DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml bottle poured into a nonic glass...
The beer has a nice cloudy deep copper body, with a good healthy light caramel head. The head retention is pretty good.
The smell is very malty and fruity (cherries, plum, figs). A fair amount of hops is also present in the aroma. The yeast comes through in the smell just a little.
The taste starts out with a surprising hop bite, with herbal and citrusy notes, after which the malts take over, bringing a nice, moderately sweet, bread and caramel taste, mildly garnished with cinnamon. There is also a solid fruity profile, with hints of plum, cherry, apple, and grapefruit. The finish is very bready and quite bitter, with a lingering grapefruit and cherry taste.
Medium-bodied and rather chewy. Moderate carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. The beer feels slightly spicy, with just a hint of alcohol. Goes down smooth, kindly providing a pleasant warming sensation that a lot of us crave throughout the winter season.
The drinkability is good, considering this is a strong and full-bodied beer. Goes down smooth. The alcohol does not get in the way.
Overall, this is an impressive beer and a very complex winter warmer. It is everything it claims to be and it does it well! Recommended!
shorlin (551) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of cinnamon. Appearance is great, deep reddish brown with little carbonation. Taste is sweet, with spice and cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel is very nice and full. A good beer, tasty.
andrewturba (738) - 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.
Reimer96 (845) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 edition, thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours dark amber with sediment and a small off white ring. Aroma is caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon & a smooth vanilla. Taste is burnt caramel, cinnamon and a nice smooth boozy warming effect. Overall one of the better winter beers Iíve had.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head. Sweet burned caramel in the nose with a subtle hint of licorice. Quite a rich body, molasses and again burned caramel, discreet edge of spices with the nutmeg coming through. Has a warming alcohol finish - so really lives up to itís name! Enjoyable. 061112
ontbeermaker (2155) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a dark brown, aroma is earthy and banana like. Flavour has earthy and banana. Really full bodied and really flavourful. Surprisingly good
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma frontal hint of chocolate , raisin, brown sugar and alcohol. Wrap of plumes.
Appearance clear, brown with light of dark amber. Lighter off white top.
Flavor and Palate : frontal plum, prune jam with fruity sugars. Mid accented by warmth of alcohol. Finish hinted by ginger and nutmeg.
bunget (388) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Color: deep ruby, head: mocha, medium size, retention: medium, lacing: sporadic. Aroma: sweet caramel, sour cherry, herbal hops, coriander and cinnamon. Taste: sour at first, bitter after that, spicy, some sweetness, brown sugar, roasted malt, molasses. A nice brew.
WheatKing (984) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The spice is mainly designated to the olfactory part of your bodily bus here, the taste is mainly that of a strong ale. The hotness is part of the mix in your throat, and itís nice, Iíd drink this while shovelling snow but sorry I live in Victoria so I canít. I really enjoyed the thickness of this drink.
HogTownHarry (5908) - 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.
neongolden (282) - 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 doesnít live up to the smell for me.