tmoreau (2442) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Sampled on tap at Brixie’s 75th anniversary beer tasting in Brookfield, IL. Poured to a fluted fest glass a golden tone with a lasting white, tight bubbled, thick and foamy head and thick, creamy lacing. The aroma high lighted spices as pumpkin pie variety. The flavor was again spice, and sticky sweetness. Interesting combo of spice notes. Next time at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served. Interesting part of enjoying this brew is to sort out the various fruit and spice notes. This time, it was floral, herbal, banana, orange, mint, nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon. Quite a pot pouri!
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours gold with brief white head. The aroma is ginger bread, fruit cake and lots of winter spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. The taste has a brief pulse of sugar sweet malts moving into notes of vanilla and sweet syrup. It gets a bit honey like into the finish as well.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a white head. Aromas of allspice and gingerbread. Flavors of allspice and juniper with a slight sweetness. Full bodied with a mouth coating finish. Overall a very interesting and enjoyable beer.
hopheadfett (50) - Oak Ridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color, minimal head, good lace. Nose of yeast, honey, sweet malt, a touch of spice. Taste is sweet malt, honey, banana bread, finishing relatively sweet with a touch of spice. Overall tasty, the one thing I kept saying was, "weird". Definitely a strange brew, but enjoyable nonetheless, easily quaffable.
TaktikMTL (5787) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de coriandre et de clou de Girofle avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée avec une faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de canelle, de coriandre avec une pointe de gingembre et d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de miel en arrière goût. (Rating #2577)
egajdzis (5341) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of clove, all spice, honey, chai tea, caramel malts, juniper, and faint smoke. Taste of caramel malts, honey, chai tea, nutmeg, clove, some banana, coriander, and lemongrass, with a semi-sweet finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium-golden hue with a thin, wispy, off-white ring of foam at the head. A soapy wash leaves behind tiny dots that slowly drip back down into the body. The aroma is fresh and clean, very herbal overall, showing notes of juniper, cardamom, and loads of tea, with a slightly minty overtone and a good amount of lightly caramelized, grainy malt. Doughy yeast is prominent on the complex nose. Flavors too are deep and winding, layer after layer of spice unraveling in a very complimentary way. The black tea and juniper are very prominent, with darker spices like clove and cardamom lending peppery, earthy hints along the way. Lemon rind adds a bright citrus note, while the sweet wheat grain and sugar glazed bread dough loom in the background. The palate is medium-plus in body and smooth to the brink of being considered lush, yet simultaneously easy drinking for such a big beer. I would call this experiment a success. It’s as interesting and well executed as any brew in recent memory.
drjay44 (2647) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. bottle. Bottled 2009. Shared with brewclub. Pours a thin white head over a cloudy yellow (SRM 5) body, with many particles in the last bit of the bottle.....nose of clove, coriander, allspice, coriander and an unpleasant organic miasma....taste initially is sweet malts evolving into multiple spice notes including, clove, coriander, cardamom, sweet tones throughout, and the harsh off putting organics near the finish....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. This needs better attenuation to work, and something was off in this bottle, perhaps autolysis of remaining yeast. An interesting experiment which did not work here.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
By far one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Has a great aroma of spices and dried fruits. Pours very smooth and hits the mouth with just enough intensity to make you say "wow"
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Heavy spices on the nose, cardamom stands out, corriander, herbal earthy aromas, cinnamon and clove in the aroma. Pours cloudy golden orange with a dense white head. For the amount of spices on the nose the flavor is mellower, very floral, corriander and clove, chamomile, creamy mouthfeel, citrus zest with hints of banana. Very interesting. I’ve only had one sahti before they’re very different.