NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ Coopersmiths. Pours an orangish amber appearance with a tan head. Huge spice rack aroma with a ton of ginger. More ginger in the flavor along with cloves, chewy bubblegum, and some citrus notes. Bleh.
ScorpyX (18) - USA - MAR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden color with a small head.
Ar: Very spicy, with overwhelming cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells like holiday potpourri.
T: Tastes much like it smells, with a cherry flavor most apparent. Finishes with a taste of alcohol. The cinnamon quality makes it quite fitting for the holiday season. Definitely has some reminders of certain pumpkin ales.
P: Fairly crisp, though some of it sticks around.
Very drinkable. Not all that heavy and as long as one can take the taste, multiple pints would not be out of the question.
I tried this one last year and had been counting the days to its return. Definitely one of my favorite sweet season ales.
BeerandBlues2 (9000) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a large, creamy, off-white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, nutty), light hop (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, pear, and apple. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
hapjydeuce (921) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Sean and Ryan’s tasting with the Pizza Port locals and many others. Apparently this one had 2+ years of age on it. Serious gingerbread cookie aroma with lots of ginger spice that makes this totally suitable for the Holiday Season, although we’re in May by now. Hazy amber color that pours quite still. More ginger and citrus in the flavor that ends with clove and malts. A bit thin on the palate.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Sean and Ryan’s tasting, 750 old at least 2 years old. Pours amber with a tan ring. Nose is spicy and nice. Taste is sweet spiced and really pretty good.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Sean and Ryan’s PP party. Bottle looks older with a worn and torn label. Great aroma like a gingerbread cookie. Ginger, cinamon, cloves are all in full force. There are some floaties in the bottle, which look like spices. Maybe they are.. Cloudy amber color. Flavor is more blandish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some serious carbonation in this one! The head is massive and overpowering and continues to grow; creamy, off-white, and mostly lasting with some nice lace. Body is mostly clear with sparkling carbonation and a deep amber color. Nose is dominated by the numerous spices, especially the nutmeg, ginger, and clove, with some noticable pumpkin pie notes and gingersnap cookies. Similar flavor with spices being dominant but a lot going on. Some tastes I get stewed apples with cinnamon, some I get gingersnap cookies, and some I get pumpkin pie with clove and nutmeg; other notes of brown sugar, light toasted notes, and faint orange peel with a nearly moderate bitterness, mostly from the spicing. Palate is decent with a mmedium body, a lively carbonation, and a creamy but watery mouthfeel. Finishes lightly dry and moderate length with some pumpkin and brown sugar with some light notes of stewed apples and orange peel. Actually liked this one more than I thought I would; I figured the spices would be too dominant but actually they created quite a unique beer. This probably would have been better with some more supporting malt notes or as a stronger strength beer but even still a fairly easy drinking beer. Assuming you like a big baking spice presence in your beer, this one is a great holiday easy drinker.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not what I was expecting in the spice department. A small amount of nutmeg and cinnimon. Nice thick mouthfeel. Overall an OK seasonal.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. The beer poured a medium, clear amber color with a tiny, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was dominated by the seasonal spices you would expect to find: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove; as well as sweet notes of honey, caramel and a light toasted grain aroma. The flavor started moderately sweet with an average-length, moderately bitter finish. The palate was watery and thin with lively carbonation. I liked that the balance of holiday spices in this beer was a little different than the other ones I’ve had—heavier in the cinnamon and lighter on some of the headier aromatics. A nice winter brew.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat murky bronze with scant, airy off-white head, this beer is highly spiced (as advertised) and tastes like pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg,cloves, all those holiday spices one might find in a mulled wine. But they get to be in beer, whch is great if you love beer and love holiday spices in everything from morning coffee to evening dessert (like I do...at least in December and January, when enough is enough). Although good for a holiday mood, the ale itself doesn’t stand out as particularly interesting, although the distinct hoppy bitterness balances the light malt and the heavy spices so suggestive of Christmas sweets, therefore an enjoyable seasonable experience.