Smoothsippin (47) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice winter warmer. Spicy on the nose and into the mouth. Has a pleasant bite on the swallow and finish.
bubblehouse (1139) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good beer. The nutmeg and spice comes through nicely. One of the better winter beers I have had this year.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Cinnamon nutmeg and sweet malt taste.
Hophaze (192) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid Christmas ale! Taste of nutmeg, ginger and spice. Brown?? Spicy porter?? Who cares. Very good.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Black licorice, dark fruit and roasted malt aroma. These are all present in the flavor, with the dark fruit being masked by cocoa bitterness in the finish. Well carbonated with an oily texture. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque brown with a very thin off-brown head In a tulip glass. Aroma is clove, nutmeg, licorice, earthy, touches of cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon; certainly smells like a winter warmer. Taste is spicy, cocoa, alcohol, hint campfire smoke, licorice, brown sugar; finish is subtle, bitter chocolate. This is excellent. Nice lacing. Very full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Nice beer I got a mixed six pack and only have one I’ll have to go back for more of this one.
matthewjk (1037) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perhaps the king of all Christmas / holiday ales I have tried--and I have tried a few! This thing is a robust, in-your-face, confection of a treat. Spiced porter? Doesn’t matter, excellent! I’ve missed you Dark Horse.
b3shine (7666) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; a cloudy dark brown with thin light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of malt and spices with some sweetness and mild vegetal notes. Tastes like it smells, but a bit more robust, and with some cocoa too. Nice and smooth on the palate. Solid beer.
tfratzke (92) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of cloves and ginger and cola. Appearance is a murky brown with a small tan head. Tastes is lots of clove, gingerbread, nutmeg. Some bitterness in the finish. Nice offering for a Christmas ale.
Scipio (807) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma has powerful gingerbread and cinnamon, to go along with clove, nutmeg, and chocolate. The taste follows much of what the nose offers. Still potent gingerbread and cinnamon. The impressions are stronger than they were in the aroma, while chocolate and toffee notes are present underneath. Long aftertaste of gingerbread. Medium in body, while a medium, kind of chewy texture. More carbonation than I was expecting. This has a feeling of drinking a holiday cookie. This is one of your better offerings for the Christmas season.