njager246 (656) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Horse, a very spicy aroma predominantly nutmeg . The flavoring is similar definitely remind you of Christmas, pretty good
Chudwick (2502) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (8.75% ABV) - beautiful Chestnut pour with khaki head and good lacing. Nose is potpourri, sugar, and toffee. Pine bitterness. Roast bitterness. Almost minty. This is what you get when you cram all of the Christmas desserts and candy at the same time while washing it down with cold coffee. Complex or a mess: dunno. Surprisingly dry, prolly due to the ABV. If I didn’t know any better I’d say this was a scotch ale and Christmas showed up. Odd but I like it.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. Good malt base with nutmeg and other spices. Needs a bit more carbonation and hops tho. Solid B.
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maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish light tan head on it. Nose has a lot of spices in there, most notably clove to me. Taste is pretty spicy to me still, but I can get a little bit of roasting in there as the base. OK, but I’d prefer fewer spices.
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a little head. Strong allspice and anise aroma. Tastes like a cross between a gingerbread and windmill cookie.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I honestly still haven’t figured out what a winter warmer is supposed to be.
Pours a muddy brown with a finger of head. wtf?
Smells like spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon a little, and a bit of spicy hops. Almost curry-like. wtf?
Taste is a little bread, some nutmeg again, more nutmeg, and a bit of vegetable flavor. Um. wtf?
Finish is surprisingly clean. wtf?
firstsip (719) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like Christmas. Balanced notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Not too sweet, not too boozy.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/27/13. Bottle says 8.75%. Pours opaque brown with a very thin off-brown head. Aroma is clove, nutmeg, licorice, earthy, touches of cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon; certainly smells like a winter warmer. Taste is spicy, cocoa, some coffee, alcohol, hint campfire smoke, licorice, brown sugar; finish is subtle, bitter chocolate. This is excellent. Nice lacing. Very full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. This may have just become my new favorite winter seasonal. This is really excellent; highly flavorful, strong, warming, tasty. This is notch above. Well crafted.
bigbish (615) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a good spiced winter ale. Nice flavor, the spices come through nice but aren’t over powering. I would like more body, but a good beer overall.
BVery (8193) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark pour with a smaller wispy head. Nice bold aroma of nutmeg, mild cinnamon, molasses, gingerbread - really nice.