body appear as we get further in, but not a brooding malt body. It’s still small, especially dry as we move into the backend. Gentle cocoa, spicy ginger and dry clove, nutmeg. Dry and gentle spicy elements linger on into the finish. Much different than I expected. Dry yet some life, lighter body but still some flavors and a touch of gentle girth in the middle. Surprising dryness, the spice is firm at front but gets a little more manageable for me as we get into it. Solid beer. A Maduro treatment, I assume. Not bad at all.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a light tan head. The aroma is cinnamon, pumpkin, chocolate, and roast. Medium mouthfeel. The taste starts with slightly sweet with notes of dark fruit, cinnamon, and maybe some pepper. It’s ok. Ends with a lingering vegetable type flavor. Not the biggest fan but decent. I’m not a huge spice beer fan so take my review with a grain of salt.
jtclockwork (10486) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with tan head. Nose and taste of all spice, hot cinnamon, cardamom, malt, nutmeg, roast pumpkin, squash, mint leaves and mixed spices. A bit too spice forward. Medium body.