hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with OhioDad and I canít remember who else (thanks!). The 1st bottle I opened I noticed was dated best before Jan í04. This one was all cardboard. Good thing I had another one dated best before Jan. 20, 06. Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of honey, ginger, other spices, and citrus. Tastes of lighter honey and ginger with caramel.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great Lakes never fails to please! While not as appealing as some of their other offerings, this is still a decent beer. Dark orange-red color with a thin beige head. Spiced aroma. Flavor consisting of spices (cinnamon and ginger) with a pinch of hops at the end. Overall not a bad seasonal.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy amber, thin beige head, sweet cinamon and nutmeg aroma, big cinamon flavor, nice carmel malt that is balanced by the spices as only shows a hint of sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 12 oz bottle, best before Feb 11.
It pours a beautiful color, a deep orangeish red. The head is foamy and white and recedes very quickly leaving some okay lacing.
The smell really hinges on the ginger, it is spicy and sweet. There is also a thick, bready malt scent that provides the base for the spices.
The flavor is very nice and malty, the ginger again is at the forefront. It is like drinking a ginger snap cookie. There is a ncie malt sweetness that really makes the flavor pop.
Overall a nice Christmas ale with a gorgeous color.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 03:14:43
Had this on draft again a few weeks ago, it was awful.
Sammy (10680) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper brown. Yes a winter warmer, the cinammon, the nutmeg, cocoa. Pleasant, some hops and appropriate carbonation. A nice drink, though not exceptional. A bit sweet maltiness with bitterness in the finish. Pleasant spicy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful, sparkling clear, copper ale with a creamy, white head. Good retention.
Very malty and spicy aroma; allspice and toffee. Malty, sweet, unbalanced flavor. Lots of spice just like in the aroma. Medium-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Spicy, tangy, sweet finish. Great Winter seasonal brew!
shrubber85 (10036) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Cinnamon, ginger and light caramel malt aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet cinnamon, ginger and malt flavor. Pretty standard.
deyholla (9762) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 Bottle thanks to my Uncle. Poured a hazy earthy brown with a tan head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was a combination of bread, hay, biscuits and a good amount of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.) Flavor began with some spice by gave to smooth bread and biscuit.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear orange color, minimal off-white head. A few spots of lace. Pronounced carbonation, some dryness. Taste is a bit bitter, with alcohol warmth, and spice in the aftertaste. Honey aroma is nice but masked by the stronger carbonation. I can see why people like this, but itís not for me...... Some hops. Getting better as it warms! Some sweetness with the malts. Now significantly better, since itís warmed up a bit. Make sure to respect that 55F recommended serving temperature to best enjoy this brew. Nice sweet cinnamon spice is evident, now. Pretty good aftertaste.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL courtesy of MrLo. Pours a fizzy, clear, reddish amber. Fizzy head has zero retention. Aroma is typical Great Lakes raw oatmeal malt, rye bread, and buttered pumpkin bread. As it warms there are additions of boozy cherries, spices, pumpkin bread. Taste is soapy, oatmeally, buttery, full of gingerbread. Watery, soapy bitter palate.