neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle from the brewery, served in a snifter. Pours clear reddish caramel with a small tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin cover and leaves almost no lace. The nose has big notes of dark fruit, clove and cinnamon, along with molasses and a touch of alcohol. The flavour is quite sweet up front, with plenty of brown sugar and Christmas spice. Hops enter towards the end, providing a nice balanced finish that lingers. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and lively carbonation Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one; the spices are just right and pair nicely with the malts. Nice for a cool evening in December. 2011-03-06
Johnsense (1215) - - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper pour, 2 fingers of pillowy head. Aroma of Holiday spices, clove, allspice, some yeast, nutmeg. Taste: Roasted malts and candied fruit, spicy, slight clementine orange, peppery. Fairly smooth though the spices are very prominent in the aftertaste. Worthy on a cold winter night.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 release. Pours a cloudy brown with noticeable sediment and a nice small white ring around the glass. Aromas of caramel, dried plum, spices. Flavours of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, molasses, caramel and some light alcohol. Tasty brew.
OKBeer (1171) - 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.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL Lykkbho bottle. Pours a clear brownish orange with a small beige head. Aroma has a lot of cardamom and cinnamon, with some faint malts, not much complexity but it’s nice. Flavour hits with sweet malts and cinnamon upfront, met with dry cardamom and rounded out well with some orange rind. Feels lightish on the palate, and not a whole lot of booze which I guess is good. I always hope that these beers will be kind of bock-like, but it rarely happens and this is no exception. A good beer, but not the kind of stand-out that the Spruce Beer is. Good seasonal brew though.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Appearance is a cloudy, unfiltered dark brown. Taste is a strong malty and hops, with a good amount of spice. Body was pretty smooth. I think it was a better winter seasonal than the Winter Weizenbock.
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried this beer on February 2, 2012 after purchasing from the Garrison Feature at the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent coppery red colour with a bubbly tan head. The aroma was nutmeg, caramel, sweet malt and weak floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt and spices and a hint of yeastiness.
neongolden (1104) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500mL from the LCBO) Pours dark red with a fine particulate suspension and a thin white head that dissipated immediately. Aroma complex, dominated by brown sugar/molasses malts, but with dates, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), a bit of spiced rum, quite christmas cake-esque. Flavour is sweet malts up front, a bit of fruitiness, some chocolate, bit of yeasty funk comes up mid-palate and then moderately bitter hops dry down the beer quickly on the finish. Mouthfeel is weak to me, watery in the second half and over-carbonated with a soda-pop feel and a lack of structure and depth on the finish. Just doesn’t live up to the smell for me.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 500ml bottle. Pours a semi-dark brown/amber with tab head that leaves a thin ring of lace. Fairly heavy on the spice in the nose; cinnamon and cloves. There’s a lot of cheap brown sugar in there too and things that remind me of tooth paste. Faint hints of something that might be beer underneath, but it’s hard to be sure. The cinnamon and clove really come out strong on the palate with a slightly bitter finish that’s full of brown sugar but not overly sweet. That odd toothpaste sort of vibe sticks around and detracts heavily from the palate.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from private order. Pours hazy, orangey/ruby/copper in colour (yep, a weird colour), with nice off white head, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is tonnes of spices, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. Taste is similar, some cloves, lots of spice. Good for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Was cold out tonight, so thought I’d get a bit warmed up! Good stuff!