ngeunit1 (1541) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, banana, clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, some citrus zest.
T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, English yeast character, clove, banana, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, some citrus zest.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Nice winter warmer mixed with old ale. Good overall balance.
J_man (536) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet candy aroma with a slight sea salt/rustiness. The Christmas cookie spices come through right away and are really well balanced and not over done. Candied fruit and plum flavors follow with a slight vegetal bitterness near the end. The alcohol becomes apparent but perfectly warming and tying everything together. The flavors linger and make the next sip delicious. Great holiday beer.
Dogbrick (6021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kinetic Brewing Company. The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a medium thin creamy off-white head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted bread, dark fruit and yeast. Medium body with flavors of grainy malt, figs and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a caramel malt and spice aftertaste. Above average overall.
bhensonb (8985) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours very hazy, quite dark orange brown with a slight head that was transient. Aroma of medium dark fruit with some suggestions of spice. Full bodied. Flavor is very fruity with clove, vanilla and arguably treacle. Certainly not dry, but not sticky sweet either. Mildly spiced for an xmas ale. Too spiced for the summer. Works well as a winter warmer!
dukeredhair (234) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice subtle use of spices, nose is banana bread, cloves, hops. pours red. taste is sweet with the alcohol well hidden. palate is somewhat dry which is surprising for a winter ale and an old ale. I would search this out again and be happy to have it.
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber(8.1%) from Windmill Farms. Hazy deep amber in color. Nose is somewhat yeasty with sweet banana notes. Roasted and sweet up front with some vanilla. Fairly dry with a bit of a hoppy finish. Quite roast and almost burnt flavoring.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish color, off white head. Aroma has lots of fruitcake, spice, dried fruit, honey and banana. Flavor is sweet, smooth and quite good. Lots of dark bready notes, spice, banana, fruit cake. Good one here.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red in color with an off white head. Nutmeg, all spice, and dark fruit. Sweet toffee, pine, toast, and banana. Toasted nuts, bread, and some citrus peel hops. Flavor is a little boozy, but good malt sweetness, banana, toffee, floral hops. Plenty of spice notes, particularly nutmeg and all spice. Pretty decent, but a little boozy.
boFNjackson (3574) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured reddish with a thin, eggy off-white head. Nice gingerbread cookie, doughy malts here. With spices and yeast esters. Bitter-sweet molasses and a faint hint of hops for balancing. Some caramel sweetness and breadiness too.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color:Amber
Body:Banana bread, some sweetness, clove