AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper color with wispy ivory sheen. Caramel, molasses, holiday spice, spruce aromas. Medium body with average co2. Spicy caramel flavors with lightly astringent cinnamon, allspice, spruce tips---smooth earthy molasses finish=====good
Thisis12ptfont (710) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very subtle aroma of burnt sugar and caramel. Cloudy copper/brown appearance with no foam. Very sweet flavors of ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and burnt caramel. Hops are evident on the finish. Overall, pretty basic beer with some sweet overtones.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 21, 2012 bottle from Joe. Cloudy brown pour with nice head and lacing. Malt, grain, spice, cinnamon and caramel in aroma. Taste was strong on the cinnamon with some caramel and wood. Finished nutty and somewhat dry bitter. Thanks Joe!
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from KegNBottle (NC): Appeared as a light amber hue with a slight tint of brown and mahogany while an average size of head that started out thick but then quickly broke down to a thin patchy film cover. Aroma is faint yet has a strange smell to it that I cant recall what it reminds me of but it is not a smell I particularly like, however, there is only a minor notice with absolutely no chance of maple syrup. I blame a long shelf life—but in Hangar’s defense this was a beer recipe that had potential for aging so I do not blame them like I do other breweries who refuse to take back their old expire inventory aging for years in most every single liquor store out there. After taking my first sip I almost need to take back what I said about the aroma because there is supporting evidence of the sweet maple syrup along with dashes of cinnamon. Not a whole lot of flavor happening here and again, the shelf life of this beer has erased what traces of spruce or cinnamon it originally had.
beersearcher (2165) - 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.
thome50 (769) - 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 (746) - 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.