Strykzone (3813) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear mid brown. Minimal head. Very light aroma has some spices. Flavor is spiced and vegetable. Connamon. Actually nice.
chinchill (579) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass 2 months prior to best by date. .
Appearance - A crystal-clear, reddish mahogany with a thin, off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring. Very little lacing.
Smell - Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and banana.
Taste - Strong nutmeg flavor from start to finish, although thereís plenty of cinnamon here too. Secondary notes also dominated by spices, leaving a barely detectable malt base. A bit medicinal. Mild bitterness becomes medium strength in the aftertaste.
Medium-thin body and carbonation. A bit sharp.
Overall - too much spicing, especially the nutmeg.
reberiii (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super malty, and a sweet background. Good seasonal brew, hops hit you on the backend.
trapped (332) - TURKEY - DEC 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light amber color with small foamy tan head, slight pumpkin aroma, high carbonation, sweetIsh cherry like taste, medium finish. Interesting but reminds me too much of medicines.
dbingham (68) - - DEC 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A bit too thin to be a winter warmer in my opinion. This could just as easily be a pumpkin ale - the same type of spices dominate. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc., with a lightish amber ale behind it.
Brendangreer (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice Christmas gingerbread kind of nose.
Deep color. Reddish
Sweet and crisp taste for a winter warmer. Nice balance of bitterness
Palate is dull. No real lasting flavors stick around and leaves just the bitterness
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artmcd8 (641) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
The first time I had this beer there was way too much cinnamon. It tasted like a fireball. This time it is much better. Good even.
jason1970 (139) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve always been a fan of this winter seasonal brew. For me it has the right amount of spices and flavoring. It doesnít overdo it, but you can tell itís meant to be a holiday ale. Brownish red in color. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon with some caramel malt and hops. Pours with a modest off-white head and leaves little lacing. Tastes like nutmeg and cinnamon but in the right quantity to be balanced.
haugeberg (71) - - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank from snifter, poured from 12 oz bottle. Good flavor, but too much cinnamon and nutmeg, but perry good overall.
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samsmith33 (187) - - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown pour, dark but clear. Cinnamon, cranberry, apricot, cloves in the nose. All those flavors in drinking as well, but a musty aftertaste. Good carbonation, very drinkable. A winter favorite.