BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to beervirgin72. Bottle marked best by 03/11/08, so this has some age on it. Pours with a smallish, light brown head with a slightly hazed copper body and good lace. Aroma of maple syrup, cereal, wet dog and light spices. Taste is maple syrup, caramel, cinnamon, and cereal. Pleasant. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, light carbonation.
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Fin (7671) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that was kindly passed on in a trade by the marvellous Miketd when we met in NYC in Nov 08, cheers me old china. Pours copper in colour with great clarity and an off white head. The aroma is a little sweet, malty, bit boozy. Cinnamon and allspice reveal themselves in the mouth there is also a slight metallic edge to this. Soft on the palate, easy drinking for its strength and whilst a nice beer it seemed to lack a certain something. Glad that I got to try this and once again big thumbs up to Mike. A6 A5 F6 P3 OV13 3.3
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dated 1/24/06 (BB?). Medium orange pour with a short cap of white head and some nice lacing ensued. Nose was heavily spiced with ginger and cinnamon... backed by some sweet toffee maltage. Flavor followed the aroma well, and had a spiced up Vienna feel to it. Alcohol was more and more pervasive as this warmed. Mouthfeel was slightly grainy, and light-medium bodied. Not bad.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright transparent copper with a finger-width high clingy light tan head. Has a sweet sugary caramel and cinnamon aroma. Body starts with some sticky caramel malty sweetness revealing some nice ginger spice and some piney citrusy hops toward the bittersweet finish. A nice and balanced holiday beer. Thanks to bkelley68 and jsquire for the bottles!
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Yet another tasty one courtesy of crizay, thanks again. This beer poured a gold to copper color with white head. The aroma has some sweet malts and cinnamon. The flavor seems complex. I taste a couple malt variations, a bright cinnamon note, some sweet citrus and lighter notes of honey and ginger.
deyholla (6954) - 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.
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear gold pour with a clingy white head. Aroma and taste of malt, cinnamon, ginger, and sweet berries. Pretty darn good stuff.
DrSilverworm (6937) - 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 it’s not for me...... Some hops. Getting better as it warms! Some sweetness with the malts. Now significantly better, since it’s 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.
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Gillard.
Pours orange, whie head.
Aroma filled with spaces - cinnamon, nutmeg with a close to pumpkin nose.
Taste, same as aroma, plenty of spices and light hops to make this one a good session beer and excellent season.