BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
has a clear dark ruby pour with brown-black hues at the sides and top, made a small head of tan bubbles that recede to a ring and cover, bottom of the bottle is completely covered with sediment (which is typical for Dark Horse brews), this beer left lots of bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass,
aromas of chocolate, toasted malt, spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, there may be other spices in this beer, some caramel in the background,
flavors are predominately spices, taste like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a bit too much for me to really enjoy the beer, there are some toasted malt, chocolate and caramel flavors to but not enough for me to balance the spices,
medium mouth feel,
the aroma of this beer is fine but it was almost torture for me to drink the latter half of the bottle, the spices wore on my palate upon the first sip, it is not the 4 Elf beer, it is me, I find many spice beers are too much for me to enjoy drinking them, spice beers just do not go over well with me unless the malt balances the spices, if the spices were a little less in this recipe, I would have enjoyed the drink more.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice lightly malty snack. Not too chewy, but looks like a flat diet coke. Not much head and a flavor that is good but seems more background. By that, I mean it is a beer that the flavor palate could be filled in with something else.
deyholla (8117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brew pub. Poured a murky deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma was full of spicy notes, particularly cinnamon, with a strong grain note present as well. Flavor began with spices, cinnamon the most dominate with undertones of nutmeg and ginger, but the finish was full of grain and cereal notes. The beer was nice and smooth on the tongue.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured brown with no head. aroma cinnamon, nut meg, cloves and other pumpkin spices. flavor a lot of the aroma and some chocolate, brown sugar and some ginger
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 bottle, 1 year old. surprisingly well-preserved, both for your typical winter warmer beer and being a dark horse bottle. rich toffee and maple-coated roast pumpkin and scorched/caramelized/reduced brown sugar - basically nails the pumpkin pie flavor (graham cracker, nutmeg, cinnamon). rich, malty, full and frothy, chewy and resinous. surprisingly good.
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, by trade with ogglethorp, dark chestnut color with slight foam, aromas of cinnamon, clove chocolate, nutmeg, flavors of clove, rosemary, chocolate, woody, could be incredible but the flavors dont quite meld
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received 12-oz bottle from Secret Santa 2008. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts, ginger, a hint of black licorice, and cloves. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of chocolate malt, nutmeg, cloves, licorice and ginger. Finish is semi-sweet and spicy with some floral hop aftertaste.
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Deep mahogany with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is delightful with notes of chocolate, clove, spruce tips, ginger bread, pumpkin pie and allspice. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, spruce and pumpkin.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - pours clear dark brown with white head along the edges; sharp nose of spice, ginger, cloves and maybe juniper; malty, dry and tons of spice flavors; interesting and maybe a tad too much spice; not quite as enjoyable as the stone/nogne one; certainly not boring though as many holiday ales tend to be
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of frampin.
pours dark brown with beige head.
Aroma is just wonderfully loaded with spices; ginger and cinnamon. Just felt like sniffing a pine tree.
Flavor, spices are as in aroma, very present, mostly ginger and cinnamon. Malt is also to be noted adding a ncie chocolate profile to the beer with hitns of cocoa nibs. Medium carbonation, and seems to be more than the announce d6.5%.
Interesting festive beer for sure.