rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Light brown with one finger head. Light cinnamon with roasted malt. Slight sweetness initially, but dry finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ the pub. Clear ruby-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was semi-sweet with notes of toasted malt and a hint of cinnamon and spice. Some coffee as the beer warms. Milt roasted malt flavor with some semi-sweet caramel. Light body with a clean finish and lively CO2 in the mouth.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark hazy brown. 1cm lasting off-white head. Straight-on cinnamon punctuates malts that feel like a bear paw molasses biscuit. Very biscuity and slightly fruity (think plums) - juicy palate. Clean, but perhaps overly sweet. Their touch of cinnamon was more than a mere touch, but I rarely appreciate cinnamon in beer and did not find it out of place here.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown and clear with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by spice and chocolate. Taste yields some nice tartness and lots of sweet malt. Elments of Christmas spices emerge as the beer warms. An unusual but enjoyable beer!
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Spicy and fruity (breakfast jam) beer. Original but not convincing.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Dark mahogany body with a medium tan head
In long: A weird amalgam of dark fruits, cinnamon and gingerbread man. A bit floury. Finish is a bit tart with a little cherry sourness. Overall rather dry. Some kind of Christmas-beer Light. It’s nice when you see a brewer going off the beaten path but on the other hand if you drive a Totota Echo you shouldn’t leave the beaten path.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Proud cinnamon peruses through a deep fieldberry jam in this otherwise chocolatey and smooth dessert brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackened ruby.
-The body is well rounded with an appreciable level of residual sugars for a dessert beer.
-The cushiony effervescence serves the mouthfeel quite well.
-Licorice sweetness and cherry fruitiness deepen this sweet tooth’s delight.
-I thought the cinnamon and cocoa were perfectly integrated to the grain bill, and well levelled too.
On tap at the brewpub.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is cinnamon, medium malt. Taste is cinnamon, lots of medium malt-chocolate. OK/mild carbonation.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
3 oz sample. Minty aroma with cinnamon hints and the typical City Steam licorice aroma as well. Transparent darkened amber color with a light tan head. Light, slightly roasty with a fair amount of mint, berries, and cinnamon. Thin, but slightly sticky as well.
boto (1760) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught: This one pours an opaque, brown color. There was some tan head to it, along with some lacing down the glass. There were hints of cinnamon and cocoa to the nose. Some malty sweetness also. The taste is definitely cinnamon up front, but it is not overdone. Some cocoa and maltiness in the aftertaste. A good winter seasonal. The only drawback to the beer is that it was served VERY cold. The aroma and taste improved as it warmed up a bit.