jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Butterscotch Scents dominate the aroma of this fine seasonal brew. The tasting yields both the butterscotch flavoring as well as vanilla overtones. Smooth finish ends clean without too much sweetness. Overall an great seasonal beer!
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft before Christmas: Poured a reddish amber with a nice head. The aroma was Christmas in a bottle, lots of spices. The flavor was nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and sweet malts. Overall, it was a just that, a holiday cheer.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish-amber color with a very spicy aroma that features some sugar & cinnamon. Flavor is sweet, bready and spicy with Nutmeg, allspice, and some cinnamon. OK. but toning down the spices would improve this one.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Sour vinegar and tart fruity nose on this, with some soy sauce. Odd tangy quality to this one for sure. Smells like a sour ale more than anything, with some woody presence. Dark cloudy amber-brown, with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Quite an interesting mix of flavors - reminding me of the fruitcake taste from an early-90s Amry MRE. Cranberry and orange peels, cinammon and a nutty bitter quality, clove, and sweet short bread. Very interesting and I’m not sure if I could drink a lot of this. Mild fruity tart finish with little bitterness. Not bad, but not a fave.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent dark copper amber with ruby hues and a nicely-lacing off-white froth of head. Aroma of sweet ginger and clove with some caramel malt and a touch of nutmeg. Body starts thick and well-spiced with a good bit of earthy dark caramel and some lightly tart cranberries. A good holiday ale with nice complexity of flavors and balance.
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draft at the brewery: pours a dark reddish brown with a bit of a spicy aroma but I didn’t pick up much more than that, taste was nutmeg with a cinnamon lingering aftertaste - but not very strong. I actually thought this was pretty good.
agl108 (765) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Inn. Poured reddish brown with minimal head (as usual) that left the slightest of lacings. Flavor consisted of malts with some spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This years batch was brewed w/ the second runnings of a 275th anniversary brew that will be released in 2007. The abv is bumped up from the posted amount(now 8 %)...man that anniversary brew must be potent as heck. I can’t wait!
Appears a murky, reddish brown, with a 2 finger, tan head that slowly fades out. Lots of lacing is scattered around the pint glass.
Smell is of the anticipated cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, highligted by cranberries. I was also getting a whiff of juniper berries in there but all those mulling spices may just be playing tricks on my mind before the holidays arrive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas in a slightly fruity, malty, brown sugar infused flavor that seems to be what they were shooting for.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, smooth, with decent CO2 levels that lead to a semi-dry finish of cinnamon and nutmeg.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 On tap at the GLI. Poured a medium, cloudy reddish-brown color with a smaller off white head. Aromas and tastes of malts, fruits and spices. Nutmeg the stronger spice with cinnamon. The body was a little thin.
Tasted on 11/20 (the 2nd runnings tastings). Cinnamon definitely stronger this time around. 8% very well hidden. My ratings on my notes were close enough that I’m not changing it...
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spices galore in this one. Unlike many spiced holiday brews that taste like a lager with pumpkin spice thrown in, this beer all the spices compliment and blend perfectly.
Nice light malt, and the cinnamon finish lingers well after the glass is empty.