superspak (3164) - 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.
mrjaxson (336) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A huge blast of spices herald forth from the foamy pour from a bottle. Nutmeg and cinnamon are especially prevalent. The taste is a jumble of sweetness that’s hard to untangle and, I generally don’t like to say this with a high-alcohol-content beer but, this is far more intriguing cold than as it comes to room temperature.
rondphoto (2649) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque dark brown color, tan head, streamers of lace. Taste is spice and malt that moves effortlessly through the palate to a lightly hopped finish. Pretty standard issue with the addition of spice.
Ron (2887) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with some reddish notes. Small tan head. The aroma is vanilla, toffee, cloves, cinnamon, and caramel. The flavor is sweet, with a nice savory spice. Very low bitterness. Medium body, creamy, a little grainy. Overall, this is a very spice-forward and flavorful beer.
MadRobin (2260) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, mahogany-black with a 1-finger tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of dark fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and various other spices.
Taste of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt and pumpkin.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jdchamp (12) - - MAR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrating the first 60-degree day of the year with this one; an appropriate homage to the Winter behind us. Dark fruit taste lingers, while beer surprisingly holds up to thaw weather expectations. Careful with ABV because you cannot taste the impact.
ST247 (448) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @home. Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, nutmeg, spicy. Medium to full mouthfeel. Taste, first dark fruit, spicy, ginger and then chocolate bitterness. Finish is bit sweet and has some bitterness. Not bad.
blankboy (6426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours black with a spare diminishing frothy off-white head. Aroma is spicy first (cinnamon, nutmeg and more) followed by malt, some dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. Spicy, malty and fruity flavour along with a bit of booze and a big spicy bitter finish -- almost astringent. Average to medium bodied. Somewhat one-dimensional, this one is all about the spices, but I like it.
Cybercat (3799) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque chocolate brown that lets a peep of light through at the bottom. Roast malt aroma has a cinnamon hard candy overtone. Flavor is smoky and woody, just a hint of candy. Texture is smooth but a tad thin.
Finhead (1301) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma has nutmeg, ginger, and a hint of chocolate. It reminds me of a Christmas cookie. It has a medium body with sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet, but with just enough spice to keep it under control.
Brewbie (459) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12ozz bottle. Temp on the back porch reads -5f, so a winter warmer is very much needed. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Nice aroma of spice. Reminds me of pumpkin, nutmeg, gingerbread. Sticky molasses taste. Spices really linger in the finish.