hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice surprise. I guess I didn’t expect much from this beer, but it is actually quite good. Pours a deep red with a tan head. Nice sweet aroma with notes of caramel and maybe cinnamon. Good mouthfeel, heavy like a dark beer should be. Taste is spicy but smooth. Nice aftertaste, maybe some licorice. A good seasonal beer.
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, fruits, cinnamon and allspice, thin body, some metallic notes, not something I would repeat.
generallee08 (729) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a nice deep reddish amber colored body with good clarity. On top sits soft light tan head of about medium size. Head retention is ok as it slowly fades to just a very thin wispy covering. Lacing is minimal and very slick sliding down with the head. The aroma has a nose of holiday spice, cinnamon being the standout, as well as sweet dark malt with just a touch of hops. The flavor has a pleasant touch of cinnamon and nutmeg inside of a sweet malty body with a slight hint of orange peel and citrus acidity in the background. Its hop character is very light and modest. Its spicy flavors carry on nicely into the finish. The texture has a creamy smooth feel with a good balance of carbonation and a solid, fairly well rounded body.
hotstuff (4391) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 5-16-2012. This bottled beer pours a small very fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, transparent orange body, very fizzy, fast rising carbonation observed, and no lacing. The aroma is malt, citrus orange, sweet, spicy, and cinnamon. The flavor is sweet, caramel malt, spicy, cinnamon, and a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer lacks character, no WOW factor and a so-so beer.
queenholly (3089) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Vegetal malt and nutmeg/cinnamon/clove aroma. Vegetal caramel malt and spice flavor. Medium body and carbonation. I’m finding I’m not a fan of these highly spiced winter beers.
thedm (5005) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a typically carbonated transparent dark orange colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was spicy cloven and herb. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of spices and mild hops. Delicious not too strong and one I would certainly buy again.
Leighton (13198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, caramel-ruby with a fine, wimpy off-white foam. Nose holds some toasty caramel, rich bread. Medium sweet flavor, some toasty sugars, hints of tangy cherries, a bit of toffee, sweet bread, fruit cake, very light cinnamon. Light to medium bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Modestly sweet finish, plenty of caramelised fruits, mildly tangy cherries and other berries, some light toffee, background spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Decently well rounded. It’s kind of nice that the spice character really takes a backseat. In general, pretty well nuanced and quite drinkable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear pale orange bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a light cinnamon spiced nose with a touch of light caramel malt. Starts with average fullness and a light sugary sweetness with some musky spice balance and earthy bittering hops with a hint of butter before a drier bittersweet finish. Could be a little cleaner, but not a bad attempt at the style.
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: sweet mild aroma , hint of wheat, caramel, golden malt, lightly hopped. Aromatic mildness.
Appearance: pours as clear amber with medium light tanned fine top. 3-
Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: full bodied. Malty back bone. In style reminiscent of English Strong Ales. Noted spices mild not overstated. balanced, drinkable brew that has some heft to it. Late warmth of alcohol that makes is overly dry.
fluffy (1892) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
honestly a solid ale, somewhere between an amber and a winter warmer i suppose. malty, kinda buttery, with some spicy zest. a somewhat oily finish on the tongue. i dont really get why no love for Dundee. their stuff isnt exciting or cutting edge, but their stuff is solid and dependable.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus and winter spices along with cereal malts. Medium amber hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left okay lace. Flavor is medium sweet. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft. Overall a weak brew that wasn’t very festive.