jhogan4 (246) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, obtained in a trade. Pours cola brown with a very small head. Nose is spicy, flavor is malty with some spice. Not really my style; there are several other winter warmers out there that are better.
jsquire (3000) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with some cola highlights when held against the light. Short lived mocha head. Sweet nose with lots of holiday spice notes. This is what I think of when I think of holiday beers. Dark sweetness of burnt sugar and molasses with lots of pit fruit, raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon, some bitter orange and some nuts. This is a fruit cake in a glass. Nice seasonal offering, even if I did drink it in June.
boFNjackson (3629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured dark brown, opaque, with a thin head that dissipate quickly. Aroma had lots of spice. Noticeable nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa powder; sort of mole-esq on the nose. Tasted similarly. With a hint of green hops and spice along with an added malt sweetness. A nice spiced winter beer.
arminjewell (4206) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, thanks Matt! Dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of cinnamon, clove, dark fruits, hints of caramel, some roast, chocolate notes in there, interesting and a bit oxidized. Taste is a mix of sweet dark fruits, toffee, roast, lots of cinnamon, clove, touch of trashy notes as well, finishing sweet, some oxidation in there. Cool to try.
adnielsen (6553) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Matt’s house, courtesy of bushmat1. Thanks! Pours a clear dark brown head with a tan head. Spicy, light pepper, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon aroma. Light ginger, nutmeg, toffee, caramel flavor. Nice stuff.
Errl (611) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks.to bu11zeye..Pour is black with no head..Nose is spice,cinnamon,apple, clove,mint...Taste is gingerbread,spice,bread,cinnamon,christmas..Palate is gingerbread and spice
madmitch76 (10000) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10th March 2012
Opaque dark brown beer. Tidy mid - tan head. Palate starts soft but quickly turns crisp. Bitterish dark toffee overlaid by mild lactose and then crisp but mild spice and minerals. Cinnamon most noticeable. Dry finish with more bitter toffee. Interesting!
fattybladdy (222) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap @ beer exchange. Solid dark brown pour with a slight tan head. Scent is spice, probably the beers best asset. Taste is malty and overdone with spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, also some dark fruit. Overall I felt this was lacking.
superspak (1536) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Winter 2012 bottling. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, dark bread, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, earth, roasted malt, chocolate, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, roasted malt, chocolate, toast, prune, earth, and light herbal spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, roasted malt, chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of robust flavors; with a nice malt backbone over the spices; and almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer style. Very nice robust and balanced flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
tdoyledesign (64) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin head and no lacing. Aroma is of spice, malt and a little brown sugar. Tastes like gingerbread almost. Very interesting palate. Surprisingly crisp and not as heavy as expected!