MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This Winter Warmer’s well-levelled spiciness focuses on cloves and cinnamon before delving in a soft earthy finish accented by leafy hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the cloudy ruby brown.
-Effervescence is soft and drinkability quite high due to the well dried out finish.
-Fruit cake allusions roam within.
-This might be a fun winter brew, but on the world stage it doesn’t stand out much.
Bottle; merci Marc!
guil0000 (227) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. POurs Dark amber brown color. Notes of spices and caramel sweetness in the aroma and taste. The spices are with strong notes of holiday spices. Overall I liked it
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant rendition of a winter warmer, pleasant alcoholic warmth that is overall smooth tasting, nice spicy notes hinting of cinnamon and other additions.
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to C & K! Bottle #3 of my Garrison solo tasting. Very dark ruby brown, small creamy brown tinged head. Mild spicy malty aroma - I wanted more! Taste - nice subtle spices, lots of cola like fig, decent thick but a tad watery body. A little sweet and sugary (shares some characteristics tot he sugar maple I just had (yes, I used a different glass, that maple is going to stick around for months!), but quite nice. Yes, I understand I’m having it in the middle of summer, but it is a chilly night! Not too bad, just not quite the winner I was expecting.
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 [1990-20090205] 500mL bottle. Some grains aroma, not much. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy light yellow head and some tiny floaties. Sweet malty thick syrupy flavour that’s fairly mild. Medium body is thick. Fair. (5/4/6/3/12) 3.0
Overheard: "It tastes like November."
(w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)
[2039B-20090313] 500mL bottle. Sweet fruity heavy malt aroma. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a big long-lasting foamy off-white head. Sweet candy cane and heavy fruit malt flavour. Watery medium body. Tasty. (6/4/6/3/14) 3.3
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle, sampled 11/14/08. Dark orange amber colour with a fully lasting pillowy and rocky off-white head. Immediate spicy cinnamon and sugar aroma with some yeasty and bready notes. Bready, orangy, and caramelized sugar malt flavours with a clove phenol, yeasty, and lightly earthy bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, rich and lightly chewy mouthfeel. Nice, but that phenolic note is a bit unpleasant for me - less of a flaw though than a personal taste issue.
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy dark copper with a creamy beige head that sticks around. Aroma is mildly spicy - nutmeg, cinnamon, clove - with hints of orange zest and heavy cream. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet (brown sugar & caramel) and spicey, with a pleasant nuttiness and a moderately bitter finish. A really nice warmer, very enjoyable.
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-02-05. Ruby brown body with a nice creamy tan head. (3+) Mild aroma, spice, nutmeg? Light fruit, ephemeral notes of bubblegum. (7+) Sweet up front, malt, light fruit, spice, and more of what I attribute to nutmeg. Spice has a light bitterness to it in the finish. (7+) Smooth average to medium palate. Nice overall but seems to be slowing with age. Bottle from the brewery in November
tomthompson89 (1864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
had Bottle with Troy Burtch. nice Amberish color, nose is sweet candy sugar spicy. flavor is fruity, almost cherry, little alcohol. nice beer.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle shared by JoeMcPhee, poured into a copita glass. Color is chestnut brown. Aroma is British wet malts, light musky and very ESB-like. Taste is similar, I do not get any kind of spiced character but a wet and dark cold night kind of feel from it. Otherwise, average carbonation and medium mouthfeel.