cheap (4105) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the 1 for the road. Nearl dark and cloudy brown, looks like a dark hefe. No real apparent aroma, just muted and clean. First taste is weird and unique initial flavors of leather and perhaps silly vanilla. Odd spices in there fer sure; don’t know how to describe it. No co2 in this stuff. YEs, particular spices are upfront here. Somewhat medicinal on the finish but personality never really goes over the top.
LinusStick (2866) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a decent little Christmas beer and probably one of my favorites from this local brewery. Aroma was nice and spicy. Pine, cinnamon and lightly roasted malt. Pour was a medium brown with a few rising bubbles and an off white film for a head. Taste was nice and Christmasy. The spice level was just right. Cinnamon, vanilla and slightly peppery with a sweet malty backbone. the beer could be a little fuller, instead it was pretty thin and the finish was too quick. Either way a good holiday beer that I may include in my list of beers I will serve on Christmas day.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amber-red with a beige head. This one smells faintly of cinnamon, but mostly caramel and sweet cereal. The taste is not very spicy, mostly a slightly sweet brown. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly interesting.
artmcd8 (1653) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromatic nutty scent. Tastes of spices and Christmas. This is a great winter beer. Got me buzzed.
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber with a retentive off white head, nice lacing... spicy, ginger aroma, lightly malty.... very holiday ginger cookie like, flavor is fuller than the aroma indicates... medium bodied, a little dry with a lingering graham/ginger taste...
DocLock (7909) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Craft Ale. Pours hazy deep brown with 1-finger splotchy khaki head. Nose is vienna malty, earthy, with brown sugar, x-mas spice, and hops. Tastes spicy, nutmeggy, and very hoppy, with a pronounced malt flavor. Reminds me of a 33/33/33/ mix of scotch ale, X-mas ale, and Simcoe IPA, and that combo works significantly better than I thought it would.
jsmerig (1259) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is of warm spice. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Taste is spicy with a subtle nutty finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of malt and a slight hint of spices. Poured amber/brown in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head, that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, cinnamon, spices, and nutmeg. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, spice, cinnamon finish is dry.
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a ruby-tinged fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. It has a nice aroma. Malty with some holiday type spices, but not overly done. The taste is good. Nice medium malt body, with a hint of sweetness. Spices and some fruits in the background. Just enough spices to be considered a holiday beer, but not so much that you wouldn’t mind drinking it all year. This one grew on me.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub in Irwin this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small beige head that faded quickly. The aroma was dryish and nutty with a faint vague spicy undertone. The flavor was dryish and nutty with notes of caramel, vague spices, faint floral hosp and a bit of tobacco. The finish was long and dryish with some caramel, molasses and spice lingering. Medium body.