fattybladdy (367) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap @ beer exchange. Solid dark brown pour with a slight tan head. Scent is spice, probably the beers best asset. Taste is malty and overdone with spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, also some dark fruit. Overall I felt this was lacking.
charule (616) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dark Horse. Poured almost black with thin head. Aroma full of spice and light roast. Light carb med bod. Tingly spice taste thats slightly bitter with a hop finish.
Fritz123 (597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle while in Akron, OH. 12oz poured into a pint glass. Good two finger head with a deep brown-hazy pour. Aroma of all of the Christmas favorites...allspice, nutmeg and cloves. It also smells of breads and Belgian yeasts. The taste was very smooth in that the spices blended well together with the malts and mild hop profile. The yeasts gave it a slight Belgian taste with a smoothness. Although it did have sufficient carbonation. Finish is a little boozy with spices that linger. I really enjoyed this one.
LearninBeer (312) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is spices, clove and Belgium yeast. Pours a dark brown almost black with creamy light brown head, mostly diminishing with good lacing. The taste is bitter/sour. The body is medium, the texture creamy but bitey with a fizzy carbonation and the finish bitter. OK for once a year.
RichTheVillan (1666) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg from Cotteridge Wines; mahogany red pour with frothy tan head, winter spice aroma, taste has cinnamon, ginger a medley of winter spices, a hint of coffee, caramel and a malty finish.
sherm1016 (1001) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is spicy, clove, some roasty coffee. Medium to heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, spicy, clove, nutmeg, with a light spicy finsh. A nice holiday sipper.
Holtguy (101) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes like a porter with a bit of sweetness and Xmas spices - allspice and nutmeg. Slightly boozy.
ryecatcher (550) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep, murky brownish pour, thin off-white head, little retention. Nose is big nutmeg, followed by allspice and hint of clove, dried fruit, malt, hint of banana in there as well. Mouth is medium bodied, relatively dry up front, nutmeg and allspice kinda grab at your tongue, then some maltiness, pumpernickel, nutty and bready at the finish. Overall, not a bad holiday beer but the thing about allspice is, it can get kinda astringent and dominate everything else when you go overboard with it. I’d tone it back a bit for better balance with the malts.
GranvilleTim (1413) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour with a light brown head. Aroma is ginger, nutmeg, clove, Christmas memories of the past. Taste is creamy and all of the aromas I enjoyed during the pour. Nice winter ale. Alcohol well hidden. Nice lacing.
kevinsenn (848) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Dark Horse. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of christmas spice and some citrus fruits. Spicy taste with sweet malt, light licorice, and a dry boozy finish. Enjoyable.
alliance100 (123) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft and bottle.- Big spice aromas , nutmeg, clove. Mild sweetness with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Lots of winter flavors, cinnamon nutmeg clove , all spice. Great winter warmer.