TXBadger (1883) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Sweet dark fruits on the nose, with some subtle spices; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice little sweetness.
MeerkatTampa (23) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the tasting room. Dark brown with minimal light tan head. Strong notes of chocolate in the nose. Surprisingly hoppy; I was expecting sweet. Generally tasty, but I’m not getting the Christmas spices. Dark chocolate and black fruit are front and center. The finish is long with a bitter caramel accentuated by the hops. Very drinkable, but I was hoping for more depth and complexity.
MrHangover (3139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, murky beer with a very generous, beige creamy head on top. Aroma is very herbal, typical Christmas ale, loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, chestnuts and other spices. Flavor is very sweet and herbal again, returning most of cinnamon in front, backed up by a sweet malty base with ginger touches in there. Overal a typical Christmas beer, a winter warmer with full taste yet low abv. Quite decent stuff!
DrewFace (947) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big roasty aroma, semi sweet chocolate with some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark brown, mostly clear, with light tan head. Roasty, light spice notes, some chocolate malt.
Prufrockstar (1442) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can thanks to Homer321. Pours nearly black with creamy tan head. Some lacing. Aroma brings baking spices atop bittersweet chocolate. Thinking I should probably have a slice of pie with this. Taste: lightly spiced sweet porter with lasting roast bitter finish. A touch astringent. Palate: medium body, average carbonation. Overall: listed now as a "winter porter" on the label. Nice take on a winter/fall spiced porter, but hard to see this as one I’d crave more of.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by jackl, 11/19/14. Gusher. Pours a clear copper with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of plum, spice, caramel, toffee, nutmeg. The taste is toffee, burnt sugar, plum, spicy finish. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice. 300th S/H/V!
Clarkdvm (255) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at brewery. Smells better than tastes. One of cigar city’s weaker efforts. Too much coffee to be considered winter brew
Homer321 (2614) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can to snifter. nose is a cross of pumpkin and Christmas spices. slightly floral. More floral and ginger in the flavor. very prominent in the flavor. tastes like licking a glade air freshener.
Enjoyit (3579) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unclear brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of spices, cinnamon, ginger and orange. A flavor of cinnamon, ginger, dusty and weak toffee. Too much spices for me.
Westmeister (2051) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at Athens Beer Fest. Wow this was overly sweet. Figgy pie, spice, tobacco, more spice and more sweet. The spices make this fairly interesting and mildly complex, but just too sweet for me in the presentation.