solidfunk (6870) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like gingerbread. Taste has some spiciness, clove. There isn’t much of a leave, though - taste falls pretty flat after the initial spice. Bottle
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
February 15, 2011. 500ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Deep copper, clear, with a solid tightly creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and spicy, plenty of malt and yeast, definitely some alcohol in there, very much a winter beer with a bit of nutmeg and floral bitterness. The taste follows, slightly sharp, spicier and grainier, solid and not all that boozy. Thick body, soft carbonation, malty finish but dry from all the spice - liked it, had it again a year later and liked it the same. NOT a summer beer.
Mora2000 (6136) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my father for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a slightly hazy red color with a tan head. The aroma is cinnamon, brown sugar and some dark fruit. The aroma is a little bit faint.
The flavor is better and more pronounced. The first flavors I get are cinnamon, caramel malt and some alcohol - which is quite warming. As the beer warms up, the cloves, brown sugar and bready malt become more apparent.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Boutip (5695) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sweet rich malt with nice notes of cinnamon. Taste is also a nice mix between some sweet rich caramel malt with notes of cinnamon and light cloves. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex but well brewed and quite enjoyable.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddy brown. Thin head. Thin body. Candy cane and cinamon flavour. Sweet aroma of soft spice. Spiced amber.
robinvboyer (3965) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby pour, off white head, lots of sticky lacing. Big spricy aroma! Cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, even some candied orange peel. Its like fruit cake! Flavor has quite a bit of nutty roast malt. Quite a bit more bitter than i expected. Finish is a robust bready sweet malt. Nice stuff!
probstblueribbon (3633) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle in the Brewmaster’s Mix from LCBO private imports, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep mahogany with a decent tan head.
Aroma: As expected, some warm spices enveloped in lovely, sweet, thick malts, a Christmas cake in a bottle, some bright fruitiness mixed with dark dried fruits, a little alcohol, ginger, cinnamon and clove, hints of playful esters, caramel and cake batter, well-crafted for the style.
Palate: Medium+ body, lush, elegant effervescence.
Flav.: A bit more malt than the nose, plenty of warm, Christmas cake spices, decent fruitiness, caramel and brown sugar, a little alcohol, still a liquid Christmas cake; kinda sweet with balancing acidity and bitterness and a malty, spiced finish.
As these beers go, not bad. It struck me while drinking this: why is it called an ESA, while other, similar brews are S/H/V. Food (or drink) for thought...
beastiefan2k (3282) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Nice aroma, spicy, reminds me much of a pumpkin ale. Full mouthfeel, decent carb, bready and peanuty with some spices, sweet residual malts. Decent enough.
Spab (3183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits. Pours a murky brownish orange with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet toffee and dark fruit (plum, raisin) and bread. Taste is very sweet with lots of plum and raisin, brown sugar, toffee and a light spiciness. Alcohol is actually fairly understated and body is thinner than might be expected. Nice.