bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from hoppymeal. Pours a dark cola brown with very little head; some white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Super holiday spice on the nose; pine, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is kind of like the smell of fresh sawdust up front and then quickly into the spice with some maltiness, but this one is all about the holiday spices. This definitely reminds me of Anchor OSA. Good brew and from the aged OSAs that I have had, I bet this one would be fantastic many years down the road. Thanks Derek for the interesting bonus!
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drink at Dark Horse in Marshall MI. Average creamy/frothy light brown head with fair lacing. Dark red body hue. Aroma of heavy spices, allspice, nutmeg, clove standard pumpkin pie spices. Also picked up a hint of raisins. Flavor taste similar to smell, cloves all spice, nutmeg, pumpkin, initial flavor followed by mild sweet malt finished with clove and spices. Average aftertaste. Mild body with watery texture, soft carbonation.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bonus from sleestack, shared with my GF. glad this was low in Alc so I could pop it early in the night. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet, taste is rich and quite potent. Big beer in a little package, pretty intense at cellar temp prob better to chill this one a tad.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in color with a nose filled with spices, chocolate, coffee beans and banana bread. In the mouth it was concentrated, rich, and again very spicy. This was a quite spicy and enjoyable.winter brew.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade (thanks Derek!). Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of lots of spices (ginger, cinamon, and a bunch of others), chocolate, and I was getting some berries in there too. The spices were definitely the strongest of the aromas. Tastes of the same spices, chocolate, and caramel. This one was all about the spices.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Bottle. Poured dark brown with an oil slick of brown head. Very boozy on the nose with caramel TONS of spice, esp. ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Somewhat earthy as well. Taste is malty with a lingering spice finish. Very good, but will probably great with a little age.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thin beige skin. Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and berries. Crisp medium light with a tang. Like the nose, spicing is quite upfront in the taste. Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg but mostly clove. Ginger and caramel come through in the finish. Very nice spiced ale.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by BrianK. Pours a dark brown body with a tan lacing. Cinnamon, clove, gingerbread, light malt, allspice, and licorice. Good beer.
auerbrau (3125) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Pours a dark, ruby-ochre clearish, with a softly-tanned rim in lacy soap. Aroma is very peculiar. A dense core of roasted onion caramel and savory herb spice produces a peculiar, yet invitinglt spiced aroma. I like this. It’s kind of like Anchor OSA done right. There’s some very particular, unfamiliar scents in here that remind me of venison with juniper, barbeque, and balsam. Earthy, to say the least. Flavor works more towards gingerbread and potpourri, unfortunately. The dense ginger, allspice, and nutmeg really reveal themselves for what they are in this edge. Some cinnamon makes this pie-like. The roasted edge of the caramels hold up well to the ample spice. Maybe a bit too heavy on the spice and the foo-foo, but it’s a good character that melds well with the belgian spice and the juicyfruit finish. Palate is fine. This is a decently spiced beer. It brings out the holiday haunts, because of the intensity and unique dimensions it carries. A nice Christmas beer. This beer does wear out the palate pretty quick, leaving my gums numb.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. thanks to Kan for this! pours dark brown with tan head. nose of chocolate, maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, and spruce. flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, spruce, pumpkin, and mint. med body, lots of spices but they seem to meld well together. nice brew.