Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Reminds me of that clove gum in the blue wrap you find from time to time. Can’t really smell or taste much else. While this scores well in each category, by the end of the bottle it is a little too much.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of indeterminate age. Pours a deep chestnut color. A small tan head forms and quickly fades to a slight ring around the edge of the glass. Holy clove aroma Batman! Very dominant spices fill the room after opening the bottle. A little bit to much for my enjoyment. Flavors blend very nicely however. There is lots of clove, allspice and slight orange flavors. Seemingly a spiced porter??? Medium bodied and smooth. Malts balance out the spice nicely, aging may have helped to mute some of the spice blast. Pretty enjoyable as a sipper.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Year old bottle, very gracious thank you to Mike whom we met at the brewpub. Red and dark, massive spice nose of allspice, nutmeg and coriander. Thick, rich malty body, spices at the finish turned to citrusy hops, orange rind and grass. Alcohol is now strong and up front. Wow, what a brew!!!
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and dark like a good porter, no head at all. Seemed quite thick when I poured it out. This has a pumpkin pie smell to it, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. Has a pumpkin pie flavor with chocolate soda sourness to it. Maybe a little too much carbonation for this type of beer taking away from the other subtle flavors. I like it but I dont. The bitterness in the aftertaste does make up for the watery blah soda flavor you first take in. This is nice and quite different from anything else I have had.
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish dark brown colored. Poured little to no head. Aroma was fruity, pumpkiny. Mouthfeel was medium with a strong pumpkin pie taste with a hint of chocolate malt. As hard as I tried to find some hops, they weren't there. No matter, this beer makes a great nightcap, especially on a 5 degree night, which is what was intended.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish brown with light brown head. Thick body. Spicy, malty, cinnamon nutmeg flavor.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick solid head tops a rich dark body. Tons of malt and orange peel in the nose. On first sip, some alcohol warmth, pleanty of malt sweetness, and loads of orange ... didn't really notice the anticpated cinamon, clove or other winter spices. I think that this has the makings of a decent brew, but someone went too heavy with the orange peel.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too much going on in here to make me happy - this is complex in the way a thanksgiving dinner among too many strained relations is.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Similar to Anchor’s Special 2002...chalky, spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg among others...pepper?), malty, but not as hoppy. Similar palate. Not quite as good as Anchor’s model, but close. Nicely seasonal by some small guys doin’ the right thing.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark ale, spice flavor can’t quite place, good blend between the hops and maltiness, very good seasonal beer