frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coppery-golden, lightly effervesced, beneath a large, foamy, cream-colored head. Spicy aromas of clove, ginger, orange peel above a doughy yeastiness. Flavor is cheek-pinchingly tart with a dominance of earthy spiciness (as above with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg). A lemon-tea maltiness emerges late, but itís hard to get past the power of all that generous spicing. Mid-bodied. Festive. As many others of the "S/H/V" style, this is interesting and tasty but becomes annoying if you try to session it. ~~~~~~~ A holiday gift, but widely available (seasonally) in the Chicagoland area.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"pretty close to hitting the head on the nail as far as spiced ales are concerned. good looking cloudy mahagony body with decent head and retention. aroma is nice...toasted malts, spices (cinammon, ginger, honey, ornage peel?). body starts off a little too carbonated but rounds out as the honey really stands out when it warms. lingering spiced dinish with some sweet malt and a touch of hops. well done. A very good winter warmer...and this one was a few months old. probably a 4 fresh!"
tectactoe (2028) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Orange-amber hybrid color with a slight red tint; exceptional clarity with a small, off-white head that muddles itself across the top. Full basket of toasted malts & holiday spices on the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, ginger, allspice, fresh grain; though the spices are generic for the season, the balance between them is executed very well. Nice balance of sweet & spicy on the tongue. Spicy in terms of spice... not "heat", of course. Caramel, buttery toffee, baked & freshly toasted bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, warm nuttiness with a strong aftertaste of lightly caramelized brown sugar. This beer reminds me of pecan pie or Christmas sugar cookies. Along with SN Celebration, itís one of my favorite holiday endeavors, & I look forward to it every single year like a damn kid on Christmas.
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, just 2 weeks ago. From notes. Loads of caramel and baking spices. Just wondering if this is fresh of "vintage" from last year. Either way, itís still good.
Getbetter (874) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle.The pour is a orange red in color with above average c02.A lot of honey, spice, and a slight sweet malt taste.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured a crystal clear amber color with thick head and nice lacing. Smell was super sweet with loads of caramel, some citrus, apple, ginger, coriander, chocolate, and rich honey. Taste was nice as well. Super malty with nice bready notes, slight grapefruit, cinnamon and ginger. Mouthfeel was medium, slick, and drying. I had a great time drinking it.
chinchill (1957) - South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Body is deep amber-copper with excellent clarity. Head has poor retention.
Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix says winter holidays and, while obvious and too strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the solid caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale.
Medium body with medium-light carbonation.
wlajwl (3929) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is cinnamon, mild/medium ginger and malts. The flavor is cinnamon, mild ginger, malts, slight heat, fruit and a tart/slightly tangy finish.
rumproasts (2948) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. amber with one finger head. caramel malt with very nice spicing -- especially cinnamon. smooth and very tasty.
OsuStu (57) - - MAR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark, clear amber with a short, slightly off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with Christmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is slightly sweet with hints of clove and cinnamon. Medium body. Finish is a bit oily and warming.
uvbeenwarrened (1) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a fantastic beer with great taste and a great finish. Itís awesome right out of the bottle or for an extra treat you can rim a glass with cinnamon and sugar.