thome50 (996) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hollingshead. Pours a mild amber with slight white head. Aroma is again minimal with some malt, cinnamon, coriander, sweetness. Taste is very muted in terms of cinnamon and other spices. Has a very thin mouth feel which is not great for this style in my opinion. Overall, nothing to write home about at Christmas.
Barreras (944) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with aroma of spice and syrup. Taste is a bit cinnamon spice with a slight bitter aftertaste. A lingering spruce and nutmeg on the palate. Overall a decent seasonal that warms your chest.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from K&B. Medium amber in color on the pour. Nose is lightly spiced with a bit of an herbal quality to it. Moderately sweet up front with a dash of cinnamon. Decent malt character with a subtle hint of roast.
HangarJunkie (5) - Victorville, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the brewery, pours amber in color with about an inch head. On the nose it has some pine notes with honey and some spice. It tastes of sweet malt with honey and spice and finishes clean. It stays on the palate but overall not too bad. I prefer hullabaloo more but this isn't bad for a winter beer.
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beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This screams winter warmer. Good strong base beer with pine notes followed by fruit and sweetness. A little spice for good measure. A solid winter ale.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 version on tap at the brewery. Pours with a hazed amber body with a minimal off-white head. Aromas are of dark fruits, caramel, spices, a bit vinous, bready, and maybe a small hint of butterscotch (diacetyl like). Flavors are fruity (esters), caramel, alcohol, malty, medium spice and dark fruits. Medium carbonation with a slightly fuller body.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Nice chestnut brown with a fizzy off white head. Spruce and molasses up front in the aroma. Tastes of cinnamon, spruce, and molasses with a bready roasted barley backbone.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2nd anniversary party..pours orange brown with a thin tan head...sweet aroma with a light spicy note..not one flavor of this beer really sticks out more than another..very mellow.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a murky dark copper with no real head to speak of.
Aroma: Sweet, fruity malt.
Taste: Sweet cinnamon, spruce, caramel and booze.
Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy.
Overall: After a pint, my reaction in Guy Fieri fashion was "MONEY." A real tasty kick in the ass.
Getbetter (813) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this out of a tap at the brewery on 1/23/09 . I could taste the maple syrup,cinnamon,and spruce tips and guess what it tastes great .