Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, I was warned about this one, and the admonition proved true. Poured with a massive, billowing, light tan head that I presume to be the product of some sort of infection. Thick webs of lacing coat the glass entirely. The aroma shows a bevy of floral hops and spices, with mint and menthol making and overpowering intrusion into the nose. The flavor is clearly not what the brewers intended to produce, and certainly did not resemble "freshly baked Christmas cookies", as the commercial description would suggest. Plenty of floral and piney hops exist amongst strange, off flavors of dark fruits, menthol and soap. The body is on the thin side of medium, with an overly lively mouthfeel. Very odd brew. Not something I’ll go for again.
Koelschtrinker (9479) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sehr gemüseartiger Antrunk ohne festen Aromenbezug. Etwas muffig, wenig spritzig. Nun ehe malzig werdend, dabei ist eine gewisse Getreidenote präsent. Das Bier schmeckt hier nach Kürbis, desweiteren nach Steinfrüchten, nach Ingwer. Der insgesamt muffige Eindruck stört etwas, ansonten ist das Bier süffig, die Aromen angenehm gestreut. Danke an den Doppelbock für das Bier! 10/9/9/10/8/9
halfonit (1099) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Has a very nice dark hazy brown appearance. Aromas are of spices, cloves. pine, cinnamon, and very light hops. Taste is something different than what I’m used to. I get tastes of pine, cloves, and other various spices that I just can’t put my finger on. Has a smooth aftertaste with a little bit of a sour end. Not really my type of beer, but it does not lack quality.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hazy dark brown coloured body, very opaque with a super dense tan head that tops the beer so perfectly. Aroma of roasted malt, figs, stale hops, nuts and some toffee - not great but not horrible. Medium-bodied; Strong malty taste showing a good character with some hops and a good nuttiness that ends the beer. Alcohol is noticeable but not much overpowering. Aftertaste shows some lighter malt and a bit of the nuts. Overall, a decent beer - a bit odd for a holiday seasonal - but good to try. I sampled this one year old 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 24-December-2005.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to John. Bright amber pour with generous bright light yellow foamy head. This is a spicy one... particularly nutmeg and cinnamon. Other than that, it’s hard to distinguish much else about this beer. Some malt presence and a little bit of hops.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours on the ruby side of amber with a thin yellowey head. A very toned down spice aroma. Tastes of spices but again toned down. Full on the palate.
alexanderj (3197) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle; poured a copper/auburn color. Off white head. Aroma of spice, pine tips, toasted malt and yeast. Flavor was similar with spice, toffee, pine and vanilla. Flavor was a little strange, almost medicinal. Good amount of hop presence, for the style. Probably had it during the wrong season.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml. Very balanced, piney taste. Nose is plums, ginger, spice. Unusual beer, very earthy and warming. Medium bodied. Color is amber. Carbonated well. Very good, exceptional for the style which is very hit or miss for me. A nice surprise, i believe this is underrated.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Poured a cola like light brown with a small white head and moderate lace. Flavor was lightly spicey as advertised with some cinnamom. Some really mild caramel in the background. Mouthfeel was full and moderately carbonated. I don’t know about "freshly baked Christmas cookies in a bottle", but it was good and I enjoyed it.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the on-set this beer looked like it had potential. A nice amber body a big frothy head, perhaps too frothy, with very little lacing. Aroma was malty, mostly earth notes with a few mild & indistinguishable spices. Flavor was basically the same, but had a moderate bitterness to it. No real warming sensation here.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… O-Town Throwdown Part Tres… Hazy, burnt orange ale with a huge, rocky, white head. The aroma is all cocoa powder and dark chocolate with a pleasant undertone of holiday spice. Intensely bitter, medium sweet, lightly acidic and chocolaty. Medium-bodied, but thin with spritzy carbonation. Bitter, cocoa finish.