superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Winter 2012 bottling. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, dark bread, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, earth, roasted malt, chocolate, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, roasted malt, chocolate, toast, prune, earth, and light herbal spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, roasted malt, chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of robust flavors; with a nice malt backbone over the spices; and almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer style. Very nice robust and balanced flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
r464 (2117) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spicy aroma. Malty and sweet, caramel and nuts. Spices are there but not over the top. A pretty nice spiced Winter ale.
BillKismet (3602) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Melanoid red body with suitable head. Truly wellr-rounded winter spice nose of cinnamon, mint, juniper, and all spice. The body is dominated by cinnamon and apple cider flavors. Alcohol green apple and allspice finish.
wlajwl (4922) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is spices/nutmeg and malts. The flavor is nutmeg/spices, malts and a mildly tart/alcohol heat in the finish.
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red pour. Slightly creamy off white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon allspice, vanilla, molasses. Pretty smooth flavor. I’m impressed.
Tide (2438) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beergium. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with citrus, clove, nuts, toffee, caramel and roasted malts. Bitter finish with citrus, roasted malts, toffee, caramel and spices. Very nice spiced beer.
BrownALEx (374) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: all spice mixed with barnyard. Ap: dark maroon pour with a thin head. T: spice, dark fruit and slight booze. P: full bodied, slick. O: a wonderful beer, I’d like to have a fresh one on a cold winter day. Must try.
TheJester (2240) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy, but not overwhelmingly so, like many of the style. Some licorice, similar to the Abbaye des Rocs version of the style. Carbonation is a little low, which suits the beer as well. Really well done.
hershiser2 (1568) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown with 1/2" of tan head.
Smells of spice: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.
Taste: cinnamon, melted plastic, ginger, nutmeg, cocoa.
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, spice, wood, and malt. Lot of nutmeg and prune. Taste is very spicy with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Also wood, and a lot of dark fruit. Can’t taste the alcohol, but it has a nice warming effect. Mouthfeel is light and sticky. Body is light, and the finish is all spicy fruit. I liked it a lot.
Nocturne (1372) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Dark reddish brown. Large fluffy head. Aroma has spices but also wood and fruit. Some strange leathery notes too. Taste again is malty, wood, leather. Spices aren’t overt. Quite dry. Not sure of the age on this but it tastes a bit old rather than fresh, which is a shame.