solidfunk (5159) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Better than the wine barrel version by a long shot. pours dark murky brown with good head and lacing. Some raisin and some spice I can?t identify. Light sweet finish with some caramel and smoke. Thick consistency. Tap at whole foods.
Travlr (15613) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Clear brown color. Beautiful vinous and fruity aroma. Taste is tawny port! Delicious.
gsmitty80 (1978) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must have had this at Rustico after an event and i remember it being absolutely amazing. Great malt characters with no ’holiday spice’. Huge alcohol. Def a warmer!
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this gem while at the Westover Market and Beer Garden in Arlington VA. I drank this on tap and unfortunately the only sizes you could get it in were 10oz and 8oz, which is probably a good thing. At 13.5 this stuff resembles wine more than it does beer. Of the three beers I tried this one took the gold by a landslide. If nothing else it is the most intriguing beer I’ve had in a while. It is a very dark beer, not porter/stout dark but damn close. The aroma absolutely blew me away. Spice was upfront and very bold, the most prominent smell was that of cinnamon and other holiday spices. The flavor was very balanced and harmonious and the cinnamon and other spices did not overpower the pallet. Very smooth despite the insane alcohol content. I reminisced of pleasant Christmas memories and those bowls of holiday potpourri the entire duration of this brew. Excellent beer all the way around, unfortunately it seems to be a seasonal offering and rare.
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Lightly hazed dark amber body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some caramel, plum, light honey. Taste is sweet, cherry, some alcohol, earthy, light caramel, plum. Somewhat sticky medium-full body. Big, but I wouldn’t guess 13.5%.
Iphonephan (4300) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Whole Foods on Falls Church. Fragrant floral nose. Flavors if anise, cinnamon and cloves. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Crisp spicy finish.
Nickls (1955) - Kingstowne, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Muddy dark copper brown, thin tan head. Loads of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and a bit overpoweringly spicy. Flavor is the same, but dry. Medium body. Meh
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Whole Foods Charlottesville, 12/22/13. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of heavy spices, citrus, apple, nuts, caramel. The taste is apple, caramel, heavy clove and other spices, nuts. Medium bodied, boozy, lingering spice. Interesting.
radagast83 (5601) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Rustico - Alexandria. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized, fluffy white head. Aroma is spices - cinnamon, gingerbread, lots of ginger notes. Flavor begins pleasant, but is too heavy on the ginger notes. Ginger heat, spice. Cinnamon sticks. If the ginger was removed, I bet it would be pretty good.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the brewery. Aroma and flavor are dominated by harsh spice: way too much cinnamon, ginger. Allspice in there too? Boozy and unintegrated. Pretty rough. Strikes me as a beer made on a dare: think we can actually make a beer that has so much spice it singes palates? Don’t get it.